Here is a fun fact that occured to me which I don't think I've seen anyone point out: Michigan has the best regular season record of any team in the B1G in the past three years. The teams' records are as follows (invididual season records are ordered as 2014, 2013, 2012):
1. Michigan: 40-14 (15-3, 12-6, 13-5)
2. MSU: 38-16 (12-6, 13-5, 13-5)
3. OSU: 36-18 (10-8, 13-5, 13-5)
4. Wisconsin*: 36-18 (12-6, 12-6, 12-6)
5. Indiana: 32-22 (7-11, 14-4, 11-7)
6. Iowa: 26-28 (9-9, 9-9, 8-10)
7. Purdue: 23-31 (5-13, 8-10, 10-8)
8. Minnesota: 22-32 (8-10, 8-10, 6-12)
9. Illinois: 21-33 (7-11, 8-10, 6-12)
10. Nebraska: 20-34 (11-7, 5-13, 4-14)
11. Northwestern: 18-36 (6-12, 4-14, 8-10)
12. Penn State: 12-42 (6-12, 2-16, 4-14)
*May they be attainted and stripped of all rank and title, of all lands and holdings, and sentenced to death.
Kobe Bryant is out for rest of season. From ESPN's online article
Bryant has been sidelined since Dec. 17 with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He also missed the Lakers' first 19 games while recovering from a torn Achilles in his left leg suffered last season.
After 18 years in the league, is Father Time telling him it's time to hang up the sneakers?
This idea was just something I wanted to look up and share with the board.
I wanted to see how teams fared in the NCAAT the season after they made the Elite 8. I started with how the teams from the Elite 8 in 2010 did in the 2011 NCAAT. So here it goes:
How the 2010 Elite 8 teams fared in the 2011 NCAAT:
Michigan State: Lost in Round of 64
Tennessee: Lost in Round of 64
Butler: Lost in Championship Game
Kansas St: Lost in Round of 32
Kentucky: Lost in Final 4
West Virginia: Lost in Round of 32
Duke: Lost in Sweet 16
How the 2011 Elite 8 teams fared in the 2012 NCAAT:
Kentucky: Won the NCAAT
North Carolina: Lost in the Elite 8
Kansas: Lost in Championship Game
VCU: Lost in Round of 32
Florida: Lost in the Elite 8
How the 2012 Elite 8 teams fared in the 2013 NCAAT:
Louisville: Won the NCAAT
Florida: Lost in the Elite 8
Syracuse: Lost in the Final 4
Ohio State: Lost in the Elite 8
North Carolina: Lost in the Round of 32
Kansas: Lost in the Sweet 16
In total, we have:
24 total teams. Of the 24, 6 did not make it or were ineligible for the NCAAT. 6 did not make it past the first weekend (out of the round of 32). 2 were bounced in the Sweet Sixteen, 4 in the Elite Eight, 2 in the Final Four, and 4 made the Championship game, with 2 winning it all.
12/24 either did not make the NCAAT or were bounced in the first weekend.
14/24 did not make it back to the Elite Eight
How the Elite 8 teams from 2013 are faring in 2014:
#1 Florida: 29-2
#2 Wichita St: 34-0
#5 Louisville: 26-5
#7 Duke: 24-7
#8 Michigan: 23-7
#11 Syracuse: 27-4
#24 Ohio St: 23-8
NR Marquette: 17-14
Projected Seeds (from Lunardi): 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 6, n/a
Outlook for the 2014 NCAAT: There is a very good chance that we could see more than half these teams return to the Elite 8. We can eliminate Marquette. Of the remaining 7, OSU would be the other team to write off.
Of the remaining 6, 5 have shown that they are capable of competing at a high level against tough competition. If I were to make a predicition, I would say that 5 of these 8 will make the Elite 8 this year. And judging from the projected seeds, this seems very possible.
Relive more of Michigan's tournament run with the beatdown of the Gators tonight at 7 on the BTN. Wichita St. beating Ohio State is on afterwards at 9 and Michigan's two Final Four games are both being shown tomorrow night.
Here is the full show for those who missed it. Skip to 25:28 and 36:10 for the important parts. Enjoy GO BLUE!!