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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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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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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