According to Jim that's a big "Hell no." Interesting response.
- 1.Kentucky (63)
- 2.Syracuse (2)
- 5.Michigan St.
- 6.North Carolina
- 10.Ohio St.
- 12.Murray St.
- 15.Wichita St.
- 20.Notre Dame
- 21.San Diego St.
- 22.Florida St.
Trey Burke has now equaled Cody Zeller for the most Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards with six on the year, and this is his second in a row. Here's the full press release via U-M Media Relations:
Burke Repeats as Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Earns Sixth Honor
Feb. 27, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) earned his sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor, as announced by the conference Monday (Feb. 27).
Burke continues to lead the Wolverines as they bid for the Big Ten regular-season title and a first-round bye for the Big Ten Tournament. For the week, Burke averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while playing 41.0 minutes per game.
Burke was instrumental in Michigan's comeback win at Northwestern (Feb. 21) as the Wolverines rallied to beat the Wildcats, 67-55, in overtime for the second time this season. He led U-M with 19 points and added four assists, two steals and six rebounds while playing all 45 minutes.
Burke spearheaded Michigan's offense in the extra period, draining the first of three straight triples as U-M took control of the extra five minutes en route to its 21st win of the season. In U-M's loss to Purdue (Feb. 25), Burke tallied 12 points, four assists and a rebound in 37 minutes of action.
On the season, Burke is averaging 14.2 points and 3.4 rebounds and ranks second in the Big Ten with 4.8 assists per game. He also leads U-M with 35.8 minutes per game and is tied for the team lead in steals (26) and second in blocks (10). Burke is three assists away from breaking U-M legend Gary Grant's school single-season freshman assists record of 140 during the 1984-85 season.
A candidate for All-Big Ten honors, including Freshman of the Year, Burke has hauled in seven Big Ten awards this season, with one Player of the Week and six Freshman of the Week honors. He was a top-20 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard.
Michigan is tied for second in the Big Ten with Ohio State at 11-5, two games back of 13-3 Michigan State. The Wolverines will play the first of their two remaining regular-season games when they travel to Illinois on Thursday (March 1). Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Our disappointing loss to Purdue obviously hurt our tourney seed, but not by as much as you'd think.
The bracket matrix:
has us as a 3 seed, albeit the worst of the 3 seeds. About half of the brackets that updated post-Purdue have us as a 4 seed, so we're right on the line.
Lunardi: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology still has us as a 3 seed, although he also has us as the worst 3 seed.
Our RPI took a hit, down from 10 to 15. IMO, we're unlikely to improve our seed at this point absent winning the B1G tournament, but losses could and probably would hurt. A loss to either Illinois or Penn St. pushes into 5 seed territory.
- both Lunardi and most of the recently updated matrix brackets have N'Western in, though in many of those, NWU is the last team in;
- losses from Baylor and G'town help us because we have similar profiles. That's also true of IU and Wisconsin to a lesser extent;
- 3 and 4 seeds will play in Columbus, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Portland and Albuquerque. Obviously, we'd prefer to be east of the Mississippi.
As everyone probably saw, Purdue gave Michigan trouble on Saturday by having its big man hedge really far out on Burke when Michigan tried to run the pick and roll. Burke struggled with this, seemingly because of his lack of height and because it was one of those no-fouls-called Big Ten games (contrast w/ the NW game earlier in the week). My question for people with a good understanding of basketball is this: What does Michigan do to counter the hard hedge (if that's the right thing to call it)?
Now that Michigan has finished all regular season home games, will Crisler Center renovation begin in earnest?
Obviously, Michigan will be using the PDC and perhaps the floor at Crisler throughout the NCAA tournament. But I'm wondering if the builders can start ripping things out in the concourse area, since the team can access the PDC directly, and Crisler through the PDC tunnel? The answer to this question partially depends on whether or not Crisler will be used for any other sports. Mgoblue says that women's gymnastics uses Crisler. If so, that would hold things up. I don't know if anyone else will be using Crisler's spectator seating for the next 6 months.