Michigan and Michigan State basketball are both headed to the NCAA Tournament as likely top-3 seeds in whichever region they end up. They probably won’t get a rematch close to home in the NCAA Tournament’s first few rounds though, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
Detroit is one of the eight locations that will host first and second-round games, but Lunardi doesn’t think both Michigan schools can end up there.
“It looks unlikely given the current geography,” he said Thursday on a conference call with reporters. “I mean, there are teams on or around them on the seed list for whom Detroit is also the closest spot, Xavier and Purdue in particular. Xavier, Purdue, Cincinnati, if you go by the mileage consideration. How much does the committee want that atmosphere in the building? It’s tough to say. You could send Xavier to Pittsburgh, to Nashville. I’m not Rand McNally so I’m not the expert. You could do that, but it would go against bracketing practice.
“I’d say the chances of them being there are very unlikely. Michigan wont be a good-enough seed, Michigan State maybe.”
Michigan swept the season series, winning 82-72 in January and upsetting the No. 1-seed Spartans 75-64 on Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament. Both teams are projected as No. 3 seeds in Lunardi’s bracketology as of Thursday, with Michigan starting in Wichita and MSU in Nashville.
NCAA Tournament 2018: Locations, sites
- Dayton, Ohio
First and Second Round
- San Diego
Regionals (Sweet 16 and Elite Eight)
- Omaha, Neb. (Midwest Regional)
- Los Angeles (West Regional)
- Atlanta (South Regional)
- Boston (East Regional)
Final Four (National semifinals and national championship)
- San Antonio