4 seed playing South Dakota St
(Slight Mod Edit - the one thread will suffice, of course. LSA)
Why not? Looks like a great regional
South Dakota state is no slouch, and if we win, we play either VCU or Akron..which are also 2 quality teams that won't go down easy.
Honestly, who the hell goes down easily in the NCAA Tournament?
Two seasons ago for one. Loved that game, esp living in TN.
I'll take VCU or Akron over a lot of possible matchups. Would you rather face a major-conference team in the second round?
VCU is very athletic and forces a lot ot tournovers. Michigan will have to focus on defense for that game as VCU can hang with Michigan's offense. Akron would be easier after losing their PG a few games ago. VCU has a has a chance to go far this year if they have the right match ups with their up tempo offense and defense. Half court teams will give them trouble.
BASKETBALL. Who cares who they play. If they play well enough they will win. If they screw around and not share the ball and stand around waiting for Burke to do something they will lose. You have to play good teams throughout the tournament. There are no easy matchups. Be ready. Play hard. Win. Don't do that and you'll go home.
Well...the reality is:
If we can't beat South Dakota State, VCU, or Akron, then we don't deserve to advance. That's how the tourney works.
This isn't about playing teams that are worse than you; it's about proving that you're better than your opponent.
We should just take this and feel lucky that we're playing in Auburn Hills.
As you were.
Second part isn't. The point of it is to win 6 games and cut the nets. They don't give you more for beating 3 one seeds than they do if you never play anyone higher than a four seed. It's not a gauntlet. Breaks help. And if you didn't want to play seeds lower than you we wouldn't have all this effort to getting a one seed where everyone you play before the Final Four is worse thn you. They'd just throw all the names in a hat and draw them randomly if it didn't matter.
Crap. I do not like this. South Dakota? They have that good point guard... and we've never dealt well with those this season. I hope I don't see another App. State. I think the NCAA knew we don't match up well and put us with them intentionally, remember who Gene Smith's roommate is???? And the NCAA punishes Miami, typical childish response. Miami got disrespected with that 2 seed and I thought we should've been a THREE at minimum.
Why are people such vaginas on this site? Things are set up perfectly for us to make a deep run.
Oh no ! The South Dakota State jackrabbits!
totally agree, after the lackluster effort in last year's tournament, I am predicting a nice run and matchup with Kansas!
If we win round one which we should at home, I think we match up well with VCU....they are an offensive team with poor rebounding and average defense....I would have been concerned if we had a team that resembles Wisconsin...and Kansas is an overrated seed IMO. I like our draw
UM underperforms against physical, defensive teams like MSU and Wisconsin. We do fine against smaller, more offense-oriented teams.
There are very few blowouts in the tourney. At some point this team just has to decide they are gonna be mentally and physically tougher than the team they are playing. You are goig to have to beat great teams to acheive your goals. If this team plays well that can beat anyone I think most of this season they beat themselves. They lost to Penn state and got down huge in most of the big games on the road. We have talent, play good basketball and let the cards fall where they may.
Average defense? What VCU team did you watch?
Isn't that what everyone was saying about the OHIO bobcats last year?
Yeah, we lost in the first round last year. The year before we trashed Tennessee by 30. Every year is different.
You've never had sex with a woman, because you quit trying after getting shot down by a fat chick sometime in your teenage years?
What if he never had sex with a woman because he's a homosexual? Is that ok for you and your bravado?
You're picking at the word choice rather than the message
No way bro, the fatties are alway down.
You do realize that last year's team and this year's team consist of very different personnel? Everyone should relax. Michigan has proven to be more than a match for any team outside of it's conference and we're going to be reminded of that fact in the coming weeks.
lol someone would have cried about the match up if it was Duke or St. Bunkus prep.
be ready Thursday to win the first of 6 in a row!
And in the Kansas bracket.
Rather them or UNC over almost anyone else we would be forced to go up against
Except gonzaga. This is perfect for Michigan. 2 home games to get into the sweet 16 then against a Kansas team that is a very susceptible 1
VCU freaks me out a little. What is Spike gonna do against their havoc D if he needs to play extended minutes? Scary.
VCU wants to play up-tempo. I'm OK with that. GRIII should have a big day.
Transition 3s. If he's on could bode well.
We should move all practices to the real Bil Davidson player development center this week...The Palace!
Dunk, dunk, dunk, & dunk
Spike only has 9 turnovers in 240 minutes, he's not Trey Burke but having a backup PG like Spike is a strength against pressing team.
Number 4 seed vs 13. Deja vu anyone?
Nate Wolters is a stud. Probably the 2nd best PG in the nation. Luckily we have the 1st. Won't be easy but if we can limit Nate we have a massive talent advantage and should have a good home crowd.
So glad it's on Thursday/Saturday. I've got tickets for those days.
Michigan better be ready to play in round one. They are going against one of the top three point shooting teams in the country I believe.
Nate Wolters is an All-American PG for South Dakota St. Very good player, the matchup between him and Burke will be great.
Well....SECOND team All American PG.
it appears a lot of the uptempo teams are in the south; kansas, ucla, unc, fla. well, UM will get their chance to prove they are an uptempo team.
Scared of Kansas. Mostly because of Withey, won't be fun facing a 7 ft. center that we can't handle on D and is a good shot blocker on those Burke forays to the hoop
If we are playing Kansas, we are in the Sweet 16. Worrying about match-ups seems a little silly to me, especially for the projected third game of the tournament.
Think we'll handle VCU fine if we get past Wolters.
Would hate if we were playing ND St
We'd do well, but it would be like this
Does anyone know what time we play thursday ?
When do they announce what time we play?
Can someone give me a direct link to the bracket?
Or go to espn