it's a major award
While there is already a bracketology post, it largely focuses on Michigan's placement. I happened to notice a tidbit that has to do with our relationship with Michigan State. Over at ESPN, they are crediting Michigan for Michigan State's current number 1 seed in the NCAA brackets. Lunardi writes,
The Spartans' heaviest lifting was done, incidentally, by archrival Michigan on Saturday night. The Wolverines' huge win against Ohio State gave Sparty the outright Big Ten lead. The Spartans then put their own cherry on the sundae at Purdue, and we no longer can deny a clear leader of the nation's No. 1 conference.
I got to thinking: I have no problem with Michigan giving this gift to Michigan State.
- Personally, I think Michigan State is better than Michigan right now.
- Beyond that, I think that Ohio is vulnerable, and think Michigan State is better.
- Most critically, and the reason for this post: I want Michigan to win for Michigan. I don't care if that results in a better seeding and bracket for Michigan State.
On this last point, can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot? The reality is that so many Michigan State fans (and players) are so obsessed with Michigan, they would resent anything that helped Michigan. While I don't like Izzo, or the Spartans, I salute and congratulate them as a good team. I don't resent them, or wish them harm, or care about how what Michigan does affects them.
My focus is on Michigan, and what's best for Michigan. Michigan State? Not so much.
We are up to 13th in the new USA Today / ESPN poll. The other poll isnt out yet but since we were higher in that poll already could be higher than13th when it comes out. I was told we are up to 11th same as recruits we have after this great weekend in th AP.
For those of you wondering, I'm still alive... though I'll admit I did just roll out of bed about 15 minutes ago. Anyways, Trey Burke just won his fifth B1G Freshman of the Week award; here's the athletic department's press release:
Burke Garners Fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week Honor
Feb. 20, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) earned his fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor, as announced by the conference Monday (Feb. 20).
Burke helped the Wolverines upset sixth-ranked Ohio State, 56-51, on Saturday (Feb. 18) as he posted 17 points, five assists and two rebounds in 37 minutes of action. The win marks the third top-10 victory for the Wolverines -- a feat which has not happened since the 1992-93 season.
As the Wolverines led from start to finish over Ohio State, Burke was integral down the stretch for the Wolverines. With the shot clock winding down, Burke cut to the left side of the basket and laid it in to help U-M maintain a five-point lead with 1:19 remaining.
After a pair of free throws from Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Burke once again hit a driving layup with just 11 seconds remaining as he broke past Craft and hit the running layup off the top of the glass that went past a Jared Sullinger block attempt. The win helped the Wolverines snap a six-game losing streak to the Buckeyes.
On the season, Burke is averaging 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists, which ranks second in the Big Ten. Burke also leads U-M playing 35.4 minutes per game and is tied for the team lead in steals (24) and blocks (10).
Burke continues to be a candidate of the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team and even All-Big Ten. Overall he has hauled in six Big Ten honors this season -- one Player of the Week and five Freshman of the Week honors. He was a top-20 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard and is 11 assists away from breaking U-M legend Gary Grant's single-season freshman assists record of 140 during the 1984-85 season.
The Wolverines will return to floor on Tuesday (Feb. 21) when they travel to play Northwestern in Evanston. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on BTN.
Michigan is now ranked 10 at CBS. Ohio has dropped to 8th. Michigan has the most losses of any in the top 10. As I think about it, Michigan can play with almost anyone if Hardaway is on his game. And if Smotrycz is hitting, (along with Stu, Novak, & Burke,) we can give anyone fits. I have to say, I don't know how we'll beat the likes of Michigan State and some of the longer, athletic teams, but given how Beilein has coached the team, we can mask our weaknesses and somehow manage to compete. Considering that we already beat MSU, now Ohio, and played competively with Duke, we're doing very well. This is unbelievable. When we add McGary, Stauskas, and Robinson, we'll be in a better place yet.