Welcome to the Sunday Open thread. Lots of games today, so let's get to the match-ups:
Around the Nation, Wichita State looks to cap off a perfect season against Larry Bird's Sycamores in the Arch Madness Final. This game is on CBS following:
Virginia at fututre Big-10 team Maryland. Maryland winning would be a good thing.
At 2:00 on ESPN3, we can all stream FSU vs. Syracuse, and watch Syracuse try and right the ship. We hope that FSU doesn't let that happen.
In the only other ranked game outside of the Big-10, we have St. Louis trying to figure things out too, and to do that at UMASS might prove too difficult.
There are a couple of mid-major championships today as well.
The Big South features Winthrop vs Coastal Carolina at noon.
FGCU aka "Dunk City" looks to punch their ticket against Mercer at 2:00 on ESPN2.
NW vs Purdue gets the day started on the BTN at noon. The loser gets sole possession of last place!
The day continues with MSU visiting OSU at 4:30 on CBS.
PSU takes on Minnesota at the Barn.
Following the PSU/Minn game is the game of the night. Nebraska looks to hold home court, beat Bo Ryan and the Badgers, and punch their ticket to the Big Dance.
After playing around at this site, http://bball.notnothing.net/big10.php?sport=mbb , if you're in the boat that you want to see Michigan win the BTT, we would want the following results:
Purdue, OSU, PSU, and Neb to win their games. This would have Michigan face the winner of IU/Minn, and the the winner of Neb vs OSU/NW. Iowa, MSU, and Wisc would be on the other side (along with ILL).
Trey Burke just tweeted the following (don't know how to embed):
I wonder if crean did the same thing he did last year after the game in Ann Arbor? Karma, It comes back to bite you eventually! #GoBlue
I love the support that we've been getting lately from Burke, Hardaway, etc. If players are leaving early for the draft, which seems like it's going to be somewhat of a regular thing under Beilein, it's important that these guys still stay connected to the program for publicity and recruiting purposes. Serves as a reminder to recruits about Beilein's recent success in getting players to the league.
Not much to say other than "Thank you" to JMo. Hell of a time at UM. He's been a source of great joy and great consternation for MGoBlog. Anyway, I'll be keeping this short since my keyboard/mouse are on the fritz. Hope you enjoy this! I'll be working on some more wallpapers for the tourney just like last year. As always, any ideas you'd like to see are welcome.
Illinois drains a 3 with .003 to play. This will push Iowa to the other side of the BTT with an Ohio win tomorrow and our side with a MSU win.
UPDATE: It appears that the 12,701 attendance listed from last night's game was a typo. It is now listed as 12,707 sellout.
This season at Crisler Center, the Maize Rage and fans had some of the highest attendance numbers in history at this building.
- 14 of the 15 games this season were filled-to-capacity sellouts. That is the highest in the history of Crisler Center since the Maize Rage's inception in 1998-99.
- The average crowd was 12,698 this season. That is the highest since the Maize Rage's inception.
- In the last three seasons including this one alone, there were 37 combined sellouts. That is more than 1998-99 - 2010-11 COMBINED.
The home season might be over, but this basketball season is long from over for the players and the fans. Crisler has truly become one of the most feared places to play in this conference.
One has to think how Jordan Morgan feels about seeing this place go from a meh atmosphere to what it has become today. His true Freshman season, there were only 3 sellouts and a paltry average attendance of 11,725 in a then-13,751 seat Crisler Arena.