NCAA March Madness Preview – Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
March 18, 2017

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Conference USA (30-4, 17-1)  by Joel Welser Middle Tennessee shocked the college basketball world last season by beating #2 seed Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Raiders lost their next game to Syracuse 75-50, but that did not deter the Cinderella story. Coach Kermit Davis returned much of the talent from that team and this is a group ready for…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State Cyclones
March 18, 2017

Iowa State Cyclones Big 12 (23-10, 12-6)  by Joel Welser Coach Steve Prohm is just in his second season at Iowa State, but has done a great job continuing their consistency. The Cyclones have reached the NCAA Tournament every year since 2012 and usually win a game or two once they get there. This is a very experienced squad that has proven that they can beat anybody. The Cyclones have…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Duke Blue Devils

Duke Blue Devils
March 18, 2017

Duke Blue Devils ACC (27-8, 11-7)  by Joel Welser By Duke standards, last season was a disappointing trip to the NCAA Tournament. They snuck past UNC Wilmington and upset minded Yale in the first two rounds. Those were not easy games. The Blue Devils then lost 82-68 to Oregon in the Sweet Sixteen. This time around Coach Mike Krzyzewski and company will hope to repeat their 2015 tournament performance when…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Arizona Wildcats

Arizona Wildcats
March 17, 2017

 Arizona Wildcats Pac-12 (30-4, 16-2) by Jacob Young Arizona enters the NCAA tournament looking to erase last year’s first round exit from their memory. Sean Miller led his team to consecutive Elite Eight appearances before last season’s early departure. Between injuries and suspension, Arizona has had a tough time getting their full squad on the court together this season. Despite losing Ray Smith before the season even started, not having…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina Tar Heels
March 17, 2017

North Carolina Tar Heels ACC (27-7, 14-4)  by Joel Welser Following their disappointing loss to Villanova in the national championship game, North Carolina will look to take one more step and claim another title. With an ACC title under their belt, this group has the talent and experience, which is not always the case with Tar Heel squads, to make it happen in 2017. Big Wins: 1/14 Florida State (96-83),…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – UCLA Bruins

UCLA Bruins
March 17, 2017

UCLA Bruins Pac-12 (29-4, 15-3)  by Dan Levine UCLA jumped onto to the scene early with impressive play, climbed the polls, and never looked back.  They are one of the few teams that have relied heavily on freshmen this season.  It has worked out for them.  Steve Alford, who has had success everywhere he’s coached, has his best team to date with these Bruins.  The up-and-down style lends itself to…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina Gamecocks
March 17, 2017

South Carolina Gamecocks SEC (22-10, 12-6)  by Joel Welser South Carolina nearly made the NCAA Tournament in 2016. They had to settle for another trip to the NIT instead of their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004. Coach Frank Martin did come into this season with some big holes to fill, but he is starting to build a winning culture in Columbia. Big Wins: 11/23 Michigan (61-46), 1/4 at Georgia…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue Boilermakers
March 17, 2017

Purdue Boilermakers Big Ten (25-7, 14-4)  by Dan Levine Purdue has had a great regular season.  After a bit of a slow start to the conference season, Purdue finally emerged as the solid conference favorite alongside Wisconsin.  At the end of the wild year in the Big Ten, Purdue indeed emerged as the regular season champion.  It’s easy to see why this was Purdue’s year.  When you boast a potential…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State Spartans
March 17, 2017

Michigan State Spartans Big Ten (19-14, 10-8)  by Joel Welser Coach Tom Izzo had to deal with a lot of injuries this season and Michigan State never really got going. Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling were out for the year before the season even began and that left the Spartans with very little experience in the frontcourt. And then Miles Bridges missed some time and senior Eron Harris suffered a…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Florida State Seminoles

Dayton Flyers - Florida Gators - Seminoles
March 16, 2017

Florida State Seminoles ACC (25-8, 12-6) by Joel Welser After four straight misses, Florida State is finally back in the NCAA Tournament. After some success in the NIT, the Seminoles will hope to make a big impact on their return to the NCAAs. FSU started strong with a 16-1 record. That included wins over Minnesota, Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke. Those tough road games in the ACC did cause…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Florida Gators

Dayton Flyers - Florida Gators - Seminoles
March 16, 2017

Florida Gators SEC (24-8, 14-4) by Joel Welser Coach Michael White has used the experience on his roster to put Florida back in the NCAA Tournament. After winning a couple games in the NIT last season, the Gators are ready to try and make a run in the NCAAs and this team has the potential to do just that. Big Wins: 12/29 at Arkansas (81-72), 2/4 Kentucky (88-66), 2/21 South…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Dayton Flyers

Dayton Flyers - Florida Gators - Seminoles
March 16, 2017

Dayton Flyers Atlantic 10 (24-7, 15-3) by Jacob Young Archie Miller has now led the Flyers to four straight NCAA tournament appearances and looks to get them to the second weekend for the first time since 2014. Dayton has a rather uninspired non-conference résumé with their best wins coming against middle of the pack SEC teams Alabama and Vanderbilt. Their three losses outside of the A-10 came by a combined…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest Demon Deacon
March 14, 2017

Wake Forest Demon Deacons ACC (19-13, 9-9)  by Joel Welser Wake Forest failed to pick up a big win in non-conference action, losing to Villanova on a neutral floor and at Xavier and Northwestern. None of those are bad losses. But after a 1-4 start in ACC action, many wrote off the Demon Deacons. However, Coach Danny Manning and company battled back and turned into a respectable team, especially after…

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