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Sorry if this was posted already, but did anybody else hear Jay Bilas list Michigan as a Final Four contender and not even mention MSU? I knew the guy was getting a little goofy in recent months/years, but come on. Michigan a Final Four team?
Pretty sure you're trolling, but that isn't at all what he said. He listed UM in his final four. He also said he wouldn't be surprised if any of 20 teams end up there as there are no great teams.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
I was a little surprised to hear that. MSU may not be the best team in the country, but I'm not sure there's a more balanced team. If the bigs and the guards play well at the same time come March, I don't know who can stop them.
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All depends on who gets hot. Right now, if you didn't have Miami and MSU in the final four, most would think that you were in a coma. But things can change very quickly. We lay an egg in Nebraska would be a perfect example.
Sometimes people hear what they want to hear.
Also, Bilas is one of the better analysts in college Bball.
Exactly. We can match up with just about anyone in the country. And when all 5 guys play well like they did the other night, I really don't think there's a team in the country that can stop us. And lost in the beatdown by most analysts was the fact that Izzo and the coaches did a brilliant job scouting and preparing for that game. They read UofM like a book and knew exactly how to defend them. And when you've got that combination of good coaching and the players that are able to execute the gameplan accordingly, you're going to be awful dangerous in March/April.
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Believe me: I did NOT want to hear "Michigan." But Jay Bilas insisted on saying it.
I'm not going to get sucked into the idea Bilas doesn't think MSU is capable of a FF run.
If anyone had to name 4 teams (only 4 teams) to make the FF, then you can make an argument for any combination of any of the top-12 teams in the country.
You'd be a moran to think MSU is not capable--just like you'd be a fool to think KU, Duke, Miami, IU, UM are not as well.
I honestly don't think Kansas is capable. I just think they look worse than they were against us, and they seem like a team that will go down early in the tourney.
Bilas has said in the past that MSU is always a FF contender, as long as Tom Izzo is coaching.
He doesn't have to say it on every occasion, does he?
You might be right about that. You don't lose 3 in a row in the Big12 and not have serious issues.
Van Pelt fairly emphatically said he still thought Michigan was the #1 team in the country on his radio show yesterday. Didn't back it up with much. I was pretty surprised.
Izzo loves this. We get to fly under the radar at least for a little while longer, AND he gets to play the disrespect card in practice. It's almost as if Izzo took control of Bilas' Twitter account to advance his own goals.
No surprise. Van Pelt parrots the company line.
I read the news today, oh boy .. ..
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I demand an inquisition.
That's just like, his opinion man.
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How dare he speculate on 4 teams winning games against unknown opponents over a month from now and not selecting my team as one of those 4.
If it were earlier in the season, I'd be more inclined to agree with you. But at this point, we're playing for 1-seed, and perception is reality when they fill the brackets.
MSU played amazing basketball Tuesday, but they still have issues. Guys need to get and stay healthy and they need to improve. And they need to get consistent. They looked terrible against Illinois and Minnesota just a couple weeks ago.
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When did Bilas join the Selection Committee?
I know you're not Catholic, but can you please give up posting in sports threads for lent, and stick to music and miscellaneous stuff?
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Unless that interview was done in the future and somehow transported back in time to ESPN this morning, I'm guessing he is speculating based on the performances of teams in recent history. And in recent history, UM has folded like a Asian drycleaner.
Scratching my head as to how a team that just lost its second game in a row by 23 points to a team ahead of them in the conference standings is FF worthy. Then again, there's a lot of stuff lately that makes no sense to me.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
Duke has their own problems, and they got bailed out last night. Granted UNC couldn't hit the broadside of a barn while shooting FT's. Duke will be out of the tourney early. I think people are forgetting about Gonzaga and Zona. Yes I know that they just lost to Cal or someone that sucks, but everyone does. Lots of east coast bias right now.
This is really what I'm driving at. Of all the teams he could have singled out, Michigan just seems like a homer pick to me. They may not even be the 4th best team in the Big Ten, but they're on Jay's shortlist as the 4th best in the country? Mmm-kay. Whatever.
ESPN has invested a lot of time and effort into the revival of UM basketball and will not be dissauded by a minor 30-point trucking at their rival's house.
They also don't need to get down on UM because they are going to go on a three game winning streak.
Any time MSU is decent, they are a Final Four threat, it goes without saying.
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