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07/02/2018 - 2:40pm Western suburbs of Cleveland…

Western suburbs of Cleveland.

Pros:

Low cost of living

easy access to downtown

Ann Arbor is only 2 hrs away

not a Browns fan, so I've been enjoying Schadenfreude Sundays  for years.

Cons:

Buckeyes, obv.

too close to my mother in law.

Browns fans (no offense Mgrowold). Seriously, you have a perennially contending baseball team and all you want to talk about in the summer is how their QB looked at minicamp or whatever.  

06/06/2018 - 11:49pm If you're not allowed to…

If you're not allowed to seduce unmarried women, how are they to ever become married women? 

05/05/2018 - 10:34pm That's not it at all.

It's a team of people that sells stolen merchandise. They work closely with the football program.

04/04/2018 - 11:35pm Nova missed a bunch against Kansas.

They missed 22 3s in that game. Of course, they made 18, so it wasn't much of an issue. Just shows how terrible the Kansas defense was, to allow 40 3 point attempts to the best shooting team in the country.

04/03/2018 - 5:10pm It's based on the tournament.

Michigan will get 90 points for second place. WBB will also get 50 for being "tied for 17th" as a R32 team. Also at least 83 for hockey, and a bunch more for gymnastics. Great winter season for M sports.

03/31/2018 - 7:52pm Poole and Matthews.

Drive drive drive. Let mo clean up on the weak side. We got this.

03/31/2018 - 5:52pm Barkley is due.

He can't be wrong every time, can he?

03/26/2018 - 9:38am "Ent Moot"

Outstanding.
Also, the fact that I found that funny is unnecessary confirmation that I am a huge nerd.

03/25/2018 - 10:48pm As long as they don't call us

"Big Blue."

03/23/2018 - 6:57pm ESPN put up a graphic during the game:

Apparently since 2007 (and adding today's games) #1 seeds are 27-19 in the first round. That is an outstanding argument for home ice and 2 out of 3 series in the first round. Earning a top seed used to guarantee a bye in the first round before the tourney was expanded to 16 teams; those teams have earned a bigger first round advantage than a 59% win percentage.

03/23/2018 - 6:32pm Hockey is smarter than basketball.

They know not to start games at 10:30 Eastern. Also they need more time between games to clean up the ice and have warmups, so the second set of games still won't end until 10 pm even without OT.

03/23/2018 - 6:29pm AIr Force puts it away.

Goalie got halfway to the bench, St Cloud turned it over, and goalie couldn't get back to stop the empty netter. 1:34 left, 3-1 AF.

03/23/2018 - 6:26pm St Cloud finally scores.

2-1 AF with 2:51 left.

03/23/2018 - 6:24pm Air Force still holding on.

Up 2-0 with 4 minutes left. So much more entertaining to watch a team other than Michigan unable to score against Air Force.

03/23/2018 - 6:20pm Wow.

Tech had it on the goal line, then cleared away. ND gets stoned on a breakaway but puts it in a few seconds later.

03/23/2018 - 5:58pm Forgot how stressful this is.

Almost had a heart attack when the puck was just lying in the crease for a second, and I'm only rooting for Tech out of spite.

03/21/2018 - 11:46am Switch BU and Princeton.

Princeton and Cornell are both ECAC teams.

Also, it's amazing that the NCAA is so resistant to home sites, given that the northeast regional is effectively a home site every year. That regional will always have one or two teams within a 45 minute drive, and so will always be well-attended. Same with a Minneapolis regional, with so many successful programs in Minnesota. But suddenly Michigan wins regionals at Yost and now teams can't host regionals on campus?

03/19/2018 - 4:06pm Well, Montana gave us a lot.

We got whatever the Big Sky had.  And Houston had, through San Diego St., all of the Mountain West's holdings. So we basically have three conferences worth of territory.

03/19/2018 - 11:10am Haarms is better defensively though.

Haas is great at altering shots, but he has all the mobility of a tree.  Haarms is the better defender, so they will be better defensively moving forward than they were toward the end of the regular season.  Their offense is going to be very 3-dependent though.

03/18/2018 - 7:29pm Donnal for 3:

Airball.

03/18/2018 - 5:54pm Izzo underperforming in March.

A tradition unlike any other.

03/18/2018 - 12:26pm Really?

It takes nine minutes to show all of the made baskets? I would have thought about 90 seconds. The rest was a sludgefart of whistles and FTs.  Although the last 4 seconds was pretty cool.

03/18/2018 - 11:00am This comment is much funnier

This comment is much funnier in the morning.

03/17/2018 - 11:57pm Nessler goes all out for the FT jinx.

Nice job by Duncan to knock those down.

03/14/2018 - 11:14pm VCU

I know it was the elite 8, but that was still a 1 losing to an 11 if I remember correctly.

03/14/2018 - 12:39pm Most brilliant ever to walk this Earth.

Well, not exactly "walk."

03/14/2018 - 9:12am I didn't realize...

So all dogs are Christian then.

03/12/2018 - 1:17pm This is true, but...

Anyone that makes Ohio State their bitch should get into the tournament on general principle.

03/12/2018 - 1:15pm RPI is not weighted as heavily anymore.

Texas Tech is a good example.  Of the six metrics used by the committee, RPI had them lowest (23rd) while the others had them in the 3-4 seed range, and they ended up as a 3.  

What I would like to see them do is, if they are going to use the quadrant system, then base the rankings not on the RPI, but rather using the average of the six metrics they used.  Basically, rank the teams 1-351 on the average of their six metric rankings. If the teams are to be judged at one level based on both result- and predictive-based metrics, then judge them the whole time on those metrics.  They already have the numbers on the sheets; it shouldn't be too hard to have the numbers next to each team played reflect the average instead of just RPI.  

03/12/2018 - 12:58pm Partially disagree

The team as it is now is light years ahead of where it was in December.  Remember, we barely beat UCLA (at home) and Texas and blew a big lead to OSU, and of course lost to LSU in Maui.  If we replaced the 6 worst quad 4 games with all quad 1 and 2 games in November and December, do you think we'd go better than 3-3 in those games?  I doubt it.  

If you want to quibble with Beilein's scheduling, you can say that he could drop Alabama A&M and UC Riverside in favor of some midlevel MAC or Horizon teams, but remember that we also struggled with CMU in our second game.  Back when these games were happening I remember someone saying we should have gone out and scheduled a high RPI low-major team like Rider, but Penn State's loss to Rider might be the reason they are out of the tournament.  

Say what you want about Beilein's schedule, it gave a team that lost three starters a chance to figure out its roles without torpedoing its chances for a high seed before January.  It might warrant tweaking for next year, but I find it difficult to look at a 3 seed and complain.

03/11/2018 - 7:16pm Great guard play?

Zavier Simpson doesn't allow great guard play.

03/11/2018 - 7:06pm I would think we'd play late.

We are the only team from the eastern time zone in our pod, while Kansas is the only non-eastern team in theirs.  It makes more logical sense for the Kansas pod to play early and for our pod to play late.

This assumes, of course, that People Who Are In Charge Of Things do said Things on a logical basis...

03/11/2018 - 7:03pm I don't think that will be the reason.

Do you think Ohio State makes the Elite 8? I don't.

03/11/2018 - 6:03pm This is already slow.

He's really reading all of the auto-qualifiers?

03/11/2018 - 5:49pm You're missing his point.

For the top four seed bands, the committee places teams in the closest regional in their seed band, in order of where they are on the S-curve, as long as there is no other team from that conference in that region.  This is why you see Virginia in the South, then Duke or UNC in the East.  Since there are no western teams in the 1-3 seed range (unless Arizona jumps up and grabs a 3), then the West region may have the lowest-ranked 1, 2, and 3 seeds.  They don't go with straight-up bracket integrity, but rather reward higher-ranked teams with proximity in regional sites.

So in that sense, it might be ideal to be the #12 team on the S-curve and get sent to the West region, perhaps with Xavier and Cincinnati as the top two seeds.  Meanwhile Michigan State will either be in the Midwest or East with UNC or Duke.

03/08/2018 - 8:52am Easily the best part of this:

The Trey Burke floor slap after the dunk.  Hall of Fame trolling.

03/07/2018 - 3:23pm MSU won't be a 2 seed.

It's completely unjustifiable.  If Maryland drops below 75th in RPI (fairly likely), MSU will have zero quadrant 1 road wins, and will be 2-4 against quadrant 1.  No other team under consideration for a 2 or 3 seed is worse than 5-6 against quadrant 1.  Their profile is roughly comparable to Gonzaga, which has about the same record, including the same record against quads 1-2 combined.  Gonzaga also has three road wins that are better than MSU's Maryland win, and a neutral win over Ohio State that is arguably better than MSU's home win over Purdue.  What Gonzaga doesn't have is the win over UNC.  That said, I don't see how MSU is more than a couple spots above Gonzaga.  They just don't have the quality in their resume to be a 2 seed.

03/06/2018 - 1:26pm Glue guy

Glue guy

03/06/2018 - 9:03am We might want Maryland to drop below 75th in RPI.

I know we would lose the quad 1 win, but so would MSU, and that is their only quadrant 1 road win.  It would drop them to 2-4 against quadrant 1, and we'd be at 5-5.  And while all their quad 1 games are against teams in the RPI top 25, we are 4-4 in such games to their 2-4, and we had 4 road games in that group to their 1.  Dropping Maryland to quadrant 2 actually highlights that we are the stronger team against top competition, and it hurts MSU way more than it hurts us.

03/05/2018 - 8:33pm It's possible, but tough:

You either need Cinci to be a higher 2 seed than Kansas, or for Kansas to be a 1 seed but behind Xavier.  You also need Cinci to be a higher 2 than Purdue, which I think they could be right now, and definitely would be if they win the AAC tournament.  Finally, you either need Michigan to be a higher 3 seed than MSU, or for MSU to be on the 2 line behind Cinci.  

I think if Cinci, Kansas, and Xavier win their conference tournaments, and UNC falls behind MSU, this happens.  

03/04/2018 - 6:16pm Screw subs.

We goin' Sizzler.

03/04/2018 - 6:11pm Wagner just fouled Haas

With his face.

03/04/2018 - 5:55pm HOLY CRAP MO

Dirk for 3!

03/04/2018 - 5:29pm I think it was

"LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOO"

Very Spike Albrechtian.

03/04/2018 - 4:49pm We on.

Awesome start.  Must be because Mo hit his first 3.

03/03/2018 - 9:11pm GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL

Dexter Dancs!  With 7 seconds left in the period!

03/03/2018 - 9:05pm no penalty.

We are all just a lot older now.  They could have zambonied the ice during that review.

03/03/2018 - 9:03pm Ref review, kind of.

Wisconsin asked for review of what they thought should have been a penalty.  The refs are standing in the box looking at a pair of logos because of technical difficulties.

03/01/2018 - 6:14pm That's harsh.

The guy's wife got murdered. The least you can do is not plagiarize his work.

03/01/2018 - 5:00pm Really?

We hit our season average for fouls with 16 minutes left in the first half. Iowa also has fouled intentionally several times.