College basketball winners and losers: Michigan all but locks up No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament

Michigan comfortably fended off a win-hungry Indiana team on the NCAA Tournament bubble on Saturday to improve to 18-1 on the season and 13-1 in Big Ten play. 

With just three regular-season games remaining and two weeks until Selection Sunday, the Wolverines, ranked third in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll, have all but locked up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Even if coach Juwan Howard's team were to lose, Michigan is far ahead of the teams chasing No. 2 seeds. 

Michigan's tournament résumé includes a NET score of 3 and top 30 strength of schedule to go with seven Quadrant 1 victories. While Gonzaga hasn't lost and is the clear-cut favorite to be the top seed on Selection Sunday after Baylor's loss to Kansas, Michigan now is inching near the safety zone for a top seed, while projected No. 1 seed Ohio State and No. 2 seeds Villanova, Alabama, Illinois and West Virginia are likely too far behind to make it interesting. 

Winners

Texas Tech. The Red Raiders (15-8, 7-7) snapped a three-game losing streak by dispatching Texas, 68-59. Texas Tech's defense was back on track in this one, and a balanced offensive effort (five players in double figures) helped, too. Texas started the day as a No. 4 seed in the projected NCAA Tournament field, and Texas Tech a No. 5 seed. After Saturday's Big 12 clash, now those seeds can swap. 

Oklahoma State. Cade Cunningham's 40 points helped propel the Cowboys (16-6, 9-6) to a thrilling overtime victory over Oklahoma, 94-90. Oklahoma State has surged late in the season, vaulting up to a No. 5 seed in the most recent bracketology. Cunningham's clutch play makes this team scary good heading into March. 

OPINION:  Think Cade Cunningham is overrated? Think again.


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