Earlier in the week, we had this bit of scuttlebutt going on:
According to the four letter network, LaQuinton Ross has decided to forgo his last year of his college eligibility and opt in to the NBA draft next season. Here is the official word from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:
Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross will declare for NBA Draft, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 24, 2014
It is now official; LaQuinton Ross notified the Ohio State coaching staff today that he intends to forego his senior year for the purpose of pursuing a professional basketball career. So here we are; LQR is “gone, baby, gone”.
Ross averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds this last season as the offensive catalyst for the Buckeyes. After a strong tournament performance his sophomore season, the Jackson, Mississippi native carried Ohio State at points during his junior … [Read More]
Only Eight teams are left, and after tonight, there will be two fewer.
Come chat with us through the games!
Now it begins, we’ve made it to the “Sweet 16” level of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Today, I’ll look at the Midwest Region. The Midwest will play the first of its two games on Friday evening when the #2 seed University of Michigan (27-8, Big Ten) plays the #11 seed University of Tennessee (24-12, SEC). Michigan defeated Wofford and Texas to get to the Sweet Sixteen. Tennessee defeated Iowa, UMass and Mercer to reach this point.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Arena: Lucas Oil Stadium (Home of the Indianapolis Colts)
TV Affiliation: CBS
Game 1: Friday, 7:15 PM #11 Tennessee vs. #2 Michigan:
The Matchup: Michigan and Tennessee bring similar games to this contest. Both teams average 64 possessions per game and are offensively quite efficient. They both shoot well and take care of the ball, with both teams averaging around 10 turnovers per game. Michigan has a slightly better … [Read More]
Now it begins, the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Two Ohio teams, the #6 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (25-9) of the Big Ten Conference and the #11 seed University of Dayton Flyers (23-10) of the Atlantic 10 Conference shuffle off to Buffalo for, what I consider, the opening round of the tournament. It would have been more convenient for the teams to play in Springfield, OH. I’m sure the good folks at Wittenberg University would have been accommodating. But, the weather is nice up here in Buffalo and there are things to do for the discerning fan during “downtimes”.
Dayton has a great history in basketball. They have been to the NCAAs 15 times, have had 6 Sweet Sixteen appearances and made it to the Finals once, in 1967. The Don May led Flyers lost the championship game that year to UCLA, who had a kid named Lew Alcindor playing for them.… [Read More]
Our Bracket Breakdown gets a little close to home…
The South Region is of some interest to us since that is Ohio State’s “Region”. It also has a few other top-rated teams such as Florida, Kansas, UCLA and Syracuse. Whoever emerges from this Region has a legitimate chance to be in the Finals and possibly win it all.
Rather than go through game-by-game in the Region, I’ll focus on five (5) topics; 1) the team likely to win region, 2) the region’s Cinderella team, 3) team most likely to be upset, 4) who is region’s unheralded player and 5) my Elite 8 picks. Envelopes, please…
Regional Favorite: Florida is my choice to win this Region. The Gators haven’t lost a game since December 2nd, and it’s unlikely they lose this week, until possibly the Finals. They are a well-balanced team, play decently on … [Read More]
Before you do, read this. I make no guarantees, but this will help you not finish last. Ethel the mail lady won’t read this. Let her finish last.
Like one of my favorite one-hit wonders we will Head East and preview the region nobody is really talking about.
That happens when the Midwest Region has all the best teams and somehow, the 1996 Bulls as well.
East games are in Raleigh, Spokane, San Antonio and Buffalo and finish at Madison Square Garden in The Big Apple.
Favorite: Virginia is the No. 1 seed on the strength of a regular-season and ACC tournament championship. The politicking (reads: whining) about how good the ACC is by Coach K didn’t hurt either.
That’s how the conference ended up with a team in the First Four. Not a great team in my opinion but good enough to … [Read More]
Have you filled out your brackets and entered tBBC’s annual bracket challenge? If not, what are you waiting on? Get on it.
We head West for the second of our four region previews in preparation for the greatest weekend in sports. After our first preview of the loaded Midwest region, the West is a bit less exciting as on paper it is probably the easiest of the four regions, challenged only by the East.
Favorite – Arizona had to be thrilled about their draw in this one. Not only is the West the easiest of the regions, the Wildcats will also get to avoid a lot of travel as they never play more than 471 miles from their campus and fans will have easy access to direct flights that last no more than an hour and a half for the first two weekends; no other team’s fans will … [Read More]
Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll be giving you our insight into each reason, looking for the stories that you may not have read elsewhere.
The Midwest Region is a tough Region, not that any Region will be easy, but this one is particularly top-loaded. In this Region are Wichita State (ranked #2 AP and the only undefeated team in the nation), Louisville (#5), Duke (#7), TTUN (#8), St. Louis (#18) along with UMass and Kentucky. Four teams in the AP Top Ten and another in the Top Twenty. All of the other Regions have two Top Ten teams each.
This Region is a bit odd; it has the most Top Ten teams and it also has three of the four play-in game winners playing as well. So, it seems to me, this Region is comparatively very good at the top, then comparatively not-that-good in the middle seeds and below. For … [Read More]