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Air Force Falcons

Editor’s Note: will feature in-depth looks at potential Bubble teams from now through Selection Sunday. Each capsule will focus on that team’s positives and negatives, and will attempt to give readers an informed opinion on the Selection Committee’s final decisions on whom to reward with at-large bids. We begin with Air Force, a team… more »

Responses to The Strangest Bracket Ever

Editor’s Note: I received a number of well-reasoned and passionate responses to this year’s controversial bracket. Below are some of the best: I understand that this is a difficult task and it is very easy for all of us to sit on the outside and object. But, I also believe there is reason to object… more »

Team Profile: 2006 BracketBuster Recap: Nevada 88, Akron 61

Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nev. ESPN might want to provide the Nevada Wolfpack with some stronger competition in next year’s BracketBuster. Right from the opening tip, it was clear that the Akron Zips were no match for the Wolfpack in this year’s edition, as Nevada ran away with a 27-point victory. The win gave Nevada… more »

Team Profile: 2006 BracketBuster Preview: Akron at Nevada

Nevada (19-5) welcomes Akron (17-5) to the Lawlor Events Center in Reno Friday night, where the Wolfpack has compiled an 11-1 record this year. Included in that run was Monday night’s thrilling comeback win over Western Athletic Conference co-leader Louisiana Tech. Nick Fazekas had a cold shooting night but came up with all the plays… more »

Missouri Valley Conference Update

The Missouri Valley Conference has built its reputation this year as the best mid-major league in America. With league rules requiring member teams to play tough non-conference games, The Valley has elevated itself above traditional power leagues such as the Big XII and the Pac-10 in the eyes of many fans and analysts, and even… more »

Are There Any Western Challengers to Duke?

The Duke Blue Devils are the best team in the country, we all know that. So far, they have washed out the teams in the East like a tsunami. But, will this blue wave be able to drown the teams west of the Rockies come Tourney time?The Blue Devils have two of the top five… more »

2006 Big XII Conference Preview

The Big XII opened conference play on January 7, 2006, but the fall of 2005 was not a good one for the conference. The season began with high hopes for two Big XII teams to reach the Final Four; it now appears as if the conference will struggle to get five teams into the NCAA… more »

MoSt Definitely A Team to Watch Out for in March

We have hit mid-December, which could mean only one thing: we’re nearing the end of the non-conference schedule. Soon, we’ll be captivated with exciting match-ups like North Carolina-Duke, Villinova-UConn, Illinois-Michigan State, and Northern Iowa-Missouri State. What? One of these doesn’t belong? Well apparently you haven’t been introduced to the Missouri Valley Conference. Many have heard… more »

Duke’s JJ Redick

It’s always interesting to debate the Player of the Year. Should it be the guy who’s most valuable to his club’s success? Should it be the guy who puts up great numbers? Should it be the guy who makes all his teammates better? Should it be the best player on one of the best teams… more »

A Pearl of a Guy?

Editor’s Note: The views expressed by this writer do not necessarily reflect those of If any Iowa or UW-M fans would like to submit a rebuttal, please contact me at –David Mihm, editor of Thursday’s game will be huge for the Fighting Illini, and it’s not just because they’re playing the UW-Milwaukee… more »

NCAA Six-Pack

Aside from a 16 seed winning it all, Gus Johnson making it through a game without calling someone a warrior, and Rick Pitino wearing a sweater, anything is possible in the NCAA tournament. That being said, most teams have virtually no shot at a title. And a handful of quality teams have too many holes… more »

Looking Backwards and Forwards from March 2005

Some lasting thoughts on the conference tourneys, and initial musings about the NCAA’s… If that was Kobe Bryant out there down by two with no time on the clock and an empty foul lane, and after making one of two he left the third one short, it would have been a wondrous moment. But you… more »

Big East vs. ACC

Time for the world’s greatest appetizer: The conference tourneys. As usual, the Big East and ACC have distinguished themselves as the top two leagues in all of college basketball. And their respective tournaments will no doubt provide extensive drama and theater over the course of this week. But which tournament is better? For the verdict… more »

A Salute to the Johnnies

Saturday afternoon at The Garden, St. John’s became the latest team to expose Duke’s difficulty in dealing with the press. But most teams have trouble with the Johnnies’ high-octane pressure. It’s was a defining characteristic of great Red Storm teams of the past, and it will be the most essential element in making St. John’s… more »

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