Bracket projection: Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines enter the Big Dance playing their best basketball, having won nine games in a row after capturing the 2018 Big Ten tourney title at Madison Square Garden. Coach John Beilein's Wolverines are a tough team to prepare for because they impeccably spread the floor with three guards on the floor at once and a 6-foot-11 junior, Moritz "Mo" Wagner, who is adept playing away from the hoop.

Beilein has been wreaking havoc in office pools for years (think: Kevin Pittsnogle days at West Virginia), but this is his finest defensive team since arriving in Ann Arbor. Can the Wolverines stay white-hot, or will the longer-than-usual layoff between the Big Ten title game and the first round of the NCAA tournament cool them off?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as analyst 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.