Michigan very easily fended off a win-hungry Indiana crew at the NCAA Match bubble on Saturday to beef up to 18-1 at the season and 13-1 in Giant Ten play.
With simply 3 regular-season video games final and two weeks till Variety Sunday, the Wolverines, ranked 3rd within the Ferris Mowers Coaches Ballot, have all however locked up a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Match. Despite the fact that trainer Juwan Howard’s crew had been to lose, Michigan is a ways forward of the groups chasing No. 2 seeds.
Michigan’s match résumé features a NET rating of three and height 30 energy of time table to move with seven Quadrant 1 victories. Whilst Gonzaga and Baylor have not misplaced and are the uncomplicated favorites to be the highest two seeds on Variety Sunday, now Michigan is inching close to the protection zone for a height seed, whilst projected No. 1 seed Ohio State and No. 2 seeds Villanova, Alabama, Illinois and West Virginia are most likely too a ways at the back of to make it attention-grabbing.
Texas Tech. The Purple Raiders (15-Eight, 7-7) snapped a three-game dropping streak by means of dispatching Texas, 68-59. Texas Tech’s protection was once again on course on this one, and a balanced offensive effort (5 gamers in double figures) helped, too. Texas began the day as a No. Four seed within the projected NCAA Match box, and Texas Tech a No. Five seed. After Saturday’s Giant 12 conflict, now the ones seeds can change.
Oklahoma State. Cade Cunningham’s 40 issues helped propel the Cowboys (16-6, Nine-6) to an exciting additional time victory over Oklahoma, 94-90. Oklahoma State has surged overdue within the season, vaulting as much as a No. Five seed in the newest bracketology. Cunningham’s take hold of play makes this crew horrifying excellent heading into March.
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Michigan. The Wolverines’ 73-57 win over Indiana was once fueled by means of 21 issues from Franz Wagner. The 6-Nine capturing guard is entering his personal and offers Michigan much more offense to pair along veteran Isaiah Livers and freshman standout Hunter Dickinson.
Illinois. The Combating Illini (18-6, 14-Four) bounced again from an disenchanted loss previous this week to Michigan State by means of preserving off Wisconsin, 74-69. Illinois, ranked No. Four within the Ferris Mowers Coaches Ballot, has a slight shot at reaching a No. 1 seed however has a powerful case to accept a No. 2 seed. Beating the Badgers just about solidifies that top-2 seed. The Illini are one of the vital very best rebounding groups within the nation (rating 5th nationally), and that’s the reason in large part as a result of large guy Kofi Cockburn, who just about broke the rim on a monstrous dunk Saturday.
Clemson. The Tigers (15-Five, Nine-Five) entered the day as a projected No. 7 seed and had to have shyed away from a loss to solidify their inclusion within the NCAA Match, and that was once completed by means of keeping off Miami (Florida), 66-58. Keeping off losses to bottom-feeder combatants is very important at this level within the season.
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Tennessee. The Volunteers (16-7, Nine-7) fell to a mediocre SEC crew in Auburn, 77-72, and that’s the reason 3 of the previous 4 they have misplaced now. Tennessee had slipped to a No. 6 seed in the newest bracket and Saturday’s end result may not lend a hand in construction again as much as a greater seed.
Florida State. The Seminoles vaulted to the highest of the ACC standings however did not glance the a part of the most productive crew within the league Saturday, dropping to North Carolina, 78-70. FSU was once neatly located to notch a No. three seed, however now they may flow nearer to a No. Four seed. Happily for Florida State, some other projected No. three seed, Oklahoma, misplaced.
Texas. The Longhorns (14-7, Eight-6) had been coming off a large win over Kansas however could not trip that momentum towards a win-hungry Texas Tech crew. The Giant 12 slate has located Texas for a top-five seed however the distinction between a No. three or No. Five seed can be decided within the final a number of video games.
LSU. The Tigers (14-Eight, Nine-6) were not just about the NCAA Match bubble every week in the past however back-to-back losses to Georgia and now Arkansas places LSU within the bad No. Nine or No. 10 seed vary. In Saturday’s 83-75 loss to the Razorbacks, LSU’s protection was once suspect right through. Offense is not a subject matter for this crew, however the Tigers rank 279th within the country in scoring protection.
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