Every site is trolling for clicks today with their "Way Too Early Top 25" rankings. Joe Lunardi took it a step further by actually predicting the 2016 bracket. We're an 11 seed in a play-in game against Oregon.
Chris Balas: Austin Hatch will be on the MBB roster next year [EDIT: But Sam thinks Michigan would make room for Brown]
I know we had a post yesterday saying Coach Beilein expects no attrition* from the team, but that post did not say that Hatch would remain on athletic scholarship. Chris Balas (the link is free) now reports Coach Beilein said yesterday that Hatch would be on the team next year. This means, FWIW, that Michigan will only have room for Jaylen Brown if LeVert leaves for the NBA.
Editorial: My admiration for Coach Beilein never stops growing, and obviously I love Hatch. But man would it be nice to have Jaylen Brown!
*This does not account for LeVert or Bielfeldt.
EDIT: See Maison Bleue's post below for Sam Webb's thoughts on the situation. Sam disagrees with Balas's take.
Other B1G teams..
#11 Michigan State
So the 2014-15 NCAA basketball season came to an end last night (mercifully). Watercooler talks may still be going on about last night's game or what your favorite team has to look forward to next year. Also, people are collecting on their bracket pool money in offices and households as well. Who won money out there? My family doesn't play for money. The winner of our group gets to choose where we go out for dinner and we have to do a 'chore' for that person. My wife won this year.....I'm in trouble.
There was no money put into the ESPN Tournament Challenge, but bragging rights are also very important.
Congratualtions to owner knighthockey10 with his entry 'goblue 10' for winning this year's group challenge! He tallied an amazing 1540 points. He beat out runner-up darnelljporter who scored 1520 points. dmtatum_55 would have won the challenge if Wisconsin had been able to pull it off, but instead finished in 13th.
And the person in last place....housmanlyndsey...finished with 300 points. Better luck next year.
Thank you to everyone who participated. We had 643 entries this year compared to only 440 in 2014. This was not as volatile as last year, since last year's winning entry (kirby0013) only had 990 points!
Enjoy the offseason! And as always, GO BLUE!
When I was young and innocent, I remember often being frustrated whenever officiating robbed student athletes of their rightful achievement. So after witnessing the officials last night refuse to make the correct call after video replay (objective proof of their intent), I was reminded of a quote from Orwell. And after reflection, I've realized how sad it is that I've just come to accept intentionally incorrect officiating as something that cannot be changed.
"WHEN I read of the goings-on in the House of Commons the week before last, I could not help being reminded of a little incident that I witnessed twenty years ago and more.
It was at a village cricket match. The captain of one side was the local squire who, besides being exceedingly rich, was a vain, childish man to whom the winning of this match seemed extremely important. Those playing on his side were all or nearly all his own tenants.
The squire’s side were batting, and he himself was out and was sitting in the pavilion. One of the batsmen accidentally hit his own wicket at about the same moment as the ball entered the wicketkeeper’s hands. ‘That’s not out,’ said the squire promptly, and went on talking to the person beside him. The umpire, however, gave a verdict of ‘out’, and the batsman was half-way back to the pavilion before the squire realized what was happening. Suddenly he caught sight of the returning batsman, and his face turned several shades redder.
‘What!’ he cried, ‘he’s given him out? Nonsense! Of course he’s not out!’ And then, standing up, he cupped his hands and shouted to the umpire: ‘Hi, what did you give that man out for? He wasn’t out at all!’
The batsman had halted. The umpire hesitated, then recalled the batsman to the wicket and the game went on.
I was only a boy at the time, and this incident seemed to me about the most shocking thing I had ever seen. Now, so much do we coarsen with the passage of time, my reaction would merely be to inquire whether the umpire was the squire’s tenant as well."