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?
Write your own algorithm for picking your bracket (or hard coding a Michigan victory). You can pull in all manner of stats and rankings, plus add your own special sauce.
Has default examples like picking by seed or at random, or increasingly based on seed in later rounds.
Nothing as silly as picking by SAT scores, but a chance to test your hunches on what is really going to matter.
Based in JS. I figured there was a decent enough programming crowd here to pass it along. Plus, there are actually basic JS lessons there too, if you are both into winning at sports *and* learning marketable skills.
Forgot to mention the prizes, the key one being $2000 hard cash for the valiant victor.
FoxSports attended the Michigan @ Illinois game as part of their College Basketball Road Trip. Due to the annihilation, the writers decided delve deeper into the background of Michigan's players from the media guide and found them to be the most interesting team in the world. Most of the stuff in the article is already known to most Michigan fans, but I never knew this one: Caris LeVert is the third cousin of Eddie LeVert, the lead vocalist of the O'Jays.
Google search for Eddie Levert's twitter and you find this tweet from a week ago:
Well!!!!MY COUSIN BE BALLIN FOR MICHIGAN LOOK OUT LEBRON GOTTA SHARE THE THRONE WITH A LeVERT