On Wednesday, college basketball analyst Andy Katz sat down with NCAA selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen and talked about the upcoming tournament and the jockeying and seeds. One subject they touched up? Michigan.
While talking about the Big Ten in general, Katz asked if the Wolverines benefit from having won the conference tournament last weekend with so much time before selection Sunday.
Rasmussen said it was a plus, as there’s more time and opportunity to discuss them, but added whether there’s that much discussion or not, he doesn’t know.
“Michigan is playing really well right now,” Rasmussen said. “Their point guard is doing a great job at both ends of the floor and they’ve got good shooters. They’re really balanced. They’ve got inside game, outside game. They’re playing really well on offense and defense.”
He then moved on to the conference tournament as a whole:
“I thought the tournament was a great tournament,” Rasmussen said. “The teams that played in the semis and finals really were good basketball teams. High-quality basketball.”
At this point, along with the Wolverines who now have the automatic bid, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue are almost certainly in, while Nebraska and Penn State are on the bubble according to Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracketology.