Minnesota fell to Penn State last night, further muddying the waters as to the Big Ten picture. Looking at the conference and overall records of the 4-8 place in the conference right now in hoops, it is hard to make heads or tails out of how any possible result of a given games helps or hurts Michigan. On one hand, I am glad that Minnesota lost because they have a head to head victory against us unlike Penn State, but that puts Penn State at .500 in conference, thats more than Michigan or the Gophers can say (though PSU's schedule is daunting from here and their overall record is uninspiring). With regard to Minny, PSU, and Michigan State, a win or loss for any of these teams from this point on both aids us and hurts us. I think the Big Ten tournament is actually going to decide some bids this year, in the sense that it is perfectly possible that an 8-10 team could advance in front of a 9-9 team given a strong showing in the tourney. So for this weekend, go Spartans, I think, wait no, go Illinois, maybe, hmm. And next week, need the Gophers to knock off State, kind of, well, wtf. Anybody hyper logical people out there that can tell me who I am pulling for?
Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.