MGoPodcast 9.21: Potato’s Big Bracket Show Comment Count

Seth March 13th, 2018 at 7:37 AM

1 hour and 26 minutes

2018-03-05 mgopodcast 9.21

We couldn’t do it at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown because Brian was on offspring duty. Note the distinct difference in comfort and quiet when you’re not at the Rez Inn.

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1. Michigan’s Quad

starts at 1:00

Michigan’s in Wichita, which doesn’t sting but c’mon MSU in Detroit? Previewing Montana, Houston, North Carolina. Don’t want to face SDSU (we don’t like zone teams with big fours!) but Houston looks capable of taking them out. Good draws otherwise: Michigan can run these PG-oriented teams off the line. UNC will be there if we make it to the Sweet 16—we like Providence more than the SEC mess. Ohio State-Gonzaga is a disagreement. Purdue against anybody but Nova.

2. Bad Bracket Opinions

starts at 22:40

Almost as bad as three of four ESPN analysts picking Michigan State as if they hadn’t watched every game (except the one) where they scraped by a mediocre team. Don’t take Oklahoma. We’re not picking against Clemson because of Donnal it’s because they lost a big man (which makes them play another Donnal).

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Bracket Outrages

starts at 44:37

Should Kenpom be on the teamsheets? Michigan-UNC Greensboro for the non-FBI national title. Not enough MSU schadenfreude. Too many weegionals. No regional in Anchorage. Tough for Saint Mary’s, not so tough on PSU and Notre Dame. Michigan State doof’s unbelievably bad KPI model, which doubles down on the worst parts of RPI and gets on the team sheets because Mark Hollis. Also Syracuse?!? The silly quadrants were important after all! Recommend Seth Barnes as the best ranking system.

4. Ace’s Hockey Podcast wsg David Nasternak

starts at 1:13:25

It is a visual, silent podcast. Death to posts. Michigan doesn’t look like they don’t belong on the ice with 1 seeds anymore. Quinn Hughes really coming into his own. Bench is tighter than under Berenson.



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March 13th, 2018 at 10:35 AM ^

Potato was unbelievably well behaved. My toddler would have insisted on sitting in my lap, broken the two most expensive pieces of equipement, and would have forced me to stop talking and search for some rando toy.


March 13th, 2018 at 11:28 AM ^

DST + Toddler = You're gonna have a bad time.

"Yes sweetheart, I KNOW you think you still have an hour before bedtime, and in a perfect world you'd be correct, but let this be the first lesson that the world does not care for your thoughts and feelings.  Eat at Arby's."


March 13th, 2018 at 1:32 PM ^

Hidden in Purdue's numbers is the fact that their defense has faltered as of late. Adjusted defensive efficiency of 101.6 since Feb 1. That's worse than every other top 4 seed other than Wichita State In the same timeframe. I don't see them faring well in the tourney.


March 14th, 2018 at 10:13 PM ^

I pick Michigan to win it all every year they’re in it. Because if they go out I really don’t care whether I get the bracket right. I find any other strategy weak.