NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch: Can Gonzaga snatch the second seed?

The big questions Tuesday night revolved around three of the mid-majors. Can St. Mary’s score an impressive win over Gonzaga in the Football World Cup championship game, confirming that the Gaels’ strong computer numbers deserve a correspondingly high rating? And will Oral Roberts and/or Charleston win their respective conference championships, or will they go to Selection Sunday in hopes of getting a big bid? Consider answering these questions definitively. Charleston outlasted UNC Wilmington in the CAA title game for their 30th win against a Division One. Meanwhile, Oral Roberts completed…

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Big 12 looking west, Pac-12 looking for TV deal: What we’re hearing about the realignment

This past July, weeks after the stunning Big Ten announcement of USC and UCLA, Pac-12 Commissioner George Klyafkov made a bold realignment prediction: “No Pac-12 school is going to the Big 12.” After eight months, we may finally learn whether his confidence was warranted or a feigned bravado. Kliavkoff is under pressure to offer its members a new media rights deal by the end of the month. If the dollar numbers or the details disappoint, March could be the moment when the Big 12 finally hits. Sources familiar with the…

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Adult Round Table: Duane Jones et al excelled on day one

MOBILE, Ala. Despite the increased pressure from the Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl is still the top all-star game for NFL Draft prospects. With this year’s edition of the event kicking off on Tuesday, the athlete Draft experts Dane Brugler and Nick Baumgardner vetted their first impressions. Which recruiting hopefuls made the biggest early impressions, and which ones need to bounce back for the rest of the week? 1. Down Jones’ measurements were predictably ridiculous. The two of you were in the second round of your most recent model, but…

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No. 1 Penn State defeats No. 2 Iowa State in a Big Ten double wrestle

No. 1 Penn State (11-0) won six games to defeat No. 2 Iowa (12-1) 23-14 in a sold-out Bryce Jordan center in wrestling’s most anticipated double of the year. Here’s what you need to know: It was the fourth time the National Powers had clashed as the nation’s top teams and the first time they had competed at State College since 2018. The attendance of 15,998 tied a national record for the indoor dual meet, which was last set by competitors at the Price Jordan Center in 2018. Penn State’s…

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NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch: Alabama is the top seed. Northwestern and Clemson

“They can’t imagine it… that someone like me would walk into their house, walk on their land…” – Cassian Andor When compiling this week’s segment, we were astounded by the inclusion of teams we’d never expected to have considered as recently as a few weeks ago. North-west? Pittsburgh? Clemson? UCF? wait … Is that true? It also got us thinking about another story focusing on underdogs who took the power structure by surprise: “Andor,” our favorite TV series of 2022. After the train wreck that was “The Book of Boba…

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Iowa State women’s basketball forward Stephanie Soares is out for the season with a torn ACL

The program announced that Iowa State women’s basketball forward Stephanie Soares will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Here’s what you need to know: Soares was injured early in Sunday’s game against Oklahoma. The Brazilian native joined Iowa State this summer after four years at a master’s university at the NAIA level. Soares averages 14.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks through 13 games at Ames. Iowa (10-3) ranks #15 in the nation. Athletic Instant Analysis: What does Soares’…

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Iowa breakaway from OC and force director, sources say: Why Hurricanes make a difference

Iowa State is parting ways with offensive coordinator Tom Manning and director of strength and conditioning Dave Andrews, multiple sources on the team have confirmed to the athlete Friday. ESPN first reported the news of Manning’s departure. Here’s what you need to know: The Hurricanes finished last in the Big 12 in scoring offense during a 4-8 season. Manning has been the team’s offensive coordinator for six of the past seven seasons, and left for a short stint with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts in 2018. Andrews was in his third…

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