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College Basketball 1-26-13 Open Thread
Derrick Green announcement as well at four.
aren't that great this weekend, but last weekend really reminded me how much I LOVE COLLEGE BASKETBALL.
Michigan rooting interests:
NW v. Neb really doesn't matter
You forgot the most important one -- Sooners. If OU wins (admittedly a big if), a win in Champaign-Urbana tomorrow night gives us #1 in BOTH poles.
good call...my bad
You're both wrong, it's Pauls.
I voted Obama at the poles this year
NO POLITICS!!! rabblerabblerabble
I think we want Minnesota to win this game to further validate our win over them on the road. Because we only play them that one time, we have the tiebreaker. Wisconsin we also only play once, but they don't have the cachet of the Gophers (deserved or not, I guess only time will tell) so I think we want Minnesota to continue to look strong.
If you have an argument for the other side I'm all ears.
This one is definitely debatable, as a Minnesota win would make both Wisky and the Golden Gophers 4-3 in the conference. My general thought process, however, is to root for the home team in these kind of games. Doing well on the road is really hard in the B1G, so the team who is able to steal more road games will likely come out on top...hence my reason for saying Wisconsin..like I said, though, I could see a case for rooting for Minnesota as well.
You have a good argument there.
I should note that my rooting theory assumes Michigan beats Wisconsin on the road, which, so very much easier said than done.
Maybe I'm dumb, but why is Temple winning good for Mich?
just a way to pass the time until derrick green commits.
College Game Day for B-Ball, is kinda weird to me. Kinda funny we have another Michigan guy on it, I kinda wish it was outdoors though. Something weird about the indoor aspect.
Whoa, shots fired! Jaylon Rose "My former Coach Steve Fisher, who was erroneously fired by the University of Michigan..."
He's probably said as much before but I'll admit I don't ever remember hearing it, but Jalen just let everyone know in the bluntest of the ways how he feels about Steve Fisher's exit from Michigan.
"My former coach, Steve Fisher, who was erroneously fired by the University of Michigan..."
How can he say this with a straight face?
I'd probably defend my coach too. Think about how close he and Steve Fisher must have been, given his background and their past? When it's personal, you can't always see things the way people from the outside do.
Syracuse tips one of Villanova's shots into their own basket.
Minny-Wisconsin is ok and UNM-SDSU is ok too. NC State v UNC is fine as well. Not really a single eye-catching game on today
Jay Bilas is complaining about the physicality of CBB. He is just trying to ruin the way the Big Ten plays. He can't handle that the Big Ten is way better than the ACC.
Jay Bilas just likes to complain. About everything.
In some ways I like when ranked teams play non ranked teams since that means more of them can fall. Can also provide a stiffer test in terms of who is a focused team and who is not one.
Lot of game left to play but Villanova is currently taking it to Syracuse 18-9.
I will say the comment about Denard's last college game being today was particularly astute. Hope he has an amazing game.
Syracuse vs Villanova and Minn vs Wiz look to be decent games... With the way Duke has been playing Maryland has a chance to pull away with a win
SEND IT IN JEROME!!!!!!!!
My mom, sister, bro-in-law and niece are at the game, rooting for 'Cuse, but I can't make them out (behind 'Cuse bench on right side of tunnel -- damn you non-HD ESPNU.
Simply rooting for the total points scored in the Louisville @ GT game to be >120. Since creating the MGoBlog SFTC group I have been killed on my picks lol.
Down goes Syracuse! Villanova with two straight wins over top-5 teams now.
The Nova/Cuse game. Nova sure is a plucky bunch.
Is incredibly stupid
Louisville also loses.
Damn, watching Louisville and Syracuse go down today, makes me realize just how difficult a win in Champaign will be for Michigan. I won't be expecting anything less than a last second buzzer beater. College basketball doesn't lack for drama
Illinois is falling apart and Georgetown and Villanova are not so the circumstances aren't the same- but it is very hard to win on the road in conference- that's why conference championships are determined by who wins big road conference games more than anythings else. To be honest right now Illinois seems like a must-win road game with them falling apart more than a road win that puts you in a competitive advantage for the conference championship like Indiana, MSU, Ohio, or Minnesota.
Villanova is looking like a tournament team now. Hard to believe they lost by 18 to Columbia at home.
Go Gophers!! I can't root for Wisconsin over Minnesota. No team has been more sociable to M over the last few seasons the Minnesota
I don't care so much about the #1 ranking, but every loss by a top 10 team improves our chances for a #1 seed.
Right now New Orleans is playing a school called "Champion Baptist College" which is a member of the ACCA and does not even have a wikipedia page. It's like NAIA-level. I guess you can do whatever you want when you're moving up to D-I
I happened to catch a little bit of the first half of Alabama-Tennessee, and although Alabama is outpacing Tennessee by a good 18% in the area of field goal percentage, the Tide is only up by six points right now.In other news, the Volunteers' perimeter shooting and three point shooting is virtually non-existent, but then if you're shooting 32% from the field and keep running the shot clock down to almost zero on every other possession, I guess it takes everything you have just to get 19 points in one half.
just came across the ESPN bottom line that EMU leads NIU 18-4 at the half. If that's correct, that's hilarious. Unless of course you are at the game bring subjected to horrid bball.
Eastern Michigan is up 18-4 on Northern Illinois at the half. NIU has tied the record for least points in a half. 1-31 from the field and 0-17 from 3. NIU had more free throws (5), offensive rebounds (10), steals (5), and turnovers (5) than points in the first half. They also only scored 5 points in the first half earlier in the year against dayton.
As much as we've noted Illinois for collapses, Minnesota has been equally guilty under Tubby Smith. They are in danger of dropping their fourth straight game.
and they have been playing for 5 minutes. Those folks watching in the stands should get their money back.
Big Ten officiating hilariously inconsistent in this Minny/Wisky game. Neither team makes the bonus in the first half, Wisconsin there with 15 left in the second.
Anyone ever get the feeling that besides four teams the big ten is a little overrated? Minnesota is not a top 25 team and Wisconsin can't shoot, at all. Iowa and northwestern give teams like ohio and state all they can handle. I know it's all about home court but it's tough to watch sometimes.
You're basically saying, "Aside from a third of the conference [four teams], the teams in the Big Ten aren't elite."