2021-22 Season

Bracket Watch: Championship Week Preview

Tony Natoci is back this year to provide regular bracket updates as we lead up to the NCAA Tournament. Natoci, who was one of only three bracketologists to correctly predict all 68 teams in last year’s field, publishes his own bracket at Heartbreak City and will outline where Michigan stands in current bracketology models, both in his own bracket and notable national brackets, along with updates and insights about the process, key bubble games to watch, and more.

It took this year’s team a bit longer than most people expected, after 30 games, I’m here to tell you that Michigan is probably, almost certainly, going to make the 2022 NCAA Tournament. I’m not ready to etch Michigan’s name in stone quite yet. There are still a handful of dangerous bubble teams to keep an eye on and a few critical games to pay attention to, including Michigan’s 11:30 a.m. contest against Indiana on Thursday in Indianapolis, of course. But the scenarios where Michigan falls below the tournament cutline are few and require several outcomes stacked on top of each other to happen.

All in all, given where this team was back in January – let alone where this team was in the minutes leading up to tipoff last Sunday in Columbus – Michigan’s relative comfort heading into the Big Ten Tournament is no small feat. Let’s take a deeper look under the hood to see where the Wolverines stand, how they can wrap up a bid to the big dance, and which outcomes Michigan fans will hope to avoid.

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