"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
They just showed Beilein and Stauskas being mic'd up in the intro saying "we'll talk to our winners"
Here we go!
I don't think it's directly Michigan-related at this point, but it's not as OT as True Detective or Cosmos so I'll throw it out there anyway.
Curious about what people think about this:
Most of what I see in bracketology commentary, here and elsewhere, rests on a tacit assumption that a win is a win and a loss is a loss, regardless of score. Thump a team by 30 or beat them on a last-second banked-in three, it's all the same to your RPI, your RPI/SOS (and everyone else's), your record against whatever class of teams you want to consider.
But to me there's a big difference between firmly establishing your superiority over a team vs. winning a coinflip at the buzzer.
To make this concrete, two teams each with ten losses playing very comparable schedules. Team A played the #97 SOS at kenpom; team B the #95 SOS.
Team A lost games by 1, 2, 2 (OT), 2, 3, 4, 4 (OT), 4 (OT), 9 and 14. The 14-point loss was at the kenpom #29, the 9-point loss was at the kenpom #1
Team B lost games by 1, 2 (OT), 4, 5 (OT), 7, 8, 10, 14, 16 and 25. The 25-point loss was at the kenpom #90, the 16-point loss was at the kenpom #129, the 14-point loss was at the kenpom #67. And the 25-point loss was their last game of the season--it's not like they're heading into the tournament with a full head of steam.
Team B is in Lunardi's most recent bracket. Team A has never appeared even in his last eight out. (Yes, I know, Lunardi. It's similar across the matrix.)
Why? To me, team A has only been soundly beaten twice, by very good teams. Other than that they've just lost more than their share of coinflips. Team B's gotten completely dominated several times, sometimes by bad teams.
Shouldn't that matter? At this point team B has firmly established that they aren't a top-25 caliber team. With team A I'm not sure--maybe they aren't, maybe they are and they've been unlucky.
Am I swimming against the herd here? I understand that the committee might not want to make a lot of noise about point spreads because they don't want to encourage coaches/teams to run up the score. But should they ignore them altogether?
(If you're still wondering or want to fact-check, team A is Utah and team B is Arkansas.)
The Sporting News teams are one of the four used by the NCAA in determining consensus basketball All-Americans (AP, NABC, and USBWA are the other three). Nik Stauskas was today named to SN's second team for 2013-14. No other Big Ten player was among the 15 selected to the first, second, and third teams.
Every player on this list, save for the freshmen, made incremental improvements from season to season in order to wind up as an All-American. More than anyone else, Stauskas redefined his game. As a freshman he primarily was a catch-and-shoot weapon for the Wolverines in their charge to the 2013 NCAA championship game. He became a ballhandler in his second season, attacking defenders with his newly unleashed ability to dribble the ball and penetrate the lane. His assists total nearly doubled (52 to 99) and his free throw attempts did, too (87 to 164). His 25-point, 5-assist performance against Michigan State on Feb. 23 helped send the Wolverines in the direction of a Big Ten regular-season title.
Generally speaking, I imagine most people would agree that it is beneficial to have a large contingent of Michigan fans present for neutral-site games. I have seen the majority of posts indicating that Milwaukee would be the most preferable location for Michigan's first two rounds, as Michigan alum are littered throughout the Upper Midwest. That said, I can't help but thinking Buffalo would be equally as desirable for several reasons.
Ann Arbor to Buffalo: Approximately 298 Miles (Source -- Google Maps)
Ann Arbor to Milwaukee: Approximately 331 miles (Source -- Google Maps)
I have never driven from Ann Arbor to Buffalo, or vice versa, so I defer to the board as to the pros and cons. I have driven the Milwaukee route many times, and the relative ease or difficulty depends on traffic and weather.
I wonder if droves of Wisconsin supporters would show up just to cheer against us or for us (B1G pride?). I wonder if our gigantic Chicago-based alumni would take over the arena. I wonder if Stauskas is generating significant Ontario-based support and pride that would translate into large groups crossing the border to cheer on their new Canadian hero. I wonder if the rather large Ohio and New York-based Michigan alumni network would rally.
What say you?
UM is tied with SDSU for 8th. Nova is 3rd. Kansas 10. Syracuse 11. Wisky 12.
EDIT: the reason I didn't link was b/c the link wasn't out yet. The AP hadn't updated it's site yet when the poll hit my desk. Sorry.
Title speaks for itself. Link: http://espn.go.com/ncb/bracketology
What do you guys think we have to do in the B1G Tourney to keep a 2? Anything?