Unc Basketball

25 Mar 19
421sports

It’s still the most wonderful time of the year, no matter how bad I’m doing with my bracket right now. As expected, I started off hot, but ever since day 2 of the first round I’ve been cold as ice. I picked approximately 16 upsets (seed-wise) in the first and second rounds (depending on what […]

25 Mar 19
The Denver Post
When practice begins in October, each and every one of the nation’s 351 Division I basketball programs harbor dreams of playing deep into March. Few, if any, of those teams set their sights on the NIT as the preferred March destination. Yet, when the Colorado Buffaloes take the floor at the CU Events Center Monday night for an NIT second-round date against Norfolk State, only 16 teams will remain alive in the NCAA Tournament, while the Buffs will seek the eighth and final slot in the NIT quarterfinals. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The winner between the fourth-seeded Buffs and eighth-seeded Norfolk State visits second-seeded Texas in the quarterfinals Wednesday night. The Longhorns advanced with a 78-76 overtime win against third-seeded Xavier Sunday afternoon. “It’s a long season. Everyone starts out in September with the idea they want to play in March. And we are,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “Our guys need to embrace this tournament. I think starting off with a team like Dayton, a quality opponent like that, really even for our guys were like, ‘The teams in the NIT are good.’ And they are. That was good for us, and we got through that game, and now it’s on to the next one. I’m just glad it’s at home.” In a tournament in which accepting the challenge of the competition instead of pouting over being left out of the NCAA Tournament field is as much a part of any team’s success as defense and rebounding, the Buffs remain well-positioned going into the final home game of the 2018-19 season. Two number one seeds — UNC-Greensboro and Alabama, which lost to Norfolk State in the first round — already have been eliminated with home losses, pending No. 1-seeded TCU’s home date Sunday night against Nebraska. Read the full story at buffzone.com.
25 Mar 19
Waldo's Hoops Hotbed

Image from Duke Basketball Report   Eight days ago, the Selection Committee revealed a bracket with 68 teams, each of whom had their own path to deserve (or not, depending on your view) a spot in the field. Over four days this past weekend, that field has now been whittled quickly down to just 16. […]

25 Mar 19
National Post

RALEIGH, N.C. — The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De’Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in a decade, the remaining tournament field entering the Sweet 16 looks a lot like the one set on Selection Sunday. The […]

25 Mar 19
CollegeBasketballTalk

The indisputable re-ranking of the 16 teams left in the field. These are inarguable facts.

25 Mar 19
NBA Talk

The Sweet Sixteen is set! The first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Tournament were filled with exciting basketball. All of the one seeds, Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, and North Carolina will be included in the next round of games. The same goes for all of the two seeds, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Michigan State all […]

25 Mar 19
USA TODAY Sports Brackets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De’Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in a decade, the remaining tournament field entering the Sweet 16 looks a lot like the one set on Selection Sunday. […]

25 Mar 19
Parlay Game

Now that we've gone from 68 to 16 teams in the NCAA tournament, there are two ways to see the current competitors that we have left. Your point of view on the NCAA 2019 Tournament could reflect your vision of life. You can lament a parenthesis without upheavals or celebrate a second stacked weekend. I […]

25 Mar 19
CollegeBasketballTalk

It was not a great first weekend, but it sets the stage for an unbelievable second weekend.

25 Mar 19
The Blue Fringe Blog

After the TN fuck up costing me money by not covering after being up 25 points, I had no desire to watch the next few hours. I put more money into my account and I was ready for the evening games. I didn’t turn the Duke UCF game till probably 10 minutes left. The TV […]

25 Mar 19
The Denver Post
Chalk one up for the seeded favorite in the NCAA Tournament. The biggest upset this March isn’t a wild heave at the horn for a winner from a No. 15 seed or a First Four team somehow weaving into the second weekend — it’s the lack of genuine stunners to shake up the bracket. The top seeds are still at the top of the tourney. The field has the top three seeds in each round in the Sweet 16 for only the second time (2009) since the bracket expanded in 1985. It’s tied with 2009 for the most top four seeds (14) in the Sweet 16. RELATED: March Madness 2019: Printable second-chance bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Sure, Virginia had to sweat out another tourney opener. And Duke was a tip-in away from being done. But it’s rare this many single-digit teams still have a shot at cutting down the nets. Think that’s improbable? Consider this, the NCAA bracket tracker says one perfect bracket remains across all major online bracket games, including Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and the NCAA’s own contest. It’s the longest streak of correct bracket picks, breaking the reported record of 39 games, which happened in 2017. The NCAA says the odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion — so bettors, take the under. Just imagine if the entrant named “Center Road” in the NCAA’s bracket challenge had bet the house on a 48-team money line parlay! For any fan who has a shot at entering one of those second-chance pools, take note: “Center Road” has Duke, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Michigan, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky as the Elite Eight. Oh, and if you believe “Center Road” knows more than Dickie V or Sir Charles, roll the dice on Gonzaga to beat Kentucky in the national championship game. Cinderella will take a rain check to this party, please. The favorites don’t mind if the trend continues for another week. “Everyone is talking about a Final Four, but I’ve never been to a Sweet 16,” Virginia guard Ty Jerome said. The Big 12 has kept the conference from perfection. No. 4 seed Kansas State was surprised by UC Irvine (well, a surprise for everyone but “Center Road”) and No. 4 seed Kansas was knocked out by fifth-seeded Auburn, which was actually favored by sportsbooks over the Jayhawks. While not among the top 16 seeds, sixth-seeded Villanova also lost, guaranteeing a new national champion will be crowned in Minneapolis. — The 1s: Duke, Virginia, UNC, Gonzaga. — The 2s: Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky. — The 3s: LSU, Texas Tech, Purdue and Houston. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] — The 4s: FSU and Virginia Tech. When the betting favorite wins, gamblers call it going chalk, an old-school slang term still common in an era where pools are now nearly ubiquitous. It might have to be bought in bulk for a tournament where the 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks are the only double-digit seed in the Sweet 16. The casinos surely could have used a few more upsets to keep the sportsbook a winner. If you’re a fan hooked in March because of the upstart teams from conferences no one has really heard of knocking off the blue bloods while pandemonium ensues, try back next year. But for fans who want the best teams still alive and playing for it all, next weekend could be as good as it gets.
25 Mar 19
Bonesville: The Authoritative Independent Voice of East Carolina

Gilbert contacts WBB coaching candidates…Pirates complete sweep over UCF with 6-5 win…ECU SB Drops Series Finale At Memphis…Three-Star Nasir Clerk Is The First Commit of the Mike Houston Era…Five ECU basketball players enter transfer portal…Houston moves into Sweet 16 for first time in 35 years…‘We end in tears’: Johnny Dawkins and UCF teaches his grateful […]

25 Mar 19
The Battle of the Luwak

An exciting weekend of basketball is in the books and we’re on to the Sweet 16! Duke managed to outlast UCF, Tennessee survived a rally by Iowa and UNC looked like a true no. 1 in its win over Washington. A lot of chalk on this year’s bracket, with the exception of No. 12 Oregon, […]

25 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

Chuck Burton/Associated Press A handful of potential first-round picks in the 2019 NBA draft showcased their talents on the national stage during the first weekend of the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  As they have all season, Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish featured in key roles for Duke, but it was another projected […]

25 Mar 19
Tnewst

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