Yesterday was a great day for Michigan. They won a critical bubble game against a bubble team in Illinois. They significantly improved their NCAA Tournament resume even with other bubble teams pulling off upsets. How much? They jumped 6 spots in RPI, and now sit comfortably at 50th. Michigan's Strength of Schedule remains 17th, but after playing Ohio State today, that will likely jump as well.
There are plenty of previews for your consumption. CBS has a good one. UMHoop's preview is here. The new Big Ten Powerhouse has one as well. Vegas has us +9.5, so, as I like to look at it, the pressure's on that School Down South.The key match-up will obviously be Zack Novak/Evan Smotrycz/Jordan Morgan et al matching up against Jared Sullinger and Dallas Lauderdale down low. But don't forget about guarding their other super freshman, Aaron Craft. Michigan's guards are going to have to be on high alert to keep the speedy freshman under control.
We need a good start and a strong game all around to win this one. We'll be here all afternoon. So join us for the fun. Comments in the section below!