March 16th, 2013 at 5:21 PM ^

tracked his picks compared to the actual bracket the past two years.  The problem is ESPN does not keep his pre-tournament bracket on the website.  It can sometimes be found by other outlets picking up the story.

Lunardi is less than 50% accurate.  He generates hype until the NCAA announcement then he goes quiet.  Marketing 101.


March 16th, 2013 at 4:35 PM ^

Lunardi is good about getting the correct teams IN the tournament. Not so good about actual seeding or placements. Im not worried in the slightest.


March 16th, 2013 at 5:34 PM ^

We Had A Shot At A One Seed. Then The Team Started Playing Shitty Basketball, Got Their Teeth Kicked In By A Big Rival, Lost To Almost Every Team With A Pulse, Including a Lousy PSU Team, And Just Crumbled In The Big Ten Qfs. It's Not A Bad Season, But This Team Has Greatly Underperformed Expectations.


March 16th, 2013 at 9:09 PM ^

for those of us who never bought into the #1 ranking to begin with. UM fans crazily oscillate between black-hole negativity and lunatic optimism depending on who's gone 4 for 7 from the three on a particular evening. John Beilein may not be the combined incarnation of Adolph Rupp, John Wooden, and Dean Smith, but neither is he Tommy Amaker or Brian Ellerbe.

the Glove

March 16th, 2013 at 4:41 PM ^

I don't think there's anyway there not at least a 3 seed. Hell, I could still see them getting the last 2 seed spot. They do need to take the next 4 days to get their shit together.


March 16th, 2013 at 6:03 PM ^

While I do not feel like Michigan is playing like a worthy 2-3 seed, I do wonder why it seems like Michigan is falling in the brackets for losses to IU and Wisconsin when other teams don't seem to be affected by losses.  Indiana has lost 3 games since moving in to #1 seed projections and their projection as a #1 has never changed.  If Morgan's tip goes in against them, we have damn similar resume's and a better overall record yet we are a #4 projection and they are a #1.  The other one that will piss me off is Syracuse (who Lunardi bumped Michigan out of Auburn Hills for).  I am not saying that Michigan is better than Syracuse but watch them lose to Louisville tonight and Lunardi will argue that the loss does no damage and they will stay on the 3 line.  Not sure how their loss doesn't cost them when our loss to Indiana costs us.  It's b.s. and I hope that Palm or some of the other (usually more accurate braketologists) are right about the #3 seed.  I want to see Michigan play with a home court advantage and I have tickets so...let's hope!  Go Blue!!!


March 16th, 2013 at 4:53 PM ^

Jerry Palm's was looking rather good for us, but in his latest - here - we are the #2 in Auburn Hills playing Iona, but then we would get the winner of VCU-California. If we got through that, we would then face the survivor of the pod containing Notre Dame-Wichita State and New Mexico-Arizona.

Bracketography, which is TeamRankings system, also has us staying local, but as #3 and opening against New Mexico State. 


March 16th, 2013 at 4:57 PM ^

Are all that matter. We don't have to worry about big ten teams. We want to stay away from Kansas, a Pitt rematch, Louisville, and saint Louis(Wisconsin lite)

Cold War

March 16th, 2013 at 5:02 PM ^

Before you worry about Arizona, let's beat Akron. And Duke? Goodbye Sweet Sixteen. Sorry, I see no reason for optimism in this situation.


March 16th, 2013 at 5:14 PM ^

Akron won't even make the tourney. They are going to get their faces pounded in by Ohio in the MAC finals tonight. A rematch with Ohio would be all bad since they didn't lose anyone from their Sweet 16 team of last year.


March 16th, 2013 at 5:15 PM ^

Lunardi may be clueless about placement, but still, I am worried.  I don't care if we're a 3 or 4, but we've got to be in Auburn Hills.  A lot of things have gone wrong in the last 24 hours.  We need some things to break our way.


March 16th, 2013 at 5:16 PM ^

As the other 4 B1G semis will get a 1 and possibly three 2 seeds, although probably one 3 in that group.

Suspect the politics will bump us to 4 seed, especially with our 5-6 record over the last 11 games.

UW possibly bumped us from a low 2 to top 4.