I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I just wanted to take this opportunity on Senior night to thank the seniors for what they have done for Michigan Basketball. It wasn't always pretty, or flashy, but these young men gave their everything for 4 years to help restore Michigan Basketball to its once proud state. It's a shame that their last home game was a loss, but they should know they will ALWAYS be appreciated and loved by Michigan fans. They are true Michigan Men.
Now let's win this thing with house money.
A Baumgardner item at annarbor.com quotes Beilein as saying Horford's season is over:
On Friday, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein said it doesn't make sense to chance putting the 6-foot-10 sophomore forward back into the lineup this late in the year as he continues to recover from a right foot injury.
"We're just working him hard in half court (during practice) and thinking about the future," Beilein said. "I don't think it makes much sense (to play him now).
"It's not fair to him."
Horford's injury has been unfortunate as I thought he was posed for a breakout season, and the team could have used him in a number of recent games. He'll be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt at a later date.
Also on the injury front, Carlton Brundidge returned to practice yesterday and may be ready to play in Saturday's Purdue game. He's missed several games because of complications from asthma.
"He was sick before our last trip, he had an upper respiratory infection, so he didn't make the trip," Beilein said. "He practiced (Thursday) and (could be) full-go (on Saturday)."
This Saturday, Michigan has a chance to go undefeated this season at the Crisler Center (fka Crisler Arena).
When was the last time this has happened? I tried to find out and the best answers I came up with were that we went 9-0 at home in `47-`48 and then had an undefeated B1G home record in `64-`65 (11-0). I assume there must be a more recent season, but maybe not.
Aside from all of this, I'm damn proud of this team and the fans. Crisler has actually given us a noticeable home-court advantage for the first time in a while.
Cbssports.com's Jerry Palm posted an updated bracketology this morning. Similar to what we've been seeing from other sites, such as espn earlier this week, Michigan is still a 3 seed.
I think it's safe to say that Michigan's win this past Tuesday does put us at a firm 3 seed.
So now we have 3 regular season games left: vs Purdue, at Illi, and at Penn St. We should win all 3, but we will probably win at least 2 out of 3. That puts Michigan at 23-8. We get a bye in the conference tourney either way. We SHOULD win the first game (second round) which puts Michigan in the semi-finals. We do all that and finish 24-9. I say that puts Michigan at a 3 seed still, which would be great.
How to go to a 2 seed: go 3-0 to finish season (easily possible) and then go to the conference tourney finals. That would put us at 26-8 ….what do you think,..you think that would be enough to get to a 2 seed…or would we need to be co-conference regular season champs also (and also win the conference tourney)?
We obviously can still drop to a 4 or 5 seed by losing another regular season game and losing in the first game (second round) of the conference tourney (possible). And we could drop to a 6-7 seed by completely stumbling.
The website Complex has published an article (with great pictures!) of the best shoes Michigan players have worn through history. It's an awesome look back on the days of Ricky Green all the way to today. I remember most of these shoes, but forgot how many different styles the Fab 5 wore...many wearing different styles at the same time.
Your #1 shoe:
1. Nike Air Flight Huarache
Who: Chris Webber
After 1992, college basketball was never the same. Five kids from Michigan got together and decided they were going to rock baggy shorts, play with some major swag, and take the game by storm. It was also the year Nike released one of its most unconventional sneakers of all time, the Air Flight Huarache. Tinker Hatfield designed a shoe unlike anything before, inspired by a Mayan sandal. The shoe was one of the first to be stripped of unnecessary materials for a lightweight masterpiece. The baddest shoes on the baddest squad.