I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Happy birthday, Jalen. I can't believe you are that old because of how old that makes me. 40? Really? Youth is wasted on the young.
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Go ahead, my friends. Put it up, take a lap around the office. You deserve it.
Friday Fun will celebrate last Saturday, one of the Greatest Saturdays in the Offseason since last year's Most Greatest Saturday in the Offseason. Don't miss it.
Some new formatting news for the New Year:
THE BLOCKHAMS™ runs (typically) every Wednesday here at MGoBlog and on its official home page. Also, don't forget to check out the Friday Fun, my weekly single panel comic based on trending Michigan events, available on Twitter and the home page every Friday.
An interesting take from coaches that we've already played:
they don't say that stauskus is more than just a shooter!
just kidding, they say that stauskaus is not just a shooterTM.
Tickets are on sale. You can purchase single session tickets from ticketmaster via TravelZoo Detroit or Travelzoo Indianapolis (code TRAVELZOO). You can also purchase all-session tickets via Ticketmaster. I purchased all-session tickets in Indianapolis for $90 each in the 600 section (at least along the baseline, not corner or behind basket). Just wanted to pass this info along. I hope I didn't pull a massive jinx here. Final Four tickets are just insane and I can only find these hospitality packages which I don't want.
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Thought it might be useful to look through a poll archive and see who was #1 in the last January AP poll each year and where they finished the season. I went back to 1960 but, as you'll see, results in the early years are qualitatively different, partly because the tournament was smaller then but mostly thanks to UCLA. The January #1 made the final four 14 of 15 years from 1960-1974, a string weirdly followed shortly thereafter by a stretch where 4 of 8 got knocked out in the first round. In the last 30 years they've finished as follows:
- 4 won national titles
- 3 lost in title game
- 6 lost in national semifinal
- 7 lost in regional final
- 7 lost in round of 16
- 2 lost in round of 32
- 1 lost in round of 64
(Yes, the last 11 months of 1990 were a bad time for Missouri basketball.)
Seeding as we know it began in 1979. Since then, 25 of 34 January #1's were 1 seeds, 7 schools dropped to #2 and 2 dropped to #3.
The last January #1's to not make the tournament were Kentucky in 1954, banned for a point-shaving scandal, and Seton Hall in 1953, who chose to play in the then-more-prestigious (at least for east coast schools) NIT. Don't think we have to worry about either of those outcomes.
Here's the list (all teams were seeded #1 unless otherwise noted):
- 2012: Kentucky, national champion
- 2011: Ohio State, lost to Kentucky in regional semifinal
- 2010: Kentucky, lost to West Virginia in regional final
- 2009: Duke, #2 seed, lost to Villanova in regional semifinal
MemphisVacated, lost to Kansas in national final
- 2007: Florida, national champion
- 2006: Connecticut, lost to George Mason in regional final
- 2005: Illinois, lost to North Carolina in national final
- 2004: Duke, lost to Connecticut in national semifinal
- 2003: Arizona, lost to Kansas in regional final
- 2002: Duke, lost to Indiana in regional semifinal
- 2001: Stanford, lost to Maryland in regional final
- 2000: Cincinnati, #2 seed, lost to Tulsa in second round
- 1999: Connecticut, national champion
- 1998: Duke, lost to Kentucky in regional final
- 1997: Kansas, lost to Arizona in regional semifinal
MassachusettsVacated, lost to Kentucky in national semifinal
- 1995: Massachusetts, #2 seed, lost to Oklahoma State in regional final
- 1994: Duke, #2 seed, lost to Arkansas in national final
- 1993: Kansas, #2 seed, lost to North Carolina in national semifinal
- 1992: Duke, national champion
- 1991: UNLV, lost to Duke in national semifinal
- 1990: Missouri, #3 seed, lost to Northern Iowa in first round
- 1989: Oklahoma, lost to Virginia in regional semifinal
- 1988: Arizona, lost to Oklahoma in national semifinal
- 1987: North Carolina, lost to Syracuse in regional final
- 1986: North Carolina, #3 seed, lost to Louisville in regional semifinal
- 1985: St.John's, lost to Georgetown in national semifinal
- 1984: North Carolina, lost to Indiana in regional semifinal
- 1983: UCLA, #2 seed, lost to Utah in round of 32
- 1982: Missouri, #2 seed, lost to Houston in regional semifinal
- 1981 (tie): Oregon State, lost to Kansas State in round of 32
- 1981 (tie): Virginia, lost to North Carolina in national semifinal
- 1980: DePaul, lost to UCLA in round of 32
- 1979: Notre Dame, lost to Michigan State in regional final
- 1978: Kentucky, national champion
- 1977: San Francisco, lost to UNLV in first round
- 1976: Indiana, national champion
- 1975: Indiana, lost to Kentucky in regional final
- 1974: UCLA, lost to North Carolina St. in national semifinal
- 1973: UCLA, national champion
- 1972: UCLA, national champion
- 1971: Marquette, lost to Ohio State in regional semifinal
- 1970: UCLA, national champion
- 1969: UCLA, national champion
- 1968: Houston, lost to UCLA in national semifinal
- 1967: UCLA, national champion
- 1966: Duke, lost to Kentucky in national semifinal
- 1965: UCLA, national champion
- 1964: UCLA, national champion
- 1963: Cincinnati, lost to Loyola in national final
- 1962: Ohio State, lost to Cincinnati in national final
- 1961: Ohio State, lost to Cincinnati in national final
- 1960; Cincinnati, lost to California in national semifinal
Ok, so I'm ready to hit the hay, but I wanted to get this wallpaper up for those of you already looking forward to Saturday. Hope you enjoy it! I'll try to post a mobile version soon. Additionally, I will attempt to get another wallpaper for February up before Saturday. As always, I welcome constructive criticism and/or large sums of money.
Desktop Version (16:9, sort of):