March Madness reveal gets a shake-up

Angelo Anderson
March 9, 2018

"Been there", says Jalen Rose, former National Basketball Association star and member of the University of Michigan's famed Fab Five team of the early 1990s that saw its two Final Four appearances vacated in the wake of a scandal involving payments from a booster (Rose was cleared of wrongdoing).

There are three first- and second-round sites within driving distance of Ann Arbor.

MI has won nine games in a row, and after beating Nebraska in the quarterfinal and Purdue in the final, has beaten all of the other 13 Big Ten teams, the only team in the conference to accomplish that feat this season.

Both look like candidates to be a No. 3 seed at least depending on how things go in Orlando when the tournament begins Thursday. That means that the cream of the mid-major crop would then play in the round of 64, bringing about better matchups and more possible first-round upsets.

Palm now projects MI as a No. 4 seed in San Diego.

This year, the SEC has a few teams on the bubble, according to ESPN bracketology expert Joe Lunardi.

The distance between the city of Cincinnati, where Xavier and UC are located, and Nashville is equidistant from Detroit. The teams with the most pair-wise victories were included in the tournament field.

And no matter what happens in the next month, no matter what seed MI will end with, no matter what - if anything - comes of this uncommon week off, the Wolverines will still hang a banner in Crisler Center come next season. So, if seedings were put into place from his rankings, MI would be the top 3 seed. The polls are not part of the selection committee's criteria, though Palm said there's reasonable correlation. On average, six double-digit seeds win in the first round, 2.2 in the second round and 0.5 in the Sweet 16.

Check out the latest NCAA financial statement, for the year ending last August 31. Valvano's squad would go on to win it all by beating top-seeded University of Houston; a team that was on a 26-game winning streak and led by future Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon.

"We're not doing a lot for the work ethic of the American worker", McManus said with a laugh. The Big 12 has No. 9 Kansas on its seemingly permanent perch as the Big 12's regular-season champion. It would be surprising if they were ahead of Purdue.

Michigan State is averaging 81 points per game. "Even as a 3, they might end up in Dallas, Charlotte, or Wichita".

The NCAA is adding a new feature to its March Madness app that should make the first two days of the tournament a bit less stressful for fans obsessed with keeping up with their bracket.

Above all, really good coaching messages from John Beilein have clearly resonated.

"We don't try to project how a team will do with or without a player", he said. The time is nearly here I can smell it.

Perhaps the Wolverines can run the bases at Comerica Park if downtown Detroit is in their future.

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