This is for anyone who's like me and has been on their couch since noon flipping between games. Currently on TV (that I know of):
- Pitt at UCONN (ESPN)
- VMI vs UNC-Asheville (ESPN2) [Big South Championship]
- Nebraska at Minnesota (BTN)
- Memphis at Tulsa (CBS)
- George Washington at Dayton (CBS Sports)
Let the couch cushion shaping continue.
Additionally, UNC-Asheville has a player named Matt Dickey who is apparently the Big South POTY. The 12 year old in me approves of this.
So heading into tomorrow's games, I think most fans will be rooting for Michigan and Ohio to win, so Michigan can hang a banner. I'm among that group. Get the sure banner for regular season co-champs.
But looking ahead to the B1G tourney, what determines seeding in the event of a 3-way tie at the top? I'm envisioning a world in which we could end up with the #3 seed if there's a 3-way tie, while if Michigan wins and State wins, MSU is the sure #1, and Michigan is the sure #2.
I think I read somewhere that State secured the #1 seed regardless, so it doesn't matter that much since #2 and #3 are on the same side of the bracket and if favorites all win they would have to play in the semi-final anyhow.
I guess the biggest reason it makes a difference is that first game. The #2 seed gets a first round bye and then likely plays Iowa, perhaps Northwestern. The #3 team, on the other hand, likely plays either Purdue or possibly Indiana in that game.
Again, I don't think the potential difficulty of that game is worth cheering for State instead of Ohio, but wondering if anyone knew how the tie-breakers work to see what the potential scenarios are.
One thing is for sure, UM cannot lay an egg at Penn State like they did earlier at Iowa or on senior night vs Purdue.
So I don't know how many of you knew this, but Time Warner (TNT, TBS, TruTV) are charging $3.99 to stream the tournament games online this year. To get it for free, text 0michigan or 0wolverines to 2653 to get it for free. Thought you guys here would appreciate that.
I was going to put a Diary together that listed the best combined single-season records for basketball and football given how well this year has turned out, but that proved difficult. Despite a fair amount of google search efforts, I can't find a comprehensive history of Michigan basketball seasons that lists their records. At best I'd have to plug away season by season to get that information. Bentley, MGoBlue, Wikipedia - nothing helped.
So instead, I'll turn it into a board post and throw it out to the audience.
This season Michigan was 11-2 in football and 22-8 in basketball with several games remaining for a total of 33-10 and counting. Who can think of seasons better than that one?
If we ignore the forfeited wins, the Fab 5 were 31-5 in 1992-93 and football went 9-0-3. That's an astounding 40-5-3. Can anyone top that or find the best without the forfeited wins?
NOTE - If you add hockey to this game (21-11-4) we have a record this season of 55-21-4. In that same 1992-93 season hockey went 30-7 that year for an amazing 70-12-3.
We all know that a win over Penn State and an Ohio win over Michigan State will result in a three-way tie for the regular season. In this situation, all 3 teams are 1-1 against each other so head-to-head won't solve the tiebraker. What other factors will detemine the seeding?
We really could use the 1 or 2 seed. A quick look at the B1G standings reveals the 5 and 6 teams are Indiana and Purdue (both teams we split with), who play Sunday in Bloomington to determine the order. It would obviously be preferable to have an easier first game against the likes of Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, or Minnesota.