NCAA March Madness Preview – Bucknell Bison

Bucknell Bison
March 14, 2017

Bucknell Bison Patriot League (26-8, 15-3) by Joel Welser Coach Nathan Davis won the Patriot League regular season title for the second straight season with Bucknell. This time around it was a bit of a surprise with just two starters returning, but the Bison filled in the holes very nicely and cruised through the Patriot League with a 15-3 regular season record.  Big Wins: 11/21 at Vanderbilt (75-72), 11/30 Richmond…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State Wildcats
March 14, 2017

Kansas State Wildcats Big 12 (20-13, 8-10)  by Joel Welser Kansas State has turned into a very effective, efficient and versatile team. The Wildcats can grind out close, low scoring victories or get up and down the floor and drop 80 or more points on teams that play faster basketball. Whether the score is 56-54 or 90-88, Kansas State will force turnovers, play solid defense and take smart shots. Big…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – East Tennessee State Buccaneers

East Tennessee State Buccaneers
March 14, 2017

East Tennessee State Buccaneers SoCon (27-7, 14-4)  by Joel Welser There was a logjam atop the Southern Conference standings when the regular season ended. East Tennessee State found themselves tied with UNC Greensboro and Furman with a 14-4 record. But, of course, the NCAA Tournament bid came down to a few games in the conference tournament and that is where ETSU played their best basketball. They had lost to UNC…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – New Orleans Privateers

New Orleans Privateers
March 14, 2017

New Orleans Privateers Southland (20-11, 13-5)  by Joel Welser New Orleans returned just about their entire team from last season, but still not many expected the Privateers to win an outright Southland Conference title. In non-conference play Coach Mark Slessinger’s team pulled off some decent wins too. They beat Tulane and Washington State. That is not the quality of team they will face in the postseason, but an experienced team…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas Jayhawks
March 14, 2017

Kansas Jayhawks Big 12 (28-4, 16-2) by Joel Welser Since their trip to the national championship game in 2012, Kansas had failed to live up to their lofty expectations during the NCAA Tournament. Trips to the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eights are great for most programs, but it is disappointing for the Jayhawks. Last season KU lost to Villanova in the Reginal Finals and this group will hope to take…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Miami Hurricanes

Miami Hurricanes
March 14, 2017

Miami Hurricanes ACC (21-11, 10-8)  by Jacob Young After a ten win season against the loaded ACC, the Hurricanes are back in the tournament, aiming for back to back Sweet 16 appearances. Miami has been a slow-paced, defensive minded team since Jim Larranaga arrived in 2012, and this year is no exception. The Hurricanes score about 70 points per contest, but only allow 63.4 points to opponents. For Miami to…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State Banner
March 14, 2017

Oklahoma State Cowboys Big 12 (20-12, 9-9)  by Jacob Young Brad Underwood has Oklahoma State back in the NCAA tournament in just his first year as the head coach in Stillwater. Despite starting Big 12 play with an 0-6 record, the Cowboys turned their season around and finished 9-9 in one of the toughest conferences in the nation. Coach Underwood is no stranger to the big dance having made the…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia Cavaliers
March 14, 2017

Virginia Cavaliers ACC (22-10, 11-7)  by Joel Welser Virginia was the last team to fall victim to Syracuse’s amazing run in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers cruised past Hampton, Butler and Iowa State before falling 68-62 to the Orange with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Coach Tony Bennett has built a program that can continuously make deep tournament runs and this year should be no…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Tech Hokies
March 14, 2017

Virginia Tech Hokies ACC (22-10, 12-2)  by Joel Welser Coach Buzz Williams has quickly built Virginia Tech into a program that can compete in the tough ACC. Last season in his second year with the team, Coach Williams led Virginia Tech to the NIT. This year they have taken the next step and reached their first NCAA Tournament since 2007. Big Wins: 12/31 Duke (89-75), 2/12 Virginia (80-78), 2/27 Miami…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – South Dakota State Jackrabbits

South Dakota State Jackrabbits
March 14, 2017

South Dakota State Jackrabbits Summit (18-16, 8-8)  by Joel Welser At one point South Dakota State was sitting at 8-13 overall and 1-5 in Summit League play. Since that time, the Jackrabbits have gone 10-3, including three wins in the conference tournament that clinched their spot in the NCAA Tournament. This is the Jackrabbits’ second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth straight postseason appearance. Last year the Jackrabbits nearly upset…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Louisville Cardinals

Louisville Cardinals
March 13, 2017

Louisville Cardinals ACC (24-8, 12-6)  by Joel Welser Louisville has had some ups and downs this season, but that has mostly been due to injuries and suspensions. Assuming this group can stay healthy during March, the Cardinals are built to make a nice run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament after a self-imposed ban kept Louisville out of the postseason in 2016. Big Wins: 11/30 Purdue (71-64), 12/21 Kentucky (73-70), 1/14…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Butler Bulldogs

Butler Bulldogs
March 13, 2017

Butler Bulldogs Big East (23-8, 12-6)  by Joel Welser It did not take long for Butler to prove that they can beat anybody on any given day. This is a Bulldogs squad that knocked off Northwestern, Arizona, Utah, Cincinnati and Indiana in November and December. Coach Chris Holtmann kept the good times going in the tough Big East too and Butler will be a team to watch in March. Big…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Baylor Bears

Baylor Bears
March 13, 2017

Baylor Bears Big 12 (25-7, 11-6)  by Joel Welser Fresh off their First Round upset loss to Yale, Baylor is hoping for a much better tournament run in 2017. The Bears had an amazing start to the season and won their first 15 games. And it is not like this team had an easy schedule like so many other teams. Baylor beat Oregon, VCU, Michigan State, Louisville and Xavier in…

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