Bracket Projection: Michigan

Wolverines have the talent to make a run at the national title

Updated: March 21, 2013, 12:02 PM ET
By Bill Doherty | Special to ESPN Insider
Trey BurkeRick Osentoski/US PresswireTrey Burke has led Michigan in both scoring and assists this season.

The Michigan Wolverines' teen-loaded team has a real shot of making the Final Four. John Beilein's squad -- led by All-America point guard Trey Burke -- was No. 1 in the polls in late January, but then showed its age a bit, going 5-5 over the regular season's last 10 games.

The common denominator in Michigan's February losses was that freshman forward Glenn Robinson III went AWOL on offense. When he's scoring, Michigan can beat anyone in the land. The question is: Can young Mr. Robinson avoid going MIA again?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.

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Lunardi's Logic

The Wolverines are flying under the radar a bit after a spotty end to the regular season and an early exit from the Big Ten tournament. But look at who Michigan was playing in those games. It's not like John Beilein suddenly ran out of talent, especially at the guard position where so many NCAA games are won and lost. I have Michigan knocking off No. 1 seed Kansas before bowing out in the Elite Eight.

TOURNEY PROFILE

Best wins: Pittsburgh, Kansas State, NC State, West Virginia, at Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State

Worst losses: at Michigan State by 23 points, at Penn State