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B1G Michigan’s to lose with win over Michigan State

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With another win over Michigan State yesterday, the Wolverines have now won 5 of the last 6 meetings against their in-State conference counterparts but more importantly putting themselves in the driver’s seat when it comes to the B1G regular season title. This could in-turn be a dual regular season and tournament title if and when they pick up that No. 1 seed once the B1G postseason rolls around. Nonetheless this is even more impressive considering the absence of Mitch McGary and the loss of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. who made their transition to the NBA this past year.

Michigan closes out the regular season against Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana, teams that are a combined 20-35 in B1G play. Essentially too they could also afford to lose one of those games and still keep themselves in position for the No. 1 seed in the tournament and regular season title considering they own the tie breaker against the Spartans.

Still though it may become more apparent that this team has bigger things planned besides a B1G title. Perhaps another run at the National Title?

Sure this team may not be as talented as the team that played in the big game against Louisville last season but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily count this team out either. Nik Stauskas has turned himself into a potential top 15 pick while Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr. seem to be improving on a game-to-game basis. More importantly though you wonder if this could carry over to the upcoming tournaments?

 

There shouldn’t be any questioning the toughness that the B1G is as a basketball conference. There’s plenty of good teams with plenty of good talent. Bracketologist may also consider this when assigning their final seeds leading up to the big dance and where Michigan is at that point. If they go 4-0 to finish the year and win the B1G Tournament why shouldn’t they be considered for a No. 1 seed in a NCAA Tourney region? Sure the neutral-court loss to Charlotte wasn’t pleasing but again a strong 4-0 finish means a record of 23-7 with 10 RPI Top-50 wins.

Pretty impressive and certainly worthy of another No. 1 seeded look.

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Adam Hernandez is the founder of The Majors Sports Network and EMPIRE Media LLC.

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