Here’s The Thing – OK, This Is What We Know

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Here’s The Thing – Mortal Lock Sweet Sixteen

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Here’s The Thing – Greatest March Madness Weekend Ever?

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Here’s The Thing – Bracket Burning Mortal Lock Friday

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Here’s The Thing – Mortal Lock … Wednesday? #MarchMadness

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Here’s The Thing – Brackets, Brackets, Brackets!

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March Madness: The Conclusion

By Josh Wiggins
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March Madness is over. Duke is your 2015 NCAA champion after defeating Wisconsin in a tightly contested finale, and we are left waiting until next season for the reappearance of college basketball. This game was the perfect ending to a tremendous tournament, featuring two of the best teams battling until the very end.

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Photo Credit: USA Today

From the minute the game tipped off, it was clear that this matchup would be exciting. With both teams playing at a furious pace and the lead constantly changing hands for the first 20 minutes, the teams entered the half tied at 31. Once the second half started, we saw both teams begin to get into a more steady rhythm, and the back and forth lead changes were more drawn out. As the finish grew closer, the Badgers seemed to be in control holding a nine-point lead with only seven minutes to play; however, the Duke freshmen refused to give up. In a situation that tends to favor experience, Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen elevated their play, and led Duke to a victory. [Read more…]

March Madness: The Final Act

By Josh Wiggins
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March Madness has been absolutely tremendous this year. Sure, we really didn’t have a true Cinderella to captivate us, but the quality and competitiveness of basketball more than made up for that. After 66 games, there are only two teams left, two teams doing everything they can to win for their schools, their fans, and themselves.

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Duke and Wisconsin have earned their way to this point and proven that they have what it takes to be a champion. Both of them started this tourney with a No. 1 seed based on what they did all season long; however, Kentucky and Villanova did the same thing. That was the easy part, the thing that four teams do every year. [Read more…]

March Madness: Final Four Bold Predictions

By Josh Wiggins
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Photo Credit: AP

Well everyone, we have made it to the Final Four. The four programs remaining in this tournament have proven they deserve a chance at winning the national championship, beating every team in front of them. Kentucky, Wisconsin and Duke were expected to make it to this point, at least to some degree. Sure, nothing is guaranteed in this tourney, and there is no easy path to the Final Four. But, these teams were ranked as No. 1 seeds for a reason. Michigan State, on the other hand, has defied the odds to get to this point. Beating both Virginia and Villanova, the Spartans have had the most difficult journey to get to this point as a No. 7 seed. However, isn’t this what we expect from the Tom Izzo-led Michigan State team? This is a familiar role for them, and they have proven that they are just as dangerous as their opponents. [Read more…]

March Madness: Final Four Coaches

By Josh Wiggins
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The programs left in the NCAA tournament are loaded with talent and have played their best when it counted, but the coaches leading them are the single biggest reason that they have made it to the Final Four.

John Calipari. Bo Ryan. Mike Krzyzewski. Tom Izzo.

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Calling these coaches successful would be a vast understatement. Between the four of them, they have won 2,532 games, reached 25 Final Fours and won national championships. Coach K has won 1,016 games, and if the Blue Devils can win the tournament this year, he will only trail John Wooden for the most championships in NCAA history with a total of five to his credit. John Calipari has had success with multiple programs, with four trips to the Final Four in the last five years. Bo Ryan has won four Division III championships, and may have his best shot yet at a Division I title this year. Tom Izzo has taken the Spartans to seven Final Four appearances since 1999, more than anyone else during this period, and often as an underdog. [Read more…]

March Madness: The Elite Eight

By Josh Wiggins
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The Sweet 16 has come and gone, and we are jumping right into the Elite Eight. The field has grown even tighter, with the just one team that did not earn a No. 4 seed or better. Look forward to a slate of highly-competitive basketball this weekend, with almost no potential outcome being a true shock, outside of maybe Kentucky losing. With that said, here is a breakdown of Elite Eight.

1 Kentucky vs 3 Notre Dame

Despite being seeded as a No. 3, many have considered this deep of a run for Notre Dame to be improbable at best. However, their most recent victory against Wichita State showed just how dangerous this team can be. They may not be flashy, but when they are on, the Irish offense can be tough to stop. In the second half of that game, they shot an insane 75 percent from the field. [Read more…]

March Madness: No Cinderellas

By Josh Wiggins
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If you take a look at the remaining teams in the Sweet 16, a clear trend emerges. Every team seems to belong here: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, UNC, Louisville, Michigan State, etc. There are no Cinderellas left to take everyone by surprise.

This is not an accident. This is by design.

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Photo Credit: USA Today

On Selection Sunday, the committee picks the 68 best college teams in the nation to square off against one another in this tournament. Similarly, they seed these teams from one to 16, in an effort to give the best teams the easiest path while making those weaker teams really earn every win. The end goal, as with any athletic tournament, is for the best teams to compete with one another to win it all. [Read more…]