Did Losing To Minnesota Burst Northwestern’s Bubble?

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Heading into the Big Ten Tournament, there was probably no more compelling storyline than the Northwestern Wildcats trying to get their first NCAA bid in their school’s history. Having finished seventh in the Big Ten, and just one win against the RPI top 50, the Wildcats were thoroughly on the bubble, and the consensus was that they had work to do in the conference tournament to be assured a ticket to the Dance.

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NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Sweet 16 Breakdown

By: David Kay

Un-doubtedly the toughest of the four brackets, the Midwest Regional suffered a major shake-up the opening weekend when Georgetown was stunned in the first round by Ohio and then Northern Iowa shocked the sports world by beating the Smoke Monster, Kansas in the second round.  Now the Midwest seems to be Ohio State’s to lose. But you sure cannot count out Northern Iowa especially with a Sweet 16 match-up against a Kalin Lucas-less Michigan State team.
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NCAA Tournament South Regional Sweet 16 Breakdown

By: David Kay

My least favorite regional almost played out as expected minus St. Mary’s upset of #2 seed Villanova, who I mistakingly picked to advance the Final Four.  This is setting up to be Duke’s regional to lose.  Here is my breakdown of the Sweet 16.
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NCAA Tournament West Regional Sweet 16 Breakdown

By: David Kay

Syracuse looked like the team to beat in the West Regional despite playing their opening weekend games without starting center Arinze Onuaku.  Do any of the remaining teams in the region have what it takes to knock the ‘Cuse off their path to the Final Four?  David Kay is here to break down the Sweet 16 match-ups.
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NCAA Tournament East Regional Sweet 16 Breakdown

By: David Kay

The East Regional will feature the classic favorite versus underdog match-ups as top-seeds Kentucky and West Virginia have advanced to face #12 Cornell and #11 Washington respectively.  David Kay is here to break down the match-ups.
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The 2010 NCAA Tournament Year Book Awards presented by The Sports Bank

This week at The Sports Bank we posed ourselves some NCAA Tournament related “Yearbook Questions” to figure out two things: A) Just how much we enjoy being smart asses and B) well, there really is no B), we just wanted to share our smart ass comments with you in a little bit different format.

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The Sports Bank’s Final Four Picks

Welcome to the non-smart ass portion of the picks segment. This is pretty straight forward, we pick our Final Four teams, National Championship match-up and end result. We also try and pretend we know what we’re doing too. So far? Mixed results.

Please check out our resident expert David Kay’s picks as he breaks down each region (MidwestWestEast and South)

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Bracket Breakdown: South Regional

By: David Kay

Synopsis
I hate this bracket.  HATE IT!  I don’t want to pick any of these teams to be in the Final Four.  I think West Virginia, Ohio State, Kansas State, and Georgetown would all be better options than any of these 17 squads.  I think if any regional is going absolutely explode people’s brackets, this is clearly it.  Nobody wants to pick Duke even though they are by far the best team in this group with #2 Villanova struggling mightily as of late and #3 Baylor being too much of a sexy sleeper pick to make the Final Four.  Purdue is hurting with the loss of Robbie Hummel and Texas A&M is just a boring team.  Good luck with this bracket folks.
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Bracket Breakdown: East Regional

By: David Kay

Synopsis
With mid-majors New Mexico and Temple as two of the top five seeds, this regional looks a little weak.  Kentucky is the most talented team in the country with four future lottery picks on their roster but can they put it all together to make a tournament run?  #2 West Virginia is coming off a Big East Tournament title and is a serious contender to get to Indy while #4 Wisconsin is one of the best coached teams in the nation and if they get hot, can beat anybody.
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Bracket Breakdown: West Regional

By: David Kay

Synopsis
For some reason, Syracuse just dropped below Duke and earned the fourth #1 seed in the tournament pitting the West Regional against the Midwest Regional in the Final Four.  Jim Boeheim has said injured center Arinze Onuaku is NOT expected to play during the first rounds which makes the ‘Cuse more vulnerable.  If they survive and Onuaku is back for the second weekend, the Orange are definitely the team to beat.  Other than that, there is really nothing surprising about this bracket as most of the seeds went to teams deserving of that spot (except maybe Florida’s 10-seed which was certainly a bit eye-raising when it was announced.)
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Bracket Breakdown: Midwest Regional

By: David Kay

Synopsis
The Midwest Regional is BRUTAL.  Not as brutal as suffering through Dick Vitale’s played out schtick for two hours, but nonetheless brutal.  Kansas earned the #1 overall seed but pairing the Jayhawks with Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament champion Ohio State as a two seed seems rough.  Add onto that the three seed being a Georgetown team who seems to be clicking heading into tourney and Michigan State and Tennessee who are more talented than their respective five and six seeds suggest and this is by far, the toughest of the four regionals.
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Field of 65 (TSB’s Bracketology) 3-12-10

By: David Kay

The jockeying for seeds and at-large bids is crazy right now. Memphis, UAB, and Arizona State likely played themselves out of the tourney talk with early round losses in their respective conference tournaments on Wednesday. To be honest, putting together a bracket gets more and more difficult but here is my latest take. As always, leave a comment or question at the end if you disagree with any of my seeds. (Teams with an * have already clinched a spot in the dance.)

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