OT - Interesting Maryland MBB ticket promotion

OT - Interesting Maryland MBB ticket promotion

Submitted by rdlwolverine on November 9th, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Maryland men's basketball has announced an interesting ticket promotion.  Season tickets in the upper reaches of the arena are still available at around $395 for the season.  They are offering, however, a pass for $150 that gets you a seat for each home game until they lose at home.  It could be a big bargain.  Last year, they lost to Virginia at home in the B1G-ACC challenge, but didn't lose any others.  This year's home schedule is Mt Saint Mary's, Georgetown, Rider, Cleveland State, St. Francis (PA), Md. Eastern Shore, Marshall, Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State, Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue, Bowie State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.

 

B1G Basketball Schedule: No protected rivals or geography with 14 teams

B1G Basketball Schedule: No protected rivals or geography with 14 teams

Submitted by Leaders And Best on February 19th, 2014 at 6:18 PM

B1G released their scheduling guidelines for basketball moving forward with expansion to 14 teams next year: 5 double plays and 8 single plays with no protected rivals or geography in a true rotation. The regular season conference championship could be significantly impacted by schedule fortune.

http://thegazette.com/2014/02/19/no-protected-rivals-geography-for-b1g-hoops/

Way Too Late B1G Men's Basketball Scheduling Idea

Way Too Late B1G Men's Basketball Scheduling Idea

Submitted by BeileinBuddy on May 14th, 2013 at 8:13 PM

In the wake of today's 2013-2014 B1G Men's Basketball schedule release and the dislike that came with it, I thought of a new way to formulate a conference schedule. I tried to keep it balanced where the high-level teams play more high-level teams and the low-level teams play more low-level teams so there's no repeat of Wisconsin's/Ohio State's favorable one-offs. 

I introduce to you tier scheduling. Taking the final standings of last year, I broke up teams into four three-team tiers, Tiers 1, 2, 3, and 4 obviously.

 

Now, once these teams are in tiers, it's time to set up which tiers will play the other tiers how many times. It is cumbersome to explain it in words so I will just show what I have in my spreadsheet

There might be a better way to balance this out, but I feel this does a decent job making sure good teams play more good teams with the occasional bad team and vice versa.

So what would this mean for Michigan this year? Here's a hypothetical schedule based on their tier 2 standing

 

When it came to the one-offs I picked teams with less of a recent history with Michigan so that's why they play Indiana once out of tier 1 but OSU and MSU twice, then Minnesota and Purdue once out of tier 3 but Illinois twice, etc.

I did this somewhat hastily so if there's any apparent flaws please point them out but I think I have everything squared away.

Obviously this kind of scheduling is too late because 1. 2013-2014 schedule is already done and 2. this is the final year of having 12 teams. But this was a fun "What If?" scenario I wanted to share.

B1G Home vs Road conference game records

B1G Home vs Road conference game records

Submitted by Drill on March 7th, 2013 at 4:27 AM

So I was curious how each team in the B1G was doing Home vs Away, and decided to do a quick compilation of some data.  Here are resulting charts (H means home team won, A means away team won, N means that game does not happen, and U means it's an upcoming game still):

(click embiggens)

And a chart with just the records by team:

 

As most of us are aware, Michigan is the only team with a perfect record at home in the B1G so far this year.  For as bad as Michigan has played on the road this year, Minnesota has the biggest difference in win percentage for home/road games.  Michigan comes in at #2, and Iowa at #3.

The average B1G team wins 64% of their home games to just 36% of their away games.  I'd be curious to see how that compares to other conferences, but I'm too lazy right now to try to dig up the data for that.

Grantland: Shane Ryan on CBB Road Games

Grantland: Shane Ryan on CBB Road Games

Submitted by ChiCityWolverine on February 18th, 2013 at 4:02 PM

EDIT: Link http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/51259/the-hardcourt-shuffle-college-basketball-gets-even-more-confusing

Pretty fair and interesting analysis of Duke and Miami as well as the chaos in the top half of the B1G. Love this graphic:

 

This puts top half B1G road records at:

  • Indiana: 1-0 (@Michigan, @MSU, @Minnesota remaining)
  • Michigan: 1-4 (done)
  • Ohio: 0-3 (@Indiana remaining)
  • Wisconsin: 1-2 (@MSU remaining)
  • Michigan State: 1-2 (@Michigan, @Ohio remaining)
  • Minnesota: 0-3 (@Ohio remaining)

Michigan had the toughest schedule against the top half playing all 5 on the road and only getting 3 home matchups. Road wins are hard to come by and I would expect Michigan to be win a share of the B1G crown IF they can protect Crisler. If Indiana or State manages to win 3 road games, they probably win the conference outright, but I doubt that happens.

As bad as the loss in East Lansing was, the haunting loss here is Wisconsin. We had them and a 2-3 road record against this group would be nothing to be ashamed of and would have put us in solid position to win the conference. I still fully expect Michigan to have a shot in the end with 2 weeks to regain some mojo before Michigan State visits Ann Arbor.

Basketball B1Ggest scheduling disadvantage goes to MSU then Indiana

Basketball B1Ggest scheduling disadvantage goes to MSU then Indiana

Submitted by michfan4borw on January 14th, 2013 at 3:12 AM

Results: The B1Ggest disadvantage goes to MSU, then to Indiana.  The B1Ggest advantage goes to Penn State, then Iowa.

The remainder of the teams on a list of scheduling difficulty vary in their positions depending on the analysis used.  To list the order of schedules this early in the season, it seems assumptions have to be made (note: I assume that the teams in 2013 exist on four separate tiers: (i) Indiana ("IN"), Minnesota ("MN"), Michigan ("UM"); (ii) OSU, MSU, Wisconsin ("WI"); (iii) Illinois ("IL"), Purdue ("PU"), Iowa ("IA"); and (iv) Northwestern ("NW"), Nebraska ("NU"), PSU).  I struggled with assuming that Illinois did not belong on tier 2, however getting itself blown out at Wisconsin did not help the Illini cause.  Wisconsin is not on tier 1, because it has at least one too many losses outside of the conference.

One analysis scored (using numbers) the difficulty of the games (in light of each of their venues) by ranking the teams using four tiers equally separated.  The following is a representation of the scoring and the resulting list of teams with the most difficult schedules:

8             @IN, @MI, @MN (9)

8              IN, MI, MN (7)

6              @WI, @MSU, @OSU (7)

6              WI, MSU, OSU (5)

4              @PU, @IL, @IA (5)

4              PU, IL, IA (3)

2              @NW, @NU, @PSU (3)

2              NW, NU, PSU (1)

Difficulty of Schedule:

  1. MSU
  2. Indiana
  3. OSU
  4. Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois
  5. Wisconsin, Nebraska, Purdue, Northwestern
  6. Iowa
  7. Penn St.

The second analysis scored (using numbers) the difficulty of the games (in light of each of their venues) by ranking the teams using four tiers also, but they were not equally separated. The following is a representation of the scoring and the resulting list of teams with the most difficult schedules:

7              @IN, @MI, @MN (8)

7              IN, MI, MN (6)

6              @WI, @MSU, @OSU (7)

6              WI, MSU, OSU (5)

4              @PU, @IL, @IA (5)

4              PU, IL, IA (3)

2           @NW, @NU, @PSU (3)

2              NW, NU, PSU (1)

 Difficulty of Schedule:

  1. MSU
  2. Indiana
  3. Michigan, Minnesota, OSU, Illinois
  4. Wisconsin, Nebraska
  5. Purdue, Northwestern
  6. Iowa
  7. Penn St.

Finally, I provide the B1G teams ranked (as they are today in the B1G standing) with the play-once games for each team also listed, so that you can do your own analysis at your convenience and leisure. 

#5 Indiana(IN)  3-0/15-1

has no rematch for games: WI, @NW, @IL, NU

Wisconsin(WI)  3-0/12-4

has no rematch for games: @IN, UM, @NW, PU

#2 Michigan(UM)  3-1/16-1

has no rematch for games: IA, NU, @MN, @WI

#8 Minnesota(MN)  3-1/15-2

has no rematch for games: UM, @WI, PSU, @PU

#22 Michigan State(MSU)  3-1/14-3

has no rematch for games: @IA, @PSU, IL, NW

#15 Ohio State  (OH)  3-1/13-3

has no rematch for games: @PU, IA, @PSU, MN      

Purdue(PU)  2-2/8-8

has no rematch for games: OSU, @NU, @WI, MN

#12 Illinois(IL)  1-3/14-4

has no rematch for games: @MSU, IN, PSU, @IA

Iowa  (IA)  1-3/12-5

has no rematch for games: @UM, MSU, @OSU, @PSU

Northwestern  (NW)  1-3/10-7

has no rematch for games: IN, @NU, WI, @MSU

Nebraska  (NU)  0-4/9-8

has no rematch for games: @UM, PU, NW, @IN

Penn State (PSU)  0-4/8-8

has no rematch for games: MSU, OSU, @IL, @MN

The next 6-8 weeks will be a crazy ride, but I like Michigan's chances even if it has much work to do.

#GoBlue, #HAIL, #Wolverines, #TheTeamTheTeamTheTeam, #2012defendingB1Gchampions #WantMoreSuccess

KenPom ratings are out; M is 4th in B1G

KenPom ratings are out; M is 4th in B1G

Submitted by MaizeAndBlueWahoo on November 3rd, 2011 at 11:47 AM

KenPom's opening projection for the season has Michigan 4th in the B1G, MSU 5th and Ohio 1st, for those interested, and the B1G opens as the toughest conference in the land.  Worst team by far is Penn State, but they would be ahead of at least one other team in every other conference.

www.kenpom.com for the uninitiated.

UPDATE: NW passes on all-purple court

UPDATE: NW passes on all-purple court

Submitted by The Barwis Effect on August 17th, 2011 at 1:31 AM

You might recall a few weeks back when we addressed the four proposals that fans could vote for on Facebook and touched upon the one rods-and-cones-scarring possibility that the court would end up looking like this. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the least awful option was selected.

Below is sample illustrating how the stained floor will actually look upon completion:

 

That’s actually not too shabby. You know what? Democracy: sometimes, it actually works!

 

http://www.sportressofblogitude.com/2011/08/16/northwestern-fans-select…