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  • sven

    10-8 would get us in for sure.

    If we beat Illinois they are done.

    By the end of the week Michigan State or Minnesota could be in very big trouble.

    I just don’t see how two of those teams could jump us IF we go 10-8 considering we’d probably have to beat all 3 to get to that record.

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      I think it’s important to not look at the picture on a conference level. It’s not like there are x number of spots and someone is going to jump someone else. There are other teams all across the country competing for these spots.

  • sven

    The Big Ten will get at least 5 in. That is pretty much a lock. We’d easily be one of them at 10-8.

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      The Big Ten got five in last year and Illinois was left out at 10-8.

      • Alex

        This is a sobering comment. All bets are off if Iowa and Wisconsin are two wins of three or four that close out the season. Iowa is close to a must win because it would be another bad loss if the team did lose and Wisconsin would be a much needed signature win.

        That statistic actually makes me feel better because it is way more likely to make the Tourney with a .500 or better conference record than not (85% vs. 15%). Getting excited for the big game tonight.

        • KRN

          Shouldn’t be easier for Big Ten teams on the bubble to get in this year than last year, though? The entire bubble nationally seems particularly weak. Combine that with the fact that four more teams get in this year as opposed to last year and I feel that the committee has to give us the nod if we have a good enough record. The Big Ten is too good this year to only get four in.

          • Dylan Burkhardt

            Perhaps… My only point is that the conference record isn’t the most important factor. Michigan needs quality wins.

          • KRN

            *Shouldn’t it be easier

          • KRN

            Man Dylan, you can churn out replies faster than I can correct my own grammar!

  • KRN

    Always nice to see some Fab Five footage. They played before I started watching Michigan but my dad has a ton of taped games of them which I watched years later.

    That Kentucky Final Four game was probably the second best game I ever saw of them (the first was the comeback win against UCLA earlier in the tournament). It was fun watching Webber and Mashburn just dominate everyone in that game. The two most distinct memories that I had of that game, though, weren’t shown on that highlight reel. The first was Rose getting clobbered in the final minute and then glaring at the Kentucky player for what must have been five or six seconds. The second was Webber tipping the ball twice on the final inbound pass from Kentucky to end the game and smirking in between passes like he knew Kentucky had no chance to get catch-and-shoot off. Classic Fab Five attitude in both of those cases.

    • JimC

      Yeah that KY game was one of the best M bball games I ever saw.. They showed it on big screens at Crisler. There was actually a pretty decent crowd, for a road game!

      Also, very cool that Corey Person helped Hardaway get going for that 2nd half he had at PSU.

  • sven

    Last year 10-8 put them in 5th place. This year 10-8 would put us in 4th place.

    They lost lost 5 out 6 to end the Big Ten season. We’ll have to win 7 out of 8 to end up with that record. We’ll also have to beat all the teams we’re competing with for spots.

    There are also 3 more at-large bids this year. If that had been the case last year Illinois probably would have made it.

  • KAB

    Dylan,good point.We may have to go 10-8 to get in but atleast 9-9 would give us a shot!

  • MAS

    I will say this 9-9 might get us 4th place in the b10 so I would hope that would be good enough to get us in.

  • Rob

    So Dylan, do you Michigan is the school mentioned that told Hatch he is their #1 Indiana prospect?

    • Rob

      Do you *think” ……I mean. forgot to type word. Sorry.

      • Dylan Burkhardt

        Interesting question…

        He lists Michigan, UVA, Notre Dame and Purdue. Purdue has not only offered a bunch of in-state 2013s, they’ve taken three commits. Notre Dame offered Basil Smotherman so you wouldn’t think it’s them.

        That leaves Virginia or Michigan to be the school in question I’d say. It also sounds like sort of an odd statement, so who really knows.

  • KRN

    So with Purdue taking Smotherman and assuming Indiana gets Gary Harris, would that cause Indiana to stop pursuing Irvin. Also, if those two schools stop pursuing him, would that make Michigan his leader. I know that he’s visited Ann Arbor a ton of times already.

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      Interesting. IU and Michigan have both been on Zak very hard.

      I wouldn’t write off Harris to Indiana though, I still think he ends up at Michigan State. Indiana is still recruiting Jeremy Hollowell in 2012 though.

      • KRN

        Harris could very well end up at MSU. I just think that with no free scholarships and MSU having a logjam of shooting guards and wings that Indiana seems the more likely choice out of the two.

        It would be very nice to lock up Irvin early if possible (when JB offers him this summer of course).

        • Colby

          Dylan, do you think it is safe to say the Irvin is JB’s top target on the wing in 2013? He has been up a few times and the staff has watched alot.

          • Rob

            Dylan….or anyone else……what about idea of taking both Irvin and hatch, assuming we don’t get Stauskas in 2012 class? Dorsey-Walker is playing poorly and may be fading as a UM prospect, despite having offer and Hawkins shows no signs of UM vibes right now.

            I might be very tempted to either bank that 2012 scholly or use it on another position, esp. in light hardaway’s emergence.

            what do you think?

  • AG2

    I for one also questioned whether Carmody was on the hot seat, but after they extended him earlier in the season I thought the matter was settled. Apparently its not though, it would be interesting to see what a new coach could do with guys like Shurna, Crawford, and Cobb.

  • KAB

    I really hope it’s not Ed Hightower tonight..

  • Section13Row15

    IU has some loaded classes coming in for 2011 and 2012. Once those guys get settled, you’ll be able to tell if it’s the players or the coaches that aren’t getting it done over there. I’d be surprised if they weren’t really good in a couple years. Having said that, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the recent bottom tier Big 10 teams like IU, U-M, and Iowa didn’t flip flop with a few teams towards the top.

    • Jeff

      It’s kind of hard to judge Crean so far because he’s had so many key injuries. Creek and Watford are real talents, but Creek has been knocked out for the season the last two years, and Watford and Jones have missed time this year.

  • JimC

    Hey this WI @ PU game coming on is really good matchup.

    • JimC

      *is a

      Hey Dylan, when will we be able to edit comments, and Like / Agree with comments ?

  • AG2

    Now its just getting sad: Isiah Thomas has kicked Alex Legion off the team. This kids career has been an unmitigated disaster and a tragedy. I can’t imagine what kind of education he’s received having been through 5 schools since 11th grade.

    • JimC

      Probably none. Except maybe don’t trust your mother…?

    • Jeff

      Yeah, it’s just sad now. Kid has got some serious problems. Apparently his mom is nuts, so that probably doesn’t help.

  • TheYooper

    Jordan Hare in SI this week in the sign of the apocalypse section
    “Alabama – whose archrival, Auburn, plays football at Jordan-Hare Stadium – has offered an athletic scholarship to Saginaw, Mich., basketball recruit Jordan Hare.