Home CBB

182

Rashad McCants was a big part of North Carolina National Basketball Title team in 2005, but in an interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines he took scam classes.  He didn’t write any papers, and Head Coach Roy Williams knew about not attending classes, plus tutors writing papers.  McCants mentioned in the interview that he had to show up to play, and have to attend class.  Williams and several of McCants teammates have denied it every happened, but this should open a Pandora’s Box.   If North Carolina violated any NCAA rules they should be accountable for their actions.   The NCAA should really take a hard look at the academic policies of North Carolina and make the necessary changes to clean it up.  The problem is that many other universities are doing the same thing by cutting corners academically to keep their star athletes eligible.    By doing that the team continue to be successful and that means more money comes to the university.   However, it compromised the academic standards of the university and call in the questions the legitimacy of their degrees.   They have to clean up the whole system and make a college degree stand for something.

429

In the 2004-05 College Basketball Season, Rashad McCants would help lead the North Carolina Tar Heels to a National Championship. Now the former basketball star is coming out and saying he took sham courses while at Chapel Hill.

McCant’s statements are the latest in regards to the ongoing academic schedule at the University. In the article from SB Nation, it questions Head Basketball Coach Roy Williams awareness of the the situation

“McCants’ comments detail the “paper-class” system often used by student-athletes at the school, his own academic issues and apparent knowledge of the situation by legendary head coach Roy Williams.” What and where the NCAA will go from here will be remained to be seen. For more on this story go to http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2014/6/6/5785604/rashad-mccants-unc-academic-scandal-sham-classes

 

Follow me and SportsNinja!

 

KCSportsNinja Twitter: https://twitter.com/KCSportsNinja

 

KCSportsNinja Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sportsninja

 

For more from my sports blog visit  http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/

 

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nams-Noodle-Sports-Blog-FB-Page/252192688235247

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NamsNoodleSport

Ohio State had a roller coaster 2013-14 season which ended in a loss to Dayton in the second round of the Ncaa Tournament. Ohio State is now without point guard Aaron Craft who just played his final season of eligibility because he is a senior, Ohio State’s junior shooting guard Laquinton Ross has declared for the Nba Draft, the Buckeyes will lose Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Amedeo Della Valle will leave the buckeyes to play in Europe. These four players are a big piece of the team that needs to be replaced. Thad Matta and the buckeyes have already begun the rebuilding process who has already added a few pieces to the puzzle adding 7’0 Center transfer from Virginia Tech and  Anthony Lee a 6’9 tranfer from Temple University. Five star point guard D’Angelo Russel has commited to Ohio State University and will be key to the Buckeyes success in the future.

249

The NCAA Basketball title game between Kentucky and Connecticut was a close game.   Connecticut got off to great start, and at one point lead the Wildcats 30 to 15.     Kentucky would cut the deficit 35 to 31 at halftime, but the second half was a different story.    Kentucky would miss too many second half free throws, but Connecticut would make 10 for 10 the whole game.   That would Connecticut a 60 to 54 win, and their fourth national title.

Shabazz Napier, who led the Huskies to this amazing tournament run scored 22 points in the National Title game was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.   This capped an amazing season for the Huskies who barred from last year’s tournament due to academic issues.   They came back in this year’s  tournament as the seventh seed in the East region to win the National Title.  The Connecticut Huskies wound up from going from the dog pound to being the top dogs in Arlington, Texas.

175

Like Michael Sam came out to his teammates at the University of Missouri in college football.   Derrick Gordon did the same thing at the University of Massachusetts in college basketball.   Gordon who is a sophomore guard had to hide from his teammates from who he really was.   When Gordon came out he became a different person, and started to get calls from people who are struggling to come out of the closet.  Hopefully in the future an athlete coming out will not be a big story.

 

Tattoos are something to think long and hard over if you are serious about getting one. You have to make sure it does not look dumb, it has a purpose, and is not down and outright ridiculous and silly. In the case of a Kentucky basketball fan, all of those definitely pertain to him. The Kentucky basketball fan got a premature tattoo with the Wildcats logo along with the words “2014 Nati9nal Champions” (the ’9′ was in place of the letter ‘o’ to represent with what would have been Kentucky’s 9th national championship had they beaten UConn).

 

 

     This sums it all up pretty nicely

 

Follow me and SportsNinja!

Source For Player Stats: http://www.sports-reference.com/

KCSportsNinja Twitter: https://twitter.com/KCSportsNinja

KCSportsNinja Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sportsninja

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=6406

For more from my sports blog visit  http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nams-Noodle-Sports-Blog-FB-Page/252192688235247

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NamsNoodleSport

Namsnoodle Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/230913293714043/

College Basketball National Title game is set for Monday night between Kentucky vs. Connecticut. The Huskies surprised the number one Florida Gators. They were led by Shabazz Napier, and played great defense against the Gators. Kentucky had a back and forth game against the Wisconsin Badgers on a Aaron Harrison shot late in the game. Kentucky led by a great freshman class has the chance to win the National Title for the 2nd time in three years.    I expect the game to real close and maybe go down to the wire, but Kentucky has too much talent to be denied the chance to cut down the nets.    Kentucky will win by six points and John Calipari will have 2nd national title as a coach.

328

When practice started in October there was a lot of talk about how John Calipari was trying to repeat his 2012 success at Kentucky with his 2014 team.  That 2012 team was led by freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague and won the national title.  This year’s edition is led by Julius Randle, Andrew and Aaron Harrison and James Young finds itself in the Final Four, but it wasn’t an easy ride.

The Kentucky season has been a roller coaster which seems a little funny to say for a team that is 28-10.  During the pre-season and the non-conference portion of the schedule the hype for the expectations for the team were extremely high after a 13-3 start with the three losses coming at the hands of nationally-ranked Michigan State, Baylor and North Carolina by an average of just 4.6 points.

When SEC play began expectations and excitement for the team was tempered a bit when they were swept by Arkansas and lost to LSU and South Carolina.  Talk then turned to the fact that the 2012 team had veteran leadership in Darius Miller and Doron Lamb that the 2014 team doesn’t have.  Jarrod Paulson is the only upperclassman to be in the top 10 on the team in minutes at just 8.7 minutes per game.  The other nine consists of seven freshmen and just two sophomores in Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress.

After a 61-60 loss to Florida in the SEC title game and defeating three of last season’s Final Four participants, #1 seed and undefeated Wichita State and 2013 title-game combatants Louisville and Michigan the thought that this team could repeat the success of 2012.

The freshmen on this team seem to be gelling at the right time.   Randle, Young and the Harrisons are growing up into more than freshmen right in front of the eyes of the college basketball world.  The growth could be seen in their 75-72 win over Michigan in the Midwest Regional final that saw the Wildcats play seven freshmen, with just Poythress being the only non-first-year player to see the floor.  Big man Cauley-Stein missed the game due to injury but that allowed freshman Marcus Lee to play a season-high 15 minutes (he had played a total of 16 minutes since Feb. 4th) and contribute 10 points and a season-high eight rebounds in the game that saw Aaron Harrison hit a game-winning three pointer with 2.3 seconds to play.

There have been may peaks and valleys in Kentucky’s season.  Just like a roller coaster they are at the peak of a climb and with two more wins they will all be screaming at the top of the lungs as the ride comes to an end.

Read More at College Hoops Haven

The Final Four is set up for this coming weekend in Arlington, Texas and all four teams have traveled a long and winding road.

Connecticut VS Florida   Connecticut are led by Shabazz Napier were able to pull off a few upset especially in the East Regional Final over Michigan State.   Florida has been 30 game winning streak and finished with a perfect regular season  in the SEC.   Connecticut handled the Gators their last loss in December.  I see the Gators getting to the National Title game.

Kentucky VS Wisconsin    The Badgers are a great defensive team and will give the Wildcats fits.    Kentucky has another great recruiting class, but had a lot of difficulty earlier in the season.    They have come on strong during the tournament, and they have a better overall team so the Wildcats will have the rematch with the Florida Gators on Monday night.

226

Northwestern_WildcatsNow that the National Labor Relation Board approved the Northwestern football team having a union. The university should not challenging the ruling, but should work with the players. The university should help out with the paying for medical coverage, meals, and spending money for the basic necessaries. The NCAA is making 10 Billion dollars from the basketball tournament especially from this weekend Final Four In Arlington, Texas. It would not hurt for colleges for to pay these athletes at least $10,000 as well as the regular scholarship. This is a complicated issue because other athletes in other sports want to get paid, and the Title IX ramification in dealing with female athletes.

139

Everything these days has a sponsor.  Everywhere you look a logo is plastered somewhere or an event is now called the XYZ Open presented by ABC.  Perhaps this year the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament should be sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters.  There are a plethora of sibling storylines coming out of the second week of the tournament.

The most high profile of these storylines is on the sidelines with brothers Sean and Archie Miller as they take their teams into the Sweet 16.    Sean leads #1 Arizona into Anaheim for a matchup with #4 San Diego State and younger brother Archie heads a somewhat surprising #11 Dayton team into a matchup of double-digit seeds when they face #10 Stanford in Memphis tomorrow.    The elder Miller began his career as a point guard at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1980s.  He then paid his coaching dues at Wisconsin, Miami (OH), N.C. State as well as his alma mater before moving onto Xavier.  At Xavier he served as an assistant under Thad Matta for three seasons before taking over when Matta left for Ohio State.  Miller was then promoted to head coach where he guided the Musketeers for five years leading them to four NCAA Tournaments and an Elite Eight appearance in 2008.  He then took his current job at Arizona taking over for the legendary Lute Olson.  Now in his 5th year at Arizona Miller has the Wildcats positioned as a national title contender.

Younger brother Archie played collegiately at N.C. State and served as an assistant there as well as at Western Kentucky, Arizona State, Ohio State and under his brother at Arizona before becoming the head man at Dayton in 2011.  In his first season Dayton made the NIT and now Miller has the Flyers in the Sweet 16 since 1983-84 when they made the Elite Eight.

On the floor there are a pair of twin brothers that have found their way to the Sweet 16.  First at UCLA, senior forwards Travis and David Wear will help the Bruins take on #1 Florida in Memphis tomorrow and freshmen Aaron and Andrew Harrison and #8 Kentucky, after defeating previously unbeaten Wichita State will do battle with in-state rival #4 Louisville in Indianapolis on Friday.

The Wear brothers, California natives began their college careers at North Carolina in 2009 before transferring to UCLA after one season.  In their final season the Wears, who are averaging a combined 13.5 points and seven rebounds have finally been able to experience victory in the NCAA Tournament after losing their first game last season.

Aaron Harrison along with twin brother Andrew were considered top recruits  coming out of high school and both ended up at Kentucky  in a star-studded recruiting class.  With such a young team the Wildcats struggled at times to live up to the hype.  They certainly did however in a 78-76 win over #1 Wichita State in one of the best NCAA Tournament games in recent memory.  The Harrison brothers combined for 39 points in the win.  The Pecan Grove, Texas natives have stepped up their play averaging a combined 32 points in the tournament.

The final storyline comes from a player on the court, Dayton’s Devin Oliver and a fan in the stands, his sister Miya.  Miya, who has down syndrome has been Oliver’s biggest fan and he hers.  She can be seen at nearly all Flyer games cheering as loud as she can for her brother.   She says that Devin, who is averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Flyers, has taught her how to play basketball, a sport she competes in for the Special Olympics and Devin says Miya’s passion is so wonderful because it is so genuine.  So as Dayton prepares to take on Stanford in Memphis tomorrow you can bet the UD cheering section will be led by Oliver’s biggest fan.

The bond between siblings will be very prevalent as the Sweet 16 kicks off tomorrow.  Who knows if any of them will make it to Dallas and the Final Four but someone should get Big Brothers Big Sisters on the phone, this has marketing genius written all over it.

Read More at College Hoops Haven

153

Could VCU’s Shaka Smart be the next head coach at Marquette?  Some think it is likely, which is surprising considering Smart passed on openings at Illinois and UCLA among others.

The Golden Eagles have an opening because long-time coach Buzz Williams left for Virginia Tech.

Reached for comment SID Scott Day declined to comment saying, “we have no comment at this time.”  Read that however you like, perhaps it says a lot.

We have been unable to reach Marquette for comment.

Stay tuned.

Read More at College Hoops Haven

 

*This list is not in any particular*

 

    John Wooden

John Wooden aka “The Wizard of Westwood”- Wooden would go on to win 10 National Championships, including seven in a row! Wooden would go on to be inducted in 1961 to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and eventually go on to be inducted into the the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 as well. Wooden posted a career coaching record of 664 wins and 162 losses. (a winning percentage of 804)

 

 Tom Izzo

Even though he has just one National Championship, when it comes time for the NCAA Tournament, Tom Izzo is very dangerous and no team should take him or the Michigan State Spartans lightly!  Izzo has taken the Spartans to six final fours, seven regular seven Big Ten Championships, four Big Ten Tournament champions,and 17 appearances in the NCAA Tournament

 

 Mike Krzyzewski

 

When you think of Duke basketball, you automatically think of Mike Krzyzewski. NCAA tournament appearances 30 times, four National Championships and is the the only coach to ever to reach the 900 career milestone in wins all with one team! In addition he has coached team USA to two Gold Medals. Lets not forget after Mercer defeated Duke in the field of 64 and went over to their locker room to congratulate the Bears on a job well done! Coach K is without a doubt a person with a lot of class.

 

 

 Rick Pitino

 

He may have not had the best coaching career in the NBA, but Rick Pitino has had a lot of success at the college level. Pitino has coached two different teams to National Championships, Kentucky and Louisville respectively and the only coach to do so. He has also been the only coach to lead three different teams to the Final Four. (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville)

 

 Billy Donovan

Florida had been mainly known for its football program, but Billy Donovan the head coach of the Gators basketball team has put the program on the map. Donovan led the Gators to back-to-back National Champions in 2006 & 2007. This was the first time a school had won back to back National Championships since Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils did so in 1991 & 1992

 

 Jim Calhoun

Jim Calhoun is one of the only three coaches in NCAA history to win 3 National Championships. Calhoun also led Connecticut to of four Final Fours, 10 Big East regular season championships, and 7 Big East Tournaments Championships. Calhoun finished his coaching career with 866 wins, and was inducted into the the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, as well as the College Basketball Hall of Fame the following year

 

 Roy Williams

While at Kansas, Roy Williams made the Championship game and failed twice in both of those game. As the old cliche goes “Third times a charm” well that happened to be the case with Williams. In the 2004-05 seas0n he lead the North Carolina Tar Heels to its first National Championship in 12 years. (1993). After finally getting that burden of his back, four years later in the 2008-09 season, he lead the Tar Heels to another National Championship. As a Tar Heels fan, I have seen on numerous occasions him getting in the game himself and would and still does, gets excited whenever his team was stepping up showings a lot of passion! Williams was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

 

 

Dean Smith

North Carolina’s basketball court after one of the greatest coaches of all time, Dean Smith! Smith lead the Tar Heels to two National Champions and 11 Final Fours. Smith was named the National Coach of the Year four times (1977, 1979, 1982, 1993) Dean’s success was not only limited with North Carolina, he also led the 1976 U.S. Olympics Men’ Basketball game to a Gold Medal! Smith has the most NCAA tournament appearances as a coach and has the second most Final Four berths (John Wooden had 12.)

 

Jim Boeheim

Not only is Jim Boeheim the coach of the Syracuse Orange, but it happens to be his Alma Mater as well! Since 1976, Boeheim has an astounding  total of 948 wins since being named head coach! In 2010, Boeheim had many accolades, such as the Big East Coach of the Year, Naismith College, College Coach of the Year,  AP Coach of the Year, NABC Coach of the Year, Henry Iba Award, The Sporting News Coach of the Year, and the 2010 Big East Coach of the Year!

 

 

Lute Olson

During the 1997 , Lute Olson led his Arizona Wildcats to a National Championship. On top of that, Olson led the Wildcats to three victories against #1 seeds en-route  to their National Title. Olson also took the Wildcats to five Final Fours, won the Pac 1o (now Pac 12) tournament four times and 11 regular season championships. Before he came to Arizona, Olson also led the Iowa Hawkeyes to a Final Four appearance in the 1979-80 season.

 

 

Adolph Rupp

I would be a fool if I did not have Adolph Rupp on this list!n Rupp led the Kentucky Wildcats to 876 wins, 3 National Champions and a NIT Championship! Rupp would also led the Wildcats to six Final Fours, was named National Coach of the Year five times as well as a seven time SEC Coach of the Year!

 

 

Bobby Knight

One of my favorite coaches of all time is Bobby Knight due to his numerous antics he displayed which left me in tears due to laughter. One quote he used was one of the best I ever heard, “When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want they bury me upside and my critics can kiss my ass!” That aside, Knight captured three National Championships, including an undefeated season in 1975-1976. Also, just like Mike Krzyzewski, Knight has two Olympics Gold Medals as Team USA’s head coach.

 

 

Follow me and SportsNinja!

KCSportsNinja Twitter: https://twitter.com/KCSportsNinja

KCSportsNinja Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sportsninja

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=6406

For more from my sports blog visit  http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nams-Noodle-Sports-Blog-FB-Page/252192688235247

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NamsNoodleSport

Namsnoodle Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/230913293714043/

 

 

 

 

The majority of America has their March Madness Bracket busted due to losses such as Duke being defeated by Mercer, North Dakota State coming out on top over Oklahoma, and Harvard, Dayton, and S.F. Austin winning the rest of their games. There remains however (allegedly) one perfect bracket!  Twitter user  https://twitter.com/Brad_Binder  His bracket remains unblemished after the round of 64. Perhaps just as impressive, Binder said he did not analyze any of this and that it just took him five minutes to fill out this bracket! I would love to see this guy win Warren Buffet’s billion dollars, but some of his picks start to become a bit of stretch afterwards. Nevertheless pretty impressive, and if he can keep this going the whole country will be rooting him on and hoping he pulls through and come out on top!

 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2001973-this-is-the-only-perfect-ncaa-tournament-bracket-left?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national2

 

Follow me and SportsNinja!

KCSportsNinja Twitter: https://twitter.com/KCSportsNinja

KCSportsNinja Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sportsninja

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=6406

For more from my sports blog visit  http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nams-Noodle-Sports-Blog-FB-Page/252192688235247

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NamsNoodleSport

Namsnoodle Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/230913293714043/

134

East

1.Virginia vs. 16. Coastal Carolina

Virginia is 8th in field goal percentage defense (38.5%) and Coastal Carolina shoots 43.8% 197th in the country.

8. Memphis vs. 9. George Washington

George Washington shoots the 3 at 36.9% while Memphis is 28th best at defending it at 30.8%

5. Cincinnati vs. 12. Harvard

Harvard shoots at 46.7% and Cincinnati at just 42.7%

4. Michigan State vs. 13. Delaware

Michigan State gives up 65.3 points per game and Delaware scores 79.5

6. North Carolina vs. 11. Providence

Providence commits 11.6 turnovers per game and North Carolina averages 15.6 assist a game.

3.Iowa State vs. 14. North Carolina Central

Iowa State is 6th in the country in scoring at 82.9 and North Carolina Central is 7th in defense at 58.5 points per game.

7. Connecticut vs. 10. St. Joseph’s

Connecticut shoots 44.8% and St. Joseph’s is 33rd in defensive rebounding at 26.1 a game

2. Villanova vs. 15. Milwaukee

Villanova scores 78.5 points per game and Milwaukee allows 70.5

 

West

1.Arizona vs.  16. Weber State

Arizona is 5th in points allowed at 58.1 and Weber State is 20th in field goal percentage at 48.1%

8. Gonzaga vs. 9. Oklahoma State

Gonzaga is 5th in the country in field goal at 49.8% and Oklahoma State is 16th in the country in points per game at 80.3

5. Oklahoma vs.  12. North Dakota State

Oklahoma scores 82.2 a game and gives up 75.9. North Dakota State is the top shooting team in the country 50.9%

4. San Diego State vs. 13. New Mexico State

New Mexico State is 7th in the country in blocks with 6.3 and San Diego State has 5.2

6. Baylor vs.  11. Nebraska

Nebraska struggles rebounding with 33.4 and Baylor is 24th at 38.7 a game

3.Creighton vs. 14. Louisiana

Both teams like to score, Louisiana at 81.4 and Creighton at 79.5 points a game

7. Oregon vs. 10. BYU

Both teams score a ton (top 11) of points but also give them up.  BYU allows 77 and Oregon gives up 74.

2. Wisconsin vs. 15. American

American is 7th in field goal percentage at 49.5% but scores just 63.9 points and Wisconsin gives up 64.6.

Midwest

1.Wichita State vs. 16. Cal Poly

Cal Poly is 319th in field goal percentage at  41% and Wichita State is 11th in the country in points allowed at 59.6

8. Kentucky vs. 9. Kansas State

Kentucky has a huge rebounding edge 41.3 to Kansas State’s 36

5. St. Louis vs. 12. N.C. State

Where St. Louis has the edge is on defense.  Both teams average about 70 points per game but the Billikens give up just 61.2 while N.C. State surrenders 69.2

4. Louisville vs. 13. Manhattan

Louisville is 2nd in the country in steals at 10.1 and Manhattan commits 14.2 turnovers per game.

6. Massachusetts vs. 11. Tennessee

These two teams match up well with UMass 23rd in defensive rebounds per game (26.4) and Tennessee 20th in total rebounding at 38.8 per game

3. Duke vs. 14. Mercer

Mercer is 25th in defensive rebounding at 26.3 and duke is 272nd at just 22.5

7. Texas vs. 10. Arizona State

Arizona State is 1th in defensive rebounding with 27.2 and Texas is 4th in rebounding at 41.8

2. Michigan vs. 15. Wofford

Both teams struggle to rebound, Wofford at 33.3 and Michigan at an even worse 31.9

South

1. Florida vs. 16. Albany

Albany is 287th in scoring at 66 a game and Florida gives up just 57.9 3rd in the country.

8. Colorado vs. 9. Pittsburgh

Colorado shoots 43.7% and Pittsburgh allows just 62.4 points per game

5. VCU vs. 12. Stephen F. Austin

VCU is first in the country in steals at 11 and Stephen F. Austin allows 62.6 points per game.

4. UCLA vs. 13. Tulsa

UCLA averages 9.4 steals per game and Tulsa turns the ball over 11.5 times a game.

6. Ohio State vs. 11. Dayton

Dayton shoots 46.6% from the field and Ohio State is 159th in defensive rebounding at 24 per game.

3. Syracuse vs. 14. Western Michigan

Western Michigan shoots just 33.2% from 3-point land and 46.6% overall and Syracuse struggles defensive rebounding with just 22.1 per game

7. New Mexico vs. 10. Stanford

Both teams are not very good offensive rebounding teams, Stanford grabs 9.67 a game and New Mexico is at 10.64

2. Kansas vs. 15. Eastern Kentucky

Kansas allows teams to shoot 35.9% from 3-point range and Eastern Kentucky shoots it at 39% from 3.

Read More at College Hoops Haven

142

EAST

 

Best 2nd round game:

#7 Connecticut vs. #10 Saint Joseph’s.  The Huskies led by All-American guard Shabazz Napier take on one of the hotter teams in the country in Saint Joseph’s.  The Hawks led by Langston Galloway and big man Halil Kanacevic took out VCU in the Atlantic 10 final.

Best potential 3rd round game:

#1 Virginia vs. #8 Memphis.  The top-seeded Cavaliers calling card is defense, they are the #1 defensive team in the country.  A potential 3rd round match up with the athletic  Memphis Tigers could be an interesting dichotomy of styles.

 

Most dangerous double-digit seed:

In the East the most dangerous double-digit seed has to be the 3-time defending Ivy League champs Harvard.  The #12 Crimson have experience having defeated New Mexico in the 2nd round last season and a large majority of that squad returns including point guard Siyani Chambers.

 

Dream Regional Final:

#3 Iowa State vs. #4 Michigan State.  The typical heavy banging Big Ten team in Michigan State against Fred Hoiberg’s high-octane offense for a trip to the Final Four would be fun.  Guard Keith Appling facing off against stat-stuffer DeAndre Kane of the Cyclones is just one intriguing in-game match up.

 

WEST

Best 2nd round game:

#8 Gonzaga vs. #9 Oklahoma State.  The Zags while not as dangerous in past years are a tough match up for the Cowboys because of their ability to dominate in the frontcourt with the likes of Sam Dower.  Oklahoma State, despite falling to Kansas in the Big 12 tournament has found a bit of a groove since star Marcus Smart returned from suspension.

Best potential 3rd round game:

#7 Oregon vs. #2 Wisconsin.  Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin team has a little more offense than in past years, but if they meet up with Oregon how they handle the stretch ability of Mike Moser and Jason Calliste.  Another game with teams that want to play at different tempos.

 

Most dangerous double-digit seed:

I’m going to go with the 12th seeded North Dakota State Bison.  NDSU will be in their game for because of their top-ten field goal percentage and forward Marshall Bjorklund who led the country in that category last season.  The Summit League Player of the Year Taylor Huff can really score and that duo could spell trouble for Oklahoma.

 

Dream Regional Final:

#1 Arizona vs. #3 Creighton.   The Top Cats trying to get to the Final Four going against a team led by the guy who is now 5th all-time in scoring in his collegiate swan song, Doug McDermott.

 

 

MIDWEST

Best 2nd round game:

#3 Duke vs. #14 Mercer.  We all know what the Blue Devils have in terms of talent on the court and on the bench but Mercer comes from the same conference as Florida Gulf Coast and guard Langston Hall can really score and the Bears think they are capable of repeating FGCU’s success.

Best potential 3rd round game:

#1 Wichita State vs. #8 Kentucky.  The undefeated Shockers will potentially get a shot at one of the sports blue bloods.  The Wildcats are young but super talented and the Wichita State detractors want to know what they will do against elite competition, here’s their chance.

 

Most dangerous double-digit seed:

Don’t sleep on #10 Arizona State led by point guard Jahii Carson who has the ability to score with anyone in the country and big man Jordan Bachynski.

 

Dream Regional Final:

#2 Michigan vs. # 4 Louisville.  Different teams but a potential national championship game rematch looms for the Cardinals and the Wolverines.

 

 

 

SOUTH

Best 2nd round game:

#5 VCU vs. #12 Stephen F. Austin.  Shaka Smart’s havoc that has taken the Rams to a Final Four appearance will take on one of the nation’s best defensive teams and hottest teams in the country in the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin out of the Southland Conference.  The Lumberjacks are 31-2 and have won 28 in a row.

Best potential 3rd round game:

#2 Kansas vs. #7 New Mexico.  The Jayhawks are young and talented but without freshman big man Joel Embiid who may not play due to back issues they may have trouble with the New Mexico frontcourt of Alex Kirk and All-Mountain West forward Cameron Bairstow.  Add to that duo guard Kendall Williams who can torch the nets, Kansas is going to have to battle to make it out of the first weekend.

 

Most dangerous double-digit seed:

Like I said above #12 Stephen F. Austin can really defend and having won28 straight the Lumberjacks have a chance to throw a bit of a wrench into the South Region.

 

Dream Regional Final:

#1 Florida vs. #3 Syracuse.  This year’s edition of the Gators rely less on the 3-point shot than they have in the past and a meeting with the best zone defense in the country in Syracuse would be fun to watch.  How would Florida attack the zone?  Attack the seams or shoot their way out of it?

Read More at College Hoops Haven

Since the NCAA Basketball Tournament are out, and I have made several brackets. They are a lot good teams that can make the Final Four and win it all Wichita State are the first team to go into the Tournament undefeated since UNLV did in 1991. Florida who went perfect in SEC this season and won their Tournament. Louisville are the defending National Champions, Arizona which been at the top of the rankings for the whole season. Michigan State won the Big 10 Tournament. Virginia who won there first ACC Title since 1976, but here are the teams who will be in the Final Four in Dallas.

Louisville will beat Wichita State in the Midwest regional Final. Arizona will beat Wisconsin in the West regional Final. Florida will beat Kansas in the South regional Final. Michigan State will beat Villanova in the East regional Final.

In the National Semifinals in Dallas on April 5th Arizona will beat Louisville and Florida will beat Michigan State. On April 7th Florida will beat Arizona to win their 3rd National title, but in March Madness anything can happen and usual will.

 

Check out my 2014 March Madness picks! Let me know what you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Who do you have winning it all?

 

 

 

 

Follow me and SportsNinja!

KCSportsNinja Twitter: https://twitter.com/KCSportsNinja

KCSportsNinja Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sportsninja

For more from my sports blog visit  http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nams-Noodle-Sports-Blog-FB-Page/252192688235247

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NamsNoodleSport

Namsnoodle Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/230913293714043/

399

The NCAA Tournament is famous for upsets, teams out of nowhere beating powerhouses like Duke and Kansas. The famous upset from last year was the FGCU Eagles beating the 2 seeded Georgetown in the second round of the tournament; they would go on to beat San Diego State but then lose to the Florida gators. FGCU was the first ever 15 seed to go to the Sweet Sixteen. Here are some teams that could bust your bracket just like FGCU.

North Dakota State-- The Bison are dangerous. This is a team that went 12-2 in a decent Summit League and has won nine games in a row. The fact that they are on a run is not why I think they will beat Oklahoma. They will beat the Sooners because Oklahoma is not a great team. The Sooners are overrated and are not a team I can see going far. The Sooners are a team that has success against good teams, but loses games they should win. After losing to a hot Baylor team the Sooners are very lucky to get a 5 seed. The Bison and Sooners are heading in total different directions which is why people should watch out for the North Dakota State Bison.

Oklahoma State- The Cowboys are dangerous! At 21-12, which could be a lot better if Marcus Smart didnt get suspended,  the Cowboys could give Arizona a very tough game in the round of 32. As a 9 seed, the Cowboys will face Gonzaga first which is a very winnable game. I personally have Oklahoma State in the Elite 8 in both of my brackets. The Cowboys can score a lot of points; they averaged 80 points per game which is 3rd in the Big-12. If the Cowboys can get past Gonzaga they can give Arizona a run for their money.

Harvard- Harvard, coming off winning the Ivy League is a team very capable of beating Cincinnati. The Crimson last year won a game in the tournament and are looking to bust some more brackets this year. The Crimson went 26-4 this season and 13-1 in the Ivy League with their only loss coming to their rival Yale. This team is full of seniors that love to spread the ball around and truly doesn’t care who scores–they just want to win. I could see The Crimson taking down Cincinnati.

Providence- The Friars battled their way through the Big East tournament to win the Big East championship. This team is hot after winning three straight while the Tarheels have lost two straight. The Friars are a dangerous team and are looking to send North carolina home early. After winning the Big East tournament, the Friars are confident and ready for any team. They are very capable of beating North Carolina after beating a very good Creighton squad. Watch the Friars,because they want to ruin your bracket

Filed under: College Basketball Tagged: Harvard Crimson, March Madness, North Dakota State Bison, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Providence Friars

For More Basketball Visit HoopsHeads

 

During the 2013 BCS National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Sportscaster Brent Musburger made interesting comment’s about Alabama quaterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend. With the camera panning to Katherine Webb, Musberger awed at her beauty and then made a remark that got a few eyebrows raising

“Now when you’re a quarterback at Alabama, you see that lovely lady there? She does go to Auburn I want to admit that, but she’s also Miss Alabama and that’s A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, okay.”

Musburger then acknowledged McCarron’s mother who was sitting to the right of Webb, and then continued to gush over her looks

“Wow I’ll tell you,  you quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women, what a beautiful woman! Whoa!”

 

 

 

 

Musberger received some heat for his remarks and was heavily criticized by many in the media. Flash forward to over a year later, Musberger has seemingly caught himself in bit of a pickle yet once again over remarks towards young female college students!

During a Big 12 basketball game between Kansas and Iowa State, the cameras again panned to another young female, one who was taking a “selfie” with her phone, Musberger states “Take a look at our sixth man of the game brought you by Motel 6, and I am pleased with this selection! Oh yeah why not a “selfie”?!?! The fans of Iowa State, the sixth man of the game”

 

 

Musburger again is putting the sports world into a frenzy and has ESPN once more walking on eggshells. My advice for ESPN if they are worried for any more future potential comments about beautiful young women by Musburger, take him to the nearest veterinary to have him neutered.

Follow me!

KCSportsNinja Twitter: https://twitter.com/KCSportsNinja

KCSportsNinja Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sportsninja

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=6406

For more from my sports blog visit  http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nams-Noodle-Sports-Blog-FB-Page/252192688235247

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NamsNoodleSport

Namsnoodle Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/230913293714043/

Follow Sports Ninja

Close
Please support the site
By clicking any of these buttons you help our site to get better

Warning: Unknown: open(/home/content/09/7726209/tmp/sess_03qd41klkmna927dhpvs3rucs1, O_RDWR) failed: File too large (27) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct () in Unknown on line 0