ESPN really does not have a lot of faith in Michigan.
On Monday, ESPN released its Final Four predictions for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and Michigan was not included among the selections. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf wrote an article describing how he reseeded the 16 remaining teams, and Michigan was shockingly reseeded as the No. 15 team. The only team with a lower seed than the Wolverines is Kansas State.
Michigan — which is a No. 3 seed in the West Regional — is on an 11-game win streak that dates 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. It took a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Jordan Poole to get past Houston in a nail-biter on Saturday, but it’s hard to deny that Michigan is one of the hottest teams in the nation right now.
However, Medcalf said 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. “
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 fares going forward. The Wolverines will take on Texas A&M on Thursday in Los Angeles in the Sweet 16. The game is scheduled to start at 7:37 p.m. and will air on TBS.