maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
I posted this before, but seems timely tonite
Have at it kids. Going for the outright championship tonight versus an improving and defensive minded Illinois squad. Hopefully our traditional -10 to -19 first half deficit issue is abolished.
Bracket Matrix lives here: www.bracketmatrix.com It has not been updated since Feb. 28. It says that it would be updated today, but nothing thus far. In any event, it has us as a 3 seed and it could only have gotten better. (I waited all day to post this, but now we're getting too close to tonight's game.)
I’m going to continue my history of misspelling this man’s name (see http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/monday-bracketology-1), Lundardi lives here: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology. Lundard notes (all unardi disclaims apply):
- Michigan currently is the second of Lunddardi’s 4 3 seeds. The one ahead is Iowa State and the two behind are Creighton and UVA. Thus, if you want to map out a path to a 2 seed, we obviously need to take care of business, but also root against Creighton and UVA, who could pass us with good wins. Also root against Villanova and Wisconsin, who are the last of his 2 seeds. In particular, an early BTT exit from Wisconsin or a Michigan victory over Wisconsin would help that effort considerably. That said, I still believe it unlikely that Michigan gets a 2 seed.
- Also root for FSU, his fourth team out.
- His projection has Minnesota as the last team in, giving the B1G 6 teams in.
- MSU is now a 4 seed to Lundard, OSU a 6 seed, Iowa a 6 seed and Minnesota fighting in the First 4 for an 11 seed.
Jerry Palm lives here: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/bracketology. Palm disclaimers apply. Palms projections are substantially identical to Lunard’s.
I thought that Ace was just having a little fun. But I give you this photo in todays Detroit News:
If anyone can embed, that's above my salary grade.
We all know what's at stake today. Illinois has been playing much better of late, so I expect this to be a tough game. The Illini are a pretty good defensive team (Top 15 Kenpom) and horrible offensively. Michigan seems to do well against teams that can't light up the scoreboard and rely on defense to win games. Illinois' defense is predicated on getting turnovers, but we don't turn the ball over. Still, this should be a close game throughout, and let's hope we can avoid another awful first 10 minutes before the shots start falling. 63-61 Michigan. Predictions?