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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College Basketball Thoughts 3/4/17: “Big Saturday”

March Madness is officially here.     This is the final weekend of the regular season in the big conferences, while the small conferences begin to crown their champions. The biggest game of the night, in terms of rivalry and intensity, was in North Carolina, where the Tar Heels avenged their loss against Duke.    From an NCAA Tournament standpoint, this game wasn’t too important – North Carolina is still…

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Baseball News: Red Sox Avoid a Big Problem

My bio is not a lie:  I am a big fan of the Yankees.   Yet, my first three baseball posts in my blog refer to the Red Sox and Mets.    There is obviously a lot going on in Yankees camp, which may be the most wide-open camp in the franchise’s history.   But that is an article for another day. Today’s biggest baseball news, of course, comes out…

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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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