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A natty in football or basketball?
I say basketball. One of the best starting 5s in the country, pretty good depth on the bench.. It'll be a tough road but I think we have a real shot.
This post was edited by Rabid 20 months ago
That is hard to say. In basketball we get a 64 team tournament where hardly anyone has home court advantage. It will be much easier to get into the show in basketball too. In football the four team play off will be just as bad as the BCS were very deserving teams will be omitted. The four team play off will also give us a huge disadvantage going on the road. We will basically be playing an away game while pack 12 teams get a home game. Then another away game chances are in the SEC territory. Logically basketball would seem easier but I think we will win sooner in football.
One of the best starting 5s in the country? That's a stretch my friend. I might go along and say that Burke is one of the top PGs, but who else is elite? THJ is good, but looking at last year, he was in quite a slump. Morgan is solid, but will never be dominant. That right there is enough to disprove that we have one of the best starting 5s, but who are the other two starters? Probably at least one frosh that we've never seen play? Man, I love your optimism, but be realistic.
I do agree that the bball team could win a MNC this year, with some luck and major contributions from the frosh. I think football is still a couple years away..
Reports are that THJ and Burke have improved dramatically. Burke will elevate is game, and I don't think THJ will slump this year.
Morgan isn't spectacular, but he's solid.
If you include recruiting hype, I do think it's safe to say Michigan will have one of the best starting 5s.
I have to admit this is the first time I am looking forward to the Michigan basketball season in quite a while. I finally think we are going to be competitive on the national stage. Big thank you to coach Beilein and his staff
If you're gonna make a statement like this you then have to back it up and say whose starting 5 you think is better. I don't even think you're wrong im just saying. In the conference alone I'd say Indiana's is better.
And those frosh you're talking about are two of the highest touted coming in this year. They'll both have a major impact year 1. Basketball is much easier to project from the HS level to college than football is.
Just to clarify, is the original post asking which one is more likely to happen this coming school year? That's how I took the question, and if that's the case, I think it has to be basketball.
Not that the basketball team is necessarily better (relatively) than the football team right now, but the way the postseasons are structured makes all the difference. It's not exactly a monumental task to make it to the NCAA Tournament in basketball, and once you get there, there are often 10-12 teams with a legit chance to win it all if they get hot. On the other hand, especially before the playoff system is implemented, Michigan would most likely have to run the table in football this season, or at the very least lose a last-second game to Alabama and run the table after that. Much higher standards in the regular season for football than basketball.
Michigan will most likely be ranked somewhere between #5 and #10 in the first polls so someone obviously agrees with you that Michigan's starting 5 is very very good.
Has to be basketball. To win the national championship under the current structure for football is nearly impossible and it's as much as a mental thing as physical. I could see it possibly happening in football, but it is much much more likely in basketball.
Kentucky is tough, but UNC and Duke will be down this year. (which probably means a top 15-20 team) That is down for them.
Honestly, Kentucky is the only team I'm truly scared of this year.
List of schools that have won both the NCAA men's basketball tourney and a FBS football national championship:
* Five schools have won both since 1960.
Edit: If you include baseball, the list shrinks to four (Michigan, Ohio State, California and Stanford). If you include both baseball and hockey, Michigan stands alone.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by MrWoodson 20 months ago
Illinois would be on that list if they beat UNC in the title game back in 05. I still think they were better than the UNC team that year.
But they didn't.
Over time: football
We are college football
This year? Gotta be basketball.
Moving forward? Obviously football.
I would have to say more likely in basketball, football team needs 2-3 years for coaches to fill team with their guys and reload our lines and skill positions.
agreed, basketball season is finally fun for Michigan fans again.
I love football but this basketball team is going to be fun to watch. Cant wait to see how far they can go. It will be fun to kick M$U A$$ in both football & basketball this year.
until we get a dominating defensive center I cant go with basketball so I will say football in 2-3 years
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