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|2 years 12 weeks ago||I'd like to see some major||
I'd like to see some major bowls in Big Ten land- it seems unfair to me that all the other major conferences get the premier bowls.
If you switch allignment for conferences in bowls some bowls that are currently ehh-bowls could become more enticing (kind of how it seems the Pinstripes bowl will become a bigger deal). It gets tiring seeing the top Big Ten teams play PAC 12 teams in CA and SEC and ACC teams in FL....
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Wow that is really cool||
Wow that is really cool
|2 years 12 weeks ago||If there's a chance for money||
If there's a chance for money it will be taken by any school- so it is pretty hard to imagine it being settled...
|2 years 13 weeks ago||This is why I love this site!||
This is why I love this site! Gerat work!
|2 years 13 weeks ago||What an amazing thing to do-||
What an amazing thing to do- puts things into perspective about what is really important and how to truly make a difference.
If anyone is interested in how to donate or is curious to know more about what Cameron Lyle will be doing medically here's the place to look.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||True- its on the front page-||
True- its on the front page- but that post has lots of info on it- and the board discusses topics more.
Plus, I don't mind discussing how all our recruits are top-150 for a second time!
|2 years 14 weeks ago||I agree they are called too||
I agree they are called too quickly.
I also think jump balls should always go to the defense- rewarding a godo defensive posession. I also think it would make the ends of games more exciting. If you need a comeback and you get a jumpball on defense its rewarded- and your team has a better chance of gettign a comeback based on tough defensive play.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I'm happy if he plays to the||
I'm happy if he plays to the level of any of those players!
How crazy would it be if he is Big Ten freshamn of the year- two in a row from the same Indiana HS and neither playing for Indiana... let's hope he can do it!
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I believe baller should be||
I believe baller should be underlined at minimum 5 times to really emphasize your point..
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Nov 21- neutral site-||
Nov 21- neutral site- Michigan- L 67-62
Feb 2- home- Syracuse- W 65-55
Mar 14- neutral site- Syracuse- L 62-59
Mar 21- neutral site- Wichita St- L 73-55
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I believe UConn's last||
I believe UConn's last championship team was 8-8 in big east play but undefeated in non- conference play- which supports your claim. But they did win the big east tourney as well...
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I just looked up their||
I just looked up their bracket and they beat Kansas in the sweet 16 85-82 then UNC in the final four 66-58 before Kentucky in the title 84-79. Let's hope we don't have to beat three one seeds but it's kinda neat that if we do Kansas will be the sweet sixteen loser in both examples.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I believe the Arizona||
I believe the Arizona championship team is the only team to do so
|2 years 19 weeks ago||It sounds exactly like||
It sounds exactly like something he would say...
I am looking forward to hopefully playing them in BTT and also next year- with many of their players graduating/going to NBA I think we have a great chance against them next year!
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Curious where you heard that-||
Curious where you heard that- it sounds very believable though.
Also I am not sure why he is so into it being "his program."
The stuff with Meyer happened before he was ever associated with Indiana (and he wasn't involved...) and I get coaches have ego's- but Indiana's program is much bigger than him- what makes him such an ass is that he doesn't seem to get that.
He is burning BigTen bridges pretty fast...
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I love how well Beilein has||
I love how well Beilein has recruited Indiana!
It's also nice having players familiar with eachother- and who get along. When you get a tight-knit group they can overcome challenges and low-points much better.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||72-61 Michigan victory||
72-61 Michigan victory
|2 years 19 weeks ago||He doesn't strike just you||
He doesn't strike just you that way- he was (still is?) in charge of the NCAA's ethics comitte.
Never really heard anything negative about him...
I'm glad our programs have solid and respected coaches!
|2 years 20 weeks ago||You posted about an OSU||
You posted about an OSU article on a Michigan blog- your heart was in the right place. I will upvote you because so many negs without one upvote is sad...
|2 years 20 weeks ago||http://www.infoplease.com/ipa||
NE: CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
MW: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NB, ND, OH, SD, WI
SO: AL, AR, DE, D.C., GL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
W: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY
You could argue the split of the regions for their relevance for BCS conference comparisons- but the south is essentailly equally as large as the northeast and midwest combined now. Yes MD is south and will be in the Big Ten now- but when you say a recruit from the south, or from the midwest etc. this chart works quite well.
Basically the South is responsible for more than half the growth of the country in the last two decades- and there are more states in the south than other regions.
Sports preferance also plays a role. In Chicago and NYC basketball is king, in the south its football, and in the northeast football blows...
|2 years 20 weeks ago||http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/b||
If you are curious about BTT seedings (and projecting how far we could go).
Otherwise a title is pretty easy- it's just standing. If we beat Indiana we are co-champs (with Indiana for sure- and most likely up to two other teams- whoever stays at 5 losses).
|2 years 20 weeks ago||So much depends on other||
So much depends on other teams:
How do Duke and Miami play in the ACC tounrament and their last games...
How does Kansas wrap up its season- if they lose early in the conference tournament they could fall...
If Gonzaga doesn't win their tournament a one seed could be opened up...
If Georgetown wins the Big East they could jump teams...
If Michigan wins at Indiana we could earn a 1-seed- if we do well in the BTT we could be favored for one even. If Michigan loses to Indiana I'm not sure even winning the BTT would be enough. If we beat Indiana I think a 2 is locked up- if we lose to Indiana and lose early in the BTT a 3 is likely.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Yep stupid mistake- it was on||
Yep stupid mistake- it was on the road...
My main point was every team has "choked" to some degree- or can argue they should be better than 5-losses. Our fan base is quick to say- stupid PSU game, or stupid half-court shot, hell we should be the champs- but other teams have similar gripes in my opinion
|2 years 20 weeks ago||What also matters a lot is||
What also matters a lot is who palys which teams only once:
Obviously it is nice to only play top teams once- but what is also key is whether you play top teams at home or on the road if you only play them once. Essentially for just home games you want tough opponents (meaning you played them only once and at home) and for just road you want weak opponents (so you still have a good chance to win even though you get an uneven split with them).
For example, we played Wisconsin only once- but it was on the road- so that is a huge advantage for Wisconsin- had that been changed the whole title race could be different obviously.
Indiana didn't get a chance to avenge its loss to Illinois but didn't have to play inWisconsin- a tough place to play.
Michigan didn't play Iowa and Nebraska on the road- would have been nice to skip on tougher teams. We did not play Minnesota or Wisconsin at home- both solid teams (one hurt us one did not).
Michigan State didn't have to travel to Illinois or Northwestern- like Michigan two weaker teams. MSU also got lucky having road games without homes against Iowa and Penn State- also weaker teams. MSU did have to play all tough teams twice.
OSU hosted Iowa and Minnesota without road games- also two weaker teams. They got luck playing PSU and Purdue only on the road however.
Wisconsin had it pretty good- skipping out on playing us and Purdue on the road- and playing road games against Indiana without being at home (which in liekly would have been a loss anyway) and NW.
So which top teams avoided other top teams?
Indiana skipped WISC on the road
Michigan skipped WISC at home
MSU skipped nobody
OSU skipped nobody
WISC skipped MICH on the road and Indiana at home
WISC had the best schedule all things considered, MSU and OSU had the toughest, with MICH being slightly tougher than Indiana- as far as the schedule against top-5 teasm goes.
However, if we beat Indiana the co-champs will have 5-losses, meaning every team blew some serious chances. Yes half-court at Wisconsin blows, but all the other teams can make very similar arguements. MSU and OSU played all the top teams twice, Indiana blew it against Illinois in not worse of fashion than us against Wisconsin (yes home vs. road makes a big difference though). Well... I guess Wisconsin has very little to complain about... but let's hope MSU beats them at home tonight- I'd rather split the title with MSU than Wisconsin this year.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||That year students had it||
That year students had it made for tickets at Michigan- there were lots of incentives for games- so counting free crap you got games were basically free.
The sad part for me is that Purdue this year is much better than that Michigan team. They are 7-9 with two home games left- granted home games against Michigan and Minnesota are tough- they could get to .500- fans should come out and cheer for that. They made the Sweet 16 in '09 and '10, and the tournament the last two years. They have been a solid program, and have decent tradition- it is sad tickets are apparently so easy to come by for this game...
|2 years 21 weeks ago||All very good points. SOS and||
All very good points.
SOS and other variables would really just make this super crazy to calculate- but would be interesting.
Your reasoning for conf. champs desrerving more credit- at least relative to ncaa champs does seem legitimate.
I get that winning it all requires luck- but every coach to have won a tournament has been an established coach. Yes some young or less-successful coaches have a final four run under their name- but it seems that only elite coaches win championships. Perhaps that is because if a coach does win fans/media immediately elevate them to that status- but that is a completely idfferent issue.
I was not trying to have a diffinitive top-coach list- just putting out a list based on the assumptions I made.
I agree with your point about Wooden- compeltely different era- just thought it'd be an interesting comparison. Any time you cross era comparisons become tricky- and since coaches coach 3-4 decades it can make this challenging.
Maybe if I have time I will try to reevaluate changing some of the variables- most likely with raising the value of conf championships.
Any other changes you think I should make (or others)- and if so include the values you would use.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Thanks! Granted I would say a||
Granted I would say a majority of commetns that get downvoted are not worth the read- you do get a fair amoutn of quality stuff downvoted for no good reason, and of course a few laugher comments that can be funny...
|2 years 21 weeks ago||True- likely not worthy of||
True- likely not worthy of getting upset about. It's frustrating because he made a very good point/arguement- and it would be missed if it not up-voted again to make it visible without clicking.
Silliness and pettiness with downvoting can really take away from a blog though. ITts pretty immature to downvote if you say another school has more tradition/success than Michigan- plus it plays into all the bad stereotypes of Michigan fans...
|2 years 21 weeks ago||How was Rabbit21's comment||
How was Rabbit21's comment flamebait? He used facts and loogic to make a point. It may not be a point you like or approve of- but it wasn't made maliciously, and it was 100% in context of the situation being described...
|2 years 21 weeks ago||That'd be a lot of||
That'd be a lot of points!
People love the coaches- but give too little credit for who hired them.
People love the new facilities- but don't like new prices and advertizing
Now that doesn't mean all changes are equal- some things should never be touched- some to the point of being obvious:
school colors (creating new ones- not maize v. neon- although I see why that bothers people), mascot, helmets, block M...
But some things although important to many will have changes:
advertizing in areas it wasn't before, unifroms- more types and different styles, twitter/media- even on the court etc.
No one is going to please everyone- and balancing tradition, school culture, and success is not easy. But as long as you keep the untoucahbles alone, and dont run from what built Michigan- if you have success that is what the job is. And to say DB did any of the unnacceptable things seems silly to me- and he sure has been very successful!