march madness http://michiganradio.org en Powerhouse basketball programs in Michigan playing the right way http://michiganradio.org/post/powerhouse-basketball-programs-michigan-playing-right-way <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Sunday, the Michigan Wolverines faced the Michigan State Spartans in the final of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">After a decade of domination by the Spartans, John Beilein’s Wolverines held the upper hand the past few years. They surprised just about everyone when they won the regular season Big Ten title this year by three games. Now they had the rare chance to beat the Spartans three times in one season.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Well, they say beating your archrival three times is almost impossible, and that proved true.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:09:32 +0000 John U. Bacon 16910 at http://michiganradio.org Powerhouse basketball programs in Michigan playing the right way March Madness begins for three Michigan universities today http://michiganradio.org/post/march-madness-begins-three-michigan-universities-today <p>Big Ten tournament champion Michigan State University, runner-up University of Michigan and Mid-American conference champion Western Michigan University all play their first tournament games today.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16900 at http://michiganradio.org March Madness begins for three Michigan universities today President Obama picks Michigan State to win men's NCAA tourney http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-picks-michigan-state-win-mens-ncaa-tourney <p>President Obama, known as the first basketball fan in the White House, filled out his brackets for the NCAA men's basketball tournament yesterday.</p><p>He picked Michigan State to win it all.</p><p>"It's been awhile since Izzo won one," he said.</p><p>From <a href="http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/2014/story/_/id/10630406/louisville-michigan-st-arizona-florida-president-barack-obama-final-four">ESPN.com</a>:</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:24:34 +0000 Mark Brush 16898 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama picks Michigan State to win men's NCAA tourney Michigan won, let's talk about what's next http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-won-lets-talk-about-whats-next <p>Yesterday, Ann Arbor was buzzing with maize and blue fans as Michigan made its way to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era.</p><p>Now, we all want to know what will happen next.</p><p>Will Trey Burke win the College Player of the Year award? What will Michigan need to do as they face Syracuse?</p><p>Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Cynthia Canty to relive yesterday's greatest moments and talk about what we should expect from the Wolverines.</p><p><em>To listen to the full audio, click the link above.</em></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:47:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 11960 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan won, let's talk about what's next March Madness has begun! http://michiganradio.org/post/march-madness-has-begun <p></p><p></p><p>March Madness here!</p><p>For many of us, it's like Christmas in March. Sixty-eight teams vying to make it to that Final Four.</p><p>For others, it's time to say goodbye to the sports fans in your house, and prepare for three weeks of non-stop college hoops on the TV.</p><p>Maybe while you're reading a book or watching another TV in another room.</p><p>When it comes to March Madness, most people talk brackets.</p><p>The odds of picking a perfect bracket in the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament are one in 9.2 quintillion (that's 18 zeros).</p><p>That's&nbsp; according to calculations by Jeff Bergen who's a mathematics professor at DePaul University.</p><p>Michigan and Michigan State both play today at the Palace of Auburn Hills.</p><p>They've both spent most of the season in the Top 10.</p><p>Michigan in the #1 spot for a while. Michigan State in the Top 5 for a while.</p><p>The Big Ten Championship tournament last weekend was disappointing for both.</p><p>But what makes March Madness different from the World Series? Or the run to the Super Bowl? Or the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs?</p><p>Today we talked March Madness with our sports commentator John U Bacon.</p><p>He'll gave us the scoop on how the Big Ten teams will fare in the tournament, and who from the Michigan and Michigan State teams will make it to the NBA.</p><p><em>To hear the full report, click the link above.</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:49:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 11810 at http://michiganradio.org March Madness has begun! In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion rejected, dredging moves forward, March Madness begins http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-expansion-rejected-dredging-moves-forward-march-madness-begins <p><strong>Michigan lawmakers reject Medicaid expansion</strong></p><p>A state House subcommittee has rejected an expansion of Medicaid to nearly 500,000 Michiganders. As the Detroit Free Press<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130320/NEWS15/130320036/1008/NEWS06/House-subcommitee-passes-health-budget-without-Gov-Snyder-s-proposed-Medicaid-expansion"> reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"The Appropriations subcommittee handling the Department of Community Health budget passed the funding document without the Medicaid expansion, as well as other Snyder proposals, including: dental services for low income children, health and wellness initiatives, mental health and substance abuse services for veterans and an infant mortality program."</p></blockquote><p>However, according to Rick<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-still-confident-legislature-will-accept-medicaid-expansion"> Pluta,&nbsp; </a>Governor Rick Snyder says he expects the Legislature will ultimately accept federal money to expand Michigan’s Medicaid program.</p><p><strong>State House approves dredging funds</strong></p><p>"The state House has approved more than $20 million for emergency harbor dredging. Governor Rick Snyder is asking for the money to address record-low water levels in the Great Lakes. He says ships and recreational boaters aren’t able to get in and out of harbors," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>March Madness tournament kicks off today</strong></p><p>The basketball games leading up to the NCAA championship begins today. As the Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130320/SPORTS0202/303200437/1409/metro/U-M-MSU-fans-gear-up-NCAA-tournament-s-start">reports, </a>Michigan State University and the University of Michigan's mens' basketball teams have games tonight.</p><blockquote><p>"No. 3 seed MSU will face Valparaiso at 12:15 p.m. and No. 4 seed U-M will take on South Dakota State at 7:15 p.m. Teams moving on in the next round will head to games on Saturday, also at the Palace [of Auburn Hills]."</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:06:54 +0000 Emily Fox 11796 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion rejected, dredging moves forward, March Madness begins Spartans win Big 10 title http://michiganradio.org/post/spartans-win-big-10-title <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">INDIANAPOLIS (AP) &mdash; Brandon Wood scored a season-high 21 points to help No. 8 Michigan State defeat No. 7 Ohio State 68-64 on Sunday in the Big Ten tournament championship game.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Draymond Green, who had 12 points and nine rebounds in the final, was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. The Spartans (27-7) claimed their first tournament title since 2000 in a dramatic game that featured 16 lead changes.</span></p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:04:14 +0000 The Associated Press 6590 at http://michiganradio.org U of M, MSU, and Oakland University make NCAA tournament http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-msu-and-oakland-university-make-ncaa-tournament <p>It&rsquo;s time for March Madness, which means the <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets/viewable_men">NCAA Division I men&rsquo;s basketball tournament</a> begins this week.</p><p>Seven Big Ten teams made the cut.</p><p>No. 8 seed the University of Michigan will play No. 9 seed Tennessee on Friday. Michigan State University earned a No. 10 seed and will play No. 7 seed UCLA on Thursday.</p><p>Oakland University also made the tournament. Oakland will play the Texas Longhorns on Friday.</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:45:01 +0000 Zoe Clark 1631 at http://michiganradio.org U of M, MSU, and Oakland University make NCAA tournament