College Basketball Thoughts 3/3/17: Conference Tournament Mania!

Many years ago, Bobby Knight made the argument that the NCAA Tournament should be open to every team in the country.   Imagine trying to fill out a 300+ team bracket.   That Stetson vs. Southern Utah first round match-up is simply made for TV. Of course, as Knight and everyone else knows, the tournament essentially is already open to everyone.   It is true that some conferences do not…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/2/16: Houston Stumbles

Every game counts this time of the year.   And if you are Houston, you are probably wishing that tonight’s game never happened. While losing at Cincinnati (26-4, 15-2) is not completely unexpected, the ugliness of this loss still shows why Houston is likely on the outside looking in now.  They fell to 20-9 on the season, but most importantly, they finished the year 0-4 against the two beasts of…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/1/17: Northwestern’s Historic Season Continues

This will finally be the year that Northwestern makes their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. As noted in my Bubble Watch earlier this week, their place in the tournament was already close to secure.   Beating Michigan on a buzzer beater on Wednesday evening likely puts the conversation on ice.  The 21-9 Wildcats can probably lose their last game of the season and their first round game in the Big…

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The David Wright Dilemma

Baseball is a great game, but it can also be a cruel game.   Yankees’ fans would have been alive long enough all remember the decline of Don Mattingly due to a back injury.  Once one of the greatest hitters in the game, Mattingly’s career went into a sudden tailspin after his back issues became to severe to continue until he was forced to retire at the age of 34…

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College Basketball Tuesday: Vanderbilt Reaches 14 Losses

When you look at the bubble this year, you notice a lot of teams that have an ugly number of losses.   Tonight, Vanderbilt couldn’t hold on in a road tilt at Kentucky, dropping their record to 16-14.   Later this week, the loser of the Syracuse-Georgia Tech game will also reach 14 losses. Why is this historically important?  Because no team since 2011 has received an at-large bid with…

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Baseball News (?): Tim Tebow Hits Nine Batting Practice Home Runs!

We have reached the point in our lives where batting practice home runs matter.    I wonder how many goals he can score by shooting into an open net from five feet away?    Imagine the amount of points he can put on the scoreboard by taking uncontested layups. I get the fascination with Tebow because what he is doing is unusual, but he is essentially the Kim Kardashian of…

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College Basketball Bubble Watch

Every year, there seems to be a theme surrounding the bubble for the NCAA Tournament.  Last year, there was a lot of debate about a school not far from where I live (Monmouth), who many thought should have been in the tournament, but was left out.  Many times in history, the debate has come down to this:  What is more impressive, finishing 7th or 8th in a big conference, or…

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College Basketball Sunday Thoughts

The regular season is winding down, and the tournament picture is becoming a bit more clear…for the most part.  While some teams are solidifying their tournament standing, others continue to try their best to make life miserable for the committee. 1.  Louisville destroys Syracuse Speaking of which, Syracuse is one of this year’s biggest Jeckyl & Hyde acts.   After a thrilling home victory against Duke, the Orange got destroyed…

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BYU Proves to be Gonzaga’s Kryptonite Yet Again

Three years in a row.    After last night’s shocking victory over Gonzaga (they were 20+ point underdogs), BYU has now defeated Gonzaga three times in a row at Gonzaga. Just to put this into a bit of perspective: Over the last three seasons, Gonzaga is 49-5 in conference play.   Three of those losses have now come at home against BYU. Gonzaga has only lost to two teams at…

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College Basketball Saturday Thoughts

These thoughts were compiled prior to the Gonzaga-BYU game, where Gonzaga is trying to finish their regular season 30-0.   Gonzaga is playing a sloppy game early, but lead 29-24 as of this writing. This is the first post ever on Sports Kibble!   I am obviously in construction mode – but I hope this will be a fun little endeavor….. 1.  UCLA is good.   Really good. UCLA averages…

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