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By Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch) Houston — It’s the most unlikely Final Four since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985. We have a No. 3 seed that finished in a three-way tie for ninth place in its own league (UConn), a No. 4 seed that went 2...
Mitch Light
3 years ago
Houston — We’re told this is one of the more improbable National Championship games in the history of the sport. We have two teams that lost a combined 18 games in the regular season — the most ever in a title game. We have a No. 3 seed that went...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
1. There are four great point guards in the Final Four. Which one is your favorite? Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch): I don’t want to over-think this one. I’ve got to go with Kemba Walker, a first-team All-American who has been playing at an...
Mitch Light
3 years ago
By Ken Davis When Jim Calhoun embarked on his career as a NCAA Division I basketball coach at Northeastern in 1972, he was 30 years old — even younger than Butler’s Brad Stevens or VCU’s Shaka Smart as they head to the 2011 Final Four....
Mitch Light
3 years ago
Connecticut Huskies 2010-11 Record: 30–9 (9–9 Big East) Head Coach: Jim Calhoun (4th Final Four) Projected Starters: G – Kemba Walker (23.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.5 apg), G – Shabazz Napier (8.0 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.4 rpg), G/F – Jeremy Lamb (11.1 ppg,...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
Kentucky Wildcats 2010-11 Record: 29–8 (10–6 SEC) Head Coach: John Calipari (3rd Final Four) Projected Starters: G – Brandon Knight (17.2 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.8 rpg), G – Darius Miller (11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg), F – DeAndre Liggins (8.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
Butler Bulldogs 2010-11 Record: 27–9 (13–5 Horizon) Head Coach: Brad Stevens (2nd Final Four) Projected Starters: G – Shelvin Mack (15.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg), G – Ronald Nored (5.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), G – Shawn Vanzant (8.1...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
VCU Rams 2010-11 Record: 28–11 (11–6 Colonial) Head Coach: Shaka Smart (1st Final Four) Projected Starters: G – Joey Rodriguez (10.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 spg), G – Brandon Rozzell (11.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.4 spg), G – Ed Nixon (7.2 ppg, 2....
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden) Editorial Disclaimer: This is for fun. This is entertainment. This is not journalism. No coaches' egos were harmed in the making of this piece. Please enjoy as such... Vito Corleone – Rick Pitino, Louisville...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
1. Which Sweet 16 matchup are you most looking forward to watching? Mitch Light: There are a bunch of good ones, but I’m interested in the Duke vs. Arizona game in Anaheim. There’s star power with Arizona’s Derrick Williams and Duke’s Nolan...
Mitch Light
3 years ago
By Ken Davis So, how’s your bracket holding up? Don’t want to talk about it? I understand. I’d rather not talk about mine either, but I have no credibility without full disclosure. I filled out half a dozen and they were all about the same,...
Mitch Light
3 years ago
EAST Newark Degrees of Success Thad Matta’s Buckeyes, led by Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Award finalist Jared Sullinger, continue to bully their opponents — knocking out an overmatched Texas-San Antonio squad, 75–46, in the...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
WEST Anaheim From Nine to 900 The Blue Devils had an eventful weekend whose impact spanned the generations — as 18-year-old freshman sensation Kyrie Irving returned from a toe injury to play the ninth and 10th games of his Duke career, while...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
SOUTHEAST New Orleans Little Big Man Florida’s fearless guard Erving Walker is listed at 5’8” but probably stands closer to 5’6” in sneakers. But, as the saying goes, it isn’t the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
SOUTHWEST San Antonio Flying Solo The Jayhawks are not only the No. 1 seed in San Antonio, they are the last remaining single-digit seed still standing in the Southwest Region. Seeds 2-9 (Notre Dame, Purdue, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Georgetown...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
Every March, the nation is united around the drama and excitement of the NCAA Tournament. Luckily, Charlie Sheen has taken it to another level. Through the mastery of Sheenglish, Athlon has put together a tournament unlike any other. Do not...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
March Madness 2011 is upon us! Not all of us Athlonians may love the term "Big Dance", but (unfortunately for the dissenter) the term is uber-fitting. The little guys get a chance at greatness. Cinderella goes to the ball. Anything can happen....
Braden Gall
3 years ago
Apparently, $1 million and a weeklong trip for two to Jamaica will attract attention like nothing this side of a Maserati and a bikini model. With their eye on the prize(s), NCAA Tournament pick ‘em game participants submitted over 100,000...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
1. Which first-round (or I guess we have to call it second-round) matchup interests you the most? Mitch Light: I’m intrigued by Michigan vs. Tennessee, the 8-9 matchup in the East Region. Michigan has played extremely well over the last six...
Mitch Light
3 years ago
Athlon's editorial staff offers its predictions and insight for the 2011 Final Four: Mitch Light, Managing Editor (@AthlonMitch): Ohio State, Texas, Kansas, Florida Nothing too bold with Ohio State and Kansas, both No. 1 seeds. I think...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
By Ken Davis Let’s give the NCAA Tournament committee some positive feedback. That group had a rough Selection Sunday. At least they got the top four seeds right. And that wasn’t as easy as it might have looked. In the past two weeks, Ohio...
Mitch Light
3 years ago
EAST Newark East Region Preview West Region Preview Southwest Region Preview Southeast Region Preview Top Team — Ohio State (1) The Buckeyes (32-2, 16–2 Big Ten) enter the Tourney as the top overall seed and Vegas’ pick to cut down the...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
WEST Anaheim East Region Preview West Region Preview Southwest Region Preview Southeast Region Preview Top Team — Duke (1) The defending national champion Blue Devils (30–4, 13–3 ACC) appeared to be in tip-top shape en route to a 75–58...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
SOUTHWEST San Antonio East Region Preview West Region Preview Southwest Region Preview Southeast Region Preview Top Team — Kansas (1) The Jayhawks (32–2, 14–2 Big 12) lost twice this season, but there wasn’t a team on the schedule that...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
SOUTHEAST New Orleans East Region Preview West Region Preview Southwest Region Preview Southeast Region Preview Top Team — Pittsburgh (1) The Panthers (27–5, 15–3 Big East) were TKO’d by Connecticut in the first round of the Big East...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago

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