Cbssports.com's Jerry Palm posted an updated bracketology this morning. Similar to what we've been seeing from other sites, such as espn earlier this week, Michigan is still a 3 seed.
I think it's safe to say that Michigan's win this past Tuesday does put us at a firm 3 seed.
So now we have 3 regular season games left: vs Purdue, at Illi, and at Penn St. We should win all 3, but we will probably win at least 2 out of 3. That puts Michigan at 23-8. We get a bye in the conference tourney either way. We SHOULD win the first game (second round) which puts Michigan in the semi-finals. We do all that and finish 24-9. I say that puts Michigan at a 3 seed still, which would be great.
How to go to a 2 seed: go 3-0 to finish season (easily possible) and then go to the conference tourney finals. That would put us at 26-8 ….what do you think,..you think that would be enough to get to a 2 seed…or would we need to be co-conference regular season champs also (and also win the conference tourney)?
We obviously can still drop to a 4 or 5 seed by losing another regular season game and losing in the first game (second round) of the conference tourney (possible). And we could drop to a 6-7 seed by completely stumbling.
The website Complex has published an article (with great pictures!) of the best shoes Michigan players have worn through history. It's an awesome look back on the days of Ricky Green all the way to today. I remember most of these shoes, but forgot how many different styles the Fab 5 wore...many wearing different styles at the same time.
Your #1 shoe:
1. Nike Air Flight Huarache
Who: Chris Webber
After 1992, college basketball was never the same. Five kids from Michigan got together and decided they were going to rock baggy shorts, play with some major swag, and take the game by storm. It was also the year Nike released one of its most unconventional sneakers of all time, the Air Flight Huarache. Tinker Hatfield designed a shoe unlike anything before, inspired by a Mayan sandal. The shoe was one of the first to be stripped of unnecessary materials for a lightweight masterpiece. The baddest shoes on the baddest squad.
The Free Press reports that two U-M women's basketball signees have been named finalists for the Michigan Miss Basketball award. Congrats to Kelsey Mitchell of Inkster and Madison Ristovski of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, who signed LOIs in November as part of Michigan's class of 2012. The winner from among the five finalists will be announced March 12.
Three Wolverines have garnered this award previously: Jenny Ryan (2009), Krista Clement (2003), and Tabitha Pool (2000).
Michigan falls short to purdue on senior night, 60-49.
The seniors have nothing to be ashamed of. They leave on a 3 game win streak against ohio, something that hasn't been done in program history.
Thought I'd post this because it's nice to see an Ohio guy with some high praise for Michigan. He tries to get the Beilein for Coach of the Year train going. Definitely a good read for hoops fans as well.
Via U-M Media Relations:
Novak Named to Academic All-America Third Team
Feb. 23, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior forward Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team was named a 2012 Capital One Academic All-America third team member today (Thursday, Feb. 23), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Novak becomes the first Wolverine to earn the prestigious honor since 1984.
Novak is the sixth Wolverine in program history to be named Academic All-America, joining three-time first-team member Steve Grote (1975, '76, '77), Marty Bodnar (1981 first team, 1980 third team), Mark Bodnar (1981 third team), Paul Heuerman (1981 second team) and Dan Pelekoudas (1982 fourth team, 1984 honorable mention).
Novak is one of three Big Ten players to earn Academic All-America status this season; Ohio State's Aaron Craft earned first-team honors and Northwestern's Drew Crawford is a second-team member.
A finalist for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS award, Novak has helped the Wolverines to a 21-7 overall record and 11-4 mark in Big Ten play. He has started all 28 games this season and is averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Novak, who is just the second three-time captain in program history, ranks fourth in the school record book in career three-point field goals and fifth in three-point field goal attempts. He became the 40th member of U-M's 500 career rebound club earlier this season and the 45th Wolverine to reach the 1,000-point mark, making him the 28th player with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
A business major at U-M's prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Novak is scheduled to graduate in May and has received numerous honors for his academic efforts, including National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court (2011), CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District first team (2010, '11, '12), Academic All-Big Ten (2010, '11), Old Spice Classic Scholar-Ballers (2010), U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2009, '10, '11), and U-M's Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement (2009, '11).
To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution. A student-athlete must also have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games, completed one full calendar year at his current institution, and reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Basketball Team
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's (Cal.)
Brad Loesing, Wofford
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
Logan Aronhalt, Albany
Brian Conklin, Saint Louis
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Ronald Nored, Butler
Scott Saunders, Belmont
J.P. Kuhlman, Davidson
Zack Novak, Michigan
Brian Stafford, Denver
Matthew Sullivan, Brown
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell