WBB gets WNIT automatic bid, faces Cleveland State

WBB gets WNIT automatic bid, faces Cleveland State

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 16th, 2015 at 10:27 PM

The WNIT just announced their bracket.

Michigan has made the postseason for the 6th consecutive year--a program record. This is Michigan's second straight WNIT appearance and their first automatic bid since 2011.

Michigan (16-14, 8-10 B1G) will face Cleveland State (19-12, 10-6 Horizon League) on Wednesday at Crisler Center. Game time will be announced tomorrow and the game will broadcast on BTN Plus, most likely.

Michigan and Cleveland State have several common opponents.

Michigan blew out Detroit in the second half back in their season opener, 76-57, while CSU won a close one 71-65 and got run at Detroit, 78-65.

Cleveland State lost to EMU on the road by 3, while Michigan demolished EMU, 81-52.

EDIT: The WNIT bracket was supposed to be officially released at 11:30, but they leaked it accidentally. Should Michigan beat Cleveland State, they will get the winner of Toledo-Wright State.

 

Colorado senior quits team because of CBI bid

Colorado senior quits team because of CBI bid

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 16th, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Poor CBI. Nobody wants to play in the thing.

These teams all declined bids last night: Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Tennessee, Memphis, Oregon State, Cal.

The CBI field is brutal. The only major conference team is Colorado, and one of their seniors literally quit the team because he didn't want to play in the CBI.

Who does that? Who just says "yeah......I'll take a pass on that one. See ya, guys. It was a fun 4 years" before postseason play?

http://www.dailycamera.com/sports/buffzone/ci_27719033/cu-mens-basketball-buffs-accept-bid-college-basketball

 

NJIT and EMU are Both in the Post-Season

NJIT and EMU are Both in the Post-Season

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on March 16th, 2015 at 10:20 AM

The two teams that in large part defined this basketball season for us are both in the post-season. NJIT hosts New Hampshire tonight in the CIT. This is NJIT's first post-season tournament ever:

http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2015/3/15/8212201/2015-cit-b…

The rest of the 32-team field is filled with half the MAC (WMU, Bowling Green, Kent State) and no P5 teams.

EMU, meanwhile, is in the 16-team CBI. They play at Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday. Colorado is the only P5 team in the field.

http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2015/3/15/8212201/2015-cit-b…

What the hell - I'm rooting for both of them.

ESPN Tournament Challenge - MGoBlog Community

ESPN Tournament Challenge - MGoBlog Community

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 15th, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Get in the action now:

http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/group?invitesource=email&groupID=2997&inviteuser=MzA4ODI2ODQ%3D&ex_cid=invite-email-tcmen&groupp=aGFyYmF1Z2ghA

Group: MGoBlog Community
Password: harbaugh!

If you were a part of the group last year, all you have to do is create an entry and choose to rejoin the group.

Congratulations to kirby0013 for wining last years challenge. What methods do people use to make their picks?

NYC Buckets' Final NIT projection: Michigan in

NYC Buckets' Final NIT projection: Michigan in

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 15th, 2015 at 5:36 PM

John Templeton of his great site, NYC Buckets, has just released his final NIT projected field.

Michigan is a 6 seed and would play a game at 3 seed Connecticut.

If Michigan won that game, they would be guaranteed a home game in the Second Round.

How? Their second round game would be the winner of 2 Illinois at 7 William & Mary.

Illinois cannot host an NIT game at all due to renovations at their arena.

http://www.nycbuckets.com/current-nit-bracketology/

Let's all hope Michigan has their name called. 8:30pm on ESPNU.

UPDATE: Here is the final updated NIT projections with the first four out of the NCAA Tournament as the NIT 1 seeds. Michigan's projection remains unchanged.

26 Years Ago Today

26 Years Ago Today

Submitted by Team 101 on March 15th, 2015 at 2:10 PM

''I don't want someone from Arizona State coaching the Michigan team,'' Schembechler said. ''A Michigan man is going to coach Michigan.''

 

On March 15, 1989, the long lived "Michigan Man" phrase became entrenched into Michigan folklore.  26 years later we sit on the NIT bubble.

 

The story was covered by The New York Times in an article available on-line.  http://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/16/sports/frieder-is-dropped-for-taking-a-new-job.html.  It's mostly Frieder's side to the story but that's pretty much what happened.