The End Of Madness: tBBC Bracket Challenge

Written April 8th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies, winner of their fourth national championship Monday night with a 60-54 victory over Big Blue Nation and the Kentucky Wildcats in Arlington Texas.

Moment. Shining.

Following a season where the Huskies were ineligible for post-season play due to APR/Academic issues, the upperclassman who stayed with the program earned their second title in four years, and brought a sense of redemption to UConn. Led by UConn alumni Kevin Ollie, who inherited the program following Jim Calhoun’s retirement, the Huskies went from a team that struggled in their opener against St. Joseph’s to knocking off the “team of destiny” from Lexington.

Calipari’s starters are expected to announce for the NBA in the coming days, similar to the squad that won the title for UK in 2012. Rumors are also swirling that Calipari himself may be headed to The League, as the future coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.  If you’ve followed Calipari’s career and are a WildKat fan, you’ve got to hope beyond hope that he stays, as programs he leaves tend to have visits from the NCAA soon thereafter.

So, congrats to the Huskies, who look to see their undefeated women’s team double dip on Tuesday night when they face the also undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Should Coach Auriemma’s team win, it will be the second time that both titles have ended in Connecticut in the same year… no other team has even done it once.

Fear not, UK faithful- The Yankees’ season just began and the Miami Heat look solid this year as well. And then you get to live vicariously through the successes of your SEC brethern… the same ones who hate you all during hoops season.

In our Yahoo! Challenge, Ryan had it all sewn up on Saturday, correctly picking Kentucky and Florida in the Final Four. Huge kudos also go to Kris, who had the most correct picks, but not the most points per our scoring system. Ryan wins the great prize package from The Buckeye Room, Fresh Brewed Tees, and Mekka Don, and you’ll be hopefully reading his thoughts in this space in the near future.

This year’s tBBC Bragging Rights go to Ken, who blew the rest of us out of the water at… wait for it… 21st place.  Proud. Your humble correspondent finished in dead last, right behind a staffer who was too busy with his dissertation to spend more than a few minutes filling out his bracket.

Huge thanks go to our friend Bacon Ninja for keeping me from having the lowest score of the people I talk to regularly.  Oh, and that 8 year old that finished in the running for our bowl challenge? Ninth place.

Thanks again for participating, and look for our next contest sometime in mid-August as we get ready for the 2014-15 season to kick off.  Remember, we’ll be livechatting the Ohio State spring game this Saturday afternoon… see you then!

tBBC Bracketology: Final Four

Written April 1st, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Not everything was awful…

Since it’s April Fool’s Day, it totally makes sense to look at the clown show that is most of our brackets.

There’s a real possibility that the “Conference full of fans who like to prove they can spell three letter words” will have the only two teams with a basketball pulse in the finals on Monday; be prepared for a lot of reciprocal couch burning from Vanderbilt and Missouri backers.

Even worse? A Bo Ryan team may cut down the nets when it’s all over. Insert Tom Crean “that doesn’t mean they’ve won” joke here.

In the Yahoo! group, we’ve got a two way tie at the top, with Hunter and Kris right up there with 77 points.

However, there are a lot of points still on the table, and at least two former champions have the possibility of winning it all yet again. But, if Florida doesn’t win it all… all bets are off.

Ken is leading our tBBC in house competition… and that’s all that matters. Let’s pay no attention to the names at the very bottom of the list, shall we??

Stay tuned this weekend for our last livechats of the hoops season… See you then!

BBN Tournament Liveblog: Elite 8 Day 1

Written March 27th, 2014 by Eric

Only Eight teams are left, and after tonight, there will be two fewer.

Come chat with us through the games!

tBBC Bracketology: Sweet 16

Written March 24th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye
The Correct Reaction

The Correct Reaction

Well, the past four days certainly lived up to the “Madness” legacy, didn’t they?

Indianapolis hosts Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Louisville… That’s got to be a scalper’s dream scenario, right?

Huge upsets, surprise teams moving on to the next round, and favorites being pushed to the wire across all of the regions.

And yet, there’s still that one guy who will have his final four all still alive that will want to talk about it for the next four days… man, I hate that guy. <is actually that guy>

Let’s take a quick look at our Yahoo! contest to see how awfully amazingly each of our participants are doing thus far.  Also, this will hopefully make Kevin stop emailing me to rub it in. :)

Yup, our graphic whiz Kevin Dearth was in first place until Sunday’s games… but today, Grant stands atop the leader board (I’m not giving you lots of money, but will buy you dinner when you’re out here next).  As an interesting note- the 8 year old that won our Bowl Picks contest is only sitting four points behind the leader.  So… yeah.

Charles had an amazing first round and early second round for tBBC Staff Bragging Rights, and still is on top of our insider’s bracket, even if he’s fallen behind his initial glory. Jason’s the only reason that your humble correspondent isn’t dead last… thanks, bro!

Remember, just because you may be out of the running for the big prize package, you can always get awesome swag from our partners The Buckeye Room, Fresh Brewed Tees, and Mekka Don.

Even though the Buckeyes aren’t moving on this coming weekend, we’ll be still watching closely to see what happens next. Stay tuned to tBBC for weekend livechats and all your Scarlet and Gray updates.

2014 NCAA Recap: Ohio State edged by Dayton, 60-59

Written March 20th, 2014 by Ken

via twitter @11W

Ohio State officially kicked off the South Region (sorry, play-in games don’t count in my book) by squaring off against the Dayton Flyers. However, this was as far along the tournament trail the Buckeyes would get as a last second driving layup by Vee Sanford provided the winning points as Dayton, a 6-point underdog, upset Ohio State 60-59.

This game game really encapsulated the entire season for the Buckeyes. There were moments of brilliant play offset by moments of mediocre-to-poor play. There were also the usual suspects of 1)  poor 3-point shooting, 2) equally poor free throw shooting, 3) lack of offensive rebounding and 4) inexplicable turnovers. We saw these elements all season, and playing true to form, we saw them this afternoon. The Buckeyes end the season with a 25-10 record.

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BBN NCAA Tournament LiveBlog: Round 2 Day 2

Written March 20th, 2014 by Eric

Welcome to our annual NCAA Tournament Liveblog! If you’re hanging out watching games, you should stop by and watch them with us!

First up is #10 Stanford vs. #2 Kansas. It’s been a fun one so far!

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