Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The Michigan Wolverines had a shot to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and possibly reenter the conversation for an NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed on Sunday. Instead, a heartbreaking loss to the Indiana Hoosiers dropped Michigan to fifth in the Big Ten. That outcome did not, however, strike too much of a blow against the Wolverines’ March Madness standing, based on some of the latest Bracketology projections. Here’s a look at where the Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans stand as the Big Ten Tournament approaches: • Patrick Stevens, USA Today: (3) Michigan vs. (14) BIG SKY/Montana; (2) Michigan State vs. (15) IVY/Harvard Both the Wolverines and Spartans remain slated for Auburn Hills here, as they do just about everywhere else. Michigan State is in better shape from a seeding perspective, though the Spartans’ bracket would force them to run through either North Carolina or Notre Dame in Round 3, then potentially through Florida and Louisville to get to the Final Four. The Wolverines, meanwhile, would open with Montana and then have to deal with either VCU or the Kentucky/Villanova play-in winner in Round 3. New Mexico is the No. 2 seed here, with Duke the No. 1. • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: (3) Michigan vs. (15) Vermont; (2) Michigan State vs. (15) Florida International Befitting Monday’s theme, in which Michigan held at No. 8 in the Coaches’ Poll and moved up to No. 6 in the AP Poll, Palm kept the Wolverines planted on the 2-line in his latest bracket. The 7-10 matchup there is Notre Dame-Temple, with No. 3 Arizona and No. 1 Gonzaga also in Michigan’s region. Michigan State is ahead of the Wolverines in Palm’s overall seeding — Michigan is in the West, with a potential regional semifinal/final in Los Angeles; Michigan State in the East, with a trip to Washington D.C. prior to the Final Four. After Florida International, the Spartans would face either San Diego State or Cal. Florida stands as the 3-seed in Palm’s East region, with Duke at No. 1. • Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com: (3) Michigan vs. (14) Montana; (3) Michigan State vs. (14) Harvard The news is slightly more disappointing for the in-state crowd here, as Lunardi slots both the Wolverines and Spartans in as 3-seeds right now. His “S-curve” has Michigan as the No. 11 overall team in the field, and Michigan State at No. 9 — so both have the opportunity to move up, and at least Michigan could still drop. The Wolverines are in Lunardi’s West bracket, with Miami (Fla.) as the No. 2 and Gonzaga again the No. 1. Michigan would have to get through Montana and either VCU or Villanova to reach the tournament’s second weekend. Michigan State is in the South in Lunardi’s projection, alongside No. 2 Kansas and No. 1 Louisville. The Spartans’ Round 3 opponent, should they get by Harvard, would be either UCLA or the winner of a Kentucky-La Salle play-in. • Andy Glockner, Sports Illustrated: (2) Michigan vs. (15) Vermont; (3) Michigan State vs. (14) Davidson Another bracket where Michigan held on the No. 2 line and Michigan State stayed at No. 3. Glockner’s explanation for keeping Michigan up: New Mexico was his highest 3-seed and Michigan the lowest 2-seed, but by swapping those, New Mexico would be punished and have to join the East region. Instead, Michigan’s in the East and New Mexico the West. That leaves the Wolverines in the two spot, with an opener against Vermont, then a matchup with the UNLV-Wichita State winner. Marquette is Glockner’s 3-seed out East, with Duke again the 1. Michigan State is in the South here, with No. 6 Colorado State or No. 11 Iowa State up in the third round. No. 2 Georgetown and No. 1 Kansas also potentially block the Spartans’ path to the Final Four.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Landing Adrian Peterson too costly for Cardinals

Report: Antonio Brown joins Steelers voluntary work outs

Charles Barkley: JR Smith should be suspended 10 games

Kelly Olynkyk: I'd probably get killed if I went to Cleveland

Report: Redskins likely to pick up Robert Griffin III's option

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eagles trying to trade Marcus Smith for another duck?

Chris Paul-Blake Griffin no longer a fragile relationship

Marijuana reportedly found in Jon Jones' car after crash

Adam Wainwright injury leaves innings void for Cardinals

Report: Cowboys not in running for Adrian Peterson

Kevin Love injury a powerful argument for playoff reform

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

Belichick's girlfriend fine with coach checking out Teigen

V. Stiviano posts birthday message to 'BFF' Donald Sterling

Mark Cuban and the inevitable playoff peril of the Mavs

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

WATCH: Rick Carlisle tapes mouth shut so he can't rip refs

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the quarterbacks

Greg Hardy faces teammate, Cowboys locker room leak

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Marijuana found in Jones' car

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Alex Gordon leaps into stands for catch

Dana White: No more WWE for Rousey

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.