The Detroit News' Bob Wojnowski and James Hawkins talk about Michigan's play heading into the postseason and preview this week's Big Ten tournament in New York. The Detroit News
ESPN college basketball Seth Greenberg heaps praise upon Michigan while listing John Beilein’s group as a team that could make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
The fifth-seed Wolverines (24-7, 13-5) play No. 12 Iowa (14-18, 4-14) at 2:30 today in the Big Ten tournament.
“As you are filling out your bracket, you’re going to like Michigan, because we think of them as an elite offensive team,” Greenberg said. “But now, not only are they an elite offensive team, they are a terrific defensive team. They are longer, they are more athletic, but offensively they convert their offense.
“Mo Wagner, he can play on the block, he can step away, knock down the 3. Zavier Simpson, he’s done a terrific job for them distributing the basketball. This is a 3-point shooting basketball team that can convert and also defend.”
Greenberg also puts Wichita State (23-5, 13-3 American Athletic) and Texas Tech (22-8, 10-7 Big 12) in the sleeper category. The Red Raiders have lost four straight.
“Forget about that,” Greenberg said. “(Coach) Chris Beard rested his seniors against West Virginia (84-74 loss) because they were banged up. This is a team with legitimate depth. If Keenan Evans is healthy, he can take over a game.
“Texas Tech is a sleeper team you want at least into the second weekend.”