Friday, March 23, 2012

POSTERIZED: Quincy Acy is electric

Quincy Acy is the most powerful dunker in the country. He's not th flashiest, or the most creative, but nobody throws down a dunk harder and more ferocious than "The Cookie Monster".

Half of his career has been spent dunking over and on-top of people. In fact, 50% of his career field-gaol makes have been dunks.

And what he did against Xavier tonight was one of his best.



That's just mean. It's bad enough the Baylor has to wear those "conceded green" uniforms. Getting a facefull of highlighter can cause night-blindness. I'm pretty sure this hurt Kenny Frease as much as Yancy Gate's sucker-punch did. #TooSoon?

But was it as good as these?

Ramon Galloway/Rodney Williams, Minnesota vs. LaSalle, 3/15 James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina vs. Vermont, 3/16 Julian Boyd, Long Island vs. Robert Morris, 3/8
Andre Drummond, UConn vs. Syracuse, 3/8
C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State vs. Boston College, 3/8
Rondey Williams, Minnesota vs. Nebraska, 3/3
Isaiah Sykes, Central Florida vs. Memphis, 2/28
Brandon Mitchell, Arkansas vs. Ole Miss, 2/28
John Henson, North Carolina vs. Virginia, 2/25
C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's vs. Temple, 2/25
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, 2/25
Dion Waiters, Syracuse vs. UConn, 2/25
Weekend Recap, 2/18
Tony Wroten Jr./Aziz N'Diaye, Washington vs. Arizona, 2/18
Chris Czerapowicz, Davidson vs. Wichita State, 2/18
Darius Miller, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss, 2/18
Rodney Williams, Minnesota vs. Ohio State, 2/16
Darrion Pellom, Hampton vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore 2/15 (DotY Candidate)
Trency Jackson, Northwest Florida vs. Chipola, 2/15
Kwame Alexander, Cal St. San Bernadino, 2/12
Tahj Tate, Delaware State vs. Coppin State, 2/11
Weekend Recap, 2/10 - 2/12
Kyisean Reed, Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech, 2/9
Joshea Singleton, Bucknell vs. Colgate, 2/8
Kelsey Barlow, Purdue vs. Ohio State, 2/7
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State, 2/7
Roscoe Smith, UConn vs. Louisville, 2/7
Weekend Recap, 2/2 - 2/5
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State vs. TCU, 2/4
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse vs. St. John's, 2/4
Kwame Alexander, Cal State-San Bernardino vs. Cal State-Dominguez Hills (D-II), 2/3
Bradley Beal, Florida vs. South Carolina, 2/2
Doug Anderson, Detroit vs. Valparaiso, 2/2
Thomas Robinson, Kansas vs. Oklahoma, 2/1
Markel Brown, Oklahoma state vs. Texas Tech, 1/31
Royce White, Iowa State vs. Kansas State, 1/31
Savalace Townsend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State, 1/28 (DotY Candidate)
Weekend Recap, 1/25 - 1/29
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington vs. Arizona State, 1/26 (DotY Candidate)
Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Dayton, 1/25
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Missouri, 1/25 (DotY Candidate)
Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming vs. San Diego State, 1/24
Dion Dixon, Cincinnati vs. Syracuse, 1/23
Victor Rudd Jr., South Florida vs. St. John's, 1/17 (DotY Candidate)
C.J. Fair, Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh, 1/16
TrayVonn Wright, North Dakota State vs. South Dakota, 1/14
Bandja Sy, New Mexico State vs. Utah State, 1/12
Kenny Hall, Tennessee vs. Mississippi State, 1/12
Dezmine Wells, Xavier vs. Duquesne, 1/11
Kadeem Batts, Providence vs. Louisville, 1/10
Karam Mashour, UNLV vs. CS-Bakersfield, 1/6
Tony Snell, New Mexico vs. Houston Baptist, 1/3
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Georgia Tech, 1/3
Trevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro vs. Miami, 1/2
Orion Outerbridge, Rhode Island vs. Boston College, 1/2
Sam Thompson, Ohio State vs. Indiana, 12/31
DeShon Minnis, Texas Tech vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 12/30
Keith Gabriel, VMI vs. Old Dominion, 12/22
Eric Etherly, Loyola (Md.) vs. Kentucky, 12/22
Chris Evans, Kent State vs. Texas-Arlington, 12/21
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina vs. Texas, 12/21
Robbie Hummel, Purdue vs. IPFW, 12/20
Robert Brown, Virginia Tech vs. North Florida, 12/19
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Kansas State, 12/17
Torye Pelham, Southern Mississippi vs. Ole Miss, 12/17
Quincy Diggs, Akron vs. Florida A&M, 12/17
Anthony Davis, Kentucky vs. Chattanooga, 12/17
Langston Galloway/C.J. Aiken/Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Villanova, 12/17
Terrence Ross, Washington vs. UC-Santa Barbara, 12/16
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State vs. Howard, 12/15
Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech vs. McNeese State, 12/14
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Detroit, 12/12
Vander Blue, Marquette vs. UW-Green Bay, 12/11
Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Creighton, 12/10
Dion Waiters, Syracuse vs. George Washington, 12/10 (DotY Candidate)
Victor Oladipo, Indiana vs. Kentucky, 12/10
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, 12/10
Vander Blue, Marquette vs. Washington, 12/6
Terrence Ross, Washington vs. Marquette, 12/6
Deville Smith, Mississippi State vs. West Virginia, 12/3
Terrence Jones, Kentucky vs. North Carolina, 12/3
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Georgetown, 12/1
Anthony Marshall, UNLV vs. UNC, 11/26
Michael Kidd-Glichrist, Kentucky vs. Portland, 11/26/11 (DotY Candidate)
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech, 11/25
Rodney Williams, Minnesota vs. DePaul, 11/24
Thomas Robinson, Kansas vs. Duke, 11/23
Stan Okoye, VMI vs. Ohio State, 11/23
Kyisean Reed, Utah State vs. Southern Utah, 11/19
Ra'Shad James, Iona vs. Western Michigan, 11/18
Alandise Harris, Houston vs. Arkansas, 11/18
Sam Thompson, Ohio State vs. Jackson State, 11/18
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Wichita State, 11/18
Eric Griffin, Campbell vs. North Carolina A&T, 11/18 (DotY Candidate)
Olek Czyz, Nevada vs. Pacific, 11/17
Chris Watson, Pikeville vs. Mountain State, 11/16
Ray Willis, North Carolina Central vs. Wagner, 11/16
Mike James, Lamar vs. Ohio, 11/15 (DotY Candidate)
Quincy Acy, Baylor vs. San Diego State, 11/15
Deniz Kilicli, West Virginia vs. Kent State, 11/15
Chris Evans, Kent State vs. West Virginia, 11/15
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Oakland, 11/14
Isaiah Brown, East Tennessee State vs. Virginia Tech, 11/12
Michael Lyons, Air Force vs. Army, 11/11
Dezmine Wells, Xavier vs. Morgan State, 11/11
Jeremy Lamb, UConn vs. Columbia, 11/11 (DotY Candidate)
Andre Drummond, UConn vs. CW Post, 11/4
Moe Harkless, St. John's vs. CW Post, 10/26

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Friday, March 16, 2012

POSTERIZED: The N.I.T Dunk Contest

You may have forgotten about the N.I.T.

That's understandible. I mean, we just saw two No.15-seeds defeat No.2-seeds for the first time in tournament history.

But what Minnesota's Rodney Williams and LaSalle's Ramon Galloway threw down in the first half of their N.I.T. game this week was pretty epic too.

Just because the quality of play might be down, doesn't mean the quality of posterization is too.





If only their teams could have been better.

But was it as good as these?

James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina vs. Vermont, 3/16 Julian Boyd, Long Island vs. Robert Morris, 3/8
Andre Drummond, UConn vs. Syracuse, 3/8
C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State vs. Boston College, 3/8
Rondey Williams, Minnesota vs. Nebraska, 3/3
Isaiah Sykes, Central Florida vs. Memphis, 2/28
Brandon Mitchell, Arkansas vs. Ole Miss, 2/28
John Henson, North Carolina vs. Virginia, 2/25
C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's vs. Temple, 2/25
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, 2/25
Dion Waiters, Syracuse vs. UConn, 2/25
Weekend Recap, 2/18
Tony Wroten Jr./Aziz N'Diaye, Washington vs. Arizona, 2/18
Chris Czerapowicz, Davidson vs. Wichita State, 2/18
Darius Miller, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss, 2/18
Rodney Williams, Minnesota vs. Ohio State, 2/16
Darrion Pellom, Hampton vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore 2/15 (DotY Candidate)
Trency Jackson, Northwest Florida vs. Chipola, 2/15
Kwame Alexander, Cal St. San Bernadino, 2/12
Tahj Tate, Delaware State vs. Coppin State, 2/11
Weekend Recap, 2/10 - 2/12
Kyisean Reed, Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech, 2/9
Joshea Singleton, Bucknell vs. Colgate, 2/8
Kelsey Barlow, Purdue vs. Ohio State, 2/7
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State, 2/7
Roscoe Smith, UConn vs. Louisville, 2/7
Weekend Recap, 2/2 - 2/5
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State vs. TCU, 2/4
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse vs. St. John's, 2/4
Kwame Alexander, Cal State-San Bernardino vs. Cal State-Dominguez Hills (D-II), 2/3
Bradley Beal, Florida vs. South Carolina, 2/2
Doug Anderson, Detroit vs. Valparaiso, 2/2
Thomas Robinson, Kansas vs. Oklahoma, 2/1
Markel Brown, Oklahoma state vs. Texas Tech, 1/31
Royce White, Iowa State vs. Kansas State, 1/31
Savalace Townsend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State, 1/28 (DotY Candidate)
Weekend Recap, 1/25 - 1/29
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington vs. Arizona State, 1/26 (DotY Candidate)
Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Dayton, 1/25
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Missouri, 1/25 (DotY Candidate)
Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming vs. San Diego State, 1/24
Dion Dixon, Cincinnati vs. Syracuse, 1/23
Victor Rudd Jr., South Florida vs. St. John's, 1/17 (DotY Candidate)
C.J. Fair, Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh, 1/16
TrayVonn Wright, North Dakota State vs. South Dakota, 1/14
Bandja Sy, New Mexico State vs. Utah State, 1/12
Kenny Hall, Tennessee vs. Mississippi State, 1/12
Dezmine Wells, Xavier vs. Duquesne, 1/11
Kadeem Batts, Providence vs. Louisville, 1/10
Karam Mashour, UNLV vs. CS-Bakersfield, 1/6
Tony Snell, New Mexico vs. Houston Baptist, 1/3
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Georgia Tech, 1/3
Trevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro vs. Miami, 1/2
Orion Outerbridge, Rhode Island vs. Boston College, 1/2
Sam Thompson, Ohio State vs. Indiana, 12/31
DeShon Minnis, Texas Tech vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 12/30
Keith Gabriel, VMI vs. Old Dominion, 12/22
Eric Etherly, Loyola (Md.) vs. Kentucky, 12/22
Chris Evans, Kent State vs. Texas-Arlington, 12/21
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina vs. Texas, 12/21
Robbie Hummel, Purdue vs. IPFW, 12/20
Robert Brown, Virginia Tech vs. North Florida, 12/19
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Kansas State, 12/17
Torye Pelham, Southern Mississippi vs. Ole Miss, 12/17
Quincy Diggs, Akron vs. Florida A&M, 12/17
Anthony Davis, Kentucky vs. Chattanooga, 12/17
Langston Galloway/C.J. Aiken/Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Villanova, 12/17
Terrence Ross, Washington vs. UC-Santa Barbara, 12/16
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State vs. Howard, 12/15
Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech vs. McNeese State, 12/14
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Detroit, 12/12
Vander Blue, Marquette vs. UW-Green Bay, 12/11
Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Creighton, 12/10
Dion Waiters, Syracuse vs. George Washington, 12/10 (DotY Candidate)
Victor Oladipo, Indiana vs. Kentucky, 12/10
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, 12/10
Vander Blue, Marquette vs. Washington, 12/6
Terrence Ross, Washington vs. Marquette, 12/6
Deville Smith, Mississippi State vs. West Virginia, 12/3
Terrence Jones, Kentucky vs. North Carolina, 12/3
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Georgetown, 12/1
Anthony Marshall, UNLV vs. UNC, 11/26
Michael Kidd-Glichrist, Kentucky vs. Portland, 11/26/11 (DotY Candidate)
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech, 11/25
Rodney Williams, Minnesota vs. DePaul, 11/24
Thomas Robinson, Kansas vs. Duke, 11/23
Stan Okoye, VMI vs. Ohio State, 11/23
Kyisean Reed, Utah State vs. Southern Utah, 11/19
Ra'Shad James, Iona vs. Western Michigan, 11/18
Alandise Harris, Houston vs. Arkansas, 11/18
Sam Thompson, Ohio State vs. Jackson State, 11/18
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Wichita State, 11/18
Eric Griffin, Campbell vs. North Carolina A&T, 11/18 (DotY Candidate)
Olek Czyz, Nevada vs. Pacific, 11/17
Chris Watson, Pikeville vs. Mountain State, 11/16
Ray Willis, North Carolina Central vs. Wagner, 11/16
Mike James, Lamar vs. Ohio, 11/15 (DotY Candidate)
Quincy Acy, Baylor vs. San Diego State, 11/15
Deniz Kilicli, West Virginia vs. Kent State, 11/15
Chris Evans, Kent State vs. West Virginia, 11/15
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Oakland, 11/14
Isaiah Brown, East Tennessee State vs. Virginia Tech, 11/12
Michael Lyons, Air Force vs. Army, 11/11
Dezmine Wells, Xavier vs. Morgan State, 11/11
Jeremy Lamb, UConn vs. Columbia, 11/11 (DotY Candidate)
Andre Drummond, UConn vs. CW Post, 11/4
Moe Harkless, St. John's vs. CW Post, 10/26

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POSTERIZED: James Michael McAdunk

B.I.A.H POSTERIZED has been dormant for a while, and we apologize sincerely for this. But we've seen outsiders try to usurp our reign as masters of the college dunk domain. Don't get it twisted. B.I.A.H is the only place you should ever go to view the best dunks in college basketball.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's get back to the actual posterization. The Tournament has been relatively void of great dunkage, but UNC's James Michael McAdoo did his best to buck this trend.

At least the Catamounts got the memo ordering them to stay out of the lane.



McAdoo got the starting nod due to Jon Henson's wrist injury, and the freshman certainly showed why he he was so highly-touted as a recruit.

But was it as good as these?

Julian Boyd, Long Island vs. Robert Morris, 3/8
Andre Drummond, UConn vs. Syracuse, 3/8
C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State vs. Boston College, 3/8
Rondey Williams, Minnesota vs. Nebraska, 3/3
Isaiah Sykes, Central Florida vs. Memphis, 2/28
Brandon Mitchell, Arkansas vs. Ole Miss, 2/28
John Henson, North Carolina vs. Virginia, 2/25
C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's vs. Temple, 2/25
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, 2/25
Dion Waiters, Syracuse vs. UConn, 2/25
Weekend Recap, 2/18
Tony Wroten Jr./Aziz N'Diaye, Washington vs. Arizona, 2/18
Chris Czerapowicz, Davidson vs. Wichita State, 2/18
Darius Miller, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss, 2/18
Rodney Williams, Minnesota vs. Ohio State, 2/16
Darrion Pellom, Hampton vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore 2/15 (DotY Candidate)
Trency Jackson, Northwest Florida vs. Chipola, 2/15
Kwame Alexander, Cal St. San Bernadino, 2/12
Tahj Tate, Delaware State vs. Coppin State, 2/11
Weekend Recap, 2/10 - 2/12
Kyisean Reed, Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech, 2/9
Joshea Singleton, Bucknell vs. Colgate, 2/8
Kelsey Barlow, Purdue vs. Ohio State, 2/7
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State, 2/7
Roscoe Smith, UConn vs. Louisville, 2/7
Weekend Recap, 2/2 - 2/5
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State vs. TCU, 2/4
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse vs. St. John's, 2/4
Kwame Alexander, Cal State-San Bernardino vs. Cal State-Dominguez Hills (D-II), 2/3
Bradley Beal, Florida vs. South Carolina, 2/2
Doug Anderson, Detroit vs. Valparaiso, 2/2
Thomas Robinson, Kansas vs. Oklahoma, 2/1
Markel Brown, Oklahoma state vs. Texas Tech, 1/31
Royce White, Iowa State vs. Kansas State, 1/31
Savalace Townsend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State, 1/28 (DotY Candidate)
Weekend Recap, 1/25 - 1/29
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington vs. Arizona State, 1/26 (DotY Candidate)
Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Dayton, 1/25
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Missouri, 1/25 (DotY Candidate)
Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming vs. San Diego State, 1/24
Dion Dixon, Cincinnati vs. Syracuse, 1/23
Victor Rudd Jr., South Florida vs. St. John's, 1/17 (DotY Candidate)
C.J. Fair, Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh, 1/16
TrayVonn Wright, North Dakota State vs. South Dakota, 1/14
Bandja Sy, New Mexico State vs. Utah State, 1/12
Kenny Hall, Tennessee vs. Mississippi State, 1/12
Dezmine Wells, Xavier vs. Duquesne, 1/11
Kadeem Batts, Providence vs. Louisville, 1/10
Karam Mashour, UNLV vs. CS-Bakersfield, 1/6
Tony Snell, New Mexico vs. Houston Baptist, 1/3
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Georgia Tech, 1/3
Trevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro vs. Miami, 1/2
Orion Outerbridge, Rhode Island vs. Boston College, 1/2
Sam Thompson, Ohio State vs. Indiana, 12/31
DeShon Minnis, Texas Tech vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 12/30
Keith Gabriel, VMI vs. Old Dominion, 12/22
Eric Etherly, Loyola (Md.) vs. Kentucky, 12/22
Chris Evans, Kent State vs. Texas-Arlington, 12/21
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina vs. Texas, 12/21
Robbie Hummel, Purdue vs. IPFW, 12/20
Robert Brown, Virginia Tech vs. North Florida, 12/19
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Kansas State, 12/17
Torye Pelham, Southern Mississippi vs. Ole Miss, 12/17
Quincy Diggs, Akron vs. Florida A&M, 12/17
Anthony Davis, Kentucky vs. Chattanooga, 12/17
Langston Galloway/C.J. Aiken/Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Villanova, 12/17
Terrence Ross, Washington vs. UC-Santa Barbara, 12/16
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State vs. Howard, 12/15
Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech vs. McNeese State, 12/14
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Detroit, 12/12
Vander Blue, Marquette vs. UW-Green Bay, 12/11
Ronald Roberts, St. Joseph's vs. Creighton, 12/10
Dion Waiters, Syracuse vs. George Washington, 12/10 (DotY Candidate)
Victor Oladipo, Indiana vs. Kentucky, 12/10
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, 12/10
Vander Blue, Marquette vs. Washington, 12/6
Terrence Ross, Washington vs. Marquette, 12/6
Deville Smith, Mississippi State vs. West Virginia, 12/3
Terrence Jones, Kentucky vs. North Carolina, 12/3
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Georgetown, 12/1
Anthony Marshall, UNLV vs. UNC, 11/26
Michael Kidd-Glichrist, Kentucky vs. Portland, 11/26/11 (DotY Candidate)
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech, 11/25
Rodney Williams, Minnesota vs. DePaul, 11/24
Thomas Robinson, Kansas vs. Duke, 11/23
Stan Okoye, VMI vs. Ohio State, 11/23
Kyisean Reed, Utah State vs. Southern Utah, 11/19
Ra'Shad James, Iona vs. Western Michigan, 11/18
Alandise Harris, Houston vs. Arkansas, 11/18
Sam Thompson, Ohio State vs. Jackson State, 11/18
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Wichita State, 11/18
Eric Griffin, Campbell vs. North Carolina A&T, 11/18 (DotY Candidate)
Olek Czyz, Nevada vs. Pacific, 11/17
Chris Watson, Pikeville vs. Mountain State, 11/16
Ray Willis, North Carolina Central vs. Wagner, 11/16
Mike James, Lamar vs. Ohio, 11/15 (DotY Candidate)
Quincy Acy, Baylor vs. San Diego State, 11/15
Deniz Kilicli, West Virginia vs. Kent State, 11/15
Chris Evans, Kent State vs. West Virginia, 11/15
Tony Mitchell, Alabama vs. Oakland, 11/14
Isaiah Brown, East Tennessee State vs. Virginia Tech, 11/12
Michael Lyons, Air Force vs. Army, 11/11
Dezmine Wells, Xavier vs. Morgan State, 11/11
Jeremy Lamb, UConn vs. Columbia, 11/11 (DotY Candidate)
Andre Drummond, UConn vs. CW Post, 11/4
Moe Harkless, St. John's vs. CW Post, 10/26

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

#POSTERIZED: College Basketball Dunks of the Year

Yeah ... it's exactly what it sounds like:
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Monday, March 12, 2012

BIAH Bracket Breakdown: West Region

You can find all of the regional breakdowns I did for CBT here.

Specifically, the West Region is here.

The NCAA Tournament prep from BIAH can be found here.


The West is absolutely loaded.

I cannot emphasize that fact enough. In fact, I'll say it again: the West is absolutely loaded. If any tells you that any region other than the West is the toughest, immediately stop paying attention to them because they have no clue what they are talking about.

Think about it like this: the No. 1 seed in the region is the team that has become notorious with NCAA Tournament success in Michigan State. Their second round matchup will be either Memphis, who is one of the most dangerous teams in the country right now, or A-10 runner-up St. Louis. New Mexico is the five seed in that region. At the other end of the bracket, Missouri, Florida, Marquette and Murray State make up the higher seeds. Assuming chalk holds, Missouri will be forced to play against a team that matches up perfectly with them while Marquette is stuck playing everyone's favorite underdog in Louisville.

Whoever makes it out of the west alive will be battle-tested.


Five story lines to watch:
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BIAH Bracket Breakdown: Midwest Region

You can find all of the regional breakdowns I did for CBT here.

Specifically, the Midwest Region is here.

The NCAA Tournament prep from BIAH can be found here.


The Midwest might actually be the toughest region in the country.

At the very least, it is at the top.

UNC is the one team that just about everyone believes is capable of competing with Kentucky and Syracuse as a favorite for the national title. That's what happens when you have 15 lottery picks and 28 McDonald's all-americans on your roster. (I got those numbers right, didn't I?) The Heels are really good, and despite the loss to Florida State -- which came without John Henson, and while that isn't necessarily an excuse, it is a factor -- in the ACC Tournament finals, UNC seems to be peaking at the right time. I also think they have a fairly easy path to the Elite 8. If you are going to beat UNC, you have to outphysical them. With the exception of Alabama, who doesn't have enough scoring to be concerned about, no one in the top half of the midwest region has that kind of physicality.

At the other end of the bracket sits Kansas. We found out after the bracket was released that Kansas was actually the top ranked No. 2 seed. In other words, if Michigan State had lost in the Big Ten Tournament finals, it would have been Kansas and not Ohio State that climbed their way into the top seed line. And, like UNC, Kansas is really good when Tyshawn Taylor is playing well. I wouldn't blame you if your Elite 8 in the midwest is a bit chalky.
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BIAH Bracket Breakdown: East Region

You can find all of the regional breakdowns I did for CBT here.

Specifically, the East Region is here.

The NCAA Tournament prep from BIAH can be found here.


I've heard a lot about how the Orange have gotten an easy draw, about how Jim Boeheim's team should be able to scoot their way to the Final Four while twiddling their thumbs and working on their Buzz Williams' do-si-do.

I happen to disagree. Quite vehemently, actually. I can see the Orange running into quite perilous matchups in the Round of 32, the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8. In fact, I would got as far as to say that it would be an achievement for Syracuse to make it through to the Final Four. I think they are the favorite to get there, but I think they also will have one of the tougher paths through the bracket depending on how things break.

It would be an upset if Syracuse didn't make it to New Orleans. I'll get on board with that. But I wouldn't be shocked if the Orange got dropped early in the tournament.

Five story lines to watch:

1. Is Jim Boeheim a choke artist?: Boeheim is one of the greatest head coaches of our time. You don't win as many games as he has won in his career without knowing what you're doing. That said, he hasn't had the same kind of postseason success as the likes of Jim Calhoun, Coach K and Roy Williams. This season, Boeheim has one of the best teams he's ever had. They should make the Final Four, and I don't think a national title is out of the question. But if he stumbles early, you better believe that the "overrated" columns are going to come pouring in. And while overrated is probably an unfair term, an early loss would all but solidify Boeheim as one the anti-Tom Izzo.

2. Harvard' dancing, baby!: For the first time since 1946, the Crimson are back in the NCAA Tournament. Tommy Amaker has himself a tough defensive club that is capable of controlling pace and getting spots, two valuable qualities for an NCAA Tournament team. Can the Crimson pull a Cornell and make the Sweet 16?

3. Can Vanderbilt shake the label of choke artist?: Three of the last four year, the Commodores have lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to a 12 or a 13 seed. They've become notorious for their inability to close out a game or get a big win. That was always the catch: "Yeah, Vandy's good, but they ain't gonna beat ya." Well, on Sunday afternoon, they did. The 'Dores came back from five down against Kentucky in the final three minutes to hand the Wildcats just their second loss of the season. Is this a new era for Vandy? Does this win break that mentality of losing?

4. Cincinnati's turnaround isn't complete yet: I am a fan of this Bearcat team. I think that what happened between them and Xavier was more a result of the situation than it was a reflection of the people involved. I'm one of the few that actually believes that, however. Troy had a chance to talk with Yancy Gates up at the Big East Tournament and we had a chance to meet head coach Mick Cronin on our road trip. I like this team, both on the court and off of it. And if they can make a run to the Sweet 16 given the way their season changed course with the brawl, it will be a great story.

5. Can Sully win something?: Sullinger looks like he is coming dangerously close to being over-hyped. I don't believe. I know how valuable he is to the Buckeyes. But he needs to win something. Ohio State under performed this season, and while it wasn't necessarily Sully's fault, he is going to be the one to take the blame because he is the face of the program right now. Can he get the Buckeyes to the Final Four is what should be his last year on campus?


Best first round matchups:

No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard: This matchup really intrigues for reasons that go beyond what will happen on the court. Vanderbilt, as we mentioned, has struggled to get out of the first round the last three times they've made it to the NCAA Tournament. Harvard, on the other hand, is a really, really good basketball team. They control tempo, they defend, they have a pair of quality big men and they have a point guard in Brandyn Curry that is one of the best facilitators in the country. He runs that team. There is a clear and substantial divide but a) that didn't stop Harvard from beating Florida State and b) Vanderbilt doesn't always play up to their talent level. This should be fun.

No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia: Kevin Jones had an incredible season that went fairly unnoticed because of the struggles that the Mountaineers had as a team in 2012. He'll be matched up with Elias Harris, who was supposed to be a lottery pick two years ago but has seen his career kind of plateau in the two years since then. Gonzaga is the more talented team coming in and they are playing better basketball right now, but they are not a team that likes to get physical -- that would be WVU's bread and butter -- and they have some issues defensively when they are forced to use Kevin Pangos and David Stockton together in the back court. Oh, and this game is not only being played on the east coast, it will be held in Pittsburgh, which is not a far trip from West Virginia. WVU fans travel well. We'll see if the Zags do, too.


Matchups you should hope happen:

No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 2 Ohio State: In a bracket that is fairly bland, it will always be good to see the two best teams meet up for the right to go to the Final Four. As we mentioned, Sullinger is a hoss on the block for the Buckeyes, but Syracuse has a very big front line and one of the best post defenders in the country in Fab Melo. Would OSU has enough shooting to beat the Syracuse zone?

No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 1 Syracuse: Speaking of shooting to be a zone. Vanderbilt is one of the most dangerous three point shooting teams in the country. With John Jenkins and Brad Tinsley in the back court and the improved shooting of Jeff Taylor and Lance Goulbourne, Vandy would be a tough matchup for the Orange. That said, Dion Waiters would have a field day if he was being guarded by either Tinsley or Jenkins. The best games in the tournament are when you get two teams with such contrasting styles. What wins out?

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Harvard: If you like scoring, than this game isn't for you. The winner might end up being the first to 40 based on the way that both teams like to control pace and focus on offensive execution. The most intriguing individual matchup here would be Jordan Taylor and Brandyn Curry. Taylor is not a secret nationally anymore, but Curry is. And he's good. A quality performance against one of the best in the nation at your position is a good way to make a name for yourself.


Upsets to watch for:

No. 13 Montana over No. 4 Wisconsin: I just think Montana matches up with Wisconsin so well. Their front court might as well be a carbon copy, with Derek Selvig playing the role of Jared Berggren and Matthias Ward growing out a carrot top to match up with Mike Breusewitz. I picked Montana in my bracket, and the biggest reason was the way their back court has been playing of late. Kareem Jamar is one of the nation's best kept secrets, and he's not even the star of this team. That would be Will Cherry, who outdueled Damian Lillard twice in the last week of the season and also happens to be a terrific on-ball defender. Good luck with him, Jordan Taylor.

No. 6 Cincinnati over No. 3 Florida State: Florida State was impressive in their run to the ACC tournament title. They were. But they also beat a Duke team that was without Ryan Kelly and a UNC team that was missing John Henson. I know they beat both of those teams in the regular season (has anyone ever gone 4-1 vs. Duke and UNC in the same season?), but I think the Seminoles go through too many lulls offensively. Case in point: Deivadas Dulkys is 12-19 from three in two games against UNC. He was 17-50 from beyond the arc in every other ACC game. And Cincinnati is a much better team than they were early in the season. They can go through their own scoring issues, but they've worked Marquette and beaten Syracuse in the last three weeks. That's impressive.

No. 8 Kansas State over No. 1 Syracuse: This is all you need to know: Syracuse is 341st in the country in defensive rebounding percentage. Kansas State is sixth in the country in offensive rebounding percentage. That's something that can be exploited if Kansas State's young back court doesn't get overwhelmed.


Upsets to avoid:

No. 14 St. Bonaventure over No. 3 Florida State: I haven't seen a ton of speculation about this pick, but it is definitely something I would avoid. St. Bonaventure relies on Andrew Nicholson to produce in the paint. The only reason they made their run through the Atlantic 10 Tournament was because he went for 23.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 5.3 bpg. Florida State has a front line stacked with tall, stronger, physical and old defenders. Bernard James is a completely different presence on the block than Kenny Frease.

No. 11 Texas over No. 6 Cincinnati: Maybe I am just overvaluing Cincinnati here, but I have a feeling the Bearcats are going to make some noise in the tournament. I'm just no sold on Texas yet. The Longhorns are a young team led by J'Covan Brown, who has had a terrific season but is still prone to getting overwhelmed by the moment. I'm just not convinced those freshmen -- Myck Kabongo, Shelden McClellan, Julian Lewis -- are ready to go up against the physical and aggressive back court of the Bearcats.


Five players you should know:
  1. Kevin Jones, West Virginia: He's one of the nation's most productive players -- he led the Big East in scoring and rebounding -- and he may very well be the best offensive rebounder in the country.
  2. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati: No one talks about him when it comes to the best players in the Big East, but he is a two-guard that is as dangerous as shooter as anyone in the country when he gets it going.
  3. Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure: I already touched on this topic a bit, but the bottom line is that Nicholson is probably going to end up being a first round pick in July. He can play, even if he gets dominated by FSU's front line.
  4. Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga: Mark Few's point guard is a high-scoring freshman that appears to be the next in the Matt Santangelo-Richie Fromm-Dan Dickau pipeline.
  5. JP Primm and Matt Dickey, UNC-Asheville: They aren't going to be around for long, but this back court duo might be the best at the mid-major level in the country. Their ability to create off the bounce should allow the Bulldogs to hang with Syracuse for a while.
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BIAH Bracket Breakdown: South Region

You can find all of the regional breakdowns I did for CBT here.

Specifically, the South Region is here.


While watching ESPN after the bracket was released last night, I heard Dick Vitale say that Kentucky, in the South Region, had the most difficult path to the Final Four.

Sorry, Dick. That ain't true.

Here's the thing about the South Region: four of the top six seeds in the bracket are teams that I told myself, heading into the tournament, to be wary of picking to win more than a game or two. I expect more out of No. 2 seed Duke than a lot of people do, but the Blue Devils may be without Ryan Kelly and just got waxed by North Carolina at home and dropped in the ACC Tournament by Florida State. Baylor best Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament, but the Bears have proven to be a risky best either way this season. Indiana lost Verdell Jones to the season with a knee injury and have been questionable away from Assembly Hall. UNLV can't win away from home and has struggled to consistently live up to their potential.

In fact, I think that the toughest challenge that the Wildcats will get in the region will be from either UConn in the Round of 32 (I refuse to call the First Four the First Round and the Round of 64 the Second Round. Ain't happening here.) or from Wichita State in the Sweet 16.

It's risky saying this, because Kentucky has a tendency to play down to the level of their opponent, but the Wildcats should get to the Final Four without having a team stay within single digits.


Five story lines to watch:
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Championship Week Scoreboard

Everyone loves the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Four straight days jam-packed with 12 hours of do-or-die college hoops is more than most people can handle.

But for junkies like us, the next 13 days are just as good, for it is when the true Madness takes place. Over the course of these two weeks, we whittle some 347 teams down to 30 conference champions (the Ivy doesn't have a tournament). Auto-bids will be won. Bubbles will be burst. Buzzers will be beaten. And most importantly, a 68 team bracket will be made.

Below you will find a comprehensive schedule of all the conference tournaments, with scores updated regularly. This page is also acessibly by clicking the "Championship Week Scoreboard" tab at the top of the page.

America East Conference
Hartford, CT; (Higher Seeds)
March 1,3-4, 10
MVP: Brian Voelkel, Vermont

First Round
#9 Binghamton 73, #8 UMBC 67 OT
Quarterfinals
#6 Hartford 53, #3 Boston49
#4 Albany 63, #5 New Hampshire 45
#2 Vermont 50, #7 Maine 40
#1 Stony Brook 78, #9 Binghamton 69
Semifinals
#2 Vermont 77, #6 Hartford 73
#1 Stony Brook 57, #4 Albany 55
Finals
#2 Vermont 51, #1 Stony Brook 43


Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Atlanta, GA
March 8-11
MVP: Michael Snaer, Florida State

First Round
#10 Virginia Tech 68, #7 Clemson 63
#8 Maryland 82, #9 Wake Forest 60
#6 Miami 54, #11 Georgia Tech 36
#5 North Carolina State 78, #12 Boston College 57
Quarterfinals
#5 North Carolina State 67, #4 Virginia 64
#3 Florida State 82, #6 Miami 71
#2 Duke 60, #10 Virginia Tech 56
#1 North Carolina 85, #8 Maryland 69
Semifinals
#3 Florida State 62, #2 Duke 59
#1 North Carolina 69, #5 North Carolina State 67
Championship
#3 Florida State 85, #1 North Carolina 82


Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament
Macon, GA
Feb. 29 - March 3
MVP: Kerron Johnson, Belmont

Quarterfinals
#6 Florida Gulf Coast 71, #3 USC-Upstate 61
#4 East Tennessee State 68, #5 North Florida
#2 Mercer 61, #7 Lipscomb 53
#1 Belmont 76, #8 Jacksonville 62
Semifinals
#6 Florida Gulf Coast 62, #2 Mercer 58
#1 Belmont 69, #4 East Tennessee State 61
Finals
#1 Belmont 83, #6 Florida Gulf Coast 69


Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament
Atlantic City, NJ
March 6, 9-11
MVP: Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure's

First Round
#8 Massachusetts 92, #9 Duquesne 83
#7 LaSalle 80, #10 Richmond 72
#6 Dayton 67, #11 George Washington 50
#5 St. Joseph's 80, #12 Charlotte 64
Quarterfinals
#8 Massachusetts 77 #1 Temple 71
#4 St. Bonaventure's 71, 5 St. Joseph's 68
#3 Xavier 70, #6 Dayton 69
#2 Saint Louis 78, #7 LaSalle 71
Semifinals
#4 St. Bonaventure's 84, #8 Massachusetts 80
#3 Xavier 71, #2 Saint Louis 64
Finals
#4 St. Bonaventure's 67, #3 Xavier 56


Big East Tounament
New York, NY
March 6-10
MVP: Peyton Siva, Louisville

First Round
#14 Villanova 70 #11 Rutgers 4
#13 Pittsburgh 73, #12 St. John's 59
#10 Seton Hall 79, #15 Providence 47
#9 Connecticut 81, #16 DePaul 67
Second Round
#9 Connecticut 71, #8 West Virginia 67 OT
#7 Louisville 61, #10 Seton Hall 55
#6 South Florida 56, #14 Villanova 47
#5 Georgetown 64, #13 Pittsburgh 52
Quarterfinals
#7 Louisville 84 #2 Marquette 71
#4 Cincinnati 72, #5 Georgetown 70 2OT
#3 Notre Dame 57, #6 South Florida 53 OT
#1 Syracuse 58, #9 Connecticut 55
Semifinals
#7 Louisville 64, #3 Notre Dame 50
#4 Cincinnati 71, #1 Syracuse 68
Finals
#7 Louisville 50, #4 Cincinnati 44


Big Sky Conference Tournament
Higher Seed; Missoula, MT
March 3, 6-7
MVP: Kareem Jamar, Montana

Quarterfinals
#4 Eastern Washington 81, #5 Idaho State 75
#3 Portland State 75, #6 Montana State 53
Semifinals
#2 Weber State 69, #3 Portland State 63
#1 Montana 74, #4 Eastern Washington 66
Finals
#1 Montana 85, #2 Weber State 66


Big South Conference Tournament
Asheville, NC
Feb. 27 and 29, March 1 and 3
MVP: J.P. Primm, UNC-Asheville

First Round
#8 High Point 68, #9 Gardner-Webb 58
#7 VMI 55, #10 Radford 53
Quarterfinals
#7 VMI 85, #2 Coastal Carolina 68
#6 Winthrop 71, #3 Campbell 55
#4 Charleston Southern 88, #5 Liberty 74
#1 UNC-Asheville 86, #8 High Point 61
Semifinals
#7 VMI 75, #6 Winthrop 55
#1 UNC-Asheville 91, #5 Charleston Southern 64
Finals
#1 UNC-Asheville 80, #7 VMI 64


Big-Ten Conference Tournament
Indianapolis, IN
March 8-11
MVP: Draymond Green, Michigan State

First Round
#10 Minnesota 75, #7 Northwestern 68
#8 Iowa 64, #9 Illinois 61
#6 Purdue 79, #11 Nebraska 61
#5 Indiana 75, #12 Penn State 58
Quarterfinals
#4 Wisconsin 79, #5 Indiana 71
#3 Ohio State 88, #6 Purdue 71
#2 Michigan 73, #10 Minnesota 69
#1 Michigan State 92, #8 Iowa 75
Semifinals
#2 Ohio State 77, #3 Michigan 55
#1 Michigan State 65, #4 Wisconsin 52
Finals
#1 Michigan State 68, #2 Ohio State 64


Big-XII Conference Tournament
Kansas City, MO
March 7-10
MVP: Kim English, Missouri

First Round
#9 Texas AM 62 #8 Oklahoma 53
#7 Oklahoma State 76, #10 Texas Tech 60
Quarterfinals
#6 Texas 71, #3 Iowa State 65
#4 Baylor 82, #5 Kansas State 74
#2 Missouri 88, #7 Oklahoma State 70
#1 Kansas 83, #9 Texas AM 66
Semifinals
#4 Baylor 81, #1 Kansas 72
#2 Missouri 81, #6 Texas 67
Finals
#2 Missouri 90, #4 Baylor 75


Big West Conference Tournament
Anaheim, CA
March 8-10
MVP: Casper Ware, Long Beach State

Quarterfinals
#7 UC-Irvine 65, #2 Cal State-Fullerton 59
#4 Cal Poly 66, #5 UC-Riverside 54
#3 UC-Santa Barbara 72, #6 Pacific 52
#1 Long Beach State 80, #8 UC-Davis 46
Semifinals
#3 UC-Santa Barbara 64, #4 Cal Poly 52
#1 Long Beach State 68, #7 UC-Irvine 57
Finals
#1 Long Beach State 77, #3 Santa Barbara 64


Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
Richmond, VA
March 2-5
MVP: Darius Theus, Virginia Commonwealth

First Round
#9 UNC-Wilmington 70, #8 James Madison 59
#7 Northeastern 57, #10 William & Mary 49
#6 Georgia State 85, #11 Hofstra 50
#5 Delaware 72, #12 Towson 65
Quarterfinals
#4 Old Dominion 88, #5 Delaware 74
#3 George Mason 61, #6 Georgia State 59
#2 Virginia Commonwealth 75, #7 Northeastern 65
#1 Drexel 59, #9 UNC-Wilmington 47
Semifinals
#2 Virginia Commonwealth 74, #3 George Mason 64
#1 Drexel 68, #4 Old Dominion 51
Finals
#2 Virginia Commonwealth 59, #1 Drexel 56


Conference-USA Tournament
Memphis, TN
March 7-10
MVP: Joe Jackson, Memphis

First Round
#10 East Carolina 68, #7 Rice 66
#8 UTEP 67, #9 Houston 62 OT
#6 Marshall 74, #11 SMU 56
#5 UAB 72, #12 Tulane 64
Quarterfinals
#6 Marshall 105, #3 Tulsa 100 3OT
#4 Central Florida 64, #5 UAB 54
#2 Southern Miss 81, #10 East Carolina 78
#1 Memphis 65, #8 UTEP 47
Semifinals
#5 Marshall 73, #2 Southern Miss 62
#1 Memphis 83, #4 Central Florida 52
Finals
#1 Memphis 83, #5 Marshall 57


Horizon League Tournament
At Higher Seeds; (Valparaiso, IN)
February 28, March 2-3, and 6
MVP: Ray McCallum Jr., Detroit

First Round
#6 Youngstown State 77, #7 Green Bay 60
#5 Butler 70, #8 Wright State 52
#4 Milwaukee 68, #9 Illinois-Chicago 55
#3 Detroit 80, #10 Loyola (Ill.) 71
Second Round
#5 Butler 71 #4 Milwaukee 49
#3 Detroit 93, #6 Youngstown State 76
Semifinals
#3 Detroit 63, #2 Cleveland State 58
#1 Valparaiso 65, #5 Butler 46
Finals
#3 Detroit 68, #1 Valparaiso 50


Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament
Springfield, MA
March 2-5
MVP: Eric Etherly, Loyola

First Round
#8 Marist 64, #9 Saint Peter's 57
#7 Niagara 80, #10 Canisius 70
Quarterfinals
#6 Siena 84, #3 Manhattan 82
#4 Fairfield 65, #5 Rider 63
#2 Loyola (Md.) 86, #7 Niagara 73
#1 Iona 87, #8 Marist 63
Semifinals
#4 Fairfield 85, #1 Iona 75
#2 Loyola (Md.) 70, #6 Siena 60
Finals
#2 Loyola (Md.) 48, #4 Fairfield 44


Mid American Conference Tournament
Higher Seed; Cleveland, OH
March 5-10
MVP: DJ Cooper, Ohio

First Round
#12 Northern Illinois 55, #5 Eastern Michigan 52
#11 Central Michigan 54, #6 Bowling Green 53
#8 Western Michigan 69, #9 Ball State 63
#7 Toledo 60, #10 Miami 53
Second Round
#8 Western Michigan 71, #12 Northern Illinois 54
#7 Toledo 75, #11 Central Michigan 72
Quarterfinals
#4 Kent State 76, #8 Western Michigan 72
#3 Ohio 65, #7 Toledo 57
Semifinals
#3 Ohio 77, #2 Buffalo 74
#1 Akron, #4 Kent State 74
Finals
#3 Ohio 64, #1 Akron 63


Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Winston-Salem, NC
March 6-10
MVP: Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State

First Round
#11 Florida AM 74, #6 Coppin State 72
#10 Howard 51, #7 North Carolina AT 50
#8 Hampton 69, #9 Morgan State 65
#5 North Carolina Central 60, #12 Maryland-Eastern Shore 43
#4 Bethune-Cookman 62, #13 South Carolina State 53
Quarterfinals
#11 Florida AM 65, #3 Delaware State 55 OT
#8 Hampton 59 #1 Savannah State 46
#4 Bethune-Cookman 60, #5 North Carolina Central 59
#2 Norfolk State 71, #10 Howard 61

Semifinals
#4 Bethune-Cookman 81, #8 Hampton 72
#2 Norfolk State 58, #11 Florida AM 46
Finals
#2 Norfolk State 73, #4 Bethune-Cookman 70


Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
St. Louis, MO
March 1-4
MVP: Doug McDermott, Creighton

First Round
#8 Indiana State 66, #9 Southern Illinois 51
#7 Drake 65, #10 Bradley 49
Quarterfinals
#4 Illinois State 54, #5 Northern Iowa 42
#3 Evansville 72, #6 Missouri State 64
#2 Creighton 68, #7 Drake 61
#1 Wichita State 72, #8 Indiana State 48
Semifinals
#4 Illinois State 65, #1 Wichita State 64
#2 Creighton 99, #3 Evansville 71
Finals
#2 Creighton 83, #4 Illinois State 79 OT


Mountain West Conference Tournament
Las Vegas, NV
March 8-10
MVP: Drew Gordon, New Mexico

Quarterfinals
#4 Colorado State 81, #5 Texas Christian 60
#3 UNLV 56, #6 Wyoming 48
#2 New Mexico 79, #7 Air Force 64
#1 San Diego State 65, #8 Boise State 62
Semifinals
#2 New Mexico 72, #3 UNLV 67
#1 San Diego State 79, #4 Colorado State 69
Finals
#2 New Mexico 68, #1 San Diego State 59


Northeast Conference Tournament
At Higher Seeds
March 1, 4, 7
MVP: Julian Boyd, Long Island

Quarterfinals
#5 Quinnipiac 80, #4 St. Francis (Ny.) 72
#3 Robert Morris 87, #6 Monmouth 68
#2 Wagner 87, #7 Central Connecticut State 77
#1 Long Island 80, #8 Sacred Heart 68
Semifinals
#3 Robert Morris 71, #2 Wagner 64
#1 Long Island 78, #5 Quinnipiac 75
Finals
#1 Long Island 90, #3 Robert Morris 73


Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
Nashville, TN
Feb. 29 - March 3
MVP: Donte Poole, Murray State

First Round
#7 Jacksonville State 75, #6 Austin Peay 70
#5 Southeast Missouri 75, #8 Eastern Kentucky 65
Quarterfinals
#4 Tennessee Tech 77, #5 Southeast Missouri 73
#3 Morehead State 68, #7 Jacksonville State 54
Semifinals
#2 Tennessee State 59, #3 Morehead State 52
#1 Murray State 78, #4 Tennessee Tech 58
Finals
#1 Murray State 54, #2 Tennessee State 52


Pac-12 Conference tournament
Los Angeles, CA
March 7-10
MVP: Carlon Brown, Colorado

First Round
#9 Oregon State 69, #8 Washington State 64
#7 Stanford 85, #10 Arizona State 65
#6 Colorado 53, #11 Utah 41
#5 UCLA 55, #12 Southern California 40
Quarterfinals
#9 Oregon State 86, #1 Washington 84
#6 Colorado 63, #3 Oregon 62
#4 Arizona 66, #5 UCLA 58
#2 California 77, #7 Stanford 71
Semifinals
#6 Colorado 70, #2 California 59
#4 Arizona 72, #9 Oregon State 61
Finals
#6 Colorado 53, #4 Arizona 51


Patriot League Tournament
At Higher Seeds
Feb. 29, March 3, 7
MVP: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh

Quarterfinals
#5 Lafayette 84, #4 Holy Cross 76
#3 American 57, #6 Army 40
#2 Lehigh 70, #7 Colgate 57
#1 Bucknell 87, #8 Navy 63
Semifinals
#2 Lehigh 85, #3 American 66
#1 Bucknell 79, #5 Lafayette 52
Finals
#2 Lehigh 82, #1 Bucknell 77


Southeastern Conference Tournament
New Orleans, LA
March 8-11
MVP: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt

First Round
#11 Georgia 71, #6 Mississippi State 61
#8 Louisiana State 70, #9 Arkansas 54
#7 Ole Miss 68, #10 Auburn 54
#5 Alabama 63, #12 South Carolina 57
Quarterfinals
#7 Ole Miss 77, #2 Tennessee 72
#4 Florida 66, #5 Alabama 63
#3 Vanderbilt 63, #11 Georgia 41
#1 Kentucky 60, #8 Louisiana State 51
Semifinals
#3 Vanderbilt 65, #7 Ole Miss 53
#1 Kentucky 74, #4 Florida 71
Finals
#3 Vanderbilt 71, #1 Kentucky 64


Southern Conference Tournament
Asheville, NC
March 2-5
MVP: De'Mon Brooks, Davidson

First Round
#5N Appalachian State 93, #4S Charleston 81
#5S Furman 75 #4N Samford 66
#3N Western Carolina 68, #6S The Citadel 56
#3S Georgia Southern 76, #6N Chattanooga 70
Quarterfinals
#3N Western Carolina 82, #2S Wofford 59
#2N Elon 65, #3S Georgia Southern 58
#1N UNC-Greensboro 65, #5N Appalachian State 55
#1S Davidson 73, #5S Furman 54
Semifinals
#3N Western Carolina 82 #1N UNC-Greensboro 77
#1S Davidson 83, #2N Elon 67
Finals
#1S Davidson 93, #3N Western Carolina 91 2OT


Southland Conference Tournament
Katy, TX
March 7-8, 10
MVP: Mike James, Lamar

Quarterfinals
#4 McNeese State 78, #5 UT-San Antonio 74
#3 Lamar 76, #6 Northwestern State 69
#2 Stephen F. Austin 68, #7 Sam Houston State 46
#1 UT Arlington 96, #8 Nicholls State 48
Semifinals
#4 McNeese State 92, #1 UT-Arlington 72
#3 Lamar 55, #2 Stephen F. Austin 44
Finals
#3 Lamar 70, #4 McNeese State 49


Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
Garland, TX
March 7-10
MVP: Cor-J Cox, Mississippi Valley State

Quarterfinals
#6 Alcorn State 103, #3 Prairie View A&M 79
#5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 60, #4 Alabama State 56 OT
#2 Texas Southern 75, #7 Alabama A&M 62
#1 Mississippi Valley State 63, #8 Jackson State 60
Semifinals
#2 Texas Southern 60, #6 Alcorn State 55
#1 Mississippi Valley State 71, #5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 64
Finals
#1 Mississippi Valley State 71, #2 Texas Southern 69


Summit League Tournament
Sioux Falls, SD
March 3-6
MVP: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

Quarterfinals
#6 Southern Utah 84, #3 Oakland 82
#4 Western Illinois 58, #5 North Dakota State 53
#2 South Dakota State 77, #7 IUPUI 56
#1 Oral Roberts 71, #8 IPFW 67
Semifinals
#4 Western Illinois 54, #1 Oral Roberts 53
#2 South Dakota State 63, #6 Southern Utah 47
Finals
#2 South Dakota State 52, #4 Western Illinois 50


Sun Belt Conference Tournament
Hot Springs, AR
March 3-6
MVP: George Fant, Western Kentucky

First Round
#9 Arkansas State 70, #8 Florida Atlantic 55
#7 Western Kentucky 67, #10 Florida International 63
#6 South Alabama 87, #11 Troy 81
Quarterfinals
#9 Arkansas State 64, #1 Middle Tennessee 61
#7 Western Kentucky 66, #2 Arkansas-Little Rock 63
#5 North Texas 65, #4 Louisiana-Lafayette 62
#3 Denver 61, #6 South Alabama 50
Semifinals - Monday - 3/5
#7 Western Kentucky 67, #3 Denver 63
#5 North Texas 76, #9 Arkansas State 72
Finals
#7 Western Kentucky 74, #5 North Texas 70


Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Las Vegas, NV
March 8-10
MVP: Wendell McKines, New Mexico State

Quarterfinals
#6 Hawaii 72 #3 Idaho 70
#5 Louisiana Tech 72, #4 Utah State 70
#2 New Mexico State 65, #7 Fresno State 49
#1 Nevada 54, #8 San Jose State 44
Semifinals
#5 Louisiana Tech 78, #1 Nevada 73
#2 New Mexico State 92, #6 Hawaii 81
Finals
#2 New Mexico State 82, #5 Louisiana Tech 57


West Coast Conference Tournament
Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 29 - March 4
MVP: Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's

Opening Round
#8 Portland 74, #9 Santa Clara 70
First Round
#6 San Diego 76, #7 Pepperdine 54
#5 San Francisco 87, #8 Portland 66
Quarterfinals
#5 San Francisco 67 #4 Loyola-Marymount 60
#3 BYU 73, #6 San Diego 68
Semifinals
#2 Gonzaga 77, #3 BYU 58
#1 Saint Mary's 83, #5 San Francisco 78
Finals
#1 Saint Mary's 78, #2 Gonzaga 74 OT

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Big East Tournament sets the stage for the final chapter of Yancy Gates' success story

The tale of Yancy Gates hasn't exactly been a textbook success story.

His book is filled with chapters that were almost never finished, chapters about success, and chapters about struggle. The chapters are filled with pages of slander more likely to headline a tabloid magazine. There are pages about personal growth, and development. There are pages about new starts and underwhelming finishes.


(Photo Source: Getty Images)

But while a good portion of the book is filled with disappoint and regret, the final chapter is about redemption. it is about maturation. It is about evolving as a human being. 

The final chapter of Yancy's story is a one that even he didn't think would be written. It's a chapter that he thought nobody would read.

"Here we are being talked about on TV, you know, people talking about us on Twitter, and it wasn't for us fighting or for us losing games," said Gates, following his team's thrilling semifinal victory over top-seeded Syracuse. "It was about how hard we played and how hard we fought back to get a win, it was talking about the character we showed in order to do that, nobody was talking about that earlier in the year."

Here is a young adult who stands 6-foot-9 and weighs nearly 260 pounds. His shoulders are the size of railroad ties. His glare is menacing, too terrifying to look directly into. He looks like a destroyer. Like a monster. He's been labeled a punk, a thug and an underachiever.

He was a five-star recruit brought in to revitalize a downtrodden Cincinnati program struggling to compete in a larger-than-life Big East Conference.

"He's been called upon to do a lot, too much, in rebuilding our program, before he was ready to do it. It was really unfair," head coach Mick Cronin said following the Bearcats 72-70 double-overtime victory against Georgetown in the Big East quarterfinals.

Gates, now a senior, dominated the quarterfinal, scoring a season high 23 points, and forced the Hoyas to consistently double-team him down the stretch. The victory was huge in terms of Cincinnati's NCAA Tournament hopes, but even bigger because Gates was able to be the star of the show, the hero if you will, instead of the villain, which he is often perceived as being.

"This is my last shot at it," said Gates. "I don't want to just play one game and go home right away. I'll never play in the Garden in the Big East Tournament again, I want to put on the best performance I can."

During the aftermath following 'The Crosstown Brawl', more than a few media members believed that Yancy had played his final game in a Cincinnati uniform. The senior had exhausted his second chance, they said. The scar he left on the university was permanent, they wrote. But show me somebody who has never made a mistake, and I will show you a liar.

"The fallout provided us a lot of a mental toughness. Not necessarily motivation, but it brought us together," said Gates following the 71-68 Semifinal win over Syracuse. "You know like, when Syracuse went on that run in the second and the crowd got loud, earlier in the season we probably would have let that get to us. We would have probably panicked and tried to speed up and do things that we hadn't done to get the lead. But we kinda grabbed ourselves and calmed down. You know, that's the toughness we needed to build, and thanks to what happened earlier this year, we've matured to the level that we can become resilient."

The six-game suspension he suffered was difficult. It was difficult for him, difficult for his team, difficult for the university and difficult for his family. "I think it hurt me more than it hurt them," he said, "because I just had let so many people down."

But every great story has a great catalyst. The brawl with Xavier was that catalyst. Maybe a younger Yancy Gates would have laid down or given up. But his book was coming to a close. This was his senior year. He had worked too hard for this.

"I'd come to practice and play just as hard as if I was playing in a game, just to help them get ready for the game," Gates said. "I played really hard on the scout team, and gave it my all, and I think they really respected me for that. Because I think maybe they thought I wasn't going to come to practice, or maybe come and just sit down and not practice at all. But this is my senior year. I'd let them down too much. I owe them everything."

Coach Cronin has been especially important in Gates' success. He's been stern and tough, but that's what Gates has needed.

"Growing up, man, my dad was hard, real tough on me, but then you come to college and you got somebody doing the same thing and you really gain that respect," Gates said. "You start to grasp what he's saying as life lessons when you get older."

The lessons that Gates had been taught were difficult at first, but based on where he is now, they've all seemed worth the cost.

"You know, one thing ‑‑ it's like a proud parent," Cronin said. "Me and his dad will talk tonight and laugh. We've been working on this guy for a long time, his dad longer than me. But I just can't tell you how proud I am of him, not just as a player, but as a human being in general."

During the Bearcats remarkable Big East Tournament run, Gates has gone up against two of the conference's best centers, Henry Sims of Georgetown and Fab Melo of Syracuse. Gates has scored 41 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the two games.

To think that this team, and this player, would be just 40 minutes away from a Big East Tournament Championship is not only improbably but would have been considered unimaginable and impossible just a few months ago.

But that's what makes this story so great. You couldn't have predicted this ending in December.

In the 24 hours, we will know how the story finally ends. But regardless, this is a book you just can't put down.

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