Time to see who we play! I mean see who we beat tomorrow!
With eight days left in the regular season you may be wondering, what's next. Well that is very dependent on how things shake out over the next couple of games.
Currently Michigan sits in 7th in the conference at 9-7. With two games left, Michigan has a chance to not only grab 11 conference wins, but doing so would knock fellow 9-7 team Northwestern off the 6-line. Additionally, this could lead to other movement within the standings.
MSU is currently in fifth place in the conference at 9-6 with a game at 4 p.m. vs. Wisconsin. I don't need to tell you who to root for. But, if Michigan wins out and MSU loses any of their final three games, Michigan would move up to fifth place in the conference based on tie breakers. The teams are 1-1 head to head but Michigan has one less loss and a key tie-breaker is overall win percentage among tied teams. For Michigan State to finish ahead of Michigan they would need to win out and have Michigan lose at least one game. MSU also plays Maryland next Sunday.
The difference between the 5-6 seeds and the 7+seeds are important. The 5-6 seeds will get to play someone coming off a Thursday night game. For example: last year No. 6 Wisconsin played the winner of the 11/14 game. And although they lost, along with Iowa and Indiana - that was weird and I imagine you would definitely rather play a team that is tired.
Now, there are other possibilities as well. If Michigan falters, they could drop below Iowa in the standings. Iowa owns the tiebreaker. But MIchigan cannot fall below 8. So worst case scenario would be an 8-seed with a second day game vs. the 10-seed which would currently be Illinois. More importantly, this would hurt our NCAA tournament hopes/seeding. Lets hope we avoid this by taking Mitch McGary's advice and winning the game.
In terms of best case scenario, the 4-spot could be still in reach. This would get Michigan 2 byes. For this to happen, Michigan would need to win out to pass MSU and Northwestern and Maryland would have to lose out. Even if MInnesota loses out, they hold the tie-breaker. Maryland plays Rutgers Tuesday, so we will know our highest potential in two days.
So here are your rooting interests:
Wisconsin over MSU - at 4 p.m.
Rutgers over Maryland - on Tue
Illinois over Michigan State - on Wed.
Wisconsin over Iowa - on Thur (prevents Michigan dropping from 7)
MSU over Maryland - on Sunday, but only if Maryland loses to Rutgers
I hope everyone found this helpful. Win the game.
In a few weeks I'll be taking my daughter (and wife/son) on visits to ND and NU. The ND visit is on a Friday with NU the next day.
It's been a long time since I was last in South Bend, and that was only for a game and I didn't stay over. I've never been to Evanston.
So far I'm thinking we should do the ND visit in the AM, leave as quickly as possible, and then head to Chicago for the rest of the day/night. The NU visit is the next morning. After the NU visit we either drive home or stay another night.
Should we stay in Chicago? Or are there decent options in Evanston? Any advice on things to see or do on the visits? Why am I wasting my time taking this trip when she's going to Michigan, even if she's also accepted to NU and ND?
EDIT: Thanks for all of the advice and suggestions. It looks like we're going to have to push back the visits a week since hotels are crazy expensive and/or booked solid for the weekend we had planned on going.
According to Teddy Greenstein (Remember him?), Chris Collins and some of his team believe Michigan "got some calls" yesterday. I didn't see the game, so I have no comment.
Maybe he's having a hard time not seeing nearly ALL the calls go his team's way (as would have been the case sitting on the bench at Duke). :)
In today's Chicago Tribune, there's a headline with great news on student debt. Northwestern has decided that for students needing financial aid, they will now receive grants and scholarships instead of loans.
Northwestern University students who qualify for financial aid no longer will have to borrow to pay for their education, part of a plan announced Thursday to make the school more affordable and prevent students from being saddled with crippling debt.
Starting next fall, freshmen who ordinarily would have to take out loans will instead receive a combination of grants and scholarships, along with earnings from work-study and summer jobs, to cover their expenses. Current undergraduate students who already have $20,000 or more in loans will have that debt capped starting next fall, and receive a scholarship instead of having to borrow more.
Around half of all Northwestern students qualify for financial aid. Full-time tuition for undergraduates in 2015-16 is $48,624. Room and board, fees and average costs for books and personal expenses tack on almost $20,000 more.
This is great news for Northwestern students. I'd love to see Michigan move to doing something similar for qualified students. Back in the day (late 70's), my tuition, room, board, books, and fees for a year at Michigan were under 4k. I was able to pay for school between a few grants, scholarships, work-study, and summer jobs. That is completely impossible now. In today's environment, I wouldn't have ended up at Michigan. My daughter enlisted in the Navy several years back partially to avoid incurring student loans. I don't want to see great students turned away to lesser schools just because of the financial cost.
Today J. B. Pritzker announced a $100,000,000 donation to Northwestern's Law School. Previously this year, Northwestern received 3 other $100,000,000 donations. They have raised a total of 2 and a quarter billion in gifts since 2014. Among other things, Northwestern is spending upwards of $200,000,000 for their sports complex. While Big 10 TV money is helping, it is obvious that they are receiving significant funds towards the entire campus. As a point of comparison, Ross gave $200,000,000 to Michigan's business school.