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Syracuse loses to Butler in the NCAA March Madness!

Butler forward Willie Veasley celebrates with guard Shelvin Mack (1) and teammates after defeating Syracuse.

Butler forward Willie Veasley celebrates with guard Shelvin Mack (1) and teammates after defeating Syracuse.

What a game!

Butler schooled Syracuse the first half…staying at least 10 points up on them most of the time….then fell behind in the beginning of the second half only to pull ahead towards the end and hold on ……..Jim Boeheim goes home early another year……

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The Match-up will be Kentucky vs Cornell tonight in the NCAA Basketball Sweet Sixteen……

Yea everyone is hyping the Brainiac’s from Cornell ……..

Lets see if they can cut it against Kentucky’s not so smart..but very well financed athletic five?

With No. 12 Cornell in the Round of 16 of the N.C.A.A.tournament and facing No. 1 Kentucky on Thursday, the matchup creates a near-laughable contrast. Kentucky’s and Cornell’s talent, budget and pedigree are worlds apart. Cornell’s biggest edge may come from a togetherness forged by floors covered in Gummy Bears, trash cans overflowing with Krispy Kreme cartons and hallways filled with salt-stained work boots.

All eight Cornell seniors live in the same 15-bedroom house, where rents are $520 to $600 per month. But the priceless part is that the Big Red can boast a unique veteran experience and togetherness to combat Kentucky’s starting lineup of three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.

“I think that’s why they’ve done what they’ve done over the course of their careers,” said Randy Wittman, the father of the senior star guard Ryan Wittman and a former college star at Indiana and N.B.A. coach. “The closeness and caring they have for one another.”

Kentucky players are leery of the news media’s angle projecting the Big Red as the heady players against the talented but less savvy Wildcats.

DeMarcus Cousins, the star Wildcat freshman big man, said the game would not be determined by “who can read the fastest.”

Cousins added: “We’re here to play basketball. It’s not a spelling bee.”

The game is on CBS tonight……. I believe at 10:00 or so DST……

More……..

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

NCAA Basketball College March Madness Tournament Scores#3……

MEN’S BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD/SCHEDULES

Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon (12) goes for a basket as Cornell's Ryan Wittman (20) defends during the second half of an NCAA second-round college basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, March 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

[ Wisconsin’s Jason Bohannon (12) goes for a basket as Cornell’s Ryan Wittman (20) defends during the second half of an NCAA second-round college basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, March 21, 2010. ]

SUNDAY, MARCH 21ST 2010All Conferences

Final
(22) Gonzaga 65
(4) Syracuse 87
West Regional Second Round
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Final
Georgia Tech 66
(5) Ohio State 75
Midwest Regional Second Round
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Final
(13) Michigan St 85
(20) Maryland 83
Midwest Regional Second Round
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Final
Missouri 59
(6) West Virginia 68
East Regional Second Round
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Final
Cornell 87
(16) Wisconsin 69
East Regional Second Round
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1st Half 5:12
(25) Xavier 28
(18) Pittsburgh 18
West Regional Second Round
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1st Half 9:29
Texas A&M 19
(10) Purdue 13
South Regional Second Round
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1st Half 10:22
California 15
(3) Duke 18
South Regional Second Round
Preview |  GameTracker

(scoreboards will automatically update every 60 seconds)

Louis Dale scored 26 points, Ryan Wittman added 24 and No. 12 seed Cornell upset fourth-seeded Wisconsin 87-69 on Sunday, becoming the first team from the Ivy League since 1979 to advance to the round of 16.

The Big Red (27-8) will play top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional semifinal Thursday in Syracuse, N.Y., about an hour from Cornell’s campus. It could be a tough ticket, though, since Kentucky’s basketball-crazed fans got a head start when the Wildcats advanced Saturday.

Cornell wasted little time taking care of its end.

The Big Red controlled things from the opening tip, picking apart Wisconsin’s vaunted defense the same way they did Temple in the opening round.

Cornell had a 12-point lead early, a 20-point lead late and very few moments of concern in between. The lopsided affair should make for some interesting conversation this week at the “Dog Pound,” the nickname given to the three-story, off-campus house that 13 players and a team manager call home.

Cornell became the lowest seed to advance to the round of 16 in this year’s tournament and the first Ivy League team to get that far since Penn 31 years ago.

Wisconsin (24-9), meanwhile, failed to get past the opening weekend for the fourth time in five years.

Jon Leuer led the Badgers with 23 points, including the team’s first 12. Jason Bohannon added 18, Ryan Evans chipped in 11 and Trevon Hughes finished with 10.

But Wisconsin’s problem was defense.

Cornell shot 61 percent from the field, 53 percent from 3-point range and just dominated every aspect of the matchup. Anyone believe the Big Red were seeded correctly now?

Jeff Foote had 12 points and seven rebounds. Chris Wroblewski added 12 points, and Jon Jaques finished with nine before fouling out.

More…….

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s NCAA Basketball Championship pick’s……….

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Barack Obama has filled out his NCAA bracket, and the president thinks Kanas will survive March Madness and defeat Kentucky to win the title. His Final Four consists of Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova.

The president’s bracket is fairly safe, with two 1-seeds and two 2-seeds advancing to the Final Four. The lowest seeded team in his Elite Eight is 3-seed Georgetown.

Last year, Obama correctly picked North Carolina to win the tournament, and he provided commentary during the CBS broadcast of a Georgetown-Duke basketball game in January.

Link……..

Here’s his picks on paper……

Hey..he’s got Duke lasting till Nova, huh?

Alright!

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Obama's NCAA Basketball Championship pick's……….

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Barack Obama has filled out his NCAA bracket, and the president thinks Kanas will survive March Madness and defeat Kentucky to win the title. His Final Four consists of Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova.

The president’s bracket is fairly safe, with two 1-seeds and two 2-seeds advancing to the Final Four. The lowest seeded team in his Elite Eight is 3-seed Georgetown.

Last year, Obama correctly picked North Carolina to win the tournament, and he provided commentary during the CBS broadcast of a Georgetown-Duke basketball game in January.

Link……..

Here’s his picks on paper……

Hey..he’s got Duke lasting till Nova, huh?

Alright!

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Could this be the College Basketball Championship Picks?

From  Eric Prisbell over @ Washington Post……

Last four at-large teams in
31) Minnesota: wins over MSU and Purdue enough
32) Utah State: Brigham Young win carries weight
33) Texas-El Paso: Solid body of work
34) Mississippi State: Passes eye test in defeat

First four out
35) Illinois: RPI of 75 would be worst ever
36) Florida: losing record vs. top 100 teams
37) Virginia Tech: awful nonconference schedule. Just awful.
38) Rhode Island: 0-5 vs. top 25 teams

ST. LOUIS REGION

1) Kansas (Big 12)
2) Georgetown
3) New Mexico
4) Purdue
5) Richmond
6) Butler (Horizon)
7) Oklahoma State
8) Notre Dame
9) Northern Iowa (MVC)
10) Wake Forest
11) Washington (Pac-10)
12) Siena (MAAC)
13) Houston (Conference USA)
14) Oakland (Summit)
15) Vermont (America East)
16) Robert Morris (Northeast)

HOUSTON REGION

1) Syracuse
2) Ohio State (Big Ten)
3) Pittsburgh
4) Temple (Atlantic 10)
5) Tennessee
6) Brigham Young
7) Texas
8) Florida State
9) Missouri
10) St. Mary’s (WCC)
11) Mississippi State
12) Cornell (Ivy)
13) New Mexico State (WAC)
14) Wofford (Southern)
15) North Texas (Sun Belt)
16) Winthrop (Big South)

SYRACUSE REGION

1) Kentucky (SEC)
2) Kansas State
3) Villanova
4) Vanderbilt
5) Maryland
6) Michigan State
7) Gonzaga
8) Marquette
9) California
10) Georgia Tech
11) Old Dominion (CAA)
12) Texas-El Paso
13) Ohio (MAC)
14) Sam Houston State (Southland)
15) Morgan State (MEAC)
16) Lehigh (Patriot)/Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC)

SALT LAKE REGION

1) West Virginia (Big East)
2) Duke (ACC)
3) Baylor
4) Wisconsin
5) Texas A&M
6) Xavier
7) Nevada-Las Vegas
8) Clemson
9) San Diego State (MWC)
10) Louisville
11) Minnesota
12) Utah State
13) Murray State (OVC)
14) Montana (Big Sky)
15) Santa Barbara (Big West)
16) East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)

The picks will be out tonight…..

Note….The WordPress software displays the ‘happy faces’ for the number eight……sorry….

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , | Leave a comment

More on March Madness….NCAA championships…..

Are you ready for some B-Ball?

2010 NCAA March Madness begins with the highly anticipated Selection Sunday official picks on March 14 when college basketball team match-ups are announced at 6 pm ET on CBS and ESPN — followed by the opening round games on March 16.

The national championship is then determined during a month-long battle of skill, determination, and dazzling performances by top competing college teams leading up to the final four games played April 3 – 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2010 March Madness Tickets & Venues

NCAA March Madness tickets are already on sale for top venues nationwide:

Opening Round: March 16
UD Arena, Dayton, OH

First and Second Rounds: Thursday and Saturday, March 18 and 20
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI
HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
Spokane Memorial Arena, Spokane, WA

First and Second Rounds: Friday and Sunday, March 19 and 21
HSBC Arena, Buffalo
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Ford Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Regionals: Thursday and Saturday, March 25 and 27
East: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
West: Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

Regionals: Friday and Sunday, March 26 and 28
Midwest: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
South: Reliant Stadium, Houston TX

Final Four: Saturday and Monday, April 3 and 5
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

Those without tickets can keep it here for complete TV schedules – on CBS and ESPN – as 2010 March Madness draws near…

To print a bracket chart…use this link.….

March Madness Trivia & Fun Facts

The phrase “March Madness” was coined by Henry V. Porter in 1939 to describe an Illinois high school basketball tourney. Brent Musburger first used it during NCAA coverage in 1982 causing a legal battle almost as insane as the playoffs.

But everyone finally worked things out and the madness was official. There isn’t a good record of who first called the playoffs “The Big Dance”, but it does describe the action.

The 6 schools who have the winningest history in NCAA Division I Men’s basketball are:

  • UCLA with 11 championships;
  • Kentucky who won the March Madness games 7 times;
  • Indiana with 5 Big Dance victories;
  • North Carolina outlasted all the other teams 4 times, including their championship win in 2005, and
  • Duke and Kansas with 3 titles each.
  • There are 8 teams that won twice and others who are trying to reach that goal this year…

Although past history is no guarantee in this Cinderella laced NCAA tournament, number one seeds have won every time in the first round for the past 16 years and number two seeds have only lost three first round games… a 95% win average.

What makes the brackets exciting are the number 13 and 14 seeds who came out winners in the first round 20 times since 1992… a sweet 16% that leads to dreams of glory. Watch for them in your brackets. Look for teams from smaller conferences or those who had a bad start to the season, but got their game on during the last weeks to pull off an invitation. A power player on a slump or injury roster who recovers can mean a lower seed for a solid team. Check out the Boston Sports Hub analysis for more stats all the way through the Final Four…

Enjoy!

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

March Madness……..The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship……

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NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship

Sport College Basketball
Founded 1939
No. of teams 65
Country(ies) United States
Most recent champion(s) North Carolina Tar Heels
Most championships UCLA Bruins (11)
TV partner(s) CBSCBS College Sports NetworkESPN
Official website NCAA.com

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship is a single elimination tournament held each spring featuring 65 college basketball teams in the United States.[1] This tournament, organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was first developed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1939 and was the brainchild of Kansas coach Phog Allen[2][3] The NCAA would take over the tournament the following season. Colloquially known as March Madness (as the tournament takes place mainly during the month of March) or the Big Dance (as opposed to the now smaller and less prestigious NIT), the tournament takes place over three weeks at sites across the United States, and the national semifinals (the Final Four) have become one of the nation’s most prominent sporting events.

Since its 1939 inception it has built a legacy that includes dynasty teams and dramatic underdog stories. In recent years, friendly wagering on the event has become something of a national pastime, spawning countless office pools that attract expert fans and novices alike. All games of the tournament are broadcast on the CBS broadcast television network in the United States, except for the opening round (also known as the play-in) game, which aired on TNN in 2001, and ESPN since 2002. The tournament bracket is made up of conference tournament champions from each Division I conference, which receive automatic bids. The remaining slots are at-large berths, with teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee. The selection process and tournament seedings are based on several factors, including team rankings, win-loss records and RPI data.

More of the Wiki piece……

Great moments in NCAA Tournament……

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March 5, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , | 2 Comments

March Madness……..The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship……

march-madness-cbs

NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship

Sport College Basketball
Founded 1939
No. of teams 65
Country(ies) United States
Most recent champion(s) North Carolina Tar Heels
Most championships UCLA Bruins (11)
TV partner(s) CBSCBS College Sports NetworkESPN
Official website NCAA.com

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship is a single elimination tournament held each spring featuring 65 college basketball teams in the United States.[1] This tournament, organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was first developed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1939 and was the brainchild of Kansas coach Phog Allen[2][3] The NCAA would take over the tournament the following season. Colloquially known as March Madness (as the tournament takes place mainly during the month of March) or the Big Dance (as opposed to the now smaller and less prestigious NIT), the tournament takes place over three weeks at sites across the United States, and the national semifinals (the Final Four) have become one of the nation’s most prominent sporting events.

Since its 1939 inception it has built a legacy that includes dynasty teams and dramatic underdog stories. In recent years, friendly wagering on the event has become something of a national pastime, spawning countless office pools that attract expert fans and novices alike. All games of the tournament are broadcast on the CBS broadcast television network in the United States, except for the opening round (also known as the play-in) game, which aired on TNN in 2001, and ESPN since 2002. The tournament bracket is made up of conference tournament champions from each Division I conference, which receive automatic bids. The remaining slots are at-large berths, with teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee. The selection process and tournament seedings are based on several factors, including team rankings, win-loss records and RPI data.

More of the Wiki piece……

Great moments in NCAA Tournament……

Continue reading

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , | 2 Comments