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2016 NCAA Tournament Saturday Second Round Preview and Predictions

Tyler Ulis and the Wildcats will renew their rivalry with the Hoosiers for a trip to the Sweet 16
2016 NCAA Tournament Saturday Second Round Preview and Predictions

Day one of the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament brought us a smattering of exciting upsets and fantastic finishes. From Arkansas-Little Rock's double overtime rally against Purdue to Yale's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, college basketball fans got to enjoy the type of moments that make March Madness so captivating. And that was just on Thursday.

 

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Roundtable: How should Wichita State's season be evaluated in the long run?

Will you remember the 35 wins or the early NCAA exit?
Roundtable: How should Wichita State's season be evaluated in the long run?

Wichita State’s bid for an undefeated season ended Sunday with a loss to Kentucky in a thriller in the round of 32.

The Shockers put together one of the great regular seasons in college basketball history, regardless of their strength of schedule.

Yet Wichita State didn’t reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. How should we evaluate Gregg Marshall’s team in years to come?

How should Wichita State’s 35-1 season be evaluated in the long run?

With Wichita State win, Kentucky Wildcats show signs of reaching potential

Kentucky plays its finest game of the year to earn Sweet 16 date with Louisville
With Wichita State win, Kentucky Wildcats show signs of reaching potential

Anointed as the No. 1 team entering the season thanks to the best recruiting of all time, maybe Kentucky needed to be the underdog to unlock its potential.

The Wildcats entered a game against undefeated Wichita State with seven seed lines separating them on the bracket not to mention a 2.5-point spread. The narrative of Kentucky’s roster full of decorated one-and-done players losing to a group of under-recruited veterans seemed to be on deck for the Monday conversations.

The Dummies' Guide to March Madness 2014

For those just jumping on the bandwagon, this is what you've missed
The Dummies' Guide to March Madness 2014

For any fan just getting into college basketball in time for championship week and office pools: What took you so long?

You have some catching up to do. By waiting until the final weeks, you’ve missed a historic season. Certainly, every season is historic for one reason or another, so maybe this season will be among the most memorable even before the NCAA Tournament.

College Basketball Weekend Recap: 15 Things to Know

McDermott, Wichita State, Florida set milestones in final weekend of regular season
College Basketball Weekend Recap: 15 Things to Know

Whether the achievements were fully expected, almost routine, or a true surprise, college basketball gave us some of the best of the sport during the weekend.

Even though Doug McDermott hit a career milestone, Wichita State continued its unbeaten streak or Florida joined an elite class, there was cause for celebration on the final day of the regular season.

The milestone in Lincoln wasn’t quite as expected as the others, but just as momentous as Nebraska all but clinched an NCAA Tournament bid with a win over Wisconsin.

Fatal flaws that could sink 13 title contenders in the NCAA Tournament

How national championship bids could be derailed for these top teams
Fatal flaws that could sink 13 title contenders in the NCAA Tournament

First off, congratulations to all the teams on the following list. Each of the 13 teams on the list below looks like a team that could win the national title.

Now that we're finished with the formalities, Athlon Sports is going pick out each team’s biggest weakness.

No team in college basketball is perfect, not even the one sitting in Kansas with the perfect record. In a one-game elimination scenario just one opponent needs to exploit one soft spot to end a top team’s national championship bid.

12 unlikely players who could be NCAA Tournament heroes

They're not stars now, but they may be in position to become breakout players
12 Unlikely players who could be NCAA Tournament heroes

Becoming a March Madness hero has its perks.

For example, can you pronounce Farokhmanesh? Have you ever had such a hot hand you thought you might try courting Kate Upton in front of the entire world?

That's what it's like for three weeks during the NCAA Tournament for the unlikeliest of stars.

Northern Iowa’s Ali Farokhmanesh hit four 3-pointers to upset Kansas in the second round in 2010, and for a brief time every college basketball fan could pronounce the name a player who had never even averaged 10 points per game in his career.

Who will be the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament?

From Arizona to Wichita State, we analyzed and predicted each contender
Who will be the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament?

While many teams are fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament from the bubble, another key part of the bracket is still being determined.

A No. 1 seed carries with it not just prestige, but also a decisive advantage history wise to advance to the second weekend of the Tournament. A No. 1 seed has never lost its first game and has more often won the national title (18 times) than it failed to reach the Sweet 16 (13).

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