We've had teams start bad before and end up good but it is frustrating right now. Some of Beilein's recent recruits are not up to the standard of the championship teams but there's still time. Got to get better on offense, defense, and rebounding.
what on earth is AXS TV and why is a major tournament on it?
has anyone ever watched a game on it?
Evidently someone decided to build a state-of-the-art resort in the Bahamas, complete with a casino, water park, and something called a Dolphin Cay. They named it Atlantis – originally created by Plato as an allegorical state in the distant Atlantic, and eventually becoming prominent in popular culture, often as “a fabled lost utopia / dystopia, often described as sinking due to man’s hubris and descent into decadence” (per TV tropes). Maybe the folks that run this Atlantis mega-resort / Carribean wonderland understand the irony of the name.
They’ve started an annual college basketball tournament, typically one that features some of the country’s elite programs – it’s surrealist basketball, played in a ballroom with the crowd bathed in a gloomy royal blue glow. This year, it’s a good field with intriguing possible matchups, the headliners being two opening-round contests between in-state rivals (Gonzaga vs. Washington and Texas vs. Texas A&M), and possible semi-final matchups between Syracuse and either UConn or Michigan (the former would be a reprise of a prominent regional rivalry in the old Big East, the latter would be the 2013 Final 4 rematch / Tyus Battle Classic).
Probabilities are derived from a log5 analysis of the Pythagorean rating on Kenpom (the probabilities were run at the completion of Tuesday’s games); the # next to the team name is their Kenpom Rank (out of 351 D-1 teams)
Ace will do a traditional game preview for the contest against UConn later this afternoon, but I’ll give a brief rundown of Michigan’s potential opponents on days two and three in the Bahamas. Blurbs on each of the other six teams are after the jump.
Good job, good effort.