Michigan comes to play with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.
Ohio = Cinderella Team?
You knock on wood right now.
We've struggled during the last couple weeks according to that guy. Winning 8 out of 10 is not struggling. If he would've said the BTT that would be a fair accusation.
If you look long enough you can find an "expert" picking against every single team in the tournament.
precisely. everyone gets so offended when somoene picks against us. every expert wants to pick a cindarella and there are a limited number of options.
I have been listening to ESPN radio all day and that seems to be a common feeling amongst people. I chalk it up as pure rubbish. Sweet 16 is where things get tough IMO. I have us up against UNC which would make it tough to be optimistic
Apparently a lot of people are picking Ohio. Doug Gottlieb picked Ohio because of their a close loss to Louisville. WTF? Michigan beat #1, #2, #4, Purdue, Memphis, Indiana, etc.
I don't think it's ever a good idea to give any credence to what comes out of that idiot's mouth
Very rarely do I make comments like this, but Doug Gottlieb has something against Michigan. I have never heard him speak kind of us with regards to ANY sport.
He went to Notre Dame, and is still bitter over our dominace over them.
For a minute. I'm pretty sure his degree reads Oklahoma State University. Seems Mr. Gottlieb has trouble not stealing credit card numbers IIRC
which may explain some of his resentment of Michigan, albeit I never noticed his hate for Michigan. I know, for a fact, that he HATES Syracuse and Boeheim*.
Regardless of whether he holds something against Michigan or not, the dude is a total goober. He got kicked out of Notre Dame for stealing his roommie's credit card and running up about a $1000 worth of charges and he also threw his former coach at Okie State under the bus, even though he gave him a second chance after he got booted from ND.
*The Boeheim vs. Gottlieb fued started early on when Gottlieb accused some Big East teams, including Syracuse, of playing non-conference schedules so easy they were “fraudulent.” I personally love Boeheim's reply. Boeheim fired back that, "the only thing I know about fraudulent is (Gottlieb's) use of credit cards".
I'm pretty sure I saw Gottlieb picked Florida to be in the Final Four, so I wouldn't get my panties in a bunch when he picks against Michigan.
Gottlieb also picked Wisconsin, Indiana, and Purdue to lose too. Apparently he really likes the 13 seeds this year or really hates the Big 10...
Everyone is going to pick some upsets - sometimes they may pick against your team. No need to get your panties in a bunch over it
both agreeded. I'll take non shocking news for $100, Alex,
At least they didn't talk about Beilein's 1-3-1.
I definitely saw a video yesterday in which Bilas actually said he thinks we present a threat to UNC should we beat Temple. I think the phrase he used was "give them fits." Go figure - maybe he was high.
Hard to be a cinderella team when you lose the first game. *knocks on wood*
gets no respect from ESPN,until they get to the ELITE 8.GO BLUE!!!
I don't buy it. Hard to be considered a cinderella when you have 5-star All-everything Jared Sullinger on your team.
They're talking about...
last year everyone picked Tennessee over us. Anyone need reminded how that turned out?
There were a select few that predicted our 1-3-1 to shut them down too. Idiots
Unfortunately last year's wrong pick of Tennessee over Michigan by many "experts" has nothing to do with this year's contest. When there are 67 different games to choose and thousands and thousands of different combinations of results, I think these "experts" deserve to miss on 1 game without completely losing their credibility.
Granted, I think for any expert, the Bobcats over Michigan is a bit of a stretch. However, I can see why many still choose to do this. If Michigan wins, only Michigan fans (and not even all of them) will remember that a specific expert picked the Bobcats to win. Although, if the Bobcats win, that expert can look awesome to the entire nation. The upsets have to come from somewhere.
I think Ohio's foot is too big to fit the glass slipper.
Last year everyone picked Oakland over Texas as the "sexy" upset because of how close they played Pitt the year before. Ohio beating Georgetown 2 years ago says nothing about this matchup.
I'm so used to OSU being Ohio now. This is gonna be a confusing week.
plays Duke instead of Kansas. I don't see Detroit making it to elite 8. That'd be a 1st for a 15 seed to make it past 2nd round.
Cenderella teams have to advance in the tournament. So no, Ohio will not be a cinderella team. Plain and simple.
Every year there is one popular upset pick/Cinderella team that everyone talks about and then that team doesn't pull the upset. This year you have two - Ohio and Belmont. Neither team will be playing more than one game.
I disagree. I think Belmont shocks Georgetown.
Wasn't it his roommates or something?
I HAZ A PANIC
Picking against John Beilein in tournament play (in games where he doesn't have a decided talent disadvantage) has regularly proven to be a mstake.
I like how going 5-2 in February and then 3-1 in March to date is "struggling lately". Apparently, some sportswriters are simply impossible to please.
In any case, even if the unthinkable happened and they were to face Temple and not us, and then the Sun went nova and the Bobcats beat Temple, they would eventually - more than likely - get UNC in the Sweet Sixteen. Yeah, it's not happening. There is no compelling reason to pick against Michigan in the opening round. If your best recent argument is that the Bobcats have been 8-1 and we've been 7-2 in the same stretch and that the Bobcats almost beat Louisville once, then you don't have an argument.
Now, Beat Other Ohio.
Michigan went to overtime against a bad Minnesota team and then got thumped by the other Ohio. They are a trendy team to pick against more than Ohio is a cinderella. They pick against Michigan and then look for ways to say Ohio is a cinderella. Lets just hope that midnight comes early on Friday night.
With our team, I have a feeling that its a really good thing that people are picking Michigan to go down on Friday.
Our performance against OSU (and to a lesser extent Minny) was terrible. And I think people are reading into that a lot when they are saying we are going to be upset.
You can be sure that our team is hearing it all, and I think we will respond with a fury. Novak and Stu are not ready to go out, and Burke will want to show that the OSU game was a fluke. Hardaway will be fired up as well.
And let's not forget that Beilein has a week to get this team ready, and he has a great record of doing so. Our performance against OSU at home this year cam after a week off and that went pretty well.
Now I know the BTT was after a week off as well, but we didn't know we would play Minny for sure until the day before.
Long story short, I am confident that the team will deliver a good performance on Friday. Sunday will be tougher but there is not reason we can't beat Temple as well.
UNC woul require a miracle, but I'll worry about that when we get there!
i like beilein, given several days to prepare for a team. he is not given nearly enough credit for his defensive coaching and does a great job of containing the opponents best offensive threats. and it's much tougher for opposing teams to prepare for beilein's teams.
Sorry, this year's Cinderella is St. Bonaventure...FSU is over confident, comes out flat, Nicholson goes beast mode and SBU wins by 7, bet on it.
/don't bet on it, that would be a bad bet, but a guy can dream...
I like that pick. Every year there is a team that's hot and everyone is on them. FSU seems like a good team ready for an overconfident letdown.
I love how they say a Cinderelle team has to be a 13 seed or lower, and then use VCU's 2011 run as an example (they had an 11 seed).
Graham Watson is actually a girl. She's also a terrible "sportswriter."
"She sounds hideous!"
"Well, she's a guy, so..."
Nate Silver just came out with some interesting probability statistics for the NCAA tournament. Among many things, it shows that Michigan has more favorable matchups in its 4 seed than Georgetown has in number 3 (as many people have already noted).
Here's the thing - in the "second" round (fucking dumb) there are 32 games. Half of them involved 1 and 2 seeds (upsets very unlikely to happen) or 7 and 8 seeds (games that aren't really upsets no matter who wins). That leaves 16 games. Some of those involve teams that most people don't care about, leaving about a dozen games from which to pick "upsets."
Since Ohio is a Mid-Major who has upset a big name school in the recent past, they're going to be a sexy pick here. Not everyone will say them, but if an analysts is picking 2-3 upsets out of a pool of 10-12 games, a good chunk of them will say M - OHIO.
to spell Cinderella in this thread. Raise your hand if you are an engineer. (No offense now, please. I might be one today if had done better in calculus.)
The last time Beilein lost an opening round game in the NCAA tournament was 1996 at Canisius. The last time in the NIT was 1994, also at Canisius. He has won 9 consecutive opening round games in those two tournaments, going back to 1998 at Richmond. Sorry, Ohio.