Sweet 16 Breakdown – Stretch to the Final Four

Sweet 16 - Sweet Sixteen
March 20, 2017

Sweet 16 Breakdown It took a little longer than recent years, but March Madness finally made an appearance in the 2017 NCAA Tournament this past weekend and no doubt laid waste to many a bracket. But then again the upsets and the unexpected are what make this time of year and filling out a bracket so much fun, right? Had defending national champion Villanova making it back to the Final…

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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