ESPN has Michigan in the PERFECT Bracket

Submitted by 814 East U on March 5th, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I know there will be a lot of moving around and ESPN is not always 100% right but right now Joe Lunardi has Michigan as a #2 seed with Gonzaga as the #1 and New Mexico as the #3

I would LOVE to be in this scenario and I believe Michigan would make a deep run with a bracket like this...slow day wondered what the Board thought about this?



March 5th, 2013 at 11:46 AM ^

I don't know if this has been brought up, so I didn't want to start a thread about it and get killed.  But has anyone considered Sparty fans, classy as they always are, jumping on the bandwagon of whomever we're playing to make it a neutral at best crowd?   I don't know how it's worked with UNC and Duke in the same building, but most conference fans cheer for each other in these tournaments.  

I'm sure we'd cheer against Sparty, but I can see them resorting to lowest common denominator status and cheering harder against us than for its own team in its game.  


March 5th, 2013 at 12:53 PM ^

I noticed this a lot early in the B1G season, when all the bracket projections had Minnesota ahead of MSU and getting the second protected spot in Auburn Hills. I thought they would be much less likely to jump on the opppenent's bandwagon and less likely to eat up tickets Michigan fans would otherwise buy. But then Minny went into their swoon while MSU figured things out, and the we've pretty much been resigned to the split crowd.

The Baughz

March 5th, 2013 at 11:47 AM ^

As a UNC hoops fan, (ya I like UNC hoops and Michigan football, deal with it) I think this would be a fun match up. They are very similar in terms of their offensive play, (both rely heavily on the 3), and do not play great D. I think UNCs tempo could give Michigan a bit of trouble, but on the other hand, Trey would abuse Paige or Strickland. Neither have a great inside game. McAdoo is not your typical low post player, but he has been playing better as of late.  Both teams are fairly young, but very athletic. UNC is a decent rebounding team even though they are playing small. It would really be an interesting game. Both teams would get open looks from 3, I guess it is just a matter of who is on that day. 

Cali Wolverine

March 5th, 2013 at 12:16 PM ^

I saw them play Loyola (they hammered them) and are very talented...but would get beat up in the BIG this year. That said...good for them...they had a weak schedule and took care of business like they should...just hope if we are a 2 they are our 1!


March 5th, 2013 at 1:03 PM ^

Gonzaga is 5-2 against teams in the rpi Top 50 and 11-2 against teams in the rpi Top 100.

Michigan is 8-4 against teams in the rpit Top 50 and 10-4 against teams in the rpi Top 100.

UM Indy

March 5th, 2013 at 5:29 PM ^

to Illinois was eons ago.  They play in a weak conference for sure, but I've watched them play.  They're talented and well coached, with a very good big man.  People on this blog that think we have a regional won if Gonzaga is the #1 in that regional better calm the fuck down.


March 5th, 2013 at 12:02 PM ^

up just at the right time certainly scares ME. Talk all anyone cares to about their weakness, but there's got to be plenty talent on that squad. Then on to OSU>? Hokay!

Perkis-Size Me

March 5th, 2013 at 12:11 PM ^

I see where you're coming from, but there's no such thing as a "perfect bracket." Any team in the tournament can knock off anyone at any time.

Granted, I'd much rather take Gonzaga and New Mexico in our bracket than Duke, Kansas, Indiana, or Miami.


March 5th, 2013 at 2:00 PM ^

That has upset written all over it. UNC is frankly a more athletic team (size, speed, etc), or at least they seem that way. They have an experienced coach that could expose our weak defense. Granted, it would be a home game for the most part. Still, I'd rather face the weaker teams up front and have a tougher 16 on, especially with the kind of attitude this team seems to have. I'm scared they'll tip-toe into a match with a 7 seed.

Mr. Yost

March 5th, 2013 at 12:44 PM ^

A lot of you guys are overlooking them.

Trust me, we want no parts of that defense. We haven't been good vs. pressure since Darius Morris ate up Tennessee in the tournament.


March 5th, 2013 at 1:19 PM ^

With MSU also being put in Auburn Hills for their first two games, is there any concern about them backing UNC? I know Michigan will be well represented (especially vs UNC) but we've all seen UNC fans turn out and rout against Duke when both play in Greensboro. 

Also could be interesting to see if B1G fans band together in San Jose.


March 5th, 2013 at 1:55 PM ^

Just to show everyone what another site has, the algorithm at TeamRankings Bracketogpahy has us being the #3 in the Midwest, facing off against Stony Brook and then the winner of Colorado and La Salle.

As for the Big Ten, in the West, they go with Indiana at #1 and Minnesota at #7. In the South bracket, #3 goes to Michigan State and Wisconsin is the high team in the dreaded 5-12 against Wichita State.


March 5th, 2013 at 2:39 PM ^

So the Final Four of Michigan, Indiana, MSU, and OSU can come true. (Sorry, I can't say the Badgers there with even a semi-straight face).

Not that any of this is the least bit reality, but if we're having fun with it...

Mr. Yost

March 5th, 2013 at 2:49 PM ^

This would be even more dominant than SEC football.

I wasn't lying last week when I said the B1G Championship Final Four could be more compelling than the NCAA Final Four.

I'm not going to say this is the best year for a conference ever. The Big East was just DISGUSTING a few years back (I believe UConn won the NCAA Tournament). Those 2-3 years of the Big East were just as good as this year of the B1G. I do take this B1G over the ACC because typically that was just Duke and Carolina...and maybe Maryland or FSU or NC St. in some years.

It would not shock me to see 5-6 teams in the Sweet 16, 4-5 in the Elite 8 and 2 in the Final Four.

Don't forget about Minnesota. They're more than capable of making a run deep in the tournament. I actually had them in my Elite 8 along with Michigan, Indiana and MSU.

I didn't think Wisky has enough firepower on offense and I think Ohio is too much of a 1-man show in Thomas. Not saying that either won't make it, it's about matchups...but without seeing a bracket, those were my thoughts.

Ohio - OUT in Round of 32
Wisc - OUT in Round of 32
Minnesota - OUT in Sweet 16
MSU - OUT in Sweet 16
Indiana - OUT in Championship
Michigan - 2013 NCAA Champions


March 5th, 2013 at 3:11 PM ^

They have also beaten Kansas State and have a win against a decent Oklahoma team. Their conference schedule is very weak but they are 5-0 against the Big 12 and have a 1 point loss at Butler. With the way, a lot of the top teams have lost in games they shouldn't have, I don't have a problem this year with them getting a one seed (as long as it is not at our expense).


March 5th, 2013 at 7:43 PM ^

GTFO. Same record as Kansas, superior record to Georgetown with far superior SOS and RPI yet Duke are a 2? Fuck Lunardi.

The Truth Hurts

March 5th, 2013 at 10:08 PM ^

After reading all of yall posts, I can come to the conclusion that  Michigan can't beat anyone that they face in the tournament and that they will be out in the third round.  It's funny, just a couple of years ago, we were looking at joe lunardi every week seeing if we were the last four in or last four out now we are either a 1 seed or 2 seed,  must be nice not to worry about the bubble.    If we play like we played when we played NCstate, pitt or kansas state we can beat anybody.  The big ten prepared us for any type of team that we will face.  So michigan will be final four or bust in my opinion no matter what bracket we are in.