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The Finality of the Four

This past weekend, we saw the Final Four come together, as Gonzaga, Oregon, and the Carolinas both North and South, prevailed in their respective regionals and earned the right to compete in Phoenix next weekend. There are some awesome stories there – Mark Few, Dana Altman and Frank Martin, each making their first Final Four – and also, the one powerhouse in the Tar Heels that are hoping to give Roy Williams his third title in nine tries.

It’s not the Final Four that anyone really expected – outside of the 657 of the almost 19 million people on ESPN’s Tournament […]

USA claims its first WBC crown

The good ol’ United States of America toppled Puerto Rico (which is kind of American but not really) 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first World Baseball Classic. As a sports fan and lover of this fine country, that made me happy, but is it really something worth getting worked up about?

At first glance, the WBC is like the World Cup, but for baseball instead of soccer. It’s just that, there’s not nearly as much history in the WBC as there is in the soccer version, at least not yet. What it really compares to is the Olympics […]

Wisconsin finds a way to upset the defending champs

I watched it happen, start to finish, with my own two eyes, so I know that it happened.

Looking back on it 36 hours later, I’m not sure how it did.

The Wisconsin Badgers pulled the upset on Saturday afternoon, taking down Villanova 65-62 in a game that was as frustrating as it was exciting.

Let’s start here: Wisconsin had more turnovers, were in more foul trouble, and were way worse from the free throw line. In March, those things matter, but for the Badgers, somehow they didn’t.

What mattered is that Wisconsin was at its best down the stretch.

The Wildcats’ Donte DiVincenzo made a 3-pointer from […]

NCAA Tournament Day One: The Upsets That Never Happened

Yesterday was a fun day of basketball watching, don’t get me wrong, but it lacked any real signature upsets. Let’s hope that changed today.

Middle Tennessee State “upset” Minnesota in the 12-5 matchup, even though the Blue Raiders were 1.5-point favorites in Vegas and seemingly everyone thought that the Gophers were going to fall in round one. Princeton and UNC-Wilmington threatened early on to make the day interesting, but both Notre Dame and Virginia relied on some veteran savvy to move on to the next round.

Unless you count a good 11th-seeded Xavier team beating a reeling 6th-seeded Maryland team, yesterday’s […]

Bracket Breakdown: Who could get hot?

How are you picking your bracket? Colors and mascots are just as viable a picking method as anything else, but if you want to get a bit more analytical, here are a few statistics that might help.

THREE-POINT SHOOTING

It’s easy to say that if a team gets hot, they’ll make a run to the Sweet Sixteen or beyond. If a team stays hot, especially from 3-point range, they could be especially dangerous. To me, a team like Marquette fits that bill. They hit the most 3-pointers of any team in the field of 68 (fifth in the country), averaging 10.5 […]

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