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Adam’s Ultimate NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown

What started in November ends over the next 3 weekends as the nation turns it’s attention to March Madness.

Upset Alerts for This Weekend

South Region

  1. Pitt over Colorado – only technically an upset by seeding. Pitt is better, more experienced and should handle a Colorado team that shouldn’t be been invited in the first place.
  2. Stephen F. Austin over VCU – I love VCU and they’ve been hot as of late. But SF Austin hasn’t lost since November, they are looking for some recognition and their speed will catch VCU looking at UCLA.
  3. Tulsa over UCLA – UCLA over-achieved in the Pac-12 conference tournament to steal the title. But their style of play will not match-up well with Tulsa. Tulsa is hot and there will be more SDSU fans cheering for Tulsa than there will be UCLA fans in Viejas. (Sorry, thems the breaks for playing in our house!)
  4. New Mexico over Kansas – This is a rematch for the Lobos who are white hot right now. Mix that with an Embiid-less Jayhawks team that has been beatable away from home and I think Cameron Barstow will push Kansas’ bigs all over the court.
  5. Sweet 16 teams from the South – Florida, Tulsa, Ohio State, New Mexico

East Region

Not seeing an upset in this region.

Sweet 16 teams from the East – Virginia, Michigan State, Iowa State, and Nova

West Region

  1. Oklahoma State over Gonzaga – I think on paper this will be an upset. But this has been a down year for the Zags and OK State is just too fast for them.
  2. Nebraska over Baylor – Tim Myles is a heckuva coach and the country will know his name by Sunday. They are out to prove they run Nebraska.
  3. Nebraska over Creighton – I’ve said it all year… make Doug McDermitt run and guard someone and force them to pass and they’ll lose. I think Nebraska has seen enough of the 1-man show and they’ll show how a team beats a superstar to advance.
  4. Sweet 16 teams from the West: Arizona, San Diego State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin

Midwest Region

  1. Xavier over Saint Louis – Watch out for Xavier, they are playing really well. And Saint Louis is playing like a team who hasn’t played a top 100 team in a while.
  2. Iowa over UMass – I can’t believe the Minutemen advanced… they were terrible down the stretch and lost their into the tourney. Iowa can play and they have something to prove.
  3. Texas over Michigan – I’ve loved to watch the Wolverine’s run. But their inability to play defense will kill them when they come up against a battle tested, equally athletic Big 12 squad in Texas. Michigan ranks 63rd in the field in defensive scoring percentage and Texas is 12th. That 5% difference will result in about 3-4 buckets that will be the difference.
  4. Sweet 16 team from the Midwest: Wichita State, Louisville, Duke, and Texas

Who you got? Which upset did I miss? 

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College Basketball Rankings – Week 19

This is basically my last week of doing the rankings. Next weekend I’ll do much the similar background work but turn my attention to individual NCAA match-ups and team stats.

Week 19 Rankings

  1. Florida
  2. Wichita State
  3. Villanova
  4. Arizona
  5. Duke
  6. Virginia
  7. Wisconsin
  8. San Diego State
  9. Louisville
  10. Kansas
  11. Creighton
  12. Michigan
  13. Syracuse
  14. Cincinnati
  15. Iowa State
  16. New Mexico
  17. North Carolina
  18. Saint Louis
  19. Oklahoma
  20. UConn
  21. Michigan State
  22. VCU
  23. Memphis
  24. Gonzoga
  25. Kentucky
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College Basketball Rankings – Week 18

Week 18 College Basketball Rankings

  1. Florida
  2. Arizona
  3. Wichita State
  4. Duke
  5. Villanova
  6. Kansas
  7. Syracuse
  8. Virginia
  9. San Diego State
  10. Louisville
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Michigan
  13. North Carolina
  14. Cincinnati
  15. Creighton
  16. UConn
  17. New Mexico
  18. Iowa State
  19. Michigan State
  20. Kentucky
  21. Memphis
  22. SMU
  23. Gonzaga
  24. Green Bay
  25. Saint Louis
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College Basketball Rankings – Week 16

Week 16 College Basketball Rankings

  1. Syracuse
  2. Florida
  3. Wichita State
  4. Arizona
  5. Duke
  6. San Diego State
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Vilanova
  9. Kansas
  10. Creighton
  11. Saint Louis
  12. Louisville
  13. Michigan State
  14. Virginia
  15. Texas
  16. Iowa State
  17. Iowa
  18. Kentucky
  19. Wisconsin
  20. UConn
  21. Ohio State
  22. Memphis
  23. UCLA
  24. Michigan
  25. Stephen F. Austin

Week 15 Results

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College Basketball Rankings – Week 15

So here we are. Midway through the conference season and things are starting to heat up all over the country. The Big Ten and Big 12 are proving to be full of parity… top to bottom anyone can win, the SEC has settled into the haves and have nots, same with the Pac 12 and Mountain West.

Week 15 Rankings

  1. Syracuse
  2. Arizona
  3. Florida
  4. Wichita State
  5. San Diego State
  6. Villanova
  7. Kansas
  8. Duke
  9. Michigan State
  10. Louisville
  11. Cincy
  12. Saint Louis
  13. Michigan
  14. Iowa
  15. Creigton
  16. Virginia
  17. Iowa State
  18. Kentucky
  19. Texas
  20. Memphis
  21. Pitt
  22. Ohio State
  23. New Mexico
  24. Wisconsin
  25. UCLA
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College Basketball Rankings – Week 14

Here’s my look at the week that was in college basketball… and a wild last couple of days it has been.

Adam’s Week 14 College Basketball Rankings

  1. Syracuse
  2. Florida
  3. Wichita State
  4. Arizona
  5. San Diego State
  6. Villanova
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Kansas
  9. Michigan State
  10. Duke
  11. Saint Louis
  12. Creighton
  13. Kentucky
  14. Texas
  15. Michigan
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. Louisville
  18. Iowa State
  19. Iowa
  20. New Mexico
  21. Gonzaga
  22. UConn
  23. Virginia
  24. SF Austin
  25. Wisconsin
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College Basketball Rankings – Week 13

Here’s my look at the week that was. Technically, the week that is… not expecting any of the current top 25 to lose the Sunday match-ups.

Week 12 Results

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What would a college football tournament look like in 2014?

2014 College Football Championship Tournament
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If college football had a tournament based on the final BCS polls, this is what the bowl season could have looked like.

College football fans want games that matter. We want to see see the best teams advance. And we want to see a true champion like in every other NCAA sport. We want a college football tournament that culminates the weekend between the AFC/NFC Championship and the Super Bowl.

If you agree, share this on social media.

But what about the other teams & bowls? Let teams that don’t make the top 16 in the final polls fill up the rest of the bowl games.

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College Football Thoughts – The Bowl Predictions

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2013 was a memorable season. Without a truly dominant team we were all left to wonder who’d survive to the national championship. Outside of a few Alabama fans, everyone in the country thinks Florida State and Auburn are the two teams most deserving to play for the the trophy.

Meanwhile, nearly half of the schools in college football made themselves eligible for a bowl and are rewarded with some extra days of practice and a made-for-tv exhibition game. They too will play for a trophy. Even if the trophy is just a logo. Or a potato.

What’s Wrong With Bowls?

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College Football Thoughts – Week 10

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November in college football. It’s a glorious thing. Teams are at their best, the air is cooler, and the games are all the more meaningful.

Yesterday only disappointed in that it didn’t provide that signature upset finish. Sure, there was Nebraska’s hail mary. But let’s be honest in acknowledging that outside of Omaha that game had little impact on the national landscape.