2020-21 Season

Michigan earns No. 1 seed, will face Mount St. Mary’s or Texas Southern in opening round

Michigan is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and will play the winner of a play-in game, either Mount St. Mary’s or Texas Southern, in the first round in Indianapolis.

First-round games in this year’s NCAA Tournament will be played on Friday and Saturday. Michigan will play its first game on Saturday but time and television information has not yet been announced.

If Michigan advances, it would play the winner of No. 8 LSU and No. 9 St. Bonaventure. The Wolverines will be fighting to advance to the East regional semifinals and finals which, like the rest of the tournament, will be played in Indianapolis.

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First-round games in this year’s NCAA Tournament will be played on Friday and Saturday. Time and television information has not yet been announced.

The top seeds in the East region are No. 1 Michigan, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 Colorado.

This will be Juwan Howard’s first NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach and Michigan’s fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  Under John Beilein, the Wolverines were 20-9 in NCAA Tournament games with two appearances in the National Championship.

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  1. GoBlueScrewOSU7

    I definitely agree with this. Saying Howard needs to wake up is maybe a bit aggressive though.

  2. GoBlueScrewOSU7

    My unsolicited thoughts are that our draw is very favorable. People are saying that LSU is scary in the second round, which yeah it kind of is, but it’s manageable. LSU is 29 on kenpom and St Bonaventure is 25. That’s fairly standard, or even better, than some other teams on the 8/9 line like Wisconsin (10 KP), Loyola (9KP), UNC(28), GT (32).

    Florida State is the third worst 4 seed on kenpom, with red hot Oklahoma State and Cunningham the 4th worst. I’d prefer FSU over OSU. Colorado is also a pretty underwhelming 5 seed and it’s not like FSU isn’t prone to losing to lesser or equal competition this year. Pretty solid draw here imo.

    Most importantly in our region, imo, is the fact that Alabama has a tough draw. UConn is by far the best 7 seed in this tournament (16th KP compared to 36, 37, 42). Maryland is also the best 10 seed. I wouldn’t bet on Alabama making the elite 8.

    Edit: also If we do end up playing FSU we can rest easy knowing they won’t foul down 2 with less than 30 seconds left

  3. BigBoutros

    IMO Livers should stop being injured. It hurts the team.

  4. ace11daley

    LSUs defensive metrics are 125 in Kenpom, easily the worst of the power 5 teams in the tournament. Their offensive is probably more accustom to what we see at the top of the B1G though. I’d rather see LSU than St bona in round 2. Even without livers, Michigan is going to get theirs offensively against LSU.

  5. umhoops

    Michigan vs. MSM/Texas Southern will be at Mackey Arena and tips at 3:00 p.m. Saturday on CBS.

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