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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Pac-12 Games of the Week Preview – Thursday CBB Contests

Pac-12
February 23, 2017

Pac-12 Games of the Week Preview Be part of the new conference bundle Games of the Week. Get inside the Pac-12 games with Thursday Games of the Week contest (Enter Contest). Here’s a look at the conference matchups. No 5 UCLA Bruins (24-3) vs Arizona State Sun Devils (13-15) UCLA is the only Pac-12 team that’s unbeaten in February. The Bruins are coming off one of their most impressive wins of…

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Midseason March Madness sneak peek – Gonzaga sprungs into first place

Gonzaga sprungs into top spot
February 15, 2017

Gonzaga sprungs into first place Gonzaga takes over the men’s basketball poll top spot from Kansas in what was the craziest week of the college basketball season.  For the second time in school history, 22-0 Gonzaga is the No. 1 team in the nation. The Zags last held the top spot during the 2013 season, for a period of three weeks. A week ago, it was all about West Virginia’s two disappointing losses to…

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Bracketology – Predicting 2017 March Madness tournament field

bracketology
February 15, 2017

Bracketology Predicting 2017 March Madness tournament field Remember when N.C. State’s Dennis Smith Jr. was hitting everything off the dribble and throwing down thunderous dunks at the buzzer against Duke? The Blue Devils and all their NBA talent seemed to be crumbling before our eyes just a week ago. Well, fortunes can turn quickly in the loaded ACC. After winning at Wake Forest on Saturday and at Notre Dame on…

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NCAA Basketball Preview – UNC vs Duke rivalry game

UNC vs Duke
February 6, 2017

NCAA Basketball Preview North Carolina Tar Heels vs Duke Blue Devils As the great sports writer Al Featherston intelligently points out from time to time, ESPN treats the first Duke-UNC game (Enter contest) as a demarcation between the end of football season with the Super Bowl and the brief reign of college basketball from February to early April. It’s a nice position to be in for both programs and for the ACC in…

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NCAA Basketball 2017 Team Preview – Miami Hurricanes

Miami Hurricanes
January 26, 2017

Miami Hurricanes 2017 Preview Not that Jim Larranaga isn’t smart enough to figure all this out, but he entered season facing questions he’s never had before. The Miami Hurricanes coach, coming off his second Sweet 16 appearance in four seasons, has a brand new roster once again. Unlike his rebuild of 2013’s ACC championship and Sweet 16 squad, he also has talent. Last year, the roles seemed well defined. He had…

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NCAA Basketball 2017 Team Preview – Clemson Tigers

Clemson Tigers
January 25, 2017

Clemson Tigers 2017 Preview Is 2016-17 the season in which everything for the Clemson Tigers comes together and lands them back in the NCAA Tournament? Brad Brownell and the Tigers certainly hope so. Five seasons have passed since Brownell took Clemson to the NCAAs in his debut, with only one NIT bid in the interim. Clemson has been in the NCAA Tournament discussion the last two seasons but slipped out of…

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NCAA Basketball 2017 Team Preview – Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh Panthers
January 17, 2017

Pittsburgh Panthers 2017 Preview Pittsburgh Panthers coach Kevin Stallings … wait … who? What about Jamie Dixon. What about the man who led Pittsburgh to 11 NCAA Tournaments in 13 years and was the cornerstone of the program? In an intriguing twist, Dixon exited in the offseason. He led Pittsburgh to a 21–12 record and to a one-and-done trip to the NCAA Tournament, to return to his alma mater, TCU. This…

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NCAA National Championship Recap – Clemson vs Alabama

CFP National Championship / NCAA National Championship
January 11, 2017

2017 NCAA National Championship Clemson Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Recap In a back and forth battle of college football’s best teams, Deshaun Watson and his No. 2 Clemson Tigers threw the final knockout punch. Watson found Hunter Renfrow for the game-winning, 2-yard touchdown with one second to play on Monday night as Clemson beat the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 NCAA National Championship in Tampa, Florida. Watson threw for 420 yards…

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NCAA Fantasy Bowl Previews – Valero Alamo Bowl

Valero Alamo Bowl
December 29, 2016

Valero Alamo Bowl Preview Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Colorado Buffaloes The Buffaloes and Cowboys are former Big 12 rivals, but due to divisions in the old 12-team format, these two programs have not played since 2009. The Valero Alamo Bowl (Enter Contest) landed an intriguing matchup with Colorado and Oklahoma State meeting in San Antonio. Both teams were on the doorstep of playing in a New Year’s Six bowl. The Buffaloes are…

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NCAA Fantasy Bowl Previews – Belk Bowl Game

Belk Bowl Game
December 29, 2016

Belk Bowl Game Preview Arkansas Razorback vs Virginia Tech Hokies This is the first time the Hokies and Razorbacks have met on the gridiron, and this matchup in the Belk Bowl game could feature plenty of fireworks (Enter Contest). Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen was arguably the SEC’s best player on offense through the first half of the season. However, the junior suffered a knee injury suffered against Auburn and tossed six interceptions…

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NCAA Fantasy Bowl Previews – Birmingham Bowl Game

Birmingham Bowl Game
December 29, 2016

Birmingham Bowl Game Preview South Florida Bulls vs South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina’s hire of Will Muschamp was met with plenty of skepticism, but the former Florida head coach deserves plenty of praise for his coaching job this year. His team is now set for a confrontation with South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl Game on December 29 (Enter Contest). The Gamecocks finished 6-6, showed improvement on defense and developed some promising…

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