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March 24th, 2014

Ranking the Sweet 16's Performances Over First Weekend

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:37pm

UK's Harrison TwinsUK's Harrison TwinsDang . . . just how good was that Kentucky-Wichita State game Sunday afternoon?

We’ll all be quite fortunate if there is anything nearly as entertaining, hard-fought and well-played in the Final Four as there was during the Wildcats’ 78-76 victory over the unbeaten Shockers in St. Louis.

March 20th

NCAA Tournament Player Pool

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:52pm

This year we resurrected the NCAA Tournament Player Pool, gathering up members of the NBADraft.net team and holding a draft of our own on Tuesday night before the NC State/Xavier game. With a name randomizer, we produced an order and went through a snake style draft. The game is based on which of these armchair GM’s squads will score the most points over the duration of the tournament. The scoring is simple, total combined points scored by each team's players (no rebounds or assists included).

March 19th

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 9:02pm

NCAA Tournament Preview: West Region

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 8:23pm

Pundits everywhere are saying the South and Midwest Regions are the most stacked. But the West region could have the most potential for pandemonium when the ball is tipped. It’s a fun little mix of the uber-consistent favorites (Arizona, Wisconsin, San Diego St.), the hot teams (Baylor, Gonzaga, Oregon), the teams with that star player who we’ve seen go off time and time again (Creighton, Nebraska, Louisiana-Lafayette)…and The Curious Case of Oklahoma St. Four teams will emerge and face off in Anaheim. Here’s a breakdown of the favorites, the

NCAA Tournament Preview: East Region

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 7:12am

Why # 1 Seed Virginia Will Make the Final Four

March 18th

NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Region

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 7:52pm

Gregg MarshallGregg MarshallThe historic season of the Wichita State Shockers won them an almost unheard of #1 seed for a Missouri Valley Conference team, but it’s almost as if the NCAA committee dared them to “prove it.” The Midwest Region boasts an extremely high level of competition including not only the undefeated Shockers, but Rick Pitino’s defending national champion Cardinals, Michigan, and Duke.

NCAA Tournament Preview: South Region

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:48am

Why No. 1 seed Florida will make the Final Four:

NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:07am

The “real season” – the NCAA Tournament, naturally – gets underway when the Field of 68 begins to be whittled leading into the April 6 national championship game in Arlington, TX.
In the meantime, here are my “regular season” All-America honors, plus updated Power 16:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Doug McDermott (6-7/Sr./Creighton)
COACH OF THE YEAR – Tony Bennett (Virginia)

March 12th

Stock Watch

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:39am

Rising

Jabari Parker, 6’8 235 SF Duke Fr.

March 11th

NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:06am

Wichita State continued its dissection of everything on its schedule while rolling through the Missouri Valley Conference competition one last time this past weekend in St. Louis.

Now the Shockers get to kick it – well, I’m sure they’ll practice and attend class, too – at home this week in anticipation of Sunday’s Selection Show on CBS, when their expected top seed in the tournament is announced.

Who gets the other three No. 1 slots in the 68-team field?