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Bracket Breakdown

  1. Wichita State, better when they’re the underdog?

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Wichita State

    Wichita State is the latest in a long line of recent Cinderellas that have played their way into the Final Four. It started with George Mason in 2006, when the Patriots made a run to the Final Four as a No. 11 seed. It continued in 2011, when No. 11 seed VCU reached the Final…

  2. The Crossover: How is Nate Silver’s NCAA bracket doing? (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:45 AM EDT

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    Nate Silver, writer for the New York Times’ Five Thirty Eight blog and famed numbers guru, visited the set of “The Crossover” to discuss NCAA tournament probabilities as well as the current state of his bracket on Thursday. Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  3. Should Josh Pastner get out of Memphis?

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Memphis v Michigan State

    If you’re one of those jumpy Memphis fans who wants to get rid of Josh Pastner because he’s failed to live up to the Calipari mythos, I’d counsel patience. If you can’t appreciate the upward trend that’s right in front of your faces, nobody is ever going to make you happy. The Tigers have won…

  4. Does the first round score really matter?

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Southern

    I think Rob Neyer did a quick study like this not too long ago — and I’m sure many others have as well. But, well, you certainly know the famous story about writing a long letter, a story that has been attributed to many people. Somebody wrote a very long letter. “If I had more…

  5. Need last minute bracket advice? Well, we’ve got Yahoo’s Jeff Eisenberg here

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Villanova v Louisville

    We’ve got some good stuff for you today. Jeff Eisenberg, the man behind The Dagger, was kind enough to join us to chat about his bracket picks in between writing about the biggest player in the tournament and catching up with the folks that wound up on the wrong end of a buzzer-beater. Trust me,…

  6. March Madness Survival Guide

    Mar 21, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Today is the day. Right up there with St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, The Kentucky Derby, and the Superbowl, the first Thursday of March Madness is one of the best five days on the calendar. Because today carries such weight, such great importance, we cannot take it lightly. We must be prepared. Pre-game Instructions:…

  7. Five Final Four darkhorses

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Championship

    Despite the thinking for much of the year that the NCAA tournament would be as wide-open as the regular season, many have gone with traditional powers such as Louisville, Indiana and Duke when filling out their brackets. With this college basketball season being as “unpredictable” as it has been, is there an opening for a darkhorse…

  8. The NCAA tournament’s best big men

    Mar 20, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    Yesterday, our Eric Angevine highlighted the nation’s most prominent back court studs. But you’re not going to win the NCAA tournament without big uglies in the paint anchoring the front court. Here are the best of the bigs that you need to know: (CLICK HERE: To browse through the rest of our 2013 NCAA Tournament…

  9. Ten players that will beat your favorite team in crunch time

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Michigan

    Trey Burke, Michigan: There isn’t a player in the country that’s a better creator at this point in the season. He’s responsible for so much of what Michigan wants to do offensively, whether it’s the result of him creating shots for himself, running off of pick-and-rolls or kicking the ball out to the myriad of…

  10. Five teams that won’t win it all

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cardinals' Siva is fouled by Orange's Triche in Big East NCAA men's basketball tournament game in New York

    Obviously, 67 eligible teams will fail to win the national title this year. That’s a given. So I’m not going to be ridiculous about this. To be considered for this designation, a team must occupy one of the premium seeding spots: No. 1-No. 4 in other words. These sixteen contenders are expected to win, and will have the blue-chip horses…

  11. Upset Watch: Five possibilities to keep in mind

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    OVC Murray St Belmont Basketball

    One of the most entertaining aspects of the NCAA tournament are the upsets that are bound to occur every year. Last season’s event featured a pair of 15-seeds winning on the same day, as Lehigh beat Duke and Norfolk State edged out Missouri. There’s also the history of at least one 12-seed knocking off a…

  12. CBT Podcast: Breaking down the NCAA tournament bracket

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    NCAA final four

    Episode 12 of the CBT Podcast is here. It’s March Madness people. The best time of the entire year. The greatest sporting event on the calender. In honor of March Madness, we’ve decided to give you an extra-long version of the CBT Podcast. I’m joined by Rob Dauster to break down and discuss the entire…

  13. Must-see opening round matchups

    Mar 18, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT


    Just a couple of years ago, it would have been difficult to call any game a “must-see”, simply because television coverage of the NCAA tournament was heavily regionalized. If you lived in, say, Tampa and wanted to watch the Salt Lake City pod, your local channel might not show it. It was off to the…

  14. A dummy’s guide to filling out your bracket

    Mar 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Filling out a NCAA Tournament bracket is a time-honored tradition shared by those familiar and those new to college basketball. Everybody fills out a bracket, from President Barack Obama to the paper delivery boy, everybody does it. But the act of filling out a bracket that accurately predicts the winners of each game is task that…

  15. East Region Preview: Indiana didn’t get Indy, which is a good thing?

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Indiana v Michigan State

    Indiana didn’t get Indianapolis. The Hoosiers lost to Wisconsin in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, meaning that they sat at home on their couch and watched as Louisville beat Notre Dame and then Syracuse to win the Big East tournament title. As a result, the Cardinals played their way into the No. 1…

  16. South Region Preview: Star power and early upsets?

    Mar 18, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Saint Josephs VCU Basketball

    Here’s the irony about the South Region: there is more star power in this portion of the bracket than anywhere else, yet it is as wide-open as any region this season. Let’s start with the coaches, as ten of them — Bill Self, Roy Williams, Jay Wright, Shaka Smart, Ben Howland, Tubby Smith, Billy Donovan,…

  17. Midwest Regional Preview: Who makes it out of the ‘Region of Doom’?

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Butler Saint Louis Basketball

    The Midwest is loaded. Let’s just start with the fact that Louisville, the No. 1 overall seed and seemingly everyone’s gut pick for the national title at this point, resides here. Duke does at well as a No. 2 seed. That’s the same Duke team that was the best team in the country before Ryan Kelly…

  18. West Regional Preview: Is this finally Gonzaga’s Final Four year?

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Nate Austin, Kelly Olynyk

    After much consternation and discussion and analysis in the six days since Gonzaga ended their season by winning the WCC tournament, it turns out that the Zags did end up getting the No. 1 seed out West. That means that, if they keep on winning, they’ll be playing their first two games in Salt Lake…

  19. Ten teams capable of winning the national title

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament: Maryland v Duke

    Before the NCAA Tournament bracket was released there were a number of teams many believe to be capable of winning a national title. Given how wild the regular season was that list is longer this season than in years prior, but there’s only so much that can be determined without knowing what the paths of…

  20. Breaking down the selected teams, by conference

    Mar 17, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Luke Hancock

    One of the most popular measurements of conference dominance by fans and pundits alike has always been the number of teams that a league gets into the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, the Big East Conference got a record 11 teams into the Big Dance. This season, the Big East led the tournament again with…

  21. Selection committee makes right choices atop the bracket

    Mar 17, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Portland v Gonzaga

    One of the biggest points of conversation in the days and hours leading up to the selection show was which teams would receive the top seeds in each region. The answer the selection committee provided: Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga. But did the committee get it right? Obviously the first team questioned by many will…

  22. 2013 NCAA Tournament Printable Bracket

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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    You can find a larger, printable version of the bracket here. Midwest Region Instant Analysis East Region Instant Analysis South Region Instant Analysis West Region Instant Analysis (CLICK HERE: To browse through the rest of our 2013 NCAA Tournament Previews)

  23. 2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket West Region Instant Analysis

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Portland v Gonzaga

    The Gonzaga Bulldogs, winners of the WCC, received the top seed in the West Region and will begin play in Salt Lake City against SWAC champion Southern. Mark Few’s team went 31-2 and ran the table in league play, and they’ve lost just once in 2013 (at Butler). Ohio State, which won the Big Ten…

  24. 2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket East Region Instant Analysis

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Tom Crean, Victor Oladipo

    Indiana gets the third No. 1 seed, heading to Dayton, OH, to take on the winner of LIU-Brooklyn and James Madison. The Hoosiers missed out on a chance to play in Indianapolis for the regional; they’ll be headed to DC instead. If Indiana doesn’t become the first No. 1 seed to lose in the opening…

  25. 2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket South Region Instant Analysis

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    APTOPIX B12 Kansas St Kansas Basketball

    Kansas earned the second No. 1 seed, getting slotted in the South Region. The Jayhawks, who won a share of the Big 12 regular season title and blew out Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament final, gets Western Kentucky in the opening round. But that’s not the interesting matchup. If the Jayhawks win, they…