Tweet of the Night: Kentucky is off to the Final Four

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Harrison TwinsWith 2.3 seconds remaining and the NCAA Tournament’s last Final Four spot on the line, Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison gave us our tournament moment.

A good three feet behind the 3-point line, Harrison rose with confidence over Michigan’s Chris LeVERT, an outstanding defender that was constantly impacting the game on that end of the floor all game.

Swish. 

Sprung: A Statistical Look Inside The 2014 Sweet 16

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ncaaAs it often does, the NCAA Tournament provided a wild first weekend.

Mercer saved Warren Buffett $1 billion, Dayton won the state of Ohio and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years, Stanford sent Andrew Wiggins and Kansas packing, and the young Kentucky Wildcats ended Wichita State’s dream season.

So out of the 32 second and third-round games won by the 16 teams still in contention for the national championship, what statistical trends and insights can we gain from looking back at what the successful teams did to reach this point?

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Tweet of the Night: NBA players get ready for March Madness

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ncaaJust minutes after the last conference championship game wrapped up Sunday evening, the annual NCAA Tournament selection show was underway to announce the field of 68 for this years tournament.

This years tourney appears to be wide-open, but the Florida Gators come in as the team to beat as the No. 1 overall seed. Other No. 1 seeds are Wichita State, Arizona and Virginia. They will all have their work cut out for them.

The tournament fun is not just limited to college players though, as several NBA stars have already began to get involved.

Gonzo on NCAAs: To Upset Florida, You’ve Got to Control Pace

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Before everybody picks Florida in their NCAA Tournament brackets, a word of caution: The Gators can be upset by a small college team. I would know – because my team did it to them a decade ago.

Last Saturday, while driving up I-95 to the Basketball Hall of Fame for an induction ceremony for a former player of mine, Luis Flores, a flood of memories washed over me. Ten years earlier, the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina was filled with 26,000 raving maniacs all with their hearts set on seeing Chris Paul and local favorites Wake Forest destroy the Mahnattan Jaspers, my Cinderella squad.

March Madness: Sweet 16 Preview

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ncaaThe first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is pure mayhem; games begin and end simultaneously, buzzers sound from TV’s, iPads, iPhones, and computers, celebrations are loud … and defeat is inevitable for more than three-quarters of the field…

Which brings us to these next four days of college basketball: Games are fewer than the week before, but the stakes continue to rise as the Sweet Sixteen turns into the Elite Eight, and, eventually the Final Four.

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