John Gasaway is doing the Bubble Watch on espn now. Here’s what he says about UM:
“The Wolverines are in very good shape in terms of their tournament profile, due largely, though not entirely, to their win at Michigan State on Jan. 13. (That win at Texas on Dec. 12 also is aging fairly well.) Nevertheless, there’s room for improvement on the seed line and, in fact, if the season ended today, Michigan might face a top seed in the round of 32. Next up, however, is a tough and rather thankless stretch on the road, with visits to Northwestern and Wisconsin.”
One note, UM seems to have a high “strength of record (SOR),” – 18 – which “is a measure of a team’s accomplishment based on how difficult its win-loss record is to achieve.” I have no idea how this is calculated, but it does appear on the NCAA teamsheets. Also on there is “KPI,” which seems to be a metric developed at MSU and probably rewards not getting called for fouls and slapping the floor, though I can’t be sure.