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March Madness Blog – Observations from Sunday’s day games

Eight more games to watch today, which by the end of the night, will bring the total to 52 NCAA tournament games watched for the entire week. There were four games in the First Four, 32 in the 2nd round, and 16 in the the third round. I think I’m on basketball overdose!

In the first four games Sunday, we finally got our first upset of the 3rd round, as NC State(11) took down Georgetown(3). Everything else remained with the chalk… Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Observations from Saturday’s day games

I hope everyone enjoyed the running diaries of the first two days. There were 32 games on TV the past two days. A ridiculous amount of basketball to watch. To keep from overdoing that format, I’ll be switching up to a more critical analysis of each game.

In an update to the Sports Spectrum bracket challenge, through the round of 64 and these four games, Richard R. is in first place and the Sports Spectrum staff of Bryce Johnson, Steve Copeland, Brett Honeycutt, and I are all in the middle of the pack. Shows what we know… Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Friday Night Games

8:02 – Storm passing through, we lost our satellite signal on one of of our TVs.

8:08 – There’s no way we get two number 15 upsets do we? Duke up just two vs. Lehigh at the half. That’s never happened.

8:10 – I had an Abbot and Costello moment with Michael:

Michael: “What’s a Billiken?”
Me: “That thing right there (points to logo of Billiken)”
Michael: “What is that?”
Me: “A Billiken”
This went on for awhile. Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Friday Day Games

12:15 – Time for more madness. I’m hoping today’s games will bring a few more close games and upsets.

12:55 – I grab a pizza for us to eat from Capriccio’s. It’s one of the best places in Charlotte to get pizza. Get the Sicilian pizza. It’s HUGE!

1:15 – I hate how the NCAA is calling this round the second round. That means 60 teams got a bye.

1:53 – It looks like NC State and San Diego State will give us our first good game of the day. It was back and forth throughout the first half, second half underway… Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Thursday Night Games

Welcome back for part two of the March Madness blog.

7:00 – While Kentucky is under way with their game, we decide that it’s time to shoot more basketball outside. My buddy Eric used to play basketball with some of his not so athletic friends back in high school. They would call themselves “And None.” And One was the talented group of basketball players who traveled the world and play an entertaining form of streetball. And None is what you think it is: terrible basketball. That label definitely applied to our game of 21 today… Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Thursday Day Games

The bracket madness is here! A second Christmas for college basketball fans. I’ve decided to go with the running diary format ala Bill Simmons (and many others) for the first two days of the tournament. With so many games going on at once it’s pretty hard to make critical observations.

I’m gonna break these up into day caps and night caps, so we will have two parts posted by the end of the day. By the way you can follow me on Twitter @pplcallmeblue for live thoughts and discussion.

I’ll also update everyone on the Sports Spectrum bracket challenge. Enjoy the games! Continue reading

Old School – Bubble Madness & Conference Tournaments Pt. Two

344 schools began play this November with the hope of becoming one of the 68 teams to reach the NCAA tournament and compete for a national championship in men’s basketball. And now we are just a few days away from Selection Sunday. And when Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony, Seth Davis, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Sir Charles Barkley appear on CBS to reveal the brackets, there will be many teams who didn’t win an automatic bid through their conference tournaments who will be sweating it out to see if they will be headed to the big dance, or depressingly, to the NIT tournament. These teams are called bubble teams, which is our theme of the week. Oh, and by the way, we will have a Sports Spectrum bracket challenge next week, so look for an update Monday morning… Continue reading

Old School – Mini-Madness, Conference Tournaments, and UCLA’s fall from greatness

What is “Mini-Madness?” Is this the end for UCLA’s head coach Ben Howland? And what conference tournaments should you be watching this weekend? Find out in this week’s Old School…

The end for Ben Howland?

UCLA has had it rough lately, going just 53-42 in the past 3 seasons. A recent report in Sports Illustrated suggests that head coach Ben Howland has lost control of the team…

March Madness Word of the Week
Mini-Madness (noun)
Definition inside…

Conference Tournaments

This weekend and next will be the appetizer to the main course. The bigger conference tourneys mean more for seeding and positioning in the NCAA tournament, but for most teams across the land, the conference tournament championship is the only ticket into the big dance. With so much on the line with dreams simultaneously shattering and coming true, any conference tournament is a good watch. But in case you can’t watch every single minute of the action, here are the tournaments you should make a point to watch this weekend… Continue reading

Old School – Top 5 Most Exciting Teams, The Palestra, Shocking the Nation

Another week in the books for college basketball. We are inching ever closer to the greatest sporting event in America: MARCH MADNESS. Last year, we held a Sports Spectrum bracket contest for Madness. I can’t remember who actually won that contest, or what the person won, but we will be holding another bracket contest this year. The winner will get a nice Sports Spectrum prize package, details will be available as we get closer to the NCAA tournament.

Top 5 Most Exciting Teams
Last week, I had some comments in the comment section ragging some of my selections in games to watch. The commenter’s main problem is that some of the games listed, mainly any game Wisconsin is involved in, is not “fun to watch.” So, due to the personal request of mdgordon07, here are my top 5 most exciting teams to watch in college basketball.

1. VMI
2. North Carolina
3. Kentucky
4. Iona
5. Missouri
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