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The 68: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Sizing up the non-BCS leagues

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By Eric Prisbell  | February 11, 2011; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

Newark Region Seed Team Conf* Note 1Ohio StateBig Ten*Finally lost on Saturday to Wisconsin 2GeorgetownBig EastHard to beat when Big Three are on 3San Diego StateMWCCould rise again with BYU win 4LouisvilleBig EastInjuries can't derail Cardinals 5Texas A&MBig 12Best...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 11, 2011; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Sizing up the Pac-10

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By Eric Prisbell  | February 11, 2011; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Sizing up the SEC

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By Eric Prisbell  | February 11, 2011; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Last four teams in, first four out

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By Eric Prisbell  | February 11, 2011; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: A critical weekend for Maryland, Virginia Tech

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By Eric Prisbell  | February 11, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: TV schedule details released

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has the details of the television schedule for the NCAA tournament. As you know, starting this year the tournament will be shown on four channels -- CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV (formerly Court TV) --...

By Matt Bonesteel  | February 10, 2011; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Sizing up the Big 12

The Big 12 could see two of its teams earn No. 1 seeds. But the big question is which team is the third-best in the league. Let's look at the conference. Big 12 Conference rank: 3 NCAA tournament bids: 4-6...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 10, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Expect Kansas, Texas in Tulsa

Time for the weekly update on where high seeds are likely to play in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. The selection committee makes every attempt to keep high seeds as close to home as possible. Keep in...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 10, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Duke and Georgetown resume comparison

Georgetown is coming on strong and may be a No. 2 seed in short time. Duke is a very good team that has a reasonably good chance to return to the Final Four. But I continue to have questions about...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 10, 2011; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Michigan State, Penn State prepare for bubble buster

Let's look at the size of the bubble this morning. I gave Duquesne the automatic bid in the Atlantic 10 because it is tied atop the standings, and I gave Alabama the automatic bid in the SEC because it is...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 10, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Nolan Smith, Duke rally to beat North Carolina

What mattered Wednesday: 1) Georgetown 64, Syracuse 56: Hoyas Coach John Thompson III finally gets a win in the Carrier Dome. And now you can make the case his Hoyas are the second-best team in the Big East. Georgetown is...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 10, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Roy Williams or Mike Krzyzewski? Who's done a better job this season?

Some links to check out this afternoon: Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski have done some of their best work this season. Here is an intriguing look at the "trajectory" of some of the nation's top freshmen the past few years....

By Eric Prisbell  | February 9, 2011; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: What to expect as a television viewer

Having covered the entire NCAA tournament for more than a decade, I haven't watched much of CBS's coverage because I'm either sitting courtside at a game, interviewing players during an off-day media session or boarding an airplane during games. But...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 9, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Sizing up the Big Ten

Many people, including myself, expected the Big Ten to be the nation's best conference. But it has been overtaken by the Big East. Let's take a closer look at the Big Ten: Big Ten Conference RPI rank: 2 NCAA tournament...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 9, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: The curious case of St. John's

Come selection Sunday, there may not be a more interesting profile to examine than that of St. John's. The Red Storm clearly has shown it can beat just about any team in the country. It has victories over four top...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 9, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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With John Wall watching, Kentucky spoils Bruce Pearl's return

What mattered Tuesday George Mason 78, UNC Wilmington 63: At a time when several teams continue to stammer and stumble through league play, the Patriots are surging, now winners of 10 straight games. Andre Cornelius (25 points) made 7 of...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 9, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Georgetown holding steady as No. 3 seed

Let's scour the nation to check out picks by other bracketologists this week: Joe Lunardi, ESPN No. 1s: Ohio State, Texas, Pittsburgh, Kansas Last four in: Missouri State, Richmond, Washington State, Baylor First four out: Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Memphis,...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 8, 2011; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jimmer Fredette-mania taken to a new level at BYU

Jimmer-mania has clearly captured the hearts and minds of the American people. Yes, that is former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards and former BYU hoops standout Shawn Bradley in the video. There may be two more months left in Jimmer...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 8, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cleveland Cavaliers' owner to Michigan State's Tom Izzo: 'Hang in there'

If misery loves company, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Cleveland Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert are perfect for each other this season. Izzo, as you know, is in the midst of the most trying season of his tenure with the Spartans,...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 8, 2011; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Sizing up the Big East

Let's take a snapshot of the Big East as we close in on one month until selection Sunday: Big East Conference rank: 1 NCAA tournament bids: 9-11 Locks: Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville, Georgetown, Villanova, Connecticut, Syracuse Probable: West Virginia Bubble:...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 8, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Calipari-Pearl clash in SEC showdown

What mattered Monday: Pittsburgh 71, West Virginia 66: No Ashton Gibbs, no problem for the Panthers. They relied on rebounding to pound the Mountaineers. Pitt, which leads the nation in rebounding and offensive rebounding percentage, won the board battle, 40-28,...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 8, 2011; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Sizing up the ACC

This week, I'm going to offer quick snapshots of the six power conferences and non-BCS leagues so you can get a big-picture overview as we head toward the stretch run of the regular season. ACC Conference rank: 5 NCAA tournament...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 7, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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North Carolina's Kendall Marshall with standout effort vs. Florida State

Some news tidbits and links to check out this Monday morning: North Carolina's Kendall Marshall with 16 assists against Florida State. Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs could miss up to two weeks with MCL injury, writes Andy Katz. Kansas Coach Bill Self...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 7, 2011; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Where do Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Mason stand?

With five weeks left until selection Sunday, here is a look at where the top local teams stand: Georgetown Record: 18-5 RPI: 5 SOS: 2 Vs. top 50: 7-5 Vs. top 100: 10-5 Best win: at Villanova (13) Worst loss:...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 7, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Michigan State on outside looking in

This wasn't the weekend of upsets. But the weekend brought some clarity across the country. A few random observations and then a look at the ever-growing bubble: The Big East is not going to get 11 teams into the NCAA...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 7, 2011; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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