Saturday CBB open thread

Submitted by jmblue on March 16th, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Games of note, with team we should root for in bold:

Wisconsin and Indiana are in a tight game midway through the second half. 

MSU and OSU play at 4:00.  (Root for whichever you dislike less.)

Kansas State plays Kansas at 6:00.  After rooting for KSU all year, we now want them to lose to protect our seed.

UNLV vs. New Mexico at 6:00.  A UNLV upset would be great.

Syracuse vs. Louisville at 8:30.  Very important for Louisvile to win here.



March 16th, 2013 at 3:30 PM ^

Definitely rooting for MSU today. God forbid we don't go to Auburn Hills, I wanna make sure I can sell those tickets for as much as I can get.


March 16th, 2013 at 3:31 PM ^

from the sounds of it right now ESPn has us a 4 seed in Salt Lake City and MSu is a comfortable 3 in the Palace so for us to get back to the Palace we need OSU, Florida and Syracuse to lose.




March 16th, 2013 at 3:37 PM ^

I still think us.  1) they have 3 more losses. 2) their ooc schedule isn't as good, and they don't have any ooc good wins.

I don't think 2 wins over indiana and us,while impressive, make up for points 1 and 2 above.  Just my opinion but the RPI and BPI both agree (35/26 for them, 16/8 for us)


March 16th, 2013 at 3:42 PM ^

Basketball is much different than football. People are acting like our great team is now a terrible team after some tough losses, though. We lost to a few great teams in the toughest conference in the country, and several of those losses were very very close. 

College basketball is a crap shoot at the top this year, especially in the big ten. Let's just wait and see what happens in the tournament.


March 16th, 2013 at 4:08 PM ^

a very high ceiling and a very low floor.  We may honestly be the only team in the tournament to be even money to lose in the first round and/or to win the whole damn thing.  Our coaching staff needs to make up its mind on some critical issues by next Thursday.  Personally, I say go big whenever possible, play Caris Levert more, and mix up defenses at every chance. 


March 16th, 2013 at 4:24 PM ^

Loss to PSU. MSU is capable of doing that to just about anyone on just about any given night. They're wildly incosistent like we are, though.

It just boggles my mind that after being so bad for so long, we still have fans that are competely incapable of enjoying our top 10 team.

Naked Bootlegger

March 16th, 2013 at 4:28 PM ^

Was just about to bring this point up.   They're not perennial one-and-done teams.   Bo Ryan has made it to the tourney EVERY FREAKIN' YEAR he's coached @ Wiscy, and has only one 1st round NCAA loss.   3 Sweet Sixteens, 1 Elite Eight.  A handful of 2nd round losses, including a 2nd round loss with a #2 seed team as his biggest tourney disappointment (Tucker and Harris, maybe?).   Can we all just agree that Bo Ryan is a great system coach - as maddening as it can be to watch that system pummel us into obliviion more times than not.

Hell, Dick Bennett coached 'em to a Final Four appearance playing slow, ugly basketball predicated by great team defense.  


March 16th, 2013 at 4:47 PM ^

I think a first round exit is unlikely, but Ryan has only made it beyond the Sweet 16 in one of his 11 years. I do think he benefits some from Big Ten's style and regular season officiating and his teams just don't have the talent to win 6 games in a row without Big Ten refs. That being said its tough to complain about the results to much when the guy has never finished lower then 4th in the Big Ten regular season.

I do hate the style he coaches and will be actively rooting against them in the tournament though.


March 16th, 2013 at 3:44 PM ^

I think he goes out like Hayes at some point. He's a hot head, and the longer he gets away with it the more ridiculous he's going to get. If he's already screaming at opposing coaches and smack talking opposing players after games, he's bound to do something that gets him canned or at least suspended at some point.


March 16th, 2013 at 3:43 PM ^

I'm heading to the Thomas and Mack right now for some tailgating and the UNLV game. It's always fun during the MWC tournament. The New Mexico fans are out in full force, it should be split fairly evenly. Gonna be fun!


March 16th, 2013 at 3:43 PM ^

How does it screw us over? Michigan will likely get the seed they deserve.  Who cares if we are a 4 seed instead of a 3.  Doesn't make a difference to me, still have to win games to get to the final 4.  


March 16th, 2013 at 3:59 PM ^

Dayton looks be locked up - IU and OSU are headed there.  The other possibilities are Kansas City (not St. Louis), or Lexington, but both are farther away from Madison than Auburn Hills.  If we're still considered a better team, it  shouldn't matter, but that's up in the air now.