OT: Oakland vs. ODU in the Vegas 16 - There Are About 20 People in the Stands

OT: Oakland vs. ODU in the Vegas 16 - There Are About 20 People in the Stands

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on March 30th, 2016 at 11:21 PM

You'll remember the backstory of the Vegas 16 post-season tournament at Mandalay Bay. They couldn't even find 16 teams willing to play in the first-year tournament, so the Vegas 16 is now the Vegas 8 - although they're still calling it the Vegas 16.

Anyway, I'm watching the Oakland-Old Dominion game right now, and there are maybe 20 or 30 people in the stands. Tops. Attendance-wise, it looks like an EMU women's game. I've seen Division I men's games with small crowds before, but nothing like this.

MBB Recruiting: Michigan reaches out to Columbia transfer G Grant Mullins

MBB Recruiting: Michigan reaches out to Columbia transfer G Grant Mullins

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on March 30th, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Per UMHoops via Jeff Borzello, Columbia redshirt junior Grant Mullins will transfer (Ivies don't allow graduate student players apparently). The 6'3" guard from Burlington, Ontario, averaged 13 ppg, 3 assists, and shot 44% from downtown.

Columbia profile here:

http://www.gocolumbialions.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205563903

Something going on in Columbus? 4/5 2015 players transfer

Something going on in Columbus? 4/5 2015 players transfer

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on March 30th, 2016 at 8:21 AM

With the announcement that AJ Harris is transferring, Ohio St has now lost four of the five players from its heralded 2015 basketball recruiting class - Austin Grandstaff, AJ Harris, Daniel Giddens, and Mickey Mitchell. While none made a particularly large impact this past year, there was obviously opportunity to contribute down the line.

 I should probably be eating some crow here, as I was convinced that class was going to be really special. Guess not.

The team will be fine next year, with the majority of their playing time and points returning, but sure seems like there may be some internal issues. Also, Thad Matta has had some health issues. Maybe the grind of B1G bball, coupled with that, is starting to wear him a bit thin.

Land Grant Holy Land's take here: http://www.landgrantholyland.com/2016/3/29/11322174/ohio-state-basketba…

 

Spike to grad transfer [LOCKED]

Spike to grad transfer [LOCKED]

Submitted by mzdmv on March 29th, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Michigan’s Spike Albrecht told ESPN he was granted his release today and plans to play next season elsewhere as a grad transfer.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2016

MOD EDIT: Alright, we're going to make an editorial decision and just lock this but allow the news and comments to stand. Way too much ridiculous in this thread and I can't in good conscience let it go on. We're better than this. - LSA

Women's b-ball in NIT final four

Women's b-ball in NIT final four

Submitted by Lumpy_wolverine on March 28th, 2016 at 8:58 PM

The ladies got a big win.  With a slow start (traililng 23-9 after the first quarter), they put things together in the 3rd quarter to even things up.  With 7 seconds left in the 4th, Thome rebounded her own miss, and put it in for the one point victory 77-76.

Next up, Florida Gulf Coast in the semi-finals.

GO BLUE!

 

ESPN Tournament Challenge - Final Four Update

ESPN Tournament Challenge - Final Four Update

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 28th, 2016 at 3:40 PM

So here we are at the Final Four. Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Syracuse(!?). There's one team every year that benefits from upsets to get an easy path and this year it's Syracuse. Raise your hand if you picked Syracuse to be in the Final Four.....<crickets>.

 

Anyways, as far as points and rankings in the MGoBlog group here is where the top 5 stands:

 

Rank - Bracket - Champion - PPR** - Total - PCT

1 - Ovaltine Jenkins - UNC - 640 - 920 - 99.8

2 - The Big Prince - Oklahoma - 480 - 890 - 99.5

3* - Angry Midget - UNC - 640 - 880 - 99.3

3* - Death to Drupal - UVA - 160 - 880 - 99.3

5* - smallfrey03 1 - UNC - 640 - 860 - 98.6

5* - ROLLLLLL TIIIIIIIDE - Kansas - 0 - 860 - 98.6

5* - ancisler 1 - Kansas - 0 - 860 - 98.6

* - tie breaker used

** - Possible Points Remaining

Lots of room for change at the top since many people picked Kansas and Michigan State to win the title. Roll Tide and Ancisler are in trouble since they do not have any possible points remaining. I'm just happy I'm on the first page and in contention for a top 10 finish!

We had 725 entries this year, up from 643 a year ago! Good luck to everyone that still has a shot at claiming a top spot and thank you to everyone that played along! I look forward to doing this again next year!

OT: Are in-game analysts biased?

OT: Are in-game analysts biased?

Submitted by dieseljr32 on March 28th, 2016 at 10:21 AM

I found myself watching the Elite Eight matchup between Syracuse and Virginia last night.  The longer the game went on, the more I found myself getting agitated with Reggie Miller.  I kept thinking, this man wants Syracuse to win. 

But, this led me to wonder...are in-game analysts biased or is it just in our heads?

I'm not talking about the guys who sit in studio, but those who are on the sidelines.

Reggie Miller probably wasn't "rooting" for Syracuse but it sure felt like he was.  I wanted Virginia to win. Which, I think in turn made me develop some sort of weird angst towards the announcers not assuring me Virginia wasn't actually blowing a 15 point lead to a 10 seed.

This can be seen across other sports.  Take, for instance, the Michigan-Indiana football game.  It just seemed as though the announcers were pulling for an upset and disappointed when Michigan eventually prevailed. 

When the analysts or announcers are confronted with the question of if they show a rooting interest during a game, they claim to be unbiased. 

 

Beilein inquires about Josh Jackson

Beilein inquires about Josh Jackson

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on March 28th, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Filed under "so you're sayin' there's a chance", Beilein apparently checked with Josh Jackson's mom to see if there was any interest. That's about all there is to it at this point, but I was surprised that even happened.

Apparently Jackson was set to decide this past Thursday but pushed it back a week or so for some reason. Most folks think he's going to Kansas, with a few thinking he may go to Zona if Rawle Atkins doesn't, and MSU fans think he's going to MSU.

NCAA Tournament - Trimming Down The Elite Eight - Sunday Edition

NCAA Tournament - Trimming Down The Elite Eight - Sunday Edition

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on March 27th, 2016 at 6:27 PM

With half the Final Four field now set, we have two more games to get through yet - 

Going now on TBS, Virginia and Syracuse are going at it - the Cavaliers are up 11-8 with about 11:30 to go in the first half. 

Later on TBS - approximately 8:49 PM unless something happens in the current game, you'll get Notre Dame and North Carolina. 

 

Caris Has Another Surgery

Caris Has Another Surgery

Submitted by LongLiveBo on March 27th, 2016 at 12:08 PM

This was announced last night and I can't believe that it hasn't been posted yet.  It's almost like there is cloud of guilt surrounded his name on this board.  

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2016/03/michigan_basketball_1…

 

 

Michigan announces Caris LeVert has undergone foot surgery in New York City.

— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 27, 2016