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Today’s games have been nothing short of amazing. From Duke’s domination at Chapel Hill to Kentucky’s exciting win in Florida’s seven minute drought and countless game winners, this Saturday has not disappointed. One of the most thrilling plays of the day came in the Georgia vs. Alabama game. Alabama recovered the ball from Georgia’s Charles Mann with 2.9 seconds left with the game tied at 58. Alabama’s Trevor Releford caught the pass off the turnover and threw up a prayer from half court that proved to be the game winner. The crowd at Coleman Coliseum erupted as the shot went in. If the NCAA tournament carries this theme of nail biting thrillers, then Dick Vitale will have plenty moments to hysterically yell, “Wow! Amazing! Are you kidding me!?”

The Big East has been arguably the best and toughest conference in NCAA Men‚Äôs Basketball for 33 years. The Georgetown Hoyas ended this era with a win over Rival Syracuse. The big east has produced multiple national champions and ended with the conference‚Äôs top rivals. This emotional game Secures the Hoyas as the No. 1 Seed in the Big East with a final score of 69 ‚Äď 31 .

Bench warmers don’t need to make big plays to get on TV

Villanova Bench Warmers celebrate in style. These two go “Game of Thrones” and plan on celebrating in bigger fashion as more games are played. With exciting upsets and story lines unfolding this season is nothing short of crazy. Stay Tuned!

March Madness Predictions 2013

The NCAA Tournament is around the corner as the 2012-2013 NCAA season is coming to a close. The opening round games will begin on March 19. As always the question is which teams will make it deep into the NCAA Tournament?

These are the teams that are looking strong and are proving themselves to become the best:

Indiana- Indiana Hoosiers have been named as one of the teams to beat since before the season began. They have an opportunity to achieve the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament as they are currently ranked the No. 2 in both National polls and have the No. 6 RPI figure. This is the team to look out for because they are the March Madness betting favorite.

Gonzaga- Currently, Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 1 team in the nation. However, they are not positioned well under the RPI model, ranking No. 11. In spite of how they perform in the West Coast Conference tournament, they should get a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, it is hard to see them winning the Championship because they are going to have a tough time against stronger and more athletic teams.

Kansas- Kansas Jayhawks is also another team to look out for because they have been on a roll recently. Over the past month, they have been playing their best basketball of the season. Also, they have bounced back from a three game losing streak by winning seven in a row. Jayhawks are ranked No. 4 in both national polls and have the No. 4 RPI. Therefore, they should land a No.1 seed in the Tournament because they have been improving after being inconsistent in their games.

Duke- As always Duke Blue Devils are guaranteed to make the Tournament because they have always been the favorites in college hoops history. However this season, Blue Devils have not performed well on the road and are showing signs of struggle. Also, they are showing signs of softness because they have a tough time playing against physical teams.

Miami-FL – Miami Hurricanes are one of the teams that are under the radar. They are an excellent team, but they have their ups downs with being consistent. They have a great chance in taking a top seed and having a great run in the tournament, but they need to be consistent in their games in order to have a deep run.

UNLV- The Rebels are an unpredictable team because you never know when they are going to do their best. They have amazing talent, but in order to be a dark force in the Tournament they need to work on their chemistry. As a result, they can make a deep run in the Tournament and can be a threatening force for competitors.

These are the predictions for now, but they can change as the season comes to a close. Stay tuned in to find out which teams are going to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga at the Number One spot in AP Rankings for the first time in History

Gonzaga with the best record in Division I 29-2 is on the top of The Associated Press’ Top 25 for the first time.

Gonzaga Bulldogs moved to the No. 1 spot on Monday after Indiana Hoosiers loss to Minnesota Golden Gophers last week.

During the preseason, Indiana Hoosiers were No. 1 and were on top for nine other weeks. On the other hand, Duke was No. 1 for five weeks. Michigan and Louisville were both on top for one week.

The AP poll began in January 1949 and Gonzaga became the 57th school to achieve the Number one spot on The Associated Press. Before, Gonzaga was at No. 2 which was the highest ranking for the Bulldogs. After Hoosier’s defeat, the Bulldogs were on a roll defeating BYU and Portland to achieve the No. 1 spot.

Gonzaga play their first game as a No.1 team in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Saturday night.

College basketball this season has been truly insane this season. Although only five teams have held the number one spot this year (Indiana, Duke, Michigan, Louisville, and Gonzaga), the number one team has been upset 8 times this year. The Indiana Hoosiers at 25-4 have suffered three of those eight losses. This week, Gonzaga tops the AP list as the number one team in the nation at 29-2. With Selection Sunday coming soon, there is no clear cut favorite heading into the tournament. Indiana appeared to be the favorite to win the tournament, but its ability to lose close games causes some speculation. The only other team to hold the number one spot longer than a week other than Indiana has been Duke, but Duke’s inconsistencies can be¬†worrisome¬†as well. If we have learned anything from this season, it’s that the number one ranking is not the place to be.

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As the race for the National Player of the Year comes close to an end, there are a handful of contenders pushing to claim the title. ¬†One of the spot-light players that’s been talked about throughout the season is Victor Oladipo, Junior Guard of Indiana Hoosiers (No. 2).

¬†Oladpio originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland is the second leading scorer of Indiana, avergaing 13.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. ¬†Oladipo has shown outstanding athleticism, quickness, leaping ability, and relentless defense. ¬†He can guard many positions and averages 2.3 steals per game. ¬†This past season Oladipo has increased his game in 3-point shooting, in the offseason he was shooting at 20.8% and improved to 52.4%. ¬†As of right now Victor Oladipo has been chosen as one of the top 5 picks for this year’s upcoming NBA draft. ¬†

Ryan Kelly Single-Handedly leads Duke to Victory over Miami

In last Saturday’s big game with Duke versus Miami, Ryan Kelly the 6-foot-11 Senior shocked everyone with his amazing return to the court. Kelly sat out the last 2 months with a foot injury and in his return, Kelly only practiced 20 minutes and scored a career high of 36-points leading Duke to their 79-76 victory over Miami.

Everyone in the gym was overwhelmingly amazed that night, along with some of his own teammates. Teammate Mason Plumee responded, “we’re going to get back to how we were playing.” “Having him back is uplifting. He kept saying he wanted to come back, but no one really knew if he’d be able to,” Plumlee added. March is finally here and Duke is going no where, they are hungry and they aim high for the NCAA title.

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Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in college basketball for the first in school history   Gonzaga (29-2) currently has the best record in Division I with 51 out of 65 first place votes in the AP top 35.  Indiana now takes No. 2 and only received 7 first places votes after losing to Minnesota lat week.  Gonzaga also received 29 out of 31 top votes in the coaches poll.  The latest Top 25 teams of the NCAA:

1. Gonzaga (51) 29-2

2. Indiana (7) 25-4

3. Duke (5) 25-4

4. Kansas 25-4

5. Georgetown (2) 23-4

6. Miami 23-5

7. Michigan 24-5

8. Louisville 24-5

9. Kansas St. 24-5

10. Michigan St. 22-7

11. Florida 23-5

12. New Mexico 25-4

13. Oklahoma St. 22-6

14. Ohio St. 21-7

15. Marquette 21-7

16. Saint Louis 23-5

17. Syracuse 22-7

18. Arizona 23-6

19. Oregon 23-6

20. Pittsburgh 23-7

21. VCU 23-6

22. Wisconsin 20-9

23. UCLA 22-7

24. Notre Dame 22-7

25. Memphis 25-4

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Player of the Month: Otto Porter,Georgetown

–¬†He averaged 19.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.4 APG and a 145.3 offensive rating during the month. This included a career-best 33 points at Syracuse.

Defensive Player of the Month: Zeke Marshall, Akron

-Opponents shoot just 40.8 percent against Akron, fourth lowest in the nation.  Marshall averaged 7.7 RPG, 3.3 BPG and 1.0 SPG during the month.

Freshmen player of the Month: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

-His month included 25 points in a win at Kansas and career-high 28 in a win over Oklahoma. He averaged 17.4 points per game, 3.1 steals per game.

Scorer of the Month: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

-Wolters led all scorers with 27.6 PPG in February, while shooting 57.7 percent from the field.  He’s the first player to average 27 PPG and 6 APG in February since Earl Boykins and Charles Jones did it in 1998.

Free Throw Shooter of the Month: Russ Smith, Louisville

-Smith had a 90.8 free throw percentage during the month, while averaging 8.4 makes per game

3-Point Shooter of the Month: Marland Smith, Southeast Missouri

-Smith emerged as one of the nation’s top long-distance shooters. Entering the month he averaged 7.8 PPG with a 33.3 3-point field goal percentage. But in February, he averaged 17.4 PPG and shot 62.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Rebounder of the Month: Jarnell Stokes, Tennesse

–¬†He averaged 11.4 RPG during the month, fourth in the nation.

Distributor of the Month: Vincent Council, Providence

-Council finished fifth in the nation with 7.7 APG in February, and his 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio separated him from the point guard pack. Over the last five games, he’s handed out 37 assists compared to just six turnovers.