Miami University Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Megan Duffy as the newest head coach of the women’s basketball program on Monday, April 3. Duffy, a native of Dayton, Ohio, spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan and becomes the RedHawks’ ninth head coach in program history.
As a Miami (NTM) alumnus and Michigan fan, this is nice to see.
Michigan has an impressive 12-1 record in Sweet 16 games.
Here is the breakdown:
1964 - beat defending champion Loyola (Cazzie Russell and Bill Buntin)
1965 - beat
SEC champion Vanderbilt Dayton (Russell and Buntin again)
1966 - beat Western Kentucky with Clem Haskins (Cazzie still, but Buntin had graduated)
1974 - beat Notre Dame team that had snapped UCLA streak (Campy Russell)
1976 - beat Big 8 champ Missouri (Rickey Green, Phil Hubbard)
1977 - beat Dick Vitale's U Detroit squad (Rickey Green, Phil Hubbard)
1988 - lost to UNC (Glen Rice, Gary Grant)
1989 - beat UNC (Rice, Rumeal Robinson, Terry Mills)
1992 - beat Oklahoma State (Fab Five)
1993 - beat George Washington (Fab Five)
1994 - beat Maryland (Fab Five minus Webber)
2013 - beat Kansas (Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr, Mitch McGary)
2014 - beat Tennessee (
Nick Nik Stauskas, Caris Levert, Glenn Robinson III)
I was just looking at teams picked to win by round at ESPN and fans have picked UM to win the championship 1.1% of the time, which is 11th highest. It seems that college bball observers have been paying attention to the recent success by the team. Or it just means that UM has a lot of homer fans.
ED: Michigan is Between 3-seed Oregon and 4-seed West Virginia. The next 7-seed or lower is 8-seed Wisconsin at #21 at 0.5%
Andrew Dakich and Duncan Robinson just debuted a new podcast. They have three episodes out so far with the first being recorded right after the Purdue game on Friday.
I have only listened to the first one so far, but they are entertaining and the perspective is somewhat unparalleled. They are fairly circumspect in sharing their opinions on reffing or opposing teams, but there is a decent amount of candor that is interesting. Hopefully they keep it going.
ESPN's NBA Draft guru Chad Ford has released a ($ paywalled) Top 30 list of NBA Draft prospects in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan has a pair of players included. This is a little scary, but unless either plays there way into a surefire first rounder, there shouldn't be much reason for worry. Also, this list leaves out international players and anyone else not in the tournament (like Markelle Fultz).
25. D.J. Wilson
Draft projection: 30-50
Michigan Junior Forward
Wilson is an athletic forward who can both stretch the floor and protect the rim. He has a rare combination of explosiveness and skill. His inconsistency and soft play (despite his size he doesn't really like contact in the paint) concern NBA scouts.
He's on the first-round bubble, but a big NCAA tournament could change things for him. He was outstanding in the Big 10 tourney for Michigan with 26 points, eight boards and three blocks against Purdue and 17 points, six boards, three assists and two steals against Wisconsin to lead Michigan to the title.
26. Moritz Wagner
Draft projection: 30-50
Michigan Sophomore Forward
Wagner might be the biggest sleeper on this list. The native of Germany brings many of the things that Lauri Markkanen brings to the table and is just six months older, such as size, agility, a terrific 3-point stroke and a high basketball IQ. Like Markkannen, he isn't a great rebounder or shot blocker, but you don't find many players with his size and skill set in the draft.
Time to see who we play! I mean see who we beat tomorrow!