NCAA Basketball

Tar Heels face Wildcats in National Championship

April 4, 2016

The North Carolina Tar Heels are hoping to finish the season where they started……on top. College basketball experts had this squad as the top team in the land in their preseason polls, and despite some bumps along the way, they’ve pretty much sustained expectations. Thing have been slightly different for the Villanova Wildcats who have clearly exceeded expectations with a phenomenal 34-5 record in the Big East, and a run to the Championship game that can only be described as amazing. No team... 

Villanova battles Oklahoma in Final Four Showdown

April 2, 2016

As crazy as this NCAA Tournament has been, three of the top ten preseason teams in the coaches’ poll have made it to the Final Four. It’s ironic that the Oklahoma Sooners and Villanova Wildcats will go head to head to decide who plays in the Finals as these teams have been joined at the hip in the polls since the season began. College basketball experts may have made some major misjudgments this year, but they certainly hit the mark on the predictions they had for these squads. The ‘Cats have... 

Valparaiso versus Colonials in NIT Finals

March 31, 2016

The George Washington Colonials fought their way through what many college basketball experts believed to be the toughest region in the NIT Tournament, and made their way to the finals. What’s most interesting is how they did it. They squeaked by Hofstra in the opening round, but have beaten three higher seeds at their own game. Monmouth was made the top seed in their region for a reason. They were one of the last dropped from the NCAA Tournament, and had several quality wins over top level opponents... 

Crusaders face tough task against Cougars

March 29, 2016

The NIT Tournament never gets its just due, but there are several high caliber teams that play in it every post season. This year is no exception as all 4 of the teams remaining would’ve been a tough out for any team they faced had they been in the Big Dance. While both match-ups may be intriguing, the showdown between the BYU Cougars and Valparaiso Crusaders promises to be one to watch. Both of these squads can put up points in bunches, yet Crusaders have a slight advantage defensively which is... 

Wildcats battle Jayhawks in Elite Eight

March 26, 2016

Head coach Jay Wright had to be slightly angry at the seeding the Villanova Wildcats received when the NCAA tournament brackets were revealed. Sure they lost their last game to Seton Hall, but with only 5 losses in the difficult Big East and an RPI that was the 4th highest in the nation should’ve been enough to get them a number 1 seed. Perhaps their play over the first 3 games of the tournament is a statement to the committee and to NCAA basketball experts who didn’t give them what they felt... 

Kansas faces dangerous Terps squad Thursday

March 24, 2016

Considering how many upsets there were in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Thursday’s Sweet Sixteen match-ups are nearly to the book. The lowest seed going today may be the most dangerous. College basketball experts had the Maryland Terrapins listed as the 3rd best team in the country when the AP and Coaches polls came out before the start of the season. Head coach Mark Turgeon is hoping most people have forgotten about that. It was only a few weeks ago that the Terps were 22-3 and... 

BYU hosts Creighton in NIT Quarterfinals

March 22, 2016

Several college basketball teams felt slightly by not receiving an invitation to the NCAA Tournament, and many of those are making a strong case for themselves in the NIT. A pair of those squads will face off tonight in the quarterfinals tonight when the BYU Cougars host the Creighton Bluejays. Neither of these squads lived up to preseason expectations from basketball experts. However, they each have had success against several ranked teams and are hoping those battles will give them the edge they... 

Butler faces Virginia in Midwest Showdown

March 19, 2016

There weren’t too many performances in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament as impressive as that of the Virginia Cavaliers. Many college basketball experts anticipated that Hampton would give the Cavs a run for their money, but Malcolm Brogdon and company put their foot down in the first half with a 23-3 run that resulted in a 19 point halftime lead, and never looked back. Things should be slightly tougher in the round of 32 when Virginia takes the Butler Bulldogs. Butler has been one of the... 

VCU battles pesky Beavers in First Round

March 18, 2016

Shaka Smart put the Virginia Commonwealth Rams basketball program on the map. Will Wade is hoping to make them a National powerhouse. This team hasn’t skipped a beat since Smart left to coach the Texas Longhorns last season. They quietly finished in a tie for the best record in the highly competitive A-10, and are hoping to once again exceed basketball experts expectations with a big run through the NCAA Tournament. As always, getting to the Sweet Sixteen won’t be easy. They drew a tough and... 

Wildcats face Test against Shockers Defense

March 17, 2016

The 2016 NCAA Tournament is now down to a field of 64, and all the action begins Thursday. College basketball experts all have their predictions as to who will get through their regions and make it to the Final Four, but what’s more intriguing is some of the point spreads that Vegas has put in place. None is more head scratching than the match-up between the 6 seed Arizona Wildcats and the 11 seed Wichita St Shockers. It’s not like the Wildcats had a poor season. They began the year as the 12th... 

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