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Oklahoma To Win First NCAA Basketball Title

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March Madness Reaches April Climax

By John Ventola

March Madness was fun, this year’s NCAA Tournament has provided a number of surprising upsets, and down to the wire, competitive games. Highly regarded Michigan State lost its first game while lowly rated Yale won its first contest—–ever. It has been a real Bracket Breaker, with only one No. 1 seed, North Carolina, advancing to the Final Four, and Syracuse becoming the first ever No. 10 seed to reach the “Big Dance”. Continue reading

Tigers Need To Finish Off SEC Schedule Strongly

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LSU In Danger Of Missing NCAA Tournament

By John Ventola

LSU went down to the wire before losing to No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday at the PMAC. It was the Tigers’ eighth defeat of the season as the team continues to befuddle basketball experts with losing efforts. While a victory over the talented Sooners was not expected, the loss continued a pattern of second half collapses by the team, which features the top recruit in the nation, Ben Simmons. Continue reading

Fournette Could Run Wild Against Defenseless Red Raiders

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Miles Reprieve And Opponent Should Result In Solid Effort

By John Ventola

LSU faithful have had thirty-one days to process the embarrassing drama that played out around Les Miles in November as the Tigers plummeted from the ranks of the unbeaten (ranked No. 2 in the initial CFP poll) to a team not ranked in the Top 25. A three-game SEC losing streak put the quirky eleventh year head coach on the hot seat, and ultimately atop the shoulders of his players following a job-saving victory over Texas A & M in the home finale, a win that literally gave him a “third quarter” reprieve from the coaches’ unemployed list. Continue reading

Restricting Heisman Ceremony Candidates Not Fair To Some

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Fournette Snub Shows Process Is Flawed

By John Ventola

The Heisman Trophy finds itself losing some of its luster as the selection process criteria of the most prestigious award in collegiate athletics now seems to rely strictly on statistics, and whether the recipient is on a high ranked team. Continue reading

SEC Still Dominant League Despite Missing Title Again

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Florida State SEC Lead School and Conference Draft Choices

 By John Ventola

Teams do not win championships if they do not have talent. Coaching can cover up some shortcomings, but a glaring weakness in any area will soon be uncovered and exploited by the opposition. Talent, a lot of it, is mandatory for any collegiate team to capture a league championship, and be able to advance to the national playoff stage (formerly the BCS, now the College Football Playoff (CFP) system). One or two star players can lead a team, but it takes talented teammates with varied skill-sets to capture a title. Continue reading

LSU Looking To Continue Improvement And Capture Gym Title

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Four All-American Gymnasts Lead Tigers To Nationals

By John Ventola

Paced by three senior first-team All-American gymnasts, LSU will go into tonight’s national women’s gymnastics semifinals trying to improve on the program’s best finish ever, last season’s third place finish in the NCAA Super Six. The Fort Worth Convention Center Arena will host twelve teams in two six-team semifinals, the three top teams in each session advancing to Saturday’s championship competition. Four other Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams will join the Tigers in a quest for another national title for a league squad. 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

Alabama Versus LSU Game Annually Showcases Quality Talent

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Annual Matchup Usually Plays Major Role In Deciding SEC

By John Ventola

The annual football game between LSU and Alabama has risen to become one of college football’s most anticipated rivalry games over the past six decades. Ever since Paul “Bear” Bryant opened his first season as coach of the Crimson Tide by hosting Paul Dietzel’s Tigers in Mobile in 1958, the annual matchups have played significant roles in deciding SEC championships, and frequently, national championships. Continue reading

SEC Teams Looking For Two College Football Playoff Spots

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November Stretch Run Should Be Interesting

By John Ventola

The College Football Playoff is far from being settled and the past two weeks of competition shows just how close some of the top ranked teams really are heading into the November slate. Nine days ago, second ranked Florida State kept their two year winning streak going by besting No.8 Notre Dame when a last second Irish touchdown was disallowed because of offensive pass interference. Then last weekend third ranked Auburn topped then ranked No. 9 Ole Miss when a receiver was grabbed from behind, badly injured, and fumbled at the half -yard line. The football was recovered by the Tigers in the end zone, sealing the Auburn victory. Close? You bet. One play at the end of each game decided the winner. Continue reading