at least it's not just us?
Slow day on the board so I thought I'd ask others about something I've wondered about for a while. Having watched a good bit of the B1G women's bball tournament this week I was struck by how few people were in attendance and how far below the rim the game is played. I coached boy's basketball up to the JV level in High School and generally speaking in about 9th grade the game changes dramatically because at 15 many boys can elevate above the rim. In the games I watched this week none of the woman could get close to the rim, much less above it. And the pace the ball was pushed up court seemed slow as hell to me.
My whole life I've been told we should pay just as much attention to woman's sports as mens but are the games they play even close to being equivalent? I think a good 9th grade boys team would beat the woman's national champion. Is the reason interest is minimal in woman's collegiate basketball simply because the quality of the game is roughly that of 8th grade boys?
Here is a list of the team bars in Indianapolis for the BTT. They look to be the same as last year with the obvious addition of Nebraska.
Celebrate with like-minded fans at the following restaurants:
- Illinois - Ram Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery
- Indiana - Kilroy's Bar & Grill
- Iowa - Weber Grill Restaurant
- Michigan - O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Restaurant
- Michigan State - Slippery Noodle Inn
- Minnesota - Rock Bottom Brewery
- Nebraska - Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant at Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
- Northwestern - Buffalo Wings and Rings
- Ohio State - Champps Americana
- Penn State - Harry & Izzy's
- Purdue - Scotty's Brewhouse
- Wisconsin - Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
I moved to Indy in June, and I've been to all of these except Buffalo Wings and Rings. Jealous that Penn State has Harry & Izzy's because that place is awesome and fits the Michigan fanbase to a T. O'Reilly's was fun last year, but it is pretty small, hopefully the weather will be nice enough for outside seating, but it is snowing here today.
Hope so see some of you down here, I'll probably repost the list on Wednesday or Thursday if it's cool with the mods.
This is for anyone who's like me and has been on their couch since noon flipping between games. Currently on TV (that I know of):
- Pitt at UCONN (ESPN)
- VMI vs UNC-Asheville (ESPN2) [Big South Championship]
- Nebraska at Minnesota (BTN)
- Memphis at Tulsa (CBS)
- George Washington at Dayton (CBS Sports)
Let the couch cushion shaping continue.
Additionally, UNC-Asheville has a player named Matt Dickey who is apparently the Big South POTY. The 12 year old in me approves of this.
So heading into tomorrow's games, I think most fans will be rooting for Michigan and Ohio to win, so Michigan can hang a banner. I'm among that group. Get the sure banner for regular season co-champs.
But looking ahead to the B1G tourney, what determines seeding in the event of a 3-way tie at the top? I'm envisioning a world in which we could end up with the #3 seed if there's a 3-way tie, while if Michigan wins and State wins, MSU is the sure #1, and Michigan is the sure #2.
I think I read somewhere that State secured the #1 seed regardless, so it doesn't matter that much since #2 and #3 are on the same side of the bracket and if favorites all win they would have to play in the semi-final anyhow.
I guess the biggest reason it makes a difference is that first game. The #2 seed gets a first round bye and then likely plays Iowa, perhaps Northwestern. The #3 team, on the other hand, likely plays either Purdue or possibly Indiana in that game.
Again, I don't think the potential difficulty of that game is worth cheering for State instead of Ohio, but wondering if anyone knew how the tie-breakers work to see what the potential scenarios are.
One thing is for sure, UM cannot lay an egg at Penn State like they did earlier at Iowa or on senior night vs Purdue.
So I don't know how many of you knew this, but Time Warner (TNT, TBS, TruTV) are charging $3.99 to stream the tournament games online this year. To get it for free, text 0michigan or 0wolverines to 2653 to get it for free. Thought you guys here would appreciate that.