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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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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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ACC Games of the Week Preview – Wednesday CBB Contests

ACC
February 22, 2017

ACC Games of the Week Preview Be part of the new conference bundle Games of the Week. The ACC gets into hyper drive with three games on slate for Wednesday’s action. Here’s a look at what’s up before jump ball (Enter Contest). No 11 Duke Blue Devils (22-5) vs Syracuse Orange (16-12) Two of the most successful coaches in college basketball history will go head-to-head. Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski holds a slim 4-3…

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