**Official 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament Thread**

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  1. LouPhinFan

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    Well the field of 68 is out. Every year there's some debate on teams left out and those put it, but this year's bracket is put together very poorly. UVA at #1 but Louisville at a #4? They have basically the same resume except Louisville didn't lose to anyone by 35. And man, how much does the committee HATE Wichita State? :lol:

    What can you expect when the committee is lead by the guy who hired Jeff Bzdelik? This mess.


    http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets/viewable_men

    Here we go!

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    Louisville got screwed with their seeding. I would have switched them with Creighton. Creighton should have been a 4 seed while Louisville should have been a 3.

    If Wichita State is as good as people say they are, they are going to earn it in their region. They could be ousted in the 2nd round if Kentucky has one of their good games. I'm pretty sure that region has 3 of the 4 teams from last year's Final Four. Whatever teams gets to Dallas from that region will have been through many battles.

    Should be an entertaining tournament. Always is.
     
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    How UCLA got a 4 and MSU/UL got 4's is beyond me.

    should be interesting, I think UL will go on a run but will fall short of back to back titles. I hate to pick the favorite but I really like UF.
     
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    UF is a really solid team but they're coming from the SEC and haven't exactly been tested in their conference over the past 2 1/2 months. That being said they're 1 of a handful or so teams that I think can win this thing. When the dust settles, I think the national champion will be 1 of these schools:

    Florida
    Wichita State
    Louisville
    Arizona
    UVA
    Michigan State
     
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    the same could be said about Louisville. both conferences stunk but UF beat better teams in non conf.

    I think both are really good and UL deserved at worst a 2.


    I like your list, if the Heels can't pull off a miraculous run then I hope UVa wins it.
     
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    For most of the conference season the AAC had 5 top 25 ranked teams. The AAC was way better than the SEC this season. And it's not even close.
     
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    rankings can be deceiving, there's a reason one of those ranked teams didn't even make the Tourney. Your teams at the top feasted off the awful bottom half.
     
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    And then those teams had to play each other. The SEC had Florida, an up and down (mostly down) UK, and an "OK" Tennessee team. That's pretty much it. The AAC had U of L, a strongly ranked Cincy team, a good Memphis, a good UConn, and SMU which should have been in instead of an awful BYU team. Yes the bottom half of the league was bad, but the other 5 teams had to play each other too. Don't try to compare the AAC and SEC, that's a deadend street that holds very little logic.
     
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    let's see who those teams played/beat in non conf:

    UF- lost to Wis, Con, beat KU, Memphis
    UT- lost to Wich St, beat UVa(by 25)
    UK- lost to MSU, UNC, Bay, beat UL

    UL- lost to UNC and UK
    Cin- didn't play any ranked teams
    Memphis- lost to Ok State(R) and UF, beat Ok Sta(N)
    Conn- beat UF
    SMU- lost to UVa


    The SEC non conf games were more impressive.
     
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    But that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about how each team has been tested over the course of conference play. You're basically saying that the SEC was a better basketball conference than the AAC. If that's you're arguement then I have to question how much you actually know about basketball.
     
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    the AAC had some better teams at the top but worse ones at the bottom. The AAC had 5 just awful teams, half the conference was awful.

    neither conf was very good.
     
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    As bad as most of the SEC was this year, not losing a single game to a conference opponent in the regular season or the tournament is impressive. Going into this season I thought a 15-3 conference record was a realistic expectation for this team. I never thought they would be this dominant. What's scary is that this team is a Wilbekin suspension for Wisconsin and one bad bounce against UConn from being undefeated. It's been a fun ride. Hope they can finish it off in the Final Four.
     
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    They've got a good shot at it. They're solid with veteran leadership, that's a perfect mix.
     
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    i think my wahoos run ends in the sweet 16 vs michigan state who now that they are healthy and have their depth back look like the team to beat...that was the one team i wanted no part of for as long as possible...instead it's the sweet 16...eeeegads
     
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    they got screwed having MSU as a 4 seed but I think UVa can beat anyone w/ the way the play defense.
     
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    wahoos?
     
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    He's talking about Virginia. I looked it up when I heard it one time.
     
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    upset pick

    Mercer Bears (26-8, 14-4 A-Sun) - While Florida Gulf Coast was running, dunking and charming the nation during their unforgettable run to the Sweet
    16 last year, league champion Mercer was sitting home thinking, “that could have been us.”

    The Bears won the Atlantic Sun regular season title last season, but fell to FGCU in the conference tournament final. This year, Mercer strolled into Dunk City and captured their first NCAA bid since 1985.

    i live 5 mins from Mercer and the town is really excited about their first trip there in almost 30 years.
    We've got Duke in the first round so this could be short lived :chuckle:
     
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    I will be one happy man if Mercer wins.
     
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    I was at their games in Philly last year. That was fun to watch.
     
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    J Law knows...

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    Clutch is Luke Hancock. Luke Hancock is clutch.
     
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    The AAC did not have a good first day.
     
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    No they did not. But survive and advance.
     
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    Mercer beats Duke

    Party time in Macon Ga tonight guys :brewskis:
     
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    Mercer and North Dakota State in the NCAA Final. I don't even care if it's doable or not bracket-wise.
     
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    See ya Kansas.
     
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    And Wichita State.
     
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    U of L versus UK in the Sweet 16. Believe it or not, I would rather see UK than Wichita State in this game.
     
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    Heels got screwed, very frustrating but good luck to the teams who are alive.
     
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    Tip off Times for this weekend's games:

    Thursday:

    Dayton vs. Stanford - 7:15
    Baylor vs. Wisconsin - 7:47
    UCLA vs. Florida - 9:45
    San Diego St vs. Arizona - 10:17


    Friday:

    Tennessee vs. Michigan - 7:15
    UConn vs. Iowa St - 7:27
    UK vs. U of L - 9:45
    Michigan St vs. Virginia - 9:57

    Winn Las Vegas installed U of L as a 5.5 point favorite. Surprised that number isn't smaller? That's what Vegas hopes you think so you'll bet on UK. Vegas thinks U of L wins this pretty handily.

    KenPom has U of L winning 73-68, 70% of the time and Nate Silver has U of L winning 68% of the time. Rick Pitino is 10-0 in Sweet 16 games with a 22 point average margin of victory.

    None of that matters, it all goes out the window since this is the most heated, venomous rivalry in college basketball. Rick will have this team prepared with one heck of a game plan. It's up to UK to play well enough to beat that game plan.

    That Tennessee - Michigan game is going to be a good one too, along with Michigan State - UVA. UCLA - UF is up there too. Buckle up boys. You're in for a show.
     
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    They were playing well and I thought they were going to win, but man Roy has got to teach those kids to play some kind of defense.
     
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    The only game I don't care about is Dayton-Stanford. Besides that, I think all the games should be close and competitive. I'm looking forward to the Kentucky-Louisville game the most.
     
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    they couldn't play D, every time they tried it was a foul. they called ridiculous touch fouls on Carolina all game while Carolina players were getting mugged w/ no calls. Carolina didn't get to the bonus until 22 sec were left in the game.

    Not to mention their best shot blocker left the game early but ISU lost a big player too so that evens out.
     
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    I don't know what to make of that Baylor - Wisky game.
     
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    Have you ever given true 100% credit to any team that beat a team you like? These are college kids for ****'s sake.
     
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    I give their players and coaches credit, they took advantage of what the officials gave them. when they realized they could get a foul call going to the basket and Carolina couldn't play aggressively they kept attacking. when they got down by 8 they penetrated and kicked for open 3s and knocked them down but this game was dictated by officiating. Carolina attacked the rim all game and they weren't even in the bonus until 22 secs to play in the game while ISU was in double bonus for a long time.
     
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    Where's the national outcry then if UNC got screwed?
     
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    why do you always need a group? can you ever stand up for what you believe in w/o having the backing of others?
     
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    :lol:

    What group? If UNC got screwed over, as you and you only are saying, why isn't anyone else validating that claim? Having the "backing of others" shows evidence that your claim might be legitimate. Since no one on the public sports eye is claiming UNC got screwed, that shows that your lone idea of them being screwed is one man's opinion. A man who can't take losing without blaming someone or something.
     
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    I don't need others to say anything, you can hide behind your majority all you want. I can think for myself.

    I hate losing more than I like winning.
     
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    Of course you can think whatever you want. You're probably one of those guys on the subway who talks to himself about how his team got ****ed over when no one else remotely shares the same sentiment. Congrats on that.
     
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    I think all their length and athleticism will give Wisconsin some problems. They completely shut down Creighton with that zone they played yesterday. I wouldn't be surprised to see Baylor win that game.
     
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    Who you got tonight?

    I've got:

    Stanford
    Baylor
    UF
    Zona
     
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    Same. I do think that these will be close, competitive games. Should be fun.
     

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