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Who is Cody Zeller? What’s behind the even-keeled Indiana University freshman who acts the same whether he’s the victim of a bad call or catalyst behind a highlight jam—who would probably show the same seemingly emotionless stare whether he was swimming in a pool of crocodiles or a pool of beautiful women? The answer is simple: A mischievous grin…

Tebowmania in New York Last night, the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets finalized a trade to send Tim Tebow, and subsequent Tebowmania, to New York.... Now with the Jets, Jeff Darlington of NFL.com writes that Tebow has the biggest platform in America, New York City... Ohio State's Aaron Craft The Ohio State Bukeyes play the Cincinnati Bearcats tonight in the Sweet 16, but for the Buckeyes Aaron Craft, basketball is only a part of who he is. "I choose to be a Christian, a student and then an athlete," Craft said. (thelantern.com) Craft is involved in Athletes in Action at Ohio State, attending bible studies and weekly meetings... Louisville's Peyton Siva "Stop being selfish," Siva said to his dad. "He saved my life," Peyton Siva Sr. said. (Seattle Times) Louisville and Michigan State play tonight in the Sweet 16 but Cardinals point guard Peyton Siva's biggest assist in life was to his dad; who was contemplating ending his life before Peyton Jr. boldly said those words... Christian Athletes in the Headlines: Namath on Jets trading for Tebow: 'I think it's just a publicity stunt' (NFL.com) Tim Tebow and the Jets: What could possibly go wrong? (Washington Post) Tim Tebow: King of New York? (ESPN.com) Drew Brees is befuddled, wants an explanation for Payton’s suspension (Yahoo Sports)

Today on the show Bryce and Aaron are joined in studio by Greg Arnold to breakdown the NCAA Tournament. -Find out what surprising sleeper all three guys agree on. -Listen to Bryce’s very risky Final Four pick. -Greg picks every team from his home state of Ohio. -Aaron makes a bold prediction and gives Bryce a hard time about the team he thinks will knock off Duke. -Hear who we think will win the whole tournament. -The guys talk about some of their favorite March Madness memories. Play in new window | Download | Subscribe in iTunes | Listen on Stitcher

The Zeller Brothers The Zeller brothers have fired up their hometown of Washington, Ind. for March Madness. People throughout the town have been seen wearing Tar Heel blue or Indiana crimson in support of Washington's favorite sons. Zeller jerseys have been flying off the racks... Tyler Zeller Tyler Zeller has been named Second-Team All-America by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Tyler is also this year's ACC Player of the Year, an award a North Carolina senior has not won since Phil Ford in 1978. Tyler and the North Carolina Tar Heels earned a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament and will face the No. 16 seed (winner between Lamar and Vermont in the First Four). The New York Times' Pete Thamel writes about Tyler's quiet leadership... Cody Zeller Cody Zeller and the Indiana Hoosiers earned a No. 4 seed and will play the 13th seeded New Mexico State Aggies in the NCAA tournament. Cody helped IU get their first Big Ten conference tournament win since 2006 last week and their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008. Cody is the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and appears in the current Winter 2012 DigiMag issue of Sports Spectrum. A four-page feature on Cody is also in our upcoming Spring 2012 issue. Click here to subscribe.

The Madness bug has infected the Sports Spectrum offices and we are having a bracket challenge! Compete against SS writers and other SS readers to win a Sports Spectrum prize package. Whoever has the most correct bracket out of all the readers gets the prize. Winner gets a special bonus if they beat all 4 members of the Sports Spectrum staff, Aaron May, Bryce Johnson, Steve Copeland and Brett Honeycutt. In order to play: 1. Follow this link to the Sports Spectrum group: http://sportsspectrumchallenge.mayhem.cbssports.com/e 2. Sign in or register with a username/password. 3. Fill out a bracket and hope to be right. Password is: sports Make sure you allow your email to be visible so we can contact you if you win. Deadline to fill out your bracket will be about 12 NOON on Thursday. Happy Bracketeering!

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...

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

Let me start out admitting that I was way off on Monday night’s BCS National Title Game. I thought LSU would give us a repeat result of what happened in Tuscaloosa, but Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide completely outcoached and outplayed Les Miles and LSU. But enough of college football, let’s move from a sport with the worst postseason system in the world to the sport with the best, college basketball. The strangest story so far in this college basketball season has involved the head coach of St. Joseph's, Phil Martelli, and former player, Todd O’Brien. The Hawks have had a resurgent year and currently have an 11-5 record. They have a good chance of building a good enough resume to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. But this story has brought a lot of bad press to St. Joe’s. O'Brien has graduated from St. Joe's and wants to use his last year of eligibility at UAB, but his former coach won't let him...

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