Buried in this article about Rohlfs and the pain of shot blocking (he took a nasty one against ND but will be fine) is confirmation that Jason Ryznar is expected back in two weeks for the BGSU series. Good timing, as he'll have two weeks to get back into the swing of things before the Super Six rolls around (YES, I am taking a sweep over ND to start the playoffs for granted).
At least according to this Rocky Mountain News article. About 70% of NBA players are against moving the minimum age to 20. 10% are undecided, and 20% are in favor. I don't think a straight limit is the way to go, though. Having Lebron in college would be pretty farcical. My solution? Glad you asked.
I think the correct idea is to let anyone 18+ enter the draft but to only allow them to be drafted by a certain point. If you're 18 you have to go in the top 5. If you're 19 you have to go in the lottery. If you're 20 you have to be a first rounder. Past that it's open season. This would require the NCAA to alter its eligibility rules a little bit, but they already allow high schoolers who are passsed over in the draft to retain eligibility, so it wouldn't be a huge philosophical leap.
Another thing I think would help would be revamping the draft status to something similar to what hockey has. Almost every forward on Michigan's hockey team has been drafted by the NHL but since they haven't employed agents or signed contracts, they retain their eligiblity. If you're drafted by the NBA you can't play college basketball any more, even if you didn't retain an agent. The NCAA used to justify this by claiming that hockey players were automatically entered in the draft when they hit a certain age and weren't opting in. This caused most NCAA hockey players to be drafted a year later than their CHL and European counterparts. Recently, however the NCAA allowed college players to opt-in early and retain their eligibility, so the NCAA's rationale for not applying a similar scheme to basketball has disappeared.
Though the NBA players seem opposed to it, since it doesn't really affect anyone already in the league, if the owners dangle a carrot, any carrot, in front of the players in exchange for some age concession, look for them to abandon their principles faster than Bill Self at a Luther Head court hearing.
None of this helps the Pistons with Darko, but they're NBA Champions, so shut up, Bill Simmons.
The Fort Wayne Gazette sings the praises of one Red Berenson.
Hat tip to Packer487, who pointed out that CSTV has a highlight package up from their recent ND-UM broadcast. It includes TJ Hensick's absolutely sick Chauncey Billups impression, in case you missed it (like me).
Well, Michigan lost ground in the RPI race after sweeping ND. With a 3-2-1 bonus system, Michigan is now approximately .006 behind Minnesota's RPI. The PWR effect? Negligible.
With a 3-2-1 bonus, Michigan is in a three-way tie for fourth place with Cornell and Minnesota. Minnesota wins both the comparisons against Cornell and Michigan, so they would be the recipient of the final #1 seed. Michigan wouldn't get to Grand Rapids without some serious seed-flipping by the committee.
What's settled? Almost nothing. Michigan's TUC component is going to be very volatile over the last few weeks of the season: Michigan Tech, Bowling Green, Miami, Saint Lawrence, and Western Michigan are all perilously close to that .500 magic number. RPI, of course, wanders all over based not only on your performances but the performances of everyone you've played.
Who do you root for? That depends on what you're hoping for. Highest possible seeding and most favorable draw are not necessarily identical here. Grand Rapids is a faint possibility at this point, probably requiring Michigan dropping to sixth or seventh and getting slotted where the NCAA can guarantee a sell out at Van Andel. So then your answer is probably "Bowling Green," but that's no fun.
For Michigan to move up in the PWR rankings, you want to root for teams Michigan has played (if two face each other, root for the team that faced Michigan most often). Root for teams that Michigan has a good record against to become TUCs. Root for teams Michigan has a poor record against to not be TUCs.
So, your rooting guide for this weekend:
NMU vs. Ferris: don't care.
Lake State vs. WMU: WMU, as they have a chance to be a TUC.
MSU vs. BG: BG. MSU has played UM 5 times but BG will play UM in two weeks and even out the RPI distinction. Keeping BG's wins in the TUC category is more important.
UAF vs. UNO: UNO. They're pretty safe as a TUC, but let's not make it close, Mavs, huh?
pay extra attention to these non-CCHA series:
Cornell vs. St. Lawrence: SLU. Potential Cornell losses here also count as COPs for us. Could swing the comparison all by itself.
UNH vs. BC: Ditto. Extra COP importance here.
And, of course, root for all teams around us in the standing to lose.
Leapin' lizards! Either Brandon Graham is really damn good, he was misquoted, he misunderstood Lloyd, or we're going to have a problem next year.