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02/17/2018 - 12:16pm Perceived B1G weakness

Another issue is that the Big Ten isn’t actually any worse than it’s been the past 4 years—this year is actually stronger top to bottom than 2015 and 2016 (KenPom). It just seems like it’s bad because a. The SEC is strong and b. A lot of the B1G’s good teams are getting single plays against the other good teams.

Just another example of how from one angle things look good and from another, they look bad.

03/26/2016 - 11:43pm Honestly surprised the B1G teams didn't have even fewer FTA

Going through the list:

Wisconsin 15, Michigan 13, and Illinois 05 were jump-shooting teams. The only reason Duke and Louisville didn't have even more FTA is because UW and UM are amazingly adept at playing defense without fouling.

MSU 09 was a pretty good team. UNC 09 was a historically good team. They could have won that game by 50 if they wanted to.

Ohio State 07 had a very good front line of Othello Hunter and Greg Oden, but Florida 07 had Noah and Horford. 

I didn't watch the 2002 title game so I guess I don't really know.

I think Maize in Cincy's point is legit, though. The losing team generally takes more three pointers, fouls at the ends of games, and probably plays more aggressive defense, all of which conspire to create the difference you're noting. 

The better sample would be to take ALL of the Big Ten's tournament games (wins and losses) from the last 10-15 years and see if there's still a trend. Or at least look at the semifinal wins in these 6 cases if you don't want to do all of that research (if the NCAA were really biased against the Big Ten, we'd surely see it in the semis, too).

03/16/2016 - 8:37pm if you like google sheets brackets...

Check out this bracket I made!…


If you'd like to play along, just copy a blank_bracket and fill out the matchups!

02/03/2016 - 1:50pm just super

super duper!

11/28/2015 - 2:37am 14-28 Ohio St

Sorry :/

10/14/2015 - 10:06pm 22-21

22-21 mich

03/06/2013 - 5:20pm Scores

MICH 73, Purdue 64

MICH 80, Indiana 82 (OT)

09/27/2011 - 3:41pm red sox

The Tigers haven't played well against the Red Sox this season, but Boston is tanking it right now and their pitching has been really awful. The only problem I have with vouching for the Boston matchup is that their lineup is much better than Tampa's.

I think we're better than Tampa Bay and play the Yankees pretty tough, so I'm not concerned about facing them in a longer series where the teams are weighted more than the odds.  It's the Red Sox that worry me, so why not face them in a shorter series?

06/14/2011 - 10:23pm we should party together

you seem like quite the character.

02/11/2011 - 4:09am grammar

"I'm trying to ignore the bit that follows wherein "funnest" gets deployed. Football coaches and grammar, man."

what the hell does it matter?

01/17/2011 - 1:31am I think

you may have taken that comment a bit too seriously... i do think, however, that if an outfitter change is ever to be made:

01/12/2011 - 2:36am september 24th

that'll be a cute game

01/01/2011 - 3:55pm LET'S BE HAPPY


01/01/2011 - 11:06am yeah, Omantel doesn't subscribe to espn3,

but that would have been the obvious choice. thanks for the sites, though. with less than 1 Mbps we'll see how it this turns out.

12/16/2010 - 7:43pm I hope your freshman year's

football team is better than mine... 3-9 was kind of a bummer. Your 2nd home game ever will be under the lights, how cool is that!! Pretty cool. If your roommate is not familiar with the game of football, you must quickly teach and convert him. Immediately, actually. That's your first homework assignment. Go!

12/13/2010 - 2:30pm i think their logo should be a 50 yard line

so that at the conference championship game no one will be able to notice that there's even a logo at midfield and people will be confused.

12/11/2010 - 9:46pm I don't understand, Brian,

why the final of your playoff is always in the Rose Bowl. This seems unfair to me. Why not cycle it through a bunch of venues like they do in every other major sport in which there is a title game? To me, it seems like you picked the Rose Bowl because it possesses some outstanding quality relating to tradition or virtue - as if it's somehow the only correct choice. Perhaps it's because you're a Michigan fan, and most Michigan fans' favorite bowl game is the Rose Bowl. That's understandable, but I don't know how such a glaringly arbitrary and conservative element crept in to your otherwise logically sound and innovative proposal.

And on another note, couldn't the losers of the first round games (#5 and 6) get slotted into the bowl population after they lose? Those could cycle, too, on a regional basis. You could then market a 3rd place game to be played in rotating venues across the country. I just think that if you're going to implement a playoff, you might as well give places like Seattle or Memphis or Minneapolis big money bowl games, too, like basketball does. Why should the outdated vestiges of an poor system benefit from a financially unfair grandfather clause?

12/10/2010 - 8:52pm I LOVE YELLOW


12/08/2010 - 10:23am to relieve the stress of finals

i wrote my 22-page term paper last night. unfortunately, someone pulled the fire alarm in dennison while i was in the middle of it, thus temporarily inducing a loss-of-flow panic attack. but now i get to browse mgoblog again!

11/30/2010 - 10:40pm projected around 5th or 6th in the ACC

so not too bad of a performance if we can hang on, especially on the road.

11/30/2010 - 10:30pm a presence near the basket

would really help us out... it's a lot easier to defend jump shooters from 20 feet than ball movement from 10

10/15/2010 - 5:52pm so...

you're predicting 2 losses in a row heading into a bye week? where is the otter. :(

10/14/2010 - 10:18pm they can take away our gorgeous home blues...

but they can never take away our helmets. on an unrelated note, though, we'll have senior denard for this game, which just makes me silly with excitement. it might be the last (and maybe the only) pro field he ever plays on, though, since we all know where the 2012 NC will be held... ahahahahaha i just hope i can get tickets

10/01/2010 - 4:24pm swag

UM 49 - 21 IU

08/30/2010 - 11:40am why don't they just replace the seats

at the stadium with comfy beds so we can all wallow in blissful ignorance? or better yet, those psych ward beds with the straps on them. that would be nice...

08/28/2010 - 10:55am Regardless of whether or not

Regardless of whether or not I agree with you:

"There was a time when UM-OSU transcended CFB that has long passed."

Then why did Brandon say it was so important to try to get them to play twice in the same season? He said that was the best-case scenario. Not, say, Indiana vs. Illinois.

08/28/2010 - 2:41am Barcelona

has the easiest group out of everyone, for sure. Kazan and Panathinaikos will be tough to play at home thanks to the latter's defensive discipline and the former's wintry homeground advantage, though Barcelona will surely be wary of underestimating the Russian champions after last year. The Catalans will run away with the group, though, and should have a chance to run out some of the emerging cantera kids in the latter games.  Copenhagen's a bit of a wild card, but you've gotta think it'll be Rubin Kazan and Panathinaikos fighting it out for the second qualifying berth.

08/20/2010 - 12:05pm it's me again!


08/20/2010 - 11:03am won't you get hungry?

This was an absolute debacle of a post.

1. Tried to post.

2. Thought I had posted in the wrong place; edited it.

3. Realized I had posted it in the right place in the first place; tried to re-edit.

4. Was already beaten to the joke.


On top of all this, I just realized I posted on my friend's account rather than my own (he was using my computer last night). I'm going to post below this, as Mongoose. Kindly direct any negs for this shitshow of a post to that account.

08/19/2010 - 12:12am i'm always going to remember this day.

let it live on in infamy, surviving the glee, the dread, and all that falls in between. to witness the simple pleasures in life, to see what one man can do to a community of heroes, it inspires me. aw man, i love all you guys. goodnight with a warm smile.

08/18/2010 - 11:08pm REACH FOR YOUR DREAMS!

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um, i don't know how to do this. could someone, in pleasant accord with this spirit of giving and merriment, help me out?

08/18/2010 - 10:41pm DID I MISS THE PARTY



08/16/2010 - 6:52pm I LOVE

DOUBLE POSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!

08/16/2010 - 11:17am I LOVE


08/15/2010 - 7:32pm At least it's not as bad as John Van de Velde.

At least he's got that going for him.

08/15/2010 - 3:36pm UM 28-24 Uconn

A slow game heading into the 4th quarter, Michigan leads 14-10. They'll trade touchdowns the rest of the way, with Robinson scoring on a 60+ yard run with 3:00 left to win it.

08/12/2010 - 10:38pm let's see... far we can whittle these comment progressions down to!

08/04/2010 - 7:08pm yeah... i'm going to go play

some ncaa.

07/28/2010 - 2:03am WHYYYYY


07/26/2010 - 1:05am i'd like to get to know all the main contributors of this blog

i feel it would make the experience more personable, as well as show the more colorful sides of the blogging personalities.

07/23/2010 - 12:15am been there forever, really cool car... the way, my friend and frequent mgoposter just watched that movie today for the first time. such a clairvoyant forum post, no less than 5 hours after said friend had finished watching the movie, can only be properly attributed to an atemporal abuse of space travel to synthetically create a coincidence of astronomical proportions!!!



07/11/2010 - 6:01pm thank you!


07/01/2010 - 1:19am determining division champions -

Does it make more sense to give the title in a division simply to the team with the best overall conference record, or ought the intra-divisional games be the only ones that matter? Assuming the conference splits into divisions (which, at 12 teams, I think they have to, right?), I would prefer the first method, but only because I'm envisioning the ACC's 5-3/4-4 conference championship games... Giving non-division conference games more weight would guard against these statistically kinds of outcomes by making the game pool bigger. But, then again, if you beat the teams you're directly competing against, I feel like that should be a reward, also. Maybe first tie-breaker in that case? I just want to hear what you guys think.

About the 9 versus 8 game conference schedule, I would stick with 8. It allows for more flexibility I think, and it would be an easier place to start off. Or maybe stagger it so that half of the teams play an extra non-divisional conference game, switching off years? That could be interesting.

06/09/2010 - 11:27pm at 2:30

i am going to put a computer and/or television in every room of my house and play it simultaneously with all the volumes on as high as they will go.

06/09/2010 - 9:25pm a solemn shake of the head,

a wince, a profanity in sotto voce.

jim leyland's gone to the bullpen. 6/9 balloons his starter's e.r.a. to 6.09. how old is strasburg, again? ...dammit.

i'm watching the hockey game.

06/09/2010 - 9:17pm well,

seeing as you will be vacationing among the best slice of glorious americana this great country has to offer, your shirt will hardly be the most noteworthy. i would wear it proudly, and suggest you eat one of those absurdly massive turkey legs, parading around like you own the place. represent us well.

unless, of course, your wife would frown upon such behavior...

06/05/2010 - 12:31am if for whatever reason you guys are big into photography

the argus 1 building in the old west side vicinity has a really cool free museum featuring some old cameras and really rare paraphernalia of the like (the building used to be the factory for argus before sylvania, and eventually u-m, bought it). no one's heard about it but it's a neat place.

06/04/2010 - 7:39pm If they can sneak through the group, though...

...they could get Drogba back for the 1/16 or 1/8 rounds. We've seen teams perform well after losing their superstar, and I personally think Portugal at #3 is overrated. With a win against PRK and a tie against Portugal, it's possible that 4 points could be enough.

Allez les éléphants!!

05/12/2010 - 12:01pm Bellevue, WA That's where Tim Lincecum is from!
04/20/2010 - 5:20pm size of wood