Nothing But ‘Net – Week #18 – 02/27/2012 – It Was Fun While It Lasted

The (#11) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played two games last week, and they won one and lost one.  On Tuesday (02/21/2012) they beat Northwestern 67-55 (overtime) in Evanston, then on Saturday (02/25/2012) they lost to Purdue 75-61 in Crisler Arena.  The win and loss leave Michigan with a record of 21-8 (11-5 in the Big Ten).  The loss to Purdue ruined Michigan’s perfect season at home.  They finished their home schedule 15-1, which is still very good.  The loss also knocked Michigan out of contention for the Big Ten title.  Being in the title hunt in the next-to-last week of the season was fun, but it didn’t work out.  Maybe next year…

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Big Ten Report – Week #09 (02/27/2012)

Standings

Here are the current Big Ten standings:

Team

Big Ten

Overall

Wins

Losses

Percent

Wins

Losses

Percent

#6 Michigan State

13

3

0.813

24

5

0.828

#8 Ohio State

11

5

0.688

23

6

0.793

#11 Michigan

11

5

0.688

21

8

0.724

#16 Wisconsin

10

6

0.625

21

8

0.724

#23 Indiana

9

7

0.563

22

7

0.759

Purdue

9

7

0.563

19

10

0.655

Northwestern

7

9

0.438

17

11

0.607

Iowa

7

9

0.438

15

14

0.517

Illinois

6

10

0.375

17

12

0.586

Minnesota

5

11

0.313

17

12

0.586

Nebraska

4

12

0.250

12

15

0.444

Penn State

4

12

0.250

12

17

0.414

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Nothing But ‘Net – Week #17 – 02/20/2012 – A HUGE Win

The (#17) University of Michigan men’s basketball team only played one game last week, and they won it.  On Saturday (02/18/2012) they beat (#6) Ohio State 56-51 in Crisler Arena.  This raises Michigan’s record to 20-7 (10-4 in the Big Ten), and keeps them perfect (15-0) in Crisler Arena this season.  Michigan is now tied with Ohio State for 2nd place in the Big Ten, one game behind Michigan State.  For more complete details, see my weekly Big Ten Report.

This was a HUGE win.  Personally, I like beating Michigan State more than anything, but this win was even more impressive than Michigan’s win over MSU earlier this season.  For one thing, OSU was ranked higher than MSU was when Michigan beat them, but that’s not all.  This game had more hype than any home game in recent memory, it got Michigan to the all-important 20-win level, and it was important for both teams in the Big Ten title race.  The game was nationally televised on ESPN, and College Game Day broadcast from Crisler all day.  The crowd was big and loud, and the atmosphere was electric.  A situation like that can go one of two ways: either Michigan can come out inspired and play a great game, or they can get distracted by all the hype and the pressure and try too hard.  This was one of the inspired games.  OSU has bigger, better players across the board, and if Michigan didn’t “manage” the game by controlling the tempo, OSU would just grind them down for the victory.  That’s what happened earlier this season, when Michigan played in Columbus.  Not this time.  Michigan got ahead early (6-0 after 3 minutes), and never surrendered the lead.  The lead got down as low as 1 point (17-16 with 7 minutes left in the 1st half), and as high as 10 points (numerous times, the last time at 42-32 with 11:43 left), but UM never let OSU get the lead, which was crucial.  OSU brought a large contingent of fans, and they were just waiting for something to cheer about, but Michigan kept them quiet.  By the way, as an usher, I’ve got to say that the visiting fans have been very well behaved this season, with the exception of one rude, whiny, crybaby family from Indiana.  Even the normally thuggish MSU fans were decent this year.

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Big Ten Report – Week #08 (02/20/2012)

Standings

Here are the current Big Ten standings:

Team

Big Ten

Overall

Wins

Losses

Percent

Wins

Losses

Percent

#7 Michigan State

11

3

0.786

22

5

0.815

#6 Ohio State

10

4

0.714

22

5

0.815

#17 Michigan

10

4

0.714

20

7

0.741

#15 Wisconsin

9

5

0.643

20

7

0.741

#18 Indiana

8

7

0.533

20

7

0.741

Purdue

7

7

0.500

17

10

0.630

Northwestern

6

8

0.429

16

10

0.615

Iowa

6

8

0.429

14

13

0.519

Minnesota

5

9

0.357

17

10

0.630

Illinois

5

9

0.357

16

11

0.593

Nebraska

4

10

0.286

12

13

0.480

Penn State

4

11

0.267

12

16

0.429

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