The Michigan hosted NCAA softball regional is under way. Here's the official site's link:
|Friday, May 21|
|Game 1 -- #2 seed Notre Dame vs. #3 seed Illinois State, 2:30 p.m.|
|Game 2 -- #1 seed Michigan vs. #4 seed Wright State, 5 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 22|
|Game 3 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Noon|
|Game 4 -- Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2:30 p.m.|
|Game 5 -- Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 23|
|Game 6 -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.|
|Game 7 (if necessary) -- Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:30 p.m.|
Today's games were moved up, so if you were heading out, get there early! I'll be heading down to Alumni field, hopefully through Sunday!
The CCB released their tourney projection with Michigan headed to Louisville:
1. Louisville (7)
3. Michigan *
4. Toledo *
This is a pretty tough region, and I'm sure Vandy would love to get some payback on Alan Oaks in the opening round. For those that need a reminder,
The Commodores aren't nearly that good this year, but rather in the 30s of the RPI, well above Michigan. Michigan has played both Toledo and Louisville, beating Toledo handily at home and losing 1-0 to Louisville against a Thomas Loshe. This was at the Big Ten / Big East Tournament, the first weekend after losing Ryan LaMarre. Our offense was atrocious, but then again, Louisville wasn't hitting quite as well then either. A rematch would be awesome.
To get to that though, we've got to win the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota preview/WMU wrap due out tomorrow.
I take nothing that ESPN says to mean anything when it comes to baseball, but on their College Baseball Blog, Jeremy Mills predicts Michigan to be the Big Ten auto-bid and gaining a 3-seed at the Fayetteville, AR regional.
- No. 3 Arkansas
- Kansas State
- Wichita State
File this under "so crazy it might work." No one, and I mean no one, can adequately predict how our conference season will end, much less the tournament that will decided the single bid coming to the conference. This is just the first time I've seen Michigan in ANY bracket prediction.
Beat the Buckeyes this weekend, and we may see a lot more of these.
With all of the bad press coaches have got for the way they treat their players lately, it was great to see what Huggins just did. In case anyone missed it, Butler's career is now in jeopardy when his knee buckled. Huggins then came out and essentially hugged him and said some things to him about 2 inches away from his face. People may not like his attitude sometimes with the media and such but you can't question how much he cares about his players.
According to USA Today and Jim Delany the move to a 96 team tournament seems 'probable'. The NCAA board will discuss it further on April 29, and must apparently decide by this summer if they want to opt out of the last three years of their 11 year, $6 billion (!) agreement with CBS.
I know this has been discussed on here before, but for it to seem probably in my mind sucks. How about we just give everyone a trophy just for trying.
I think this match up poses some interesting issues for a Michigan fan. For me, before the RichRod hire, I'd certainly be pulling for WVA (because they're the underdog, not a perennial power, at a recruiting disadvantage, etc.). Plus, for a long time I hated Duke, although I recently started questioning that sentiment (because they run a clean program, play solid team basketball, eschew 1 and dones - some admirable qualities for a school in my opinion). Also, until this year, it had been a while since they've been the powerhouse they used to be. Anyway, I think I've downgraded my Duke "hate" to "dislike."
Then, there is the RichRod thing. Should we as a fan base be obligated to dislike a fan base that HATES us so much? Normally, I'd say no, but I think the way the school dragged our coach through the mud deserves some animosity.
So, after my internal debate, I feel that I dislike both schools about equally and I'll just be hoping for an entertaining game. Beyond that, the only team that I'd be happy to see cutting down the nets next week is Butler. I know I'm not the only one hoping for that.
Anyway, will you be cheering for Duke or WVA and why?