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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Final Four Set

The final four is set and it seems like only yesterday that 64 teams were competing for the top spot and now we are down to 4. So the final four will have Butler playing Michigan State on Saturday April 3rd in Indianapolis, Indiana and West Virginia will be facing off against Duke live on CBS as well on Saturday. The game times have yet to be determined but we will keep you posted along with access to all the winning picks and below is a recap of Sundays Games.

Final Score: Michigan State 70, Tennessee 69

Raymar Morgan sank the go-ahead free throw with 1.8 seconds left, and Michigan State held on to take a 70-69 win over Tennessee in the Midwest Regional final and make it back to the Final Four. Durrell Summers sank four three-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead the fifth-seeded Spartans (28-8), who will make a second straight Final Four appearance. Michigan State, which has now reached the Final Four six times since 1999, advanced to last year's title game before losing to North Carolina. Morgan ended with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Draymond Green also added 13 points in the victory, which sets up a national semifinal matchup with Butler, the West Region champion, next Saturday in Indianapolis. Wayne Chism had 13 points to pace Tennessee (28-9), which was playing in its first-ever Elite Eight contest, but failed to reach the Final Four for the first time in school history despite shooting better than 51 percent.

Final Score: Duke 78, Baylor 71

Nolan Smith finished with a career-high 29 points, leading top-seeded Duke back into the Final Four with a 78-71 victory over Baylor in the South Regional final. Duke had not advanced to the Final Four since 2004, but did so Sunday thanks to a potent three- point shooting attack. Smith hit 4-of-6, while Jon Scheyer made 5-of-10 on his way to 20 points. The Blue Devils (33-5) made only 22 field goals, but half of them came from beyond the arc. Duke is the only No. 1 seed left in the tourney and will look to advance to the national title game for the first time since 2001 next Saturday in Indianapolis. The Blue Devils will play West Virginia, the East Region champion, in a national semifinal. LaceDarius Dunn had 22 points and six rebounds for the Bears (28-8), who were looking to make the Final Four for the first time in the modern era, having last gotten there in 1950. Ekpe Udoh added 18 points, 10 boards, six assists and five blocks for third-seeded Baylor.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Michigan State beats Maryland at the buzzer

Tom Izzo can celebrate leaving Spokane Washington on his way to St. Louis as Michigan State defeated the Maryland Terps after a valiant comeback and lead with .6 seconds left when the three point shot went up that defeated the Terrapins 85-82.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

NCAA Tournament Recap

Below is the recap on the NCAA Tournament round two games.

Final Score: Saint Mary's 75, Villanova 68

Providence, RI (Sports Network) - Omar Samhan carried Saint Mary's with 32 points on 13-of-16 shooting, as the 10th-seeded Gaels upended the second- seeded Villanova Wildcats, 75-68, in the second round of the South Region. Samhan added seven rebounds and recorded a big block in the final minute for Saint Mary's (28-5), which had little trouble getting past Richmond on Thursday for its first NCAA Tournament victory in 51 years. Mickey McConnell chipped in 15 points, including a go-ahead, banked three-pointer down the stretch, as the Gaels earned back-to-back wins in the tourney for the first time in program history. Saint Mary's will next play Baylor, which defeated Old Dominion on Saturday. Matthew Dellavedova ended with 14 points and helped shut down Villanova's Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher, who were both held out of the starting lineup for undisclosed reasons in the first round against Robert Morris. The Wildcats (25-8) pulled out an overtime win in that one, but a third straight trip to the Sweet 16 wasn't in the cards after Reynolds hit 2-of-11 from the field to finish with a meager eight points in the loss. Fisher went 3-for-13 for nine points, while Corey Stokes led the way with 15. Maalik Wayns and Antonio Pena came off the bench to provide 10 and nine, respectively, for 'Nova, which shot 36.2 percent from the floor to end its chance at a second consecutive Final Four appearance.

Final Score: Baylor 76, Old Dominion 68

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - LaceDarius Dunn had 26 points and six rebounds as third-seeded Baylor took down 11th-seeded Old Dominion, 76-68, in the second round of the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. Josh Lomers had 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks while Tweety Carter added 12 points and eight assists for the Bears (27-7), who will play No. 10 seed Saint Mary's in the next round as the Gaels shocked second-seeded Villanova earlier on Saturday. Baylor has never advanced past the Sweet 16 and is into the third round for the first time since 1950 when the event featured just eight schools. Frank Hassell had 15 points and eight rebounds, Gerald Lee added 15 points, while Kent Bazemore donated 13 points and seven assists for the Monarchs (27-9), who defeated Notre Dame in the opening round of the tournament.

Final Score: Butler 54, Murray State 52

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Gordon Hayward had 12 points and seven rebounds and forced a turnover on the game's final possession, allowing fifth- seeded Butler to escape HP Pavilion with a slim 54-52 decision over 13th- seeded Murray State in second-round play of the West Region. Matt Howard hit 1-of-2 free throws with 17.5 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 54-52 lead. After grabbing the rebound on the second miss, the Racers opted not to call a timeout and swung the ball to Isacc Miles and then to Isaiah Canaan at the top of the key. Canaan dribbled precious seconds off the clock before deciding to give the ball up to first-round hero Danero Thomas near halfcourt. Thomas, who hit a game-winning jumper to upset Vanderbilt on Thursday, never got a chance to duplicate the feat, as Hayward tipped the ball into the backcourt and corralled the loose ball as the buzzer sounded. Ronald Nored provided the go-ahead points down the stretch and finished with a game-high 15 to go with six assists for Butler (30-4), which won for the 22nd straight time despite shooting just 36 percent from the field. The Bulldogs, who have now reached the Sweet 16 three times in the last eight years, will next face the winner of the Gonzaga/Syracuse contest. Canaan hit all four of his three-point tries on his way to a team-high 14 points for Murray State (31-5), which was trying to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

Final Score: Tennessee 83, Ohio 68

Providence, RI (Sports Network) - J.P. Prince scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and Tennessee took down Ohio, 83-68, in the second round of the Midwest Region. Scotty Hopson had 17 points, while Wayne Chism finished with nine points and 12 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Volunteers (27-8), who will face either Georgia Tech or Ohio State next week in the Sweet 16. Tommy Freeman drained six threes en route to a game-best 23 points for the 14th- seeded Bobcats (22-15), who shocked Georgetown on Thursday. DeVaughn Washington logged 16 points and eight boards and D.J. Cooper also contributed 16 points with six boards and five assists in defeat. Armon Bassett had 32 points in the win over Georgetown, but was limited to seven points on 2- of-10 efficiency from the field in the loss to Tennessee.

Final Score: Northern Iowa 69, Kansas 67

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Ali Farokhmanesh scored 16 points, including a critical three-pointer in the final minute, and Northern Iowa stunned No. 1 overall seed Kansas, 69-67, in the second round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. Jordan Eglseder had 14 points and five rebounds for the ninth-seeded Panthers (30-4), who will make their first appearance in the Sweet 16, where they will face either Michigan State or Maryland. Marcus Morris scored 16 points to pace the Jayhawks (33-3). Cole Aldrich posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Sherron Collins struggled to find his rhythm in his final collegiate game for Kansas, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting and a game-high five turnovers. This is Kansas' earliest exit at the NCAA Tournament since 2006 when the Jayhawks lost to Bradley in the first round. The defeat was a shocker, considering the Jayhawks were not only the top overall seed, but they were trying to win the national title for the second time in three years. In 2008, they beat Memphis for the championship, and last year Kansas fell to Michigan State in the Sweet 16. Before this Cinderella run, the Panthers lost in the first round their previous four times in the tournament. Prior to 2010, the only win Northern Iowa had at the NCAA's was in 1990 against Missouri. Northern Iowa beat UNLV in the first round on Thursday, when Farokhmanesh played hero with a deep three-pointer with 4.9 seconds remaining. Northern Iowa led nearly the entire game, but Kansas closed the gap to 63-62 with 42.8 seconds remaining behind its relentless fullcourt pressure. Farokhmanesh then drained his fourth three-pointer of the game to help slay Goliath. The Panthers are the first team to beat a No. 1 seed in the second round since UAB and Alabama did it to Kentucky and Stanford in 2004.

Final Score: Washington 82, New Mexico 64

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Quincy Pondexter poured in 18 points and pulled down five rebounds, as the 11th-seeded Washington Huskies dominated the third-seeded New Mexico Lobos, 82-64, in second-round play of the East Region. Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (26-9), who have won nine in a row and are 14-2 since January 26. Isaiah Thomas made four three-pointers on his way to 15 points while dishing out seven assists. Elston Turner had 10 points off the bench for Washington, which knocked off sixth-seeded Marquette by an 80-78 final in the first round on Thursday. The Huskies, who will be appearing in the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in school history, will next play either 10th-seeded Missouri or second-seeded West Virginia. Dairese Gary carried New Mexico (30-5) with 25 points. Darington Hobson chipped in 11 points and nine boards for the Lobos, who have made it to the second round seven times in program history but have still never won consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament. Roman Martinez added 10 points off the bench for New Mexico, which snuck past 14th-seeded Montana, 62-57, on Thursday.

Friday, March 19, 2010

March Madness Scores Thus Far

So far it has been the wild and crazy excitement that everybody has expected, right? The opening round has had an amazing and astonishing endings as expected and we have had 7 games that were all decided by three points or less. So if you were playing against the spread and took the favorites on every game that was giving more than 3 points than you would have made out quite alright for the opening round.

The key is when examining the March Madness Odds this year is you can not get too caught up in what happens one day because like life everyday is a new. So if you had followed the same metrics of taking every team that had less than a 3 point spread in their favor you would be 50% today 1-1 while Cooper is 2-0.

With that rule in mind today you would have taken the victory in the Xavier game as they beat Minnesota by 11 points and where only giving up one point and you would have lost in the Temple vs. Cornell game as the Philadelphia school defeated the Ivy Leaguers from Ithaca 78-65.

Yesterdays scores had the Florida Gators losing in double over time to BYU 99-92. Notre Dame being upset by Old Dominion by one point 51-50. Villanova beating Robert Morris in a near upset as they battled back and forth after having a lousy first half and thus pulling ahead in over time when it mattered. Murray State upsetting 21st ranked Vanderbilt 66-65. In the Lone Star State showdown Baylor beat out Sam Houston State by a score of 68-58, while Kansas state toppled North Texas 82-62.

Saint Mary's California beat Richmond 80-71, Butler ran over Texas El-Paso 77-59, Northern Iowa held up over UNLV by 3 points 69-66. Number 1 seeded Kentucky Wildcats beat Eastern Tennessee state by 29 points 100-71, Ohio State started off the upset and possible Cinderella story as they screwed up everybody's march madness brackets by beating Georgetown 97-83. Washington defeated Marquette by a score of 80-78, Wake Forest narrowly defeated Texas 81-80, overall number one ranked Kansas beat Lehigh 90-74, New Mexico beat the big sky grizzly's of Montana 62-57 and Tennessee rounded out the three point theory beating San Diego State 62-59.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

March Madness Brackets Now Available

Free Printable March Madness Brackets are now set and good to go for all of you waiting to fill out the brackets and start off your office pool.

Kentucky, Duke Blue Devils, and Syracuse

The Kentucky Wildcats in the east, the Duke Blue Devils in the south, Syracuse in the West and Kansas Jayhawks in the midwest round out the number one seeds leaving both West Virgina and Ohio State out of the number one seeds. With Kentucky and Duke overall ranked 2 and 3 respectively with Syracuse as the last seeded number one team.
More March Madness action to come shortly.

Kansas Jayhawks Land number 1 seed

With selection Sunday here. The Kansas Jayhawks have been named the overall number 1 seed overall for the NCAA basketball tournament. Live on CBS.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Getting Ready for March Madness

Don't know about you but the staff here is certainly Giddy for March Madness to start. The conference championships are as exciting as ever and before you know it we will be at selection sunday!

So in the meantime to get your fix here is our Free Printable 2010 March Madness Brackets. Enjoy.


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