ESPN's Joe Lunardi lifts Michigan to a top seed in latest bracket; Michigan State a No. 2
Michigan's Battle 4 Atlantis championship is carrying a lot of weight.
The Wolverines (7-0) rolled to the title in the Bahamas on the strength of a pair of convincing victories over top 10 teams in North Carolina and Gonzaga, a performance that got the attention of ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi.
In his updated NCAA Tournament projections posted Monday, Lunardi has Michigan as the No. 1 seed in the West, where it would face the play-in game winner between No. 16 seeds Radford and St Francis (Pennsylvania).
That's quite a leap from his previous version on Nov. 22, in which Michigan was a No. 8 seed in the Midwest.
But, the Wolverines have had quite a week, opening the Battle 4 Atlantis with an 83-76 victory over Iowa State before dropping the then-No. 6 Tar Heels and then-No. 8 Bulldogs by an average of 13.5 points.
It helped Michigan jump to No. 4 in Monday's new Associated Press Top 25, after it was unranked all season.
Michigan faces another stiff test Tuesday when it takes on new No. 1 Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on the Cardinals' home floor.
Michigan State, meanwhile, slipped a bit in Lunardi's new projections, going from the top seed in the South to the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, where it would take on No. 15 seed Texas-Arlington in St. Louis.
No. 11 Michigan State plays host to No. 10 Duke on Tuesday.