chance of bowl: 13.6%
ESPN's Joe Lundardi updated his bracket today:
He still has Michigan as a 4 seed. On Friday we were the #1 4 seed and today we're the #2 4 seed. Not much of a difference.
The braket matrix:
won't be updated again until Friday. At last update (Saturday 2/8), Michigan was included in all 60 brackets that the matrix tracks and was an average of a mid-5 seed. However, most of the brackets tracked haven't updated in a while, so Michigan can expect its rating to be better when it updates on Saturday (prior to our next game, which is Sat. night at 9 PM vs. OSU).
At this point, many experts consider Michigan to be a tourney lock. We can lose out and still would be .500 in B1G conference play. However, IMO we still need another win because we could lose in the first round of the B1G tournament, which would push us beneath .500 if we really lost out. Given the way the team is playing, however, this shouldn't be much of a concern.
So I'm as pumped as you guys are about reaching nine wins in conference, seeing as how Michigan is all but guaranteed a tourney selection now - no small feat given the last fifteen years or so.
A few weeks ago I set about to make a web app that I could extend my bracket obsessing with, similar sort of to the bracket matrix but basically a build-your-own-bracket type of deal. I'm putting it out in the wild today to give it a spin.
Build a bracket, share it, or log in and save it and keep it updated. It is intended to be a free tool for everyone to test out their bracketology skills.
My goal is that come March I will have built out a lot of additional features including a "collective" bracket that averages all of the registered brackets, bracket scoring and rating for when selection sunday comes, etc.
What I need is for some ppl to play around with it and give me some feedback as to whether or not it's fun, where it breaks, and what kinds of stuff I could do to make it awesome. Send me your feedback here or on twitter @byobracket.
I hope you enjoy and GO BLUE!
Here we are February 12 and Michigan has virtually locked up an NCAA bid. Great job by Beilein and his staff. Great job by the team, especially Novak and Douglas, who refuse to let this team give in under any circumstance. This team routinely imposes their will on teams.
At this point M is in contention for a BIG title (hard to believe), and as far as a NCAA bid, it is only a question of how high a seed they can get. A 4 seed is not out of the question.
Wins over NCAA tourney teams so far is 5:
6 of 7 losses are against teams that will make the tourney and Iowa still might. Losses are:
That this team is 9-4 in the BIG in lieu of the shooting woes of Smot, Hardaway, and Vogrich, is a testament to the toughness of this team. An Elite 8 appearance is not out of the question, should they get there, this will undoubtedly go down as Beileins' best team ever. Beilien's WV team that made the Elite 8 went 24-11 on the season, 8-8 in the Big East and finished tied for 7th. Beilien's best conference finish in the Big East was a third place finish, which led to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA
Let's get it done boys.
|2004–2005||West Virginia||24–11||8–8||T-7th||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2005–2006||West Virginia||22–11||11–5||3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixtee|
EDIT: fixed spelling failure of Beilein. I don't think I have ever spelled his name correct until now.
Illinois at UM 1 p.m. Crisler Center
Let's get to 14-0 at home! GO BLUE!
Great post by Brent Yarina on BTN.com on remaining schedules of Michigan, Wisconsin, MSU and Ohio. We have the easiest remaning schedule, with oppponents having a 0.464 winning percentage.
We win our games, especially Ohio @ home, and we'll have a great chance of winning our first Big Ten regular season championship (shared or unshared WHO CARES!) since 1986. That is HUGE.