April 9, 2015 |
DOESN'T THIS guy ever rest? Yesterday, Joe Lunardi, the nation's premier bracketologist, posted an early look at next year's NCAA Tournament pairings on ESPN.com. And guess what? Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats are back as a top seed, this time in the West Region, while Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls are listed as an 11 in the Midwest. And, oh yeah, Lunardi has Lehigh in a play-in game. Two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference are also No. 1 seeds, but neither is named Duke.
March 18, 2015 |
CLICK HERE to download Dick Jerardi's 2015 NCAA tournament bracket in .pdf form. I THOUGHT last year's tournament was wide-open. I did not think it was so wide-open that Connecticut was going to win. I would have gone 15 deep before even considering the Huskies. I do not think this tournament is open at all. I do think there are a few teams that could beat Kentucky. I just don't think any will actually beat the Wildcats. I have seen 40-0 since about mid-January. I still see it. This tournament is really top-heavy.
March 16, 2015
Villanova is in and alive for a chance at its first No. 1 NCAA tournament seed since 2006. Temple yo-yoed from on the bubble entering the American Athletic Conference tournament, to almost surely in the field after beating Memphis, to back on the bubble - but how far back? - with its defeat Saturday at the hands of Southern Methodist in the semifinals. Welcome to Selection Sunday, everyone. The fates of about a couple of dozen teams will be determined this day, with a committee of 10 people sitting in Indianapolis doing the seeding and determining which teams will be paired up in each regional.
March 18, 2014 |
Nothing against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers, who earned their place in the NCAA tournament just like the others and were rewarded with an opening game against Villanova on Thursday, but there isn't a sports fan in Philadelphia not thinking ahead, even just a little bit, to the possibility of what might come after that. The NCAA bracket always delivers the chance for some delicious matchups, some rivalry within the raucousness, and that is just what might be awaiting both Villanova and St. Joseph's in Buffalo over the weekend.
March 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Louisville is one of the best teams in the nation at forcing turnovers. Villanova is one of the worst teams in the Big East when it comes to committing them. The combustible mixture was on display Thursday night and the result wasn't a surprise. The fourth-ranked Cardinals used a relentless press and avenged a regular-season defeat at the hands of the Wildcats, capturing a 74-55 victory in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. With three wins over top-five teams this season, including Louisville, the Wildcats (20-13)
March 27, 2012 |
THE NCAA Final Four consists of three teams seeded No. 2 or higher, and one seeded fourth. That said, you would think that among the more than five million brackets entered in CBSSports.com's tournament pool, a significant percentage would have a perfect Final Four. Think again. Apparently, a lot people go with the No. 1 seeds. According to the website, only 17,979 brackets - out of 5,136,592 - penciled in Ohio State (No. 2, East), Kansas (No. 2, Midwest), Kentucky (No. 1, South)
March 13, 2012 |
Lamont Jones has played against Brigham Young twice before. But he only remembers one player - one no longer even with the Cougars. Jones, now a top player for Iona, got a close-up look at BYU phenom Jimmer Fredette in two meetings before transferring after his sophomore year at Arizona. But with Fredette now in the NBA, Jones and the Gaels (25-7) believe they can beat the Cougars (25-8) in a battle of No. 14 seeds on Tuesday night at the First Four at the University of Dayton.
March 11, 2012 |
Drexel coach Bruiser Flint attempted to show a brave face Sunday night, but the disappointment was apparent. The Dragons were left out of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, despite a 27-6 record, a regular-season championship in the Colonial Athletic Association and a 19-game win streak that was snapped by Virginia Commonwealth in the CAA tournament championship, 59-56. Consolation will have to be a berth in the National Invitation Tournament, which was announced Sunday at 9 p.m. Drexel, a No. 3 seed, will host Central Florida at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
February 19, 2012 |
CLEVELAND - Drexel made a loud case for a possible at-large NCAA tournament bid on Saturday, blowing out an unfamiliar foe on the road and further adding clout to the quality of its league. The Dragons (23-5), who extended their win streak to 15 by thumping Cleveland State, 69-49, in a nonconference ESPN Bracketbuster game, have dominated play in the Colonial Athletic Association over the last two months and are in first place with a 12-2 CAA mark. Despite having sent VCU (last year)
March 30, 2011
SAVOR THE MEMORY of tossing your NCAA bracket into the closest wastebasket with a commemorative T-shirt courtesy of Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU is selling shirts on its athletic website that say, "There goes my bracket!" affixed with a balled-up piece of paper in honor of its 71-61 upset of Kansas in the Elite Eight on Sunday. "What more can I say about this group of guys? Every time this group is doubted, they respond in an overwhelming way," said VCU coach Shaka Smart.