Michigan unanimous choice to beat Kansas, plus a South regional preview

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on March 26th, 2013 at 2:35 PM

The prognosticators over at are predicting a Michigan win over Kansas:…

Matt Norlander has a more extensive South region preview and predicts Michigan to the Final Four:

Why Michigan will be going to Atlanta ... The Wolverines now have the second-best offense in the nation, scoring 120.9 points per 100 possessions, that number adjusted for tempo. It's really good, second only to Indiana. The Burke factor is huge. I am a sucker for really, undeniably good point guards at this time of the year. Burke doesn't make mistakes as often as Aaron Craft and he's got a better set of tools on his hip than Shane Larkin or Peyton Siva. He'll be huge. In general, Michigan remains to have options at every position. Stauskas is actually a fairly good penetrator in addition to being a threat from 22 feet. Hardaway can spark big runs. McGary has come along as much as any player since November. And Glenn Robinson III has shown some verve recently, putting up 21 points and six rebounds against South Dakota State. Overall, the team has as much balance and weaponry as anyone in this tournament. Play a little D, and Atlanta will be the next stop.…


Drunk Uncle

March 26th, 2013 at 5:45 PM ^

Kansas is a very sloppy team, at least what I've seen of them. I like our guards way better than theirs and guard play is usually an indicator of success in the tourney.

I don't expect a huge game from McGary, but he needs to stay out of foul trouble and be distruptive. Though, being both is difficult. I think Self is going to have his players drive right at McGary early and try to get him in early foul trouble. The logic being, after McGary there are few bigs on Michigans team that can distrupt Withy and Young. Jordan Morgan and Bielfeldt might see a few minutes. 

In the end, the key will be hitting shots. If we do we win.


March 27th, 2013 at 12:23 AM ^

Almost everyone at my office is a KU fan, and they all think KU will win this game by 20 or more points. They all point to the OSU game where they went up to Columbus and handled OSU. They expect their home court advantage to help them out.

I hope Michigan wins by 20! It will show these over confident KU fans a thing or two!

Cold War

March 27th, 2013 at 6:44 AM ^

What is it about sports that  impairs long-term memory? Fans, media, everybody seems to base their opinion solely on what they've seen in the last game or two. Winnable game, but we're pretty clearly an underdog here.