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Michigan Hockey Notebook: After Falling To Ohio State, UM Waits For NCAAs

Why Cassius Winston can pave the way for an NCAA Tournament run Why Cassius Winston can pave the way for an NCAA Tournament run
Betsy Taylor | 13 March, 2018, 11:21

Six Big Ten schools received berths into the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, it was announced Monday night. It dropped its conference tournament opener to Michigan State, costing the team a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa is the No. 6 seed in the Kansas City Region and will head to Los Angeles and UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for first- and second-round action. All of them show up in most bracket projections.

Bucknell lost road games to Arkansas, North Carolina and Maryland in November.

The Spartans learned their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday and will have to wait another four days until they hit the hardwood again against Bucknell at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Keep scrolling down and you come to the Big Ten, which has a final four of Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Ohio State.

Nebraska and Creighton had to wait until almost the entire bracket was revealed, but both reached the NCAA tournament.


The game against Northern Colorado will take place at 5 p.m. on March 16 in Waco, Texas. The victor of that contest will play the victor of No. 2 seed Baylor vs. 15th-seeded Grambling on Sunday. Michigan, playing as a #7 seed made its third Sweet 16 in the past five years last season. They regained the No. 1 ranking during a 13-game winning streak at the end of the regular season, but a loss to MI in the conference tourney dropped Izzo's team to a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region. The victor of that contest moves on to meet the victor of the first-round game between No. 2 seed (and subregional host) OR and 15th-seeded Seattle on Sunday.

Know Bucknell: This plucky program has been there and done that, making its second NCAA appearance in a row and seventh overall. "And what it is, it's consistency", said Izzo, whose lone national title in 2000 came with NCAA Tournament games at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 14.

(6) TCU vs. (11) Syracuse or Arizona State - I look for Arizona State to win the game but in the end, TCU is the safer bet as they were more consistent during the season.

MI (22-9) entered the final week of the regular season on the tournament bubble, but it earned a crucial 71-65 victory over then 13th-ranked Maryland in its final game on February 22.

Tom Izzo's NCAA record: 47-19. However, considering Kansas could be waiting in the regional final, it might be not so great.

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