1. NCAA Brackets and Your Hard-Earned Cash: Is New Fantasy Game Worth It?

    I have recently read several reviews on Bleacher Report (here and here) of a new type of fantasy game being offered this March by one of our very own Bleacher Creatures, Len Laber...

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  2. Take It to the Bank: The Top 10 Finishers for the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

    Now, we all know nothing unusual or unexpected happens during a Sprint Cup event. So, these predictions are as solid as a Kyle Busch engine during the Chase. They're as predictable as the Big One at Talladega...

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  3. South Carolina: Will the "Chicken Curse" Be Broken This Year?

    South Carolina has been called a lot of things over the years, not all of them favorable. On the football field especially, the Gamecocks have been labeled underachievers, disappointments, and "the school where coaches go to retire...

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  4. Pollsters Clearly Sharing Michael Phelps' Bong in Ridiculous Feb. 23 Rankings

    So, I'm starting to wonder if a few members of the Associated Press (AP) or ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls might be using the dartboard picture above, substituting team names for numbers...

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  5. Five Ways To Improve the Auto Club 500 Parade

    So, I'm still waiting for the Fontana race to start. What I watched last night wasn't a race; it was a parade. As predicted, five to 10 cars were far superior to the rest of the field and the lack of close racing meant long green-flag runs...

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  6. Memphis, You're Still the (No.) 1: Top 25 Mid-Majors (Post Bracket-Busting)

    This weekend's games, which included several upsets not only of top teams but also of mid-majors, have shuffled up the mid-major rankings significantly. Not much has changed at the top, but just about everything below No...

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  7. Not Good Enough: UNC Lacked Energy in Victory Over N.C. State

    A fan is sometimes the harshest critic of their own team. However, North Carolina deserves a bit of criticism for their often lackadaisical play in a 89-80 victory over Tobacco Road foe N...

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  8. Memphis Tops A New Top 25 Poll: Outside The Power Conferences

    Much has been made of the meaningless "conference comparison" between the current behemoths of college basketball—the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference...

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  9. Take The Fork Out of Notre Dame: Irish Begin a Magic Carpet Ride

    One win does not a season make. One loss does not a season break. But if a single win has the potential to transform devastation into elation, Notre Dame's (13-10, 4-7 Big East) 90-57 blowout of No...

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  10. Does Dayton Deserve an NCAA Tourney Bid? Survey Says...No

    Some people might suggest I've had it out for the Dayton Flyers (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Ten) all year long. In a way, they would be right. I think that for much of the year they have been one of the most overrated, unnecessarily-praised teams in the land...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about over 5 years ago 1,114 reads 91 comments

  11. Creature vs. Creature: Duke, UNC Battle for ACC Supremacy

    For one night, throw the national rankings out the window. Take the RPI to the garbage can. Send strength of schedule to the shredder. Kick Pomeroy to the curb. Overall record? Please...

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  12. Illinois Shuffles Up the Big Ten After Putting the Brakes on the Boilermakers

    The Big Ten has not been the easiest conference to figure out this season. On Sunday, Illinois (19-5, 7-4 Big Ten) muddled up the standings a bit more by blowing out Purdue (17-6, 6-4) ...

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  13. Elliott Sadler By Far the Fastest Dodge in Daytona 500 Morning Practice

    Practice speeds are often irrelevant at Daytona. For one driver, however, it was a relief to get off to a fast start after a tumultuous off-season...

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  14. Devils vs. Rangers: Game 5 Highlights, Twitter Reaction and Analysis

    Tar Heel fans, take a good look at the above picture. You won't see Marcus Ginyard in uniform again until next season...

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  15. Fraud Exposed? Why Writer Rankings, POTDs Have Lost Some Meaning

    There has been some discussion of late as to the meaning and significance of Writer Rankings, "Picks of the Day," etc. There have admittedly been arguments among people that belong more on a bulletin board or email than in an article...

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  16. Longview: ACC Projections for the Rest of the Season

    It appears that as we enter February, the ACC cream is rising to the top, with Duke holding a slim advantage (one full game) over North Carolina, while Wake Forest and Clemson are nipping at their Heels, both literally and figuratively...

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  17. Take Nothing for Granted: Previewing UNC-Florida State Basketball

    Can I get a smile, Leonard Hamilton? Florida State's coach entered the year somewhat embattled and at least on the "warm seat" after last year's season once again failed to live up to many fans' expectations...

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  18. Houston's Aubrey Coleman Should Be Suspended for the Season: Apology Not Enough

    I am sickened at what I witnessed yesterday in the match-up between the Houston Cougars and the Arizona Wildcats. When you view this clip (courtesy of YouTube and Rivals.com), I imagine you might feel the same...

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  19. Forces, Frauds and Fruitcakes: Sorting Out NCAA Basketball, Part Two

    It is time to look at the next batch of conferences in this series that honors the true forces in NCAA basketball, the fruitcakes who like to play Jekyll and Hyde, and the frauds that have been exposed (or are in the process of being exposed) as overrated

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  20. Forces, Frauds, and Fruitcakes: Sorting Out NCAA Basketball, Pt. 1

    After a little over two months of the college basketball season, there is now enough information, including a few conference matchups, to make some early judgments on where the teams stand vis-a-vis their preseason expectations...

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  21. Duke Shows Why It's Now the ACC Favorite with Win over Georgetown

    This is a somewhat painful article to write as a devoted UNC graduate living and working in Chapel Hill, but I feel it is the truth...

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  22. Terrorist Watch List: Elliott Sadler Denied Passport, Can't Go on Honeymoon

    I can't claim to have scooped this myself; my source is the Sadler Fan Club and Dustin Long, who covers NASCAR for HamptonRoads.com...

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  23. UNC-Virginia: Sigh of Relief—Heels Get Back to Fundamentals in 83-61 Victory

    For North Carolina, the way to spell relief after an 0-2 start in ACC play was V-I-R-G-I-N-I-A. Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, and Danny Green were the key elements in an 83-61 victory in which ...

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  24. Out of Focus: Five NCAA Games You Need To Know About (Jan. 13)

    First of all, let me apologize for my recent absence and the lack of last week's Conference Rankings. They will be up in one form or another in the coming days, although that form must ...

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  25. Torn Apart: Grading UNC In Their 85-78 Loss to Boston College In ACC Opener

    (Note: To read this article and more about UNC/ACC athletics, visit my blog at Carolina Tarheel Blue). At least this ridiculous talk of an undefeated season can end...

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