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Michigan earns No. 2 seed, will face Montana in Des Moines

Michigan is a No. 2 in the NCAA Tournament and will play Montana in the first round in Des Moines, Iowa.

If Michigan advances, it would play the winner of No. 7 Nevada and No. 10 Florida. The Wolverines will be fighting to advance to the West regional semifinals and finals which will be played in Anaheim, California.

The top seeds in the West regional are No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 4 Florida State.

Beilein has coached in the NCAA Tournament 13 times and this is his ninth tournament appearance in 12 seasons at Michigan. Beilein is 19-11 in NCAA Tournament games, taking Michigan to the National Championship game in 2013 and 2018. He is 18-8 in tournament play during his tenure at Michigan.

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  1. gobluemd16

    If we are being honest, I haven’t seen Nevada this season, but I have watched a decent amount of Florida. I’d prefer to not play Florida. They play at a super slow tempo and play great defense. Could be a low possession, low scoring game that lends itself to an upset.

  2. Actualelguapo

    MSU got absolutely, completely, utterly screwed by the committee. As bad as I’ve ever seen.

  3. Wpb

    I don’t think the Michigan draw is necesarily bad.

    Nevada is an experienced team, but has struggled on defense lately. Their roster is older than the Phoenix Suns roster.

    Florida will pose athletes, but they would have to adapt to our tendenies as well.

    Its not a bad bracket. We can hold most of those teams to under 70 points. A matchup w/Texas Tech would be a rock fight. And we really dont know how elite Gonzaga is, being that they havent played a Power 5 side in months. GU also is susceptible to an upset to Cuse.

    The committee did us a favor, pitting MSU in Duke’s bracket.

  4. Bambi

    Posted this on MGoBlog:

    Interesting to compare Montana from last year to this year.

    Much worse on KenPom and Torvik (72nd, 89th respectively in 2018 compared to 137th on both this year). The big reason is their defense cratering from 56/69 to 161/167 this year. They did go from an awful 3 point shooting team last year (235th) to a great one (20th), but they only take 38% of their shots from deep.

    They played 7 guys against us last year. All of them except for 1 are back (Fabijan Krslovic, a 6-8 big who played 34 minutes). This year they have 8 guys laying 20% of minutes or more, the 6 returning players plus two Pac-12 transfers who each play less than 50% of minutes. It seems like they’re without Jamar Akoh for the season however, who played 22 minutes last year. Akoh is 6-8 who is Montana’s highest Usage and ORTG player to Torvik.

  5. CoryR

    Oh great, 9.5 hours after I arrive at the bar. I should handle that well.

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