Is there any way that going to the NIT is better than going to the NCAA tournament? The way I see it, going to the NIT could mean 2, 3, or even 4 additional games this season. Although it would be nice to keep a tourney streak going, I think it would be of benefit for next years team. There is a chance that Derrick Walton will be back before the end of this season, and those extra games would help him a lot.
With the way these freshman are progressing, I personally would take a couple extra games of the NIT over a one and done NCAA tourney appearance.
Given that Michigan is likely headed to the NIT this season, I thought this was board-worthy. With Beilein's more deliberate offensive style, how do you think a 30-second shot clock would impact the offense this year, and beyond?
Michigan moved up a couple of spots in the polls to #17 in the AP and #16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, despite the loss to Villanova.
Notables from the AP Poll: Wisconsin #2, Ohio State #14, Michigan State #19, Maryland #21 Illinois #24.
Here’s Michigan’s roster for the 2014-15 season:
2 Spike Albrecht 5-11 175 Guard JR Crown Point, Ind. (Northfield Mount Hermon School [Mass.])
3 Kameron Chatman 6-7 210 Guard/Forward FR Portland, Ore. (Columbia Christian HS)
5 D.J. Wilson 6-9 220 Forward FR Sacramento, Calif. (Capital Christian School)\
10 Derrick Walton Jr. 6-0 185 Guard SO Detroit, Mich. (Chandler Park Academy)
11 Andrew Dakich 6-2 190 Guard SO Zionsville, Ind. (Zionsville Community HS)
12 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 6-4 175 Guard FR Allentown, Pa. (Catholic Central HS)
20 Sean Lonergan 6-5 200 Forward SO Fishers, Ind. (Fishers HS)
21 Zak Irvin 6-6 215 Guard/Forward SO Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern HS)
22 Duncan Robinson 6-8 190 Guard/Forward SO New Castle, N.H. (Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.))
23 Caris LeVert 6-7 200 Guard JR Pickerington, Ohio (Central HS)
24 Aubrey Dawkins 6-6 190 Guard/Forward FR Palo Alto, Calif. (New Hampton Prep [N.H.])
30 Austin Hatch 6-6 215 Guard FR Fort Wayne, Ind. (Loyola HS [Calif.])
32 Ricky Doyle 6-9 245 Forward FR Cape Coral, Fla. (Bishop Verot HS)
34 Mark Donnal 6-9 240 Forward RS FR Monclova, Ohio (Anthony Wayne HS)
44 Max Bielfeldt 6-7 245 Forward SR Peoria, Ill. (Notre Dame HS)
Michigan, Wisconsin, and Staee all made it to the Elite Eight, giving the B1G 3 teams to make it this far, more than any other conference. It's not hard to see since it's only 8 teams, but here's the breakdown:
B1G (3): Michigan, Wisconsin, Staee
SEC (2): Florida, Kentucky
Pac-12 (1): Arizona
AAC (1): Uconn
A-10 (1): Dayton
(Nicely done, ACC; Big 12.... nicely done.)
My question, then, is does this at all validate the B1G as the best conference in basketball? Last year it was a no-brainer. This year there has been more speculation. So are we the best or is this just the tournament being the tournament?
If we are the best, does that mean Michigan will finally get the respect we deserve, or do we have to make it past UK for anyone to start believing that this team can win it all?
I think that the B1G is definitely the best conference, and this just proves it. I'm not sure that the media or anyone else will give us a fighting chance in this game, though. I would hope that should we make a second-straight Final Four, the critics will drop. Thoughts?