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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 3-11 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

And now it’s time to formally name and assess the regions:

1. South — choppy and unbalanced
a) the crime of the tournament was possibly pitting Big Blue against the terrors from Tucson in the round of 32; how is that even possible?
b) don’t trust Virginia, even if it does get a reprieve against the Retrievers
c) aside from qualified Cincy, there are lots of also-rans in the lower half, including totally overrated Miami, sluggish Texas and not-so Wright St.
d) look for Kentucky or AZ to emerge from this rabble

2. West — definitely not the best
a) the committee did Xavier a big favor, gifting them a No. 1 seed, and giving them all the creature comforts that one could ask for … but don’t be so sure they’ll escape the jaws of the Missouri Tigers
b) there isn’t much else in the top half, other than Gonzaga and its bloated, padded record, and lots of statewide mediocrity with the Buckeyes, Seminoles and Jackrabbits.
c) North Carolina, as usual, gets a pleasure cruise to the Sweet Sixteen, where it will probably face a hungry group of Wolverines, and the winner here should advance on to San Antonio​

3. East — Not thrilling, but nice
a) With its talented guards, great coaching and wealth of experience, Villanova stands out as the class of this bracket, though Purdue and Florida may have something to say about that.
b) Look for Murray St., Marshall and/or Stephen F. Austin to pull off a mini-mega upsets, making this bracket look messier than Phyllis Diller’s hair, but in the end there really isn’t much reason to care

4. Midwest — “The Region of Death”
a) KU gets to play a bunch of small, slow, smart guys in round one, but will be pushed hard when they come up against the battle-tested Wolfpack of NC St (who will earn a Hall pass in the first round). The winner of this game should make it to the Elite Eight, where they’ll find either Duke or Michigan St. lying in wait.
b) Going with the Spartans to make it to the Final Four, as Coach K’s blue bloods have never really had the killer instinct all year, and nobody wants to see Izzo cry before the Finals.
c) Other close and highly entertaining games should be Auburn vs. Clemson in the Round of 32, AZ St./Syracuse (who has no excuse for even being in the tournament) and Oklahoma/URI … before all of these teams wish us their goodbyes prior to reaching the quarters.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 3-10 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Mountaineers mount their typical campaign to discredit KU, only to relent and give way when things got serious in the 2nd half. Kudos to Kansas for getting this done without their big man down low, though who knows whether the Jayhawks can walk the walk when come tournament time. As for West Virginia, start running better plays! #Mountaineers #Jayhawks
  • No more divine providence for the Friars, who can’t extricate themselves from a disappointing defeat to Big East Kahunna Villanova. #Friars #Wildcats
  • Golden moment for the Retrievers, who find themselves back in the tournament after toppling the Catamounts. #Retrievers #Catamount
  • Virginia’s sitting on top of the college basketball world right now, but is this really a team to be feared? Only time will tell, and that moment is nearly upon us. #Cavaliers #TarHeels

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Thursday, 3-8 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Bagley’s just a bit better than Bonzie, and Brey’s bunch is likely on the outside looking in. #FightingIrish #BlueDevils
  • Buffs were tough, but that wasn’t enough against Ayton’s Arizona. #Wildcats #Buffaloes
  • Tigers drop a heavy duty 90 on the heads of the humiliated Golden Eagles. #GoldenEagles #Tigers
  • Blueitt and the Musketeers flush the Johnnies, and freshen up for the semis. #RedStorm #Musketeers
  • UVa relies on its favorite Guy to carve up the Cardinals. #Cardinals #Cavaliers
  • and on a very ho hum day, the rest of the favorites won, going away…

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 3-4 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Purdue came in known for its size, but it was Michigan’s 7-footer, Teske, who was more up for the task tonight, in terms of giving the Wolverines the inside track to snatching up another Big 10 Tournament title. Boilermakers will now have a nice 10-day break to steam over yet another let down in a big game. #Wolverines #Boilermakers
  • Cougs recover in the 2nd half to harness the Huskies. #Huskies #Cougars
  • Bearcats continue to wear out their opposition in the AAC … just bearly. #Bearcats #Shockers

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Friday, 3-2 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Yes, it really doesn’t change anything in the short term, but a 2nd bad loss in a row doesn’t bode well for Rhode Island. #Rams #Wildcats
  • Scarlet Knights put up quite a fight, which may portend poorly for post-season bound Purdue. #Boilermakers #ScarletKnights
  • PSU needed this game more…. and it showed. #NittanyLions #Buckeyes
  • 13-5 in the conference, the Huskers thought they were a lock for the NCAA, but now it seems the selection committee will need to meet and confer. #Cornhuskers #Wolverines
  • Spartans drive a stake through the hearts of the never-say-die Badgers. Not to nitpick, but Wisconsin may now miss the NIT. #Badgers #Spartans

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Thursday, 3-1 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • A rather underwhelming performance from top ranked UVa, but it’s enough to suffice against the Cardinal sinners. #Cavaliers #Cardinals
  • Michigan avoids some a major egg in the face by putting the Hawkeyes outta their misery in overtime. #Wolverines #Hawkeyes
  • Shockers ramp it up when they have to, behind Frankamp. #Shockers #Knights
  • Miller returns with a new cell phone and head held high; Wildcats won’t stand for any back talk from Stanford. #Cardinals #Wildcats

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 2-26 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Hokies just punched their ticket to the tournament, and did the rest of the ACC a favor by punching hated Duke … giving them a beautiful black eye in Blacksburg. Go Va Tech! #Hokies #BlueDevils
  • Another regular season romp, with lots of Allen Fieldhouse pomp and circumstance, for confident Kansas … they have the Senior leadership and lots of athleticism, but are they suitably tough and deep enough? #Jayhawks #Longhorns
  • Pest Virginia enjoys being a thorn in the side of super sensitive Texas Tech. #Moutaineers #RedRaiders

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 2-25 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Gophers’ due date expires in decisive beat down at Purdue. #Boilermakers #GoldenGophers
  • NC State probably earned its ticket to the big dance with this win, while FSU bubble has probably burst. #Seminoles #Wolfpack
  • Spartans tune out the noise, grab a battle axe and whack Wisconsin. #Spartans #Badgers

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 2-24 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:
  • Deep in the woods of Oregon, David the Duck lifts up his leg and sprays Zona and their Goliath Ayton with some very lethal Off.  Too bad poor Sean Miller had to miss the picnic…. #Ducks #Wildcats
  • Big Birds from Lawrence lock up yet another Big 12 title with close shave victory down south in Lubbock. Senior leadership is once against the difference for the Jayhawks. #Jayhawks #RedRaiders
  • Pitiful Pitt scored a very unlucky 7 points in the first half against hot-to-trot UVa … and that’s all you need to know about this snooze-fest of a game. #Cavaliers #Panthers
  • Rambling Wreck fans were heard to yell “criminy, bring back Bobby Crimmins,” after taking a gander at G-tech’s 4-12 conference/11-18 overall record, following their team’s latest mauling at the hands of the Tigers. #Yellow Jackets #Tigers
  • It may well be that Nova is no longer the beast, or best, of the Big East, as the Wildcats look like nebbishes out in Nebraska. #Wildcats #Bluejays
  • Michigan mashes Maryland and puts the Terps’ hopes for an NCAA bid on life support; 28 pt game marks the season’s high water point for double hyphen Muhammad-Ali. #Wolverines #Terrapins

NCAA Men’s Basketball Perspectives: Friday, 2-23 (click post for audio)

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Sean Miller has a lot of explaining to do, but why does it look like there’s plenty of confessions to go around among the leaders of the white shoe, upper echelon of college b-ball. Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC and Kansas … wow. This will make a great made-for-TV movie and will certainly be a hard pill to swallow for all the fans out there that revere these programs. What seems clear is that Arizona’s problems are just the tip of the iceberg.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Thursday, 2-22 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Surf’s down as Gaels have no trouble handling the Waves. #Waves #Gaels
  • Some of the names have changed, but the Zags are still ruling the WCC with an iron paw, and enjoy snacking on the Toreros. #Bulldogs #Toreros
  • Purdue receives a much needed pick-me-up from its other Edwards and gets by the Illini. #Boilermakers #Illini

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Wednesday, 2-21 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Say a prayer, for Tony Bennett and his pretender Cavs; just say a prayer for the Charlottesville pretenders, who started out so young and strong in late November, only to surrender come March. #YellowJackets #Cavaliers
  • Blue Demons … I don’t think so … Ray Meyer’s turning over in his grave watching these devils with the blue dresses on play… sign them up for college basketball’s misfit conference, along with Rutgers, Illinois and the other usual suspects. #BlueDemons #Wildcats
  • Has the worm really turned for Auburn … in b-ball? #Tigers #CrimsonTide
  • Cowboys shoot a big hole in the myth of the reborn Red Raiders. #RedRaiders #Cowboys
  • Penn State suffers its all too familiar tragic fate against Michiganders in maize. #Wolverines #NittanyLions

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, 2-20 (click post for audio)

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Scarlet Knights looked exceedingly tight from 3-pt land, and but are heartened that they still have a chance for the NIT (National Insult Tournament). #ScarletKnights #Buckeyes
  • Illini didn’t have much fight in them tonight (what a surprise), and Izzo gets overtly emotional in the press conference (what a surprise). #Illini #Spartans
  • Is the SEC really this good, or is 8-7 UK just underperforming; the Razorbacks would probably say the latter after the Wildcat post-halftime explosion in Fayetteville. #Wildcats #Razorbacks
  • When WVU threatened to continue its pattern of 2nd half collapses, Huggy nearly went wacko in Waco; thankfully for the Mountaineers, Miles made their trip to the outer reaches of the Big 12 all worthwhile. #Mountaineers #Bears
  • Rhode Island continues to confound its doubters, in large part due to the ice water running through Dowtin’s veins. #Rams #Explorers

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