Christopher’s Picks: NCAA Tournament Second Round (Thursday)

Christopher’s Picks: NCAA Tournament Second Round (Thursday)

The reason that March Madness has such a large national appeal? Well besides the fact that the 68 teams participating represent 33 states (including D.C.), it’s the upsets.

Every year, the tournament has its fair share of double digit seeds knocking off a top teams and making a memorable runs to the Sweet 16 (or further). Last year’s Cinderella team was 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast, who upset…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 16

The final five conference finals before tonight’s tournament announcement.

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Selection Sunday is just hours away, but there are still five more automatic bids to give out for the tournament. By this point, the Selection Committee has either finished or is very close to deciding the field of 68.

Looking at the slate of games today, the Sun Belt final is the only game with do-or-die tournament implications. Only the winner of that game will make it in. The other four…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 15

Conference Tournament Finals: March 15

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Selection Sunday is only a day away and 13 of the 68 teams have already punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. But by the end of the day, 14 more teams will have won their conference tournaments and earned automatic bids to the Big Dance.

There’s a mix of both small, mid-major, and major conferences awarding bids, so there will be a few teams losing today and still making it into the field…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 12

Conference Tournament Finals: March 12

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The automatic bids continue to fly in, as four went dancing last night. In the Horizon League, the Milwaukee Panthers clinched their first tournament appearance since 2006 by beating Wright State 69-63. Tournament favorite North Dakota State won the Summit League title by beating IPFW 60-57 and will make their second tournament appearance.

Over in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga beat BYU…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 10

Conference Tournament Finals: March 10 (Go Tribe!)

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Championship Week continues tonight as three more automatic bids will be earned. Like last night, the chances of a team earning an at-large bid are nonexistent. The Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) was a multi-bid conference just a few years ago, but the recent losses of VCU, Old Dominion, and George Mason have put an end to those days. The MAAC earned two NCAA bids in 2012, but will not do so…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 9

Conference Tournament Finals: March 9

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With college basketball’s regular season essentially over, it’s time for Championship Week. From now until next Sunday, 30 teams will earn automatic bids into the NCAA Tournament by winning their conference tournament. Just like last year, I’m here to help you keep track of all the madness.

Quick side note: 32 total automatics bids will be awarded this year. The Ohio Valley crowned their…

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UFC Ladder: March 2014

UFC Ladder for March 2014

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Months have passed since I last updated the UFC Ladder and title situations have changed drastically.

Most notably in the middleweight and welterweight divisions where the two longest tenured champions in UFC history — Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre — enter 2014 title-less and on the shelf. The formed suffered two defeats to current middleweight champion Chris Weidman and a gruesome injury…

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Notable College Basketball Games: March 1

Notable College Basketball Games: March 1

The NCAA tournament is still a few weeks away, but March Madness is in full swing with teams looking to make a last-minute boost to their resumes before Championship Week . Here are a few of today’s key games to help get you caught up come tourney time:

Missouri State vs. #2 Wichita State, 2pm (ESPN)

With a one seed all but wrapped up, you need  to get acquainted with 30-0 Wichita State before…

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Took me awhile to decide, but here’s my Super Bowl pick.View Post

Took me awhile to decide, but here’s my Super Bowl pick.

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HOF Worthy: Pro Football Hall of Famers by Draft Class (1980-1997)

The announcement of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 less than a day away. A few months ago I wondered how it would look if I broke down the number of HOFers by draft class. For all of the attention given to to NFL Draft classes each year, I…

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