Projecting Michigan Basketball's NCAA Tournament seed, fans invited to Crisler Arena

Daily Sports Writer
Published March 13, 2009

Tonight the Michigan men's basketball team will learn its NCAA Tournament fate.

CBS will air its Selection Show at 6 p.m. with a live feed from Crisler Arena. Fans are invited to the arena at 5 p.m. to watch with the team.

Although teams with Michigan's résumé have found themselves left out of the Tournament before, the Wolverines are very likely to earn an at-large bid. After dropping Friday's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal to Illinois, Michigan's seed shouldn't drop. Too many other bubble teams have lost early in their conference tournaments.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi projects that No. 10 Michigan will face No. 7 Marquette in Kansas City. And according to The Bracket Matrix, a combination of 78 projected brackets, Michigan is also a No. 10 seed.

It's still conceivable that eight Big Ten will earn bids.

Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State are locks. Minnesota, Michigan and Penn State all won their games Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota lost to Michigan State Friday, but a likely No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament won't hurt their case too much.