Everything you need to know about #1 Michigan State vs. #16 Long Island

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These aren’t the most exciting match-ups in the first round of the NCAA Tournament usually. And yes, IT’S A FIRST ROUND, STOP CALLING IT THE SECOND ROUND! YOU’RE TELLING ME, IT’S A “ROUND” MEANING 60/68 TEAMS AUTOMATICALLY GET A BYE. Ok, now that I’m done pointing out NCAA idiocy, I’ll stop yelling.

The Spartans enter the tournament with the #4 RPI and the #1 strength of schedule this year, not to mention the momentum of winning the Big Ten Tournament, so they’ll be tourney tested and tourney ready.

“a lot of people always say Coach Izzo takes off the Big Ten Tournament to get ready for the NCAA Tournament. That’s such a myth,” Draymond Green said.

Agreed.

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Tips, stats for filling out your March Madness Bracket

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The greatest time of the year for college basketball is here: March Madness.

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Reggie Miller: “Big 10 is the best conference in the nation”

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The Big Ten was hands down the best conference in college basketball this year. It’s the strongest the league has been in some time, and all the signs show it: owning the challenge with the ACC, having the most ranked teams, and now the best chance to win the whole thing.

Turner Sports analyst Reggie Miller, a UCLA and Indiana Pacers legend agrees. Here’s what Miller said on conference call yesterday.

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Michigan St bench, depth resembles 2000 National Title Team

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In winning their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2000, the Michigan State Spartans did it with depth and role players, kind of like the 2000 National Championship team. Granted this team today doesn’t have four future NBA players (the ’00 team had Jason Richardson, Mateen Cleaves, Andre Hutson and Morris Peterson) so you can only go so far with this analogy…of course Draymond Green looks like a late first rounder, Branden Dawson looked like a 2014 prospect before the ACL injury, and Keith Appling could develop into a pro guy be his senior year.

But the 2000 and 2012 Spartans share both a BTT title and similarly good “glue guys” and role players.

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How Michigan State grabs the final #1 Seed on Sunday

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Forget the first two #1 seeds- those are set to Kentucky and Syracuse. Yes, even with the Orange losing to the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Big East Tournament.

Now that Baylor has upset Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament, a top line slot is now open. If North Carolina should get upset in the ACC Tournament, you could have two spots up for grabs.

Michigan State is probably the best team in the Big Ten; even though Ohio State is the best talent. However, the Spartans have the best match-up with the Buckeyes among the teams left in Indianapolis.

So it’s there’s for the taking.

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Seattle Radio Station has Bracket of Hot Women you can Vote On

VOTE NOW! Anti-Bracket Final 4: Ines Sainz vs. People Who Didn’t Watch Friday Night Lights

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Here we go! Vote early, vote often! Polls are open until Thursday March 31st, 10 PM CT

Winner (announced Friday morning) advances to the Anti-Bracket National Title Game

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Anti-Bracket Regional Champion: Jay Mariotti!

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Congratulations to one of Chicago’s very own. Sort of.

All-time douchebag, media gasbag and a man once described as “a garbage” by Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen, a man who plead no contest for beating his girlfriend, Jay Mariotti has “won” the Milton Bradley Regional in the 2011 Sports Bank Anti-Bracket.

The voters have elected Mariotti into the Final Four, where he’ll face the winner of the Kardashian Regional, match up will be announced tomorrow. Voting begins Tuesday

VOTE NOW! Finals of Anti-Bracket Kardashian Regional

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March madness is here! double digit seeds aplenty are advancing. Not just in college basketball but The Sports  Bank’s Anti-Bracket as well. So let’s cut to the chase and see who survived, and who can vote for in the national semifinal. The winner of this bracket will take on the winner of the Milton Bradley Regional.

By Paul M. Banks

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Come Watch NCAA Tournament Teams Practice for Free in Chicago

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College Basketball’s signature event, the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship begins on St. Patrick’s Day with second and third round games in half the sites, and open practice sessions in the other half. The eight teams participating in second-round action in Chicago will hold 40-minute workouts that will be open to the general public. The Big Ten Conference will serve as the host of the NCAA Second and Third Rounds from March 17-20, with games scheduled for Friday, March 18, and Sunday, March 20.

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The Anti-Bracket: Kardashian Regional

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The Sports Bank’s third annual Anti-Bracket (formerly known as the Douchebracket) celebrates all that is wrong in the world, most prominently in the sports world.  Four regionals will chosen by an esteemed panel of TSB contributors.  With your input, the field will be narrowed down to a Final Four where our readers will choose the winner of the 2011 Anti-Bracket.

Past winners of the this Regional include Notre Dame football fans with absolutely zero connection to the school and the Chicago Bears Media Relations Department .  BOTH WENT ON TO BECOME CHAMPIONS OF THE OVERALL BRACKET!

Help me figure who will earn that honored distinction this season by leaving a comment below as to who you think needs to advance to the Final Four. And a 3-peat??!!!

By Paul M. Banks

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The Anti-Bracket: Rachel Nichols Regional

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The Sports Bank’s third annual Anti-Bracket (formerly known as the Douchebracket) celebrates all that is wrong in the world, most prominently in the sports world.  Four regionals will chosen by an esteemed panel of TSB contributors.  With your input, the field will be narrowed down to a Final Four where our readers will choose the winner of the 2011 Anti-Bracket.

Past winners of the Rachel Nichols Regional include Rachel herself and last year’s winner, Luke Harangody.  Help me figure who will earn that honored distinction this season by leaving a comment below as to who you think needs to advance to the Final Four.

By: David Kay
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