"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
Beilein has talked about how the Big Ten didn't do us any favors by scheduling our first games against OSU, IU, MSU, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin on the road (seriously...ALL of them??). But one thing I noticed looking over the schedule yesterday was that our two biggest home games of the season are going to occur during Spring Break, which is officially Saturday, March 2nd - Monday, March 11th. We play vs. MSU on the first weekend and vs. IU during the second weekend, with @ Purdue during the week.
When I was in the Maize Rage the break tickets weren't included in the ticket package. IIRC, the home game vs. MSU was during Spring Break twice and the crowd was a combination of the "Blue Rage" and those students who bought the game a la carte. I personally believe that Home Court advantage means more in NCAA hoops than any other sport, and the students are the biggest reason for that.
Any current Maize Rage members -- do you have tickets to those games? Are you planning on attending? If not, can I buy your ticket for cheap? (jk, sort of)
I realize we have to play some games over break, but can't the Big Ten make an effort to schedule a game against a rival when the students will be on campus...geez.
Some solid games on today
Pitt is up two going into overtime over Syracuse. We're definitely pulling for the upset here.
Miami-NCSt should be a good game at 4.
At 7, Florida should kill Ole Miss and Marshall Henderson will throw a temper tantrum.
Lots of other ranked teams playing before our game tonight.
I'm not sure if this is thread worthy, so feel free to delete. However, when college gameday started, Jalen Rose was wearing a red and white striped jacket nearly identical to the IU hoops team warm-up pants. Did he lose a bet or something? Considering this is the biggest Michigan basketball game in a long time and it is in Bloomington, I thought that was absurd. Just my thoughts. On top of the fact that relatives of mine that are graduates of IU felt the need to point out how one of the Fab 5 was donning their team's colors.
4. New Mexico
3. Miami (FL)
That EAST bracket would be murder, 3 potential #1 seeds in the same region and a Butler team that is always dangerous (and getting its best players back after losing games without them).
The MIDWEST doesn't look that bad, but it has every team that is dangerous/sneaky. Miami (FL) is big a physical and destroyed Duke. Oregon is the best team no one knows about (not Ole Miss). I don't mind the Syracuse matchup...in most years I'd cringe. I think they're tough to prepare for. But if they want to bring that zone vs. this team...good luck.