Weekend Bracket for 2/18-19

Last Four In: Kansas St, Providence, California, Syracuse

Last Four Out: Alabama, Houston, Georgetown, Wake Forest

This bracket is good for games through 2/17


1.Villanova16.UC Davis/Mount St Mary’s Buffalo

8.Virginia Tech9.Michigan

5.SMU12.Texas-Arlington Buffalo

4.West Virginia13.Monmouth

6.Maryland11.California/Providence Indianapolis


7.Northwestern10.Arkansas Indianapolis

2.Louisville15.Florida Gulf Coast


1.Baylor16.North Carolina Central Tulsa

8.VCU9.Saint Mary’s

5.Notre Dame12.Wichita St Milwaukee


6.Creighton11.Middle Tennessee St Salt Lake City


7.USC10.TCU Greenville

2.North Carolina15.Texas Southern


1.Gonzaga16.North Dakota St Sacramento

8.Minnesota9.Oklahoma St

5.Virginia12.Nevada Milwaukee


6.South Carolina11.Seton Hall Greenville


7.Iowa St10.Georgia Tech Sacramento



1.Kansas16.Weber St/New Orleans Tulsa

8.Michigan St9.Miami(Fl)

5.Cincinnati12.UNC-Wilmington Orlando

4.Florida St13.Akron

6.Wisconsin11.Syracuse/Kansas St Orlando


7.Xavier10.Dayton Salt Lake City

2.Arizona15.CSU Bakersfield

Published in: on February 18, 2017 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment  



(Yong Kim – Philadelphia Inquirer) Villanova Guard Josh Hart

It’s extremely hard to repeat in any sport and odds are that Villanova will not win the 2017 national championship. The Wildcats, however, have as good a chance as team.


With national player-of-the-year candidate, Josh Hart and the hero of the title game, Kris Jenkins returning; the Wildcats are running away with the Big East regular season title. Their stellar play has them poised for another deep run. They play outstanding defense, understand what head coach Jay Wright wants on offense, and have plenty of experience.

Villanova was named as the No. 1 overall seed by the selection committee on Saturday. If they keep playing like this then there’s a high probability that’ll repeat on Selection Sunday.

Stock Up: Gonzaga. The Bulldogs have been nearly as impressive as the Wildcats. As usual, Gonzaga challenged itself in the nonconference and passed with flying colors. Saturday night was supposed to be a challenge at St. Mary’s, but the Gaels proved to be in the same class as the Bulldogs. The aspect of an undefeated regular season is looking better and better.

Stock Down: The Big Ten. Not one team from the Big Ten was named as a top 16 seed by the committee and that is unheard of. Part of the problem is the down years by both Indiana and Michigan St. Those two teams, along with Wisconsin, were expected to be top-15 teams. Not even a likely berth to the tournament for Northwestern can save the league.

Stock Up: New Orleans. This story is remarkable. Due to Hurricane Katrina and the Louisiana government cutting higher education funding, the school decided to demote itself to Division III status. Three years later, it decided to return to Division I and joined the Southland Conference. Now the Privateers are in first place in a league that has won tournament games in 2 out of the past 3 seasons. If there as any team to root for as March approaches, it’s them.

Stock Down: Conference USA. When the Great Midwest and Metro Conferences joined forces in the late 90’s this is not what they had in mind. UAB and Southern Mississippi are the only original members remaining and the effects of all the defections can be seen in the on-court results. The league, which was consistently top-8-10 in college basketball, is now ranked No. 25 out of 32 Division I conferences. The league has to do a lot of work to rebuild its reputation.

Now on to the bracket:

This bracket is good for games thru 2/12

Last Four In: Tennessee, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, Syracuse

Last Four Out: Arkansas, Rhode Island, Alabama, Houston


1.Villanova16.UC Davis/Mount St Mary’s Buffalo

8.Virginia Tech9.Kansas St

5.Creighton12.Texas-Arlington Salt Lake City


6.Maryland11.Boise St Indianapolis


7.Northwestern10.California Indianapolis

2.Louisville15.Florida Gulf Coast


1.Gonzaga16.North Dakota St Sacramento


5.Cincinnati12.Seton Hall/Wake Forest Greenville


6.South Carolina11Middle Tennessee St Buffalo

3.West Virginia14.Valparaiso

7.Iowa St10.Dayton Sacramento



1.Baylor16.North Carolina Central Tulsa

8.VCU9.Saint Mary’s

5.Notre Dame12.Illinois St Milwaukee


6.SMU11.Michigan Orlando


7.USC10.Oklahoma St Greenville

2.North Carolina15.Texas Southern


1.Kansas16.Weber St/New Orleans Tulsa

8.Michigan St9.Georgia Tech

5.Butler12.UNC-Wilmington Milwaukee


6.Wisconsin11.Syracuse/Tennessee Orlando

3.Florida St14.Princeton

7.Xavier10.Miami(Fl) Salt Lake City

2.Arizona15.CSU Bakersfield

Published in: on February 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stetson Looks to Go Streaking after 88-74 win over UNF

Step one of Stetson’s plan to go on a winning streak was accomplished on Saturday as the Hatters (9-14, 2-5) upset the North Florida (UNF) Ospreys (9-15, 4-3) 88-74.

“This morning, someone in the locker room put ‘the streak starts now,’” said Stetson junior guard Luke Doyle. “We listed the first five games we have today moving forward and we just crossed off the first one.”

The Hatters, who trailed by nine at halftime, won in large part to shooting 74.2% in the second half. It was an impressive performance, which led to a 23-point differential in second half scoring.

“We knew that we were going to be fine,” said senior guard Divine Myles. “We’re really great in the second half. So we just kept chipping away, playing with each other and got the win.”

Stetson’s sluggish start to the game was due to UNF’s zone defense. UNF extended it behind the three-point line – causing Stetson some major issues.

“The first half it was kind of hard to figure out,” said Doyle. “They pressured up high so we really couldn’t break the first layer of it.”

It led to the Hatters shooting less than 30 percent in the first half. On the other end of the court, they struggled to keep the Ospreys out of the paint as they shot over 51 percent. As a result, the Ospreys took a 41-32 lead into halftime.

It was a deficit that Stetson only needed 8:25 of second-half game time to overcome as it took a 60-59 lead over UNF with 11:35 remaining in the game.

The two teams would trade hoops over the next few minutes with the Ospreys taking their last lead at 63-62 with 9:14 remaining.

The Hatters then closed the game in impressive fashion – outscoring the Ospreys 26-11 down the stretch to win the game.

It was a much-needed win according to head coach Corey Williams. He says his team is getting healthy at the right time for the team to make a run, but says he wants them to stay focused on the task at hand.

“We feel like we have a chance to position ourselves, perhaps, for a home game,” he said. “But what we can’t do is start looking down the road. “We’ve got to take it one game at a time.”

The zone-busting sophomore forward Derrick Newton led the Hatters with 26 points. Doyle had 19 and Myles chipped in 16 with 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

Senior forward Chris Davenport led UNF with 26 of his own while senior guard Dallas Moore chipped in 11.

Stetson next takes the floor on Jan. 30 as it hosts Jacksonville. UNF stays on the road the same evening as it travels to Florida Gulf Coast.

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Stetson Blows Late Lead in Loss to Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast 89 Stetson 88. WILD 2nd half. Stetson pulled a Georgetown by losing a game it led by 8 with 1:20 left.

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The Stetson Hatters (7-10) had the Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) Eagles right where they wanted them after 39 minutes. However, a wacky last minute cost Stetson a chance to start off conference play with a bang as FGCU (12-5) pulled out a 89-88 victory.

It was an emotional loss – one that Stetson head coach Corey Williams says he won’t let his team dwell on.

“That’s supposed to be the best team in our league and [we] had them down,” Williams said. “The same work you put in for Florida Gulf Coast, now you have to put in for every opponent that you play.”

The Hatters shot 65.5 percent in the second half on their way to scoring 52 points – 30 of which came in the last 9:33 of the game.

However, the story of the game came with less than a minute and half remaining where eight-point lead vanished into thin air in large part due to Stetson junior guard Angel Rivera fouling out.

“That’s one of our primary ball-handlers and when he got out of the game it made it a little tough,” Williams said. “Now guys have to step up and handle that ball and make the right decision. We didn’t do a good job of that.”

With 1:21 remaining, junior guard Luke Doyle hit a three-pointer to put the Hatters up 85-77. That’s when things started to get hairy.

On FGCU’s next possession, junior guard Christian Terrell knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to five. After a Stetson free-throw extended the lead to six, senior forward Demetris Morant hit two free throws to make it a four-point game.

The Hatters turned the ball over before they could get it pass halfcourt. Eagles’ guard Brandon Goodwin was fouled on the ensuing possession and hit two free throws to bring the score to 86-84.

Stetson turned the ball over again on its next possession and Goodwin drove down the lane unencumbered to hit a layup to tie the game with nine seconds remaining in the game.

This is where the game turned really crazy. Hatters junior guard B.J. Glasford was able to sneak behind the Eagles’ defense to score an uncontested layup with 4 seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds Goodwin was able to get the ball just past half court where he drew a foul on a three-point attempt with .6 seconds remaining.

Goodwin sank all three. On the last possession, Doyle’s desperation heave actually hit the rim.

Then there was the post-game handshake line. Words turned into an altercation that almost spilled into the locker rooms as the two teams had to be separated.

“I told my guys the thing that you have to do is you can’t let your emotions rev up to high,” Williams said.

Junior guard Divine Myles led the Hatters with 21 points while Doyle and sophomore forward Derick Newton both chipped in 18. Goodwin led the Eagles with 20 while sophomore guard Rayjon Tucker helped with 19.

Stetson returns to action on the 12th when it travels to Nashville to play its first road conference game at Lipscomb. FGCU returns to action the same evening at Kennesaw St.


BRACKETOLOGY: Welcome to 2016-17

It’s a new year and over 300 Division I college basketball teams are dreaming of an opportunity to play in the big dance. As the college hoops team gets started here are a few notes.

Given who’s returning and who’s stepping on campus, Duke may be significantly better than everyone else. Health is a concern, but the Blue Devils may still be the best team in the country even if Harry Giles isn’t ready right away.

The Pac-12 will be really interesting. There a lots of story lines beginning with the health of Dillon Brooks at Oregon. He had surgery this summer and may not be ready for the beginning of the season (hence the reason for the 3-seed). Arizona is dealing with Ray Smith’s third ACL tear while the eligibility of Allonzo Trier is up in the air. Washington welcomes Markelle Fultz, who may be the best player in the country.

Monmouth returns 15 players from last year’s team that probably should’ve had made the NCAA tournament. The Hawks have games at South Carolina, Syracuse, Memphis and North Carolina. They’re gonna have to win two of those games.

UAB returns all five starters the reigning Conference-USA Sixth Man of the Year from a team that won 26 games last season. The Blazers fell short of the NCAA tournament after losing in the Conference-USA tournament quarterfinals to Western Kentucky. I don’t think a loss in the C-USA tournament this season will produce the same result.

Wichita St has garnered a lot of respect nationally. Much of that is due to Gregg Marshall. Its going to be quite the feat if the Shockers make it back to the NCAA tournament this season. Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker are gone and the Shockers barely went dancing with them last season.

Last Four In: Texas, NC State, Butler, Davidson

Last Four Out: BYU, Notre Dame, Colorado, SMU


1.Duke16.Lehigh Greenville, SC

8.West Virginia9.Ohio St

5.UConn12.Pittsburgh Salt Lake City


6.Arizona11.Chattanooga Sacramento

3.Gonzaga14.Weber St

7.Louisville10.Georgia Milwaukee



1.North Carolina16.North Florida Greenville, SC

8.Georgetown9.Iowa St

5.Clemson12.Monmouth Salt Lake City

4.Purdue13.Long Beach St

6.Saint Marys11.New Mexico Sacramento

3.Oregon14.Little Rock

7.Virginia Tech10.Dayton Indianapolis

2.Xavier15.Texas A&M-CC


1.Kentucky16.Fairleigh Dickinson/Jackson St Orlando


5.San Diego St12.Davidson/Butler Tulsa


6.California11.Illinois St Indianapolis


7.Rhode Island10.Florida Buffalo



1.Kansas16.South Carolina St/New Hampshire Tulsa


5.Washington12.NC State/Texas Orlando

4.Florida St13.Akron

6.Seton Hall11.Cincinnati Milwaukee

3.Michigan St14.Fort Wayne

7.Houston10.Oklahoma Buffalo

2.Virginia15.New Mexico St


Published in: on November 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

UConn’s March Magic Continues


Sophomore G/F Daniel Hamilton accepts his American Athletic Conference Championship MVP trophy


The UConn Huskies (24-10) completed a great run through the American Athletic Conference tournament with a decisive 72-58 win over the Memphis Tigers (19-15).

The Huskies dominated the action from the start. They jumped out to a 20-7 lead with 9:26 to go in the first half and never looked back. It was an impressive performance that capped off an amazing weekend for head coach Kevin Ollie.

“It was just a great game,” Ollie said. “Guys really played hard. They deserved this championship. We did a lot of things in the off-season to create this momentum and just continue to pull each other together.”

Memphis could never get it’s footing in the first half and foul trouble by senior wing Trahson Burrell held them at bay going into the break.

The beginning second half was a different story for the Tigers, though. After the Huskies lead ballooned to 16 early in the half, the Tigers turned up the pressure and cut the lead to 40-36 by 11:43.

From there, timely three-point shooting by the Huskies helped grow the lead to as many as 17.

“They hit some tough threes. You’ve got to give them credit,” said Memphis head coach Josh Pastner. “[Senior guard Sterling] Gibbs hit that big three coming out of that timeout. That was a big shot.”

Senior transfers Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller led the Huskies with 13 points a piece. Freshman forward Dedric Lawson led the Tigers with 21.

Now UConn turns its attention to the NCAA tournament where it will be a No. 9 seed in the region and face No. 8 Colorado on Thursday in Des Moines.

“I told y’all this. I got the best coaching staff in America,” Ollie said. “They’re going to break down the tape. I’m going to be right in the war room with them.

“We’re going to probably pull a couch in there and probably pull a couple all-nighters and get ready for Colorado,” he continued. “Hopefully we can get through that one.”

Other American teams joining UConn in the tournament are Tulsa, Temple and Cincinnati.

Tulsa is headed to Dayton to play in the play in game vs. Michigan where the winner will the No. 11 seed in the East vs. Notre Dame.

Temple will join UConn in the South as the No. 10 seed where it will face off against Iowa.

Cincinnati will head west as it will be that region’s No. 9 seed against Saint Joseph’s.

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BRACKETOLOGY: Sunday March 13, 2016 p.m. (Welcome Saint Joseph’s, Arkansas-Little Rock, Kentucky, Michigan St, UConn)

This bracket is good for games thru 3/13

MIDWEST 1.Kansas(B12)16.Fairleigh Dickinson(NEC)/Austin Peay(OVC) St. Louis

8.Oregon St9.Gonzaga(WCC)

5.Arizona12.Yale(Ivy) Denver


6.Dayton11.Temple Providence, RI

3.Miami(FL)14.Green Bay(Horizon)

7.Texas10.Saint Joseph’s(A10) Brooklyn

2.Villanova15.Buffalo(MAC) WEST 1.Oregon(P12)16.CSU Bakersfield(WAC) Spokane, WA

8.Wichita St9.Cincinnati

5.Iowa St12.Chattanooga(SoCon) Des Moines, IA

4.Indiana13.Stony Brook(AEast)

6.Notre Dame11.Syracuse/Saint Mary’s Providence, RI


7.Iowa10.Texas Tech Raleigh


SOUTH 1.Michigan St(B10)16.Florida Gulf Coast(Asun) St. Louis

8.Colorado9.Northern Iowa(MVC)

5.Baylor12.Arkansas-Little Rock(SBelt) Oklahoma City

4.Texas A&M13.South Dakota St(Summit)

6.Duke11.San Diego St/Michigan Brooklyn

3.West Virginia14. Stephen F. Austin(SLand)

7.Wisconsin10.Pittsburgh Des Moines, IA

2.Xavier 15.UNC-Asheville(BSouth) EAST 1.North Carolina(ACC)16.Southern(SWAC)/Holy Cross(Patriot) Raleigh


5.California12.Fresno St(MWest) Spokane


6.Seton Hall(BEast)11.Monmouth Denver

3.Utah14.Middle Tennessee(CUSA)

7.Providence10.UConn(AAC) Oklahoma City

2.Oklahoma15.Weber St(BSky)

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BRACKETOLOGY: Sunday March 13, 2016 A.M. (Welcome Middle Tennesse St., CSU-Bakersfield, Stony Brook, Hampton, Southern, Seton Hall, Stephen F. Austin, Oregon, North Carolina, Fresno St, Hawaii, Weber St, Buffalo, Kansas)

This bracket is good for games thru 3/12

Last Four In: Michigan, Saint Mary’s, Syracuse, San Diego St

Last Four Out: Valparaiso, VCU, St. Bonaventure, Tulsa

MIDWEST 1.Kansas(B12)16.Fairleigh Dickinson(NEC)/Austin Peay(OVC) St. Louis

8.Oregon St9.Gonzaga(WCC)

5.Arizona12.Yale(Ivy) Denver


6.Dayton11.Temple Providence, RI

3.Miami(FL)14.Green Bay(Horizon)

7.Texas10.Saint Joseph’s Brooklyn

2.Villanova15.Buffalo(MAC) WEST 1.Oregon(P12)16.CSU Bakersfield(WAC) Spokane, WA

8.Wichita St9.Cincinnati

5.Iowa St12.Chattanooga(SoCon) Des Moines, IA

4.Indiana13.Stony Brook(AEast)

6.Notre Dame11.Syracuse/Saint Mary’s Des Moines, IA


7.Iowa10.Texas Tech Raleigh


SOUTH 1.Michigan St16.Florida Gulf Coast(Asun) St. Louis

8.Colorado9.Northern Iowa(MVC)

5.Baylor12.Arkansas-Little Rock Oklahoma City

4.Texas A&M13.South Dakota St(Summit)

6.Duke11.San Diego St/Michigan Brooklyn

3.Xavier14.Middle Tennessee(CUSA)

7.Wisconsin10.Pittsburgh Providence, RI

2.West Virginia 15.UNC-Asheville(BSouth) EAST 1.North Carolina(ACC)16.Southern(SWAC)/Holy Cross(Patriot) Raleigh


5.California12.Fresno St(MWest) Spokane


6.Seton Hall(BEast)11.Monmouth Denver

3.Utah14.Stephen F. Austin(SLand)

7.Providence10.UConn Oklahoma City

2.Oklahoma15.Weber St(BSky)

Published in: on March 13, 2016 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Live From the American Conference Semifinals

In an unlikely semi-final matchup, the Memphis Tigers (19-14) cruised to a 74-54 victory over the upstart Tulane Green Wave (12-22).

It appeared that playing three games in as many days had caught up with the Green Wave. As turnovers and missed shots began to pile. To add on even more, the team has been dealing with rumors that its coach will be fired once the season ends.

“From day one since I’ve been in this program Coach Conroy always preached to keep the
outside noise out and don’t listen to what no one says and just stay together,” said senior guard Louis Dabney. “When all that was going down, we didn’t really bother to even care, because Coach Conroy always put us first.”

Memphis will now try to play spoiler for a bubble team as it has a chance to win an automatic bid by defeating UConn.

“We know we’re going to have to play a great game if we want to have an opportunity to beat them,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “But we’re excited about the challenge, and it should be a high level game with two high level teams tomorrow afternoon.”

UPDATE: 9:45 p.m.

The UConn Huskies (23-10) continue to ride the wave of emotion following their quadruple overtime win on Friday with an impressive 77-62 victory over the Temple Owls (21-11).

“It was a well-played game by our guys,” said UConn head coach Kevin Ollie. “They were focused. They were determined to get to the championship game.”

The game was decided midway through the first half when the Huskies went on a 35-11 run to turn an eight-point deficit at 14:05 into a 16-point lead at 1:44 in the first half.

Temple struggled with UConn’s size in the first half – struggling to finish around the hoop causing it to shoot 28.1 percent and being outrebounded by nine boards at the break.

The Owls were able to dwindle the Huskies lead down to six on several occasions in the second half – the last being at 9:44. However, the Huskies had an answer to every run.

Sophomore guard Daniel Hamilton and senior forward Shonn Miller both finished with 19 points for the Huskies. Senior forward Jaylen Bond led the Owls with 17.

UConn saw its NCAA tournament hopes take another step forward and it can erase all doubt with a win in the championship game. In the meantime, Temple will have 24 hours to see if its fate will be the same as last season.

“It’s not in our hands,” said junior guard Josh Brown. “We pray that our name is called”

Published in: on March 12, 2016 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BRACKETOLOGY Saturday March 12, 2016

This bracket is good for games thru 3/11

Last Four In: Valparaiso, Michigan, Saint Mary’s, Syracuse

Last Four Out: VCU, St. Bonaventure, Tulsa, South Carolina


1.Kansas16.Fairleigh Dickinson(NEC)/Austin Peay(OVC) St. Louis

8.Wichita St9.Cincinnati

5.Dayton12.Arkansas Little-Rock Denver


6.Providence11.Monmouth Brooklyn

3.Miami-FL14.Stony Brook

7.Seton Hall10.Pittsburgh Providence

2.West Virginia15.Green Bay(Horizon)


1.North Carolina16.Hampton Raleigh 8.Colorado9.Butler

5.Baylor12.Saint Mary’s/Michigan Oklahoma City

4.Maryland13.Stephen F. Austin

6.Notre Dame11.Saint Joseph’s Providence


7.Wisconsin10.Texas Tech Spokane, WA



1.Villanova16.Florida Gulf Coast(Asun)Brooklyn

8.San Diego St9.Gonzaga(WCC)

5.California12.Yale(Ivy) Spokane

4.Texas A&M13.Akron​

6.Purdue11.Syracuse/Valparaiso Des Moines, IA

3.Xavier14.Middle Tennessee

7.Texas10.Oregon St Des Moines, IA

2.Michigan St15.Weber St


1.Virginia16.Jackson St/Holy Cross(Patriot) Raleigh


5.Iowa St12.Chattanooga(SoCon) St. Louis

4.Indiana13.South Dakota St(Summit)

6.Duke11.UConn Denver


7.Iowa10.Northern Iowa(MVC) Oklahoma City

2.Oklahoma15.New Mexico St


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