at least it's not just us?
I hope it's Appling and Harris. That would cripple their team.
12 min left, Badgers up 8. Serious Big ten championship implications in this game, also a win that could help push the badgers off the bubble and into the tourney.
EDIT: Wisconsin wins 64-59. Big upset. as a (Blue)Badger, I'm pretty happy about it.
Officials, particularly in college basketball, favor the home teams, as well as teams that are trailing by a large margin. This has been well-documented not only by the average fan who has watched more than 3 conference road games, but also by people who actually study this stuff (Boyko 2007, Pierce 2009, AP 2009). Perhaps especially noteworthy was the Kelley School of Business 2009 study, which concluded that home teams should generally play more physcal, aggressive basketball to take full advatage of the bias. The question is, what, if anything can be done to combat this? Is home-court bias just part of the game? Do you want it to be? Thought I would spark a bit of discussion of a slow night...
Lundardi's latest is up:
Michigan is a 2 seed and he has us at Auburn Hills, which is almost as good as a 1 seed.
- 7 B1G teams
- Iowa among the first four out
- IU a 1 seed; OSU a 3
- Minnesota also a 3 seed, which I think isn't good enough for that team.
And yes, I know there's limited value to a January bracketology and I don't take this as gospel.
Scott Kreiger, the coach of Canterbury's basketball team, was interviewed at halftime of a recent girl's basketball game (podcast) and provided a brief update on Austin Hatch. Kreiger said that Hatch had been cleared for everything except for five-on-five full-court play. He also said that Hatch is determined to reach two goals—play basketball for Michigan and become a doctor. Here's a recent tweet indicating there's a chance he might yet play this season:
Austin Hatch cleared for 5 on 5 halfcourt. Still hoping he can play before season's end.— Brett R Rump (@IndianaWebSport) January 15, 2013
per Michigan Basketball via facebook
Michigan is now ranked No.5 in the AP and Coaches' Poll
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