#22 In AP, #20 in Coaches Polls - Hanging In There

Submitted by Mike Damone on February 12th, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Nice win in nationally televised game at Wisconsin offsetting the clunker at Northwestern. Seems about right. Hopefully we start peaking now.

Comments

Indy Pete - Go Blue

February 12th, 2018 at 12:35 PM ^

While ranking does not affect seeding, it defintely affects national perception. I am glad this team continues to hang in there in the rankings. Ranked teams are dropping game at a very high rate over the last several weeks. The parity within the top 80 teams this year is pretty remarkable. There is an opportunity for this team to do something special this year.

AKMuskie

February 12th, 2018 at 12:39 PM ^

My alma mater Xavier is the highest at #4, followed by Cincinnati at #5. tOSU is now #8. For the first time ever Xavier and Cincinnati are in the Top 5. 

 

With #19 Wichita State @ #5 Cincinnati Sunday and #3 Villanova @ #4 Xavier on Saturday, Cincinnati, OH is the place to be this weekend! 

AKMuskie

February 12th, 2018 at 12:44 PM ^

This has been the best year in school history. They are #4 for the first time ever! If they beat Nova, you can make the case for them anywhere from #1-3 (I am biased but I think they should definitely jump MSU).

MH20

February 12th, 2018 at 12:39 PM ^

They are 2-6 over their past eight games and all of their best wins, sans the KU victory at home three weeks ago, are a month old or older.

uncle leo

February 12th, 2018 at 1:01 PM ^

Bad examples.

Syracuse had Hakim Warrick and McNamara.

UCONN had Jeremy Lamb and Napier, both who were taken in the 1st round.

 

I'll give you Curry because he's an absolute monster. But Oklahoma as currently set up? They don't even sniff Syracuse and UCONN in terms of talent with those teams.

raleighwood

February 12th, 2018 at 12:41 PM ^

If Michigan could flip almost any of their losses to a win, it seems like it would help their resume a lot. 

Any win against Purdue, OSU or UNC would look pretty good right about now.  Conversely, if any of the clunkers (LSU, Iowa, Northwestern) had been a W, that would get a "bad loss" off of the resume. I guess that Nebraska doesn't move the needle much one way or the other.  It shows how important each game is......and what a grind the regular season can be.  

Indy Pete - Go Blue

February 12th, 2018 at 12:50 PM ^

I know this sounds weird, but here is why it may be beneficial to be the 5 seed than the 4 seed.  As the 5 seed, you get to play the winner of  the 12/13 game. This should be a very winnable game. Then, you play against the 4 seed, Nebraska, who is coming into the game cold after a long layoff. You carry momentum into that game and have another win on your resume.  If we are the four seed, Nebraska gets the warmup game and the additional win on the resume.  Don't get me wrong, I wish we were looking at the four seed, but I can see the several lining of the 5.

TrueBlue2003

February 12th, 2018 at 12:55 PM ^

because as the 5, we'll have to play a game to get to the 4/5 matchup, but judging by last year, it might help us get acclimated to the court, etc.

Obviously, it'd be a disaster to lose that first game, but in all likelihood, we'll be playing Nebraska in the 4/5 game which would be the case if we had the 4 seed.

That said, we need to make sure we get the 5.

TrueBlue2003

February 12th, 2018 at 12:48 PM ^

after a lot teams behind us also lost to some unimpressive foes (Miami to BC, Nevada to UNLV at home) or teams lost twice (Butler, FSU and Kentucky both lost two tough games each).

Creighton and Florida probably deserve to be ahead of us, but we do deserve to be top 25 still.

Perkis-Size Me

February 12th, 2018 at 1:10 PM ^

Have a big opportunity this week to firmly get completely out of bubble territory. I hope Beilein has had Sunday's game circled in red since that first week in December. He has to still be sitting there and wondering how that game ever got away from him. 

Those guys are beatable. Yes, they're very good this year. But they are beatable. If they beat MSU @ Breslin, and went toe-to-toe with Purdue twice, they can beat OSU. 

This team seems to play up to its competition. Hope that holds true on Sunday, and I hope Crisler is rocking. Someone needs to take those bastards down. Might as well be Michigan. 

 

Mike Damone

February 12th, 2018 at 2:15 PM ^

if they don't lose at least one of their last 3 road games at Minnesota, Northwestern or the last game of the regular season at Wisconsin. 

Senior Day in Madison, Happ's last game, nationally televised on CBS with the Badger fans screaming - I wouldn't want to play there on Senior Day.

Screw Sparty!  On Wisconsin!

BursleyHall82

February 12th, 2018 at 1:25 PM ^

We can beat anyone in the field, we can lose to anyone in the field. And maybe the Jim Delaney Week-Long Spring Break that we're going to get before the NCAA tournament starts will have us rested and ready to go.

L'Carpetron Do…

February 12th, 2018 at 4:15 PM ^

State is #2. BARF. It would be some sad state of affairs if they finish the season #1.  I would love for Michigan to catch them at MSG and hand them another beating.  

Let's beat the fuck out of #8 Ohio State this week. GO BLUE!
 

LSAClassOf2000

February 12th, 2018 at 8:32 PM ^

In a rare moment of boredom, I actually listened to Detroit sports radio on my drive home along I-94 (it took about an hour to get from downtown Detroit to Romulus this time), and I tried to call in when they were discussing these rankings. If a majority of the top five had actually not blown a game over the last week, I highly doub they get this high, but then I never got past the call screener....