I'm assuming many of you caught the Michigan basketball game against Purdue last night, where the Wolverines put themselves squarely back inside the bubble with a rousing victory. Manny Harris responded from his controversial — and weirdly unexplained — benching in a devastating loss to Iowa last weekend to score 27 points. Meanwhile his partner in crime, DeShawn Sims, poured in a career-high 29 points. The team shot an un-Godly 63 percent for the game, which included 81 percent shooting in the second half. That's just an absurd statistic when you think about how many bricks this team laid last season and parts of this year.
Michigan (18-8 overall, 8-8 Big Ten) has two games left, at Minnesota and at Wisconsin. Even with impressive wins over Duke, UCLA, Illinois, and now Purdue, Big Blue probably needs a victory in one of those remaining contests. Oh yeah, and not flop in the first-round of the Big Ten Tournament like those depressing Amaker teams used to do.
For your information, Wisconsin is currently 17-10 overall, 8-7 in Big Ten play. Minnesota is 20-8 overall, 8-8 in the Big Ten. Basically, they along with Penn State are the teams Michigan is fighting for one of those coveted at-large spots with. Before that Purdue win, Joe Lunardi of ESPN had MIchigan as one of his "first four out" as part of his Bracketology. And just to update my previous post, Lunardi had Maryland as a 12 seed before that Duke loss.