Double dip of important games today

Submitted by Canadian on March 15th, 2014 at 11:16 AM
First we have the BTT game against ohio which is important if we win and just disappointing if we lose but there is another huge game tonight, this one is on campus. Michigan hosts #1 Minnesota at Yost and after a devastating OT loss last night the maize and blue need a win tonight to help their chances at a tourney bid.

So I ask what are your plans?

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Canadian

March 15th, 2014 at 11:20 AM ^

Personally I am leaving in less than an hour to get to AA to watch the bball games over there before makin my way to Yost. Unfortunately this means I'm riding solo and swallowing another hockey ticket(elbow room!!)

gwkrlghl

March 15th, 2014 at 11:29 AM ^

If friends do stuff I might skip it just because I don't think this game matters for either team. Minnesota won the B1G and is locked into Minneapolis as the 1-seed, a split doesn't get Michigan into the tournament.

Alton

March 15th, 2014 at 11:58 AM ^

We needed 2 wins (this weekend plus next) to have a shot, 3 wins to clinch.  I think that's still the case--if Michigan loses today, they will probably need to win the Big Ten Tournament next weekend, although they might have a shot if they make the finals by beating Wisconsin and lose to Minnesota again. 

If Michigan beats Minnesota, they will have a shot at the tournament as long as they beat Penn State next weekend, and will be in if they beat Wisconsin as well. 

Of course, that all depends on what upsets happen in the other tournaments...but tonight's game is probably very important for Michigan. 

gwkrlghl

March 15th, 2014 at 12:19 PM ^

Right now we're #16 in the PWR which would mean we'd definitely be out if the today was selection day as conference tournament champions will certainly take the lower spots.

Just trying out USCHO's pairwise predictor, if the seeds hold out the whole way through (i.e. Michigan beats PSU, loses to Minnesota, no surprise bid stealers from other leagues), we'd come in at a 3-way tie for #14 - so just barely in. With there being one more league this year (CCHA,WCHA -> WCHA, NCHC, B1G) the odds are really small that no one outside the top 16 takes a bid. (And #15 and 16 may be taken by the AHA and ECAC champ anyway).

My gut feeling is that Michigan needs to win tonight and probably make the BTT final to sneak in and even then we might fall short. Fortunately, we only need to win three games to win the BTT. It's more than doable

I swear, if we played every night like we play against Minnesota we'd be a two-seed comfortably. We've played them really tough this year and then we go and play down to PSU

CRISPed in the DIAG

March 15th, 2014 at 11:35 AM ^

Keep an eye on NC State/Duke.  NC State and TJ Warren have been playing well and Duke is vulnerable outside Cameron.  

As stated elsewhere, we need Duke and UVA to not win the ACC tournament in order for UM to secure a #2 in the dance (win or lose) or leap to #1 if we run the BTT table.  I have a bad feeling that a loss against Ohio could drop us and our 8 losses to a #3.

Bergs

March 15th, 2014 at 12:20 PM ^

As of now it seems Michigan is ahead of any of the ACC teams on the S-curve. Granted Duke beat Michigan, but neither Duke nor Virginia had much in the way of impressive non-conference wins (Duke's next best was UCLA, UVA beat SMU & VCU). If any ACC team was going to jump Michigan it was going to be Syracuse and with their loss in the ACC tourney that is no longer a likelihood. As long as Michigan wins the BTT I believe they will get a 1-seed. The one team we really need to lose (or beat) is Wisconsin.