Old School – Ten college basketball questions to be answered…

What will the 2012-13 college basketball season bring? Here are ten questions to be answered in college basketball this season.

1. Is this the year of the Hoosier?

The Hoosiers haven’t been a national favorite since Bob Knight was head coach. The IU fanbase has gone through many down years, bad hires, and NCAA sanctions, but head coach Tom Crean has the Hoosiers poised for a championship run this year… Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Elite 8 Sunday games

Two more games decided the final two entrants into the Final Four. What did Rick Pitino say would happen to the state of Kentucky if Louisville pulls off the upset? And why North Carolina can’t simply blame Kendall Marshall’s injury for their loss against Kansas.

Oh, and by the way, Jayne S. is now leading the Sports Spectrum bracket challenge. And guess who has crept up to number 3…that’s right, your’s truly. I was three for four in my Final Four picks, not bad. Let’s get to Sunday’s games… Continue reading

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

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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Old School – Ranking the Conferences

Hope you had an outstanding ValLINtine’s Day. Last night, Jeremy Lin hits a game winner for the New York Knicks to continue the Linsanity.™ It’s been hard not to pay attention to a story of a guy who was living on his brother’s couch a little over a week ago, to becoming a starting point guard for the New York Knicks and leading them to six straight wins, especially when the season was looking lost. I can only imagine the Linsanity™ if Lin and his Harvard team could have made a run in the NCAA tournament. And the cool thing about this story is that Lin continues to thank God and point people to his faith in Christ.

Any-who, enough NBA. After getting grief from some of my Twitter followers after posting a top 10 ranking of conferences, I decided to rank the conferences in “Old School.” And I’d love to hear from in the comments section on what you all think.

1. Big Ten
2. Big East
3. Big 12…
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Old School – What Makes A Good Rival?

What makes a good rival? The general consensus is that Duke-North Carolina is the best rivalry in college basketball, but there are plenty of others that don’t get quite the hype. Syracuse vs. Georgetown, Kansas vs. Kansas State, and how about St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga? That’s always a good game. We’ve already seen one rivalry this year that ended in a bloodbath with Xavier and Cincinnati. This week is “Rivalry Week” on ESPN, so I figured it would be rivalry week here on Old School… Continue reading

Old School – What College Basketball Can Learn from Tim Tebow

Another week of great college basketball action is in the books, and we are creeping ever closer to March Madness. This week I debut a couple of new segments (College Basketball 101 and the March Madness Word of the Week). I also take a look at what college basketball can learn from Tim Tebow, Sports Spectrum’s 2011 Athlete of the Year… Continue reading

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