Butler, back to back National runners-up, not headed to NCAA Tournament

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As hot a coaching commodity as Brad Stevens is, his stock will decrease just a tiny bit in value this year.

It’s official now, the Butler Bulldogs, who made it all the way to the national title game both last year, and in 2010, will not be in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Valparaiso Crusaders (20-11) eliminated Butler (20-14) tonight in the Horizon League tournament, the Bulldogs only way in this March.

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Big East basketball: NCAA Tournament bubble breakdown

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Friday is usually when I do my updated Big East Basketball Power Rankings.  Since nobody cares about the DePaul’s, Providence’s, and Rutgers’ of the world this late in the season, this week’s Big East Power Rankings will an analysis of the teams in the conference who have solidified their status in the NCAA Tournament or are firmly on the bubble and still have work to do.  Let’s break down some resumes… (Click here to check out my latest bracketology.)

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TSB’s FINAL Bracketology: Projecting the NCAA Tournament Brackets

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I am a huge college basketball nerd.  I know it and if you are a frequent visitor to the Sports Bank, you know it as well.  So much in fact, that I create my own bracketology which is seventy times nerdier than making a NBA mock draft.

In my inaugural year of entering this hallowed ground of geeks, my bracketology more than held its own ESPN’s “expert” bracketologist Joe Lunardi; a feat that I consider to be a huge accomplishment.

This year, there is more to take into account with the NCAA expanding the field to 68 teams.  That means there will now be four play-in games held in Dayton.  Two of those games will feature the final four at-large bids battling to be in the Field of 64.  Same will go for the last four automatic qualifiers.  Be sure to check back every week for updates on my Field of 68.

UPDATED: 3/13/11  4:30 P.M. CST

By: David Kay

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Are the Michigan Wolverines going to make the NCAA Tournament?

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One of the bubble teams this year is the Michigan Wolverines out of the Big Ten. The Wolverines have had a great season considering the talent they lost from last year and the talent they (presumably) lack this year.

But, is it enough to get them dancing? Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.

Michigan will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed, going up against the No. 5 seed, Illinois. They also boast an overall record of 19-12 and 9-9 record in Big Ten play, which puts them at a tie for fourth place with Illinois and Michigan State.

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TSB’s Bracketology: Projecting the NCAA Tournament

final four

I am a huge college basketball nerd.  I know it and if you are a frequent visitor to the Sports Bank, you know it as well.  So much in fact, that I create my own bracketology which is seventy times nerdier than making a NBA mock draft.

In my inaugural year of entering this hallowed ground of geeks, my bracketology more than held its own ESPN’s “expert” bracketologist Joe Lunardi; a feat that I consider to be a huge accomplishment.

This year, there is more to take into account with the NCAA expanding the field to 68 teams.  That means there will now be four play-in games held in Dayton.  Two of those games will feature the final four at-large bids battling to be in the Field of 64.  Same will go for the last four automatic qualifiers.  Be sure to check back every week for updates on my Field of 68.

UPDATED: 3/4/11

By: David Kay

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NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch (2/22/11)

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With two weeks left in the regular season, we are hitting the stretch run of the college basketball season and teams are trying to improve their resume and pick up some key wins to help their NCAA Tournament hopes.  Here are some crucial games this week that have bubble teams matching head-to-head that could ultimately make or break their chances of being selected for the Field of 68Click here for my latest bracketology.

By: David Kay
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College Hoops 101 (2/21/11)

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Rivalry Week, Bracket Buster Week, now it’s Judgment WeekESPN is to creating exciting names for their college basketball coverage what Hallmark is to Valentine’s Day.  Still, it is a crucial time in the college basketball world with only two weeks left in the regular season and this past week was crazy as can be with seven top ten teams losing.

If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that runs every Monday and breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college basketball.  I will look back at the previous week and peak ahead to some of the key match-ups in the next seven days.   Don’t forget to check out my latest bracketology.

By: David Kay
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