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The Midwest regional semi-finals have been set. Held in Indianapolis on Friday and Sunday.
One game is one of the biggest rivalry games in all of college basketball, Louisville vs Kentucky. The two teams played earlier this season in Lexington, with Kentucky winning 73-66. Both teams seem to have been hitting their stride late in the regular season and through the first weekend of the tournament. Either of these teams would be a very tough out for Michigan, if we are fortunate enough to make it to the regional final. Conventional wisom might say that Louisville appears to be the slightly better team. However, Michigan does seem to match up better on paper with Louisville than Kentucky. Kentucky's big men could pose serious trouble for Michigan, especially Julius Randle. Louisville, as we well know, are led by Russ Smith and Luke f%$#ing Hancock, who swiped a national championship from Michigan's grasp last season.
The second game pits our own Wolverines against Tennessee. Tennessee is led by 6'6" senior guard Jordan McRae, who averages 18 points a game, and a couple very solid big men inside. They have not looked like your average 11 seed in disposing of Iowa, UMass, and Mercer in the tournament. In fact, they are currently ranked KenPom's #6 overall team, 4 spots ahead of Michigan. Michigan is definitely going to have to play well to defeat the Volunteers.
We all know that ESPN/CBS will be talking up the Louisville/Kentucky game all week long, with little to no mention of the Michigan/Tennessee game. Michigan will definitely be flying way under the radar, which I think suits us. Hopefully there will be a large contingent of Michigan fans in Indy, as Kentucky, Louisville, and Tennessee are all not far at all from Indy either.
So our next opponent is playing on TNT as we speak. Mercer Bears vs. Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee's big men...are big, and athletic, and good. Theire guards can shoot and hit shots which also propel them.
Iowa St. - UNC is at halftime on CBS
Stephen F. Austin - UCLA will be on at 7:10 on TBS
Creighton - Baylor at 7:40 on TruTv
I've searched online for a schedule for the Midwest Regional games, but can't find anything yet. Does anyone know whether we are the first or second game on Friday and what times those games will be? Also, any idea what time the game will be on Sunday (if we are fortunate enough to make it)?
We have heard that John Belilein will not lose a game against a team they have a week to prepare for. (Good luck to Tennessee /Mercer) This article on Mlive talks some about the other problem for teams in the NCAA tournament. Bacari Alexander says that while Michigan can forcus on a few things that other teams do well and determine a game plan to stop it, other teams have to deal with a deep playbook with little time to prepare for it. Obviously the Tennessee?Mercer winnner will have more time however they still have no idea how Michigan is going to play them.
I think that's why Michigan will continue to be a factor in the NCAA's in the future. No one knows how Michigan will play. Whether it's Beilein having a week to tear your team apart or a team only having a couple days to prepare for Michigan's extensive playbook, Michigan has an advantage. Throw in abundant talent and Michigan is going to be a tough team to beat.
The B1G knows Beilein better from playing them more frequently so it's mitigated to some small extent. However, even if you figure out how to beat them one game, they may attack with a totally different game plan the next time.
Maybe I read too much into this article and over analyzed but I think Beilein will soon be getting the attention he deserves for being a brilliant coach and all around nice guy.
From Mlive:After feeling slighted, again, Michigan's Jordan Morgan stays on the warpath in win over Texas
Title says it all - good Mlive piece about Jordan not liking living in Ridley's shadow and what he did about it.
All day Friday, Morgan had to answer questions about how the Wolverines were going to limit Texas' massive center. One after another. And with each question, Morgan's focus elevated.
"I ain't got a lot of body fat on me, there's been a lot of weights lifted over my five years here," he said. "I'm not about to just roll over."
Morgan was as emotional as he's been at any point all season, including the team's senior day at the Crisler Center earlier this month. And when it was all over, and Michigan subbed him out for the final time, he was still letting everyone know about it.
He pumped his fists to the Michigan crowd behind the team bench. Got in assistant coach LaVall Jordan's face and let him know he meant what he said when he told his team he would be just fine vs. Texas on Saturday, and then finished up by head-butting sophomore Mitch McGary right in the chest.
- Did anyone else notice this?
- Do you think he was pissed or pumped.?
- If pissed, was anyone at the game able to make out what caused this?