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Bracket Update: Michigan continues climb, and the SEC bubble

dave1Fresh off a victory in East Lansing, the Michigan Wolverines continue to climb the seed list (s-curve).  Entering action this week, the Wolverines own the top spot in the Big Ten and are building an impressive overall profile.  Michigan has not lost since December 14 – a two-point setback to top-ranked Arizona in Ann Arbor.  During their current surge, the Wolverines have won four conference road games – including trips through The Barn in Minnesota, the Kohl Center in Wisconsin, and the Izzone this past Saturday.  The streak also included a victory over Iowa.

Bracket Update

S-Curve

What about the Spartans?  Michigan State remains a top-seed in today’s bracket.  While much credit is due Michigan for leaving the Breslin Center with a victory, MSU played without two of its starters.  They were also without significant contributors during a loss to North Carolina – the only two setbacks on the Spartans’ resume.  Nothing else new on the top line.  Arizona (West), Syracuse (East), and Kansas (South) remain entrenched in those spots.  Florida and Wichita State are next in line.

Then there’s the Southeastern Conference (SEC).  Which teams – beyond Florida and Kentucky – will make the 2014 NCAA Tournament?  It’s been a somewhat recurrent question the past couple of years.  Based on the s-curve used for today’s bracket … Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee are all close to or on the bubble – with the Razorbacks and Volunteers being members of the First Four.  Just outside the bracket, we find Ole Miss and LSU.  Will we see a repeat of last year when only three SEC teams heard their names on Selection Sunday?  The answer depends on how well the above mentioned bubble teams play over the next month.

Next week, college hoops moves center stage.  The Super Bowl will be over and the brackets will begin grabbing headlines.

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