The Michigan Wolverines had a scary airplane incident in Ypsilanti before the Big Ten conference tournament. They were all shook up and they thought about forfeiting and not participating. Well, they took a group vote, decided to play and they won the whole thing.
Oklahoma State’s head coach Brad Underwood took Stephen F. Austin to the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons. He lead the school to a nice Cinderella run and now he hopes to do the same with the Cowboys.
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The Michigan Wolverines played like a team of destiny in the Big Ten tournament. Everything that went right, went their way against Wisconsin in the tournament final. I know I should give a ton of props to Derrick Walton Jr. in that game (he deserves it), but big man D.J. Wilson impressed me with his passing and rebounding. The terrifying experience on an airplane galvanized them. They will be a difficult out in this tournament.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys got boned by their seeding. They ended the season with three-straight losses, so I guess we know recent outcomes hold precedent over their full résumé. I had them as a strong #9 seed, but they did go through a stretch at the start of the Big 12 conference schedule that raised eyebrows. If Jawun Evans is playing his best, the Cowboys are a hard team to beat.
I have to go with my eyes and gut here. I believe Michigan will win this game. I don’t think those guys believe they are beatable at this point. Their confidence is through the roof coming into this game.
Prediction: #7 Michigan Wolverines
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.