Michigan in the homestretch in basketball - Big 10 Seeding

Michigan in the homestretch in basketball - Big 10 Seeding

Submitted by StephenRKass on February 18th, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Michigan is in the home stretch of the basketball season.

Remaining games:

  • @ 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.

Pair of Wolverines Basketball HoF finalists

Pair of Wolverines Basketball HoF finalists

Submitted by Lionsfan on February 18th, 2017 at 1:01 PM

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.

Link

Charles Matthews already projected 1st rounder in '18 Draft

Charles Matthews already projected 1st rounder in '18 Draft

Submitted by amir_6 on February 17th, 2017 at 2:23 PM
I know this means little to nothing as of right now. But nbadraft.net has Charles as a 1st rounder going to the Warriors in the 2018 Draft. Gives you an idea of how highly touted this kid is. Hate to put expectations on a kid, but with how Beilein was describing him as mix between GR3 and THJ it's hard not to get excited. Can't wait to see a frontcourt consisting of Charles, DJ & Moe. http://www.nbadraft.net/2018mock_draft

2/17 Bracketology Update

2/17 Bracketology Update

Submitted by LS And Play on February 17th, 2017 at 11:40 AM

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.