The prognosticators over at CBSSports.com are predicting a Michigan win over Kansas:
Matt Norlander has a more extensive South region preview and predicts Michigan to the Final Four:
Why Michigan will be going to Atlanta ... The Wolverines now have the second-best offense in the nation, scoring 120.9 points per 100 possessions, that number adjusted for tempo. It's really good, second only to Indiana. The Burke factor is huge. I am a sucker for really, undeniably good point guards at this time of the year. Burke doesn't make mistakes as often as Aaron Craft and he's got a better set of tools on his hip than Shane Larkin or Peyton Siva. He'll be huge. In general, Michigan remains to have options at every position. Stauskas is actually a fairly good penetrator in addition to being a threat from 22 feet. Hardaway can spark big runs. McGary has come along as much as any player since November. And Glenn Robinson III has shown some verve recently, putting up 21 points and six rebounds against South Dakota State. Overall, the team has as much balance and weaponry as anyone in this tournament. Play a little D, and Atlanta will be the next stop.
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.