[EDIT] SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE: Michigan will win 2013 NCAA bball title

Submitted by harmon40 on April 1st, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Worry not, my stalwart friends.  Beating Syracuse is a tall order, but it will happen.  We will then defeat whoever we meet in the final.  SCIENCE DOES NOT LIE, and SCIENCE says that Michigan is going to win it all:

1. Michigan just had a surprisingly easy win in the Elite 8.  In 1989, we had a surprisingly easy win in the Elite 8, 102-65 over Virginia

2.  Stauskas just hit 7 triples in the Elite 8 game.  In 1989, Sean Higgins hit 7 triples in the Elite 8 game. [EDIT: Stauskas hit 6 triples, not 7.  So, they both hit at least 6.  In any event, Nik Stauskas and Sean Higgins both have 11 letters in their names - I know, scary, right?!]

3.  Trey Burke is the B10 POY.  In 1989, Glen Rice was B10 POY.

4.  This year, Michigan blew out a team from Virginia (VCU) en route to the regional title.  In 1989, Michigan also blew out a team from Virginia (Virginia) en route to the regional title.

5. This year, Michigan beat a directional school with "South" in their name: South Dakota St.  In 1989, Michigan beat Southern Alabama.

6.  In this year's semi-final, Michigan faces the Orangemen.  In 1989's semi-final, we faced Illinois, whose main color is orange

7.  Illinois and Syracuse both have 8 letters.

8.  In 1989, Michigan won it all in Seattle.  Both Seattle and Atlanta have 7 letters.

9.  In 1989, Michigan faced Seton Hall in the final.  Including the space between "Seton" and "Hall," there are 10 characters in Seton Hall.

Including the space between "Wichita" and "St", there are 10 characters in Wichita St

There are also ten characters in Louisville

10.  In 1989, Michigan won the national title without winning their conference.  This year, they will also win the national title without winning their conference.

[EDIT: 11. John Beilein and Steve Fisher both have 11 letters in their names.  Not sure how I missed that before...]

So, the numbers clearly work.  Don't worry about 2-3 zones, blah blah blah.  We have SCIENCE on our side. And Trey Burke.  I'll take that deadly combination any day, against anyone.

Go Blue!


Louie C

April 1st, 2013 at 6:48 PM ^

That shit is real son. THJ just last week, and Coach B today have both made appearances on the Jim Rome show. He could very well have other participants of the FF on the show in the coming week, but he had Coach B first.

snarling wolverine

April 1st, 2013 at 6:55 PM ^

I have put on the same shirt combination (blue Michigan basketball t-shirt over a maize longsleeved shirt) for each of our tournament games, and we have won 100% of the time.  That combo can't be stopped.  I will use it to our advantage two more times.



April 1st, 2013 at 7:07 PM ^

I hope science misses that we lost two games to the team we played in the Semi-Final in '89.  Otherwise this whole theory is just gonna blow up like Pluto being a planet, and we all know that Pluto is a real Planet, science wouldn't lie to us.

True Blue Grit

April 1st, 2013 at 7:21 PM ^

I also like that the media is going to divert all their attention to Louisville given their seed and you know what.  So, that will work in Michigan's favor.  Less pressure.  Less hype.  More of a "nothing to lose" scenario.  Time for a NC!!!


April 2nd, 2013 at 11:02 AM ^

That's what the lads said back in '89.  That was my senior year.  Michigan was loaded with talent but finished a disappointing 4th in the conference, getting crushed by Illinois twice.  Then when Frieder quit/was fired two days b/f the tourney started, well...no one I knew had much hope that we would go far.

Then Rice, always a great player, just blew up.  Averaged 30 pts through all 6 games.  I still remember the pep talk Bo gave the team before the Elite 8 game vs Virginia, which they showed on TV.  Made me feel like I could have put on a jersey and played, all slow, clumsy, gravity-bound 6'1" of me.



April 1st, 2013 at 8:35 PM ^

Michigan's second heisman winner, Desmond Howard, won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 1996-97. That next season Michigan's Charles Woodson sprinted down the same Michigan sideline Desmond did on his way to a Heisman trophy. During the 2010-11 season the Green Bay Packers won another Super Bowl with Michigan's third heisman trophy winner, Charles Woodson. Michigan played Ohio State at home in 2011, but Michigan did not return a punt for a touchdown down that sideline, nor did they have a heisman winner. Pretty ironic how things were playing out, but I don't think Denard would have sealed up the Heisman by returning a punt for a touchdown against Ohio State.


April 1st, 2013 at 8:36 PM ^

If we also consider for a moment that the null hypothesis would be that we do not win the championship game, let us make our observed statistic the number of letters in the printed schedule from the athletic department. We will set the critical area to 10% from the target mean of "Illinois" and "Syracuse", which is 8 letters. 

The mean number of letters in the name of each team on my schedule to date is in fact 8.75 letters. This varies 8.6% from the target statistic of 8 letters, therefore the null hypothesis is rejected and we do win it all. 

I like the OP's reasoning much better than whatever I was putting into Excel just now.