After the home loss to Ohio State two weeks ago, it looked like you could write off the Michigan Wolverines for the year. The team was 4-6 in a weak (relative to recent years) Big Ten, without enough quality wins to make up for it.
Fast forward two weeks, and my hometown team has three wins a row now, starting with an annihilation of Michigan State (86-57) last Tuesday. Next was a win at Assembly Hall, something I hardly ever remember seeing. And then last night, a huge home win over Wisconsin. John Beilein has his team surging at the best possible time, holding the past three opponents to an average of 59 points. That kind of defense, combined with hot 3-point shooting, could make the Wolverines a dangerous team in March.
With that said, let’s get right into the update as we head into the weekend. As always, moves up or down are in parentheses after the team’s name. Projected automatic qualifiers are in bold.
In since last update: Nevada, Arkansas, Syracuse
Out since last update: Boise State, Rhode Island, Indiana
1s: Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, Baylor
2s: Louisville, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida State (+1)
3s: Arizona (-1), Duke (+1), Florida, Kentucky
4s: Virginia (-1), UCLA, Butler, West Virginia
5s: Purdue, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Creighton
6s: Maryland, SMU, Wisconsin, South Carolina
7s: Saint Mary’s, Iowa State, Minnesota, Xavier
8s: Oklahoma State, Michigan State (+1), Southern California, Dayton
9s: Virginia Tech, Northwestern (-1), VCU, Michigan (+1)
10s: Miami, Wichita State (-1), Seton Hall (+1), Kansas State
11s: Arkansas (new), Marquette (-1), TCU, California, Illinois State, Syracuse (new)
12s: Middle Tennessee, UNC-Wilmington, Vermont, Valparaiso
13s: Texas Arlington, Nevada (new), Akron, Monmouth
14s: UNC-Asheville, Princeton, Furman, Belmont
15s: Florida Gulf Coast, Cal-Bakersfield, Bucknell, North Dakota State
16s: Texas Southern, Weber State, Cal-Irvine, Mount Saint Mary’s, New Orleans, North Carolina Central
Last Four In: TCU, California, Illinois State, Syracuse
First Four Out: Texas Tech, Providence (+1), Indiana, Rhode Island
Next Four Out: Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Wake Forest (-1), Georgetown
Third Four Out: Clemson, Houston, Alabama (+1), Ohio State
Fourth Four Out: Boise State, Utah (-1), Georgia, Vanderbilt (+2)
Thanks for reading, and look for a couple more updates over the weekend. Check out the Bracket Matrix in the meantime!