Important game for the guys, a much needed win, let's hope they show up ready.
LeVert again won't play, sadly.
7pm on BTN
still winnning, keep voting
Third (current) round ends 2/28. Coach still has 30% of the vote in this round.
Advancing to the final 4 guarantees a minimum of $15K to Chad Tough Foundation, all leading up to the grand prize of $100K for final winner.
Edited to fix my misunderstanding of how the $ payout works!
SVG and the Pistons were obviously not enthralled with the results of the medical exam. Trade voided, and the draft pick and Joel Anthony are back with the Pistons.
While disappointing on one level, it's good to see that SVG did his due diligence and exercised his option to void what looks like a trade for a player with a wonkier back than hoped.
With the raging debate about where Michigan stands as far as what they need to do to make the NCAA Tournament, I wanted to take a look at teams that had similar records going into March Madness last year. Which teams made the NCAA Tournament? Which got sent to the NIT? To do this, I took a look at three crucial measurements the committee seems to use: RPI, Record v. RPI Top 100, and Non-Conference SOS.
Let's say Michigan beats Northwestern and Nebraska in the 1st Round of the BTT and loses to Iowa, Wisconsin, and the BTT QF.
That would put them at 20-12 with an RPI in the 50-55 range, a 4-12 record against the Top 100, and a NC SOS of 172.
|Team||Record||RPI||vs. Top 100||NC SOS|
First thing I noticed is that outside of UCLA (which was basically the last team in the field, the NIT teams had a record against the Top 100 that most closely resembles Michigan as well as very similar NC SOS. Teams with RPIs in the low 50s tend to make the NCAA Tournament, though. Once that RPI drifts past 60, you might as well start making plans for the NIT unless you have something outstanding on your resume.
What stands out is that Michigan would be the first team since 2013's Cincinnati Bearcats to not lose a game against a team with a sub-100 RPI. That Cincinnati team finished 21-11, with a RPI of 50, 9-11 against the Top 100, and a NC SOS of 171. They got a 10 seed.
And really, that should be Michigan's goal. If they hold serve against Northwestern and in the 1st Round of the BTT AND beat Wisconsin or Iowa, they'd have a very similar resume and I can't imagine they wouldn't get in. Also, Northwestern is currently at 103 in the RPI. Root for Michigan to beat them and then for the Wildcats to win their final 2 games and maybe pull an upset or two in the BTT.
This year's team doesn't have to win out, but the margin for error is virtually non-existent.