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March 29th, 2016
Stevie J

Three out of four isn’t bad! I can’t claim 100% success in predicting the NCAA “March Madness” Final 4 due to #10 seed Syracuse scoring the improbable upset over #1 seed Virginia in the Midwest region, but everything else I said came to pass. #2 seed Villanova knocked off the #1 seed Kansas in the…

March 26th, 2016
Stevie J

The field has narrowed considerably now for the 2016 edition of March Madness. We’ve gone from a field of 64 plus down to the Elite Eight of college basketball. While there were some historic upsets and miraculous finishes early on, we’re now in a position where the cream has definitely risen to the top. The…

March 24th, 2016
Stevie J

After a wild and unpredictable opening two rounds of play, where a Michigan State loss destroyed almost every bracket in the country, we move on to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The field is now heavy on favorites and short on Cinderellas, and unfortunately for the upset-minded, two of those…

March 15th, 2016
Stevie J

It’s that time of year we all love as sports fans – March Madness is upon us! Nobody wants to pick a bracket buster, but everybody cheers for a Cinderella story. Nobody believes their local school can go all the way, but every alum fills out one extra bracket “just in case.” Loyalties are tested…

April 6th, 2015
Stevie J

We’ve arrived at the moment of truth – the Final Four have played and only two teams remain to vie for the national championship. It may be the most predictable conclusion to the least predictable tournament in recent memory. Despite a slew of upsets with top seeds being knocked out in each region throughout March…

April 4th, 2015
Stevie J

After all of the madness and upsets we’ve finally arrived at the critical moment. There are only three games left to go before we crown a new national champion in basketball. If you simply went with #1 seeds in all four brackets all the way through, you came up pretty flush right now, as they’ve…

March 28th, 2015
Stevie J

The college basketball action keeps coming fast and furious as March Madness rolls on from the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8. I’ve had a lot of brackets busted this year, and a lot of sure things went up in smoke, but I’m feeling a little more confident after my last round of picks. Notre…

March 21st, 2015
Stevie J

Have you had your fill of upsets? I know I have. All of my brackets are completely busted to bejeezus and back. On the other hand if you’re the kind of person who plays longshots on a whim, you made out really good in the first round of the NCAA “March Madness” tournament. (Second round…

March 18th, 2015
Stevie J

If you’re a sports junkie, March Madness is the kind of event you live for. It’s a smorgasbord of excitement, of highs and lows, of Cinderella stories and perennial powerhouses. All of the debating about who should get in, who SHOULD have gotten in, and potentially how many more teams the field should expand to…

April 4th, 2014
Stevie J

The most improbable NCAA March Madness tournament in many years is finally drawing to a close. In a tournament where top seeded teams and AP poll darlings got knocked out round after round after round, should it really come as that much of a surprise that 8 seed Kentucky is playing 7 seed Connecticut in…

April 4th, 2014
Stevie J

This year’s March Madness tournament has to go done as one of the wildest in recent memory. The vaunted powerhouse college basketball favorites have fallen by the wayside – Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Georgetown, Michigan, Arizona and Michigan State just to name a few. We also saw an incredible amount of drama with overtime games –…

March 29th, 2014
Stevie J

One thing’s for certain about March Madness 2014 – you get more accurate when you get more vague. The odds were certainly close in all of Friday’s games. Calling Iowa State vs. UConn a “coin flip” was my most accurate prognostication. Michigan narrowly escaped an upset by the #11 Vols with a 73-71 win, Michigan…

March 28th, 2014
Stevie J

Just to update everybody at the start of this preview, we’re going to compress things a little going forward. Yesterday’s Sweet 16 preview and today’s continuation will be the last individual days of the tournament – for example the Elite 8 match-ups will be consolidated into one post. With that bit of business out of…

March 27th, 2014
Stevie J

Does anybody have a Warren Buffett bracket left at this point? I can’t imagine most people had a 10 seed and an 11 seed going head to head in the sweet 16. I picked a couple upsets here and there, but not in my wildest dreams did I think any team at 10 or lower…

March 23rd, 2014
Stevie J

A lot of Cinderellas had their glass slippers broken on Saturday, which isn’t surprising once the field gets narrowed down to 32 and the longshots have to do the impossible a second time. We all had to know that the longshots weren’t going to pay forever, but the NDSU Bisons should have at least had…

March 22nd, 2014
Stevie J

Here we go again! The field of contenders has been whittled in half as we move on to what was traditionally called the second round of March Madness – which now thanks to the “First Four” is technically considered to be the third. My tongue trips over it just trying to say it. My brain…

March 21st, 2014
Stevie J

I hope everybody enjoyed Thursday’s second round action. We had a lot of overtime games, and a few upsets as well, so I hope some of you took my advice about the dog in either Ohio State vs. Dayton – a thriller that the Flyers pulled out 60-59 – or on Harvard getting the upset…

March 20th, 2014
Stevie J

The First Four is over and four bubble teams have successfully negotiated their way into what is now called the second round. Tennessee overcame a huge deficit early to surpass a slumping Iowa in OT 78-65 – proving that the odds makers were right to have the game a virtual coin flip. Cal Poly fared…

March 18th, 2014
Stevie J

It’s time for the Madness to begin. The conference finals have all been played, and though there were a few surprises (who saw Providence beating Creighton in the Big East finals – by a strong 65-58 margin too) the favorites are still rolling forward as the top seeds going into the tournament this week. Here’s…

March 15th, 2014
Stevie J

If the grocery store aisles full of green ribbons and bottles of Guinness didn’t already remind you St. Patrick’s Day was coming, it reminds people of another thing that only happens every 12 months – MARCH MADNESS. Selection day is tomorrow, but there’s still some excitement to be found on the court for this sport,…