College Hoops Gazette

June 19, 2013

How College Basketball Can Bring Families Together

College basketball is a great way for families to bond. Not only does rooting for your favorite team create unbreakable ties between family members, but it can create friendly rivalries in a single household.

Sometimes couples meet after college, which means that their loyalties as basketball fans are divided between their respective schools. After having children, this effect becomes even more prominent when one child favors mom’s school and the other roots for dad’s old team. Enjoy this rivalry; some families even like to wager household chores on the outcome of any particular game.

When March roles around, families who Read the rest of this entry »

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April 19, 2013

Four Teams That Should Make Final Four

It’s March Madness time again, which means time to start thinking about those brackets, and which teams to pencil in for your Final Four. There’s a lot of parity in college basketball this year, with no one team looking especially dominant.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the teams that have the best shot at making this year’s Final Four.

Duke – If it seems like Duke makes the Final Four every year, well, not quite, but they’ve danced at the Final Four 11 times since 1986. With Coach K at the helm and Seth Read the rest of this entry »

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June 24, 2012

Tips On What Teams Should Be In Final Four

When it comes down to it, picking which teams will make it into the Final Four before the season has even started is kind of like picking who will win the Presidential Election eight years from now: you can throw names out there, but in the end, it’s just an educated guess. There are some colleges that you can always kind of throw out there when it comes to expected Final Four trips: Duke always is Read the rest of this entry »

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November 20, 2011

Filling Out Your NCAA Bracket Is Not Hard

David vs Goliath! Good vs Evil! Someone has to triumph. It is one of the most anticipated sporting events in all of sports. College basketball season is right around the corner and everyone gets hooked when it comes to March Madness. Whether you are watching for fun, or filling out the bracket in your office pool for the jackpot, everyone has a favorite team. You do not need to be a genius to win but you do need a Read the rest of this entry »

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November 6, 2011

How To Choose Your NCAA Tournament Bracket

March madness is one of the most exciting times of the year for avid sports fans. Many groups of friends, co-workers and acquaintances have friendly competitions each year to see who has the best NCAA tournament bracket. There are a few strategies you can follow to help make your bracket stand out as the best.

When choosing your Final Four for the bracket, don’t put all of the top seeds from each region in it. This rarely ever happens, and is a statistical improbability. You’ll want to pick a few clear upsets along the way Read the rest of this entry »

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October 24, 2011

What Teams Look Strong Coming Into March

UConn rode Kemba Walker to 11 straight season-ending wins and a National Championship last year, but his departure may not mean the end of the Huskies’ reign. Top recruit Andre Drummond, a 6’11 center who many feel could be a top overall pick in the NBA Draft, has committed to UConn for the 11-12 season, and will join Jeremy Lamb, Shabbaz Napier, and Alex Oriakhi to defend the title next spring.

Harrison Barnes will lead a stacked North Carolina team into the season as the consensus top-ranked team. Barnes, Tyler Zeller, and Read the rest of this entry »

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September 16, 2011

Will BBall Season Ever Get Here?

You may still be watching old game reruns non your Directstartv.com or perhaps you’ve just got Coach Carter on loop. Whatever the case, we’re counting down the days too and here are a few of the things we’re most looking forward to
The Lakers: What’s better than a team of really dramatic, really skilled basketball players? With Odom and Bryant there’s no doubt it’s going to be another winning season and you’ve got to watch to know.< Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010

Can Duke Do it Again?

The Duke University Men’s Basketball program is undisputedly one of the premier outfits in the history of college basketball. Winning their 4th National Championship just a season ago in no way marked an ascent to the throne, rather another jewel for their royal trophy case. Still, repeating as the top team in college basketball, particularly coming off perhaps the most surprising championship on the Blue Devil’s extensive resume, is a tall order for any group of players, no matter from what university they hail. The last team to successfully defend their crown was the Florida Gators, emerging from March Madness unscathed in both 2006 and 2007, boasting a roster that included future NBA stars Al Horford and Joakim Noah, alongside fellow NBA starter Corey Brewer. Though this may be relatively recent history, it’s still historically a very tough feat to accomplish, with the Duke Blue Devils directly preceding the Gators with such an accomplishment, a feat that will you all the way down memory lane back to the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

August 5, 2010

A Taste of the Bracketizers

Apologies to die-hard fans out there who spend 11 months a year slowly dying until March Madness rolls around to once again rejuvenate their spirits, but as we enter the dog days of August, Selection Sunday is still eons away at this point. Fortunately for college basketball fans needing their bracket fix already, the early season appetizers have finally been served up for analysis. Though the tournaments don’t actually begin play until the second week of November at the earliest, it’s never too soon to look ahead at the contenders and pretenders who might square off in the first few tournaments to open the schedule.

  • 2K Sports Classic (November 8 21st) New York Though the full schedule of games spans several teams across various leagues, the semifinals for the 2K Classic are predetermined, with the winner of Pitt vs. Maryland squaring off against either Illinois or Texas. Of the 4 major teams in this tourney, all should be competitive, with Maryland tiered slightly below the other 3 in the upcoming season.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic (November 12 -24) Kansas City Like the 2K Classic, O’Reilly’s contest also sports a fixed semifinal round, featuring matchups of Duke vs. Marquette and Kansas State vs. Gonzaga. San Diego State will play on the tourney’s undercard and may have as good a shot at dancing in March as some of the more prominent programs at the event. This is a great opportunity for Kansas State to use the tournaments friendly location to pull out a few big wins and boost its national profile to begin the season. Read the rest of this entry »

July 16, 2010

Summer League Standouts

A mere four months after their “one shining moment” in March, collegiate superstars who dominated the NCAA Tournament once again find themselves at the bottom of the proverbial pecking order. Most heralded draft picks and undrafted rookie free agents are getting their first taste of life in the NBA out in Las Vegas, where the NBA’s most prominent summer league will take place over the course of three weeks. The early going has had mixed results for some of the biggest names in college basketball last year. Here’s a look at some of the summer seasons fast learners.

  • Derrick Caracter Perhaps more famous as a 6’8” 8th grader than his actual playing days at Louisville and Texas-El Paso, Caracter is quickly turning the underachiever tag he earned in college upside down. Once an elite pro-prospect, the Lakers selected Caracter with the 58th pick in the second round, but so far this summer he has far surpassed that billing. Averaging double-doubles over the course of his first three games, Caracter has consistently outhustled opponents of all sizes for rebounds and shown tenacity on both ends of the floor.
  • Jordan Crawford The Hawks summer league team was expected to be paced by second year PG Jeff Teague, but the rookie out of Xavier has looked like its best player out of the gates. There was no dispute as to whether Crawford could score, quickly showcasing his deep range and shooting ability, but Crawford’s court vision and quick hands have been an added bonus. All signs indicate the Hawks landed, at the bare minimum, a solid contributor and rotation player with the 27th pick. Read the rest of this entry »