It's been a remarkable week for the women's basketball program with the team gaining its first NCAA berth in 11 years and future Wolverine Madison Ristovski receiving the Miss Basketball award.
Tonight, three teams featuring future Wolverines won quarterfinal games—in three different classes—in the MHSAA girls basketball tournament, sending all three to East Lansing for the state semifinals.
Class A: Inkster and 2012 Michigan signee Kelsey Mitchell beat Detroit King 59-40 to advance to the semis. Inkster, which is the defending Class A champion, will play Grand Haven, the team favored to win this year, on Friday at 1:00. Grand Haven also features a future Wolverine (h/t to rob6reid), Abby Cole, a 2013 volleyball commit.
In the other semi, Ann Arbor Huron will play Grosse Pointe South. Huron is led by Devin Talley, daughter of former Michigan star Michael Talley. Huron prevailed over Saginaw Arthur Hill 52-39 in their quarterfinal contest.
Class B: Goodrich and 2013 Michigan commit Taylor Gleason defeated Detroit Country Day 56-47 in their quarterfinal contest. In the semis, Goodrich (26-0 on the season) will face Dearborn Divine Child on Friday at 7:30.
Class C: Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett and Miss Basketball winner Madison Ristovski, another 2012 signee, trounced Riverview Gabriel Richard 65-29. Liggett is paired with Concord in the semis in a game scheduled for 1:00 on Thursday.
Side note on the state boys tournament: Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy and Derrick Walton Jr. (2013 men's basketball commit) will play Detroit Country Day at 7:00 tomorrow in a Class B regional final.
It was one of the greatest comebacks ever. Western Kentucky (16-18) was down 16 points with 4 minutes left after letting Miss. Valley State (21-13) go on a 15-0 run. So with four minutes left in this game Western was down 16 points, then came all the way back to win it 59-58. And on a side note the Miss. Valley State coach was the point guard for Kentucky Sean Woods who was on the wrong side of the Christian Laettner hail mary to end the Kentucky Wildcats season in the Final 4 in 1992. Also Western Kentucky was (11-18) going into their conference tournament going in as one of the lowest seeds in the Sun Belt.
According to ESPN's lead crawl, The Orlando Magic have told Dwight Howard that if he forgoes free agency and signs an extension with them, he can decide the fate of their General Manager and coach. Further words fail me at this stupidity.
I just ran across a pdf bracket which has venue, Vegas lines, announcing teams, times, etc which I thought might be of use to those of us that like to have lots of information in one tidy source. Here's the link: http://j.mp/zz1NMa
(Ian Eagle & Jim Spanarkel? Good grief)
Great to see the wonderful recognition.
Why do a lot of people think Michigan is going to lose this game? Look, I know M is not Phi Slama Jamma, but what is it about this particular matchup and this particular team that is making this game the "upset special" of the first round? I am not expecting a cake walk here but all of the sudden every analyst and commentator that I see is acting like D.J. Cooper is a five time All American. I don't want to be the jinx guy, but I am I the only one that really does not see the ingredients of an upset here? I have taken a look at Ohio, I have seen them play and watched a little video. There are a lot of other matchups where a higher seed looks more vulnerable than Michigan to me. Prior to selection Sunday, JB was known as a coach who is a very tough out in the NCAA tourney. What's all the fuss about now?