2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (Bracket Projection)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.  Check back for bi-weekly updates on our bracketology, which has been more accurate than Joe Lunardi’s entry.

Enjoy! If you have issues with something here, let it out in the comments section below.

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Juan Mata Flies Back From Grandpa’s Funeral; Starts in EFL Cup Win

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata flew to Spain to attend his grandfather’s funeral yesterday, then came back to London to play in the EFL Cup Final tonight. He start for the Red Devils, who won in extremely dramatic fashion match over Southampton today 3-2.

What a fantastic example Juan Mata sets here for the children of the world who look up to him. This is a prime example of conveying commitment to both family and football, and putting family first. He’s an excellent role model.

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MUFC Twitter Community Reacts to Zlatan EFL Cup Winner, MVP Performance

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has just won his first trophy as leader of the Red Devils. With a 3-2 EFL Cup Final win over Southampton at Wembley Stadium, he has now become the first United boss to achieve a trophy during his first season on the job at Old Trafford; just as Eric Cantona predicted. Perhaps The King’s prediction, of United winning more silverware, could indeed come true?

Will there be a so called “plastic treble” for year one of the Mourinho era at United?
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Manchester United’s Previous League Cup Win Had a Donald Trump Connection

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Donald Trump is the 45th President of these United States of America, like it or not. This is reality despite his losing the popular vote by 2.8 million and receiving votes from just 27% of the eligible American electorate. As painful as it is to say, he is the man who is currently in the world’s most powerful position and as such has influence in places that you would never imagine.

Take for instance the League Cup of English football. With the EFL Cup Final set to kickoff on Sunday, and Manchester United vying with Southampton for the trophy, the Manchester Evening News unearthed this gem from the last time United won the title.

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Video of Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Goals in United EFL Cup Victory

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Manchester United went up 2-0 on Southampton FC in the EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium tonight, but that advantage has since been erased. United got their goals at the national stadium today from winger Jesse Lingard and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Southampton has drawn level by getting two braces from forward Manolo Gabbiadini.

They possibly should have had a third from Gabbiadini, and perhaps got robbed due to a very controversial call (more on that in a bit).

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Eric Cantona Predicts Multiple Trophies for Jose Mourinho this Season

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Club legend Eric Cantona sees multiple trophies this season for Manchester United. They could win the first in a matter for hours in the EFL Cup versus Southampton.

On Friday, Jose Mourinho when asked during his weekly press briefing what it would mean to become the first Manchester United manager to win a trophy in his first season on the job. Here was his response:

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Future at MUFC Uncertain; Hinges on Champions League Qualification

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A second season at Manchester United is still not guaranteed for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, claims the Mirror, and the hold-up is due to United’s uncertainty over reaching the UEFA Champions League. Ibrahimovic joined United this past summer on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, and it’s been widely thought that he’s going to play another season beyond this one and the top tier of world football.

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Antonio Conte Sees Victory as Another Step Towards Chelsea League Title

We’ve certainly gotten used to seeing Chelsea FC put up some eye-popping numbers this season. They haven’t just won, they’ve won with authority, producing dominant final scores. Accomplishing a historical Premier League consecutive game winning streak in 2016-17, Chelsea vaulted to the top of the table and have remained there .

There does not seem to be any looking back either, as the Blues are the dominant favorite to win the league title. With a dominant home win over lowly Swansea City today, 3-1, Chelsea are now 11 points up on Manchester City with 13 games to play (although City do have a game in hand).

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Pochettino Admits Tottenham Must Add Players to Become a Title Contender

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Tottenham Hotspur are certainly in a downward spiral right now. Having crashed out of the UEFA Champions League, last year’s third place finisher in the English Premier League then found themselves in the Europa League. They have since been bounced from the Europe consolation bracket by KAA Gent.

Spurs London rival club Chelsea are currently on top of the table by such a wide margin that the league title race is most likely over. Heading into a Sunday home clash against ninth place Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino admits his club is not ready to compete for a title yet, and they must add players this summer transfer window in order to rise up to that level.

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Jose Mourinho Very Upset About Man United’s Europa League Draw

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Manchester United could still achieve a “plastic treble” this season, as they have advanced deep in the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Europa League tournaments.

The next Europa tie sees the club travel to FC Rostov on March 9th for the first leg, and then host the second leg on March 16th. Sandwiched between the two matches is the epic FA Cup quarterfinal clash with Chelsea on March 13th. United Manager Jose Mourinho is furious about the scheduling.

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Mourinho Press Conference Previewing EFL Cup vs Southampton (Video)

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho just did his weekly press conference a few hours ago and it covered a lot of ground. The session is in advance of the EFL Cup final match on Sunday, and Mourinho discussed the sacking of Leicester City Manager Claudio Ranieri at length; showing solidarity for the Italian with “CR” on his shirt. He also expressed his anger at the MUFC Europa League draw.

He also discussed the team’s fitness situation and his disappointment in the Europa League draw.

We have full video of the session posted for you below via YouTube

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Southampton (EFL Cup)

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Manchester United have been beaten just once in their last 25 overall across all competitions. It’s a feat unmatched since the Sir Alex Ferguson era. However, they’re still in sixth place in the league, a spot they have occupied since late October. Nevertheless, United have a chance for a so-called “plastic treble,” and winning in the EFL Cup on Sunday accomplishes the first component of that triad.

United have also reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup and the last 16 of the Europa League.

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