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College basketball's NCAA tournament bracket projections: Michigan is No.1

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports updated his NCAA tournament bracket projections on Saturday. With one day of conference tournament play left, there are only five automatic bids to be handed out before the selection committee reveals the entire bracket.

Michigan can win Big 10 title and sweep the Spartans with three wins this season.  Then snag a No.1 seed in NCAA tournament
Michigan can win Big 10 title and sweep the Spartans with three wins this season. Then snag a No.1 seed in NCAA tournamentPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Jon Horford goes for layup
Jon Horford goes for layup Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Wisconsin was a projected No.1 seed, but loss to Spartans is costly.

Sunday’s games will be exciting, but there’s very little on the line leading up to the NCAA tournament. Only Georgia State and Louisiana-Lafayette have a bid on the line. Otherwise, Michigan has the most to play for on Sunday.

The Wolverines have replaced Wisconsin on the top line according to Jerry Palm’s projections. However, a loss might create an opening for the ACC championship winner to earn a No.1 seed.

Villanova still holds out hope for a No.1 seed.

Currently, Louisville is projected as a No.2 seed, but that’s only if you haven’t seen the Cardinal’s play. Louisville is playing the best basketball in the country right now, and should be rewarded with a top seed by the selection committee.

After Creighton’s loss to Providence in the Big East championship, the Blue Jay’s dropped down to a No. 4 seed. The Friars who were a bubble team entering the Big East tournament are now locked into the tournament. They are projected as a No.11 seed.

According to Jerry Palm, Nebraska is projected as 10 seed, while ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Cornhuskers as one of the last four teams in. If both projections are correct, Nebraska will be in the tournament.

Iowa is also projected as a No.10 seed. Yet, their final month has them on the bubble. At this point, the Hawkeyes are either in the tournament or they are out.

The UCLA Bruins won the PAC-12 tournament over Arizona and moved up one seed line to No. 5. It will be interesting to see if they rise after the remaining games. The Bruins came in second in the regular season, so they’ve been at the top of a balanced league all year.

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