Michigan, Virginia Are the Last Unbeatens to Fall
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Going 32-0 wasn't easy then, and it's damn near impossible now.
It may be even longer than impossible to find a college team like those Hoosiers, whose starting five were all upperclassmen who made it to the NBA.
That's obviously because getting a top seed in a real live post-season bracket actually involves more challenges. Not that the NCAA's rating system is pristine; a strong team in a so-so conference won't have much chance to advance its cause after the non-cons are outta the way.
If anyone's on a mission in 2018-2019, it's Virginia.
Dudes are still trying to overcome the sting of their nega-historic loss to UMBC in last season's Dance. They're fun to watch, but part of the reason is the notion that the Hoos are a high-wire act.
But not impossible.
Especially when the foe features Duke's latest star-studded recruiting class.
That's just Round 1, of course. The next one's Sat 9 Feb in Charlottesville. Then, odds are they'll meet in the ACC tournament and be ready to hold a reunion every five years if they get together a fourth time in March.
Michigan's players are Old School fundamentally sound like Virginia's. No surprise there, because that's John Beilein all over.
His dudes must've had bad biorythms or something in Madison, as they looked nowhere near a club with a clean sheet while Wisconsin was boxing them around, 64-54:
Odds are they'll learn more from their loss than the Wahoos did from theirs, mainly because Bennett's crew didn't see anything that they hadn't already.
They just don't want to see another 16-seed get hot on them. Having that happen twice is damn near impossible, too.