mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
So, we all know there was a very tiny chance of Michigan completing its comeback against Kansas on Friday, as evidenced by the win probability chart Brian frontpaged earlier.
Kenpom records that at the worst, with just over two mnutes to play, Michigan had just a 0.62% chance to win.If that game happend 200 times, the math says Michigan would win one of them. (And another one would either be Schroedinger's Basketball Game or that weird 3/10ths of a child that American families somehow manage to produce on the regular, but I digress).
Was that the most unlikely comeback this season? Not even close. Kenpom Blog recounds 13 others that were even LESS likely. You'll need a membership to read about each game, but the article mentioning each one is free.
The winner? Northern Kentucky over Jacksonville, trailing by 13 with just 2.27 to go, had a .22% chance. It just goes to show, never, never EVER say die.
Which was the better game. Both were improbable comebacks.
Out of sheer boredom and procrastination in my last semester at Michigan, I created this hype video today of our favorite basketball misfits (or fits?) that has highlights from the previous 3 tournament games. This is my first time embedding a video to begin a thread, so let me know if you have any problems so I can fix them!
The video quality isn't spectacular because the Kansas raw footage is not exactly common currently (you will also see that I am a video making amateur). However, I am extremely satisfied with the finished product. I hope it gives you the same goose pimples it gave me when I watched it for the first time (ps: it killed me to go through some of the middle sequences)!
I'm reposting a poem that I shared earlier in the comments of the Lore post by Brian. Justingoblue did me the honor of a points bump so I could post my own content. I'm a little nervous since it's my first post but nothing compared to last night! I chose to make it a diary solely because it seems diary content fills up the whole center column while board topics include the user information on the left. Maybe this will allow the lines enough room not to wrap and will be easier to read. Moderators, feel free to place it somewhere else if needed.
This is the MGoBlog version. I have a slightly different version on my personal sight without the MGo jokes. Inspired by Brian's post: Exponent Time, Ernest Thayer's: Casey at the Bat, the Liveblog and, of course, the team! As I said before, I don't claim to be a professional poet or writer and it needs some revising. But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out so far. Anyway, get to the point man...
Good early morning from Korea. We have yet to be bombed and Michigan beat Kansas. That's how I like to start my mornings. Breakfast? Pancakes from chef Prince.
What an amazing game. I woke up needing to satisfy my euphoria with more content and found some fan videos taken from the stadium that you might enjoy:
This is from a Michigan fan courtside, sitting with a bunch of Kansas fans. Low quality, a little slow, finger on the lens... but the payoff is worth it! Also, it's cool to see how the huge video screen shows highlights from different angles.
This is a short video from high up in the rafters. This place is huge! The screen, again, changes the way people watch the game, I'm sure. Spoiler: Trey hits a 3 pointer.
This last video is just for the joy of it. Short, terrible quality, vertical video of a Kansas fan's pain. It's like seeing the evil twin in the mirror, and he is not us. (NSFW language)
Lastly, there are tons of articles which I will be enjoying all day. I loved this one up at UMHoops.com: An oral history of Michigan's comback win over Kansas. Read it!
Josh Bartelstein: “There was a timeout, I think we were down like 14. We brought everyone together and said ‘let’s do something special’. That’s what the message had to be: let’s do something special and let’s have people talk about this game forever. They’re going to talk about it forever now.”
Robinson: “The biggest thing (Burke) said that I took in was, ‘Believe.’ Just that. ‘We’re not losing this game. We’re going to come back and win this. We can’t go home without a victory.’ I believed him.”
I'm looking for Michigan locker room celebration type of videos (or vs. VCU for that matter). Anybody see anything? Share your post game videos, stories, favorite articles here.
(Jalen, you so crazy)