Loving the respect for this team. Oddly enough, they began the season ranked at #7.
This is the final poll of the season meaning Michigan will take the #7 ranking into the tournament.
The final AP Poll is released the day after the NCAA Tournament. Michigan will move up six spots in that poll.
Nate Silver has come down from his stat geek heaven to grace us with his own tourney projections.
Based on uber-stat-geek, Louisville has the best chance to win the tourney, followed by Florida and Arizona.
Michigan has one of the best chances to getting to Sweet 16, but it gets progressively tough from there with 3% chance to win it all (I believe that is better than what we had last year).
If you are looking to fill out your bracket and need help, this is probably good as any.
I was a senior at Michigan that semester. My friend and I found a large black lab mix wandering around South Forest on our way back to my apartment to watch the Thursday night games. He (the dog) seemed friendly but stupid. The two of us couldn't get him to come inside, but when my roommate appeared at the front door, the dog followed him like an old friend. After placing several calls and leaving messages, we learned that the dog's owner was a fraternity brother who was in Milwaukee as a member of the UM cheer squad. We had a fun evening with the dog, who enjoyed the cooked meat we fed him and liked lounging on the couch with my roommate, until we were finally able to reach someone at the frat who sent a few pledges over to retrieve him.
But I digress. Michigan, the 7 seed, lost the opening game on Friday night to 10 Texas, this year's 7 seed and a possible opponent in our second game.
Maceo Baston had a busy night: 9-12 from the field and 5-7 from the line, 23 points, 15 rebounds (7 off, 8 def) but also six turnovers. We outrebounded Texas 46-33, both teams shot the ball poorly, we lost 80-76. That must have been a frustrating team for Fisher to coach, with Maurice Taylor, Albert White, and Willie Mitchell on the roster.
Other notable coaches in that region in 1996:
Rick Pitino (coached eventual champ Kentucky)
Rick Majerus (Utah)
Tim Floyd (Iowa State)
Denny Crum (Louisville)
Tom Penders (Texas)
Todd Bozeman (Cal)
Dave Odom (at the zenith of his Wake Forest career)
John Beilein (Canisus)
I know we've got some creative minds out there so what are your Michigan-related or not bracket / pool names going to be?
Personally my bracket is going to be King in the North (for obvious reasons).
I tried very hard to connect South Park Candians and Stauskas but I drew a blank.
The Wall Street Journal has done their blindfold brackets feature again this year. For the uninitiated, it's an interesting interactive bracket where you pick each game based on a description of each team and its strengths and weaknesses, theoretically removing biases that you may have about the school or conference.
For what it's worth, I got a Final Four of Florida, Arizona, Iowa State, and Louisville, with Florida beating Louisville in the title game. It's not hard to figure out who Michigan is from the description; I had them losing to Louisville in the Elite 8.
I know there is a St. Patrick's Day pos-bang thread right below this, but because St. Patrick's Day stopped registering with me like 10 years ago, and because "Hmm, I forgot about North Carolina, they worked State over pretty good earlier this year" or "UMass has to be pretty good to get a 6 seed, I wonder if they can give Duke a game" do not warrant their own thread, perhaps this can be the one size fits all tourney talk open thread. Partake if you please.