Saturday CBB open thread

Saturday CBB open thread

Submitted by jmblue on March 16th, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Games of note, with team we should root for in bold:

Wisconsin and Indiana are in a tight game midway through the second half. 

MSU and OSU play at 4:00.  (Root for whichever you dislike less.)

Kansas State plays Kansas at 6:00.  After rooting for KSU all year, we now want them to lose to protect our seed.

UNLV vs. New Mexico at 6:00.  A UNLV upset would be great.

Syracuse vs. Louisville at 8:30.  Very important for Louisvile to win here.

If bball has hit GERG-level of defense, where do they find their Mattison?

If bball has hit GERG-level of defense, where do they find their Mattison?

Submitted by iawolve on March 16th, 2013 at 11:31 AM
For whatever reason, as soon as we have been blessed with explosive offenses, we have to get cursed with baffling defensive play. I was having this discussion with a group of Mich fans how watching basketball feels like watching GERG coordinate a defense. Average QBs (shooters) look like Tom Brady (Michael Jordan) as TE (forwards) run free down the field (lane) for easy scores. It is to the point that you don't trust any defensive stop to happen and hope the offense will simply convert more. While I think effort is there, technique is terrible and defies logic as to why we are not better. I am half expecting Dr Vorax to get rubbed on Morgan's head at some point. All of this leads to one question- where does the defensive turnaround happen? Is it a different assistant coach? A roster change? If the current staff could have solved it, you assume that we would have seen more improvement after 33 games. There obviously is not a single defensive coordinator on the basketball staff, would be interested in some thoughts.

Fanatics The Good, The Bad and The Reality

Fanatics The Good, The Bad and The Reality

Submitted by DirkMcGurk on March 16th, 2013 at 7:42 AM

I once thought before message boards that Michigan fans were classy and better then most fan bases. They supported their teams though good years and bad. Then I started reading message boards and learned they are just like all the other fan bases. Some support the team good or bad because they love the school and program. Some just like to talk negative because they will never be happy and then their are the chunk who appear to want the team to win simply for bragging rights against the rivals. The braggers are the ones who work with Buckeye Fan or MSU fan who takes the games too serious. These kids must win so this guy doesn't have to go to work the next day and hear about it. The irony is these kids must win so this guy can run to work and trash the MSU fan. I love coming here and hearing how the basketball team sucks because they have been ranked in the top 10 all year after...what 10-15 years of barely sniffing the top 25?? Rome wasn't built in a day kids. Maybe enjoy sports and don't get hung up in it so emotionally...seeing as you don't even play in the game and all.

MBB on BTN outdraws Redwings and Pistons

MBB on BTN outdraws Redwings and Pistons

Submitted by MGoSoftball on March 15th, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I came across an article about the MBB team and the BTT.  When speaking about the recent increase in ratings of the BTN,   BTN President Mark Silverman said,

However, there’s little question the revival of the sleeping giant in Indiana and strong run by the Wolverines have helped fuel this surge.

Silverman also said,

there were nights where Michigan basketball on BTN did better ratings than the Redwings and Pistons

This is certainly interesting to see Michigan leading the RWs in ratings.  I know the RWs are down this year but the RW fans have been loyal for over 10 years.

Full article http://www.shermanreport.com/btn-b-i-g-winner-with-surging-big-ten-basketball-all-time-high-ratings/

Conference Tournament Results and Final Four Appearances

Conference Tournament Results and Final Four Appearances

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on March 15th, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Deuce2Sports has posted a story looking at conference tournament results for past Final Four participants.  The concluding paragraph may provide some solace to Michigan fans:

So, the morel [sic] of the story is the expectations for your team in the NCAA Tournament should dictate how much stock you put into a conference tournament. If you think your team is a possible national champ then make sure it wins its first game. If the Final Four is your ceiling then don't sweat a conference tournament loss as much as the experts want you to.

http://www.deuce2sports.com/2013/03/correlation-between-conference.html

 

 

BTT Tickets

BTT Tickets

Submitted by Dawggoblue on March 15th, 2013 at 4:44 PM

My roommates (Wisconsin fans) and I are driving down to Chicago in the morning for the tournament.  We all agreed that no matter who won or lost the game we would still go. 

Thought I would check here to see if anyone from the MGOBLOG world was down there and didn't intend to go to the remaining games.  We are looking for 3 or 4 tickets, location doesnt matter, the cheaper the better.  I would rather give my money to a Michigan fan than some random guy, so let me know.

 

Michigan vs. Wisconsin B-Ball Snowflakes and Post Game Open Thread

Michigan vs. Wisconsin B-Ball Snowflakes and Post Game Open Thread

Submitted by Mr. Yost on March 15th, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Wisconsin I and Indiana II were disappointing ENDINGS. This was flat out a disappointing EFFORT.

(Slight Mod Edit - condensing snowflakes to one thread. This thread had more replies and discussion, but M-Wolverine won the "thread title" contest. LSA)