March Madness 2K14: The RJ Members-Only NCAA Tourney Brackets Contest (on Yahoo!)

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    Mar 05, 2014 11:09 PM GMT


    March always comes in like a lion... and so does the RealJock March Madness contest!

    As always, the theme is:

    "Can You Outpick the Guy Above You?!?"

    I'll put up more details later, but for those who already know the drill, here's the Yahoo site to join:

    https://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/quickenloansbracket/group/13475

    (EDIT: I forgot... if Yahoo asks you for a password to join, it's "reaper"... without the quotes, of course)

    Yahoo didn't allow me to resend e-mail invites out to last year's participants, for whatever reason, so I guess this post will have to do! I'll also add a link to this thread in the Basketball forum.

    I expect rules (point scoring, maximum 3 brackets per person, etc.) will be the same as last season.

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    After a wild back-and-forth month of action atop the leaderboard among almost 30 RJ contestants last year,klinci3 is the reigning RealJock champion, and will hopefully be back to defend his title! (last year's thread: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3069466) The esteemed jerseywoof was the big winner in 2012.

    NCAA Conference champions (automatic bids) will start getting crowned as early as tomorrow night (Harvard/Yale in the Ivy League). As usual I'll post a logo and find some detail for each of the 32 conference champs as they officially make it in.

    The Selection Show for the 68 college teams will be at 6 PM Eastern on Sunday, March 16, and probably within an hour after that the brackets will be filled by Yahoo, allowing you to make your predictions. First-round NCAA "play-in" games will be on March 18-19 (you don't get to make picks on those 4 games).

    But your selections will get locked in before noon Eastern time, the Tip-Off of the initial second-round game, on Thursday, March 20.

    More details to come! Good luck!
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    Mar 05, 2014 11:13 PM GMT
    Can I outpick the guy above me? Maybe. Ah heck, at the risk of sounding cocky, YES!

    And for the record, I won my office pool (45+ players) when I correctly predicted the Final Four and the winner (Duke) in 2010!

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    Mar 06, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    Important Tournament Pick'em Dates

    Selection Sunday: Sunday 3/16, 6 PM EST

    "First Four" (First-Round Games, no points): 3/18-19

    Brackets Lock (and registration ends): Thursday 3/20, Tip-off of 1st game at Noon EST

    Second-Round (Field of 64): 3/20 - 3/21

    Third-Round (Field of 32): 3/22 - 3/23

    Reg. Semis: 3/27 - 3/28

    Reg. Finals: 3/29 - 3/30

    FINAL FOUR (Semifinals): Saturday 4/5

    NCAA Championship: Monday 4/7
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    Mar 06, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
    NCAA Tournament Schedules and Venues

    First Four
    March 18 and 19
    University of Dayton Arena; Dayton, Ohio

    Second and Third Rounds
    March 20 and 22
    First Niagara Center; Buffalo, New York
    BMO Harris Bradley Center; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Amway Center, Orlando; Florida
    Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena; Spokane, Washington

    March 21 and 23
    PNC Arena; Raleigh, North Carolina
    AT&T Center; San Antonio, Texas
    Viejas Arena; San Diego, California
    Scottrade Center; St. Louis, Missouri

    Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)
    March 27 and 29
    South Regional - FedExForum; Memphis, Tennessee
    West Regional - Honda Center; Anaheim, California

    March 28 and 30
    East Regional - Madison Square Garden; New York, New York
    Midwest Regional - Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Indiana

    National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)
    April 5 and 7
    AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
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    Mar 06, 2014 7:07 PM GMT
    RJ Tournament Scoring

    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 register your brackets in the Quicken Loans "Billion Dollar Bracket" contest and go after their prizes, Yahoo will provide your overall score based on its default scoring method (instead of this league's).
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    Mar 06, 2014 9:57 PM GMT
    Conference Tournament Championships Schedule:

    (Updated 3/7)

    Ivy League (No Tournament): Harvard clinched regular-season conference title on 3/7

    Ohio Valley (Nashville, TN): 3/8 (7 pm EST)
    Favorites: Belmont, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky

    Big South (Conway, SC): 3/9 (12 noon EST)
    Favorites: Winthrop, High Point, Coastal Carolina, VMI

    Atlantic Sun (Higher-Seeded Campus Sites): 3/9 (2 pm EST)
    Favorites: Mercer, Florida Gulf Coast

    Missouri Valley (St. Louis, MO): 3/9 (2:05 pm EST)
    Favorites: Wichita State, Indiana State, Missouri State

    Colonial (Baltimore, MD): 3/10 (7 pm EST)
    Favorites: Delaware, Towson

    Metro Atlantic (Springfield, MA): 3/10 (7 pm EST)
    Favorites: Iona, Manhattan, Canisius

    Southern (Asheville, NC): 3/10 (9 pm EST)
    Favorites: Davidson, Chattanooga

    Horizon (Higher-Seeded Campus Sites; Green Bay Hosts Second-Round and Semifinals): 3/11 (7 pm EST)
    Favorites: Green Bay, Cleveland State

    Northeast (Higher-Seeded Campus Sites): 3/11 (7 pm EST)
    Favorites: Robert Morris, Wagner

    Summit (Sioux Falls, SD): 3/11 (9 pm EST)
    Favorites: North Dakota State, Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, South Dakota State

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

    Patriot (Higher-Seeded Campus Sites): 3/12 (7:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Boston U., American, Holy Cross

    America East (early rounds in Albany, NY, Higher seed hosts final): 3/15 (11:30 am EST)
    Favorites: Vermont, Stony Brook

    Conference USA (El Paso, TX): 3/15 (11:30 am EST)
    Favorites: Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Tulsa, Texas-El Paso

    Southwestern (Houston, TX): 3/15 (4:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Alabama State, Texas Southern (*highest-remaining academically-eligible team advances to NCAA)

    American (Memphis, TN): 3/15 (6 pm EST)
    Favorites: Louisville, Cincinnati, Connecticut

    Mid-Eastern (Norfolk, VA): 3/15 (6 pm EST)
    Favorites: North Carolina Central, Hampton

    Mountain West (Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV): 3/15 (6 pm EST)
    Favorites: San Diego State, New Mexico

    Pacific 12 (MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, NV): 3/15 (6 pm EST)
    Favorites: Arizona, UCLA

    Mid-American (Cleveland, OH): 3/15 (7:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Toledo, Western Michigan, Buffalo

    Southland (Katy, TX): 3/15 (7:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

    Big Sky (Ogden, UT): 3/15 (8 pm EST)
    Favorites: Weber State, North Dakota, Montana

    Big East (NYC, NY): 3/15 (8:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Villanova, Creighton

    Big 12 (Kansas City, MO): 3/15 (9 pm EST)
    Favorites: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas

    Big West (Anaheim, CA): 3/15 (10:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara

    Western (Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV): 3/15 (11 pm EST)
    Favorites: New Mexico State, Utah Valley

    Sun Belt (New Orleans, LA): 3/16 (1 pm EST)
    Favorites: Georgia State, Western Kentucky

    Atlantic Coast (Greensboro, NC): 3/16 (1 pm EST)
    Favorites: Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina, Duke

    Atlantic Ten (Brooklyn, NY): 3/16 (1 pm EST)
    Favorites: Massachusetts, St. Louis, VCU, St. Joseph's, George Washington

    Southeast (Atlanta, GA): 3/16 (3:15 pm EST)
    Favorites: Florida, Kentucky

    Big Ten (Indianapolis, IN): 3/16 (3:30 pm EST)
    Favorites: Michigan, Wisconsin
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    Mar 07, 2014 6:05 PM GMT
    (Updated thru games of 3/16)

    CURRENT #1 SEEDS:
    Arizona (top seed overall)
    Florida
    Wichita State
    Kansas

    LAST 10 (At-Large) TEAMS CURRENTLY IN:
    Memphis
    Texas
    Colorado
    St. Joseph's
    Xavier
    Kansas State
    Missouri (First Round)
    Providence (First Round)
    Nebraska (First Round)
    Minnesota (First Round) (last in)

    FIRST 10 (At-Large) TEAMS CURRENTLY OUT:
    SMU (first out)
    Dayton
    Southern Mississippi
    Florida State
    St. John's
    Utah
    Maryland
    Arkansas
    Green Bay
    St. Mary's

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

    BUBBLE POPPERS (Someone currently IN gets kicked OUT, if these teams WIN in their conference tournament):
    Clemson (lost tourney)
    Illinois (lost tourney)
    LSU (lost tourney)
    Georgia (lost tourney)
    NC State (lost tourney... got in anyway)
    West Virginia (lost tourney)
    Boise State (lost tourney)
    Middle Tennessee (lost tourney)
    Indiana State (lost tourney)

    NICE SEASON! ENJOY THE NIT (Teams must win their conference tourney to get in, despite a strong regular season):
    Southern Miss (lost tourney)
    North Dakota State (won tourney)
    Toledo (lost tourney)
    Green Bay (lost tourney)
    Iona (lost tourney)
    Stephen F. Austin (won tourney)
    New Mexico State (won tourney)
    Belmont (lost tourney)
    Georgia State (lost tourney)
    Delaware (won tourney)
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    Mar 08, 2014 2:47 AM GMT
    2014 Ivy League Champion…

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    Tommy Amaker was among the handful of upstart players that put Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke basketball program on the map way back in the 1980s. Now a head coach himself, Amaker guided his Harvard University Crimson into the Big Dance in 2012, their first title since 1946, and they haven’t looked back since.

    Harvard scored one of the bigger upsets of the 2013 Tourney when they upended New Mexico for their first-ever NCAA tournament victory. They pulled that feat off even after two starters bailed following a campus-wide cheating investigation.

    Those two players (Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry) have been cleared and are back in action to lead a balanced roster, featuring leading scorer and top-flight defensive player Wesley Saunders. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 12th seed.
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    Mar 09, 2014 2:16 AM GMT
    2014 Ohio Valley Conference Champion…

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    That looks like one angry fried chicken restaurant owner! The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels made a late surge in conference play to eventually knock off conference bellwether Belmont and seize the conference title, securing the team’s third trip to the Big Dance for EKU since 2005.

    After Oklahoma State lured Travis Ford away from the Richmond campus in 2005, the school brought in current coach Jeff Neubauer, formerly an assistant at West Virginia. The Colonels’ first-round win in the also-ran CIT tourney last year was the school’s first postseason victory in 68 years.

    EKU had no signature wins aside from a home defeat of Belmont, but did visit the larger Richmond (Virginia) and put a scare into VCU before falling short by 3 points. The Colonels rank second in the nation in turnovers created. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 15th seed.
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    Mar 09, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    2014 Big South Conference Champion…

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    Feel the Teal! After a couple close calls in 2010 and 2011, the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers finally broke through on their home court in Conway, South Carolina, for their first NCAA tourney trip since 1993.

    Longtime college head coach Cliff Ellis (10 seasons each at Auburn, Clemson) is in the top 50 for NCAA Division I caching wins.

    Freshman shooting guard Elijah Wilson leads the Chanticleers in scoring. He shares his high school’s all-time record for most points in a game… with Michael Jordan. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 16th seed, 2nd Round.
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    Mar 10, 2014 12:11 AM GMT
    2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Champion…

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    The Mercer University Bears are exiting the Atlantic Sun Conference in style. Last year, their chance to make the Big Dance in front of their home crowd in Macon, Georgia was dashed by a soon-to-be-famous Florida Gulf Coast University. FGCU then stormed through several upset rounds, and became the “Dunk City” Cinderella darlings of the tournament.

    This time, it was Mercer’s turn, traveling to Fort Myers, Florida and beating FGCU to win the A-Sun tourney title for the last time (the Bears move to the Southern Conference next season), securing their first trip to the NCAAs since the Sam Mitchell era in 1985.

    Coach Bob Hoffman’s Bears won the 2012 also-ran CIT Tournament, then upset Tennessee last year in the first round of the NIT. They’re led by senior point guard Langston Hall and highlight-reel dunker Ike Nwamu. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 14th seed.
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    Mar 10, 2014 12:37 AM GMT
    2014 Missouri Valley Conference Champion…

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    They’re not sneaking up on anybody anymore. But now the Wichita State University Shockers come in the front door and beat all comers. By winning the MVC title today, Greg Marshall’s club finished the pre-tourney season at 35-0. They’re the first undefeated Division I college team going into the NCAAs since Jerry Tarkanian’s UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmon) made it to the Final Four before finally getting knocked off by Duke in the 1991 Final Four.

    Team leader Cleanthony Early was the top scorer for the 2013 9th-seeded Shockers that lived up to their name by making it to the Final Four, nearly upsetting eventual champ Louisville in the national semifinal. Even without some of their top leaders from 2013, youth has stepped up in a big way. Sophomore Fred VanVleet has emerged as a sensational lead guard, and redshirt sophomore Ron Baker is a huge threat from long-range. Marshall’s gritty “Play Angry” style has Wichita State among the top 20 NCAA teams in scoring defense.

    They’re 2nd ranked in the AP poll and have three victories against tournament-worthy teams (at St. Louis, BYU on a neutral site, Tennessee at home) under their belts. But due to a moderate conference strength-of-schedule, they will need one of Florida or Villanova to lose their conference tourneys to ensure a #1 seed on Selection Sunday. (Update: and they got it...) TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 1st seed.
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    Mar 11, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    2014 Colonial Athletic Association Champion…

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    After some success in the late 1990s under current Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, the Fightin’ Blue Hens of the University of Delaware patiently rebuilt their program under the watch of Head Coach Monté Ross, a former assistant at St. Joseph’s during the Hawks’ magical carpet ride into the NCAAs in 2004.

    Delaware’s backcourt can score in bunches thanks to Devon (Saddler) and Davon (Usher), two senior 20-point scorers on the wing, and one of the best three-point bombers in Kyle Anderson off the bench. The Hens, out of Newark, Delaware, could have had more impressive wins (and a higher seed) had Saddler not been suspended during the first month of the season. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 13th seed.
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    Mar 11, 2014 4:15 AM GMT
    2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion…

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    Steve Masiello was a little-used walk-on for Rick Pitino’s championship team at Kentucky in 1998, and eventually rejoined Pitino as an assistant and top-notch recruiter at Louisville. He’s taking the Manhattan College Jaspers into the NCAA tourney in just his third year as their head coach.

    Despite the Manhattan borough name, the school relocated to the Bronx in New York City way back in the 1920s. The Jaspers return to the tourney for the first time since 2004, when they surprised Florida in the opening round.

    Despite standing at just 6-foot-7, senior Rhamel Brown ranks third in the NCAA in blocked shots per game. The Jaspers' leading scorer George Beamon missed a few games in January with a shoulder injury, but the senior swingman is at full strength, the Jaspers rattling off 11 of their last 12 conference games after he returned. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 13th seed.
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    Mar 11, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    2014 Southern Conference Champion…

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    The Wofford University Terriers had a surprisingly easy cruise through the SoCon tourney, taking out three teams (Citadel, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina) who had each upset higher-seeded teams in their prior rounds.

    Junior guard Karl Cochran leads the team in points, assists, steals, made threes, and blocks. The Terriers didn’t miss a beat after Australian-born former starting point guard Indiana Faithfull (yes, that’s his real name) voluntarily departed from the team last month.

    Job security can be a good thing. Head Coach Mike Young has been at the helm at the Spartanburg, South Carolina school since 2002, and was an assistant there since 1989. He was named National Head Coach of the Year in 2010 after taking his Terriers into the NCAA for the first time since joining Division I in 1997. They bounced back from a 13-19 season in 2013 to win 20 games for the third time in five seasons. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 15th seed.
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    Mar 12, 2014 6:34 PM GMT
    2014 Northeast Conference Champion…

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    One year after knocking off defending champion Kentucky in their own house in the NIT, top-seeded Robert Morris University had the conference title game in their building, this time with a chance to go to the NCAAs. Colonials fans could only sit on their hands as the Mount St. Mary’s University Mountaineers came up from Emmitsburg, Maryland, and ran away with the upset.

    Mount St. Mary's victory will now be overshadowed, unfortunately, because THIS happened in the semifinals:

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    Led by senior point guard Julian Norfleet, The Mount upset Robert Morris last season, too, setting up RMU’s magical NIT victory. But the Mountaineers fell short in the conference finals to LIU-Brooklyn. It’s the first NCAA trip for MSM since 2008.

    Head Coach Jamion Christian reaches the Big Dance in just his second season as a head coach. He’s already the fourth head coach at The Mount in the past 11 seasons, after the legendary Jim Phelan ruled the roost for almost five decades, and after Milan Brown left the program in 2010 for Holy Cross. Christian was a three-year captain and guard under Phelan before going into the coaching biz himself. The former assistant to Shaka Smart at VCU, Christian adapted Smart’s “Havoc” defensive strategies to what they call “Mayhem” at MSM. They also have a Top 50 offense and play a high-pace brand of hoops. His basketball motto is “Share, Shoot, Suffocate.” TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 16th seed, 1st Round.
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    Mar 12, 2014 6:36 PM GMT
    2014 Horizon League Champion…

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    The preseason pick to finish dead last in the conference preseason poll? The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers, who finished the regular season in the middle of the pack (7-9 in conference), then knocked off three favored teams (Valparaiso, then top-seed Green Bay and Wright State in their arenas), riding on the strength of senior guard Jordan Aaron to earn the shine from the Horizon League.

    Aaron, the team’s leading scorer, bounced back after being suspended in February for violating team rules. The Panthers don’t have a strong out-of-conference resume, but they did win on the road at Davidson earlier in the year.

    Head Coach Rob Jeter is a Wisconsin guy through and through, an assistant with four different Wisconsin colleges (including Marquette, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin-Madison) before returning to UWM as the head honcho in 2005, leading Bruce Pearl’s former Sweet Sixteen roster to the tourney in his first head coaching season in 2006. Those Panthers upset Oklahoma before losing in the next round to eventual national champ Florida.

    Jeter played under current Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan in the 1980s at Wisconsin-Platteville. His father, Bob Jeter, was a cornerback during the Green Bay Packers first two Super Bowl championships in the 1960s. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 15th seed.
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    Mar 12, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
    2014 Summit League Champion…

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    Back in 2009, the North Dakota State University Bison won the Summit tourney and became the first team since 1972 to reach the NCAA Tourney in its first year of eligibility, giving Kansas a scare in its first-round matchup. It’s been a long time coming for the Fargo-based program since then.

    Coach Saul Phillips guided NDSU into two also-ran appearances in the CBI tournament, in 2012 and 2013, before breaking through to win the Summit League title before a boisterous crowd in Sioux Falls. They needed a hard-charging second-half run to outpace the Mastodons of Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne in the Summit final. Led by Summit League Player of the Year Taylor Braun and the athletic TrayVonn Wright, the Bison’s most notable road win came at Notre Dame in December. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 12th seed.
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    Mar 12, 2014 6:54 PM GMT
    2014 West Coast Conference Champion…

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    Every little school that moves into Division I basketball dreams of someday growing up to become the Gonzaga University Bulldogs. It’s amazing that people look at this Goliath out of Spokane, Washington and still see little David slinging rocks.

    Since their first magical Cinderella run in 1999, head coach Mark Few’s Zags have made it to the NCAA Tournament every season (a #1 seed for the first time last year), and have appeared in every WCC final, winning 12 of the last 15 conference titles.

    Despite their rise to prominence over the last decade-and-a-half, true hoop savants know Gonzaga as the Program That Stockton Built. John Stockton starred here in the 1980s before becoming the all-time assist maker in the NBA. He’s been followed up at Gonzaga by his son, redshirt senior David Stockton. This David slings not rocks but basketballs, as a full time starter who leads a dual-point guard attack alongside Canadian junior Kevin Pangos. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 8th seed.
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    Mar 12, 2014 7:47 PM GMT
    Ugh. I can barely bring myself to watch anymore as my favorite team had a very promising season that turned into the most gruesome collapse
    ever...

    Iowa will still make the tournament, but earlier in the season it looked like they might be able to make a Final 4 run. So very sad, as we only get good teams once per decade or so... ;(
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    Mar 12, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    CFL_Oakland saidUgh. I can barely bring myself to watch anymore as my favorite team had a very promising season that turned into the most gruesome collapse
    ever...

    Iowa will still make the tournament, but earlier in the season it looked like they might be able to make a Final 4 run. So very sad, as we only get good teams once per decade or so... ;(


    The Hawkeyes are a virtual lock to get in, as they're just outside the bubble, in a strong conference (Big Ten's getting at least six teams in), and one of the top-ten scoring programs in the country (among NCAA teams, only BYU scores more).

    I've got them as an 8-seed right now, but they might want to move up a seed with a good conference tourney performance... or down, as it seems 9-seeds have the upper hand on 8-seeds lately.
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    Mar 13, 2014 7:56 PM GMT
    2014 Patriot League Champion…

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    The American University Eagles is their name. And defense, that’s their game. They stifled their opponents in the Patriot League tournament to under 50 points per game, none more impressively than the paltry 36 points they ceded to Boston University on BU’s home floor in the P-League title game.

    Out of Washington, D.C., American ranks in the Top 10 in the country for scoring defense. On the other end, the Eagles are Top 10 in field goal percentage and Top 50 in three-point shooting.

    For American, picked to finish ninth in the conference preseason poll, it’s their first trip back to the NCAA Tourney since back-to-back trips in 2008 and 2009. They make it in Mike Brennan’s first season as head coach, after longtime coach Mike Brennan left for Old Dominion.

    A longtime assistant at Princeton and Georgetown, Brennan brings the famed Princeton offense to AU. In a low-and-tight scoring affair, AU’s opponents had better watch out for that back-door. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 15th seed.
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    Mar 15, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
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    klinci3 has returned to the RJ Tourney, in a bid to go back-to-back!

    Plus, a whopping 14 more schools get their tickets punched today!
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    Mar 15, 2014 6:09 PM GMT
    2014 America East Conference Champion…

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    The Battle of the SUNYs is over! Think I'm kidding?

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    And when the dust cleared in Stony Brook, the Great Danes of the State University of New York at Albany prevailed, earning their fourth trip to the Big Dance since joining Division I hoops in 1999. Break out the Scooby Snacks!

    Veteran experience may have made the difference in the America East tourney for longtime Head Coach Will Brown’s squad. The Great Danes went a mediocre 9-7 in their division last year but stormed into the NCAAs, losing by just 12 points to Duke in the second round. Australian sophomore guard Peter Hooley played well against the Blue Devils last year, and hits about 40% on threes as the Danes’ leading scorer. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 16th seed, 1st Round.
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    Mar 15, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    2014 Conference USA Champion…

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    Among the greatest performers in NCAA tournament championship history, 1988 Kansas Jayhawks national champion and two-time NBA All-Star Danny Manning is back in the Big Dance. This time, it’s as the head coach for the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane, giving the Oklahoma school its first bid since 2003 in just his second season at the helm.

    The Conference USA Coach of the Year, Manning follows a long line of successful coaches at Tulsa, including Nolan Richardson, Buzz Peterson, Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, and Kansas’ Bill Self. Manning spent ten seasons working in Lawrence under Self before getting tabbed to join Tulsa.

    The Golden Hurricane was in a four-way tie for 1st in Conference USA, but remained under the radar due to a mediocre non-conference schedule. Sophomore guard James Woodard and diminutive-for-his-name guard Shaquille Harrison lead the way in the Tulsa backcourt. Back in November, this team lost at Creighton by just ten points. TOURNAMENT SELECTION: 14th seed.