Sweet indeed !!!

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You will rarely find me agreeing with Drew Sharp on basically anything but I do agree with most of this article. “>http://www.freep.com/article/20130324/COL08/303240296/Drew-Sharp-U-M-in-Sweet-16-worth-celebrating-but-not-ultimate-goal”&gt;

Getting to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994 is a big deal for the Wolverines. It’s a testament on how far the program had sunk but it is true nonetheless. Would I love to have the Sweet 16 as baseline goal every year ? Absolutely. Are they there yet ? Nope. I can only hope now that the team doesn’t lay back and rest on their accomplishment and then come out and play poorly next week against either Kansas or North Carolina. Getting crushed by either one of those elite programs would be a bitter pill to swallow after a nice run this weekend. My opinion is that this next game will be a good test of exactly where coach Beilein has this program heading. Playing well and losing to a very good Kansas team would not be a crime but if they show up unfocused and undisciplined then I think it will be perfectly ok to ask exactly how much this program will be able to achieve with Beilein at the helm.

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Saturday Madness !!!

Well, it is big day in the state of Michigan as the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans play back to back games today at the Palace of Auburn Hills as both teams fight to make it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. It will be a glorious day in the Great lakes state as both Wolverines and Spartans band together and root for each others school to move on in the tournament ! All across Michigan rabid Spartan and Wolverine fans will be bonding over chicken wings and beer and mutual best wishes will be shared.

Ok, stop that nonsense. It is a huge day in hoops but let’s not kid ourselves. As a Michigan fan my perfect day involves watching Michigan beat VCU and then seeing MSU get stomped by Memphis. I am sure any self respecting Spartan fan will be hoping for the exact opposite and loudly cheering for the VCU press to crush Michigan. Don’t fight it people, it’s natural. These schools are arch rivals, neighbors, hated enemies. It is perfectly ok to root for the destruction of the other team. Don’t you want to walk into the office on Monday and smile smugly at the fans of the other team as they sit and lick their wounds after a tough loss ? Of course you do. It’s ok, embrace the hatred !!! As a Michigan fan you know you love to see the Angry Little Fella on the MSU sideline turn beat red, screaming and flailing as the Spartans get rocked by Memphis. C’mon it is the stuff dreams are made of. Do you think your MSU friends don’t want to see Coach Beilein staring blankly on the sideline as VCU dismantles Michigan? Trust me, they do. And it’s ok. In this case there is no point in being the “bigger man” or woman in this rivalry. You know someone from the other side is eventually going to push your buttons so you might as well go ahead and get prepared now. Reach inside of yourself and find that spot of red hot hatred for the other school and let it out ! All of this nonsense of, ” I root for both teams.” or “I always root for the Big Ten” is a complete and utter farce. Remember this, no matter who wins the National Championship they are not going to get less of a title because the rest of their conference teams did not play well in the tournament. So, get out there and root for your team and cheer for the destruction of your rivals !!!! That being said, Go Freaking Blue !!!!!!

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Time for some Madness.

Ok, I set up a separate section strictly for all things NCAA tournament. Please feel free to pass the blog along and have the hoops fans you know comment and post their thoughts on the games.

Pretty much everyone knows by now which colors fly around Casa Del Craig and you can rest assured there is no green or white involved. This has proven to be problematic at this time every year because the damn Spartans have made March their personal playground while my team has been a non entity in college hoops for the better of the last 20 years. John Beilein has helped get the program on the road to respectability but so far that is all we have to show. And yes, I know, they won a share of the B1G regular season title last year for the first time in a bazillion years. Yippee Skippy. College hoops is about one thing and one thing only and that is the tournament. And I am sorry but the regular season title means next to nil when you lose to freaking Ohio in the first round of the tournament. Not Ohio State. The Ohio Bobcats. One word – embarrassing. As I said, Coach Beilein has done a nice job of getting things back on track but another early round loss in March and I am going to be getting close to questioning his ability to get to a next level.

I have been reading a lot of stuff written by the experts and they claim UM has the most NBA talent in college basketball. Let’s just tap the brakes here for a minute. Trey Burke is an NBA player for sure. But I am saying right now that I am not sure who else is a sure fire NBA lock out of the rest of the crew. They mentioned Hardaway, Robinson III as well as Stauskas (huh?) and McGary (puhleeze). Hardaway has a shot at making a roster and Robinson has the body of an NBA player but he is nowhere ready for NBA play. As far as Stauskas and McGary they are so far away I have a better shot at getting that elusive date with Halle Berry then they do going to the NBA. To be honest MSU probably has more NBA ready players right now, they just don’t have one as good as Burke. Payne will probably go and Harris and Dawson both have equal to or better than NBA prospects as the other Michigan kids.

As for the Spartans I will grant some grudging respect for the program and then silently pray that somehow they get beat by Valpo tomorrow. I don’t think it will happen but, hey, stranger things have happened so I will remain optimistic !!!! Watching Izzo in full, red faced, vein bulging, psycho freakout mode is one of life’s great little pleasures although I am afraid he is one more Appling turnover away from a cardiac episode.

I guess we will see if this supposedly terrific B1G season will have helped the teams as they move on to face new opponents. I am very scared for Michigan in round two against VCU and if I was of the green persuasion I wouldn’t exactly be excited to see Memphis waiting for me on Saturday. Oh well, this thing is more unpredictable than a Jim Leyland lineup card so anything could happen. Please feel free to comment folks and of course follow along on Twitter @Craiger211. Thanks !