NCAA Tournament Thoughts

I am proud of my achievement of picking all 36 at-large teams accurately, while recognizing that there were very few toss-ups this year.  I thought I would be wrong by leaving Syracuse out, but their losses away from home were scary.  The committee seems to value big wins nowadays – to the point where bad losses seem to not carry as much weight.    Syracuse just had too much bad…

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College Basketball: Final At-Large Picks

Final predictions for the at-large selections.  There will be very little debate tonight, I think – it is possible Syracuse gets in over USC or Kansas State.    Then again, nobody had Tulsa on their radar last year, so who knows?   Could a team like Houston shock the world and get in?  I doubt it, but the committee always has a trick or two up their sleeves! A-10 (2):…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/11/17: History in the Ivy

Latest bubble watch is here. 1.  The Ivy League Joins the Madness The Ivy League is holding its first ever conference tournament, with today marking the opening round (which also served as the semi-finals!) of the event.  It got off to a hot start, as top-seeded Princeton (who went undefeated during the conference season) came very close to becoming the first victim to the madness of March.   They never…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/10/17: And Here Comes Duke!

Latest on the bubble can be found here. 1.   Blue Devils Coming Together at the Right Time? This could be a Duke hater’s biggest nightmare.  The Blue Devils, so inconsistent and annoying earlier in the season, have put together an absolute clinic in getting to the ACC title game, winning two close games against two title contenders to get themselves into the finals, where they will attempt to become…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/9/17: There’s No Place Like Home

The up-to-the-minute bubble watch is here. 1.  TCU Pulls Off a Stunner Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, the Jayhawks are heading back home to Kansas.     TCU, who entered the conference tournament on a 7-game losing streak, hit a late three-pointer to pull off the biggest conference shocker so far:  A win over projected #1 overall seed Kansas.  (They are not likely the projected #1 seed anymore)….

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College Basketball: Latest Bubble Watch

This was last updated at 8:10pm on Saturday. Nevada won the Mountain West, so that conference has been taken off of the Bubble Watch. A-10 Projected Champion:  VCU In:     None Bubble In:   Dayton, Rhode Island Bubble Out:   None Dayton’s loss yesterday made this conference much more interesting.     Dayton didn’t even make the semi-finals of the tournament, and for that reason, I can’t just lock…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/8/17: The Orange Turns Black

1.   The Loaded ACC Tournament Tomorrow, in a QUARTERFINAL game, Louisville is going up against Duke.   Two teams with title aspirations meeting in the quarterfinal of a conference tournament.    Is there anything more to say?  Of course there is:  The tournament candidacy of Syracuse is complicated.   Their overall record is obviously not good (18-14).    That isn’t really their biggest problem though – their biggest problem…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/7/17: Hail to the Norse! (?)

1.  Northern Kentucky Earns First Ever Bid According to dictionary.com, the Norse are “Norwegians or Scandinavians, especially in medieval times”.   I don’t really know how many Norse hung around in North Kentucky back in the medieval days, but what’s in a name, anyway?  Northern Kentucky, the #4 seed in the Horizon, was able to hold off 10th seeded Milwaukee, who entered the game with a 11-23 record.  Milwaukee would…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/6/17: Seahawks Soar Back to Tourney

Automatic bids into the NCAA Tournament are being handed out at a quicker pace than Snickers bars on Halloween, but that is what March Madness is all about! 1.   UNC-Wilmington is Back! Last year, the Seahawks gave Duke a big run for their money in the first round of the tournament.  This year, they are hoping to better that.   The high-flying squad from Carolina scored a bit less…

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College Basketball Thoughts 3/5/17: Shockers Win Comes as No Surprise

Another year, another tournament bid for Wichita State.  (Rumor has it that Wichita State may leave the conference after this season, so this may represent their last Missouri Valley title.)    The Shockers won their 30th game this afternoon in a demolition of tournament top seed Illinois State.  (Illinois State won the conference tie-breaker to earn the #1 seed in the tournament – Wichita State was still the favorite to…

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