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UConn Joins The College Basketball Elite

UConn beat Kentucky for the NCAA Championship which places the Huskies in some elite company.  As you can see below, they've had quite the run.  Well, it is really time to look at UConn a little closer and maybe put them with those "blue bloods" we always hear about.*UConn won their 4th title.  Only UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina and Indiana has won more.  UConn...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is James Michael McAdoo making a mistake leaving UNC?

McAdoo will leave UNC with a rather mixed opinionof his career in baby blue.Junior forward James Michael McAdoo has announced he is entering the NBA draft.  It has caught a lot of people off guard because he seemed to be using "we" a lot when discussing next year's Tar Heels squad and ... well ... if hadn't left for the 2012 or 2013 drafts when his stock was a...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to 2014 conference realignment

Louisville is the biggest name to switchconferences this summer.With the Final Four set and ready to roll on Saturday, let's remember how much of a business college sports is.Meaning, while this last summer was filled with schools moving all over the place, there is still some big time moves going on in this coming July.  I'm more of a college hoops kinda guy so I'm...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Elite 8

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room.GAME OF THE ROUND: Wisconsin vs Arizona. Nothing better than extra basketball!  Two teams going toe-to-toe at the end of both regulation and overtime.  I know it doesn't seem pretty when a game is such a defensive battle, but true basketball fans loved it.  Wisconsin looks like a champion and I think can beat anyone left...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Multiple conference teams in Final Four normal, meaningless

The 1975 tournament was the first that allowed multiple teams from one conference to qualify for the event.  The very next season, Indiana and Michigan met for the championship ... obviously both were from the Big Ten.In the 39 tournaments since the tournament expanded like this, there have been multiple teams from one conference in the Final Four 22 times.  Amazing that more than...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' 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 two games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Kentucky vs Louisville. Truth be told, all four games were pretty good.  All four went down to the final minute.  All four were decided by five points or less.  Louisville led this game pretty much the entire way but Kentucky's poise...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

2013-2014 Will Be Remembered As Bad NBA Season

What will the 2013-14 NBA season be most remembered for? Well, Adam Silver took over for David Stern.  That is huge.  Whomever wins the championship will have it be memorable.  Maybe it is the Heat's three-peat season?  Maybe the Pacers first ring?  Oklahoma City's first title.  Maybe the Spurs win their 5th title?And there you have it.  Silver and the fact that we...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' 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 two games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Arizona vs San Diego State. Heading into the Sweet 16, SDSU was my sleeper pick for a Final Four run.  This is a fine defensive team who I felt could give Zona some problems.  In the first half, that fact was clear.  The Aztecs owned the...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Round of 32, Day Two

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: Kentucky vs Wichita State. The  Iowa State-North Carolina game was a close second due to a last second shot and a controversial ending, but this game had two teams playing at a high level trading punches.  It had big shots, big defensive...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' 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: Dayton vs Syracuse. There were a few really good games and a couple came down to the closing minutes.  This one, however, went down to the final shot.  Dayton and Syracuse truly traded the lead all through the second half and Tyler Ennis...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Ahead To The 2014-15 Tar Heels

The Tar Heels will suit up to battle the Iowa State Cyclones in the third round of the NCAA Tournament tomorrow.  UNC will try to get back to the Sweet 16 ... but it also could be the final game of this season.  Say what you want about this season and how it has gone down, but aside from this tournament, it is in the past. So let's look ahead.  What will the 2014-15 Tar Heels...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Please Change The NCAA Tournament Courts

Every year I complain about this.  Please listen, NCAA.  Sure, I may be the only person out there who cares but I care a lot!CHANGE THESE COURTS!  THEY ARE BORING!You can see the photo to the left.  That is how every court looks.  The "left" side of the court has the name of the city on the baseline.  The "right" side of the court has the name of the arena...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' 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: Stephen F Austin vs VCU. One of the better tournament games I have watched in a long time.  Not only was it fast paced, but there were wild momentum swings.  The four point play by SFA to tie the game at the end of regulation was out...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Calhoun To BC? Imagine The ACC Coaches Meetings

Now that the Boston College job is open, there is all kinds of speculation of who might fill the void.  Now comes a report that former UConn legendary coach Jim Calhoun is very interested in it.  If I'm Boston College, I do that.   Now.  I know this isn't a long term answer, but it is an answer for a program that has floundered since early successes in the early to mid...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - First Round, 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: Dayton vs Ohio State. There were several good games that could fit in here, but this one was truly back and forth that featured a game winner with less than 4 seconds left and a missed shot by one of college basketball's best known...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

North Dakota State's Taylor Braun gets kicked in the head

North Dakota State star Taylor Braun got quite a knot on his head after he was inadvertently kicked in the noggin by Oklahoma's Cameron Clark.  Braun just hit a go ahead runner when he hit the deck and was kicked.  No penalty was called on the play even though the officials reviewed it on the replay monitor.
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA tourney's First Four should all be at-large teams

We just finished up the First Four of the NCAA Tournament and today begins the "real" tournament.That's what it feels like.  Because of the NCAA's weird bracket of 68 schools, we get a four game first round that people mistakenly call play-in games and then call the second round the first round and the third round is the second round.  Blah blah blah blah.I get...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Realignment Effect On 2014 NCAA Tournament

The realignment of 2013 was one of the biggest in the history of college sports.  Not only did big schools move around like they did in the early 1990s and mid-2000s, but conferences were drastically altered.  So how did the new additions work in the NCAA tournament?  Let's see.For this exercise, I'm not including the former members of the Big East that split off into...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

West Region preview: Is Arizona underestimated?

TEAM TO BEAT: Arizona. The Wildcats have had an amazing year and the committee obviously valued them by making them the 2nd overall seed.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Arizona. Not to say there aren't some landmines, I just think that Zona has a pretty easy path to the Final Four ... relatively speaking.  Though they will get tested pretty quickly.TEAM TO WATCH FOR (LESS...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Midwest Region preview: Will Wichita State make history?

TEAM TO BEAT: Wichita State.  Undefeated and it feels so good.  We all wanted to know how well they'd play against some bigger competition and ... well, we will find out.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Duke. This is a region where the favorite isn't favored to win it.  No, many have others and so do I.  Among the other contenders, Duke is my pick.  Yes, they are...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

East Region preview: Is Virginia a real contender?

TEAM TO BEAT: Virginia. The Cavaliers not only won the ACC regular season, but then went on to win the conference tournament.  I know many just didn't see UVa as a top seed, but this is a solid team that rarely beats itself.  I always say they just squuuuueeeeze wins out.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Michigan State. I have been on the Spartans bandwagon all year long...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

South Region preview: Can the Gators finish the job?

TEAM TO BEAT: Florida. The Gators are rolling into the tournament as both the top seed in the tournament but they've been the top team in the rankings for a while now.  As the top overall seed, this is their tournament to lose.  TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Kansas. They've played a brutal schedule, so nothing in this tournament will scare this, albeit, young team....
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Bubble Watch - Selection Sunday edition

As conference tournament time continues, so does the bubble bursting. For a full recap of who I think are locks, please check out my main Bubble Watch page. Below is what the bubble teams are doing. Just like before, the blue teams are who I think are looking good for a bid, orange teams are on the good side of the bubble to get in and the red are teams that I think are currently...
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March 16, 2014  |  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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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin Bubble Watch - March 15

The Ides of March!  As conference tournament time continues, so does the bubble bursting.  For a full recap of who I think are locks, please check out my main Bubble Watch page.  Below is what the bubble teams are doing.  Just like before, the blue teams are who I think are looking good for a bid, orange teams are on the good side of the bubble to get in and the red are...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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