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NCAA Tourney Turns Into Bracketology Blow Up

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The Dance

By John Ventola

The NCAA hung the popular moniker on the annual March event, Garth Brooks sings a song so titled. Today The Dance is down to sixteen teams. By tomorrow night it will dwindle to the Elite Eight. Sunday nigh there will only be four teams left to dance in next weekend’s Final Four. Continue reading

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

North Carolina Will Cut Down Nets Monday

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Zags And Tar Heels Monday If Saturday Goes To Form

By John Ventola

Perennial basketball power North Carolina will be joined in this weekend’s Final Four by three upstarts, Gonzaga, Oregon, and South Carolina. Of the three, only the Ducks have ever been to the Final Four, and that was in 1939 when they won the title. The Tar Heels have survived two close encounters with Southeastern Conference teams (Arkansas and Kentucky) on their journey to a 20th Final Four appearance, its fifth under the tutelage of Coach Roy Williams. 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

Time For LSU-Alabama To Settle Things On Football Field

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Tiger Tide Rivalry More Than Football

By John Ventola

LSU will face Alabama tonight in a critical Southeastern Conference (SEC) game that will not only play a key role in deciding this season’s eventual league winner, but go a long way in determining the 2015 College Football Playoff (CFP) champion. Continue reading

Kentucky-Wisconsin Rematch, Duke Possibility Top Final Four

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Indy Final Four Features Three Top Seeds

By John Ventola

Kentucky proved they are not perfect while remaining unbeaten, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker showed white guys can have game, three Duke freshmen continued to exhibit skill-sets every bit as impressive as that of the Wildcats highly acclaimed frosh class, and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo’s adjustments and strategy again showcased why a team’s coaching talent on the sideline is just as important as its athletic ability on the court. 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

LSU Players Give Their All In Almost Upsetting Kentucky

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Tigers Have No Plan Or Direction At End Of Game

By John Ventola

Home standing LSU played No. 1 Kentucky down to the final shot Tuesday night in a matchup reminiscent of legendary battles between the two schools. Keith Hornsby’s fall-away three pointer in the final seconds hit the backboard and glanced off the left side of the rim before being tapped out in a mid-lane scramble to end the 71-69 game, and preserve the Wildcats’ perfect season. Continue reading

LSU Needs Strong Conference Showing To Keep Momentum

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Jones Rebuilding Of Program Picking Up Speed

By John Ventola

Kentucky continues to rule Southeastern Conference basketball as Coach John Calipari seemingly recruits at least four or five prep All-Americans annually. Except for a two year national championship run by Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007, the league has been dominated by the Bluegrass Bunch for decades. Continue reading

CFP Final Four Announcement Coming After Final Week

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Rivalry Week Not Kind To SEC

By John Ventola

Alabama managed to hang on to its No. 1 ranking by scoring touchdowns on its last five possessions in an exciting comeback against archrival Auburn, but the Southeastern Conference (SEC) took a big hit to its reputation during rivalry week games. With the victory, the Crimson Tide claimed the Western Division title and earned the right to play Eastern champion Missouri for the SEC championship Saturday in Atlanta, while Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina each lost to an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe. For a league that has enjoyed having four or five teams ranked in the nation’s Top Ten most of the year, the conference could have only Alabama in the elite bunch if Mississippi State drops more than six spots after being defeated by nineteenth ranked Ole Miss. Continue reading