Womens BBall Snubbed

Submitted by True Blue in CO on March 14th, 2011 at 8:54 PM
Looks like the Michigan Women's team got a Colorado like snub and did not make it to the NCAA Women's tourney. They probably sealed their fate by leaving the conference tourney without a win. They also lost some games to lower quality teams that were not enough to counter their quality wins (like tOSU 2x). Sorry to see this. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/tournament/2011/columns/story?columnist=c…

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Raoul

March 14th, 2011 at 9:22 PM ^

It's disappointing they didn't get in but not really that surprising given the four "bad" losses and the less-than-stellar finish. Second straight year on the wrong side of the bubble.

Raoul

March 14th, 2011 at 11:41 PM ^

They certainly have a better chance at getting a banner in the WNIT than the NCAAs.

So, has construction actually started on the inside of Crisler, meaning they definitely can't host any games?

EDIT: Answering my own question: Michigan to play at EMU on Thursday, so I guess Michigan won't be hosting any games. WNIT bracket here.

Raoul

March 15th, 2011 at 9:28 AM ^

The odd thing is that Michigan is hosting one of the women's gymnastics NCAA regionals on April 2, so it's clear they could have used Crisler for the WNIT if they had wanted to. That regional is likely to draw a much larger crowd than any WNIT game would have.

Other Chris

March 15th, 2011 at 9:40 AM ^

You  are right, not that anyone sits in the gold for either.  The only thing I can think is that there is activity underway they would rather get wrapped up before Regionals and cleaning up for crowds each night during the WNIT would put that in danger of running over.

bacon1431

March 14th, 2011 at 10:26 PM ^

Ever since they got into that tie for first in the conference they started to backslide. I haven't looked at the women's bracket, but it's hard to call it a snub from what I don't about the team this year. We had our chances to clinch a bid and we didn't.

Raoul

March 15th, 2011 at 8:18 AM ^

Michigan actually had more quality wins than some of the bubble teams that were selected, including Middle Tennessee and Dayton. It was really the four bad losses that did them in because those losses also pushed their RPI down well below several bubble teams that earned berths.

Side note: Detroit News story confirms that Michigan won't be hosting any WNIT games because of work at Crisler:

"We'd be very excited with the opportunity to play in the WNIT," Borseth said. "We won't be able to host, though, since they're doing some work in Crisler."

Later, Michigan learned that it will play Eastern Michigan at Eastern Thursday in the WNIT. St. Bonaventure is the No. 1 seed in the regional.

The game against EMU will be at 7 pm.