This is worth its own thread, I think. Bo Ryan's presser from last night - it's worth 10 minutes of your time.
In it, he describes what many in the other thread have speculated at: He anticipated retiring after last season, but because of his assistant's dad's cancer, he put it off. Ryan and Alvarez decided that thend of the semester would be an apporpriate time to make the change, so this isn't out of nowhere - they just kept a lid on it.
I think we all had our moments of hate with Bo Ryan - I myself tossed a few unsurly words his way as a Maize Rager - but that was a hate born out of respect more than any other fan hate I can think of. We hated that he took a bunch of "less talented" players and made them a better team. And, well, he did look like an alien.
Kudos to a great career - your replacement won't be nearly as fun to hate.
Some of you may remember Wisconsin, a school Michigan used to be in the same conference with and regularly competed against in football. Well, looks like they are the latest big name program to jump off the Adidas train in the last few years following Notre Dame, Tennessee, and us.
I guess it's worth noting that they picked up Miami and Arizona State in that time, but the outlook still doesn't look great for them.
Wisconsin will be the third B1G program outfitted by UA, after Maryland and Northwestern.
Next year's game at the Big House v. Wisconsin should sting a little for Adidas, with two of their former marquee names squaring off in the first year of new duds.
EDIT: Original title was Michigan certain 9-seed in BTT after Wiscy beats Minny, but I didn't notice Northwestern one game behind us also at 6-11. Derp
Of course, Indiana and Illinois are out of reach.
Michigan will be seeded above Minnesota since
- After the loss to Wisc tonight, Minn can at best tie us
- We beat Minny in the only meeting this yr
To grab the 9th seed from us, NW needs
- to win @Iowa
- for Michigan to lose at home to Rutgers
- for Ohio State to lose at home to Wiscy
Let's go through the tiebreakers
- Results (Mich 1, NW 1; Mich 1, Minn 0; NW 1, Minn 0)
- In case it's a three way tie, Minny drops out here
Records against individual teams in order of standings
- Group tied teams together as single group
- Sudden death, first advantage found wins
- No wins for either Mich/NW vs Wiscy
- No wins for either Mich/NW vs MD
Wins against the four tied 11-6 teams
- MSU (no wins for either)
- Purdue (no wins for either)
- OSU (Mich 1-1, NW 0-1)
Iowa (Mich 0-1, NW 2-0)
- Note both Iowa & OSU
- lose to NW & Wiscy
- this weekend
- by definition of the scenario
Consequence (NW 9th Seed, Mich 10th)
- Group OSU & Iowa together
- Results (Mich 1-2, NW 2-1)
So the likelihood has increased (derp) that we will be the 9th seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will start play on the 2nd day on Thursday, March 12 against either Indiana (if Illinois wins @Purdue & Indiana loses at home vs MSU) or Illinois (the other three combinations of Indiana/Illinois wins/losses).
With its win tonight, Wiscy clinches the Big Ten regular season title and will be seeded first. The winner of the 8/9 game plays the 1-seed on the third day of the tournament in the quarterfinals. Thus, should we win our opening game, we likely will be facing Wisconsin in our second game.
2014-15 Big Ten STANDINGS
|#23 Ohio State||11-6||4||22-8|
Who would you rather face in the opener?
Interesting article about Gary Andersen leaving Wisconsin because of their high academic standards. He basically couldn't get the players he wanted into school. Not sure how he didn't know this going in but sounds like WI should be glad he's gone.