1. Yes … Heartbreak Hotel

    Well, I’m still not over it. I’m ready to say that Chalmers’ shot is the biggest play in college basketball this side of the century. It’s just unfortunate that it came from a coaching gaffe...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Matt Norlander about over 6 years ago 693 reads 0 comments

  2. Five Reasons Why Memphis Won’t Win it All

    1) DID YOU HEAR?!? THEY CAN’T MAKE THEIR FREE THROWS!!! 2) A team that loves to run the dribble-drive offense is going against three defenses that are very adept at drawing charges and tightening up in the paint...

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  3. Five Reasons Why UCLA Won’t Win the NCAA Title

    I got an e-mail that explained why my UNC breakdown was wrong and inaccurate. Uh… I remind you that some of this is tongue-in-cheek. Still, I love the fact that many of you read, just don’t be afraid to comment, you know...

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  4. Five Reasons Why Kansas Won’t Win It All

    1) Because we’ve seen this before: A loaded Kansas team with a fistful of future pros coming up short in a big spot...

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  5. NCAA Tournament: Final Four Storylines

    Just to put it all on the table, here’s what we’re looking at this weekend. The four teams combine for almost 6,900 wins, over 300 Tournament wins, 17 national titles and 51 Final Fours...

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  6. Five Reasons Why North Carolina Won’t Win It All

    Rather than dissect each team and tell you why any squad can win, I’m going to go the opposite way. Let’s have some fun. 1. Because Roy Williams is a phony. He also says the word “crap” too much...

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  7. Cinderella vs. Sleeper

    In what is a complete case of coincidences, Awful Announcing touched on this yesterday. This is a chopped down, amended version of a column I wrote back in college...

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  8. March Madness: Taking Advantage of Charity

    Got a close game that you just can’t decide on? Sometimes it all comes down to the freebies. Here’s the best and worst from the free throw line: Good: Indiana (76.8) Cornell (76...

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  9. The Coin Flip Bracket

    It’s after midnight now, and the roommates and I decided to try something random: What if we flip a coin for every game and match that up with everyone else’s picks? I run a pool ...

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  10. NCAA Tournament: Five Must-See First Round Games

    I wrote this piece for The Big Lead, but why not spread the know? Here ya go… One of the things that makes a blank bracket so beautiful is those first matchups that you peek at on Sunday night...

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  11. NCAA Tournament: Region-by-Region, Game-by-Game Notes

    I’m not picking anything yet (well, that’s not entirely true), but here are my quick initial thoughts following the release of those beloved brackets... EAST (1) North Carolina vs...

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  12. Let’s Prepare Ourselves For An Unpredictable Selection Sunday

    The Selection Show is just over 48 hours away. I know, I’m just as excited. But, you’d better prepare yourselves for the weirdest ones yet, and that’s not just because of the ever-growing odd sexual tension between Greg Gumbel and Seth Davis...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Matt Norlander about over 6 years ago 184 reads 0 comments

  13. Tom O'Connor: VCU Tournament Control

    Tom O’Connor has a dream job with tons of downside to it this year: he’s the chair of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee...

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  14. ESPN Errs Again on List of Best College Players

    Listen, none of us are true college basketball savants—anyone who can recall Bob Kurland’s game is not reading blogs—but ESPN, again, misses the mark on their top 25 college ...

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  15. Around the Top 25: Sunday's Results

    –No. 19 Michigan State 103, No. 12 Indiana 74. Yes, Michigan State just scored 42 points in a 15-point loss to Wisconsin on Thursday. I know—I don’t get it either...

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  16. Around the Top 25: Saturday’s Results

    I wanted to put this into two posts, but I had mid-day obligations that prevented me from putting this up between four and seven, so here’s the whole thing. I dare you to read the whole thing...

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  17. Memphis-Tennessee: That Felt Like March, Didn’t It?

    There were nine threes made before the first TV timeout. Players were cramping up and crouching down. Dick Vitale dressed up like Elvis. Even Peyton Manning crawled out of his cave for a public appearance...

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  18. Around the Top 25: Thursday’s Results

    Snowed in. That’s just fine. –No. 6 UCLA 84, Oregon State 49. Ladies and gentlemen, the worst team in all of major divisional college basketball. I still would put UCLA as a 2 seed if it all started today...

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  19. Dancing on the NCAA Bubble (Feb. 20)

    Do not hate on Freddy. It really dawned on my yesterday: My God I cannot wait for Greg Gumbel’s voice on March 16. Again, this feature is not about projecting the field or anticipating what might happen...

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  20. Mike Krzyzewski, Coaching His Own Damn Duke Team

    The sky is anything but falling in Durham. However, we’ve seen Duke lose back-to-back games now, so many will take plenty of glee in the ability to gasconade that their proclamations about the K’s have been confirmed...

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  21. Around the Top 25: Wednesday's Results

    I love this time of year for three things: great skiing, great basketball and my re-discovery of Cadbury Mini Eggs. If you prefer Cadbury Creme Eggs over the Minis, then I don’t think we can be friends...

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  22. College Hoops: Tuesday's Top 25 Results

    It’s starting to get a little kooky. UPSET: Bradley 72, No. 18 Drake 71I’m openly pulling for Drake. (Love The Drake!) But you just can’t blow an eight-point lead in the final ...

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  23. Will Tonight Be Kelvin Sampson’s Final Game as a Major D-I Coach?

    An announcement from Athletic Director Rick Greenspan is expected by Thursday, and most believe that Sampson is finished...

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  24. Around the Top 25: College Basketball President’s Day Results

    Being in the newspaper business doesn’t allow me to take random Mondays off. I envy. No. 7 Texas 77, No. 22 Texas A&M 50 Longhorns avenge the loss to the Aggies from earlier in the season, prove they’re a much better team...

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  25. College Hoops Top 25: Sunday’s Results

    Selection Sunday: officially less than a month away! –UPSET–Wake Forest 86, No. 2 Duke 73. Duke was due for a performance like this...

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