Found February 11, 2013 on
The Detroit Sports Site:
The Michigan Wolverines dropped to No. 4 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the Coaches’ Poll this week, after a heartbreaking loss at Wisconsin. CBS bracketology expert Jerry Palm still has the Wolverines as his top seed overall, though, as of his latest update Monday.
You can see Palm’s full bracket here. He kept Michigan as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, while Indiana grabbed the No. 1 in the East; Duke and Miami rounded out the top-seed lines.
Palm explained his rationale for Michigan’s high mark, despite three conference losses:
I put Michigan and Indiana at the top of the bracket because they have been the two most consistent teams. Neither has laid an egg nor been lit up. Neither has a bad loss and both are realatively healthy.
I took the Wolverines over the Hoosiers for the top spot because they have more good wins, and more away from home. IU beat Michigan, but it was a close enough game at home to be considered indecisive.
The Wolverines could solidify Palm’s faith in them by knocking off Michigan State on Tuesday, though that would not be considered a “bad loss”, either. Michigan still faces MSU again at home, plus welcomes Indiana to Crisler to close the regular season.
Michigan State, now tied atop the conference with Indiana, has a No. 2 seed in Palm’s South region — where Miami, which beat Michigan State earlier this year, holds the No. 1 line. The Spartans certainly could begin making a case for a No. 1 seed of their own by beating Michigan and moving out in front of their arch-rivals by two games in the Big Ten.
Palm has both Michigan and Michigan State opening the tournament in Auburn Hills.
BEST OF MAXIM
Michigan went 1-1 last week, including a heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin, but they still get another award.
Mitch McGary won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award for the second time, the conference announced Monday. McGary averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals off the bench in a pair of overtime games -- a win over Ohio State and the loss to the Badgers.
Trey Burke and Jordan Morgan faced the media after Michigan’s humbling loss at the Breslin Center on Tuesday evening. Watch both interviews in the embedded media players below:
Morgan after the jump.
Eric Davis is a four-star 2015 point guard recruit out of Saginaw Arthur Hill. Davis has already received plenty of attention from a number of top schools, including Kentucky, Duke and Kansas. Davis took a visit to Michigan to see the Wolverines beat Ohio State at the new Crisler Center, and John Beilein has been keeping close tabs on the talented scorer. We caught up with Davis...
Michigan coach John Beilein knows the challenge Michigan State poses in the frontcourt, with or without Jordan Morgan. Practice Monday will go a long way to indicate whether or not the junior can go Tuesday in East Lansing.
As Michigan’s most consistent playmaker out of the backfield, Denard Robinson, now departs for an NFL career, offensive coordinator Al Borges can envision where the Wolverines' offense is headed. It’s getting close to reality, too. **with video**
Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke is having a special season. Just a few miles down the road in Harper Woods, Michigan, senior commit Derrick Walton Jr. is doing the same at Chandler Park Academy.
In part two, Michigan’s recruiting brain-trust – recruiting coordinator / WR Jeff Hecklinski and director of player personnel, Chris Singletary discuss Michigan's philosophy on wide receiver recruiting, the progress made by last year's wideouts - Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson, the recruiting inaccuracies propagated on twitter, the defensive back haul, and much much more. *With video**