Didn't think it was possible to ever go up in rankings after losing, but I guess the voters had a heart. Glad we went up from #7 to #6, after that heartbreaking defeat yesterday. Hopefully next week, we have a Big Ten Tournament Championship in the bag. GO BLUE!!
Michigan Basketball moves up to #6 in AP Poll
What confluence of events would get us a 1 seed? Us winning the BTT and Lousiville and Georgetown both losing?
Remember when we were excited to be in the top 25 all season?
...to be in the top 25 for a week.
Good point. I remember getting so excited to see Michigan a couple spots OUT of the top 25.
"Others receiving votes:" got me so hyped a few years back to finally see MICHIGAN's name there.
We've come a little ways since then.
I agree, although we lost in heartbreaking fashion I feel a lot better about our chances in the NCAA tourney. We played pretty good defense (except boxing out) and went toe to toe with one of the best teams in the nation. I'm glad that our FT problem was highlighted for the coaches now than in the tourney.
I think Lunardi is jumping the gun taking us down to a 3 seed. I mean yesterday was essentially a tie against a sure bet #1 seed. If we make the Big Ten semis, I think we are a 2 over Ohio, over Florida, and over possibly over Kansas. That is assuming that Ohio State does not win the BIG tourney.
Lunardi is way overrating Ohio. Palm has them a 4 and us still a 2. Ohio top 3 victories away from gome are: Indiana, Washington, and Nebreska.
Ohio is a top 5 team at this point. Peaking at the right time.
What are your top 3 victories away from home?
If you're counting neutral sites, we have wins over Kansas State, Pitt, Illinois and Minnesota.
My point is, he's saying OSU is "way overrated" by citing our road wins, and he fails to look at UM's road wins, which best case is Minnesota. Pitt/KSU, while impressive, are not road wins.
Was also played at a neutral site. And UW isn't going to a tournament with a four letter abbreviation.
That said, the Bucknuts are playing very well; I wouldn't bet against them to win the BTT.
Nice to be #6 in the country and the #5 seed in the BIG tourney.
was thinking the same thing.. We are a 5 seed in the B1G tourney, and will most likely be a 3 seed at worst for the NCAA tourney
Big Ten tourney will be telling - neutral site.
If we win out, we get a #1 seed.
Agreed. If we win two, we're a two seed.
Wins against (current rankings) #11 Kansas State, #17 Pitt, #8 MSU, and #10 Ohio State (not to mention 3-0 against B1G tourney teams Illinois/Minnesota.
Heartbreakers agains #3 Indiana, #10 Ohio State, and #22 Wisconsin.
And a reminder that our fan base can go from down-and-out to utterly spoiled in a matter of two season.
Glad expectations have been raised, but by any account, Coach B and his team ought to be proud of the regular season. Time for a tourney run.
of two weeks.
It's amazing how prevalent the notion is that the B1G is the toughest conference in America.
Highest 5-loss team in the AP Poll: Indiana
Highest 6-loss team in the AP Poll: Michigan
Two highest 7-loss teams in the AP Poll: Michigan State and Ohio State
Highest (and only) 10-loss team in the AP Poll: Wisconsin
Four teams in the Top 10.
It's like the SEC!
We're still 8th, but we're sandwiched between MSU at 7 and OSU and 9
Is this the last poll until after the NCAA tourny or is there another one next week?
...No 5 in BIG...makes complete sense to me.
understand that the B1G tourney is completely objective in how they go about seeding right? There's no committee that has determined us a #5, that's simply how the records and tie-breakers play out.
We won't go anywhere if we get out rebounded by 30 again
I am old enough to remember the 1989 season where we lost twice to an outstanding Illinois team before defeating them in the national semifinal. Deja vue please!
Happy. Good sliver lining after terrible feelings from yesterday...
The AP vote distribution for this week was as follows for Michigan:
- 3 votes for 4th place
- 6 votes for 5th place
- 24 votes for 6th place
- 12 votes for 7th place
- 9 votes for 8th place
- 4 votes for 9th place
- 3 votes fo 10th place
- 1 vote each for 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th (Randy Rosetta, Paul Zeise, Scott Wolf and Ryan Thorburn, rsepctively, per Pollspeak)
The average placement was 7.08, which is slightly lower than last week's 6.92.
Wherein the trivia begins:
The grand average placement in the raw vote for the regular season? 3.97
Of all the votes cast, the greatest number throughout the season were for 2nd place at 307, and the second greatest number would be the 248 3rd place votes.
This is great. I know the polls don't officially carry any weight, but still, the committee can't help seeing where we're ranked.
If we beat PSU and Wisconsin, I think we'll be a #2 seed, regardless of the outcome of the rest of the BTT. But we've got to win those (especially PSU).
On the plus side, not getting that bye means we get to watch an extra michigan basketball game! Anyways I found our play against MSU and IU heartening, I was worried we'd get blown out by both but we ended up accounting well for ourselves...That's not to say I didn't let out a mighty yell of despair after we missed two layups and then didnt even get a last 1.7s to play with on an out of bounds.
painful to watch with the ball just rolling off, but enough folks see the utter fraction of inches vs IU and realize our comparability to a 1 seed.
Has to help with our ranking.
6th in the country yet seeded 5th in the B1G