spoiler alert: i linked this
While we're waiting for Michigan for a few more hours, the tourney has fired up again:
Early game is (4) Ferris State. vs (1) SCSU at the 1st intermission, Ferris is somewhat shockingly up 2-1 as SCSU was picked by many to win it all. Go Ferris
|3:00 ET||(18) Ferris State||vs.||(2) St. Cloud State||NCAA West Regional||ESPNews|
|4:00 ET||RIT||vs.||(1) Quinnipiac||NCAA East Regional||ESPNU|
|6:00 ET||(5) Michigan||vs.||(3) North Dakota||NCAA Midwest Regional||ESPN2|
|6:30 ET||(12) Boston University||vs.||(7) Denver||NCAA West Regional||ESPNU|
|7:30 ET||(11) Yale||vs.||(8) Massachusetts-Lowell||NCAA East Regional||ESPN2|
|9:00 ET||(14) Minnesota-Duluth||vs.||(6) Boston College||NCAA Northeast Regional||ESPNU|
Folks wanting to meet up pregame for Hockey, we're heading back to the same place. Michigan hockey has confirmed the hockey parents, families, and alumni are joining us again. Hope to see you there.
I'll be there 3-3:30 ish and the game is at 6pm at US Bank Arena.
Good news - you'll be able to download a torrent!
Bad news - it's the SD ESPNU channel, oops. Forgot that ESPNU HD was on a different channel.
If there's a replay scheduled at any point, let me know in the thread. I scanned all the overnight programming info, couldn't find anything.
I'll be recording the game tonight on ESPN2 (HD :))
Michigan squeezed by Notre Dame in spectacular fashion this evening. My voice has taken a major hit for the weekend, and I have a fair amount to do with it, but oh well.
One of the problems with the current NCAA tournament format is the near-instant turnaround from round one to round two. For Michigan, only 22 hours separate the conclusion of the Notre Dame game and the opening puck drop against North Dakota; there's just not a lot of time to absorb, reset, and look forward to the next game.
But we'll try anyway. North Dakota, by most measurable statistics, is the best team Michigan will have faced this season. By a considerable margin. Their offense, for example, ranks 7th in the country, netting a respectable 3.61 goals per game. Not nearly as good as ours, but pretty good.
But their defense is 3rd in the country at 1.85 goals per game. That is, um, quite a bit better than Michigan.
It's a hard road for Michigan to win a title. The offense is dynamite, but as we saw today it is not infallible, and it is hard to win a national title on offense alone when all it takes is one team to flummox you for one game.
The expectations should be low. This Michigan team has a dynamite offense, but it is not very good at keeping teams out of the net. It is not a "complete" team.
It will take the game of their lives to win tomorrow.
...but it wouldn't be the first time Michigan has produced that in this situation.