Yeah, I'm in the same "why are we talking about State?" boat, but this singular RCMB post had four of us absolutely rolling. It's just an ambrosia-like morsel of pure comedy and sadness all rolled into one.
Enter, SpartyHardy: (emphasis mine, all [sic]s retained, of course)
As a Spartan fan this is an absolute living nightmare...truly the apocalypse. I feel bad for my Spartan brethren in Michigan who will have to suffer all the verbal abuse that Walvie Nation will be heaping on them if what I considered before the tournament started the unimaginable...the absolute unthinkable...happens on Monday night...and if it does...it will forever go down as Black Monday and further proof that...1. there is in fact no God...or 2. if in fact there is a God...he really does hate MSU and it's fans more than we ever could have imagined.
And even better....there's a part Two:
I can't even begin to comprehend what it must be like back in my old homeland right now. I wish I could save y'all from this unbearable agony and misery we are being put through. None of this makes any sense to me at all. This is absolutely devoid of any kind of real logic.This is the 5th place team in the B1G we are talking about here...the FUCKING FIFTH!!!! And they are playing for the NC....and all I can think of is....WHY? FUCKING WHY???? How does shit like this be allowed to HAPPEN...and WHO THE FUCK SCRIPTED THIS ONE?
Stay safe out there today, kids, and may the Angry Michigan State Fan Hating God (AMSFHG) bless and keep you.
I have the opportunity to buy some tickets for tomorrow off of craigslist. The seller says they are having an issue with paypal and want to do it through Ebay buyer Protection plan. Anyone heard of or familiar with this? I got tickets in 311 but these are an upgrade for the same price. Just want to be sure I'm not walking into a $600 scam.
Apparently last night, a few UM fans decided to take the celebrations a little too far.
Contrary to belief, they do burn stuff in Ann Arbor after a big win twitter.com/jackHammerTime…— Jack Lukas (@jackHammerTime7) April 7, 2013
You know just a couch here on fire in the middle of the street, the Michigan difference, go blue!! twitter.com/Danieljhall6/s…— Daniel Hall (@Danieljhall6) April 7, 2013
Pictures weren't appearing, here they are:
Looks like the line opened at Michigan +3.5 and has moved overnight to Michigan +4 (Moneyline is Michigan +155/+165 depending on the sites).
Kenpom has Louisville, at a 5pt favorite.
ESPN pickcenter has some data up as well... with Michigan an underdog according to several of their statistical models.
Michigan is 20-16-1 vs. the Spread this year... Michigan is 5-0 vs. the Spread so far in the NCAA Tournament.
Obviously we all know what a great coach Beilein is and he clearly loves his assistants. I thought I'd try to highlight specifically an example of the job they've done this season.
Here are the minutes from our opening NIT game against IUPUI:
- Burke - 32
- Hardaway - 30
- Vogrich - 19
- Robinson - 32
- Morgan - 27
- Stauskas - 25
- McGary - 11
- Albretch - 6
- LeVert - 0
At the time Vogrich was a starter, LeVert was on his way to a redshirt, McGary was struggling to play more than 10 minutes without fouling out, and Spike was relegated to garbage time mostly.
Let's look at what the coaches have done (with appropriate credit to the players) between then and now:
- Stauskas took the starting spot from Vogrich and became a prolific shooter
- LeVert burned his redshirt and took the bench minutes from Vogrich because he can play some defense and hit shots if needed.
- Spike is a regular part of the rotation and trusted with critical minutes against the toughest defenses in the country.
- McGary displaced a 3-year starter, is staying out of foul trouble, and is reaching his potential as a star center.
The fact that two upper classmen (Morgan, Vogrich) have lost playing time during this time and yet have maintained their solid attitude and contributions when needed is another testament to the coaches.
Even if we lose a few players to the NBA after this season I have total faith that the coaches will fit the incoming freshmen into the lineup in a way that maximizes their talent and the overall performance of the team.