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NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview

It’s time once again for The Big Dance! The 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament seriously kicks into gear today–don’t try and sell me on play-in games–and we’re giving you a preview of the round, replete with upsets and sleepers.

Best shot for an upset/sleeper: Half the games in the Southeast bracket

The Southeast strikes me as a bracket loaded with red flags and teams that constantly underachieve, making it ripe for upsets and the chance of a low-seeded team making a run. Three seed BYU is a possibility for an early exit. Yes, Jimmer Fredette is amazing. But the suspension of Brandon Davies has turned the Cougars into a one man-show. Fredette has scored 80 of BYU’s 130 points over the last two games. He can’t do it alone.

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BYU Dismisses Basketball Player for Premarital Sex

Brigham Young University BasketballBrandon Davies has been suspended from Brigham Young University’s nationally ranked basketball team for a violation of the school’s honor code. The school that is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dismissed Davies from the Cougars team for having premarital sex, but is allowing him to continue to attend classes until his situation has been reviewed by Honor Code Office.

“I think it was a big surprise to everyone,” Courgars coach Dave Rose told The Salt Lake Tribune, but he is optimistic that Davies will play for the team in the future.

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John Calipari Leads Highest Paid College Basketball Coaches

College basketball may be the only sport that has an entire month devoted to its championship tournament – March Madness. Teams across the country work hard their entire season so that they’re eligible to play in this highly anticipated tournament each year. Good teams work hard and average teams work even harder to have a chance to participate. The coaches of all college basketball teams dream for the chance to compete for that championship as well.john calipari

Like with any sport, there are some schools that are known as basketball powerhouses. Each year there are schools that consistently make it to the tournament. One thing that can be agreed upon when looking at school programs is that no one makes it to the March Madness tournament without a good coaching staff. Head basketball coaches are valued, especially when their team wins. As with any sport, only the most successful coaches make the most money. When a coach is winning, schools want to keep him coaching at their school. The natural way to do that is to offer the coach large amounts of money in the way of a coaching salary. Of course, the flip side to that is that when coaches start losing, they get fired.

The best coaches know how to continue their winning streaks for many years. The top ten college basketball coaches and their reported 2009 salaries are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »



2010 NBA Draft Roundup: Kentucky Steals the Show

The NBA Draft took place in New York last night, and the first overall pick, John Wall of Kentucky, set a tone for the first round. Every time you looked up, there was another Wildcat walking up to the podium.john-wall-washington-wizards

After Wall went at #1 to the Washington Wizards, fellow freshman DeMarcus Cousins went to the Sacramento Kings at #5, junior Patrick Patterson went to Houston at #14, freshman Eric Bledsoe went to the Thunder at #18 and freshman Daniel Orton went 29th to the Magic giving Kentucky an astounding five first-round selections.

It was reminiscent of the 2005 draft, when four North Carolina Tar Heels were selected in the first 14 picks.

When I think about the group of Kentucky players, a thought creeps into my head: has the class designation lost all meaning in D-I college basketball? Read the rest of this entry »



Izzo’s Move to Stay with Spartans Saves the NCAA Another Face

tom-izzoAccording to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is going to stay in East Lansing and coach the Michigan State Spartans.

This is great news for Michigan State fans (like me!), but it’s also great news for college basketball and the NCAA as a whole.

In today’s one-and-done college sport culture, the athletes have taken a backseat to the coaches when it comes to the marketability of the sport. You can’t publicize an O.J. Mayo or a John Wall when you know those players are only going to be around for a couple of months. Read the rest of this entry »



The NCAA Final Four

ncaa logoWell, the NCAA tournament has seen many upsets as it dwindled from 64 teams to the Final Four. The Final Four teams are Michigan State, Butler, West Virginia, and Duke.

Michigan State, while a very good team, is still a surprising member of the Final Four. The team’s best player, point guard Kalin Lucas, tore his Achilles tendon earlier this season, seemingly ending their chances for a tournament run. However, the Spartans have pulled it together and are now in the Final Four.

Butler is the most “Cinderella” team left standing. Butler started as a five seed, and comes from a mid-major conference, but has been a consistently good basketball team over the last few tournaments.

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Printable NCAA Bracket

If you don’t have spring fever, you’ve probably come down with a case of March Madness! With the preliminary round of the NCAA college basketball playoffs kicking off this week, and the brackets just released, fans are scrambling to put together their picks to play all the way to the Final Four.

Use our free printable NCAA bracket to keep your March Madness picks organized.

Print one for yourself or a pile for an office pool.

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University of Kentucky Recruits Basketball Player John Wall

John Wall, the #1 College Basketball recruit, just signed with the University of Kentucky.

John Wall, the #1 College Basketball recruit, just signed with the University of Kentucky.

The number one high school basketball player, John Wall, has agreed to play college ball for the University of Kentucky. Wall has been the top high school player in the nation for over a year, according to Rivals.com.

“In the end, I just felt I wanted to play for Coach Cal,” Wall said. “Coaches give different visions of what they can do for you when they talk to you. And all of those are impressive, but my long relationship with Coach Cal and what he can do for me in his program was the main thing. It came down to where my heart was, though. Every time I talked about schools, Coach Cal was the first thing that I always talked about.” Read the rest of this entry »



North Carolina Wins Fifth NCAA Basketball Championship

North Carolina took it all the way this season, making it clear to Michigan State that they were number one for a reason. North Carolina beat Michigan State 89-72, securing their fifth NCAA basketball title. They were the obvious number one choice since the season began, and carried that position well all the way to the last buzzer. Read the rest of this entry »



OU’s Blake Griffin Takes Naismith Award

blake-griffin-naismith-awardBlake Griffin has been burning up the hardwood in Norman, Oklahoma for two seasons, and this week his hard work was recognized as he was awarded the Naismith Trophy. It’s one of the highest honors a college basketball player can receive, along with the Wooden Award he’s already earned. Think Heisman for basketball.

It’s the first time a University of Oklahoma player has received the Naismith, and it’s also the first time any college has received the Heisman and Naismith in the same academic year (Quarterback Sam Bradford in December 2008). The trophy shelf is definitely getting crowded, when you add the State Farm/National Association of Basketball Coaches player of the year award, his total tally for these honors is now up to ten. And Griffin is only a sophomore.

“I really don’t know what to say,” he said. “This has been an incredible past four days, and the Naismith award is the perfect way to cap off the trip.” Read the rest of this entry »





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