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Michigan’s Remaining Schedule and Beyond

After a tough stretch of away games and difficult home games, the Michigan basketball team will face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night. The Wolverines will try to stay perfect at home while knocking off their rivals. OSU may have won a couple of weeks ago in Columbus, but Michigan was able to hang in there for the most part. Saturday will definitely be different with a home crowd behind them. It should be a good game, and everyone that doesn’t have a ticket should definitely try to find one, or at least show up for College Gameday early in the morning. But if you can’t make it, there is soooo much more to look forward to with Michigan basketball.

Looking past Saturday, there are just a few games left in the season: at Northwestern, home against Purdue, then on the road to finish against Illinois and Penn State. OSU is #1 in the Big Ten, but the other three teams sit at 6th or below in the conference (even though PSU is the only one of these teams with a losing record). This isn’t to say that road games against lesser teams are guarantees, but it helps that the schedule doesn’t end with OSU or MSU on the road.

As far as tournaments go, as long as they finish with a halfway decent stretch run (probably 3-2 at least), Michigan should get a bye in the Big Ten Tournament, and not have to play until the second round. So much different than past years where the Big Ten Tourney has been vital to making the NCAA Tournament.

Speaking of the Big Dance… ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Michigan projected as a 4 seed, playing their first game (and hopefully another) in Nashville. If it’s anything like last year, that first round game will be one of the greatest games ever: complete domination, having fun, playing strong defense. Even Stu Douglass dunked. I was lucky enough to be there, and I will never forget it.

Ohio State is this weekend, but that’s just the beginning of an exciting month long stretch of basketball. Go Blue!

Also: a shoutout to the women’s basketball team. 18-7 and right there in the middle of the Big Ten race. Current projections put them as an 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which would be their first appearance in the Big Dance since 2001. They finish up with a tough home games against Purdue and Iowa, and then go to Iowa and Indiana to finish their schedule. I completely expect the women to end with at least 20 wins and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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  1. jweintra
    February 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve bee extremely pleased with the basketball team’s season so far, but I can’t help but wonder if their struggles on the road will carry over to the tournament. They can’t seem to get it together when they are away from Crisler, what do you think?

  2. February 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Yeah, I’m pretty worried about playing anything away from Crisler too. It’s encouraging, though, that they have won at Purdue (albeit by 1) and came back against Arkansas, but they definitely need to win at NW and PSU, and hopefully Illinois. Call me optimistic, but I think they’ll finish up 4-1 for a 23-8 record.

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