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Sixteen Gets First NCAA Victory

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U May Be Cinderella

By John Ventola

March Madness turned into full blown insanity Friday night. For the first time a No. 16  tournament seed beat a No. 1 as UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) embarrassed this year’s top seed Virginia, 74-54. Continue reading

NCAA Basketball Tournament Has No Clear Favorite

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Dance Will Feature Parity and Various Styles

By John Ventola

The 68-team NCAA Division I basketball bracket will be announced today. The tournament, which runs from March 14 until championship night April 3, will feature several teams capable of winning the national championship. Last season’s champion Villanova showed that the slippers (sneakers) can fit a Cinderella. With parity very much the current state of college basketball, true hoops junkies will not be surprised to see another underdog climb the ladders and cut down the nets come April. Continue reading

Duke And Wisconsin Rev Up For Indy Final

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Thirty Eight One And Done

By John Ventola

Kentucky Coach John Calipari had been describing his Wildcat basketballers as “not perfect, but unbeaten” for the last few weeks as the squad worked its way through the first four games of NCAA tournament action. His extremely talented team had run roughshod over most of the season’s competition, and survived a couple of regular season last second upset bids before besting Notre Dame by two points to capture the Midwest regional championship. Continue reading

Kentucky Continues Down The Road To Perfection

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Tournament Parity On Display As Teams Advance To Sweet 16

By John Ventola

After four days of following the bouncing ball, and hearing on-court exploits described with such phrases as dribble drive penetration, kiss off the glass, drive and deliver, crossover dribble, and dominating the boards/tempo, it is time to say goodbye to fifty-two college basketball squads that started the week with various levels of confidence that they would advance to next week’s Sweet Sixteen. Continue reading

Post Game Celebrations Point Out Need For Better Fan Control

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Kansas Coach Bill Self and Kansas State Coach Bruce Weber Pinned Against Scorer’s Table By Students And Fans

Pitch Invasion Could Lead To Sports Tragedy

By John Ventola

Watching Kansas State’s home upset of Kansas in Big 12 basketball, and the crowd storming the court following the final horn was not one of college athletics finer moments. Sure it happens, and it seems to happen more and more at football and basketball games across the country. Sadly, it will probably have to take some costly tragedy before this growing, senseless tradition is curtailed. Continue reading

Collegiate Football Rivalries Dwindling

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Conference Realignments Stop Some Longtime Rivalries

By John Ventola 

Rivalries have always played a major role in establishing the popularity of collegiate football. Whether they involved service academies (Army versus Navy), in-state rivals (Washington against Washington State, Oklahoma versus Oklahoma State, etc.), conference adversaries, (Minnesota against Wisconsin), or cross country rivals (USC versus Notre Dame), the games played under the rivalry heading kept fan interest at a maximum level because those were the contests that would be discussed until the two teams met again one year later. The winning fan base could enjoy bragging rights, but the losing team’s loyal followers could shout out, ‘wait till next year’, and know a chance at redemption was just twelve months away. Collegiate football rivalries are a colorful part of American sports history, but sadly conference realignments by the NCAA during recent years are causing some key rivalries to stop. Continue reading