GBMWolverine: Michigan Basketball — I will Root for the Scarlett Calvary
Tanking-it happens every year in sports and for an inane number of reasons. Dictionary.com defines tanking as a slang verb meaning to do poorly or decline rapidly. It also means to fail. A NFL team will tank at the end of the season to get a better draft pick, a NBA team with no chance of making the playoffs will tank to have more luck in the lottery, and a winning team will tank to avoid facing certain teams in the playoffs or to avoid unwanted outcomes. It is a basic formula, really.
If the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry means anything, Ohio State, at the very least, must consider tanking Sunday against its Big Ten matchup with Michigan State.
With Michigan State losing at Indiana on Wednesday night, it kept Michigan’s chances of winning a share of the Big Ten basketball title alive. As Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press outlines, the Wolverines, 11-5 in the Big Ten conference, remain a game and a half behind Michigan State and need to win Thursday night at Illinois and Sunday afternoon at Penn State to have a chance at gaining a share of its first Big Ten basketball title since the 1985-86 season.
However, Ohio State must also lose to Northwestern Wednesday night and beat Michigan State Sunday afternoon for Michigan’s dream of sharing the Big Ten basketball title to come full circle.
So, if you were in Ohio State’s position with a guaranteed spot in the March Madness tournament, what would you do if all the variables actually fall in place for Michigan? Would you play your hardest against Michigan State and allow your blood rival from “Up North” to bask in Big Ten basketball title glory or would you lay down to ensure that the Wolverines do not raise a banner in the Chrysler Center next season?
No matter how silly this scenario sounds, it is actually something to discuss in Columbus this weekend if all the stars align for Michigan throughout the next five days. Michigan may need a lot help, but if the team actually does get it, expect me to be the biggest Ohio State fan come this Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Brandon Folsom
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