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Old 10-06-2016, 11:28 AM   #76
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Syracuse's Carrier Dome, the last of those air roof nylon domed stadiums, will have a brand new roof among other massive renovations soon that will impact the basketball experience:
http://arenadigest.com/2016/06/02/ca...ll-experience/
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Old 19-10-2016, 10:03 AM   #77
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Tonight ESPN 30 For 30 premieres the latest basketball installment, which have been all-around the most consistently excellent of all the sports presented here, another college basketball one called Phi Slama Jama. It chronicles mostly the Houston Cougars era from 1982-84 starring Nigerian import Hakeem (then Akeem) Olajuwon, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, Michael Young, Larry Micheaux, and coach Guy V. Lewis that made the NCAA Final Fours in each of those three years but, like with anything in Houston sports in that era as the city itself was booming and growing, always coming up short in the end every time, most notably the heartbreaking national championship loss to North Carolina St.'s Cardiac Kids in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico's The Pit back in 1983. Had the Cougars won, we certainly would not have Jimmy Valvano's famous dash through the court looking for someone from his side to hug that gets replayed every March Madness on TV/online.

The fraternity-like name came from their ferociousity in their athletic dunking during their march. Because of 1983, this documentary certainly serves as a solid flipside to NC State's Survive and Advance from a couple years back. Got the trailer here but not the "What If I Told You?" promo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SajQplIAwmQ

Director Chip Rives, a Houston native, speaks with 600 ESPN El Paso's Steve Kaplowitz about his new film Phi Slama Jama:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfpuQ7lMPj8

I'll present more about the documentary next time as I get into the upcoming season. But coming up is Ben Koon's review of it from Awful Announcing that presents an interesting angle about former Cougar Benny "The Outlaw" Anders, who came in the same recruiting Houston Cougars class with Drexler and of his subsequent whereabouts:
http://awfulannouncing.com/2016/30-f...lama-jama.html

NCAA basketball programs signed to Under Armour:

Maryland (founder is a former Maryland Terrapins football player)
Notre Dame
Navy
Stephen F. Austin
Hawaii
Northwestern
Boston College
Yale
Wisconsin
California
South Carolina
Southern Illinois-Carbondale
Colorado St.
Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC)
Auburn
Seton Hall
Utah
Delaware Blue Hens
Cincinnati
South Dakota St.
Loyola-Maryland
South Florida
St. John's
Montana St.
Temple
Texas Tech
Towson St.
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Old 13-11-2016, 07:18 AM   #78
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Ah, listen to the sound of bouncing basketballs dribbling and passing across college campuses here in the United States and at neutral settings that's going on right now for the past couple of weeks! Many D1 NCAA programs hosted fun midnight shows with players, coaches, and fans to get ready for the upcoming season two weeks ago. Follow through as we go along in the coming weeks as the Road To Phoenix (suburban Glendale, actually) starts now!
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Old 22-11-2016, 05:29 AM   #79
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Chicago's Wintrust Financial Corporation lends its name for 15 years to the new DePaul Blue Demons' men's and women's basketball teams 10,387-seat multipurpose arena's naming rights that will open next fall in 2017 that currently holds the working title McCormick Place Events Center. Will be called Wintrust Arena:
http://arenadigest.com/2016/11/17/ne...intrust-arena/

Indiana University's beloved hoops mecca Assembly Hall underwent some refurbishings and upgradings just before the new season started. This is only the beginning. All thanks to Cindy Simon Skjodt, daughter of late Indiana Pacers co-owner Mel Simon and Indiana Hoosier alum, and her $40 million contribution. The Hoosiers are already 3-0 with two home games there. Even Butler's equally-legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Purdue's Mackey Arena is getting some changes and upgrades to attract and wow recruits:
http://www.courier-journal.com/story...ooks/94128820/
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Old 24-11-2016, 12:31 PM   #80
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Missed out on last week's marathon ESPN college basketball coverage. Had to work besides. Would've enjoyed seeing all that college basketball. Feast Week is here on ESPN with major looks at the season starting tournaments in Maui and The Bahamas.
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Old 30-11-2016, 02:01 PM   #81
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No more 30-year old orange and white seats and dingy white walls. SW Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns' Cajundome underwent a $21 million renovation to improve the Cajuns fan experience at the 11,000-seat arena. It's ready to open the men's and women's teams' home schedule with its new look this Saturday, December 1:
http://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/...a8423d1a9.html
http://arenadigest.com/2016/11/28/ca...t-renovations/
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:13 AM   #82
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The 2018 NCAA Final Four logo for San Antonio was unveiled yesterday. This time the NCAA drops the Final Four template that started two years ago while keeping the pennant design but incorporates the iconic and seemingly requisite Alamo, this time in profile mode, and this time the famed riverwalk for the city's 4th time hosting it:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2016/12/...nal-four-logo/

2018 NCAA Men's Division I venues this upcoming March:

First Four--March 14 and 15
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio (Host: University of Dayton)

First and Second Rounds--March 16 and 18
KeyBank Center (formerly First Niagara Bank Center), Buffalo, New York (Host: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Host: Marquette University)
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida (Hosts: University of Central Florida and Stetson University)
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah (Host: University of Utah)
March 17 and 19
Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina (Hosts: Southern Conference and Furman University) Note: Greensboro originally was awarded First and Second round games, but the games have been relocated due to NCAA objections over HB2
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana (Hosts: Horizon League and IUPUI)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Host: University of Tulsa)
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California (Host: California State University, Sacramento)

Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)
March 23 and 25
Midwest Regional, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri (Host: Big 12 Conference)
West Regional, SAP Center, San Jose, California (Host: Pac-12 Conference)
March 24 and 26
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York (Hosts: St. John's University and Big East Conference)
South Regional, FedEx Forum, Memphis (Host: University of Memphis)

National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)--April 1 and 3
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona (Host: Arizona State University)

USA broadcasting of March Madness once again is shared by CBS and Turner Sports under its current TV contract with the national championship reverting to CBS next year:
First Four – truTV
First and Second rounds – CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV
Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight) – CBS and TBS
National Semifinals (Final Four) – CBS
National Championship – CBS

With Harvard (66 years) and Yale (54 years) having ended their respective NCAA Tournament droughts, fellow Ivy League member Dartmouth has the longest active drought from its last appearance with 57 years with Tennessee Tech at 53 years, CollegeInsider.com champs Columbia and Bowling Green tied at 48, Seattle at 47 years (though it should be noted 15 of those years were spent at D2), and Rice Owls at 46.

Following the San Antonio's Alamodome next season in 2018, Minneapolis' new US Bank Stadium (on the site of the former Metrodome) will host the Final Four in 2019. Then it will head towards Atlanta with the also new (actually newer by a year) Mercedes-Benz Dome in 2020, will return to Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium in 2021 and New Orleans' Superdome in 2022.

The big Cold and Flu Sick Bug Nation hit the Kentucky Wildcats, starting with John Calipari's coaching staff and all were handed sanitizers and clean their facilities and dorms. But don't worry, everyone's OK and will suit for the upcoming games:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...attle-cold-bug

North Carolina's controversial HB2 law adversely impacted North Carolina college basketball with the NCAA pulling its college sports tournaments from the state and the ACC took its postseason basketball tournament from its frequent home in Greensboro, North Carolina to Washington, DC this season before going to Brooklyn the next two seasons. So the Maine Black Bears, apparently adding insult to the law's injury, donned rainbow-themed America Eats logoed warmups in protest when visiting #5 Duke at Cameron. Will to get things later that also includes some cancellations:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...ersial-hb2-law

Indiana sat at #3 in the national rankings. Then along came IPFW as the Hoosiers visited Ft. Wayne...and the Mastadons defeated them in OT 71-68 for its first ever win on a ranked opponent for the program. Cost the Hoosiers the Top Ten in their first "true" road game. What's a Mastadon? An elephant:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400915120

But they recovered now at #13 with three consecutive routing wins over Mississippi Valley St., new #3 North Carolina, and just last night the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars. Fellow Ohio Valley member for SIUE, Southeast Missouri St is next:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400915121
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400915122
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400915123
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:08 PM   #83
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Kentucky was #1 in the nation with John Calipari's latest stable of brimming talent. I said was. #11 UCLA beats Kentucky 97-92 Saturday night, ending UK's 42-home game winning streak at the Rupp Arena. With this, UCLA, which got its 12th alltime victory over a #1 team, rises to #2. Defending champs Villanova heads to #1 with UCLA going #2. The Kentucky Wildcats tumble #7.
http://www.si.com/college-basketball/game/1686423
http://www.si.com/college-basketball...llege-bkb-poll

On a related note, John Calipari is the subject of an upcoming ESPN 30 for 30 slated for April 13, weaving his story around his last season's Kentucky team. Entitled One and Not Done, a bi-reference towards winning one NCAA title but hungry for more and his penchant for grabbing those "one and done" talents during his career:
http://www.si.com/tech-media/2016/12...-memphis-umass
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Old 22-12-2016, 10:19 AM   #84
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Congrats to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins on getting his milestone 800th win to join 10 coaches who have done this. His Mountaineers beat upon poor UMKC (Missouri-Kansas City) in a 112-67 victory. He's also the third to accomplish this feat coaching at his alma mater (Jim Boeheim and Adolph Rupp). This week as well, Rollie Massimino, that Villanova 1985 coaching legend, also reached the 800 Club winning for NAIA's Keiser over Trinity Baptist. As of tonight, Rollie's got one more win over Huggy!
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400916177

Big game going on tonight with Louisville taking on Kentucky at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center. Another episode of Cal-Pitino, the 13th. Louisville hasn't even given up 71 points this season so far:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...ville-kentucky
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...umbers-matchup
http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18323686
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:04 AM   #85
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Now we're at the time of the winding down part of the college basketball regular season with many schools across the USA and Canada in their final regular season home games hono(u)r their outgoing seniors with Senior Nights before focusing on the conference tournaments. Many schools still harbor hopes of making it to the NCAA Tournament going dancing, which I'll delve more into later on in the next post.

Looks like the Northwestern Wildcats will finally get to fufill a longstanding dream in making the NCAAs with its home win last night over Michigan that will assure the school of it:
http://www.espn.com/blog/collegebask...finally-normal

Some conferences are actually conducting conference tournaments right now. The Atlantic Sun, the American East, the Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League and the Big South are already underway with its own days ago. The Missouri Valley right here in St. Louis, and the Metro Atlantic starts theirs today. The Summit League, West Coast, Horizon League, Colonial, and Southern kick off in a matter of days starting tomorrow.

Campbell Camels' Chris Clemons scores 51 against UNC-Asheville in the conference tournament, which not only ties him for most points in a game this season in men's Division I but also is the most scored for any Big South player. Clemons joins BYU's Jimmer Fredette, now scoring very well in China's CBA, in scoring 50+ points in a conference tournament:
http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=1-18808085

After a few years off this, next season we will see the return of a few NCAA basketball programs moving up to Division I. Actually in 2018. The North Alabama Lions will move up from the NCAA DII Gulf South Conference and join the Atlantic Sun in the 2018-19 season. The Western Athletic will take in the PacWest's California Baptist Lancers also at this time. North Dakota Green Hawks announce it will move away from the Big Sky and head into the more geographically-sensible Summit League that year.

Two HBCU schools--Savannah St. Tigers (MEAC) and Alcorn St. Braves (SWAC)--were deemed ineligible for the NCAA basketball tournament due to failing to achieve the requireD APR benchmark
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Old 06-03-2017, 08:47 AM   #86
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Today's the final day of the 2016-17 NCAA Division I regular season with games in the American Athletic and Big Ten rounding things out. The bigger conferences will get btheir tournaments in gear during this week up to next Sunday. Right now, it's the little guys savoring the moment.

Who got the first conference tournament automatic NCAA ticket into the bracket this year? Try the Jacksonville St. Gamecocks--no, not from Jacksonville, Florida but from Jacksonville, Alabama--who won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament last night in Nashville over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 66-55 for their NCAA Tournament dancing debut with its second 20-win season ever!
http://www.cbssports.com/college-bas...th-tournament/

Winthrop Eagles return dancing following years of heartbreak and really never made it back since Gregg Marshall, now coaching at Wichita St, left. They just won the Big South Tournament at home in beating the #7-seed Campbell Camels at 26-6. (The Big South like the Atlantic Sun, America East, Patriot League, Northeast, and SWAC all have the tournament games held on the higher seeded sites):
http://www.cbssports.com/college-bas...th-tournament/

Gregg Marshall's #21 Wichita St. Shockers had some issues with winning the Missouri Valley tournament here in St. Louis in recent years. Not this time. They knock off Illinois St. 71-51, who are now a bubble team:
http://www.cbssports.com/college-bas..._WICHST@ILLST/

Florida Gulf Coast is going dancing too in the Eagles' third NCAA visit in the last six seaons knocking off the North Florida Ospreys for the Atlantic Sun title while tying a school record for most wins in a season at 26. So we were assured of a Florida representative overall in the NCAA not just from the Atlantic Sun. Even took out the shot clock with a ferocious dunk:
http://www.cbssports.com/college-bas...70305_UNF@FGC/

Lehigh Mountain Hawks (formerly the Engineers) and Boston Terriers produce a 2OT thriller in the Patriot League semis led by Tim Kempton's son Tim Jr.'s 31 points for Lehigh in Boston to go into the conference championship:
http://www.cbssports.com/college-bas...305_LEHIGH@BU/

Bucknell faces Lehigh for the title Wednesday night after taking care of Navy in the other semifinal:
http://www.cbssports.com/college-bas...305_NAVY@BUCK/
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:26 PM   #87
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In the Horizon League conference tournament in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, the #1 seed Oakland Golden Grizzlies suffer an early exit as #9 seed Youngstown St. Penguins shockingly upsets them 81-80 last night with Jorden Kaufmen's last second layup as time expired. The Penguins face #4 Northern Kentucky Norsemen next in the semis tonight.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will taste some postseason action this year after all thanks to a successful appeal following being banned by the NCAA for infractions under a former coach starting with the Big West tournament in Anahiem:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...lay-postseason

From Nike and the Oregon Ducks, the makers of those numerous wacky football jerseys and helmets, now comes electric green basketball jerseys that can glow in the dark. Just in case you might want to play hoops in the dark:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2017/02/...ic-green-nike/

If the Princeton Tigers make it out of the Ivy League, they will among those dangerous mid-majors teams no team wants to play against this month in the NCAA Tournament:
http://www.si.com/college-basketball...caa-tournament

Since we're talking mid-major schools, it would be nice to see the NCAA Selection Committee reward more really good schools from those conferences with multiple bids instead more of the power conferences as a reward for their season-strong records under its current 68-team field. Some of them are on the bubble right now. But they won't partly because of money and the familiarity with fans who can travel well and better fill arenas. Only way this will occur is if the NCAA expands the field again. Will talk more next post:
http://www.si.com/college-basketball...t-bubble-teams

East Tennessee St. Buccaneers just now claim the Southern title and punch its automatic ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time beating the UNC-Greensboro Spartans 79-74 tonight in Asheville. At the same time, UNC-Wilmington joins them after taking the Colonial knocking off the College of Charleston Cougars 78-69:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945727
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945702
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66-year old coach Gary Waters retires after 11 seasons with the Cleveland St. Vikings on the eve of the Mid-American Conference tournament that saw them score a first-round upset of Wake Forest as a #13 seed in 2009 as the most-winningest coach in the program's history. Also previously coached Rutgers and Kent St.:
http://www.csuvikings.com/sports/m-b...20170307oyabwq

Iona Gaels once again is the king of the Metro Atlantic and grabs that conference's sole NCAA Tournament ticket, its 10th all-time, last night in Albany's Times-Union Center in an all-upstate New York overtime classic against the hometown Siena Saints, who upset in the semis #1 seed Monmouth, hungry for a NCAA appearance and seemed the heavy fave for it. Iona has been in the MAAC Tournament final 5 straight years:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945704

Do spare a thought for the heartbroken Monmouth Hawks, who really should've made and won the Metro Atlantic as regular season champs at 27-6 with their 17-game winning streak snapped after twice defeating Siena. Now it's another trip to the NIT.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers, a #10 seed at 11-23, is now in the Horizon League tournament final against #4 Northern Kentucky tonight in Detroit--currently ongoing. Now that Youngstown St., Oakland, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Illinois-Chicago have all bit the dust. Northern Kentucky will make it to the NCAA on their first year of eligibility, if the Norsemen win. The Panthers, if they win tonight, will become the team with the most losses in at 23 in the NCAAs.

South Dakota St. Jackrabbits, after dispensing their state rivals the South Dakota Coyotes last night in Sioux Falls, will face the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, who are in their first-ever D1 conference basketball championship tonight, for the Summit League Championship. This will be a game that can certainly go either direction.

Later tonight in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena, #1 Gonzaga meets #2 St. Mary's, the Aussie NCAA basketball outpost, for the West Coast title with Gonzaga in for the 20th consecutive year. The Gaels, its 7th final, need this game far more so than the Zags as far NCAA Tournament selection goes, being on the bubble by some experts. But should be in as an at-large regardless. Wonder if that loss to BYU to end the regular season that cost them extending their winning streak to 30 and being at #1 in the nation will also cost them
a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

How things disappointingly resulted in Ben Simmons' sole LSU Tigers season last year undoubtably contributes to LSU and coach Johnny Jones parting ways following the SEC Tournament after 5 years with 2 years left on his contract plus $800,000 owed. No NCAA Tournament wins either in his time. Been noticing the SEC coaching stable? There's some star power there. Look for the Tigers to follow this trend in a successor they seek:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...sec-tournament
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Yeah, we're in Championship Weeks in both the men's and women's NCAA basketball scenes for the past two weeks as we get to see and analyze who's in, who should be in, and who's out in the NCAA Tournaments, the schools that punched their automatic tickets through conference tournaments, what seeds they get, etc. We're seeing the mid-major conferences having and enjoying their moments for the previous week with their tournaments. But the major power conferences now are getting started with theirs. All that lasting until Selection Sunday. Oh, what an exciting time for college basketball in the sports calendar!

Detroit was the site of Motor City Madness Part 1 at the Joe Louis Arena as the Horizon League closes with #4-seed Northern Kentucky Norsemen clinching its first-ever NCAA Tournament ticket on its first season of NCAA Tournament eligibility in completing its 5-year transition period for a program that started 46 years ago, starting with first-ever recruit Jim McMillan. They stayed in control and forced the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers, a team bidding on its improbable run to get in with the most 20+ losses in a season with 23, to take bad shots. Regardless of the low seed and underdog status they expect to get, it's undoubtably a special season indeed for NKU capped with a 59-53 win. How about that!
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945867

#4 ranked Gonzaga in no great shock wins the West Coast tournament title, its 20th and having lived up to the hype, at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena just like the women just did a couple days ago. Equally non-shocking was of their opponent in #19 St. Mary's, who should get into the NCAA; you should get in if you're ranked among the top 25. The Gaels and BYU seem to act as Gonzaga's most competitive WCC teams. Look for the Zags, equipped with arguably the best team ever with veteran transfers and a great recruiting class for coach Mark Few, to get that #1 region seed likely as the 4th one:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945870

After a couple years away from the NCAA Tournament, Mount St. Mary's heads into its 5th NCAA appearance alltime after starting the season 1-11 as the 4th team to accomplish this since 1985. For the first time, the Mountaineers win the Northeast (NEC) tournament title for the first time on their very own Jim Phelan Court thrilling a SRO crowd over the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash, whose 10 missed free throws came back to haunt them despite being solid season-long at 75%. SFU's season is likely over after this barring an unlikely CIT invite finishing at .500. Listened to this on Westwood One Sports Radio last night:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945509

This Summit League Championship game last night in Sioux Falls between the #4-seed South Dakota Jackrabbits and the #3-seed Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks certainly lived up to how the teams were competitive towards each other. Another exciting game with the Jackrabbits will head to its 4th NCAA Tournament appearance in a 79-77 win as SDSU won 4 of the last 6 Summit League Tournaments with Mike Daum scoring 37 points for the winners. Overcoming some early and costly turnovers, South Dakota St. outrebounded the Mavs, who saw their 5-game win streak crushed. The Upper Plains region is actually an underrated basketball breeding grounds:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945868

Who's on the bubble and may be in? What schools have some work to do conference tournaments and avoid the NIT (or CBI)? For mid-majors, like to see Illinois St. and Texas-Arlington in:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bubblewatch

In the America East, it'll be #1 Vermont and #3 Albany for the crown on March 11 at Vermont's floor after several days off. Only the Patriot League crowns its tournament champion for that league's NCAA automatic berth tonight as Lehigh comes to Bucknell. The ACC started yesterday in Brooklyn at the Barclay Center instead of being in Greensboro in protest to the Raleigh-based capitol signing the controversial transgender bathroom bill. As did the Big Sky in Reno. The Mid-Eastern (MEAC) started Monday. The Big 12, Mid-American (MAC), Conference USA, Big 10, Big East, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Southland, Sun Belt, and the Western Athletic all kick off theirs today. Big West and the American starts tomorrow in Anahiem and Hartford, respectively.

Tim Duncan, John Stockton, Bo Ryan, Scott May, Rick Mount, Duke's Jay(son) Williams, Winston-Salem's Cleo Hill, and Creighton's Paul Silas got inducted in the National College Basketball Hall of Fame this year:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...all-fame-class
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Old 10-03-2017, 11:23 AM   #90
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The top 2 teams that finished just like that in the Patriot League, Bucknell and Lehigh, squared off at Bucknell's gym, the rockin' Sojka Pavillion, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania last night. Thanks to Kimbal Mackenzie scoring 18 points, Bucknell ran away with this for the Patriot League's sole automatic NCAA ticket (that will be a low seed) 81-65, making Tim Kempton Jr. (22 points) and the Mountain Hawks endangered species with a big-game environment for the schools separated by 125 miles:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945694

A charter plane accident back in home in Michigan forces the Michigan Wolverines play their first Big 10 Tournament game today against Illinois in their practice unis. Maybe for the rest of the tourney as the NTSB and FAA view the actual game-day versions luggage (all 3 sets) in the plane as investigation material. The entire Michigan contingent, including cheerleaders and band, just arrived in the Washington, DC area this morning. They won:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...-investigation
http://news.sportslogos.net/2017/03/...urnament-game/
http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-bask...030917aaa.html

You would not guess who Penn St.'s 3-point shooter Shep Garner is a cousin to and is cheering him on in Washington, DC:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400945733
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And now, without further adieu, the moment we've been waiting for: the unvieling of this year's NCAA Division 1 men's basketball postseason bracket fields. My next post here will deal with analysis, thoughts, and the like:

2017 NCAA MEN'S DIVISION 1 TOURNAMENT

FIRST FOUR (at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio) All games US/CANADA/MEXICO CT and televised at this stage on TruTV
Tuesday, March 14
#16-seed game Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (19-15) vs. New Orleans Privateers (20-11) (Brian Anderson/Chris Webber/Lewis Johnson) 5:30pm EAST Region
#11-seed game Kansas St. Wildcats (20-13) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-13)(Anderson/Webber/Johnson) 8pm SOUTH Region
Wednesday, March 15
#16-seed game North Carolina Central Eagles (25-12) vs. Cal-Davis Aggies (22-12)(Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude) 5:30pm MIDWEST Region
#11-seed game Southern California Trojans (24-9) vs. Providence Friars (20-12)(Dedes/Smith/Elmore/Gold-Onwude) 8pm EAST Region

FIRST ROUND
Thursday, March 16
#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. #12 Princeton Tigers (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce) CBS 11:15am
#5 Virginia Cavaliers vs. #12 UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn) 11:40am TruTV
#4 Butler Bulldogs vs. #13 Winthrop Eagles (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, Lisa Byington) 12:30pm TNT
#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. #16 South Dakota St. Jackrabbits (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl) 1pm TBS
#4 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 13 Bucknell Bison (Lundquist/Spanarkel/LaForce) 1:45pm CBS
#4 Florida Gators vs. No. 13 East Tennessee St. Buccaneers (Eagle/Lavin/Washburn) 2:1pm
#5 Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. #12 Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders (Blackburn/Gminski/Antontelli/Byington) 3pm TNT
#8 Northwestern Wildcats vs. #9 Vanderbilt Commodores (Catalon/Lappas/Erdahl) 3:30pm TBS
#6 Maryland Terrapins vs. #11 Xavier Musketeers (Eagle/Lavin/Washburn) 5:50pm TNT
#1 Villanova Wildcats vs. #16 Mount St. Mary’s/New Orleans winner (Lundquist/Spanarkel/LaForce) 6:10pm CBS
#7 Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. #10 VCU Rams (Catalon/Lappas/Erdahl) 6:20pm TBS
#4 Purdue Boilermakers vs. #13 Vermont Catamounts (Blackburn/Gminski/Antontelli/Byington) 6:27pm TruTV
#3 Florida St.Seminoles vs. #14 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (Eagle/Lavin/Washburn) 8:20pm TNT
#8 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #9 Virginia Tech Hokies (Lundquist/Spanarkel/LaForce) 8:40pm CBS
#2 Arizona Wildcats vs. #15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (Catalon/Lappas/Erdahl) 8:50pm TBS
#5 Iowa St. Cyclones vs. #12 Nevada-Reno Wolfpack (Blackburn/Gminski/Antontelli/Byington) 8:57pm TruTV

Friday, March 17
#7 Michigan Wolverines vs. #10 Oklahoma St. Cowboys (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson) 11:15am CBS
#3 Baylor Bears vs.#14 New Mexico St. Aggies (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson) 11:40am TruTV
#8 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. #9 Seton Hall Pirates (Anderson/Webber/Johnson) 12:30 TNT
#3 Oregon Ducks vs. #14 Iona Gaels (Dedes/Smith/Elmore/Gold-Onwude) 1pm TBS
#2 Louisville Cardinals vs. #15 Jacksonville St. Gamecocks (Nantz/Raftery/Hill/Wolfson) 1:45pm CBS
#6 SMU Mustangs vs. #11 USC/Providence winner (Harlan/Miller/Bonner/Jacobson) 2:10pm CBS
#1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. #16 Texas Southern Tigers (Anderson/Webber/Johnson) 3pm TNT
#6 Creighton Bluejays vs.#11 Rhode Island Rams (Dedes/Smith/Elmore/Gold-Onwude) 3:30pm TBS
#1 Kansas Jayhawks vs. #16 North Carolina Central/UC-Davis Aggies (Harlan/Miller/Bonner/Jacobson) 5:50pm TNT
#7 Dayton Flyers vs. #10 Wichita St. Shockers (Nantz/Raftery/Hill/Wolfson) 6:10pm CBS
#2 Duke Blue Devils vs. #15 Troy St. Trojans (Anderson/Webber/Johnson) 6:20pm TBS
#6 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. #11 Kansas St./Wake Forest winner (Dedes/Smith/Elmore/Gold-Onwude) 6:27pm TruTV
#8 Miami Hurricanes vs. #9 Michigan St. Spartans (Harlan/Miller/Bonner/Jacobson) 8:20pm TNT
#2 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #15 Northern Kentucky Norsemen (Nantz/Raftery/Hill/Wolfson) 8:40pm CBS
#7 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. #10 Marquette Golden Eagles (Anderson/Webber/Johnson) 8:50pm TBS
#3 UCLA Bruins vs. #14 Kent St. Golden Flashes (Dedes/Smith/Elmore/Gold-Onwude) 8:57pm TruTV

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS/SWEET 16--REGIONAL FINALS/ELITE 8
March 23-27

March 23, 25
MIDWEST REGIONAL @ Kansas City's Sprint Center
WEST REGIONAL @ San Jose's HP Pavilion
March 24, 26
EAST REGIONAL @ New York City's Madison Square Garden
SOUTH REGION @ Memphis' FedEx Forum

CBS will broadcast the East and South regionals while TBS will handle the Midwest and West ones.

2017 NCAA MEN'S FINAL FOUR April 1-3 (all games on CBS)
Saturday, April 1--NATIONAL SEMIFINALS (EAST Winner vs. WEST Winner, MIDWEST Winner vs. SOUTH Winner)
Monday, April 3
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

2017 NIT
(all games until the NIT National Semifinals in New York's Madison Square Garden held at the site of the higher seed)
Region 1
Tuesday, March 14
6pm #1 Syracuse Orangemen vs. #8 UNC-Greensboro Spartans
6pm #4 Monmouth Hawks vs. #5 Ole Miss Rebels
8pm #3 Indiana Hoosiers vs. #6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Wednesday, March 15
6pm #2 Georgia Bulldogs vs. #7 Belmont Bruins

Region 2
Tuesday, March 14
8pm #4 Colorado St. Rams vs. #5 College of Charleston Cougars
10:15pm #1 California Golden Bears vs. #8 CSU-Bakersfield Roadrunners
Wednesday, March 15
6:30pm #2 Houston Cougars vs. #7 Akron Zips
7pm #3 BYU Cougars vs. #6 UT-Arlington Mavericks

Region 3
Tuesday, March 14
6:15 pm #2 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. #7 Valparaiso Crusaders
9pm #3 Utah Runnin' Utes vs. #6 Boise St. Broncos
Wednesday, March 15
6pm #4 UCF Golden Knights vs. #5 Colorado Buffaloes
8:30pm #1 Illinois St. Redbirds vs. #8 UC-Irvine Anteaters

Region 4
Tuesday, March 14
7pm #2 Clemson Tigers vs. #7 Oakland Grizzlies
8:15pm #3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #6 Richmond Spiders
Wednesday, Mar. 15
6pm #1 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. #8 South Dakota Coyotes
7pm #4 TCU Horned Frogs vs. #5 Fresno St. Bulldogs

2017 COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL presented by FIVEFOUR
March 15
Loyola Maryland Greyhounds at George Mason Patriots 6pm
Hampton Pirates at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 6pm
Toledo Rockets at George Washington Colonials 6pm
Eastern Washington Eagles at Wyoming Cowboys 8pm
Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix at Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Kangaroos 7pm
San Francisco Dons at Rice Owls 7pm
Utah Valley Wolverines at Georgia Southern Eagles 6pm

March 17
Stony Brook Seawolves at Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Flames 7pm

2017 COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT

FIRST ROUND
MONDAY, MARCH 13
Coach John McLendon Classic
Norfolk St. Spartans (17-16) @ Liberty Flames (19-13) 6:05pm

TUESDAY, MARCH 14
Hugh Durham Classic
St. Francis Red Flash (16-16) @ Jacksonville Dolphins (17-15) 6pm

Houston Baptist Huskies (17-13) @ Campbell Camels (17-17) 6pm
Canisius Griffins (18-15) @ Samford Bulldogs (19-15) 6:30pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
Lou Henson Classic
Ball St. Cardinals (21-12) @ Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne Mastadons (19-12) 6pm

Fairfield Stags (16-14) @ UMBC Terriers (18-12) 6pm
Georgia St. Panthers (20-12) @ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (20-11) 7pm
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (18-14) @ Idaho Vandals (18-13) 10pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 16
Saint Peter's Peacocks (19-13) @ Albany Great Danes (21-13) 6pm
Furman Paladins (21-11) @ USC Upstate Spartans (17-15) 6pm
UNC-Asheville Bulldogs (23-9) @ Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (21-12) 7pm
Lamar (19-14) @ Texas State (20-13) 8:30 pm

Riley Wallace Classic
Weber St.Wildcats (19-13) @ Cal St.-Fullerton Titans (17-14) 9pm

NOTE: The top 3 seeds after round one will earn a bye into the quarterfinals.

SECOND ROUND
March 17-20

QUARTERFINALS
MARCH 23-26

SEMIFINALS
Wednesday, March 29 on CBS Sports Network
7:00 & 9:00 pm

CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, March 31 on CBS Sports Network
9:00 pm

In addition to the 2nd Annual John McClendon Classic, the CIT have added, as you noticed, the Lou Henson, Riley Wallace, and Hugh Durham Classics this year. Like in the McClendon Classic, winners get a trophy and advance into the second round. This tournament actually kickstarts the NCAA D1 postseason tonight with Norfolk St @ Liberty!

VEGAS 16 2017

No Vegas 16 postseason tournament this year after a troubled start that only saw half of that field, sparse attendance at the Mandalay Bay Arena, and lukewarm interest from schools in last year and be effective competition along with the CBI and the CIT but hopes to return next year:
http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/...be-played-year
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Can't forget about NCAA D3 and D2 tournaments going on right now as the mainstream attention is on the big one in Division 1...

2017 NCAA MEN'S D3 Selection Show:
http://www.ncaa.com/video/basketball...selection-show

2017 NCAA DIVISION 3 MEN'S TOURNAMENT

FIRST ROUND
March 3
Thomas More 22-6 54 Guilford 23-5 74
New Jersey City 21-7 67 Skidmore 19-7 75
Salem State 17-10 81 Tufts 20-6 84
Oswego State 21-6 77 Scranton 21-6 82
Union (NY) 16-10 89 Wesleyan (CT) 19-6 83
MIT 21-6 70 Eastern Connecticut St. 20-8 86
N. Central (IL) 17-10 77 Wooster 21-7 72
Keene St. 19-9 69 Amherst 17-7 66
Endicott 20-8 71 Salisbury 20-7 68
Cabrini 19-7 70 Lycoming 23-4 86
Ripon 20-5 72 Washington-St. Louis 20-5 87
Morrisville St. 22-6 45 Christopher Newport 25-2 81
St. Thomas (MN) 19-7 74 Augustana (IL) 19-8 77
Wartburg 19-9 92 Benedictine (IL) 23-4 66
Texas Lutheran 19-9 69 Emory 18-7 82
Misericordia 20-7 63 Ramapo 25-2 73
Farmingdale St. 20-7 75 Middlebury 24-3 84
Westminster (MO) 19-8 64 Hanover 23-3 72
Wisconsin-Oshkosh 17-10 85 Hope 21-6 87
Husson 21-6 76 Babson 25-2 92
Nichols 23-5 96 Neumann 25-2 93
Albertus Magnus 23-4 66 Rochester (NY) 21-4 89
Medaille 21-6 82 Susquehanna 21-5 89
Becker 19-8 63 Williams 19-8 91
St. Lawrence 20-6 72 St. John Fisher 22-5 77
Staten Island 21-6 61 Swarthmore 22-5 86
Calvin 17-10 66 Marietta 24-4 83
LaGrange 18-10 103 Hardin-Simmons 22-6 109
Claremont-M-S 22-4 78 Whitworth 23-4 73
Northwestern-St. Paul 20-7 81 Wisconsin-Whitewater 21-6 85
Bethel (MN) 21-6 92 Wisconsin-River Falls 24-3 94
Rhodes 17-10 98 Whitman 27-0 111
SUNY Canton 65 Penn St.-Behrend 68
Westmin. (PA) 93 DeSales 81
Stockton 84 Carnegie Mellon 74
Bethany (WV) 88 Moravian 81

SECOND ROUND
March 3
Keene St. 20-9 92 Ramapo 26-2 91
Endicott 21-8 111 Nichols 24-5 75
N. Central (IL) 18-10 63 Hanover 24-3 64
Eastern Connecticut St. 21-8 67 Susquehanna 22-5 72
Christopher Newport 26-2 77 Swarthmore 23-5 67
Union (NY) 17-10 60 Rochester (NY) 22-4 82
Scranton 22-6 53 Williams 20-8 80
Guilford 24-5 64 Marietta 25-4 88
Tufts 21-6 94 St. John Fisher 23-5 81
Lycoming 24-4 76 Middlebury 25-3 95
Washington-St. Louis 21-5 80 Hope 22-6 94
Skidmore 20-7 65 Babson 26-2 72
Emory 19-7 85 Hardin-Simmons 23-6 95
Wartburg 20-9 76 Wisconsin-River Falls 25-3 43
Augustana (IL) 20-8 72 Wisconsin-Whitewater 22-6 70
Claremont-M-S 23-4 73 Whitman 28-0 79
Bethany (WV) 63 Stockton 83
Westminster (PA) 76 Penn St.-Behrend 82
Concordia-Selma 61 Illinois Tech 51

March 5
Stockton 74 Penn St.-Behrend 72
March 9
Trinity (FL) 63 Valley Forge 91
March 10
Keene St. 21-9 68 Christopher Newport 27-2 64
Hardin-Simmons 24-6 82 Whitman 29-0 102
Augustana (IL) 21-8 80 Wartburg 21-9 69
Williams 21-8 78 Susquehanna 23-5 61
Endicott 22-8 60 Middlebury 26-3 89
Hanover 25-3 79 Hope 23-6 77
Tufts 22-6 80 Babson 27-2 87
Rochester (NY) 23-4 85 Marietta 26-4 80

We're actually at the National Semfinal stage taking place at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.

QUARTERFINALS
March 11
Rochester (NY) 24-4 87 Whitman 30-0 91
Hanover 26-3 64 Augustana (IL) 22-8 77
Williams 22-8 79 Middlebury 27-3 75
Babson 28-2 102 Keene St. 22-9 79

March 17
NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
Babson 29-2 vs. Whitman 31-0 4pm
Augustana (IL) 23-8 vs. Williams 23-8 6:30pm

2017 MEN'S DIVISION 2 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

FIRST ROUND
March 10
#6 Chico St. 96 #3 Western Washington 83
#7 Sonoma St. 61 #2 Hawaii Pacific 73
#5 San Francisco St. 50 #4 Cal Baptist Lancers 71
#8 Dixie St. 68 #1 UC-San Diego Tritons 94

March 11
#6 Bloomfield 58 #3 Saint Rose 94
#6 Wheeling Jesuit 96 #3 West Liberty 95 OT
#6 Limestone 100 #3 UNC-Pembroke 85
#6 Findlay 70 #3 Southern Indiana Eagles 69
#6 Christian Brothers 67 #3 Delta St. 80
#6 Minnesota St.-Morehead 106 #3 East Central 115 OT
#6 Texas A&M-Commerce 86 #3 West Texas A&M Buffaloes 97
#7 Truman 78 #2 Ferris St. 86
#7 Pfeiffer 86 #2 Lincoln Memorial 118
#7 Southern Connecticut St. 109 #2 Southern New Hampshire 98
#7 Virginia Union 59 #2 Shippensburg 79
#7 Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys 82 #2 Southwest Minnesota St. 93
Rollins 89 Valdosta St. 85
Texas A&M-Kingsview 74 Texas Perminian Basin 71
Merrimack 72 1 Le Moyne 68 OT
Wingate 80 Queens (NC) 96
Bowie St. 67 Fairmont St. 93
Wisconsin-Parkside 61 Bellarmine 72
Clark Atlanta 81 Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 96
Upper Iowa 74 Northwest Missouri St. 79 OT
Arkansas-Fort Smith 79 Colorado Mines 90
St. Thomas Aquinas 91 Saint Anselm 72
Augusta 102 Columbus St. 68
Chico St. Wolves 77 Hawaii Pacific 74
Kutztown 80 Indiana (PA) 94
Quincy 78 Kentucky Wesleyan 75
Eckerd 87 Barry 91
Augustana (SD) 76 Arkansas-Monticello 69
Ft. Lewis 94 Tarleton State 90 OT
California Baptist Lancers 80 UC-San Diego Tritons 84
Southwest Adventist vs. Oakland City
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When the NCAA revealed its 64-team Division 2 men's basketball 2017 tournament field over a week ago:
http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-...announces-2017

The 4 #1 regional seeds in the 2017 NCAA Men's D1 Tournament starting today: Villanova--#1 EAST (#1 overall), Kansas--#1 MIDWEST, Gonzaga--#1 WEST, North Carolina--#1 SOUTH

The following are the 32 automatic conference tournament berth winners who punched their NCAA tickets up to Sunday afternoon:

Duke (ACC)
Vermont (America East)
SMU (American)
Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
Rhode Island (Atlantic 10)
Villanova (Big East)
North Dakota (Big Sky)
Winthrop (Big South)
Michigan (Big 10)
Iowa St. (Big 12)
Cal-Davis (Big West)
UNC-Wilmington (Colonial)
Northern Kentucky (Horizon League)
Princeton (Ivy League)
Iona (Metro Atlantic)
Kent St. (Mid-American)
North Carolina Central (Mid Eastern/MEAC)
Wichita St. (Missouri Valley)
Nevada-Reno (Mountain West)
Mount St. Mary's (Northeast/NEC)
Jacksonville St. (Ohio Valley)
Arizona (Pac-12)
Bucknell (Patriot League)
Kentucky (SEC)
East Tennessee St. (Southern)
New Orleans (Southland)
South Dakota St. (Summit League)
Troy St. (Sun Belt)
Texas Southern (SWAC)
New Mexico St. (WAC)
Gonzaga (West Coast)

Now that the Northwestern Wildcats have finally and happily made the NCAA Tournament for the for the first time since the tournament tipped-off in 1948 as Division I members, this now leaves only 4 schools from that period that still yet to taste it for the first time: Army (though the women have made it twice in theirs over the last decade), St. Francis-Brooklyn (came close last year in the Northeast final), William & Mary (came heartbreakingly close to getting in at the Colonial Tournament final in recent years), and The Citadel. Will talk more about the incredible happiness from Northwestern and the people who will be pulling for them.

Some newslinks about the California Baptist Lancers in Riverside, California joining the WAC from the D2 Pacific West, and the North Alabama Lions going into the Atlantic Sun from the D2 Gulf South Conference both in 2018 for D1 basketball promotion. Cal Baptist has a new $73 million 6000-seat CBU Events Center gym opening this fall in time for the transition moving from the cozy Van Dyne Gym:
http://www.pe.com/articles/friday-81...riverside.html
http://www.midmajormadness.com/2017/...tic-conference
http://wacsports.com/news/2017/1/12/...x?path=general
http://www.pe.com/articles/friday-82...niversity.html
http://www.pe.com/articles/division-...ecruiting.html
http://www.cbulancers.com/news/2017/...?path=baseball
http://www.mdjonline.com/sports/nort...dc65f4c88.html
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2...ivision_i.html
http://www.waff.com/story/33918124/u...ivision-1-asun
http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/articl...on-i-fall-2018

THE BUBBLE BURST (and all went to the NIT):
Syracuse
Illinois St.
Georgia
Illinois
Texas-Arlington
Houston
California
Texas Christian
Georgia Tech
Alabama
Iowa
Indiana
Akron
Belmont
Mississippi
Clemson

Of the schools that have raised their ire/stated their case over their snub or this year's soft bubble bursting, Syracuse and Illinois St. have the most legit complaints. Just last year at this time, the Syracuse Orangemen were also among the bubble teams, but the NCAA Selection Committee accepted Jim Boeheim's team as a #10 seed and rewarded them with a stunningly unexpected Final Four appearance in Houston. Not much luck this time with the growing emphasis on beating top 50 teams, something Syracuse has done this season with quality wins against Duke, Florida St., and Virginia along with other good teams. But with a RPI of 84 that's even lower than Illinois St.'s, two additional road wins away from the Carrier Dome and an ACC Tournament win or two in Brooklyn would've make up for that to relieve those double-digit road losses. Got punished for all that. And that one-and-done appearance in the ACC Tournament to Miami. Illustrates how far this selection committee is veering away from the RPI's importance. Nonetheless, I, like Dickie V and Jay Bilas, feel Syracuse should've made it.

As for Illinois St., the Redbirds only had one top-50 win--against Wichita St. Not shocking at all with little much in the high-end side on their resume despite a 27-6 record. An RPI is more of a saving grace for a mid-major like the Redbirds than Syracuse. It had a resume of 33 being largely head and shoulders above many in the MVC. Way worse at-large teams went dancing like Virginia Commonwealth in 2011. Its snub reflects the handing out of only single bids to mid-majors for winning the conference tournament. Granted, this was not a good year quality-wise for mid-major conferences Had Wichita St. lost in the championship in St. Louis to Illinois St., the Redbirds be in with an auotmatic bid with the Shockers already in with an at-large bid for they're in the top 25 season-long. Wish we had those two Missouri Valley instead of just one; more mid-major conference teams make things in the NCAA Tournament more fun.

Illinois had a shot if they managed to win a couple of games in the Big 10 Tournament in Washington, DC. Big 10 mate Iowa remained competitive in the conference with big wins on Purdue, Wisconsin, and Maryland even with those sluggish 8 games to open the season like with Nebraska-Omaha and Memphis. Hawkeyes closed out wins in a late-season rush
but wasn't enough. Cuonzo Martin had his California Golden Bears playing great defense season long at 21-12 with Ivan Rabb the best big man in the conference but couldn't escape with wins on Arizona, Virginia, and Seton Hall. USC at 24-9 is in the First Four right now being the second Pac-12 team from the Golden State, and Cal beat the Trojans this season. Monmouth should've made it out of the Metro Atlantic but wasn't going to make the field when the Hawks, the best team in it by miles, shockingly bowed out to Siena in the semifinals as the MAAC isn't good enough to submit more two teams right now. Perfectly illustrates the conference tournaments' downside. Shame for them. Texas-Arlington was ready to redeem their season after leading scorer Kevin Harvey got injured with winning the Sun Belt regular season by two games but surprisingly lost by 18 to SW Texas St. in the tournament when the Mavs were on the verge of returning to the NCAAs since 2008. Belmont was cruising in the Ohio Valley Tournament until it encountered its own conference tourney nightmare.


NCAA shows off this really nice, rustic, Wild West desert-inspired deadwood 2017 Final Four court to be used at the University of Phoenix Stadium in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. Simple but elegant. Not to mention the same tonal wood court design's back overall for the earlier rounds starting with Dayton's First Four games tonight with help from Indianapolis marketing agency Section 127:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2017/03/...17-final-four/
http://www.espn.com/blog/collegebask...caa-tournament

Adidas presents its attractive postseason look for its college clients like Kansas, Nebraska, Miami (FL), Louisville, Arizona St., Indiana, Texas A&M, NC St., and Mississippi St. for both the conference and national tournament. Little in the way of risk-taking here:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2017/03/...ketball-teams/

No Missouri schools represented in the NCAA. Mizzou's terrible again--will talk about them soon. SLU is rebuilding with former Mizzou guard Travis Ford, so I didn't expect a drastic improvement from them that would see any postseason action this season. Southwest Missouri St. and Southeast Missouri St. are mediocre. Actually, the only representative from the Show-Me State in a NCAA D1 men's tournament is Missouri-Kansas City or UMKC from the Western Athletic. And the Fighting Kangaroos are in the CBI taking on Wisconsin-Green Bay tomorrow night.

March Madness actually started last night: the Big South's Liberty Flames took on the Norfolk St. Spartans from the MEAC at Liberty's Vines Center in Lynchburg, Virginia. for the first game of the NCAA national men's Division 1 postseason tournaments with the CollegeInsider.com Tournament's first game. It, and like all the rest of the CIT henceforth, will be streamed live on Facebook Live, so history was made there as well as that first postseason game distinction. Managed to watch it last night. Was disappointed with the utterly sparse Vines Center crowd in attendance. Only perhaps not even a 100 people there. But this is not even the NIT. Anyway, Jerry Falwell's conservative evangelical university won over Norfolk St. 73-64 for the John McClendon Classic (funny how a game in the CIT so far with its 2 years involving a HBCU school has not yet been won by one--Phoenix's Grand Canyon the inaugural one over South Carolina St.) with Norfolk St being the first to stop dancing. Tonight, the 3 tournaments will REALLY kick off. Yes, the NCAA First Four in Dayton, the NIT, and CIT. CBI starts tomorrow.
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For the first time since 2002, the NCAA will play one of its national championship venues in South Carolina with the Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosting the NCAA Tournament's South First and Second Rounds in Greenville, South Carolina. This happened when the NCAA lifted its boycott on the state after the Confederate flag flying at the State House grounds in Columbia finally got removed. Greensboro, North Carolina was originally slated to host first and second round games at the 26,000-seat Greensboro Coliseum but was stripped following the NCAA's objections over the controversial passing and signing of HB2, the transgender bathroom bill.

Liked the Team Stream idea on the Turner channels, but CBS this time preferred it didn't want its total national audience spread out and divided for the Final Four. Plus the Selection Show on CBS got reduced to 90 minutes from the "bloated" 2 hours following criticisms in order to make the bracket unvieling more efficient and better discuss and analyze the tournament. Partly due to the fact that only 17.8 million people saw last year's national championship on TBS as opposed to 28.3 million drawn to the CBS broadcast of the 2015 national championship game. Also illustrates the fact that cable/satelitte/online streaming TV broadcasting is different from FTA sports TV. Team Stream will return next year when TBS takes over again the Final Four broadcasting in San Antonio next year

The largely integrated CBS/TNT/TBS/TruTV 2017 NCAA Tournament broadcast team:

Studio hosts
Greg Gumbel (New York and Glendale) – First Round, Second Round
Ernie Johnson Jr. (New York, Atlanta, and Glendale) – First Round, Second Round
Casey Stern (Atlanta) – First Four, First Round and Second Round

Studio analysts
Charles Barkley (New York and Glendale) – First Round, Second Round
Seth Davis (Atlanta and Glendale) – First Four, First Round and Second Round
Brendan Haywood (Atlanta) – First Four, First Round and Second Round
Clark Kellogg (New York and Glendale) – First Round, Second Round
Kenny Smith (New York and Glendale) – First Round, Second Round
Wally Szczerbiak (New York)

Commentary teams
Jim Nantz/Bill Raftery/Grant Hill/Tracy Wolfson – First and Second Rounds at Indianapolis,
Brian Anderson/Chris Webber or Clark Kellogg/Lewis Johnson – First Four at Dayton(Tuesday); First and Second Rounds at Greenville, South Carolina;
Kellogg will call the First Four (Tuesday) with Webber doing the First, Second and Regionals.

Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce – First and Second Rounds at Buffalo, New York;
Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner/Dana Jacobson – First and Second Rounds at Tulsa,
Ian Eagle/Steve Lavin/Evan Washburn – First and Second Rounds at Orlando
Spero Dedes/Steve Smith/Len Elmore/Rosalyn Gold-Onwude – First Four at Dayton, Ohio(Wednesday); First and Second Rounds at Sacramento, California
Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas/Jamie Erdahl – First and Second Rounds at Salt Lake City,
Carter Blackburn/Mike Gminski/Debbie Antonelli/Lisa Byington – First and Second Rounds at Milwaukee

Westwood One Sports holds the exclusive radio rights here to the NCAA tournament. For the first time here, the Final Four and the national championship game in Glendale, Arizona will be broadcast on radio in Spanish. Rather apt since it's in Phoenix with a very strong Hispanic/Latin community. That broadcasting team has yet to be announced, although I immediately suspect someone like Eduardo Najera, the former Oklahoma Sooners star from Mexico, could be up for it.

Studio host
Jason Horowitz (New York and Glendale, Westwood One) – First Four, First Round, Second Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
Brad Heller (New York, SiriusXM) – First Round, Second Round and Sweet 16

Studio analyst
Jon Crispin (New York, Westwood One) – First Four, First Round, Second Round and Regionals
Bill Walton (Glendale, Westwood One) – Final Four and National Championship Game

First Four
Ted Emrich and Austin Croshere – at Dayton, Ohio

First and Second rounds
Scott Graham and Donny Marshall – Buffalo, New York
Brandon Gaudin and Kelly Tripucka – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tom McCarthy and Will Perdue – Orlando, Florida
Kevin Kugler and Dan Dickau – Salt Lake City, Utah
John Sadak and Eric Montross/John Thompson – Greensville, South Carolina (Montross – Friday night; Thompson – Friday Afternoon & Sunday)
Chris Carrino and Jim Jackson – Indianapolis, Indiana
Craig Way and P. J. Carlesimo – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jason Benetti and Mike Montgomery – Sacramento, California

Regionals
Ian Eagle and John Thompson – East Regional at New York City, New York
Tom McCarthy and Will Purdue – Midwest Regional at Kansas City, Missouri
Gary Cohen and P. J. Carlesimo – South Regional at Memphis, Tennessee
Kevin Kugler and Jim Jackson – West Regional at San Jose, California

Final Four
Kevin Kugler, John Thompson, Clark Kellogg, and Jim Gray – Glendale, Arizona

http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-bas...deznx2ytkpgeau
http://www.si.com/tech-media/2017/03...e-media-circus

Got a PlayStation 4 with PlayStation Vue? You can watch up to 3 multiscreen livestream games at once from the NCAA Tournament:
http://www.si.com/tech-media/2017/03...e-stream-games
http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-...anish-language

Northern Colorado and Cal-State Northridge self-imposed bans from the NCAA Tournament over team issues and scandals. Abilene Christian, Grand Canyon, Incarnate Word, and UMass-Lowell are still ineligible for the NCAAs this season. But won't be after this!
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Old 30-03-2017, 10:00 AM   #95
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The Road To Phoenix ends this weekend--or to suburban Glendale to be more precise at the University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the NFL's Phoenix Cardinals starting Saturday night. This is the first time since 1995 that the Final Four will be held out West since Seattle's indistinguishable and since-demolished Kingdome that saw Oklahoma St., then-defending champs Arkansas, North Carolina, and eventual champs UCLA. And it certainly won't be for the last time in the West with we're very likely see Los Angeles and Las Vegas getting to be future hosts with their own domed stadium palaces coming in a few years!

We got two NCAA Final Four debutants along with the blue blood in North Carolina and an almost-one but very popular in Oregon in this. Gonzaga finally broke through to the Final Four after trying since making it to the regional finals in 1999. As a #1 seed coming from a mid-major conference. They're are a little like UNLV in its Pacific Coast/Big West days up to the early-1990s in this regard. How about South Carolina, arguably the team of the NCAA Tournament if there's an award for MVP team? The Gamecocks, coming from a school that's more known for its football and increasingly with the women's basketball team coached by new USA women's national basketball team coach Dawn Staley, with Frank Martin getting its first NCAA Tournament wins in 40 years. Last wins were when it had future NBA stars Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Alex English. Oregon's back in the Final Four since the early days of the NCAA Tournament Seems only apt that the debutants will duke it out before entering the national championship game against the big name.

In addition to the NCAA men's Final Four stage already set in Glendale, we got the NIT semis and now NIT Final set at Madison Square Garden in New York City tomorrow night, the College Basketball Invitational could be over tonight, and the CIT is under the semifinal stage also tonight before Friday night's championship game. So there's some subterreanean-style postseason college basketball to watch tonight if you're interested! Let's take a look at how we got to all those points that started just before the Ides of March:

2017 NCAA DIVISION 1 MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

FIRST FOUR (at University of Dayton Arena--Dayton, Ohio)
Tuesday, March 14
#16-seed Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers 67 New Orleans Privateers 66 (EAST REGION)
#11-seed Kansas St. Wildcats 95 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 88 (SOUTH REGION)

Wednesday, March 15
#16-seed North Carolina Central Eagles 63 UC-Davis Aggies 67 (MIDWEST REGION)
#11-seed USC Trojans 75 Providence Friars 71 (EAST REGION)

1ST ROUND
Thursday, March 16
#16 Mount St Mary's Mountaineers 56 #1 Villanova Wildcats 76 (EAST REGION)
#16 South Dakota St. Jackrabbits 46 #1 Gonzaga 66 (WEST REGION)
#15 North Dakota Fighting Green Hawks 82 #2 Arizona Wildcats 100 (WEST REGION) #13 Bucknell Bison 80 #4 West Virginia Mountaineers 86 (WEST REGION)
#12 Princeton Tigers 58 #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 60 (WEST REGION)
#13 Vermont Catamounts 70 #4 Purdue Boilermakers 80 (MIDWEST REGION)
#14 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 80 #3 Florida St. Seminoles 86 (WEST REGION)
#12 Nevada-Reno Wolfpack 73 #5 Iowa St. Cyclones 84 (MIDWEST REGION)
#13 East Tennessee St. Buccaneers 65 #4 Florida Gators 80 (EAST REGION)
#13 Winthrop Eagles 64 #4 Butler Bulldogs 76 (SOUTH REGION)
#10 VCU Rams 77 #7 Saint Mary's (CA) Gaels 85 (WEST REGION)
#12 UNC-Wilmington Seahawks 71 #5 Virginia Cavaliers 76 (EAST REGION)
#9 Virginia Tech Hokies 74 #8 Wisconsin Badgers 84 (EAST REGION)
#12 Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders 81 #5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 72 (SOUTH REGION)
#9 Vanderbilt Commodores 66 #8 Northwestern Wildcats 68 (WEST REGION)
#11 Xavier (OH) Muskateers 76 #6 Maryland Terrapins 65 (WEST REGION)

Friday, March 17
#16 UC-Davis Aggies 62 #1 Kansas Jayhawks 100 (MIDWEST REGION)
#15 Northern Kentucky Norsemen 70 #2 Kentucky Wildcats 79 (SOUTH REGION)
#16 Texas Southern Tigers 64 #1 North Carolina Tar Heels 103 (SOUTH REGION)
#15 Troy St. Trojans 65 #2 Duke Blue Devils 87 (EAST REGION)
#14 Kent St. Golden Flashes 80 #3 UCLA Bruins 97 (SOUTH REGION)
#14 Iona Gaels 77 #3 Oregon Ducks 93 (MIDWEST REGION)
#15 Jacksonville St. Gamecocks 63 #2 Louisville Cardinals 78 (MIDWEST REGION)
#11 Southern California Trojans 66 #6 SMU Mustangs 65 (EAST REGION)
#14 New Mexico St. Aggies 73 #3 Baylor Bears 91 (EAST REGION)
#11 Kansas St. Wildcats 61 #6 Cincinnati Bearcats 75 (SOUTH REGION)
#10 Wichita St. Shockers 64 #7 Dayton Flyers 58 (SOUTH REGION)
#10 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 91 #7 Michigan Wolverines 92 (MIDWEST REGION)
#9 Seton Hall Pirates 71 #8 Arkansas Razorbacks 77 (SOUTH REGION)
#11 Rhode Island Rams 84 #6 Creighton Bluejays 72 (MIDWEST REGION)
#9 Michigan St. Spartans 78 #8 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 58 (MIDWEST REGION)
#10 Marquette Golden Eagles 73 #7 South Carolina Gamecocks 93 (EAST REGION)

SECOND ROUND
Saturday, March 18
#8 Wisconsin 65 #1 Villanova 62 (EAST REGION)
#7 Saint Mary's (CA) 60 #2 Arizona 69 (WEST REGION)
#5 Notre Dame 71 #4 West Virginia 83 (WEST REGION)
#5 Iowa St. 76 #4 Purdue 80 (MIDWEST REGION)
#11 Xavier (OH) 91 #3 Florida St. 66 (WEST REGION)
#5 Virginia 39 #4 Florida 65 (EAST REGION)
#8 Northwestern 73 #1 Gonzaga 79 (WEST REGION)
#12 Middle Tennessee St. 65 #4 Butler 74 (SOUTH REGION)

Sunday, March 19
#9 Michigan St. 70 #1 Kansas 90 (MIDWEST REGION)
#10 Wichita St. 62 #2 Kentucky 65 (SOUTH REGION)
#7 South Carolina 88 #2 Duke 81 (EAST REGION)
#6 Cincinnati 67 #3 UCLA 79 (SOUTH REGION)
#7 Michigan 73 #2 Louisville 69 (MIDWEST REGION)
#11 USC 78 #3 Baylor 82 (EAST REGION)
#8 Arkansas 65 #1 North Carolina 72 (SOUTH REGION)
#11 Rhode Island 72 #3 Oregon 75 (MIDWEST REGION)

SWEET 16 REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Thursday, March 23
#4 West Virginia 58 #1 Gonzaga 61 (WEST REGION)
#4 Purdue 66 #1 Kansas 98 (MIDWEST REGION)
#11 Xavier (OH) 73 #2 Arizona 71 (WEST REGION)
#7 Michigan 68 #3 Oregon 69 (MIDWEST REGION)

Friday, March 24
#3 UCLA 75 #2 Kentucky 86 (SOUTH REGION)
#4 Butler 80 #1 North Carolina 92 (SOUTH REGION)
#7 South Carolina 70 #3 Baylor 50 (EAST REGION)
#8 Wisconsin 83 #4 Florida 84 OT

ELITE 8 REGIONAL FINALS
Saturday, March 25
#11 Xavier 59 #1 Gonzaga 83 (WEST REGION)
#3 Oregon 74 #1 Kansas 60 (MIDWEST REGION)

Sunday, March 26
#2 Kentucky 73 #1 North Carolina 75 (SOUTH REGION)
#7 South Carolina 77 #4 Florida 70 (EAST REGION)

2017 NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Tuesday, March 14
Ole Miss 91, Monmouth 83
Illinois 82, Valparaiso 57
Oakland 74, Clemson 69
Georgia Tech 75, Indiana 63
Colorado St. 81, College of Charleston 74
Richmond 71, Alabama 63,
Boise St. 73, Utah 68
Cal St. Bakersfield 73, Cal 66

Wednesday, March 15
Belmont 78, Georgia 69
UCF 79, Colorado 74
Syracuse 90, UNC-Greensboro 77
Akron 78, Houston 75
TCU 66, Fresno St. 59
Iowa 87, South Dakota 75
Illinois St. 85, UC-Irvine 71
Texas-Arlington 105, BYU 89

Saturday, March 18
Ole Miss 85, Syracuse 80

SECOND ROUND
Sunday, March 19
Georgia Tech 71, Belmont 57
TCU 94, Iowa 92
Richmond 87, Oakland 83

Monday, March 20
Central Florida 63, Illinois St. 62
Texas-Arlington 85, Akron 69
Illinois 71, Boise St. 56
Cal St.-Bakersfield 81, Colorado St. 63

QUARTERFINALS
Tuesday, March 21
TCU 86, Richmond 68
Georgia Tech 74, Ole Miss 66

Wednesday, March 22
Central Florida 68, Illinois 58
Cal St.-Bakersfield 80, Texas-Arlington 76

NIT NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
Tuesday, March 28
Madison Square Garden, New York
Georgia Tech 76, Cal St.-Bakersfield 61
TCU 68, Central Florida 53

2017 NIT CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Thursday, March 30
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. TCU Horned Frogs @7pm US/Canada/Mexico CT
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Oh wow. It's finally Final Four Night in Phoenix/Glendale..and I won't be able to watch or listen to it because I have to work. There's oh so much I want to write to you here. But I'm still trying to come up with many links about the tournament. I have also yet to write more of my thoughts of the tournament, which will all come in the new week as I will get more free time..and I must write what I want to discuss here. Yet to also touch more on the NIT, CBI, CIT, D2, D3, and NAIA with lots of past videos forthcoming.

Two teams from the Pacific Northwest in Gonzaga and Oregon. A SEC school in South Korea from a East Regional that assured a SEC represented in Phoenix. And a blue blood from the ACC in North Carolina, where if they make another NCAA National Championship Game, we can expect a Devin Booker sighting for he's now a Phoenix Sun as well as MJ.

An interesting look on this year's Final Four from FIBA focusing mostly on the non-Americans at the regional stage and in the cases like Greek-American Tyler Dorsey from Oregon who performed in FIBA youth tourneys:
http://www.fiba.com/news/stars-from-...-march-madness

Canada, mostly Toronto, will be nicely repped here even without Montreal's injured Chris Boucher. There's Oregon's Dillon Brooks from Mississauga/Toronto and Brampton/Toronto's Dylan Ellis. South Carolina Gamecocks have Duane Notice from Toronto's Vaugahn suburb of Woodbridge. Finally, the Zags got Vancouver's Dustin Triano, nephew of Canadian basketball legend and national team coach Jay Triano.

Looking back at the evolution of the NCAA tournament basketball court designs:
http://www.sbnation.com/college-bask...orts-gary-gray

South Carolina with both teams alive seems to be enjoying its best basketball weekend ever. I understand there's a whole massive legion of Gamecock fans in Phoenix right now!
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This Final Four weekend on both sides shaping up to be really competitive and riveting ones. Friday night was a great indicator. Then came last night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix's suburb of Glendale with two nice games of themselves that went down to the end, especially with the second one of the bill between North Carolina and Oregon. The first game between Gonzaga and South Carolina assured us of a first-timer in the national championship game Monday night. If I'm pressed for tomorrow night, I would declare that North Carolina will prevail over the Zags in a competitive one that could become an instant classic. I'll talk more tomorrow.

One quick point about those NCAA Tournament-specific basketball courts: This trend started actually started 31 years ago at Dallas' now-demolished Reunion Arena at the Final Four then with a green court with the map of Texas and the NCAA in black capital letters at center court. Final Four courts at Final Four venues, when you think about it and see it, was where it begin henceforth with that year's Final Four logos and colo(u)rs before we start seeing the obscuring of non-NCAA-associated references in arenas, namely on NBA teams and logos, a decade later. Before 1986, it was just using the arenas' basketball courts already there and used with the NCAA insignias tacked on wherever on the court. Earlier rounds didn't get this treatment until 2007 with those same bland ones.
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Your NCAA men tournament sites from 2019-2022 are now selected with some new venues involved like San Francisco's new Chase Arena, Sacramento's Golden 1 Center, Detroit's Little Ceasers Arena, and Minneapolis' Target Center (did host the 1995 NCAA Women's Final Four where the Connecticut Huskies with newly-minted Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo won their first title undefeated capturing the nation's attention to stay):
http://www.bloggingthebracket.com/20...ati-fort-worth
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Look for Mizzou (now that it got HS star and McDonald's All-American Michael Porter Jr. and Cuonzo Martin), Stanford, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, and Georgia to exceed people's expectation next season, according to ESPN:
http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/F...422204783.html

Questions abound for the likes of big name college basketball coaches across the nation in the coming season:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...k-ewing-others

And in case you didn't hear after a while since March, Patrick Ewing finally gets to live his overdue dream in being a head coach (and thus ensures the John Thompson coaching tree's intact) in becoming the big time Georgetown coaching splash after JT's son JT III gets axed:
http://theundefeated.com/features/pa...ns-glory-days/
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...sketball-coach

ESPN's pick of the top ten available 2017-18 transfers and more on who's coming and who's going at each D1 school:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...2017-18-season

How next season's top players from mid-major schools will fare. This ESPN All Mid-Major Team:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...r-team-2017-18
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