Given ESPN's consistent undervaluing of Michigan this tournament, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at ESPN "analyst" Myron Medcalf's "10 bold predictions for the Sweet 16" published last week. Here we go:
1. "Louisville over Kentucky by double digits"
-Kentucky won 74-69
2. "Johnny Dawkins (Stanford) to the Elite Eight"
-Dayton won 82-72
3. "Cuonzo Marton, too."
-Michigan won 73-71
4. "Dayton-Stanford will be the best game of the weekend."
-Dayton led nearly the entire game and won by double digits.
5. "Naz Long will be the difference in Iowa State-UConn."
-Long had 7 points, 0 assists, and 4 fouls in a loss to UConn
6. "UCLA will push Florida to the brink."
-Florida led the entire second half and won by double digits.
7. "Overtime for San Diego State-Arizona."
8. "Isaiah Austin's big night will power Baylor past Wisconsin."
-Austin scored 12 points on 5-12 shooting in a 17-point loss.
9. "The Vols will go down swinging against Louisville in an Elite Eight thriller."
10. "Tom Izzo's Final Four streak will end."
-While this technically may still happen, the prediction was that the streak would end from a loss to Virginia. Wrong.
While I'm usually not one to follow the media-bashing trend, this is an epic and hilarious amount of fail. Literally every single prediction has been wrong. Classic ESPN.
As I'm right now scouring the ticket websites looking to buy either 1 or 2 tickets for tomorrow, I need information on what sections/areas of Lucas Oil Stadium are most likely to be most Michigan-friendly.
I would assume that anyone on the blog that attended last night's victory over UT would be in the know. Any help will be greatly appreciated, as I want to jump on tickets soon. I don't think tickets will get much cheaper on the secondary market than they currently are, with both fan bases within easy driving distance of Indy.
BTW, if anyone has an extra...
Michigan opens a 2 point dog versus a UK team that just took down a #1 and #4 and is trying to recreate 91-92 Fab 5 magic.
MSU a pretty heavy favorite here as UConn is going to have major issues matching their front line.
Wisconsin getting decent respect versus an athletic Arizona squad; two long teams and an interesting clash.
Florida of course heavy favorite vs Cinderella.
A Yahoo reporter has taken a side on the call. Enjoy:
There's at least one funny "Volunteer" comment.
The reporter (Kaduk) is a former Wisconsin Badger and big Chicago sports fan:
Presumably not a Michigan fan? :)
Michigan, Wisconsin, and Staee all made it to the Elite Eight, giving the B1G 3 teams to make it this far, more than any other conference. It's not hard to see since it's only 8 teams, but here's the breakdown:
B1G (3): Michigan, Wisconsin, Staee
SEC (2): Florida, Kentucky
Pac-12 (1): Arizona
AAC (1): Uconn
A-10 (1): Dayton
(Nicely done, ACC; Big 12.... nicely done.)
My question, then, is does this at all validate the B1G as the best conference in basketball? Last year it was a no-brainer. This year there has been more speculation. So are we the best or is this just the tournament being the tournament?
If we are the best, does that mean Michigan will finally get the respect we deserve, or do we have to make it past UK for anyone to start believing that this team can win it all?
I think that the B1G is definitely the best conference, and this just proves it. I'm not sure that the media or anyone else will give us a fighting chance in this game, though. I would hope that should we make a second-straight Final Four, the critics will drop. Thoughts?