Mike Lantry, 1972
After an incredible regular season of Michigan Basketball which will hopefully be followed by a great postseason, one has to wonder, was this season better/more exciting than last years? I know that we don't have Burke or Hardaway any more, but we also didn't experience the humiliating blowout in East Lansing or the embarassment in State College. Honestly, I was way less excited for this basketball season, thinking that a year like 2012-2013 was almost too good to be topped. Maybe it's just me, but I think when comparing the two seasons at this point, I think I am more happy with how this season has played out SO FAR.
Hopefully we have great tourney run that establishes this year's team as one of our best to play basketball ever - Go Blue, Big Ten Champions!
Good win for the boys today over IU, finishing off a regular season that included at least one victory over every single Big Ten team. Defense struggled a little bit, but Indiana did hit some very difficult shots as well. Offense looked good for the most part, sparked by a strong senior night effort for JMo.
After this great Big Ten regular season, how confident is everyone feeling about the Big Ten Tournament and the "Big Dance"? I personally feel like we're looking about as good as we have all season the last 5 games or so, besides the Wisconsin/Iowa/MSU gauntlet that we ran earlier this season.
Can't wait to get the postseason started. You know this Beilein led crew is going to be a very tough out for anyone, and a team nobody wants to face. Go Blue!!!
Go Blue, Beat the Hoosiers!
Harris was named one of 15 Wooden award finalists along with Nik Stauskas. Petteway from Nebraska would have been more deserving from the B1G.
Harris has had a rough season, his shooting percentages are way down. His defense has not been very good either although the meme is still strong in the media. Harris is a low efficiency high volume shooter.
Harris has shot the ball 376 times this season with 158 made baskets.
Stauskas has shot the ball 296 times with 145 made baskets.
Stauskas has outscored Harris 485 to 478 while taking 80 less shots!!!
With Kansas losing today it seems as if Nova has the last 1 spot. However the 2 seeds in order (using bracketmatrix and switching Nova and Kansas) are Kansas, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Michigan. If we do a simple comparison of the 5 schools we see
4. (RPI rnk) Villanova 27-3 24 SOS 5-3 vs Top 50
3. Kansas 23-8 1 SOS 12-7 vs Top 50
5. Wisconsin 25-5 2 SOS 8-3 vs Top 50
9. Virginia 25-5 28 SOS 3-4 vs Top 50
10. Michigan 22-7 6 SOS 10-5 vs Top 50
Now as of today I think of the 5 teams only Wisconsin has a gap over us. Kansas has 1 more loss, and a vs winning% vs Top 50. Villanova and Virginia both have SOS's that are about 20 spots lower than ours and arent close in wins vs top 50. I know their records look really good, but I remember in 2012 when MSU (27-7) had a 1 seed over 30-4 Missouri. One cause for concern is that 5 of our top 50 wins are vs Stanford, Minnesota, and Nebraska who are 46, 49, and 50 respectivly in RPI. So hopefully they all win this weekend and if Nebraska wins then that is a loss for Wisconsin which helps our case. Obviously, all 5 teams have conference tournaments left so we still have a lot of basketball to see.