Damn it feels good to be back.
I always wait until Wednesday night to fill out my officially official bracket, but they made me do one this morning for work so here it is. I reserve the right to have a change of heart over the course of the next 60 hours.
68 teams. One cover. All the awesomeness you can handle. pic.twitter.com/zpSQwQr2CC— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 13, 2017
The 50 March Madness players you need to know, a list which includes Donovan Mitchell.
Speaking of Donovan, his one-handed alley-oop in the second Syracuse game was named the No. 5 play of the college basketball regular season by ESPN last night. I don't have any proof, I was just watching. I wouldn't lie to you on this.
ACC BIG 10 BIG 12 SEC PAC 12 BIG EAST. It's me again. Looking 4 home & home next year. Pls call me 4 chance 4 QUALITY road win, top 33 RPI pic.twitter.com/zYAZpR3kJn— Dan Muller (@DanMuller) March 13, 2017
UMass basketball fired Derek Kellogg last week, and now he and some former staffers are being sued for some allegedly shady stuff they tried to keep under wraps.
Fans from the states of Kentucky and Kansas have spent the most time pre-planning trips to Phoenix for the Final Four.
Jeff Greer has a nine-step guide to making your picks in the Midwest Region.
There is a 50 percent increase in vasectomies during March Madness, which I guess is one way to enjoy a shitload of college basketball guilt free.
There are a number of high-profile job openings in college basketball right now, and this is the time of the year where mid-major coaches can cash in on something like that. Included in that group is former Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts.
Congrats to the Bellarmine Knights, who rolled into the Midwest Regional finals with a pair of wins over the weekend.They'll play Findlay Tuesday night at 7 inside Knights Hall with a trip to the Elite 8 on the line.
ESPN ranks every NCAA tournament team from 1-68, and has Louisville at No. 11.
11. Louisville Cardinals
Quiz time. Quick: When did Louisville last fail to show up for the Sweet 16? (No, last season's postseason ban doesn't count.) Ding, ding, ding: 2010. This, not coincidentally, was the last time Rick Pitino didn't preside over one of the nation's most soul-crushing defenses. The Cardinals ranked in the top five in adjusted defensive efficiency every season from 2011 to 2016. They won 17 games in five NCAA tournaments (plus, you know, a national title) in that span. What of these Cardinals, then? Louisville ranks No. 6 defensively per KenPom.com -- all good, right? Look closer: Since Feb. 1, Pitino's team has allowed 1.08 points per trip. Virginia Tech scored 90 in the Yum! Center in mid-February; Wake Forest scored 88 on the Cards on March 1. Donovan Mitchell is a brilliant high-volume scorer. Pitino is a peerless tactician. But if the Cardinals can't correct this uncharacteristic generosity, and fast, the Sweet 16 might be their ceiling.
That's not .... entirely correct (Louisville lost to Morehead in the first round in 2011), but it's cool.
CBS also ranks every tournament team, and has Louisville at No. 9.
The NIT pitting Jim Boeheim and Syracuse against UNC Greensboro was probably the best thing that happened on Selection Sunday.
The Big Ten got bad seeds yesterday because the Big Ten is bad.
Early session tickets for Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are ... not cheap.
Evan Daniels does not have Donovan Mitchell among his top 20 prospects for the 2017 NBA Draft.
This shouldn't come as much surprise, but March Madness Cinderella schools tend to see an increase in applications the year following their run.
Dave Bliss should not have a job.
Pat Forde gives an overview of the tournament in his latest Forde Yard Dash.
Mid-Major Madness ranks the entire field based on spoonerisms, and Statz Mockman allows Louisville to crack the top 11.
Darrell Griffith says that a new, larger "Griff's" is coming to downtown.
Adam Hadwin planned on having his honeymoon in a few weeks.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 13, 2017
An invite to the Masters might change those plans. pic.twitter.com/7TLhTzYGdW
Sports Illustrated breaks down every region, and mentions Louisville only once in passing when discussing the Midwest. SI has Kansas knocking off Oregon in the Elite 8.
Join our 93.9 The Ville bracket challenge and you could win a ... what's the word I'm looking for here ... shit ton of cool prizes.
The New York Post has a great article on Bill Raftery, who will be calling Louisville's first and (hopefully) second round games this weekend.
Hero Sports explains why Louisville will be playing longer than Kentucky in the tournament.
Louisville's first NCAA Tournament game next week will be its 22nd consecutive postseason game wearing white jerseys.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) March 12, 2017
Louisville is a 2-seed for the third time. It is 11-0 as a 2-seed, winning the 1980 and 1986 national championships.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) March 12, 2017
Louisville and Mississippi State are the leaders for a three-star wide receiver.
Gorgui Dieng recalls his favorite March memories for the Minnesota Timberwolves' official website.
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