REMINDER: ESPN Tournament Challenge - MGoBlog

REMINDER: ESPN Tournament Challenge - MGoBlog

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 16th, 2016 at 1:25 PM

REMINDER POST: Brackets lock at noon tomorrow (3/17).


The ESPN Tournament Challenge is back for another year. The brackets are officially set and ready for picks to be made. If you made a bracket last year just log in, create a bracket and rejoin the group. If you are new please follow the link below and use the password to join.

Get in the action now:

Group: MGoBlog Community
Password: harbaugh!

We had over 650 participants last year! I finished near the bottom so I'm looking for some redemption this year. Last year's winner was goblue10 who finished with 1540 points (99.7 %) and correctly picked Duke as National Champs.

Good luck to everyone and as always, GO BLUE!

Dayton Roll Call

Dayton Roll Call

Submitted by BucksSuck on March 16th, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Who's gonna be in Dayton tonight?  I will be there is section 103 row J seat 1!  After 8 years of driving from Dayton to AA for every home football game it is about time that UM come see me.  There is a watch party at Milano's on the UD campus for those who cannot get tickets.

Kysre Gondrezick named Jordan Brand All-American (2016 WBB signee)

Kysre Gondrezick named Jordan Brand All-American (2016 WBB signee)

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 15th, 2016 at 9:16 PM

The accolades keep piling up for Michigan signee Kysre Gondrezick. She was named Miss Basketball in MI yesterday and now has been selected to the Jordan Brand Classic.

An All-American game in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center taking place in April.

The best basketball recruit coming in next year, regardless of gender. The accolades and stastistical feats she broke this year says so.

Hopefully she can be what to WBB what Cazzie Russell was to MBB in putting them on the map nationally.



Congrats to @KysreRae for being selected for the @jordanclassic
#represent #GOBLUE

— Joy (@CoachJoy2u) March 15, 2016

OT: Using a Points System to Seed the NCAA tournament

OT: Using a Points System to Seed the NCAA tournament

Submitted by Cobalt2970 on March 15th, 2016 at 8:33 PM

***Fixed Little Rock Duplicate**

This is my 1st Thread so be gentle.

I personally hate the ambiguity of having a panel debate who should get in and who shouldn’t using arbitrary arguments.For example, Michigan was 4-11 vs. Top 100 teams. This totally ignores that most of those loses were vs Top 25 teams! Should we really be punished for losing to a great team?

So I came up with a theory. 

Why don’t we use a Point System (like the NHL) for wins and losses…how would that look?

Basics (Using RPI)

  • Win vs. Top 25 = +6 points
  • Loss vs. Top 25 = -1 points
  • Win vs. 26-100 = +3 points
  • Loss vs. 26-100 = -3 points
  • Win vs 101+ = +1 point
  • Loss vs. 101+ = - 6 points

**Reward Great Wins and Punish Horrible Losses

I also wanted to reward winning your tournament, so if you win your conference tournament, you are bumped up 1 seed.

So how does this look? (I’m using images in hopes that my formatting isn’t horrible)

  • Green = Conference Tournament Champ & 1 Seed Bump
  • Red = Downward Seed Bump (due to Green Bump)

I personally love this, but I’m someone that likes math to solve problems vs. gut feelings.

Also, since I’m God in this scenario, I’ll add a bonus rule: 

Each team selects what region they are in from 16th seed going up (with the highest Seed Score going first).

This would mean that Kansas, for instance, would get to select which #1 seed region they would like, followed by Oregon, then UNC, then MSU after they see what each bracket looks like. This would let them choose their path to the final four.

I'd also be happy to post my excel file if anyone would like to dig into the math.


Source (

NCAA Tournament Open Thread 3/15/16

NCAA Tournament Open Thread 3/15/16

Submitted by Padog on March 15th, 2016 at 6:58 PM

Two 16 seeds in Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Florida Gulf Coast in the first game.

FGCU 96    F Dickinson 65 

The two 11 seeds play tonight, this game will have a major impact on brackets.

Vanderbilt 30   Wichita State 30

At halftime

If Wichita State wins I think I will pick them to move to the round of 32, I don't think Vanderbilt has it in them.

The Curse of the Ford Explorer Continues

The Curse of the Ford Explorer Continues

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on March 15th, 2016 at 6:46 PM

It's been almost exactly 20 years since Maurice Taylor's Ford Explorer flipped over on Feb. 17, 1996, sending our basketball program into the depths. Bad news continues to plague the people who were in the vehicle that day:

Mateen Cleaves, the recruit who was out for a good time that night, was charged today with sexual assault, and the case sounds nasty.

Maurie Taylor was banned from the Michigan program for 10 years after being implicated in the Ed Martin scandal.

Louis Bullock suffered the same punishment - banishment for 10 years.

Robert Traylor died in 2011.

Only Willie Mitchell and Ron Oliver have escaped the curse. I have no idea what Mitchell is doing now, but Google says that after tranferring from U-M to UAB, he spent a lot of years bouncing around basketball's minor leagues and foreign leagues. I hope he's OK.

Ron Oliver appears to be doing great. He's currently the Director of Basketball Operations at Florida Atlantic after spending 15 years in various positions in the NBA and college.

Calling Seth: Kenpom tournament tool please

Calling Seth: Kenpom tournament tool please

Submitted by mi93 on March 15th, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Ace, I'm (EDIT) now pretty sure it was (EDIT) not you that over the last couple years shared a BRILLIANT Excel file for comparing tournament teams.

May you please (EDIT) ask Seth if we can haz again?

If I missed it being posted already, apologies.  If this isn't thread worthy, apologies (and take it down). And if the title of this thread sucks, sorry.  It was originally:


Too long, right?

Ace, Seth, thanks in advance for delivering, trying, etc.

Funny SB Article; March Madness Bracket: The Football Edition

Funny SB Article; March Madness Bracket: The Football Edition

Submitted by Steves_Wolverines on March 15th, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Above is the link to the SB article.

They filled out the NCAAT Bracket as if it were the football teams playing the games. 

Of course Harbaugh storms into the final four:

Final Four:




Michigan State (aka disrespect!)

Breaking down the Michigan-MSU Final Four game:

We already know how Michigan State-Michigan would play out, based on the authoritative, decisive, leave-no-doubt, wire-to-wire domination of the Wolverines displayed by MSU in their most recent football meeting, when the Spartans beat their rivals down for a full four quarters in totally replicable fashion. That game would've ended up exactly the same way if they'd played it 100 times, everyone agrees.

And finally, the championship game between Oklahoma and MSU:

Our championship pits two College Football Playoff teams, and we'll go with the one that finished rated more highly by the polls and computers and that actually managed to score points in the Playoff.

WBB headed to the WNIT, sets new postseason streak record

WBB headed to the WNIT, sets new postseason streak record

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 14th, 2016 at 11:04 PM

For the third straight year, WBB is headed to the WNIT.

This is the 7th year in a row Michigan will be in the postseason which is now the new program record.

Michigan hosts Wright State on Wednesday at 7pm in the First Round. Potential Third Round game with Northwestern.

NCAA Sporcle Quizzes

NCAA Sporcle Quizzes

Submitted by Smoothitron on March 14th, 2016 at 10:25 PM

Take some quizzes and post your scores.

First one is some other guy's quiz I saw on the front page that's pretty cool.

Name the NCAA Coach based on a picture of them yelling:


The second one is one I made a while ago and posted here last year or the year before.

Name the state where the NCAA D1 team is located:…