NCAA March Madness Preview – Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga Bulldogs
March 13, 2017

Gonzaga Bulldogs West Coast (32-1, 17-1) by Joel Welser In 2015 Gonzaga finally lived up to their expectations during the NCAA Tournament instead of just winning a game or two and bowing out gracefully when they run into a good team. The Bulldogs will hope to replicate that Elite Eight appearance. After a near perfect season in 2016-2017, they definitely have the seed and the momentum to make a run…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Jacksonville State Gamecocks

Jacksonville State Gamecocks
March 13, 2017

Jacksonville State Gamecocks Ohio Valley (20-14, 9-7)  by Joel Welser Jacksonville State is making their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. After finishing with a 9-7 record in Ohio Valley action, the Gamecocks made an impressive run through the conference tournament. After taking care of Southeast Missouri State, Coach Ray Harper’s team pulled off a huge upset against Belmont and then disposed of Tennessee-Martin in the final.  Big Wins: 11/11 at…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers

Mount Saint Mary's Mountaineers
March 13, 2017

Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers NEC (19-15, 14-4)  by Joel Welser Following a 1-11 start that brought in a lot of paychecks, but not a lot of confidence, Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers rallied to finish atop the Northeast Conference, earning their first NEC regular season title in 21 years. Coach Jamion Christian has continued to exceed expectations during his tenure at Mount St. Mary’s, but victories in the tournament will certainly…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Saint Mary’s Gaels

Saint Mary's Gaels
March 13, 2017

Saint Mary’s Gaels West Coast (28-4, 16-2)  by Joel Welser Outside of an early season loss to Texas-Arlington, the only time Saint Mary’s lost during the 2016-2017 season was to Gonzaga. Those are certainly not bad losses. However, the Gaels have the same problem that Gonzaga usually has; the schedule has not been tough and it remains to be seen if the Gaels are prepared to make a deep run…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – UNC-Wilmington Seahawks

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks
March 13, 2017

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks CAA (29-5, 15-3)  by Joel Welser When Coach Kevin Keatts arrived at UNC Wilmington, the Seahawks had not had a winning season in eight years. Two years ago he took his team to the CIT and last year the Seahawks exceeded all expectations and reached the NCAA Tournament. Once there, the Seahawks gave Duke a lot of trouble in the First Round, eventually falling 93-85. Big Wins: 11/20…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State Shockers
March 13, 2017

Wichita State Shockers MVC (30-4, 17-1)  by Jacob Young Gregg Marshall has Wichita State dancing for the sixth straight season. The Shockers won’t be satisfied to just be in the tournament, as they have won at least one game in each of the last five tournaments and have the talent to win this year as well. Despite losing Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, Coach Marshall led his team to a…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Winthrop Eagles

Winthrop Eagles
March 9, 2017

Winthrop Eagles Big South (26-6, 15-3)  by Joel Welser Winthrop is making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010. During the 2000’s, the Eagles were a regular in the tournament and made some noise in 2007 when they upset Notre Dame in the first round. It took some time for the program to get back, but Coach Pat Kelsey has this program on the rise and looking for another big…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Northern Kentucky Norse

Northern Kentucky Norse
March 9, 2017

Northern Kentucky Norse Horizon (24-10, 12-6) by Joel Welser Northern Kentucky took full advantage of an upset filled Horizon League tournament to claim their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Norse entered the tournament as the four seed with a solid 12-6 record in conference play. After dispatching fifth seeded Wright State, NKU played upset minded ninth seed Youngstown State and tenth seeded Milwaukee. Big Wins: 12/18 Eastern…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Iona Gaels

Iona Gaels
March 9, 2017

Iona Gaels MAAC (22-12, 12-8) by Joel Welser Iona had a lot of talent to replace from last year’s NCAA team. Most expected they would take a step back and that was partially the case. The Gaels finished 12-8 in MAAC play, tied for third and six games back on conference winner Monmouth. But Coach Tim Cluess’ team is playing their best basketball in March and beat Rider, Saint Peter’s…

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NCAA March Madness Preview – Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
March 9, 2017

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Atlantic Sun (26-7, 12-2) by Joel Welser For the second straight season, Florida Gulf Coast will look to recapture their 2013 NCAA Tournament magic. Back in 2013, Dunk City swept the nation as the Eagles knocked off Georgetown and South Dakota State en route to a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Last year FGCU won a game too, but that was against Fairleigh Dickinson in the…

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