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  1. Is Virginia the Least-Respected Great Team in College Hoops Histo...

    Shane Ryan

    Let's start here: In this year's ESPN Bracket Challenge, 3.8 percent of all fans picked Virginia, the ACC tournament and regular-season champion (and no. 1 seed in the East Region), to win the national championship. That was almost&nbs...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  2. Moneybrackets: Win Your Pool by Avoiding These 10 Mistakes

    Shane Ryan

    You want to win your bracket pool. I know this. I also know it's not for the money, or even for "bragging rights." You want to win for the same reason I want to win: It gives you the temporary feeling that you actually know something, ...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  3. The College Basketball Offseason: Everything You Missed, and More...

    Shane Ryan

    You can't go very far these days without hearing a sports fan say, "I can't wait until college basketball starts." I'm not sure why they keep mispronouncing it as "football" — it must be a joke I missed, or a meme, or something — but the ...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  4. Looking at the Sweet 16 Teams in 16 Words

    Shane Ryan

    Today we're looking at every Sweet 16 team the only legitimate way: With just 16 words each. 1. Louisville: Russdiculous is so fast he just wrote this, deleted it, and did my taxes ... for 2015. 2. Oregon: QUACKETY QUACK QUACKLES QUACKO QUAC...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  5. America: Burn Your Stupid Brackets and Scatter the Stupid Ashes

    Shane Ryan

    I am sick of the rage. I am sick of the anxiety. I am sick of inferior college basketball teams coming together for triumphant wins, or superior ones falling apart for ungodly losses, when I have clearly filled out my bracket to indicate that it shou...

    Blog | March 25, 2013
  6. March Madness Men of the Day

    Shane Ryan

    For our final Man of the Hour, as the early games wind to a close, we turn to a mid-major hero whom I dismissed without cause in my Midwest Region picks, but who is currently putting me to shame with a great performance against Cincinnati. He is: ...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  7. March Madness Men of the Day

    Shane Ryan

    It's time for the last Man of the Hour, and there's no doubt who deserves the honor. He's the man who represents the last hope of a real upset (no, Wichita State over Pittsburgh doesn't count) in the early games. He is: Jake Cohen At halftime a...

    Blog | March 21, 2013
  8. Q&A: Coach John Giannini on La Salle's Chance for a Big Five ...

    Shane Ryan

    The last time the La Salle Explorers won an outright Big Five title — the longstanding championship of the Philadelphia college basketball scene — was the 1989-90 season. They made the NCAA tournament that year, and again in '91-92, but i...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  9. About Last Night: Da Bears Stay Perfect

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday. The Baylor Bears became the first college basketball team to ever compile a 40-0 record and win the national championship. Brittney Griner's 26 points an...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  10. The Kentucky Title: A Five-Act Play

    Shane Ryan

    Act 1: Pregame Kentucky locker room — Senior Darius Miller is giving his team a pep talk Miller: Guys, a lot of you will go on to great professional careers, but believe me when I tell you that you'll never have another oppor — [J...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  11. About Last Night: Cats Are Bracket Conquerors

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. The Kentucky Wildcats are national champions. Doron Lamb scored 22 points, including crucial back-to-back threes late in the game, as Kentucky held off Ka...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  12. The Two Comebacks

    Shane Ryan

    I was feeling very relaxed on my friend's couch, watching Kansas slowly chip away at Ohio State's lead. His dog, with whom I share a complicated relationship, had slipped comfortably under my arm, and there was a serenity about the basketball playing...

    Blog | April 02, 2012
  13. How Louisville Can (Maybe) Beat Kentucky

    Shane Ryan

    Here's how the conversation with my editors went when we discussed today's post. Editors: You should write about what Louisville has to do to compete with Kentucky. Me: Tragic team bus crash. Explosion. Easy. Next. Editors: No, seriously. Ho...

    Blog | March 29, 2012
  14. Please Don't Lose, Kentucky

    Shane Ryan

    I'm not what you would call a "Kentucky fan." I'm not from Kentucky, I've never been to Kentucky, and it might be a long time, possibly as long as forever, before I set foot in Kentucky. I really enjoy Justified, Ashley Judd doesn't offend my sensibi...

    Blog | March 28, 2012
  15. The Snakebit Season: North Carolina's Cursed Greatness

    Shane Ryan

    Last August, I sat down to interview UNC Sports Information Director Steve Kirschner in his office near the Dean Dome. We spoke about his job as the head PR rep for North Carolina basketball, his experience with the coaches and the players, and the p...

    Blog | March 26, 2012
  16. The Eight Factors: NC State-Kansas

    Shane Ryan

    The Eight Factors measures four basketball criteria along with four non-basketball criteria to take the measure of who will win each Sweet 16 game. In this installment: 11-seed NC State (24-12) vs. 2-seed Kansas (29-6). Factor 1: Better Colleg...

    Blog | March 23, 2012