There were just too many fun links not to do a quick links dump:
Cartoonish headline that I thought came from the Onion? Check:
Complaining about officials? No question:
Michigan State began to impose its will on offense seven minutes in thanks to two questionable calls when the Spartans owned a small 11-8 lead.
University of Michigan students making hilariously short-sighted claims about wealth in an op-ed? Off topic a little, but yes:
My family's household income is $250,000 a year, but I promise you I am middle class. I live in a $2 million dollar house, but I promise you I am still middle class.
I wanted to revisit a little thought exercise I did last year:
KenPom doesn't do program ratings, but we can do the same exercise using his ratings. Fremeau doesn't publish how he weights the seasons for Program FEI, but I got pretty close with a 40-30-15-10-5 weighting, as of right now, what are the program KenPom ratings for each team (from 2010-2014)?
Michigan State: 0.9066
Let's update that analysis for the entire Beilein Era. KenPom rating on the top line, superlatives below. The number stand for how far they reached in the tournament (2 = National Runner Up. 16 = Sweet Sixteen, etc):
I know which of these program resumes I'd prefer.
Five year weighted average (as described above), and a straight average for the whole Beilein era:
The other interesting thing to note here is how similar the KenPom ratings for MSU are in the 2009-10 season and the 2014-15 season. Luck changes things, doesn't it?
I'd argue MSU is still a half-step above UM as a program. UM does have the most recent Final Four appearance, but the consistent excellence from MSU is the differentiator. MSU has missed the Sweet Sixteen just once since 2007-08.