OT: SEC Basketball Complaining about Being Treated Like Mid-Major Conference

OT: SEC Basketball Complaining about Being Treated Like Mid-Major Conference

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on March 19th, 2013 at 1:13 PM

The SEC basketball coaches are bitching about being treated like a mid-major conference after playing like one:


Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin predicted two weeks ago that the SEC would earn six bids.

Martin said the SEC's three bids were an ''embarrassment'' after the brackets were revealed, and he didn't back down from those comments Monday. He said Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama are ''NCAA tournament teams'' that landed in the NIT.

''It's almost like a mid-major mentality in this league, when you've got your second-place team that doesn't get in the NCAA tournament,'' Martin said. ''This is a BCS league. It's one of the best leagues in America. That shouldn't happen.''

The SEC's non-conference performance indicates it actually wasn't one of the best leagues in the nation this season.



As the article goes on to point out, the SEC had losing records against all BCS conferences and performed worse than two mid-major conferences.

Burke SI Nat'l POY & All American

Burke SI Nat'l POY & All American

Submitted by JeepinBen on March 19th, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Title says it all. Congrats to Trey!



Burke becomes Michigan's first national player of the year since Cazzie Russell was named NCAA Player of the Year in 1966.

The sophomore was also named to SI's five-man All-America team, joining Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Creighton's Doug McDermott, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk and Indiana's Cody Zeller.


Trey and Benji Burke profile from Daily

Trey and Benji Burke profile from Daily

Submitted by CaptainBlue on March 19th, 2013 at 11:21 AM

We've heard plenty about Trey Burke this year, but I loved the angle of this story. Daily guy Everett Cook sat with Benji Burke and his friends at a bar in Columbus during the Penn State game. (Yeah, not a great draw.) But this piece puts the relationship between father and son really, really nicely.

To everyone but Benji, Trey is Michigan’s star sophomore, the best point guard and one of the best overall players in the country. He’s the most important player on a Michigan squad that is widely considered to be a fringe top-20 team without him.

But to Benji, Trey is his project and his lineage, a lifeline to a game he loves more than just about anything and a growing reminder of what it means to raise a son and not his former player.

And for the first time since Benji coached Trey in basketball — which he did for most of his son’s life in AAU — their relationship has settled.

OT: The 68 "Coolest" People to Attend the Tournament Schools

OT: The 68 "Coolest" People to Attend the Tournament Schools

Submitted by nmumike on March 19th, 2013 at 8:57 AM

SI created a list of the coolest people ever to attend the 68 schools in this years tournament. Some interesting people on the list for sure. Who knew that Bob Gibson HOF pitcher for the Cardinals played basketball at Creighton, or the Big Show from WWE fame played basketball at Wichita State?

Anyways it has Madonna as our "coolest" but I think that is very debatable.

Who do you think is the coolest person to attend, not necessarily graduate from Michigan is?

My choice has to be James Earl Jones or Gilda Radner outside of athletes that played here.



NCAA Tourney Bracket Fill-In

NCAA Tourney Bracket Fill-In

Submitted by Decatur Jack on March 19th, 2013 at 5:44 AM

Didn't see a link to a bracket so far on this site, so I thought I'd post one. If March Madness is your thing, you can fill in a bracket of how you think the tourney will go, either by printing it out or filling it online.

I'm using the nbcsports one:


Hope that helps!

Mens Basketball jersey help/info

Mens Basketball jersey help/info

Submitted by EZMIKEP on March 19th, 2013 at 2:57 AM

I apologize if this has already been posted somewhere before or answered on another thread I cannot find, but I would like to know if anyone has info as to why they do not sell authentic basketball jerseys and only screen printed replicas are available. 

I refuse to buy the cheaper stuff and don't really like the look. I don't want to buy used stuff off of ebay and I can not find out any answers as to why there are no stitched authentics available anymore. 

Appreciate the help.

Michigan Women's Hoops Team Earns 2nd-Straight NCAA Berth, as an 8 Seed

Michigan Women's Hoops Team Earns 2nd-Straight NCAA Berth, as an 8 Seed

Submitted by Raoul on March 18th, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Just announced on ESPN, the Michigan women's basketball team earns their second-straight NCAA bid. Congrats to them!

They're an 8 seed and will face Villanova in the first round on Sunday at 7:30 pm ET in Palo Alto, California. So, the good news is they got in, as expected, but the bad news is if they beat Villanova, they'll almost certainly have to face the 1 seed, Stanford, on their home floor.

The 8 seed ties for Michigan's highest ever. They had that same seed in both 2000 and 2001.

Here's the mgoblue.com press release:  Wolverines to Take On Villanova as No. 8 Seed in NCAA Tournament

Note: The game against Villanova will be televised on ESPN2.

DetNews: Michigan seeks victory for its Tournament resume

annarbor.com: Michigan women's basketball team receives No. 8 seed in NCAA tournament

Trey Burke on ESPN Radio

Trey Burke on ESPN Radio

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on March 18th, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Doesn't know much about SDSU beyond the PG - will scout today and tomorrow to prepare for Thursday

Thinks 4 seed is fine despite UM having been ranked at #1 at one point. Allows team to play with a chip on their shoulder. Alluded to pressure impacting young team. 

Rebounding from losses - same goal in mind, backs against the wall. Learned from losses and grown from them. Each loss was a learning experience that helped mature the team. Will fuel the team to make a run.

Plays with a chip on his shoulder due a lack of recruitment out of high school. Makes an impact every game.

Considers Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin to "have the pieces needed" to make it to the Final Four when pressed on who the Big Ten's best chances lie.

Difficult road in bracket - no easy round in any region. Trying not to look ahead and instead take each game game-by-game. Have what it takes, just need to execute. 

Asked what traits of his are game changers: His style of game made up in his desire and will to win, which comes out at the end of games. Type of guy who can score, get into the paint and get others involved. 

Three Weeks from Right Now, Michigan will be _____ : Still Playing
One year from now, Trey Burke will be _____ : Don't know, needs to talk to family and coaching


Received a lot of credit from the personalities for being polite and high quality - sure he's gone. 

Will there be more M or MSU fans at the Palace? Will you boo MSU if you go?

Will there be more M or MSU fans at the Palace? Will you boo MSU if you go?

Submitted by Blue boy johnson on March 18th, 2013 at 6:02 PM

This is going to be strange with both M and MSU at the Palace.

I don't know what to expect with Michigan and Michigan State playing in the same venue, in their home state.

I'm somewhat fearful of MSU fans outnumbering M fans and making the Palace a hostile environment for the Michigan basketball team

Maybe some hockey fans have some insight with the college hockey games at the Joe featuring M and MSU.

As for me, I don't think I would boo the Spartans, but I definitely would be happy to see them lose

Facebook map of rooting interest by county for tournament

Facebook map of rooting interest by county for tournament

Submitted by UMxWolverines on March 18th, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Yeah I know, facebook is the devil. I just thought this was interesting. It shows the rooting interest by county for each region, plus they show the rooting interest by county for three rivalries: Duke-UNC, Michigan-msu, and Kansas-KSU. The Michigan-msu split will probably make you chuckle.