The Michigan Wolverines received a No. 4 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and are slated to play Ohio University, the No. 13 seed, at 7:20 p.m. Friday on TNT.
This matchup is seeping with irony, as Michigan fans are always talking about playing “Ohio.”
Well, now they really are.
You can't always go by the numbers, but the following statistic is interesting nonetheless. ESPN’s BPI (basketball power index) is a formula that takes into account several factors, such as SOS of opponents, de-weighting games with missing key players, scoring margin, etc.
According to the BPI index, the Wolverines are one of the most “over-seeded" teams in the NCAA Tournament. If the committee had solely seeded teams based on BPI, Michigan should have received a No. 8 seed.
Like I said, take what you want from numbers. The NCAA Tournament is all about which team gets hot at the right time (see UConn in 2011).
Let's take a look at what some of the analysts have said about Michigan.