Monday, April 8, 2013

Some curious but irrelevant stats that favor the Wolverines

For the week of Monday, January 28th, the Michigan Wolverines were the #1 college basketball team in the country; while Louisville was #12.  As recently as March 4th the Wolverines were still the higher of the two teams in the polls (#7 vs #8).  By the final regular season rankings of the year the Cardinals had climbed all the way to #4, however Michigan was still just behind them at #6.  But then the Wolverines fell to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament, and Louisville won the Big East's.  While that justifiably earned a #1 seed for the Cardinals, it didn't really make much sense that Michigan was handed a #4.  These two teams are a lot closer than those seeds indicate.

Despite going just 12-6 (and 1-1 in the tournament) and finishing 5th in a loaded Big Ten, Michigan is 31-7 overall; meaning they are undefeated (18-0) this season against all other conferences.  They are also looking to become just the second #4 seed to ever win the national championship.  The first was Arizona in 1997, who also finished 5th in their conference. Oddly enough the Wildcats defeated a #1 seeded Kansas squad on the way to the Final Four as well, and faced off against a Rick Pitino coached team (Kentucky) in the title game.

And if you have a few minutes, I highly recommend watching this clip of the lifelong friendship between Michigan's National Player of the Year Trey Burke and Boston Celtics (and former Ohio State Buckeye) forward Jared Sullinger.


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