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If you're like me and went to Michigan during the late 80's and early 90's and lived through the Christian Laettner years, you quickly grew to enjoy your basketball in two simple servings that probably remain until this day:
1. When Michigan wins.
2. When MSU/OSU/Duke lose.
With that, I gladly share that Coach Eye Chart's team is out of the top 25 for the first time in 8 years. Hopefully the first of a lot of good news in the next 20 hours:
Let me also add that no one does Grecian Formula like 69 year old Coach K with his precious dark black, bowl cutted coiffure.
Just released today, the latest bracketology has Michigan at a 7 seed. These are still fairly meaningless, but it is nice to see the team firmly off the bubble and creeping towards an attractive seed.
Depending on how the last 9 games + BTT go my guess is that anything from a 4 to a 10 or 11 is possible. I'm hoping for a 6. Barring a complete meltdown they aren't missing the tournament.
Other teams of note:
Xavier - 2
Iowa - 1
MSU - 3
Maryland - 3
Purdue - 4
Indiana - 6
Wisconsin is in the "next four out" category and OSU is nowhere to be found.
Despite losing star guard Caris LeVert for a month due to injury, Michigan currently sits in fourth place at 7-2 in the Big Ten; after a so-so non-conference showing, the Wolverines’ strong start to conference play has allayed any concerns about missing the NCAA Tournament. Still, there’s a lack of clarity with this team – even disregarding the uncertainty regarding LeVert’s return and ability to quickly and seamlessly reintegrate into the lineup.
With the notable exception of the win over Maryland, Michigan still is essentially a team that’s beaten the teams they should’ve beaten and lost to the teams they should’ve lost to (two neutral site games, UConn (loss) and Texas (win), were the only two against opponents close to U-M in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings). For the most part, the Wolverines’ wins in the Big Ten have been rather pedestrian: Rutgers and Minnesota were uninspiring home victories over terrible teams, sweeping Penn State isn’t a notable resume event, and the road wins in Big Ten play – over Illinois and Nebraska – were against teams that will surely miss the NCAA’s.
Still, between that win over the Terrapins, the complete lack of bad losses, and the tantalizing potential of adding an All-American level player to a team that’s already playing pretty well, there’s reason to hope that Michigan can round into a formidable squad heading into postseason play. The schedule from here on out in the Big Ten is undeniably harder – starting this week with home contests against Indiana and Michigan State. After Michigan’s solid start to the conference season, there are a few things we can point to as pretty important moving forward:
[After the jump, those things]
still in first, do not forget to vote daily
Tami Carr coming up on WTKA
Right behind Duke and S Carolina..This is the highest theyve been all year and first time in the 20s.
Other notable M opponents
Indiana is #46....we need another win over a top 50 rpi . We are right in the hun for the BIG title and this game is absolutely Huge....
No NFL today, plenty of time to vote