well that's just, like, your opinion, man
No Wrestling taking place this weekend as everyone prepares for Big Ten's next weekend. Seeding for will be announced at the beginning of the week and I'll have a tournament preview after that. I have been working on possible seeding results, but might as well just wait on the official word and see how the brackets will look after that.
The NCAA did recently announce the NCAA tournament qualifier allocations for each conference. These guarantee the X number of top placers at each weight make it into NCAA's. Every conference gets at least 1, going to the champion. The Big Ten has received 64 spots this year. The second leading conference is Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association with 45. Big 12 3rdwith 33. Pac-10 26. ACC 21.
Each Weight contains 33 spots. After the automatic qualifiers are decided, The remaining at-large spots will be given out. Automatic bids are anywhere from 27-29 spots depending on weight. Leaving about 4-6 at-large bids left after conference meets.
Here is how the Big Ten allocations look and where Michigan's wrestler rank there:
125 – 5 spots. One of the Big Ten's lowest numbers for qualifiers with 2-3 serious contenders. UM's Boyle comes in around 5thhere. Can't have any setbacks in the tournament.
133- 8 spots. Loaded weight for the B10. About 4 serious contenders. UM's Stevens ranks about 7thwith a strong possibility of placing higher.
141 – 6 spots. Top heavy weight for the B10. Top 4 guys in the conference rank in the top 4 in the nation. Number 5 ranks 7thnationally. After that is a big drop off. UM's Russell ranks #1 and has beat all the top contenders already.
149 – 8 spots. One of the more open weights with a clear, but, not overly impressive favorite. Will be a competitive weight. Michigan's Grajales ranks anywhere from 4th-8th. Probably a good thing there is a lot of spots here as he can be very inconsistent.
157 – 6 spots. 2 serious contenders and a grab bag after that. UM's Zeerip is going to come in around the cutoff here. A good tournament and he can crack the top 4.
165 – 5 spots. Probably the weakest weight for the B10. I originally had UM's Yates ranked about 5th. However, Wisconsin's Andrew Howe is rumored to make it back from injury in time for this meet. If he is close to being healthy enough, he's the clear favorite as the returning national champ, making a lot tougher task for Yates to get in. I think if he misses out here, he'd be looking good for an at-large given the questions surrounding Howe leaving 6 at-large spots here.
174 – 8 spots. Pretty competitive weight here. A clear favorite, then things get closer. UM's Zeerip shouldn't have a problem making the 8. A good tournament should get him into the top 4.
184 – 6 spots. Top contenders will make this a competitive weight, but, after that it gets a little weaker. The low spots here is bad news for UM's Collins. I don't have in the top 8 here.
197 – 6 spots. 6 B10 wrestlers ranked in the top 11 here with UM's Biondo being the 6th. So he can't afford any setbacks. After the top 6 though, things drop off quite a bit.
Hwt – 6 spots. Always a weird weight. The favorite is prone to get upset. UM's Apland can beat anyone here, but probably ranks around 6th. Unless he tanks, he should manage a spot.
Michigan has a good chance at getting 9 of their 10 weights into NCAA's. That's good for them as their strength is in numbers to have a good showing at the national level. As far as Big Ten's, I'll have more in the preview, but, they will be fighting for that 4th spot at best. Should be a good tournament between PSU and Iowa with Minnesota just on the outside of them. Wisconsin could make a good run with the return of Howe, giving them a legit shot at 4 B10 Champions.(133,165,184,197). Michigan is hurt by only having 1 real shot at a B10 title. Those placement points are vital.
Hoke's most recent public appearance came last Friday, when he was introduced to the nearly 7,000 fans that crammed into Yost Ice Arena to watch U-M best Western Michigan 6-3 and his simple approach to his introduction was noticed.
Three years earlier, Rich Rodriguez donned a Maize and Blue hockey jersey and took a stab at Score-O - the second-period intermission game in which three contestants attempt to slide a shot from the blue-line through a tiny opening into the net. The student section roared with delight. That was Rodriguez's way and that didn't make it wrong but his occupation of the spotlight did offend some folks.
I apologize for cluttering the board with another emo "Why come they hatez my favorite corch?" topic but this just made me want to stab myself and the only solution is to bitch about it to you all. Neg accordingly. I deserve it, but I can't stop myself.
Done by someone most people (me included) probably don't know about/care about/believe exists, the Men's Golf Assistant Coach, Chris Whitten. Which is why I'm putting it here, because it's a really nice move and he's probably never going to get much recognition for it (or, really anything he does) anywhere else.
1) Didn't get to go to Puerto Rico with the rest of the team for their tournament
2) Instead, spent Tuesday, after the snow storm, digging out the men's and women's golfers cars, from the snow that had accumulated naturally, plus the stuff the plows pushed up against the cars and a lot ice. And then cleaned off their windows for them, so that when they both got home around 1 a.m. from Puerto Rico or Florida, exhausted after traveling and a long couple days competing and school the next day, they wouldn't have to spend another hours or so trying to get their cars out. In what sounds like not-snow-appropriate attire, since he wore garbage bags over his shoes and pants.
I just think it's a really classy move by a guy that obviously cares for his athletes, despite the less high-profile status of his sport and especially his job.
So the non-existant Classiness Award of the Day goes to Chris Witten.
And, as long as I'm here, a big shout out to all the Michigan assistants, especially in the non-revenue sports, who work tirelessly at their jobs and towards excellence, probably without all that much in compensation or recognition, but with a lot of passion for what they do and compassion for those they mentor. Michigan's Greatness is based a lot on how these people and others we rarely/never think about, athletically and academically, do their jobs and while I might never think of most/any of them again, tonight, they all get a hearty "Thank you and Go Blue!".
Someone at another sports blog put together a list of the 10 worst sports franchises in our generation based on win percentage. The details are here.
For the lazy:
10. Tampa Bay Rays (.439 win pct.)
9. Cincinatti Bengals (.422 win pct.)
8. Toronto Raptors (.411 win pct.)
7. Minnesota Timberwolves (.407 win pct.)
6. Charlotte Bobcats (.384 win pct.)
5. Houston Texans (.382 win pct.)
4. Arizona Cardinals (.380 win pct.)
3. Detroit Lions (.380 win pct.)
2. Los Angeles Clippers (.346 win pct.)
1. Memphis Grizzlies (.342 win pct.)
They are all pretty poorly run organizations so no real suprises. Thoughts?
The beach. Oberon. Tigers-Twins 1-1 heading into the 7th. 80 degrees. Somebody with some musical ability at DTE. Sandals. These are the contents of my dreams.
Somebody, make this go away. Tell me it is over. Please.
The Michigan Woverine Softball team beat the Minutewomen of UMass 5-1 today in the championship game of the FAU Kickoff Classic. This win raises the Woverines record to 10-0.
EDIT: Stephanie Speierman got the start while Jordan Taylor picked up the win in relief.
The Wolverine offense came into today's game with an AVE of .363, an OBP of .475 with 53 BB and 45Ks. Today's offense was lead by home runs from Ashley Lane and Amy Knapp.
Next up for the Woverines is to the UCF tournament next weekend. Good Luck Ladies.