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|1 week 19 hours ago||He did go to State||
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danton_Cole. So that would be one reason.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Acutally,||
Rick Bennett is in his third year as head coach at Union and they've been pretty good all 3. Before that, he was an assistant there for a while, under Nate Leaman (who coached for a while, had a decent year and now is at Providence who has become better). But he's someone who, if Union does well next year, I wouldn't mind as coach. And I don't believe he has any significant ties to Union, other than coaching there (he didn't graduate from there), so he might be amenable to a move despite having success there.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There's still||
a few ways for Michigan to get in but, goodness, a lot of things have to go right.
Western to beat or tie (apparently they can tie in the third place NCHC game) NoDak
UMass-Lowell over UNH
Wisconsin over Ohio State
Those will all get us in as the 14th overall seed and last at-large (I would guess against Ferris State?). Without all of those three results, I see Michigan as 1st out.
The good news is that those three don't seem particularly unlikely. The bad news is that UNH and NoDak now pretty much have play in games for the NCAA tournament, so they're likely going to be pretty fired up. We can only hope that they fire up for virtual NCAA play-in games the same way Michigan does...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||...Wilcox||
is both player of the year and goaltender of the year? That's not something you see every day. I thought Dzingel was going to win it pretty handily, though I guess no forward really stood out as particularly exemplary points-wise and Wilcox is being mentioned for Hobey.
|18 weeks 22 hours ago||Michigan's 3rd period||
woes are pretty concerning. Both OSU games, both UNO games, the NTDP game, last night against Ferris... A team's going to lose a one (or two, or three...) goal lead in the third period sometimes, but 6/7 is not ideal.
|18 weeks 22 hours ago||Billy Powers||
was also a Michigan player. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/billy_powers_463257.html
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I think Spath mentioned this||
on Rivals but the last several times we've had 10+ freshman (1998, 2002, 2006, 2008), 3 of those years went pretty well. 1 title, 3 frozen fours. Small sample size, but pretty good precedent.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||According to the boxscore||
Waterloo blocked 23!!!! of our shots. Which actually feels about right, from watching the game. Michigan needs to work on shooting at the net, not the defenders. That'll fix a lot of things, I think.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||My biggest question/concern||
Is just what happens to the names. Ferry Field and Cliff Keen-nice places, with history, for sure, but they're only places, they can be reincarnated in other locations. I'm wondering if the new multi-purpose area is going to be re-named after Keen, or if it's going to be Allstate Arena and Cliff Keen gets lost to history? Same for Ferry. Is the new track building going to be named the Ferry building, or is Ferry only going to exist in old record books?
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Interestingly,||
though WMU is primarily a public university, the new Med School is going to be private. Oakland University and Oakland's med school are the same way.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Pretty much the whole class||
could have been drafted, except for the goalies and maybe a few others, without anybody being too surprised. It's a heck of a strong class. It's going to be exciting to see who steps up and validates/exceeds their expectations vs. who maybe doesn't end up being who we thought they would.
It also sounds like most of the headliners of the class are fairly good defensively, except for maybe Allen, who definitely sounds like more of an straight offense-first player (and who I think is the best candidate for magic midget, though he is an inch taller than Motte and not really all that midget-y at 5'10), which is good news for a fairly young/untested defense and a question still in net.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||This whole||
2 initial first name thing is really throwing me off, I keep thinking of Trouba. This is looking too far into the future, but what happens if Compher someday earns JMFJ/SMFH type status? Is it JTMFC? JMFT? JMFTMFC?
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Personally,||
I hate it, the Anthem is for honoring America, not Michigan (or really, any other entity) but it's nowhere near as bad as North Dakota's version.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||I really like||
the agressive scheduling. It's gotta help recruiting and it may even be better to win 1/3 at UNC/Florida type places than sweep at home against IUPUI or something, in terms of RPI. I also like how he's getting southern(ish...) teams to come to Ann Arbor to play.
As a interesting side note, Scott Stricklin, the coach that took Kent State to the College World Series last year, and the presumed favorite for the Michigan opening before we settled on Bakich, accepted the Georgia head-coaching job.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||No.||
There's a weird crossover between the two brackets. The team that wins their first game, but loses their second switches brackets, with the corresponding team from the other bracket. It's unlikely for a loser of the first game to make the championship series, but it's technically possible, especially if it's Oklahoma that loses game one and Michigan that loses game two. It's also possible they play in just the bracket final, if one goes 2-0 and the other climbs back into it from the loser's bracket. Though obviously in that case, they won't meet in the championship series.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||WCWS is set||
Interestingly, 4 conferences are represented with two teams each:
Big Ten: Michigan and Nebraska
Pac-12: Arizona State and Washington
Big 12: Oklahoma and Texas
SEC: Florida and Tennessee
Michigan faces #1 Oklahoma at 9:30 on Monday 30th in their first game of the double-elimination WCWS format. Oklahoma leads the nation in scoring (7.89 runs per game) while Michigan is second (7.16). Oklahoma also leads the nation in ERA (1.16) while Michigan is 36th (2.28). Needless to say, Oklahoma is pretty good, winning 5 straight NCAA regional/super regional games by a combined score of ¡¡¡¡¡59-8!!!!!, winning 3 games in five innings, 1 in six innings and only needing the full seven innings once. They've lost 4 games this year (52-4), one each to Nebraska, Louisville, Texas and Kansas. Michigan's gonna need something special from the pitchers and the hitters to pull this one out. Oklahoma is quite simply the best team in the nation, by a decent margin and has been all season. But that's why they play the game.
The winner/loser of Michigan/Oklahoma will play, respectively, the winner/loser of Texas/Arizona State. The loser of that loser bracket game will be eliminated. Michigan is 2-2 against the WCWS field this year, 1-0 against Arizona State and 1-2 against Nebraska (who plays in the other bracket, there is the possibility of a cross over, it's weird, look at the bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/softball/d1)
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Good ol' Plymouth.||
Being pretty good to us for hockey recruiting for that class.
Yost Built commit write-up: http://www.yostbuilt.com/
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Gosh,||
ULL's pitcher is fantastic. 5 stikeouts through 3, allowing 0 hits. Lucky for Michigan, she's also a tad wild. You'd think that at some point her pitching every inning for ULL will fatigue her a little bit and between that and the Michigan hitters seeing more of her pitches, they'll be able to start hitting sometime, but right now it's not pretty. Gotta keep them off the scoreboard until the bats can heat up.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||I believe||
home/away for game 3 (if necessary) is determined by a coin flip. Hopefully we don't find out today. Go Blue!
|47 weeks 4 days ago||True.||
I was stretching. I always wondered why Kevin Lynch didn't end up being captain, after Chris Brown left, I thought he fit the prototype better. But even when they gave him the A things didn't get better. They didn't get better until pure desperation kicked in.
I do wonder how different things would have turned out if Brown had stayed. Perhaps it's one of those things where nothing was going to help them, regardless of who the C was, or maybe if had ended up staying and being captain, it would have made all the difference, people would have started playing before March, he woulda scored a ton and maybe without the pressure of trying to lead a dilapidated team, AJ continues his torrid scoring pace from the first few weeks all the way to the NCAA title.
As it is, I feel bad for the kid. He'll always be the Captain that let The Streak™ get away.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Kevin Porter, 2008?||
He wasn't only a scorer, but he certainly scored plenty. Brendan Morrison in 1997. If you want not a Hobey winner, probably Brian Wiseman in 1994. Matt Herr in 1998 scored a ton the year before he was captain, if that counts.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||I agree||
in theory, and one and done is a horrible idea in hockey, but that could be anywhere from 3-5 games in a weekend. I feel like that isn't very feasible for most sports besides baseball and softball when you can play a couple times in a day and not be dead.
Now if you wanted a best-of-3 at higher seeds for the first two rounds and then maybe try to figure out something interesting for the Frozen Four, or leave it, I'm with you. I'd actually even be OK with 4 straight best-of-3 series, whether the semis and/or finals end up at "neutral" sites or not. But I don't think the circuitous baseball/shoftballl double-elimination translates well to the ice.
|48 weeks 18 hours ago||I thought we||
were the only school at all with one NCAA championship in each of those four? Unless you count pre-NCAA (for non-football) in which case Minnesota has at least 3 of each anyays.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||And more good news||
on the gymnastics front: Though the women's team season ended somewhat disappointingly, short of the NCAA finals, Joanna Sampson and Katie Zurales competed today in event finals today. Sampson took home the NCAA Championship on the Floor Exercise. She also tied for 14th on the vault. Zurales tied for 2nd on the Balance Beam.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||One more point of interest,||
In addition to his 4!!! NCAA titles this weekend, Sam also earned 6 All-American honors (top 8 in Event finals), from the All-around, then every event except rings. He qualified for the event finals in Rings, and likely would have finished top-8 giving him a clean sweep of All-American honors, but he withdrew from that part of the competiton to avoid injury.
Kid is incredible. He's the first male UM gymnast to ever qualify for the Olympics, so I think that's a pretty good indication he's the best Michigan gymnast ever, though I don't know a lot about the history of that program.
For those curious, Elise Ray competed in the 2000 Olympics before coming to Michigan to compete with the women's gymnastics team 2002-2005.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||One more.||
The last season Michigan Hockey missed their NCAA tournament? 1989(-1990). Obviously basketball's next NCAA championship comes the next time hockey missed NCAA's, the bookend year of their (2012-)2013 season.
After this year, the only logical conclusion is that both teams win NCAA titles every year.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Great news!||
|1 year 2 weeks ago||So, if we match||
the number of Cal swimmers for tonigh in the "A" finals and the "B" finals, between the 4 individual non-1650 events, Michigan is in really good shape, between their standing lead, presumed huge advantage in the 1650 and presumed advantage in the relay?
On a related note, any idea how Cal did in the morning session? I'm getting Michigan's results through the twitter-thing, but the live results aren't being updated for me.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Here:||
You can kinda figure it out from the link, but it's a 3 day-meet, prelims each morning, finals of those same events each night. Swimmers with the 1-8 best times of the prelims are in the "A" final, 9-16 are in the "B" final. In the "A" final, the winner gets 20 points, 2nd gets 17, 16, 15 etc. to 11. The top finisher of the "B" final gets 9, then 7,6 all the way down to 1 point for the last place finisher in the "B" final. The points are for the team competition. Most points at the end of Saturday wins the NCAA title. Currently, Michigan leads with 153 points, Cal has 123.5, Auburn 112.5, USC 100 and Texas rounds out the top 5 with 99 points. Relays get double the point values from the individual competitions, each diving event is also worth 20 points to the winner.
Swimmers qualify for the meet throughout the season, by their best time in an official meet. Each event has an "A" standard, which automatically qualifies the swimmer for entrance into the prelims and a "B" standard which might qualify that swimmer for the prelims, depending on how many other people end up with an "A" time or a faster "B" time.
That's about all I know, but I think that covers the basics. As far as I can tell a 30 point lead looks good, but with so many events left, it's far from commanding. Obviously better up 30 than down 30, but it's not over by a long shot. One relay DQ would put Michigan in huge trouble.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||This team||
has a good chance to win the meet as a team. It's nowhere near a given, obviously and several other teams (chiefly Florida and Cal, I believe) will certainly challenge, but Michigan is, I believe, a narrow favorite. Winning the title (the last day is Saturday) would give the men's swim team 12 national titles as a team, this being their first since 1995. It would give Michigan their first team NCAA championship since 2010 when the men's gymnastics team took home the top spot.