The Blockhams in "NUMBER ONE"

The Blockhams in "NUMBER ONE"

Submitted by Six Zero on January 30th, 2013 at 2:39 PM

 

NUMBER ONE

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Go ahead, my friends.  Put it up, take a lap around the office.  You deserve it.

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NCAA Tournament tickets available for Palace and Lucas Oil (Auburn Hills and Indianapolis)

NCAA Tournament tickets available for Palace and Lucas Oil (Auburn Hills and Indianapolis)

Submitted by samsoccer7 on January 30th, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Tickets are on sale.  You can purchase single session tickets from ticketmaster via TravelZoo Detroit or Travelzoo Indianapolis (code TRAVELZOO).  You can also purchase all-session tickets via Ticketmaster.  I purchased all-session tickets in Indianapolis for $90 each in the 600 section (at least along the baseline, not corner or behind basket).  Just wanted to pass this info along.  I hope I didn't pull a massive jinx here.  Final Four tickets are just insane and I can only find these hospitality packages which I don't want.


http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/Detroit/Entertainment/39869


http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/Indianapolis/Entertainment/39823


http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0500491BC703D410

#1 teams at the end of January--the historical record

#1 teams at the end of January--the historical record

Submitted by Yeoman on January 30th, 2013 at 10:13 AM

[ed-s: bumped from the beoard]

[ed-yeo: added seed information]

Thought it might be useful to look through a poll archive and see who was #1 in the last January AP poll each year and where they finished the season. I went back to 1960 but, as you'll see, results in the early years are qualitatively different, partly because the tournament was smaller then but mostly thanks to UCLA. The January #1 made the final four 14 of 15 years from 1960-1974, a string weirdly followed shortly thereafter by a stretch where 4 of 8 got knocked out in the first round. In the last 30 years they've finished as follows:

  • 4 won national titles
  • 3 lost in title game
  • 6 lost in national semifinal
  • 7 lost in regional final
  • 7 lost in round of 16
  • 2 lost in round of 32
  • 1 lost in round of 64

(Yes, the last 11 months of 1990 were a bad time for Missouri basketball.)

Seeding as we know it began in 1979. Since then, 25 of 34 January #1's were 1 seeds, 7 schools dropped to #2 and 2 dropped to #3.

The last January #1's to not make the tournament were Kentucky in 1954, banned for a point-shaving scandal, and Seton Hall in 1953, who chose to play in the then-more-prestigious (at least for east coast schools) NIT. Don't think we have to worry about either of those outcomes.

Here's the list (all teams were seeded #1 unless otherwise noted):

  • 2012: Kentucky, national champion
  • 2011: Ohio State, lost to Kentucky in regional semifinal
  • 2010: Kentucky, lost to West Virginia in regional final
  • 2009: Duke, #2 seed, lost to Villanova in regional semifinal
  • 2008: Memphis Vacated, lost to Kansas in national final
  • 2007: Florida, national champion
  • 2006: Connecticut, lost to George Mason in regional final
  • 2005: Illinois, lost to North Carolina in national final
  • 2004: Duke, lost to Connecticut in national semifinal
  • 2003: Arizona, lost to Kansas in regional final
  • 2002: Duke, lost to Indiana in regional semifinal
  • 2001: Stanford, lost to Maryland in regional final
  • 2000: Cincinnati, #2 seed, lost to Tulsa in second round
  • 1999: Connecticut, national champion
  • 1998: Duke, lost to Kentucky in regional final
  • 1997: Kansas, lost to Arizona in regional semifinal
  • 1996: Massachusetts Vacated, lost to Kentucky in national semifinal
  • 1995: Massachusetts, #2 seed, lost to Oklahoma State in regional final
  • 1994: Duke, #2 seed, lost to Arkansas in national final
  • 1993: Kansas, #2 seed, lost to North Carolina in national semifinal
  • 1992: Duke, national champion
  • 1991: UNLV, lost to Duke in national semifinal
  • 1990: Missouri, #3 seed, lost to Northern Iowa in first round
  • 1989: Oklahoma, lost to Virginia in regional semifinal
  • 1988: Arizona, lost to Oklahoma in national semifinal
  • 1987: North Carolina, lost to Syracuse in regional final
  • 1986: North Carolina, #3 seed, lost to Louisville in regional semifinal
  • 1985: St.John's, lost to Georgetown in national semifinal
  • 1984: North Carolina, lost to Indiana in regional semifinal
  • 1983: UCLA, #2 seed, lost to Utah in round of 32
  • 1982: Missouri, #2 seed, lost to Houston in regional semifinal
  • 1981 (tie): Oregon State, lost to Kansas State in round of 32
  • 1981 (tie): Virginia, lost to North Carolina in national semifinal
  • 1980: DePaul, lost to UCLA in round of 32
  • 1979: Notre Dame, lost to Michigan State in regional final
  • 1978: Kentucky, national champion
  • 1977: San Francisco, lost to UNLV in first round
  • 1976: Indiana, national champion
  • 1975: Indiana, lost to Kentucky in regional final
  • 1974: UCLA, lost to North Carolina St. in national semifinal
  • 1973: UCLA, national champion
  • 1972: UCLA, national champion
  • 1971: Marquette, lost to Ohio State in regional semifinal
  • 1970: UCLA, national champion
  • 1969: UCLA, national champion
  • 1968: Houston, lost to UCLA in national semifinal
  • 1967: UCLA, national champion
  • 1966: Duke, lost to Kentucky in national semifinal
  • 1965: UCLA, national champion
  • 1964: UCLA, national champion
  • 1963: Cincinnati, lost to Loyola in national final
  • 1962: Ohio State, lost to Cincinnati in national final
  • 1961: Ohio State, lost to Cincinnati in national final
  • 1960; Cincinnati, lost to California in national semifinal

Wallpaper Season (Basketball) - February Schedule

Wallpaper Season (Basketball) - February Schedule

Submitted by jonvalk on January 30th, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Ok, so I'm ready to hit the hay, but I wanted to get this wallpaper up for those of you already looking forward to Saturday.  Hope you enjoy it!  I'll try to post a mobile version soon.  Additionally, I will attempt to get another wallpaper for February up before Saturday.  As always, I welcome constructive criticism and/or large sums of money.

Go Blue!

 

Desktop Version (16:9, sort of):

- JonValk

Bracketology: Odds of Deep Runs or Early Outs

Bracketology: Odds of Deep Runs or Early Outs

Submitted by dmonet on January 29th, 2013 at 3:56 PM

With all the talk about seedings and potential national championship runs, I've been curious about what the odds look like for Michigan getting to the Final Four / Championship Game / Winning it all.

I decided to take ESPN's bracket and calculate the odds using KenPom's Pyth score to simulate the bracket.  The percentage in each column reflects the odds of the team reaching that round given the opponents they are likely to face along the way.

The percentages are calculated using a composite of a team's odds of winning against all possible opponents they might face in a given round rather than just against the team they are most likely to see.  I think this gives a better overall picture.

Here's what I have:

    Odds of making it to Round #:          
    Round of 32 Sweet 16 Elite 8 Final 4 Title Game Champion
  SOUTH (North Texas)            
1 Kansas 94.2% 49.6% 39.7% 23.8% 8.1% 3.9%
16 Southern 5.8% 0.4% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
8 Wisconsin 38.3% 16.5% 12.1% 6.1% 1.6% 0.6%
9 Pittsburgh 61.7% 33.5% 27.3% 16.8% 6.0% 3.0%
               
5 North Carolina St. 56.8% 32.7% 7.8% 2.5% 0.4% 0.1%
12 La Salle 43.2% 22.1% 4.2% 1.1% 0.1% 0.0%
4 New Mexico 65.4% 33.1% 7.3% 2.2% 0.3% 0.1%
13 Louisiana Tech 34.6% 12.1% 1.6% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
               
6 Ucla 51.1% 20.3% 5.9% 1.7% 0.3% 0.1%
11 Iowa St. 48.9% 18.9% 5.3% 1.5% 0.2% 0.0%
3 Michigan St. 83.3% 56.0% 24.5% 10.7% 2.6% 0.9%
14 Harvard 16.7% 4.8% 0.7% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
               
7 Mississippi 65.1% 20.3% 10.1% 3.6% 0.7% 0.2%
10 Memphis 34.9% 7.2% 2.5% 0.6% 0.1% 0.0%
2 Syracuse 93.9% 71.4% 50.8% 29.1% 10.0% 4.8%
15 Northeastern 6.1% 1.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
               
  WEST (Los Angeles)            
1 Florida 98.7% 91.2% 78.5% 67.0% 54.6% 41.7%
16 Montana 1.3% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
8 Georgetown 48.9% 4.1% 1.5% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0%
9 Colorado 51.1% 4.4% 1.6% 0.5% 0.2% 0.0%
               
5 Wichita St. 70.1% 29.4% 4.5% 1.9% 0.7% 0.2%
12 Maryland 29.9% 7.3% 0.6% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
4 Ohio St. 76.7% 53.5% 12.4% 7.1% 3.6% 1.6%
13 Akron 23.3% 9.8% 1.0% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0%
               
6 Nevada Las Vegas 64.1% 25.9% 10.4% 1.7% 0.6% 0.2%
11 Illinois 35.9% 10.3% 2.9% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0%
3 Miami Fl 87.6% 60.7% 33.4% 8.3% 4.0% 1.6%
14 Davidson 12.4% 3.1% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
               
7 Kansas St. 37.9% 11.3% 3.9% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0%
10 Kentucky 62.1% 24.8% 11.4% 2.0% 0.7% 0.2%
2 Arizona 91.6% 62.5% 37.3% 9.7% 4.8% 2.0%
15 Niagara 8.4% 1.4% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
               
  MIDWEST (Indianapolis)            
1 Michigan 97.0% 82.3% 61.1% 38.1% 22.3% 9.8%
16 Charleston Southern 3.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
8 Notre Dame 49.5% 8.5% 3.0% 0.7% 0.2% 0.0%
9 North Carolina 50.5% 8.8% 3.1% 0.8% 0.2% 0.0%
               
5 Creighton 68.3% 47.4% 19.2% 8.8% 3.7% 1.1%
12 Southern Mississippi 31.7% 16.3% 4.2% 1.2% 0.3% 0.1%
4 Oregon 66.1% 27.2% 7.7% 2.5% 0.7% 0.1%
13 Stephen F. Austin 33.9% 9.1% 1.6% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0%
               
6 San Diego St. 56.3% 17.1% 7.2% 2.4% 0.7% 0.2%
11 Belmont 43.7% 11.2% 4.1% 1.1% 0.3% 0.1%
3 Louisville 89.9% 68.9% 46.4% 26.5% 14.8% 6.2%
14 Stony Brook 10.1% 2.7% 0.6% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
               
7 Virginia Commonwealth 67.8% 28.6% 10.6% 3.7% 1.3% 0.3%
10 Oklahoma 32.2% 8.7% 2.0% 0.4% 0.1% 0.0%
2 Gonzaga 92.4% 61.5% 29.1% 13.3% 5.9% 1.9%
15 Long Beach St. 7.6% 1.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
               
  EAST (Washington, D.C.)            
1 Duke 94.9% 70.7% 46.0% 26.9% 14.7% 6.0%
16 Western Illinois 5.1% 0.7% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
8 Baylor 44.5% 11.7% 4.4% 1.4% 0.4% 0.1%
9 Colorado St. 55.5% 16.9% 7.1% 2.7% 0.9% 0.2%
               
5 Minnesota 85.4% 58.9% 29.2% 15.0% 7.0% 2.4%
12 Temple 14.6% 4.3% 0.7% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
4 Cincinnati 78.0% 32.6% 11.9% 4.6% 1.5% 0.4%
13 Lehigh 22.0% 4.1% 0.6% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
               
6 Marquette 55.9% 31.3% 8.2% 2.4% 0.6% 0.1%
11 Middle Tennessee 44.1% 22.2% 4.9% 1.2% 0.3% 0.0%
3 Butler 70.5% 37.1% 9.7% 2.8% 0.7% 0.1%
14 Valparaiso 29.5% 9.4% 1.3% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
               
7 Missouri 39.5% 7.9% 4.0% 1.1% 0.3% 0.0%
10 Oklahoma St. 60.5% 16.3% 9.9% 3.5% 1.1% 0.2%
2 Indiana 96.1% 75.2% 62.0% 38.1% 22.0% 9.6%
15 Florida Gulf Coast 3.9% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Let me know what you think

M Bball players individual "We On" designation conjectures. (this can be fun)

M Bball players individual "We On" designation conjectures. (this can be fun)

Submitted by Blue boy johnson on January 29th, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Building on Wettin 3's stellar investigative work: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/meaning-we , which uncovered the true meaning of "We On" warmup shirts sported by the M men hoopsters, and hearing Coach B mention that Mitch McGary's word is "Enthusiasm", leads me to the question... What are the other players designated key words they focus on daily?

If we have any Mgomoles in Crisler Center maybe they can break the code.

Mitch McGary: Enthusiasm

Eso Akunne: Openlook

Trey Burke: Unflappable

Tim Hardaway: Intense

Glenn Robinson III: Levitate

Nik Stauskas: Swag

Jordan Morgan: Bulwark

Caris Levert: Eat

Spike Albrecht: Maintain

Jon Horford: Health

Max Bielfeldt: Rebound

Matt Vogrich: Hustle

Blake McLimans: Fortitude

Josh Bartelstein: Leadership

Corey Person: Perseverance

 

 

Basketball: Rankings compilation and look at future schedules

Basketball: Rankings compilation and look at future schedules

Submitted by Indonacious on January 29th, 2013 at 2:19 PM

 

Team kenpom sagarin massey lrmc Average Single Plays Record Remaining Schedule
                 
michigan 2 2 1 3 2.00 205.75 6 – 1 60.02
indiana 3 5 7 2 4.25 269.00 6 – 1 37.73
minnesota 9 11 17 11 12.00 289.00 3 – 4 53.25
osu 10 8 14 13 11.25 259.00 5 – 2 38.36
msu 16 14 12 19 15.25 353.50 6 – 2 38.30
wisconsin 15 17 29 16 19.25 165.50 5 – 2 60.84
iowa 34 39 57 40 42.50   2 – 5  
illinois 56 51 39 49 48.75   2 – 5  
purdue 63 55 80 78 69.00   4 – 3  
nw 88 75 70 97 82.50   3 – 5  
nebraska 154 124 108 142 132.00   2 – 6  
psu 201 170 190 212 193.25   0 – 8  

- I decided to compile some of the computer rankings that are regarded highly and then average them out. 
- Then, I went through and summed up all of the single plays that each of the upper tier teams has (lower number indicates an easier set of single plays).
- Lastly, I decided to show the current conference record and then an average ranking of the upcoming schdule (lower number suggesting harder difficulty, on average).

The one thing I didn't account for in the single plays or in the remaining schedule was any impact road/home games would have...mostly because I wasn't sure how to fairly do that. Still, I think it gives you a pretty good idea without any adjustments of how teams stand.

Hope the formatting works out properly for the chart...

MBB as many as 6 NBA players

MBB as many as 6 NBA players

Submitted by Alumnus93 on January 29th, 2013 at 10:15 AM

This is quite remarkable...  18 months ago, many M fans were calling for Beilein's head... before you scoff at that statement, go look back. It is true. 

Now, the remarkable part is that 18 months later, we're ranked #1, and Beilein may have as many as SIX  NBA players on the roster.

Burke

Robinson  

Hardaway

McGary

Stauskas  .....    don't scoff at this one... he is a true freshman that is showing some elite skills... if he has an above-average trajectory in his overall game the remaining three years, then he should/will make it.

Horford    .....   he is still not fully matured...still looks like a kid... the metamorphosis may come this offseason....    it is in his genes with his father and brother in the NBA, so Im putting this at 50/50     

Beilein is showing astounding talent evaluation, especially now with the uptick in the program, which bodes incredibly well for incomers like Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton.

Hoooooo---wweeeeeeee........ is the future bright for mens' basketball.