BoD South Region- First Round #6 Michigan vs #11 East Tennessee State

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Who wins this South Regional 1st Round matchup?

Poll closed Mar 28, 2020.
  1. 6 Michigan

    37.5%
  2. 11 East Tennessee State

    62.5%
  1. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

    EvilMonkeyInTheCloset Well-Known Member
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    #6 Michigan Wolverines (19-12, 10-10)

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    Big Ten (9th)
    Off- 75.0 ppg / Def- 68.3 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 25 (Last: 2019)

    Top Scorers:
    Isaiah Livers 12.9 ppg
    Zavier Simpson 12.9 ppg
    Jon Teske 11.6 ppg
    Franz Wagner 11.6 ppg
    Eli Brooks 10.6 ppg

    #11 East Tennessee State Buccaneers (30-4, 16-2)

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    Southern (1st)
    Conf. tourney champs
    Off- 76.3 ppg / Def- 63.1 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 10 (Last: 2017)

    Top Scorers:
    Tray Boyd III 13.6 ppg
    Bo Hodges 12.7 ppg
    Daivien Williamson 10.4 ppg
    Isaiah Tisdale 9.2 ppg
    Jeromy Rodriguez 9.1 ppg


    One of the deeper and more talented teams in the field, Michigan brings in 5 players averaging double figures led by junior Forward Isaiah Livers, who returned after battling injury for much of the season to help the Wolverines regain their hopes for a tourney push after a mid-season lull that saw them go 3-6 and raise questions about whether this preseason Final Four contender could even recover to make the Big Dance. Still, though this talented group may not have been the most cohesive Wolverine unit we've seen in recent memory, this is a team that knew how to score and knew how to compete in big-game situations.

    Had the NCAA Tournament taken place, the Buccaneers would've certainly been another trendy pick for a high-seed upset. Sporting the highest NET ranking of any low mid-major champion, ETSU was one of those rare talented teams that could both score and defend, ranking 43rd and 26th in the nation in both categories, respectively. Led by the 13.6 ppg of Senior guard Tray Boyd III, in this hypothetical matchup, the Buccaneers would be looking to hand Michigan their first loss in an opening round game since 2012.
     
  2. IUfanBorden

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    This would have been a really fun game. ETSU ain't no joke. Very athletic. Plus, there's the revenge factor.....Michigan beat ETSU, 102-90 in the 1992 NCAAT(2nd round).:D
     
  3. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

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    I first learned of ETSU when they played Iowa in the tourney in 1991.
     
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    I've officiated their games. Worked in the Southern Conference.
     
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