First Look: Michigan vs. Tennessee

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Most expected Michigan to grab a 10 or 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament but the committee awarded the Wolverines, 20-13 (9-9), with an eight seed in the west region.The eight seed is the fourth best seed awarded to a Big Ten team but doesn’t necessarily present the easiest path to the second weekend. Michigan will face Tennessee in the opening round before a potential match-up with the No. 1 seeded Duke Blue Devils.

Tennessee provides an intriguing match-up for Michigan, mainly because the two programs are so different – both on the court and at the end of the bench. John Beilein’s slow paced offense relies on three point shooting combined with precision cutting and passing. Bruce Pearl’s offense is more uptempo and interior focused with a roster of athletes that play aggressive defense. To add to their differences, John Beilein is more cool and composed on the bench and is the head of the NCAA Ethics committee. On the other hand, Bruce Pearl is fiery and brash and under NCAA investigation for lying to investigators over recruiting violations.
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Lots and lots of videos tonight. We already posted videos of Zack Novak, Darius Morris, and John Beilein but here are a few more. Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Stu Douglass and the gregarious Bacari Alexander also took time to discuss Michigan’s inclusion in the field of 68.

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Video: John Beilein After NCAA Selection Show

John Beilein talked with the media after Michigan was selected to the NCAA Tournament field. Here is this two part video, as well as a bonus clip from the Big Ten Network.

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Video: Darius Morris and Zack Novak Discuss NCAA Tournament

Video of Darius Morris and Zack Novak (after the jump) discussing Michigan’s NCAA tournament bid and match-up with Tennessee.

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Selection Sunday Open Thread

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The Selection Show will air at 6 p.m. eastern time on CBS. We’ll leave this thread open for discussion during the show whether you are at home in front of your TV or at Crisler Arena posting from your cellphone. Make sure to stream the Crisler Arena event here.

For those of you still needing reassurance, here are the final Michigan projections:

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