1. March Madness 2014: UConn's Blueprint to Beat Florida in the Final Four

    Of all the teams that make up this year's Final Four, the most improbable of the lot is Connecticut. And it's not even close. Though the Huskies' No. 7 seed was better than fellow national semifinalist Kentucky (No...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 3,310 reads 8 comments

  2. March Madness 2014: Wisconsin's Blueprint to Beat Kentucky in the Final Four

    Wisconsin is in its first Final Four since 2000, and in doing so has helped Bo Ryan remove his name from the infamous "Best Coach Never To Make A Final Four" list...

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  3. College Football's 25 Most Overhyped Players, Coaches and Teams for 2014

    College football is jam-packed with amazing players, coaches and teams, all of whom deserve the attention and praise they receive from fans and the media. And then there are the ones who get all that attention despite their accomplishments...

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  4. Ranking the Top 25 Freshmen Heading into the 2014 College Football Season

    The last two Heisman Trophy winners have been freshmen. Redshirt freshmen, but still players in their first year of college football...

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  5. College Football Spring Stock Watch: Who's Rising, Who's Falling?

    We're not halfway through what seems like far too long of an offseason that college football puts us through, with almost five months still remaining until those first games of the 2014 season get us back to our happy place...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 171,801 reads 40 comments

  6. Michigan Beaten at Its Own Game as Kentucky Sends U-M Home in 2014 Elite 8

    In a thrill-a-minute Elite Eight game as good as any in NCAA history, Michigan's players and coaches had to figure it was going to come down to the final shot...

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  7. UConn Channeling 2011 National Title Team, Becoming Surprise of NCAA Tournament

    One of the biggest surprises of the 2014 NCAA tournament was unofficially written off as a contender as recently as three weeks ago...

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  8. Nick Johnson's Clutch Play, Big Games by Freshmen Lift Arizona to Elite Eight

    You can look at Arizona's 70-64 win over San Diego State in the Sweet 16 from two different angles. There's the one that shows how team leader Nick Johnson put the Wildcats on ...

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  9. Ranking the 25 Must-Watch Spring Games of 2014

    They are the most important games of the year but also one that have absolutely no official effect on any standings, polls or postseason qualifications...

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  10. Predicting the Winners of Every College Football Rivalry Game in 2014

    When college football schedules are released each year, the first thing that fans ask is: When do we play our rivals? It could be the team across town, the one up the road or the program from the other side of the state line...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 115,006 reads 188 comments

  11. Perfect Pairs: The Best Head-to-Head Matchups in the Sweet 16

    The NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 features some great team matchups, and each contest will be exciting in its own right as the best of who remain scratch and claw to get one step closer to the Final Four...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 18,588 reads 25 comments

  12. Preseason College Football Rankings: Spring Practice Top 25

    College football is no longer a five-month sport. It's become a year-round endeavor, with the "offseason" overflowing with tentpole events that include national signing day and (currently) spring practice...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 102,347 reads 170 comments

  13. Iowa State's DeAndre Kane Proving to Be the Ultimate NCAA Tournament Weapon

    Iowa State was still basking in the glow of its second-round win over North Carolina Central on Friday night when the news came down: Georges Niang had a broken bone in his foot and was done for the year...

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  14. Biggest Bracket Busters from Round of 64 in NCAA Tournament

    Brackets are meant to be busted. This is what we're all telling ourselves now, after watching all of that effort, all that careful and meticulous research that went into filling ...

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  15. Ranking the Top 25 College Football Coaches Heading into 2014

    College football coaches are some of the most well-paid individuals in this country, earning millions of dollars to pace a sideline and wear a headset. If only it were that easy...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 22,588 reads 123 comments

  16. NCAA Tournament 2014: Winners and Losers of Day 2

    Tennessee and Cal Poly, welcome to the main bracket. Texas Southern and Iowa, thanks for playing, make sure to grab your commemorative souvenirs on the way back to the airport...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 28,338 reads 6 comments

  17. The Most Important Player for Each College Football Team Heading into 2014

    Spring practices are in full swing for college football teams, who are using this time to take a look at backups and early enrollees who may fill holes or contribute in other ways this fall...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 57,421 reads 15 comments

  18. Players to Watch in 2014 NCAA Tournament's First 4

    The NCAA tournament's First Four shines the spotlight on eight teams that not only earned tickets to the Big Dance but also got the "bonus" prize of getting to play an extra game just to get into the tourney's main field...

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  19. 10 Most Underrated Teams in 2014 NCAA Tournament

    A seed is just a number, right? Seedings for the NCAA tournament are based on a team's performance during the regular season and in their conference tourneys, but this isn't a scientific designation...

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  20. Power Ranking the Top 25 Colleges with the Best Football and Basketball Combos

    Most of the major colleges in this country end up getting labeled in some way that is associated with their athletic programs. Some become known as football schools, others as basketball schools...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 28,656 reads 13 comments

  21. NCAA Tournament 2014: Ranking the Toughest Regions

    Not all regions are created equal. Try as it might, the NCAA men's basketball selection committee faces an impossible task of balancing out all four regions of the tournament field into equal quadrants...

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  22. NCAA Bracket 2014: Complete Guide to East Region

    Will the 2014 NCAA champion come out of the East? That hasn't happened since 2005, when North Carolina took a route through Charlotte and then Syracuse on its way to a victory over Illinois in St...

    Brian Pedersen Written by Brian Pedersen about 5 months ago 9,465 reads 22 comments

  23. Every College Football Team's 1 Position Battle That Will Last Until Opening Day

    Spring practice is in full swing for college football teams throughout the country, and competition is fierce between players vying for any number of starting positions available for the 2014 season...

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  24. Who's the Real Villanova After Shocking Upset to Seton Hall in Big East Tourney?

    The Wildcat is among the most common mascots in college basketball, so it takes much more than a nickname for a school to stand out from the crowd. Arizona's Wildcats do so by being a near-lock for a No...

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  25. Stock Watch for Top Cinderella Candidates in 2014 NCAA Tournament

    The shoe-fitting has begun. If past NCAA tournaments are any indication, Cinderella's slipper should comfortably slip onto a few previously unknown teams here in the next few weeks...

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