mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
Just announced on ESPN, the Michigan women's basketball team earns their second-straight NCAA bid. Congrats to them!
They're an 8 seed and will face Villanova in the first round on Sunday at 7:30 pm ET in Palo Alto, California. So, the good news is they got in, as expected, but the bad news is if they beat Villanova, they'll almost certainly have to face the 1 seed, Stanford, on their home floor.
The 8 seed ties for Michigan's highest ever. They had that same seed in both 2000 and 2001.
Here's the mgoblue.com press release: Wolverines to Take On Villanova as No. 8 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Note: The game against Villanova will be televised on ESPN2.
Doesn't know much about SDSU beyond the PG - will scout today and tomorrow to prepare for Thursday
Thinks 4 seed is fine despite UM having been ranked at #1 at one point. Allows team to play with a chip on their shoulder. Alluded to pressure impacting young team.
Rebounding from losses - same goal in mind, backs against the wall. Learned from losses and grown from them. Each loss was a learning experience that helped mature the team. Will fuel the team to make a run.
Plays with a chip on his shoulder due a lack of recruitment out of high school. Makes an impact every game.
Considers Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin to "have the pieces needed" to make it to the Final Four when pressed on who the Big Ten's best chances lie.
Difficult road in bracket - no easy round in any region. Trying not to look ahead and instead take each game game-by-game. Have what it takes, just need to execute.
Asked what traits of his are game changers: His style of game made up in his desire and will to win, which comes out at the end of games. Type of guy who can score, get into the paint and get others involved.
Three Weeks from Right Now, Michigan will be _____ : Still Playing
One year from now, Trey Burke will be _____ : Don't know, needs to talk to family and coaching
Received a lot of credit from the personalities for being polite and high quality - sure he's gone.
This is going to be strange with both M and MSU at the Palace.
I don't know what to expect with Michigan and Michigan State playing in the same venue, in their home state.
I'm somewhat fearful of MSU fans outnumbering M fans and making the Palace a hostile environment for the Michigan basketball team
Maybe some hockey fans have some insight with the college hockey games at the Joe featuring M and MSU.
As for me, I don't think I would boo the Spartans, but I definitely would be happy to see them lose
Yeah I know, facebook is the devil. I just thought this was interesting. It shows the rooting interest by county for each region, plus they show the rooting interest by county for three rivalries: Duke-UNC, Michigan-msu, and Kansas-KSU. The Michigan-msu split will probably make you chuckle.https://www.facebook.com/notes/sports-on-facebook/march-madness-fandom-o...
Brad Evans of Yahoo sports calling Michigan one of 6 “bracket lames”. States their defense will give them an early departure from the tourney. Other lames they mention: Gonzaga, New Mexico, Marquette, Florida, and Arizona.
Overall, not too kind, including such gems as "Blinding opponents with its retina-damaging florescent yellow uniforms hasn't even helped." Last line of article sums up their whole take; “Michigan is currently in the midst of a rebirth under John Beilein, but unless it maximizes defensively, its Final Four drought will surely continue.”
Congrats to Trey Burke on being named to the first team of the US Basketball Writers Association All-America team. He's the first Wolverine on the USBWA first team since Chris Webber in 1993. Jalen Rose, who was placed on the second team in 1994, is the last Michigan player to earn USBWA All-American honors. Burke is the 15th all-time to be named to either the first or second team. See also the mgoblue.com press release.
After already being named to the Sporting News first team, Burke's in great shape to become Michigan's sixth consensus All-American. The NCAA uses the SN, USBWA, NABC, and AP teams to determine the consensus first- and second-teamers.
Michigan's previous consensus All-Americans, first team:
Cazzie Russell 1965
Cazzie Russell 1966
Rickey Green 1977
Gary Grant 1988
Chris Webber 1993