Full NW victory and a nice story on Ducan Robinson for those that dont know much about him. Also the inside michigan basketball episode from monday for those who love the show. Just one more win! Enjoy
As expected, the Northwestern win isn't a huge help. The slight bump on ESPN is likely a function of two things:
1. Lunardi isn't all that good at this; at one point he had LSU as a #7 at the same time that everyone else had them as a #11.
2. There are a bunch of B1G teams in the bottom halves of brackets. Iowa, MSU, and Maryland are all expected to be 2-3 seeds, and Wisconsin has a good shot to be a 6-7 seed. Indiana or Purdue could also wind up a 6 seed as well. Given all of that, Lunardi may have artificially bumped Michigan up to a 9 instead of a 10 to avoid an intraconference sweet 16 matchup.
Basic takeaway: we are still very much a bubble team, and probably need another win, either in the next two games or in a BTT quarterfinal to get to the dance.
Duncan Robinson went 1-4 on threes vs NW and most of them were open looks. Duncan played 21 minutes and Dawkins played 19. But what was suprising was when the game was really close at the end, Dawkins was playing and Robinson was on the bench. Is Dawkins going to start playing more?
time for you daily reminder
still up on Motta, 30% to 19%
So No. 5 Xavier just beat No. 1 Villanova. This only helps Michigan: we lost to a team that is now gunning for a number 1 seed in the NCAA tourney. I realize that Michigan could have had a "harder" non-conference schedule, but cumong . . . if you are playing a number one seed in the non-conference part of the season, that's pretty significant.