i would find this more credible if it was about Tom Crean
7 pm: Cincinnati vs Louisville, MSU vs Florida, Providence vs Marquette
7:30 pm: Canisius vs Quinnipiac
8 pm: Robert Morris vs Bryant
8:15: Indiana vs Nebraska
9pm: Michigan vs Purdue, UCLA vs Oregon, Houston vs Uconn
Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology is out - he has Michigan as a #2 seed in the East, with possible matchups against #7 Gonzaga, #3 Duke/#6 Umass, with #4 Oklahoma and #1 Syracuse (and #5 Wisconsin) in the top half.
#2 is the highest projection I've seen so far, but hey, it's January. Beilein has another 6 weeks to work further magic.
I think Michigan starts slow in this one, but pulls away in the 2nd half for a 79-63 win. Last night showed us there are no easy wins in the Big Ten, even at home against teams in the bottom half of the conference. Beilein will have them ready to go. Predictions?
Obviously not just a shooter reference included in the write-up:
These matchup nightmares aren’t necessarily an elite scorer, a potential NBA lottery pick or someone who fills up the stat sheet each night. They’re simply the toughest players in college basketball to get ready for. Certain stars are obvious: Kansas’ Joel Embiid, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Duke’s Jabari Parker come to mind.
But who are some under-the-radar matchup nightmares? Which lesser-known players affect a coach’s preparation more than almost any others? Let’s take a look at the top 10.
Tie game in the final minute at Columbus!
Later, Wisconsin and Northwestern.