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.
First things first: Michigan is in good shape to make the NCAA Tournament. I admit that it feels a little scary to say this about a team that everyone in the college basketball world considers squarely on the bubble. Still, a close look at the rest of the teams in play for the final handful of spots in the NCAA Tournament reveals that Michigan stacks up quite favorably against the rest of the field. I’m confident that the committee will evaluate the Wolverines holistically rather than focus on their win/loss record.
That being said, it’s a little unfortunate that we’re even talking about the bubble in the first place considering the lead the Wolverines held over Indiana three-quarters of the way through the game last Thursday. U-M was at the one-yard line and failed to convert its opportunity to wrap up a bid-worthy resume in Indianapolis. So instead of sitting comfortably, here we are, sweating through the final few hours before the final bracket is revealed at 6:00 pm on CBS (don’t forget to change your clocks, by the way).
So take a deep breath, refresh the Bracket Matrix for the latest projections, and let’s dive in.