Michigan and Tournament Redemption

Michigan and Tournament Redemption

Submitted by Chi-Blue on March 17th, 2013 at 8:32 PM
So with the recent disappointment of both the Big 10 regular season and conference tournament now behind us how far in the Big Dance do we have to go in order for this season to be viewed as or remembered as a success? In my mind we need to be in the elite 8 with the chance to go to the final four. Thoughts??

ESPN Tournament Challenge - Filling Out Your Brackets Open Thread

ESPN Tournament Challenge - Filling Out Your Brackets Open Thread

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 17th, 2013 at 4:14 PM

So this is an Open Thread dedicated to filling out your brackets. There is a group on ESPN Tournament Challenge already created. Click this ----> http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/espn-tournament-challenge-mgoblog-group and follow the instructions to get signed up and be ready to fill out your brackets after the selection show.

 

This a wide open tournament this year and there looks to be really good match-ups all over the field. No easy breaks this year on the road to the Final Four! Go Blue!

Selection Sunday Thread

Selection Sunday Thread

Submitted by Michiganfootball13 on March 17th, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Today at 6pm is the Men's Selection Sunday event.  I thought I'd make a thread about it now because they have already started their bracketology session on ESPN.  This thread is to discuss what seed and where Michigan will be playing and to talk about all other teams in or on the bubble.

I believe that Michigan will be 4 seed out west or a 3 seed in Auburn Hills if the selection committee understands that we only have one bad loss.  

 

here is what ESPN thinks as of today (I don't know what I think about this since they have Wisconsin trending down even though they just beat Michigan and Indiana back to back)... http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology

Here is what a writer on yahoo thinks the seeds with be... http://sports.yahoo.com/featured/ncaab/bigboard

What seed does everyone else think Michigan will end up as??

 

EDIT: The mgoblog ESPN Tournament pick'em information...

NAME: MGoBlog Community PASSWORD: WeOn! 

Click this link to search for the MGoBlog group name above... http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/groupfind

What if the computers were in charge of the bracket?

What if the computers were in charge of the bracket?

Submitted by Yeoman on March 17th, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I dumped Massey Power into a bracket generator, added the autobids, tweaked it the minimum amount necessary to split teams in the same conference, and here's what came out:

Massey Power Bracket

There are probably some surprises here to anyone that hasn't been following any of the computer rankings: Iowa and Baylor in, Stanford in over Cal, Miami barely a 4 seed.

Michigan's a 4-seed, in a pod with Davidson, Marquette and the winner of a Colorado/Oklahoma play-in game.

The projected last 16:

  • Louisville/Miami
  • Duke/Syracuse
  • Indiana/St. Louis
  • Kansas/Michigan St.
  • Gonzaga/Wisconsin
  • Ohio St./Pittsburgh
  • Florida/Michigan
  • Georgetown/New Mexico

That top region is something else, if you think the ACC is a good conference this year. The computers don't--Sagarin has the ACC a distant fourth, barely better than the MWC.

Of course things might change a bit this afternoon, but (1) none of the computer sites will update their rankings until tomorrow and (2) my sense has been that the committee tends to ignore the late Sunday games because it's too late in the day to mess around with the bracket unless you're exchanging teams from the same conference. Sometimes they assign the two spots to the two teams and let the championship game decide which one goes where, but I'm pretty sure OSU > Wisconsin and Miami>NC and Florida>Mississippi regardless of what happens today.

 

#3 Seed: Still a possibility?

#3 Seed: Still a possibility?

Submitted by Generic MGoBlogger on March 17th, 2013 at 9:59 AM

So Lunardi hasn't updated bracketology since yesterday afternoon, probably for a reason. Since then, Syracuse had the audacity to look like a 2 seed against Louisville in the first half, and then get monumentally destroyed in the second half, getting outscored by thirty. What I'm getting to is, with 'Cuse's choke last night, could Michigan possibly steal that 3 seed back? 

While Wisconsin has looked tough over the last couple of games, it's kind of hard to make a team a 3 seed with 10 losses. Even though, we have looked rough the last 10 -12 games, we are still a team that managed to stay in the top 10 for the entire season playing in argueably the toughest conference in college basketball.

So here I ask for your expert opinions and predictions, not more whining, complaining, and nagging. Even I have come to the realization that this team may not overachieve in the post season, and I never thought I would.

The Saturday Evening "What Are You Drinking?" Thread

The Saturday Evening "What Are You Drinking?" Thread

Submitted by bokee88 on March 16th, 2013 at 10:45 PM

At The Benchmark drinking vodka. Looooong drive home tomorrow.

(Slight Mod Edit / Repurposing - if we're going to have a drinking thread, then this may as well be the one. You're welcome. Great Lakes Brewing Company's Dortmunder Gold at the moment. LSA)

 

Nix Flagrant Foul

Nix Flagrant Foul

Submitted by Ziff72 on March 16th, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Nix's flagrant is just something that drives me nuts.   What is the difference between what Nix did and what Woford did to GR3?    Nothing really, except Nix outweighs Craft by 100lbs.   I hate when the foul is determined because of the size of the player or more precisely the differential of size between the 2 players.     Nix is a goon but if he made the exact same play on Thomas it doesn't get called.   Too bad it wasn't Spike who got that breakaway we would be BIg Ten champs.

All right I'm done bitching please return to hating the basketball team and looking for spring football nuggets.