INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Michigan’s body of work was enough for the Wolverines to earn the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region of the 2014 NCAA tournament, headed to Milwaukee Thursday to take on Wofford (20-12).
Whether or not the Wolverines’ 69-55 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament final Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis played a factor, Michigan was passed over for the fourth and final No. 1 seed in the bracket, those seeds going to Florida (South), Wichita State (Midwest), Virginia (East) and Arizona (West).
Michigan sits at 25-8 overall including a 15-3 mark in the Big Ten, making their sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
The Wolverines avoided a loaded South Region including Florida as the No. 1 seed, No. 2 seed Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and UCLA, the Western Michigan Broncos set to take on the Orange in round one in Buffalo as the No. 14 seed.
Michigan’s Midwest Region will be no cakewalk either though.
If the Wolverines make it to the Sweet Sixteen No. 3 seeded Duke could be waiting. Michigan lost to Duke 79-69 in Durham back in December in the ACC/B1G Challenge.
Wichita State earned the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, Louisville the No. 4 seed, Cardinals beat Michigan in the national championship game last April, Saint Louis the No. 5 seed, a very talented but underwhelming Kentucky team all the way down and lurking as a No. 8 seed.
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The Spartans landed the No. 4 seed in the East Region and they’ll take on No. 13 seeded Delaware Thursday in Spokane, Wash.
Ohio State is the No. 6 seed in the South Region taking on in-state and No. 11 seed Dayton in Buffalo.
Wisconsin gets the No. 2 seed in the West Region set to take on No. 15 seed American in Milwaukee.
And Iowa slides into a play in game against Tennessee, the winner will receive the No. 11 seed in the Midwest and meet No. 6 seeded UMass.