In a game of many lead changes in the second half, northwestern hit a 3 to tie the game at 68 with less than 30 seconds left.
Michigan took it down the floor and Siera Thompson was fouled. She is a 91% free throw shooter and the clutch Freshman buried both shots to win the game for Michigan.
According to the ESPN bracketology, Michigan is the second team in the "Next Four Out" section behind northwestern. So this could be a big game should the Wolverines continue winning (currently 15-8)
After the hot start to the conference slate, they team has come back down to earth and could very well be a bubble team. Would be great if they can get in in a rebuilding year.
Michigan gets #25 Purdue on Sunday at Noon on BTN. Michigan beat them earlier in the season at Mackey for the second straight year.
They were selected in the 3rd and 4th round of the game's draft, featuring only 1st and 2nd year NBA players. They will play for team Webber (yes that Webber).
Anthony Davis and Damien Lillard were the first picks going to Webber and Grant Hill respectively, and if anyone is interested anymore Piston big man Andre Drummond was selected in the 3rd round by Hill. The game will take place on the Friday of the NBA All-Star Weekend.
All Lunardi disclaimers apply.
M is a 3 seed, moved down from a 2 because of the IU loss.
Also, some interesting notes:
- MSU is a 2 seed
- Wisconsin is a 4 seed
- OSU and Iowa are 5 seeds
- Minny is a 10 seed
- Indiana is among his first four out, putting them squarely on the bubble. That's quite a rise for IU.
- FSU is still hanging on as a 10 seed.
Last, Lunardi's actual bracket set up just like last year, with matchups against Kansas and Florida. Oh, the memories.
Great win for the team and great way to celebrate a birthday for coach Beilein. Overall played well but too many unecasery TO granted we were leading the whole game. If we play like that wev got a great chance to beat the Iowa and OSU. Enjoy GO BLUE!!!
Now, that's more like it!
From Mgoblog, a Happy 61st birthday to our outstanding basketball coach! Particularly with the football program's struggles in recent years, basketball has been a great pleasure to watch. MBB is approaching elite status and is consistently a contender in the Big Ten and nationally. I can't thank John Beilein enough for what he has done the last 7 years with this basketball program. Let's get him a win on his birthday! Go Blue!