Let the madness begin!
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
pretty legit at the right time
Because they are playing against SEC teams.
IMO, there's 33 locks to be at-larges (Colorado, PSU and Illinois included in that figure).
That leaves 4 spots for Alabama, BC, Clemson, Georgia, Saint Mary's, USC, VaTech or one of the other outliers.
My guess for the last four spots: Clemson, VTech, Saint Mary's and Georgia.
that we would be an 11 seed... sounds pretty weak
It's absurd that we'd drop from a 10 to an 11 by losing to the top team in the nation, but we're talking about the decisions of people that live and die by a ball going through a rim. So yeah, logic, maybe not so much.
Lunardi had us as a 10 seed after the OSU game, and then flipped us with Illinois that night.
I think he just took another look at the resumes and decided Illinois's was better.
That's probably true, but I guess I don't understand that logic. U of I is getting a lottt of credit for that UNC game. They haven't played nearly well enough to justify a flip with either MSU or Michigan.
Or maybe I'm just tired of seeing Lunardi's ugly mug.
11 is better than 8, 9, or 10. It's a marginally-more difficult first round match-up, but second-round match up is far more favorable. There are 7-8 teams that Michigan probably cannot beat, and being an 11 stretches out the time in which Michigan would have to play them.
avoid the #1 seed as long as possible
Or even a 12 if it doesn't involve "The First Four" in Dayton.
Methinks we can make the Sweet 16 if our path involves a (6,3) or a (5,4) combination.
While a 10-seed makes the first game easier, the second stop on that path (7,2) would likely be formidable. I'd rather play that level of competition in the Sweet 16.
I think there's a larger difference between the #1/#2 seeds and the rest than there is between the #5 - #8 seeds, who seem largely interchangeable. After you get past the top seven or eight teams in the country, parity really kicks in.
I don't think we'll fall to a 12 seed and be everyone's sexy pick for the 5-12 upset. As long as we don't have a potential second round matchup with Kansas or Kentucky, we stand a good shot at that Sweet 16.
They've beaten St .John's and no one else. Their entire case is based on the idea that the WCC is a good conference, even though it's not.
This was obviously supposed to be a reply. Sorry.
Yeah, that's entirely possible. Of the 6-7 teams fighting for the last few spots, you could make a case for (or more appropriately, against) all of them.
This is a gratifying day for the program. In the words of Bacari, HALOL on the rest of the college hoops world. This giant is now awake.
What a fun season, what a blast the last month has been.
Better days are ahead. But, this team is dangerous next week, regardless of draw.
I'm thinking an 11-seed. Playing 6th seed Xavier in Round One. Just like 1989
What does HALOL mean?
HALOL = LOL, but with a bonus HA to make it even better. Assistant coach Bacari Alexander often uses it in his tweets.
Live stream to Crisler arena during the show.
They wouldn't.....would they.....?
And OP, just a suggestion, but you may want to change your subject to Bracketology/Selection Show or something similar. We don't really need another thread in 40 minutes for the selection show. But between the title (and the show on ESPN before it), and the fact that MGoBlog does not adhere to Daylight Savings Time, making it look like this thread has been up for over an hour, it's bound to happen.
You know how the tourney loves intrigue. I think either that happens our we end up with a potential second round matchup with SDSU. After the Minn game Lunardi had us playing them in a 3-14 matchup or a possible second round matchup.
pretty good draw
I don't think Purdue likes that draw at all. Belmont is 30-4 and three of those losses are twice at Tennessee by a combined 10 points, and at Vandy. This is a very good team.
So confused with all these different times.
97% at picking who's in and who's out or match ups?
Who's in and out. He's actually pretty bad at seeding and placing teams correctly.
And given there are over 30 auto-bids, and over 30 locks, all he has to do is pick four spots.
He's a farce.
he's like 2% at picking matchups.
He's actually pretty awful at picking seeds as well.
Two years ago on Selection Sunday, they made us sweat it out until the end of the last bracket. Hopefully we don't have to wait that long again.
Our tournament hopes were a lot slimmer two years ago. I can't stress this enough: WE ARE FINE.
It did make it super-gratifying when we finally got in though. There is an awesome youtube clip of the scene at Crisler.
Lunardi has us projected as an 11 seed playing...wait for it...WEST VIRGINIA!
That would be awesome.
were gonna play SDSU in the sweet 16!!!!
Granted, making the sweet 16 would be amazing, and at that point all the teams are good. That being said, SDSU is a really good team, and I'd don't know that I'd like our chances.
would be epic
If Michigan beats a team you consider "good", would you be happy or sad?
So many pictures of cats trolling that I want to post. Resisting.
Lunardi's projection of us playing against West Virginia in the West Region worries me. If we get by them we are going to have to play a very tough Texas team. I would prefer drawing BYU in the 2nd round like he has MSU potentially doing.
If MSU gets BYU in the second round, that is bullcrap. BYU is not that good in its current state. Without Davies, they should be more like a #4 seed.
Lunardi's matchups seriously.
Is Lunardi four feet tall?
Hobbit, or dwarf.
Do you think it is more important to be a successful team in conference ala Wisconsin, but not as successful in the tournament. Or would you rather see this team try to emulate Michigan State's recent run over the last 12 years with few conference championships but a lot of great tournament runs? Personally I think the tournament is way more important than big ten championships, and yes I know we would like to do both. If you had to chose, which would it be?
If I had to choose, I'd pick national exposure with great tournament runs. The tournament is a lot more spread out then the BTT and it generates a lot more good press for the program. Either scenario would be good.
College basketball is all about the tournament. Imagine the Fab Five winning two Big Ten titles but losing early in the tourney. No one would remember them.