Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Will Michigan hoops dare to join this list?

  1. Alabama
  2. Alabama-Birmingham
  3. Alabama State
  4. Albany
  5. Alcorn State
  6. Air Force
  7. Arizona
  8. Arizona State
  9. Arkansas
  10. Auburn
  11. Austin Peay
  12. Belmont
  13. Boston College
  14. Boston University
  15. Bradley
  16. Brigham Young
  17. Bucknell
  18. Butler
  19. Cal
  20. California-Santa Barbara
  21. Cal State-Northridge
  22. Central Connecticut
  23. Central Florida
  24. Central Michigan
  25. Charlotte
  26. Chattanooga
  27. Cincinnati
  28. Colorado
  29. Colorado State
  30. Connecticut
  31. Creighton
  32. Davidson
  33. Dayton
  34. Delaware State
  35. DePaul
  36. Duke
  37. East Tennessee St
  38. Eastern Illinois
  39. Eastern Kentucky
  40. Eastern Washington
  41. Fairleigh-Dickinson
  42. Florida
  43. Florida Atlantic
  44. Florida A&M
  45. Fresno State
  46. George Mason
  47. George Washington
  48. Georgetown
  49. Georgia
  50. Georgia State
  51. Georgia Tech
  52. Gonzaga
  53. Hampton
  54. Hawaii
  55. Hofstra
  56. Holy Cross
  57. Illinois
  58. Illinois-Chicago
  59. Indiana
  60. Indiana State
  61. IUPUI
  62. Iona
  63. Iowa
  64. Iowa State
  65. Kansas
  66. Kent State
  67. Kentucky
  68. Lehigh
  69. Liberty
  70. Louisville
  71. Louisiana-Lafayette
  72. Louisiana State
  73. Manhattan
  74. Marquette
  75. Maryland
  76. McNeese State
  77. Memphis
  78. Miami (Fl)
  79. Michigan State
  80. Minnesota
  81. Mississippi State
  82. Missouri
  83. Monmouth
  84. Montana
  85. Murray State
  86. Nevada
  87. New Mexico
  88. Niagara
  89. North Carolina
  90. NC-Asheville
  91. NC-Greensboro
  92. NC-Wilmington
  93. NC State
  94. Northern Iowa
  95. Northwestern State
  96. Notre Dame
  97. Oakland
  98. Ohio
  99. Ohio State
  100. Oklahoma
  101. Oklahoma State
  102. Old Dominion
  103. Oral Roberts
  104. Oregon
  105. Pacific
  106. Penn
  107. Penn State
  108. Pepperdine
  109. Pittsburgh
  110. Princeton
  111. Providence
  112. Purdue
  113. Richmond
  114. Sam Houston State
  115. San Diego
  116. San Diego State
  117. Saint John's
  118. Saint Joseph's
  119. Saint Mary's
  120. Seton Hall
  121. Siena
  122. South Alabama
  123. South Carolina
  124. South Carolina State
  125. Southeast Louisiana
  126. Southern
  127. Southern Cal
  128. Southern Illinois
  129. Stanford
  130. Syracuse
  131. Temple
  132. Tennessee
  133. Texas
  134. Texas A&M
  135. Texas-El Paso
  136. Texas-San Antonio
  137. Texas Southern
  138. Texas Tech
  139. Troy
  140. Tulsa
  141. UCLA
  142. Utah
  143. Utah State
  144. Valparaiso
  145. Vanderbilt
  146. Vermont
  147. Villanova
  148. Virginia
  149. Virginia Commonwealth
  150. Wagner
  151. Wake Forest
  152. Washington
  153. Weber State
  154. West Virginia
  155. Western Michigan
  156. Western Kentucky
  157. Wichita State
  158. Winthrop
  159. Wisconsin
  160. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  161. Wyoming
  162. Xavier


Just take a look at this list. Since the day Tommy Amaker was hired as head coach of Michigan in March of 2001, this is a list of schools that have played in the NCAA basketball tournament. That's 162 schools that have done what Michigan hasn't been able to. If somebody wants to argue that Michigan can't compete for a national title without major upgrades to Crisler and a practice facility, so be it. Just don't use that facilities talk as a reason why Michigan can't make the NCAA tournament when so many teams have been able to do it over the last few years.


I hesitate to even extend the list to include schools that have made it since Michigan last played in the NCAA tournament in 1998.

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2 Comments:

Blogger David said...

I dont know the answer to this but wasn't Michigan on probation after 1998 and inelligible for the NCAA tourney? I dont know if that is true but I am sure there were penalties from the boosters paying players. That had to have a major impact on recruiting, who wants to come to a school that isn't elligible for the big dance.

Though I think you're right, it's time for Amaker to step out from under that cloud and bring the program back to where it could and should be with Michigan's reputation.

Tue Dec 26, 11:13:00 PM  
Blogger robert paulson said...

Michigan was on ineligible for NCAA tournament play for 2 seasons during Amaker's tenure, although they would not have been selected anyways in either of those 2 seasons.

He has never had a team at Michigan that was better than an NIT worthy squad.

I don't expect much from this year's team because there isn't much talent, but next year it is put up or shut up time.

Wed Dec 27, 03:51:00 PM  

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