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|4 hours 55 min ago||Regarding Mercer...||
Watching the ESPN "30 For 30" on the Big East somehow reminded me that this will be the first time Mercer has been to the tournament since the year of that Georgetown-Villanova final in 1985. Of course, I don't think Mercer made it very far - they drew Georgia Tech that year, I believe - but this will probably be a game that they have some motivation to play even if their loss to Duke is humbling.
|6 hours 10 min ago||In Bracket Form...||
CBS also did this in bracket form, if anyone is interested in seeing the schedule that way - LINK
According to this, the game is at 7:10 PM and, if we should survive, we will know our opponent for the next round perhaps a little before midnight that evening as the Arizona State / Texas tip is projected to be at 9:40 PM.
|6 hours 23 min ago||Working On It...||
I am working on my projection right now and I am not picking the Spartans to go quite as far as ESPN simply based on the number of possible outcomes and also the notion that a team can play 1.5 inspired games in a conference tournament and suddenly be part of the NC narrative is beyond me honestly. The reasoning, if there was any on ESPN, did not register.
|6 hours 28 min ago||Eh, Not Going Anywhere...||
Michigan State may have won
Now at 20 downvotes, it might be safe to say that this one probably will not get much better. Also, with the lack of anything to realyl go on from the OP, it won't produce much in the way of constructive discussion.
|6 hours 34 min ago||Well, If Not The NIT...||
Well, the sad thing is the the CBI home page does not yet have a schedule up and the tournament begins on Tuesday, I believe. Tom Crean does not have much time to convince them that Indiana is the team that could very well upset the Santa Claras and Oregon States of the world. A midrange seed is all he requests, I am sure.
|8 hours 2 min ago||Well, If You Were Curious...||
Some key stats to consider should we get there (very likely, we will, but one game at a time)...
|9 hours 4 min ago||Well, If It Is Current...||
If it is current, we still need to know who is playing Wichita State, Saint Louis and Massachusetts and we'll know the entire Midwest bracket. Of course, that being said, if Massey isn't nuts, we're headed for a Sweet Sixteen matchup with Duke and there might not be much we can do about that unless Mercer, UMass or an as yet undecided 11-seed has something to say about it. Tough, but doable, I think.
|9 hours 28 min ago||One Thing Of Note...||
One thing that should be noted, however, is that the rebounding of Horford and Morgan across the season accounts for 28% of all rebounds on the team. Indeed, they are 2nd and 4th for defensive rebounds on the season actually. They do not account for many assists or, in the grand scheme, that many points (about 10% of Michigan's points between both of them), but they help in a lot of ways that do not necessarily show up in a box score.
|9 hours 57 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
|10 hours 13 min ago||A fair number of projections||
A fair number of projections as early as noon-ish still had us as the top #2 seed and looking up at Villanova for the final #1 spot. The result of the game in isolation today may not have been the best, but I suppose I could see a scenario where the committee switched us and Villanova. If this is indeed the case, what Palm has said, I definitely would not complain.
|11 hours 20 min ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
So, the numbers aren't, well....here you go....
Michigan eFG% - 40.61%
Michigan OREB% - 26.67%
Michigan FTR - 54.55%
Michigan TOV% - 18.03%
Michigan State eFG% - 50.00%
Michigan State OREB% - 56.25% (those who were talking about getting killed on the boards...yeah...)
Michigan State FTR - 25.81%
Michigan State TOV% - 12.65%
In addition, you have a Michigan PPP at 1.01, compared to MSU's 1.26.
|12 hours 22 min ago||Watched Duke-Virginia...||
There were moments in the ACC Chamionship Game where I was pretty sure that Dick Vitale had climaxed and would need to change at the next media break, and admittedly, there was some worry about what might happen if Jabari Parker made another stylish basket. The last thing you need if you're ESPN is for one of your analysts to be worn out and unable to continue the broadcast like that.
|13 hours 26 min ago||Very Clever...||
It was very clever of them to bump the post from 2009 (last outright title for them) and hope that everyone would ignore the date on the post, unless that's not how they did this, of course. If you need the conference tournament to make it seem as if you won the conference, then professional help to cope with this problem might be the next step.
|15 hours 6 min ago||At TeamRankings...||
For some contrast, here's how the projected 1-seeds line up at TeamRankings with mere hours to go to the actual selection:
Florida - estimated odds of 1-seed at 87%
Arizona - estimated odds of 1-seed at 86%
Wichita St. - estimated odds of 1-seed at 85%
Villanova - estimated odds of 1-seed at 57%
Michigan is the first one out of this group at 26%, so perhaps there is a bump if we win today. It will be interesting, to say the least.
|17 hours 15 min ago||Opposite For Me...||
I actually missed most of the first half because it took next to forever to set up my wife's phone at Best Buy and, much to my own dismay, not a single one of the TVs in that section of the store had the game on. Actually, no sports were on at all in the Westland Best Buy, at least when we were there. I was able to get home during halftime and catch the second half, however, so that's what I have going now.
|18 hours 9 min ago||It's Time Perhaps...||
Izzo's Post Game Interview Excuses?
I believe it is safe to say that the tribe spoke on this one, and although I know the OP was trying to be funny, I think this one is much too derailed at this point to meaningfully salvage.
|20 hours 43 min ago||As A Reminder...||
This is merely a general reminder to the board, but for the sake of everyone, this might be as specific as anyone should dare get. There have been "incidents" in the past where the privacy of players has been potentially violated.
A couple months ago, in a thread that was eventually deleted for its overt creepiness, someone revealed some very personal information about Nik Stauskas' girlfriend and that user was removed from the site as a result.
|20 hours 52 min ago||Eastern Conference...||
Yeah, I think Atlanta and New York are politely trading jabs right now for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, and while that isn't really all that impressive by the record, THJ is definitely part of the reason the Knicks are able to say that. I would think that counts for something all the same.
The Pistons would likely need Atlanta, New York and Cleveland to collapse down the stretch, on the other end. There's a sentence you don't see written every day.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Interpretation...||
Typically, it means no threads, but if you have something you want to say in a thread which already exists, then there is nothing to prevent it. You're simply posting any observation at your own risk then, of course.
|1 day 6 hours ago||MLB.com Article...||
There's a little background in the MLB.com piece - HERE
"Iglesias saw a Lakeland-based foot-and-ankle specialist last week and received an adjustment in his orthotics that he has been wearing since at least last year. The initial adjustment, adding extra cushion under the foot, made an immediate difference according to Iglesias. However, he still hasn't been able to run without pain, which has led to another round of exams."
The article also discusses how he has seen a chiropractor and a pain specialist, so between that and some mention that he had issues even before he landed in Detroit, it sounds like this is something that might have been going on for a while.
|1 day 7 hours ago||And There It Is...||
New Mexico threepeats in the MWC.
Both New Mexico and San Diego State had effective field goal pecentages under 50% and free throw rates near or above 40%. They sent each other to the line quite a bit in this game. Indeed, there are now 40 PFs as we close out this one. Both teams have more TOs than assists too. Overall, there was a lot about this one that was sort of ugly, especially the part where it was 34-34 as late as 11:57 in the 2nd half.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
Were we looking at Wyatt Shallman out there in a few clips with #33? If so, I actually was liking what I was seeing. He got to the edge rather quickly on one run.
These videos make me want August to get here sooner, even despite the tremendous success of other varsity sports at Michigan.
|1 day 8 hours ago||The Jeri Ryan Thing...||
I will be honest - I was initially distracted by the part about having a shot with Jeri Ryan, then my wife walked in and I had to switch my thinking around a little bit.
Massey thinks this game would be almost an even money bet - 49% projected probability right now for Michigan (today's results probably aren't in the algorithm). I think we can do it though.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Another Fab Five Commercial...||
While we're sharing, I also ran across this one the other day with Jalen Rose...
|1 day 10 hours ago||Over At TeamRankings...||
Although TeamRankings still has its #1 seeds rather solidly as Arizona, Wichita State, Villanova and Florida (not in that order), the recent stats show Villanova slipping a bit and Mchigan gaining, and this was before today's result. At least in their projection, another win tomorrow from us may very well make it a debate between us and Villanova in their algorithm.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Cold Out Of The Gate...||
Wisconsin is only 4-18, including 2-7 from three point land. Yuck. That means they are 2-11 from inside, so I suppose this means that Bo Ryan will need to draw up some sort of hex to slow down the Spartans. I sense an appearance of the Rebounding Wraiths at some point if things do not improve for the Badgers.
|1 day 11 hours ago||That Last Possession...||
It looked like this, and for OSU, it may have felt like this probably did...
|1 day 11 hours ago||Four Factors At The End...||
First and foremost, let us thank Aaron Craft for a clutch turnover. HAHAHAHAHA.
Next, how close? The four factors...
Michigan eFG% - 65.96% / Ohio State eFG% - 54.46%
Michigan OREB% - 18.52% / Ohio State OREB% - 30.00%
Michigan FTR - 40.43% / Ohio State FTR - 21.43%
Michigan TOV% - 17.18% / Ohio State TOV% - 15.22%
Michigan PPP - 1.17 / Ohio State PPP - 1.08
All that being said, my night got better all the same. We'll either see Izzo's stunning help defense tomorrow or Bo Ryan summoning the Hoops Dementors.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Minor Observation...||
One of the most interesting things about this game right now is not so much the fact that Michigan is shooting with an effective FG% of 67.95% to Ohio State's 58.97%, but the relatively low free throw rates - 19.05% for Ohio State, 24.32% for Michigan.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Challenges...||
Half of my office is registered for the Quicken Loans contest actually. A few of them even promised that they would continue working once they had collected their winnings.
Now, for the MGoBlog Challenge - is the window from Sunday until the play-in games start basically? Does anyone know?