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Who are the top players in the NCAA Tournament? Superlatives on 60 of them

posted on March 19, 2014
The five-man All-America team is just too constricting.That’s why in each year’s preseason annuals, Athlon Sports awards the top 10 players at each “superlative.”Rather than stick a player at guard or forward, these superlatives are broken up by skill sets — floor leaders, scorers, shooters, slashers and inside-out and post.We’ve taken a similar tact with the players in the field for the NCAA Tournament for the players you need to watch as the final three weeks...
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Potential Cinderella Teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

posted on March 18, 2014
The concept of a mid-major may be out of date thanks to the last few seasons.Think about it: Butler and VCU have routinely put up high-major program results. Wichita State invests in its program in ways some programs in major conferences do not. Creighton and Xavier now share the Big East banner.Even the pool of potential Cinderellas this season even seemed to take a hit. A dozen regular season champions in one-bid leagues lost in the conference tournaments. That either means the hottest teams from...
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Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Each of the 68 NCAA Tournament Teams

posted on March 17, 2014
First, our sincere condolences for anyone who isn’t able to sneak away from work on Thursday or Friday to take in one of the greatest days in the sports calendar.With 16 games, 32 teams to follow in one day is tough enough with multiple screens but perhaps impossible with the boss looking over your shoulder.Athlon Sports will do what it can to help you follow each team in the field with these Twitter accounts for every team in the NCAA Tournament.For a bird’s-eye view, we’ve also...
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NCAA Tournament 2014: March Madness Bracket Cheat Sheets

posted on March 17, 2014
Now that Selection Sunday is over, it's time for March Madness to kick into high gear. It's that time of year when everyone—even the guy in the cubicle next to you who still plays Dungeons & Dragons—starts caring about college basketball. Most of the excitement comes from NCAA Tournament bracket games, where anyone can fill out a March Madness bracket in hopes winning cash — even Warren Buffett wants to give away a billion dollars — and bragging rights among friends...
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Need bracket advice? Our best tips for your 2014 NCAA Tournament pool

posted on March 17, 2014
The day after Selection Sunday is not a great time to get caught up on the college basketball season.As you start to fill out NCAA Tournament brackets for your pools, Athlon Sports did some of the homework for your basketball cram session. March Madness is unpredictable, and we expect it to be again.But there are some tried and true trends in the Tournament, and we’ll break them down here.These are our favorite rules for picking our brackets, along with some of the examples from this year’s...
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The 2014 NCAA Tournament By the Numbers

posted on March 17, 2014
March Madness allows for a handful of programs each season to enjoy their moment in the sun for the teams making the field for the first time, ending a long drought or continuing a tradition.And thanks to another expansion in 2011, the NCAA Tournament gives us 68 data points each season.One season the Big Ten has bragging rights, the next the Big 12. One season, California has plenty of state representation in the field. In others, even a state like Indiana can be shut out.That’s part of the...
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2014 NCAA Tournament: East Region Preview, Sleepers and Upset Picks

posted on March 16, 2014

A region-by-region preview of this year's NCAA Tournament, complete with a rundown of March Madness' top teams, Sweet 16 sleepers to watch out for, potential first-round upsets and Cinderella stories from this year's Big Dance.EASTNew YorkTop Team – Virginia (1)The Virginia Cavaliers (28–6, 16–2 ACC) became the first team other than Duke or North Carolina to win the ACC regular season conference title outright since Maryland in 2002 — the same year the Terrapins...

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2014 NCAA Tournament: Midwest Region Preview, Sleepers and Upset Picks

posted on March 16, 2014

A region-by-region preview of this year's NCAA Tournament, complete with a rundown of March Madness' top teams, Sweet 16 sleepers to watch out for, potential first-round upsets and Cinderella stories from this year's Big Dance.MIDWESTIndianapolisTop Team – Wichita State (1)The Wichita State Shockers (34–0, 18–0 Missouri Valley) had an impressive encore following last season’s unbelievable run to the Final Four. Coach Gregg Marshall’s team ran the table...

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2014 NCAA Tournament: West Region Preview, Sleepers and Upset Picks

posted on March 16, 2014
A region-by-region preview of this year's NCAA Tournament, complete with a rundown of March Madness' top teams, Sweet 16 sleepers to watch out for, potential first-round upsets and Cinderella stories from this year's Big Dance.WESTAnaheimTop Team – Arizona (1)The Arizona Wildcats (30–4, 15–3 Pac-12) opened the season with a 21–0 mark, including impressive wins over Duke, Michigan and UCLA. Although the Wildcats went 9–4 to close out the season — losing...
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