Michigan comfortably defended itself against the hungry Indiana team in a balloon NCAA tournament on Saturday to improve to 18-1 in the season and 13-1 in the Big Ten game.
There are only three games left in the regular season and two weeks until Selection Sunday, Wolverines, took third place in coach Ferris Mowers ’poll, locked No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Even if coach Juwan Howard’s team loses, Michigan is far ahead of the No. 2 chasing teams.
The Michigan tournament summary includes a NET score of 3 and 30 best schedules with seven wins in Quadrant 1. Although Gonzaga did not lose and is undoubtedly the favorite for the top seed on Sunday after Baylor’s defeat by Kansas, Michigan is now approaching the best zone safety zone. while the 1st place in the state of Ohio is projected and no. . The 2 seeds of Villanova, Alabama, Illinois and West Virginia are probably too backward to be interesting.
Texas Tech. Red Raiders (15-8, 7-7) broke a three-game losing streak by losing Texas, 68-59. The Texas Tech defense is back on track in this one, and a balanced offensive effort (five players in double digits) has helped. Texas started the day as the No. 4 holder in the predicted field of the NCAA tournament, and Texas Tech seed number 5. After Saturday’s Big 12 skirmish, that seed can now be replaced.
Oklahoma State. Cade Cunningham’s 40 points helped the Cowboys (16-6, 9-6) lead to an exciting overtime over Oklahoma, 94-90. The state of Oklahoma rose late in the season, jumping to 5th place in the latest bracketology. Cunningham’s clutch game makes this team a terribly good move in March.
Michigan. Wolverines 73-57 win over Indiana encouraged by Franz Wagner by 21 points. Shooter shooter 6-9 comes into its own and brings Michigan an even bigger insult in the pair along with veteran Isaiah Livers and prominent freshman Hunter Dickinson.
Kansas. That upset Bayloralong with the mistakes of other teams, he could insert no. 19 Jayhawks in the mix to secure 3rd place. That seemed unlikely earlier this month, when Kansas lost five of seven.
Illinois. Fighting Illini (18-6, 14-4) returned from an upset defeat earlier this week to the state of Michigan by retaining Wisconsin, 74-69. Illinois, took fourth place in coach Ferris Mowers ’poll, has an easy chance to achieve seed no. 1, but has a strong case to satisfy seed no. 2. Beating Badgers almost strengthens that first seed. The Illini are one of the best bounce teams in the country (ranking fifth nationally), largely because of the great man Kofi Cockburn, who nearly broke the rim in a monstrous dunk on Saturday.
Alabama. Scarlet tide gained the SEC title in the regular season for the first time since 2002 with a win against the state of Mississippi. As the main holder of the SEC tournament, he will receive a double salute.
Clemson. The Tigers (15-5, 9-5) entered the day as a projected 7th place and needed to avoid a loss to solidify their involvement in the NCAA tournament, and this was achieved by rejecting Miami (Florida), 66- 58. Avoiding opponent losses with the lowest food is necessary at this time of season.
Tennessee. Volunteers (16-7, 9-7) fell to the SEC mediocre team at Auburn, 77-72, and these are three of the last four they have now lost. Tennessee slipped to 6th place in the latest armor, and Saturday’s outcome won’t help build a better carrier.
Florida State. The Seminoles jumped to the top of the ACC rankings, but didn’t look like part of the league’s best team on Saturday, losing to North Carolina, 78-70. FSU was in a good position to sow seed no. 3, but could now approach seed no. 4. Fortunately for the state of Florida, another projected 3rd place, Oklahoma, was lost.
Texas. The Longhorns (14-7, 8-6) came away with a big win over Kansas, but he could not use that momentum against the hungry Texas Tech team. The Big 12 table has positioned Texas in the top five, but the difference between No. 3 and No. 5 will be determined in the last few games.
Baylor: Even with the defeat to Kansas, Baylor are not expected to withhold No. 1 seed. That could change, however, if the remaining games don’t go well.
LSU. The Tigers (14-8, 9-6) weren’t close to an NBAA tournament bubble a week ago, but a return to defeat behind Georgia and now Arkansas puts LSU in dangerous number 9 or 10. In Saturday’s loss to the Razorbacks 83-75, LSU’s defense has been questionable all along. Attack is not a problem for this team, but the Tigers rank 279th in the country in terms of defense.
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