Prepare Thyself: March 2 – March 8

What up, gang? February is gone and March is here!!! March Madness is mere weeks away, which can only mean one thing: Joe Lunardi all over TV sets telling us whose bubble is going to burst. Honestly, this guy sucks, as he is TOO smart and pretty much drains all of the fun out of Selection Sunday.

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I swear, ESPN must box up Lunardi and Mel KiperJr. after they are done with their respective coverage, put them into storage, and then haul them out the next year like a fake Christmas tree.

Anyways, to sports. Last week was much more pleasant than anticipated, even though we weren’t without some bumps in the road. Check it:

  • Michigan Hockey: 2-0
  • Michigan Basketball: 1-1
  • Red Wings: 2-1
  • Pistons: 2-2 (!!!!! More later…) 
  • Michigan Baseball: 3-2

Grad total: 10-6

Not mindblowing, but a solid week. Here’s the rundown.

  • Michigan hockey sent the seniors out in style, with a weekend sweep of Ferris State. With a little help from the Bucknuts, we also locked up the number 2 seed in the CCHA playoffs.
  • Michigan basketball knocked off 16th ranked Purdue, thus giving them two opportunities to get that last win they need to be in good shape for the NCAA tounrament. However, Wisconsin had other ideas, and Michigan’s inconsistency continues to show.
  • The Red Wings tamed the Sharks, squeaked by the Kings and got routed by the Preds. Meh.
  • The Pistons opened the week with two losses against Miami and Nawlins, and then surprised everyone (especially me) by knocking off Orlando and Boston on the road.
  • Michigan baseball finally came back down to earth a bit taking a pair of losses to Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Jacksonville. However, the boys in Blue bounced back with wins over North Florida, Akron and a 21-3 drubbing of Jacksonville to split the doubleheader.

Normally, this would go to the team with the best record, but the Team o’ the Week for last week has got to be the Pistons. I was sure this team was going to mail it in for the rest of the season (and potentially miss the playoffs), but they bounced back with a pair of impressive road wins against two of the best in the East. I’m still not sold on this team, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Deeetroit Baaaasketball???

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Onward to this week.

Michigan Basketball

  • Saturday, March 7 at Minnesota- Noon (ESPN)

Michigan Hockey

  • First round CCHA tournament bye.

Red Wings

  • Tuesday, March 3 at St. Louis – 8:30 PM (FSN Detroit)
  • Wednesday, March 4 at Colorado – 9:00 PM (FSN Detroit)
  • Saturday, March 7 vs. Columbus – 7:00 PM (FSN Detroit)

Pistons

  • Tuesday, March 3 vs. Denver – 7:30 PM (FS Plus)
  • Friday, March 6 vs. Golden State – 8:00 PM (FSN Detroit)
  • Saturday, March 7 at Atlanta – 7:00 PM (FS Plus)

Michigan Baseball

  • Friday, March 6 vs. Siena (at Port St. Lucie, FL) – 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 7 vs. Siena (at Port St. Lucie, FL) (DH) – 11:00 AM
  • Sunday, March 8 vs. New York Mets (at Port St. Lucie, FL) (EX) – 12:10 PM

Tigers SPRING TRAINING fun continues with exhibitions against Florida Southern, Venezuela and Panama, before returning to normal action against Washington, Philadelphia and a pair of games against the Yankees. Also of note, the World Baseball Classic starts this week and runs through March. Should be entertaining.

Game of the Week

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Michigan Basketball: Saturday, March 7 at Minnesota – Noon (ESPN)

1 regular season game left. 1 win needed to get to .500 in conference. Win this game, and the Wolverines can lock up a tournament birth with an opening round win in the Big Ten tournament. Lose, and they need a healthy run through the conference tournament to give themselves a chance. Just win.

Non-Michigan/Detroit Game You Shouldn’t Miss

CCHA Tournament: First round.

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Michigan’s quest to defend their CCHA tournament championship begins with a bye (as it should). However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some good action along the way. First round. best-of-three play begins Friday, with your matchups below:

  • 5. Ohio State vs. 12. Bowling Green
  • 6. Northern Michigan vs. 11. Michigan State
  • 7. Western Michigan vs. 10. Lake Superior
  • 8. Nebraska-Omaha vs. 9. Ferris State

Joining Michigan with byes are regular season champion Notre Dame, Miami (OH) and Alaska.

I’m sure there are a bunch of moans and groans about this, but hey, look at the rest of the schedule. This is not the most exciting week for the Wolverines, Pistons or Wings (save Michigan hoops), so this is what I will be watching. Plus, I am still disappointed that I won’t be attending the CCHA in tournament in person this year, so I need to grab as much college hockey action as I can.

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