ESPN really does not have a lot of faith in Michigan.
Earlier on Monday, ESPN released its Final Four predictions for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and Michigan was not included among the selections. Now, ESPN’s Myron Medcalf wrote an article in which he reseeded the 16 remaining teams, and Michigan was shockingly reseeded as the No. 15 team. In the piece, the only team with a lower seed than the Wolverines is Kansas State.
Michigan — who is a No. 3 seed in the West Region — is currently on an 11-game winning streak dating back to Feb. 11. The Wolverines defeated Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State and Purdue to win the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Michigan defeated Montana, 61-47, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and Houston in the second round, 64-63. While it did take a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Jordan Poole to get past Houston in a nail-biter on Saturday, it’s hard to deny that Michigan is one of the hottest teams in the nation right now.
However, Medcalf thinks otherwise. In the article, he wrote:
“Jordan Poole saved Michigan’s season with a buzzer-beater that shocked a Houston team that had played the better game for 39 minutes, 56.4 seconds Saturday. The Wolverines now advance to the Sweet 16 after defeating Houston in a thriller and Montana via a double-digit victory — the Grizzlies scored 47 points — in the opening round.
“Moritz Wagner recovered from a 2-for-6 shooting effort (5 points) against Montana to register 12 points (5-for-9 shooting), 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block in the win over Houston. Yet the Wolverines squeezed by a dangerous 6-seed on a buzzer-beater, and its best player struggled against a Big Sky champion. It’s not close to the dominant efforts from higher seeds on this list, but it’s also short of Michigan’s potential.”
Sure, Michigan has had its struggles at times during its win streak, as Medcalf points out, but ranking them No. 15 is a little harsh.
We’ll find out how Michigan fairs going forward, as it will take on Texas A&M on Thursday in the Sweet 16.
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