no, YOU'RE off topic
12 min left, Badgers up 8. Serious Big ten championship implications in this game, also a win that could help push the badgers off the bubble and into the tourney.
EDIT: Wisconsin wins 64-59. Big upset. as a (Blue)Badger, I'm pretty happy about it.
Officials, particularly in college basketball, favor the home teams, as well as teams that are trailing by a large margin. This has been well-documented not only by the average fan who has watched more than 3 conference road games, but also by people who actually study this stuff (Boyko 2007, Pierce 2009, AP 2009). Perhaps especially noteworthy was the Kelley School of Business 2009 study, which concluded that home teams should generally play more physcal, aggressive basketball to take full advatage of the bias. The question is, what, if anything can be done to combat this? Is home-court bias just part of the game? Do you want it to be? Thought I would spark a bit of discussion of a slow night...
Lundardi's latest is up:
Michigan is a 2 seed and he has us at Auburn Hills, which is almost as good as a 1 seed.
- 7 B1G teams
- Iowa among the first four out
- IU a 1 seed; OSU a 3
- Minnesota also a 3 seed, which I think isn't good enough for that team.
And yes, I know there's limited value to a January bracketology and I don't take this as gospel.
Scott Kreiger, the coach of Canterbury's basketball team, was interviewed at halftime of a recent girl's basketball game (podcast) and provided a brief update on Austin Hatch. Kreiger said that Hatch had been cleared for everything except for five-on-five full-court play. He also said that Hatch is determined to reach two goals—play basketball for Michigan and become a doctor. Here's a recent tweet indicating there's a chance he might yet play this season:
Austin Hatch cleared for 5 on 5 halfcourt. Still hoping he can play before season's end.— Brett R Rump (@IndianaWebSport) January 15, 2013
per Michigan Basketball via facebook
Michigan is now ranked No.5 in the AP and Coaches' Poll
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For the first time since December 23, 2002, the Michigan women's basketball team has been voted into the AP top 25. At 14-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten, the team is off to its best-ever start both overall and in the conference. They're also on a nine-game winning streak. Next up: Northwestern on the road Thursday at 8pm ET.
Barnes Arico has been in this position before. She led St. John's to its first ranking in 22 years back in 2006 and the Red Storm turned into one of the better teams in the Big East under her leadership. She's hoping for the same success at Michigan.
''We're going to talk about get ranked. Don't forget how we got here and the hard work it takes to stay,'' she said. ''I'm having them come in and we're going to talk about how to handle it. Make sure we continue to work and not let it go to our heads. We're going to enjoy it too. It's a place that Michigan hasn't been in the last 10 years.''
As the wins this season kept piling up, Barnes Arico admitted that her son Trevor had been ''bugging'' her to see when the Wolverines would get ranked. The last time Michigan was in the poll, he was just four months old.
''He'll be really happy when he comes home from school today,'' she said laughing.