At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Michigan Wolverines’ latest hoops contest …
Overall record: 17-5
Conference record: 6-3 (T-third)
CBSSports.com RPI rank as of Sunday night: 37
KenPom.com rank as of Sunday night: 27
RPI Top 50 record: 3-3
Last 10: 8-2
TeamRankings.com projection: 22-9, 11-7 Big Ten (4th)
The week that was: Jan. 15 — W vs. Maryland, 68-67; Jan. 18 — L at Nebraska, 72-52; Jan. 21 — W vs. Rutgers, 62-47.
Next on the docket: at Purdue (19-2, RPI: 9) on Thursday.
The skinny: The momentum from big victories at rival Michigan State on Jan. 13 and at home against NCAA tourney bubble bunch Maryland two days later hit the skids in Lincoln with a 20-point loss, the program’s first to the Cornhuskers since 1964. Which Wolverines squad will show up at red-hot Purdue: The ones that snatched road wins at Texas and Michigan State, or the ones who piled up more turnovers in the first half against the Big Red (9) than made field goals (8)? Have the dog days of February hit Camp Beilein upside the head a few weeks early?
Jerry Palm’s prognosis: 7 seed. “Nebraska’s in the top 70 of the RPI, so that’s not as bad a loss as you might think, other than losing by 20,” the CBS Sports bracketologist tells Land of 10. “And they also have a loss to LSU, who’s not an [NCAA] contender. At Michigan State and at Texas, those are two nice wins, but they’ve only got four of the Tier 1-2 wins — just a lack of overall quality wins to offset some of the losses.”