I thought that myself when I read that article that talked about a Data Scientist(tm)
NOT THAT OHIO
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I have never attempted to hide the fact that I'm just not much of a basketball fan.
Never played it, never watched it, and certainly never followed UM's teams in any
way. But many of you do, and these are the stories that the fan base is buzzing
about these days... and with good reason. Michigan Basketball has had a
great season and is certainly deserving of the spotlight.
So this weekend I found myself-- for the first time in my life, mind you-- doing
an online search to discover who Michigan drew in the tournament brackets. And
as we've all seen, the matchup itself is its own punchline. So much so that I even
considered discarding the topic and going somewhere else. But that'd be unfair for
all of the Bball fans, and probably the fan base as a whole-- our little illustrated
family was designed to be representative of all Michigan fans, not just, well, me.
In the end, as it always does and probably should, it came back to the
characters. It's been fun getting to know the archetypes of each individual
Blockham, and getting inside their heads pretty much writes the story
each time. Today, the frustration of the blue hair won out.
Look Thursday for another Men's Bball Tourney strip, where I'll get
inside the head of another Blockham who has good reason
to be enthusiastic of his team's chances this March.
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Congratulations to the Women's Basketball team, making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001! They are a 11 seed and will play 6 oklahoma on the road.
The selection show is on ESPN and they will be discussing the matchups at 8pm on ESPNU.
Yes, according to this guy:
Madison Ristovski, a senior point guard for Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, was today named Michigan's Miss Basketball for 2012, per Mick McCabe of the Free Press (sponsor of the award). Ristovski has signed a letter of intent for play basketball at Michigan starting this fall. Another member of Michigan's 2012 class, Kelsey Mitchell of Inkster, finished third in the balloting.
Madison Ristovski was in the seventh grade when she met a sports writer and made a prediction.
“I’m going to be Miss Basketball someday,’’ she said.
The writer was impressed at the precociousness of the youngster.
“That’s nice,’’ he said. “What state are you moving to? Montana?’’
“Nope,’’ she said shaking her head. “I’m staying here in Michigan.’’
Five years have passed since then and Ristovski was right: She is Miss Basketball.
. . .
“To be Miss Basketball means a lot to me,’’ she said. “But I don’t want the title to define me as a player. I worked so hard because I just wanted to be the best player I can be, whatever that came out as.’’
Ristovski is the fourth future Michigan to win the Miss Basketball award, following Tabitha Pool (2000), Krista Clement (2003), and Jenny Ryan (2009).
Ristovski and Liggett have reached the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament in Class C. Liggett will play Riverview Gabriel Richard in the quarterfinals, which take place tomorrow.
Two other future Michigan women's basketball players have also reached the state tournament quarterfinals. In Class A, the aforementioned Kelsey Mitchell and Inkster will play Detroit King, while in Class B, Taylor Gleason (member of the 2013 class) and her undefeated Goodrich team faces Detroit Country Day.
March Madness has us all in its grips, squeezing the picks out of us. Every year I sweat and swear as I fill out my bracket, knowing all along that my first round picks will be decent and then my bracket will go to sh-t. Its all I can do to have even just one team in the damn Final Four. So I was wondering if you all have any interesting ways of picking "toss up" games or filling out your backets in general.
One interesting tidbit I found on Yahoo is this"
Make difficult picks using the "mascot fight" theory
Two of the hardest games to pick in last year's first round were UCLA-Michigan State and Vanderbilt-Richmond. They were veritable toss-ups. But looking at these games in retrospect, they were all too easy to pick. Bruins vs. Spartans? Hmm, a vicious bear or a person who shuns the conveniences of modern living? I saw "Grizzly Man." I know how that story ends.
(I deleted the reference to "Friends" in that blurb because, well, "Friends" and NCAA basketball should never be uttered in the same discussion.)
Fork over your secrets!
Obviously this doesn't mean a thing, it is just interesting to see where certain coaches ranked Michigan basketball. The most surprising one is Shaka Smart, from VCU, not ranking us at all. He also didn't feel Kansas was good enough to be ranked. I think he MUST be on something. I am curious to see his top 25
Michigan related votes:
Tommy Amaker, Harvard (former Michigan coach) -- 15th
Steve Fisher, San Diego State (former Michigan coach) -- 12th
Dave Paulsen, Bucknell (former Michigan assistant) -- 13th