Selection Sunday Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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6 P.M. can’t get here soon enough.

Discussion is encouraged in the comments. I’ll be posting from Crisler and will have plenty of coverage throughout the night.

  • Yinka Double Dare

    Not horrible for us in the first round, but if we get past Clemson, Oklahoma is an awful matchup for us with Griffin.

  • MSU Ben

    Congrats, guys, and good luck. Been a long time coming, but absolutely deserved this season.

  • Thanks Ben. And hey, I don’t care if we go one game and done. Our draught is over. Damn proud of these kids. They fought like hell! Well done Blue!

  • Avery Queen

    well extremely relieved. awful draw.

  • mgomike

    after this season that was fittingly suspensful, but go blue!!!!!

  • Other Matt

    When they showed Clemson as a 7 seed, I said out loud, “oh no, that’s a tough draw for us.” Then I paused and said, “screw it, I don’t care, we have to have this.” Then I yelled out a huge yell.

    It’s Great To Be!

  • the whole arena is singing the victors. Goose bump time! Thanks again guys

  • Ken in Las Vegas

    I literally had a heart attack, but I think I’m alive. I should at least survive until the first round. I teared up pretty good there. What a baby I am.

  • Delete the other one Dylan. I’ll retype it. Thanks Ben. And hey, I don’t care if we go one game and done. Our draught is over. Darn proud of these kids. They fought like heck! Well done Blue!

  • No, Ken. You’re no baby, you’re a fan. I’m still trying to force the goose bumps down…

  • Zach

    Anybody know when they release the game times?

  • Avery Queen

    and i’ve watched the announcement 10 times

  • I’ll be in Vegas from Wednesday through Monday. I’ll be taking Michigan to win on Thursday.

    Go Blue (and welcome back)!

  • ZRL

    So why exactly does everyone think Clemson is a horrible matchup. There press is great, but if you beat it their half court defense is a sieve. Giving Beilein 4 days to prepare for the press is a big plus for us. Grady is gonna have to be ready to play on Thursday. We either win or we lose by 20.

  • Ken in Las Vegas

    Well, I guess I’m taking Thursday off. Man, I need to study up on Clemson. I really don’t know much about them.

  • Larry

    Looking closer at Clemson, this isn’t as bad a matchup as we initially thought. Booker is their best scoring big, and he goes at 6-7. They’ve dropped four of their last five, including home losses to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, and only beating Virginia at home. They commit almost 15 turnovers a game, and they aren’t great passers (key to beating the 1-3-1), only dishing out 15 assists. A big part of their defense is the press and forcing turnovers, and M excels at holding on to the ball.

    On they negative side, as a team they shoot 38% from 3, and their top three scorers all shoot about 40%. They absolutely demolished Maryland at home (by 30), won at Illinois, and of course crushed Duke by 30 in one of their worst losses ever. They beat Savannah State by 32 four days before M needed overtime to beat them.

    Looking at their schedule though, they certainly appear to be less strong now than they were at the beginning of the season. Let’s hope so, anyway. GO BLUE!!

  • Mith

    The only way I’m unhappy Thursday is if we get smoked. Otherwise win or lose, I’m happy to finally get to watch us in a tourney game. It’s been far too long.

    Clemson is doing their patented slide, it seems like they peak way too early each year. And aside from that egg we laid against Illinois we’ve played well of late. I like our chances.

  • JW

    When do they sort out the game times? Think we’ll be an afternoon game?

  • Anyone catch Bobby Knight’s comments regarding women on the men’s selection committee. (Paraphrasing) “He and I both agreed that men are going to pay more attention to the men’s tournament. Women are going to pay more attention to the women’s tournament. We really don’t think one should be on the other’s selection committee.”

    Jebus. Line of the night.

  • jgunnip

    Coming into the final region there were 7 automatic bids, and 7 ‘lock at-larges remaining to go with North Carolina so there was only one bubble spot left. I was freaking out for a second when i saw that I still had boston college as not announced but then I realized I had forgotten to cross them off. whew!!

  • Zach

    Haha, I couldn’t believe he said that Ian. He wants Augusta National to run the selection committee, apparently.

  • jgunnip

    The Big Ten seeds are 2-5-5-8-10-10-12. That’s an expected performance of 4-7 overall with just Michigan State making the second weekend. The committee didn’t do Illinois, Purdue, or Wisconsin any favors by shipping them out west but the only team that would surprise me if they made the Sweet 16 is Minnesota.

  • goblue

    anybody else noticed Manny wasn’t at the selection show?

  • jgunnip

    walking distances to kansas city.
    Clemson, SC – 855 miles
    Ann Arbor, Mi – 696 mi.
    Norman, Ok – 374 mi.
    Baltimor, Md – 1,062 mi.

    so we win the distance test. now for the real debate. who wins in a fight? Wolverine vs Tiger?

  • blueinflorida

    Where is Mich playing?

  • blueinflorida

    you would’nt be surprised if we made the S16 in THAT bracket?

  • goblue

    nevermind. i see him now.

  • Arereeoxirm

    I’m the only one in this world. Can please someone join me in this life? Or maybe death…