After months of speculation, the class of 2023 NCAA Tournament is now complete. But before you start filling them with reckless abandon, hoping to outsmart your co-workers in the office suite or outsmart your friends for bragging rights and free drinks, keep in mind that bracket busters are common. Every year, at least one team breaks chalk. Looking at women’s college basketball arc, I highlighted one prospect from each region with surprising potential as well as four dark horse teams that could make it to the Final Four. This season,…Read More
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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…Read More
Gary Barta says Kevin Warren’s departure won’t delay Big Ten plans to shake up the football schedule
The departure of Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren will not delay the conference’s plans to change the alignment of the football schedule for the 2024 season, Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta said Thursday. For many years, conference and school officials debated changing or partially ending the east-west alignment to have a fairer championship game. There was momentum to enact changes for the 2023 season to coincide with a new media rights agreement until USC and UCLA accepted Big Ten invitations starting August 2, 2024. Conference officials decided in October…Read More
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…Read More
College basketball rankings: Illinois out, Miami in. And hey, New Mexico!
Merry Christmas after Christmas! I trust that the holiday treated everyone well, though there were a few precious college basketball games that caught our eye. As a result, there wasn’t much movement on top of the polls. The good news is that there are plenty of great matches to be shown this week, which top the list for Saturday’s packed New Year’s Eve. In the meantime, allow me to spread my usual holiday cheer by presenting the correct ranking of the top 25 college basketball teams, as presented to the…Read More
All-America’s new mid-season college football team: Drake Maye, Quinshon Judkins on first list
As we’re halfway through the season, it’s time once again to highlight some of the college’s most exciting young talents. This is the All-America Freshman mid-season squad at The Athletic, and an early look at the real freshmen and freshmen of the 2022 season. We try to prioritize production when we put this team together, and we judge players based on what they’ve achieved so far rather than what they might do in the future. But there is always a long list of candidates for every position and tough choices…Read More
College football picks against spread: Bruce Feldman’s Week 4 picks
I had the worst week of picks I think since I was at The Athletic in Week 3, going 1-7 against the number, putting me in eighth for the junior season. So, I guess that means I’m due? The good: Pennsylvania’s choice to deal with Auburn on the road. The Bad: BYU’s choice to beat Oregon. The Ugly: Choosing Nebraska to Give Oklahoma a Game. Here are the guesses for this week. (All spreads come from BetMGM, click here For live odds, all kickoff times are Eastern.) Maryland at No.…Read More