It's that magical time of year when the weather seems poised to thaw the cold of a brutal winter and March Madness is on the brink of wiping out all productivity I hoped to achieve at my job. At home, I spend my time trying to beat last year's wallpapers for the tournament. Here's a hint: I don't think (outside of another Final Four run) I can even come close to topping last year's bevy of well-crafted work I pulled out of my ass at 2 am. But, hey, I can try to at least give you something decent to work with. That being said, these are just some generic wallpapers I've been working on this week (yes, I know it's Monday...THIS WEEK...it's a sad obsession). Hopefully, you will enjoy at least one of these until I get a tournament-flavored treat ready for you. That is, if I don't collapse from sleep-deprivation before uploading them. Also, my keyboard and mouse are dying on me...
"We Focus" Desktop (1920x1080)
"Win the game!" Desktop (1920x1080) [Comic-style panel #1]
"How are we going to play?" Desktop (1920x1080) [Comic-style panel #2]
"Not just a shooter!" Desktop (1920x1080) [Comic-style panel #3]
Ok, so these were quick and fun. I enjoyed putting the three panels together to form one super widescreen set-up at home. As I mentioned above, hopefully you will find one or two to hold you over until the real wallpapers arrive with the tournament. As always, constructive criticism and/or suggestions for future wallpapers are welcome.
/u/LOLmodel on Reddit compiled a list of how teams with top 30 offenses and sub-100 defenses have performed in the tournament (using Kenpom's adjO and adjD numbers). This year, Michigan enters the tournament with the 3rd best offense and 104th best defense.
The results were not incredibly encouraging, but I found it a highly interesting examination. Click the image below to open a full-sized (i.e. legible) version in a new window.
Sorry I couldn't fit more words in the title...
The reverse (top 30 adjD and sub-100 adjO is also available here).
Recap of the big ten tournament and covers the reaction to the ncaa tournament seeding. Enjoy GO BLUE!!
SB Nation shows what will happen if you pick your bracket strictly on school rankings from US News. Unsurprisingly, Harvard is your champion. Unfortunately, Michigan still bows out to Duke in the Sweet Sixteen. Probably as good a method as any for some of the toss ups in the first round.
Interesting tidbits: Two 1 seeds fall in first round. No B1G teams make the Elite Eight. Surprised by OSU > Syracuse and Manhattan > Louisville.
Loving the respect for this team. Oddly enough, they began the season ranked at #7.
This is the final poll of the season meaning Michigan will take the #7 ranking into the tournament.
The final AP Poll is released the day after the NCAA Tournament. Michigan will move up six spots in that poll.
Nate Silver has come down from his stat geek heaven to grace us with his own tourney projections.
Based on uber-stat-geek, Louisville has the best chance to win the tourney, followed by Florida and Arizona.
Michigan has one of the best chances to getting to Sweet 16, but it gets progressively tough from there with 3% chance to win it all (I believe that is better than what we had last year).
If you are looking to fill out your bracket and need help, this is probably good as any.