Not to undermine Butterfield (LINK) who's numbers appear both impeccable and comforting but some hack named Nate Silver published an article for the New York Times (tumblr site?) giving Michigan a somewhat, err, dimished likelihood of winning the NCAA tournament. Via UMHoops (LINK):
Michigan (up to 3.8 percent from 2.5 percent) Michigan could easily enough have been a No. 1 seed had it played better down the stretch, and it was probably underseeded as a No. 4 even with the losses that it took. In general, however, we’ve found that late-season performance doesn’t tell you that much more than early-season performance when it comes to tournament play – and Michigan’s slump has not extended into the postseason. It was a break for the Wolverines to play in Auburn Hills, Mich., but their domination of a tough Virginia Commonwealth team on Saturday was nevertheless impressive, and they should be thought of as the equivalent of a strong No. 2 seed right now.
It is worth noting that if the 3.8% continues to increase it will someday reach 81.45% and all will be right with the world.
Beilien was on the Feinstein Show this morning and it was the usual interview, but after it was over a guy called up and told John that the movie Saving Private Ryan was based off of Beilien's extended family. I think it was his parent's cousins family. That seemed to come out of left field. Anybody hear that story before?
Also, does everyone know Charles Woodson was born with club feet? Heard that on a documentary about the Packers Super Bowl. Not sure if I ever heard that before but I don't remember that at all coming up. It was also pretty interesting that when he signed with Green Bay he said that was basically his only offer and he didn't want to play there. His attitude was shit and his carreer was going down the toilet. A blow up at practice with coaches lead to a turnaround that got him rededicated and lead to his defensive player of the year award.
Grantland has a write-up of Jordan Conn's time embedded with SDSU (Jackrabbits). It's primarily about their team, but it's also about Michigan. You can find it here.
The offense features continuous high-screen action, with quick passes around the perimeter and frequent handoffs near the top of the key. It's run best by a team with a tough, penetrating point guard and plenty of shooters who can stretch the court and punish help defenders. In other words, it's run best by the 2012-13 Michigan Wolverines.
Just a fluff piece by ESPN basically, but we get ranked #2 overall with a #1 seed by ESPN. Nice to see the program getting some love from the media again.
I find this surprising and depressing.
In the wake of the Aaron Craft charging call, people are finally starting to seriously question the way in which NCAA refs overcall charging.
USA Today's Chris Chase
The problem, perhaps, isn't with the call, it's with the idea that college basketball rewards defensive players for sliding into position and standing still rather than playing defense.
This may be the most notable blown charge call in this year’s tournament, but it certainly isn’t the first. It’s an epidemic, really. Referees, who are now forced to focus on when a defender has their feet and whether or not they are outside the charge circle, are missing more and more calls under the basket. The Flagrant 1 elbow rule needs to be the first thing addressed by the rules committee this offseason, as that’s easily the worst rule in college basketball. But the referees need to get together and figure out how to start calling charges and blocks correctly.
http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/24/remember-aaron-cra... Jay Bilas (who's been on this all season)
On the charge call, college basketball refs repeatedly call charges on clear blocks. It is an epidemic, and a failure. We can do better.
Someone's even started a #EverythingsACharge hashtag on twitter.
Charges should be rare and obvious calls. Charges should not be able to be "drawn," they should only be called in the case of violent and careless offensive play. Any 50/50 calls should go to the offensive player until college basketball stamps out the epidemic of defenders getting in the way and falling over. In particular, it needs to eliminate charging calls when help defenders slide over and don't contest the ball.
Drawing a charge is not defense, it's just getting in the way. It encourages flopping. It's dangerous, as it frequently undercuts an airborne player. And it discourages exciting plays where defenders contest offensive players going to the rim in the air. And in general, charging cheapens the game.
Death to the Charge!