Projection: Western Michigan

Steve Hawkins' team could bust some brackets if David Brown gets going

Updated: March 17, 2014, 5:39 PM ET
By Bill Doherty | ESPN Insider

Picked to finish in the second tier of the Mid-American Conference in the preseason polls, the Western Michigan Broncos are going to the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade after a 98-77 beatdown of Toledo in the MAC tourney title game. Western Michigan has some chess pieces that could be difference-makers in the Big Dance, including senior big man Shayne Whittington (20 points, 13 rebounds in the MAC title game) and senior guard David Brown (32 points in the same contest). Now that they're in the field, how long can Western Michigan keep dancing?

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 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.



Best wins: Akron (twice), Western Michigan (twice)

Worst losses: at Drake, Bowling Green