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Yawn...yawn. Seemingly just another day at the office for point guard Steve Alford. The smooth 6-foot-2 senior led Indiana University to the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball championship this season, averaging 22 points a game. But his fluid movements on the floor belie the effort and diligence away from the camera that went into his contributions toward the team's national title. Alford ended his career as the Hoosiers' four-time Most Valuable Player. He finished as the number 2 all-time scorer in the Big 10 Conference--a mere deuce behind Michigan's Mike McGee... To read our story on Hoosiers star and recently-named UCLA head coach Steve Alford from our Volume 1, Number 3 issue, click here.

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...

It may be hard to believe, but college football is back. Tonight, South Carolina and Vanderbilt will open up the 2012 season and it’s one sure to be filled with many different storylines. This offseason we got some good news about the future of college football at the FBC level. We are getting playoffs! It’s great that there will be more of a chance for champions to be decided on the field instead of on computers and polls...

This week, in the Sports Spectrum offices, Bryce Johnson, host of Sports Yapp, brought up a rant that Jim Rome did a while back about the Florida Marlins theme song by Creed. The song is atrocious. But that got us thinking about the best and worst baseball songs out there, and it made me decide that my next column should be the top 5 best and top 5 worst baseball songs ever...

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the winter of hope, it was the spring of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us. There is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Arlington; there is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Los Angeles. It was the year of Our Lord two thousand and twelve. Spiritual revelations were conceded to Arlington at that favoured period, as at this. Mr. Hamilton had recently attained his eighteenth home run, of whom a prophetic private on the West Coast had heralded the sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of Oakland and Seattle...

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...

Considering the madness that has happened in the NFL with Peyton Manning, Sean Payton, and Tim Tebow, it seems like the NCAA tournament has been a little overlooked. But hype or no hype, it's here, and it should be good. We still have the heavyweights (Syracuse, UNC, Kentucky) and we still have some underdogs (NC State, Ohio, Xavier) which always gives us good storylines and teams to root for. Let's get to the action...

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...

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

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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