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NCAA Should Pull Events Out Of Indiana

As most of you know by now, the state of Indiana is passing a law that makes it alright for businesses to discriminate against homosexuals if it is part of their religious beliefs.  You may also know that Indianapolis is the site of next weekend's Final Four.  Wonder if that topic will come up?It should.The NCAA has to do something.  Right now, the NCAA won't hold postseason events...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament Recap - Elite 8

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.  This one will take the entire Elite 8 as one day.GAME OF THE DAY: Kentucky vs Notre Dame. This was sooooo close.  Notre Dame had Kentucky beaten, but the Wildcats made key defensive plays late and smartly went to Karl Anthony-Towns and...
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NCAA Tournament recap - Sweet 16, Day 2

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Michigan State vs Oklahoma. It looked like Oklahoma had a hold of this one ... until the Spartans do what they do.  Survive and advance in March.UPSET OF THE DAY: Michigan State vs Oklahoma. The only true upset in the Sweet...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA tournament recap - Sweet 16, Day 1

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Wisconsin vs North Carolina. This was a high level basketball game.  Both teams played well offensively and it was a back and forth game all night.  North Carolina showed that it can hang with anyone when it gives the proper...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

What To Look Forward To: 2015-16 Tar Heels

The entire starting unit should be back for another crack at a FinalFour run in 2015-16. Mighty Wisconsin ends the North Carolina Tar Heels season in the Sweet 16.  Better than the past two seasons, but not as good as I felt this team was prior to the start of the year.  Of any Carolina team I've seen in a while, this team certainly was in its place.  Essentially, the Heels...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament recap - Round of 32, Day 2

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Wichita State vs Kansas. Just like on Friday, there wasn't a ton of nail-biting upsets today.  However, the feel and fire of the Wichita State-Kansas game was palpable.  A battle of the Sunflower State being played in Omaha...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament recap - Round of 32, Day 1

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Notre Dame vs Butler. A battle of the Hoosier state was as good as it gets.  The Irish and Bulldogs went back and forth and needed overtime to determine the winner.  Big defensive plays and huge shots late made this game exciting...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament recap - Round of 64, Day 2

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Louisville vs UC-Irvine. Unlike yesterday, there weren't many candidates for this spot.  The Cardinals close win over Irvine gets the spot due to how close the game was.  Key defensive plays late are what won the game for Louisville...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Where will UAB go if Conference USA kicks them out?

UAB has been one of the talks of the NCAA Tournament with their stunning defeat of Iowa State in the Round of 64.  It is a good story for a school that needs some good feelings from their sports programs.See, it was over three months ago that UAB announced that it was scrapping their football program.  Gone.  Kaput.  A controversial decision, for sure, and one that will have...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament MOPs rarely turn into NBA studs

Shabazz Napier was the MOP of the 2014 NCAAtournament.  Does that mean he will have the samesuccess in the NBA? The NCAA Tournament is in full swing and that means guys will be making big plays and having big games to help his team advance to a title.  Sometimes it is the gutsy upperclassman.  Sometimes it is a hot hand.  Very few times it is a big time NBA prospect...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament recap - Round of 64, Day 1

Georgia State's head coach Ron Hunter may havemade the most memorable moment of the 2015NCAA Tournament. Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Georgia State vs Baylor. Honestly, how hard is it to pick just one game as the Game Of The Day?  There were so many great...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' 2015 MLB Predictions

The 2015 baseball is nearly upon us, so it is time again to make my futile picks for the season.  So here it goes, division by division:NL EAST1-Nationals2-Marlins3-Mets4-Braves5-PhilliesWhat once was a strong division now looks like it is Washington and everyone else.  Both the Phillies and Braves are embracing some rebuilding while the Mets and Marlins have been in that camp...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament recap - First Four games

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Ole Miss vs BYU. This was a season where everyone has complained about the lack of scoring and the boring pace of play.  Well, this was a game where we had 184 points scored ... and that was in regulation!  These two teams just went...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

South Region preview: Duke or Gonzaga?

TEAM TO BEAT: Duke. The Blue Devils may be the one team that can topple Kentucky and they'd have to get to the Final to do so.  They have NBA talent, clutch guards and a nice mix of youth and experience ... and a guy name Krzyzewski ... to get it done.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Gonzaga. I really think this is set up for a Duke-Gonzaga matchup in the region final and...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

East Region preview: Is Villanova for real?

TEAM TO BEAT: Villanova. The Wildcats have had an amazing year and the committee obviously valued them by making them the 2nd overall seed.  Nova has been a bit under the radar when compared to the other elite teams.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Virginia. Wow, have people just left the Wahoos for dead.  A little over a week ago, Virginia was entrenched as the 2nd ranked...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

West Region preview: Wisconsin wants more than Final Four

TEAM TO BEAT: Wisconsin. The Badgers are a complete team that has done this before.  They have some familiar foes in this bracket and the probable Player Of the Year.  They felt they let a title slip away last year and are back to finish the job.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Arizona. I've been on Arizona all year long.  Their three losses are a bit weird (none made the...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Midwest Region preview: Kentucky goes for history

TEAM TO BEAT: Kentucky. The Wildcats are 34-0 and the only teams that have even come close to beating them have done so because Kentucky has looked bored.  That shouldn't happen in the NCAA tournament.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Kentucky. It's hard to bet against a team that hasn't lost yet.  Kentucky could be challenged by Notre Dame, Maryland or Kansas, but they should...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Selection Sunday - What Is Left To Do

Can UConn steal a bid from a bubble team? Today is Selection Sunday when we finally get to see the 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket.  Still, there is some unfinished business left to do.  So what's on tap before we see the brackets tonight?Also see:*Who Gets The No. 1 Seeds*Latest Bubble Watch1-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP:  This is the most important game of the day...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Annoying people in your NCAA Tournament bracket pools

It is bracket time again, so people all across our great land are taking pen or pencil to brackets at hoping for the best.  They reason, they debate, they flip a coin.  Most of all, they think they are correct.  They go to blogs and websites to get that last bit of info to make their selections.This isn't that post.This is for those people who collect the brackets.  Those...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Selection Sunday preview: Who gets the No. 1 seeds?

Duke and Wisconsin played a highly anticipatedgame early in the season.  Can one or both teamsend up as Number 1 seeds in the NCAAtournament? This evening, we will see the 2015 NCAA tournament bracket.  We will argue about who got robbed, who got snubbed, who is overseeded, underseeded and who got the easiest bracket. We love to spend so much time over who the bottom teams...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament preview

TEAM TO BEAT: Virginia. The Cavaliers won the regular season title for the 2nd straight season and are defending ACC tournament champs.  They lost two games all season long: a magical comeback by Duke and a close regular season finale at Louisville.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE TOURNAMENT: Duke. I say this nearly every year because Duke and Coach K value this tournament more...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Bubble Watch - Conference tournament edition

The bubble can drive a sane man looney. It is conference tournament time, which means bids get locked up and bubble burst.  With the Bubble Watch winding down, instead of looking at everything from a conference standpoint, we must pit the bubble teams against each other.Here is a breakdown of what we have.LOCKS (50 teams)We know these teams will get in.  Teams with an asterisk...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

What if each conference earned only one bid?

Over 40 years ago, an epic ACC tournament helped changethe NCAA tournament.  What if the rules went backto include just one team per league? It will never happen ... but a long time ago it did.  It is an interesting question and it is actually a fair way to do things.  So here is the question:What if the champion of each conference tournament earned the lone bid?Up until...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' Bubble Watch 2015 (Updated 3/8)

Okay. I've been doing my whole Sportz' Bubble Watch for a few years now and I think it is time to start back up. With only a few weeks left in the season before conference tournaments, let's see how the bubble looks.So, here are my locks ... yes, by conference. Locks are teams that I think are in no matter what.  Looking good are teams that are in, barring a total collapse.  I...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Your guide to a bubble watching weekend

Purdue is nearing a NCAA tournament berth.  However, they'll be facingan Illinois squad fighting for their lives. Of course, the UNC-Duke game is the one I'll be all over ... but both those schools are safely in the field.  But there are tons of games featuring schools who need to get it going to make sure they will be playing in the NCAA Tournament.  Here is my list of...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss
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