THE RJ Members-Only NCAA Tournament Brackets Contest 2K13 (on Yahoo!)

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    Mar 07, 2013 1:43 PM GMT
    Looking at my Gucci, it's about that time! March Madness is coming!

    "Can you outpick the Guy Above You?!?"

    The Drive to the 2013 Final Four here in Atlanta is already underway, with many Conference Championship tournaments starting to decide their automatic qualifiers. As usual, we'll post the logos of each school as they make it into the Big Dance.

    Here's the Direct Invite link for those wishing to join. Of course, you'll need a Yahoo ID to participate. Last year's contestants got this year's invite via whatever e-mail they used last year.

    http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/register/joinprivategroup_assign_team?GID=18400&P=reaper

    If you're asked for a password in order to join... it's reaper. icon_twisted.gif

    Click here when the NCAA tourney starts on March 21 to keep track! (EDIT: Sorry, lurkers! Just figuring out Yahoo won't let you see the page without signing up and participating. We'll keep you updated here on the thread instead!)

    http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/18400

    Yahoo!'s larger contest gives away 10,000 smacks to the top-scorer among all of its participating entrants (down from $5 million last year! Is Yahoo paying gas money for all those formerly stay-at-home workers?) You'll have the option to submit your RJ bracket entry in their contest as well.

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    Holding the title belt is last year's defending RealJock heavyweight champion, jerseywoof! J-woof got two-thirds of the 2012 picks correct and correctly predicted the outcome for the Title Game within about 3 points! His masterful performance edged out a late-surging O_H (2nd) and a strong entry from Zachdust (3rd). (The link from last year's tourney: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2231607)

    I liked the way the RealJock scoring kept the 2012 race competitive throughout the tournament, compared to Yahoo's default system, so for now I'm planning to keep it the same:

    Second Round (field of "64") 2 pts for each correct pick (Yahoo default: 1 pt) -- The so called "First Four" play-in games in Dayton do not count.
    Third Round (field of 32) 3 pts each (Yahoo default: 2 pts)
    Sweet Sixteen 5 pts each (Yahoo default: 4 pts)
    Elite Eight 7 pts each (Yahoo default: 8 pts)
    Final Four 9 pts each (Yahoo default: 16 pts)
    Championship Game 13 pts for the winning pick (Yahoo default: 32 pts)

    Also, in every round you get 3 extra points every time you correctly pick the lower-seed (the coveted "upset bonus").

    For those choosing to go after the $10,000, Yahoo will provide your overall score based on its default scoring (instead of this league's).

    You can have as many as three different brackets in the RJ pool, if you are so inclined.

    After the final participating teams are selected by the NCAA committee on March 17, you'll have two weeks from today to toy with your bracket(s) before Yahoo locks them in. Then, the Mayhem begins. Have fun, and good luck!

    Important Tournament Pick'em Dates

    Selection Sunday: 3/17
    Brackets Lock (reg. ends): 3/21
    Round of 64: 3/21 - 3/22
    Round of 32: 3/23 - 3/24
    Reg. Semis: 3/28 - 3/29
    Reg. Finals: 3/30 - 3/31
    Semifinals: 4/6
    Championship: 4/8
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    Mar 07, 2013 3:47 PM GMT
    Conference Tournament Championships Schedule:

    Atlantic Sun (Macon, GA): 3/9 (12 noon EST)
    Favorites: Mercer, Florida Gulf Coast

    Ohio Valley (Nashville, TN): 3/9 (7 pm EST)
    Favorites: Belmont, Eastern Kentucky

    Big South (Conway, SC): 3/10 (12 noon EST)
    Favorites: Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb

    Missouri Valley (St. Louis, MO): 3/10 (2:05 pm EST)
    Favorites: Creighton, Wichita State

    Colonial (Richmond, VA): 3/11 (7 pm EST)
    Favorites: Northeastern, Towson, Delaware

    Southern (Asheville, NC): 3/11 (7 pm EST)
    Favorite: Davidson

    Sun Belt (Hot Springs, AR): 3/11 (7 pm EST)
    Favorites: Middle Tennessee State

    Metro Atlantic (Springfield, MA): 3/11 (9 pm EST)
    Favorites: Loyola (Md.), Niagara, Rider

    West Coast (Las Vegas, NV): 3/11 (9 pm EST)
    Favorites: Gonzaga, St. Mary's

    Northeast (tourney at campus sites, Higher seed -- LIU Brookyn -- hosts final): 3/12 (7 pm EST)
    Favorite: Robert Morris

    Horizon (tourney at campus sites, Higher seed -- Valparaiso -- hosts final): 3/12 (9 pm EST)
    Favorites: Valparaiso, Detroit

    Summit (Sioux Falls, SD): 3/12 (9 pm EST)
    Favorites: South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Western Illinois

    Ivy League (No Tournament): Princeton/Harvard will either clinch by 3/12, or play one-game playoff if tied by then

    Patriot (tourney at campus sites, Higher seed hosts final): 3/13 (7:30 pm EST)
    Favorite: Bucknell

    America East (early rounds in Albany, NY, Higher seed -- Vermont -- hosts final): 3/16 (11:30 am EST)
    Favorite: Stony Brook

    Conference USA (Tulsa, OK): 3/16 (11:30 am EST)
    Favorite: Memphis

    Southwestern (Garland, TX): 3/16 (4:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Texas Southern, Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

    Mid-Eastern (Norfolk, VA): 3/16 (5 pm EST)
    Favorites: Norfolk State, North Carolina Central

    Big 12 (Kansas City, MO): 3/16 (6 pm EST)
    Favorites: Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State

    Mountain West (Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV): 3/16 (6 pm EST)
    Favorite: New Mexico

    Mid-American (Cleveland, OH): 3/16 (6:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Akron, Ohio U.

    Big East (NYC, NY): 3/16 (8:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette

    Southland (Katy, TX): 3/16 (8:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Stephen F. Austin, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts

    Big Sky (@ Montana, higher seed hosting): 3/16 (9 pm EST)
    Favorites: Montana, Weber State

    Big West (Anaheim, CA): 3/16 (10:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Long Beach State, Pacific

    Pacific 12 (MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, NV): 3/16 (11 pm EST)
    Favorites: Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, California

    Western (Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV): 3/16 (11 pm EST)
    Favorites: Louisiana Tech, Denver

    Atlantic Coast (Greensboro, NC): 3/17 (1 pm EST)
    Favorites: Duke, Miami

    Atlantic Ten (Brooklyn, NY): 3/17 (1 pm EST)
    Favorites: VCU, St. Louis

    Southeast (Nashville, TN): 3/17 (1 pm EST)
    Favorite: Florida

    Big Ten (Chicago, IL): 3/17 (3:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State
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    Mar 07, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    (Updated 3/17/2013)

    CURRENT #1 SEEDS:
    Louisville (top seed overall)
    Duke
    Florida
    Kansas

    LAST 10 (At-Large) TEAMS CURRENTLY IN:
    Cincinnati
    Oklahoma
    Boise State
    Southern Miss
    Temple
    LaSalle
    Illinois
    California
    Villanova (last in)

    FIRST 10 (At-Large) TEAMS CURRENTLY OUT:
    Middle Tennessee State (first out)
    Kentucky
    Baylor
    Maryland
    Iowa
    Tennessee
    Denver
    Virginia
    Alabama
    Stanford

    BUBBLE BUSTERS (Someone currently IN gets kicked OUT, if these teams lose in their conference tournament):
    Belmont (won tourney)

    BUBBLE POPPERS (Someone currently IN gets kicked OUT, if these teams WIN in their conference tournament):
    Vanderbilt
    Alabama
    Massachusetts
    Maryland
    (all lost tourney)

    NICE SEASON! ENJOY THE NIT (Teams must win their conference tourney to get in despite a strong regular season):
    Middle Tennessee State (lost in tourney)
    Akron (won tourney)
    Bucknell (won tourney)
    Louisiana Tech (lost in tourney)
    Valparaiso (won tourney)
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    Mar 07, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    U Know I'm in Dayumm...Bring it on...IslandDukeMAN is my name on there...Duke wins it all and I'll be Golden!
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    Mar 07, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
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    Names to Know: Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga

    After an impressive high school senior year in British Columbia, Kelly Olynyk brought his lanky 7-foot frame to Spokane, Washington, and sat for two seasons at Gonzaga behind 2012 NBA draftee Robert Sacre, now with the L.A. Lakers. Redshirting what was to be his junior year, Olynyk spent considerable time with the Canadian Junior and Men’s National Teams, and otherwise on his bulk and conditioning.

    By this season, Olynyk (“Oh-LINN-ik”) awakened NBA scouts by morphing himself from a Nowitzki-styled perimeter-shooting upstart into a highly skilled and deft post player on offense. “Soft touch,” “fluid,” “highly mobile,” and “coordinated” are praises from analysts not often heard about young 7-foot-tall players, particularly one who was just a 6’5” guard before his junior year of high school.

    Now sporting an unmistakably Fabiesque mane with free-flowing locks, Olynyk’s hair-raising ascension into the first-round of NBA draft boards coincides with the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ patient rise to #1 in the college basketball polls. Since breaking through in the late 1990s, America’s preeminent Cinderella program currently stands atop the Associated Press poll for the very first time in its history.

    Fans of the Zags have taken to calling the lessons their leading scorer gives his opponents in the paint the “Olynyk Clinic.” And with good reason, as his tactical approaches toward getting the hoop to the rim, coupled with solid outside shooting, puts Olynyk in the top five of all of college basketball for field goal percentage. K.O. is excelling off the court and in the classroom as well, recently named as a First-Team Academic All-American.

    The Province (B.C.)“I have never gotten it cut in the USA,” Olynyk said. “I usually get it cut when I go home (to Kamloops), but I didn’t go home the last time I was supposed to, and once it started growing out I kind of liked it. But then our season started going pretty well, so once the season is over I will cut it for cancer.”
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
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    Names to Know: Glenn Robinson III, F, and Tim Hardaway, Jr., G, Michigan

    There’s a number of NCAA players with strong NBA-related bloodlines that you would be familiar with. Duke’s three-point bomber Seth Curry (Stephen’s brother and Dell’s son) is probably the most notable among them.
    Playing alongside Naismith Award finalist Trey Burke for the Michigan Wolverines, top-ten in the college basketball polls, are two namesakes looking to be blue chips off the old block very soon.

    6-foot-6 freshman forward Glenn Robinson III leads Michigan in rebounding and is a dual threat as a slasher and a pick-and-pop specialist, quite reminiscent of his own pop. Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson was a Naismith Award winner himself at Purdue in the 1990s, before averaging over 20 points per game over 11 NBA seasons.

    Junior guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. is one of a trio of Wolverine three-point gunners (along with Burke and Nik Stauskas) and a solid defensive player. If you didn’t know his dad as a star point guard with a legendary crossover dribble for the Miami Heat in the 1990s, you would certainly come to know him after his retirement.

    After doubling-down and tripling-down in 2007 on disparaging comments about hypothetical gay athletes following the coming out of former NBA player John Amaechi, the elder Hardaway lost countless sponsorship and promotional appearance opportunities, while the NBA banned him from participating in their All-Star weekend festivities. He then became the boilerplate model for homophobic pro-athlete scoundrels morphed into LGBT-supportive allies, with the help of groups like The Trevor Project and the YES Institute, a Miami-based organization that seeks to thwart cruelty on the basis of orientation or gender.

    Hardaway, Sr.’s foundation hosted a fundraiser for The Trevor Project in 2009. In 2011, he returned to El Paso, Texas, where he starred in college, and spoke out against a conservative recall petition (that failed, due to illegal signature-gathering) against city leaders who voted to overturn a ballot referendum denying health benefits to gay and unmarried partners of city employees. He appealed to the town’s heralded embrace of diversity (the school had the first racially-integrated team to win the college basketball national championship, in 1966) and his own life story to encourage others to turn over a new leaf.

    It was self-reflection honed from this experience that perhaps helped him eventually mend fences with his son.

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    ESPNWhen Tim Jr. came out of the locker room after the game, Tim Sr. asked him to ride home with him. Yolanda and Tim Jr.'s two sisters hugged him as they parted ways in the parking lot. By the time the two got in the car words were spilling out of Tim Sr.'s mouth.

    He apologized for the pressure he had put on his son. He apologized for not seeing everything clearly. He apologized for highlighting his mistakes. He apologized for ruining their relationship. He wanted Tim Jr. to know that it was all his father's fault.

    He told his son he was proud of him. It was the first time Tim Jr. really remembered his father saying those words.

    Then Tim Sr. promised he wouldn't bring up stats or games, players or coaches. If Tim Jr. wanted to talk about basketball, he could bring it up when he was ready.

    He promised to be a dad.


    Both Robinson III and Hardaway, Jr. are prime NBA prospects for the 2014 Draft, but with a strong showing in the upcoming tournament, do not be surprised if either jumps to the pros early.
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    Mar 09, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    Five participants so far... and counting! Plenty of time to join in!
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    Mar 09, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
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    Names to Know: Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana

    Kind of a merging of the above stories of Olynyk and Hardaway brings us to Victor Oladipo (Oh-la-DEEP-oh), the formerly under-the-radar junior with major daddy issues, who emerged this season as a dogged defender and spectacular dunker. He's teamed with fellow surefire lottery pick Cody Zeller to lead the legendary Indiana Hoosiers' long-awaited reemergence this season to the top of the college basketball rankings.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--indiana-guard-victor-oladipo-s--weird-relationship--with-father-gets-more-complicated-042336363.html


    Yahoo!His dad, a man with a PhD from Maryland, might come to college graduation?

    Victor shrugged.

    "When the time comes, I'm going to invite him, see what he'll do," he said.
    "But there's no guarantee."

    There never has been a guarantee with Chris Oladipo.

    He has not been an absentee father in the more stereotypical sense. Chris and his wife, Joan, natives of Nigeria, raised Victor and daughters Kristine, Kendra and Victoria (Victor's twin) together in suburban Washington, D.C.

    But when it comes to taking part in the moments that mean the most to his son, Chris Oladipo has been an apparition.

    Victor grew up in a task-oriented household in which his parents – who moved to the United States together in 1985 – held divergent views on life outside academia.

    Chris has no use for an extracurricular frivolity like basketball. Joan, a registered nurse, loves it.

    Chris once wanted to send Victor to China for a summer to learn martial arts and improve his self-discipline, even though it would mean missing key exposure on the AAU recruiting trail. Joan wouldn't hear of it, and won that argument.

    "He is more the academic side," Joan Oladipo said. "I'm both, the academic and sports side. I'm trying to make sure our children are well-rounded. It's important to be athletic and outgoing. You can't just be a bookworm all the time."

    There may not be a more well-rounded player in college basketball than Victor Oladipo – whether his father appreciates it or not.
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    Mar 09, 2013 6:01 PM GMT
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    Names to Know: Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana

    Kind of a merging of the above stories of Olynyk and Hardaway brings us to Victor Oladipo, the formerly under-the-radar junior with major daddy issues, who emerged this season as a dogged defender and spectacular dunker. He's teamed with fellow surefire lottery pick Cody Zeller to lead the legendary Indiana Hoosiers' long-awaited reemergence this season to the top of the college basketball rankings.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--indiana-guard-victor-oladipo-s--weird-relationship--with-father-gets-more-complicated-042336363.html


    Yahoo!His dad, a man with a PhD from Maryland, might come to college graduation?

    Victor shrugged.

    "When the time comes, I'm going to invite him, see what he'll do," he said.
    "But there's no guarantee."

    There never has been a guarantee with Chris Oladipo.

    He has not been an absentee father in the more stereotypical sense. Chris and his wife, Joan, natives of Nigeria, raised Victor and daughters Kristine, Kendra and Victoria (Victor's twin) together in suburban Washington, D.C.

    But when it comes to taking part in the moments that mean the most to his son, Chris Oladipo has been an apparition.

    Victor grew up in a task-oriented household in which his parents – who moved to the United States together in 1985 – held divergent views on life outside academia.

    Chris has no use for an extracurricular frivolity like basketball. Joan, a registered nurse, loves it.

    Chris once wanted to send Victor to China for a summer to learn martial arts and improve his self-discipline, even though it would mean missing key exposure on the AAU recruiting trail. Joan wouldn't hear of it, and won that argument.

    "He is more the academic side," Joan Oladipo said. "I'm both, the academic and sports side. I'm trying to make sure our children are well-rounded. It's important to be athletic and outgoing. You can't just be a bookworm all the time."

    There may not be a more well-rounded player in college basketball than Victor Oladipo – whether his father appreciates it or not.


    Victor is THE MAN. Far and away the MVP of the IU team, and probably college basketball. There is nothing he can't do, and he is just a joy to watch.

    Oh, and LET'S GO HOOSIERS!!!!!!!
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    Mar 09, 2013 7:03 PM GMT
    First One in the Dance! 2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament Champion...

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    Florida Gulf Coast University, out of Fort Myers, didn't exist until 1991, and held no classes until 1997. It's not only their first time ever in the tournament, this was just the school's second season of eligibility as a NCAA Division I program.
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    Mar 10, 2013 2:19 AM GMT
    2013 Ivy League Champion...

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    3rd straight year for the school that brought you Jeremy Lin, Harvard University of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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    Mar 10, 2013 2:32 AM GMT
    2013 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Champion...

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    Belmont University, out of Nashville, just joined the conference after two straight trips as the champion of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
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    Mar 10, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    2013 Big South Conference Tournament Champion...

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    Is it the Tebow Effect? The School That Jerry Falwell Built, Liberty University (7-20 in the regular season vs. Division I teams) lost their first ten Division I games. Based in Lynchburg, Virginia, they’re just the second team with 20 losses to catch a hot streak and make it into the Big Dance (Coppin State, 2008 ).
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    Mar 10, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champion...

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    The Bluejays of Omaha's Creighton University return, led by the nation’s top coach’s son. Greg McDermott’s son Doug ranks second in the NCAAs in scoring.
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    Mar 10, 2013 11:48 PM GMT
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    Names to Know: Cody Ellis, F, St. Louis

    “Blue Streak” is not just a two-star comedy-action movie from the 1990s. It’s also the hair choice of St. Louis University forward Cody Ellis. Spurred on by his girlfriend at the start of the season, the Australian bench player added a racing stripe matching the Billikens’ school color. It proved to be just the charm his team needed, winning its first regular season conference title of any kind since 1971. More than just a free spirit, the 6’8” reserve leads the team in three-pointers while ranking second in rebounds per game.

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    Sports IllustratedEllis was 0 for 15 in an overtime loss Wednesday at Xavier, 11 of the misses from 3-point range. And with his parents right behind the bench after making the arduous, 40-hour globe-hopping trip to see the 6-foot-8 senior off in style, too.

    "I'm just going to try to get it out of my head,'' Ellis said. "Probably next game, the law of averages says I should knock a couple down, eh?''

    Ellis has made three or more 3-pointers nine times this season, including six at Fordham to tie his career best. He leads the team with 52 3-pointers and reasoned, "I've just got to stay confident.''

    Interim coach Jim Crews' advice at Xavier was simple: Fire away.

    "I told him probably three times in the game to keep shooting,'' Crews said. "You're not going to pinch-hit for Pujols or Mantle or Musial or someone who's good, are you? If he's open, I want him shooting it.''
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    Mar 11, 2013 9:46 PM GMT
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    Names to Know: Darius Theus, G, and Briante Weber, G, Virginia Commonwealth

    No team puts pressure on opponents bringing the ball up the court quite like the crew at VCU. Two of the Rams’ standouts, guards Briante Weber (sophomore) and Darius Theus (senior), each rank in the top ten of all of college basketball in steals per game.

    It’s a brand of scrappy, high-risk defensive basketball styled “Havoc” by coach Shaka Smart, who strives to get beyond the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row, two years after shocking everyone by reaching the Final Four. Havoc not only thrills the frenzied fans, it works for VC “Ewe”, as the Rams rank 9th in the NCAAs in scoring margin, while piling up the points on the other end (11th nationally in points per game). VCU is 24-0 when opponents turn the ball over 15 or more times in a game.

    Smart’s successful cohort, Butler’s Brad Stevens, had this to say to the media, after VCU recently handed his Bulldogs their worst in-conference defeat in 27 years:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2013/03/02/vcu-havoc-pressure-overwhelms-butler-in-a-10-showdown/1958901/

    USATODAY"What I was going to say when I walked in here was, 'Have Weber and Theus stand in front of you as you're typing your article, swiping at your computer constantly, and see if the article gets done,'" Stevens said, gesturing as if he were attacking a journalist's laptop.


    After last season, ESPN’s Jay Bilas co-ranked Weber, also deemed the “Ramburglar,” as college hoops’ best on-ball defender, alongside the crafty Aaron Craft of Ohio State. In 2011-12, as a freshman, he posted the highest per-possession steal rate of any NCAA player in nine years.

    Meanwhile, you’ll have NO problem identifying Darius Theus’ father, Ralph, in the crowd. Just look for the “#10 is My Son” sign.

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    Mar 12, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    2013 Southern Conference Tournament Champion…

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    It’s the second straight trip to the Big Dance for the Wildcats of Davidson College, their fifth in eight seasons. Just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, they’ve rattled off 17 straight wins at the end of their pre-NCAA season.
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    Mar 12, 2013 1:06 AM GMT
    2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Champion…
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    Back-to-back trips to the Big Dance as well for the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky University, WKU's fourth in six seasons. Hailing from the town of Bowling Green, the 'Toppers won four games in four days in 2012, and it was so nice, they did it twice, running the table to snare the title again.
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    Mar 12, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    2013 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Champion…

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    A surprising turnaround for James Madison University out of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Buoyed by a little home-cooking with the tourney site in Richmond, it’s the Dukes’ first trip to the Dance since Lefty Driesell roamed the sidelines in 1994. They started the season 1-5 before turning their season around (20-14). Senior point guard Devon Moore was the hero in the upset bid, leading the team while his mother is in the hospital recovering from a brain cancer operation.
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    Mar 12, 2013 1:20 AM GMT
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    Names to Know: Glenn Robinson III, F, and Tim Hardaway, Jr., G, Michigan

    There’s a number of NCAA players with strong NBA-related bloodlines that you would be familiar with. Duke’s three-point bomber Seth Curry (Stephen’s brother and Dell’s son) is probably the most notable among them.
    Playing alongside Naismith Award finalist Trey Burke for the Michigan Wolverines, top-ten in the college basketball polls, are two namesakes looking to be blue chips off the old block very soon.

    6-foot-6 freshman forward Glenn Robinson III leads Michigan in rebounding and is a dual threat as a slasher and a pick-and-pop specialist, quite reminiscent of his own pop. Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson was a Naismith Award winner himself at Purdue in the 1990s, before averaging over 20 points per game over 11 NBA seasons.

    Junior guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. is one of a trio of Wolverine three-point gunners (along with Burke and Nik Stauskas) and a solid defensive player. If you didn’t know his dad as a star point guard with a legendary crossover dribble for the Miami Heat in the 1990s, you would certainly come to know him after his retirement.

    After doubling-down and tripling-down in 2007 on disparaging comments about hypothetical gay athletes following the coming out of former NBA player John Amaechi, the elder Hardaway lost countless sponsorship and promotional appearance opportunities, while the NBA banned him from participating in their All-Star weekend festivities. He then became the boilerplate model for homophobic pro-athlete scoundrels morphed into LGBT-supportive allies, with the help of groups like The Trevor Project and the YES Institute, a Miami-based organization that seeks to thwart cruelty on the basis of orientation or gender.

    Hardaway, Sr.’s foundation hosted a fundraiser for The Trevor Project in 2009. In 2011, he returned to El Paso, Texas, where he starred in college, and spoke out against a conservative recall petition (that failed, due to illegal signature-gathering) against city leaders who voted to overturn a ballot referendum denying health benefits to gay and unmarried partners of city employees. He appealed to the town’s heralded embrace of diversity (the school had the first racially-integrated team to win the college basketball national championship, in 1966) and his own life story to encourage others to turn over a new leaf.

    It was self-reflection honed from this experience that perhaps helped him eventually mend fences with his son.

    http://espn.go.com/colleges/michigan/basketball/story/_/id/7326235/tim-hardaway-jr-father-butted-heads-sorting-relationship

    ESPNWhen Tim Jr. came out of the locker room after the game, Tim Sr. asked him to ride home with him. Yolanda and Tim Jr.'s two sisters hugged him as they parted ways in the parking lot. By the time the two got in the car words were spilling out of Tim Sr.'s mouth.

    He apologized for the pressure he had put on his son. He apologized for not seeing everything clearly. He apologized for highlighting his mistakes. He apologized for ruining their relationship. He wanted Tim Jr. to know that it was all his father's fault.

    He told his son he was proud of him. It was the first time Tim Jr. really remembered his father saying those words.

    Then Tim Sr. promised he wouldn't bring up stats or games, players or coaches. If Tim Jr. wanted to talk about basketball, he could bring it up when he was ready.

    He promised to be a dad.


    Both Robinson III and Hardaway, Jr. are prime NBA prospects for the 2014 Draft, but with a strong showing in the upcoming tournament, do not be surprised if either jumps to the pros early.



    Don't forget about Trey Burke now! Just named big ten player of the year! Go Blue!!
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    Mar 12, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
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    Names to Know: Glenn Robinson III, F, and Tim Hardaway, Jr., G, Michigan

    There’s a number of NCAA players with strong NBA-related bloodlines that you would be familiar with. Duke’s three-point bomber Seth Curry (Stephen’s brother and Dell’s son) is probably the most notable among them.
    Playing alongside Naismith Award finalist Trey Burke for the Michigan Wolverines, top-ten in the college basketball polls, are two namesakes looking to be blue chips off the old block very soon...

    Junior guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. is one of a trio of Wolverine three-point gunners (along with Burke and Nik Stauskas) and a solid defensive player. If you didn’t know his dad as a star point guard with a legendary crossover dribble for the Miami Heat in the 1990s, you would certainly come to know him after his retirement...



    Don't forget about Trey Burke now! Just named big ten player of the year! Go Blue!!


    errrrrm... yeah! icon_lol.gif Noted twice! Congrats to Trey and as I mentioned, Big Ten POTY might not be the last hardware he goes home with!
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    Mar 12, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    This always gets me excited for March Madness:



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    ohioguy12 saidThis always gets me excited for March Madness:





    Gus Johnson is a national treasure. PLEASE go back to CBS, Gus! icon_smile.gif
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    2013 West Coast Conference Tournament Champion…

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    No big surprise that the #1-ranked team in the country is in, having gone undefeated in the conference all season, and winning 30+ games for the first time in its history. In addition to probable All-American Kelly Olynyk, the Bulldogs of Gonzaga University, out of Spokane, Washington, also features David Stockton, son of legendary NBA Hall-of-Famer and Zags alum John Stockton. David leads the team in assists and steals. Mark Few has coached Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference Championship final in every season since 1998.
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    2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Champion…
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    The Gaels of Iona College in New Rochelle, New York can score in bunches. Guard Lamont Jones from Harlem, New York can shake the rim, ranking second in the NCAAs in scoring, while guard Sean Armond is among the top ten in three-pointers per game. It’s a return to the NCAA Tournament for Iona, and the Gaels will be looking to make up for losing in the “First Four” round to BYU in 2012, blowing a 25-point lead. They won't have to play their way into the Second Round this time.