Michigan is in the home stretch of the basketball season.
- @ Minnesota
- @ Rutgers
- vs. Purdue
- @ Northwestern
- @ Nebraska
It is brutal to end with so many road games, but that's life, and they have the chance to prove themselves. Interestingly, I think it is easily in the realm of possibility for Michigan to win their remaining road games, and lose at home to Purdue.
Northwestern is likely to lose to Purdue. If Northwestern also loses to Michigan, Michigan would be ahead of them with an 11 - 7 record, by virtue of head to head record.
Minnesota is in a free fall. It is very unlikely for them to win @ MD and @ WI. If we beat them tomorrow, we will pass them as well.
Michigan State is always tough. However, with the loss of Harris today, I can't see them beating Wisconsin (at Breslin) or @ MD.
The ball is in Michigan's court. Win 4 of their remaining games and lose to Purdue, and they still end up in the top 4 seeding, with a double bye.
It is impossible for Michigan to pass up Purdue, Wisconsin, or Maryland. However, Michigan is peaking at the right time. We just saw them beat Wisconsin. I don't think, with a double bye, that it would be impossible for Michigan to win the Big 10 Tourney. If all our starters plus Duncan Robinson are hot, and Xavier and Donnal can give guys a breather, we can manage even in a short tourney where depth and exhaustion become critical.
If Michigan somehow won the Big 10 Tourney, and lost only to Purdue, their record would be 24 - 10. And that would lead to a pretty high seeding in the NCAA Tourney . . . 4 - 6.
Yeah, and if pigs had wings, they would fly. Still, I think this scenario is quite realistic. The keys:
- Stay healthy
- For 5 starters plus Robinson to stay hot
- For Donnal and Xavier to be able to contribute 10 - 15 minutes a game.
- For the team to really work together on defense.
Wilson and Wager are really coming into their own. Rahkman has played some great defense. Walton is finishing his career great. And Irvin "appears" to finally be out of his slump.
Skills Challenge / 3 Point Shoot-out first, dunks later on.
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Title almost says it all. Chris Webber and Rudy Tomjanovich are among the 10 men's finalists for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. They're both first-time finalists, with Webber in the player category, and Tomjanovich in the coaching category
Tomjanovich and Webber will learn whether they'll enter the Hall of Fame on Monday, April 3 at a press conference in Phoenix prior to the NCAA Men's Championship game. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Full game of thursdays game against Wisconsin. Ive also uploaded games against MSU and IU. Michigan is on a 3 game win streak. Hopefully that becomes 4 tomorrow at the barn. Enjoy GO BLUE!
A few major bracketologists have come out with their Friday updates, and Michigan has moved into the high single digit seed range.
CBS Sports: 9-seed vs. Miami.
SB Nation: 9-seed.
USA Today: 9-seed vs. Dayton.
The Bracket Matrix hasn't been updated to reflect our win over Wisconsin as of yet. Beat Minnesota and we'll be playing for seeding barring a meltdown.