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    Deandre Ayton's dominance makes Arizona dangerous.

    LAS VEGAS -- Deandre Ayton turned Sin City into his personal playground, and Arizona will head to the NCAA tournament playing like a team capable of a Final Four run.
    For the past two days, Ayton has shown that, at his best, he is without question the top player in college basketball. After setting a career-high with 32 points in an overtime win against UCLA on Friday, he matched that total against USC in the Pac-12 championship game Saturday night, leading the Wildcats to an emphatic 75-61 victory at T-Mobile Arena, where the atmosphere mirrored the McKale Center in Tucson.
    "Deandre, the dominance that he just put forth -- if there is another player better, I’d like to meet him," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "He put his team on his back, and he played the right way. He absolutely was a one-man wrecking crew these past two days."
    It's impossible to not appreciate what Ayton is: A once-in-a-decade-type talent on his way to NBA stardom. He's the closest thing to Shaquille O'Neal the game has seen since the Hall of Fame center retired and will make the Wildcats a tough out when the tournament starts next week.
    "He's probably the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft," USC coach Andy Enfield said. "He's a tremendous talent."
    Ayton was 2 years old the last time Arizona went to the Final Four, in 2001. The Wildcats have been close several times in Miller’s eight previous seasons -- advancing to the Elite Eight three times and the Sweet 16 another two -- but have yet to find a way to put together a breakthrough run. Some of those teams were perhaps even more talented, top-to-bottom, than this year’s version, with a number of first-round NBA draft picks. But there hasn’t been a transcendent player like Ayton, and Arizona fans will hope that is the difference.
    On his own, Ayton is a load to handle, but playing alongside an accomplished 7-footer in senior Dusan Ristic, who has won three Pac-12 titles in his career, gives the Wildcats favorable matchups against just about every team in the country.
    "We feel much more comfortable playing together right now than was the case like two or three months ago," Rustic said. "Like, we just have more experience playing together in practice and in games. So now when I catch the ball high post, I exactly know where to throw the ball, and Deandre will catch it and finish it almost a hundred percent."
    The Wildcats, who also won the Pac-12 regular-season title, will enter the NCAA tournament on a five-game winning streak and have not lost in regulation in more than a month.
    Ayton, who also had 18 rebounds Saturday, admitted that postseason basketball initially came with some nervousness he wasn't used to. He managed just 10 points in the Wildcats' quarterfinal win against Colorado on Thursday and wasn't close to his dominant self.
    "I was a little starstruck," he said. "I wasn’t ready, to be honest. I was rushing all my shots against Colorado. Wasn’t taking my time."
    The Wildcats are likely looking at a top-four seed, while USC will have to wait until Sunday for confirmation it will be in the 68-team field. Enfield was convinced the Trojans were an NCAA tournament team regardless of what happened this week, but it's now out of their hands.
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    Chuck and Kenny struggle to agree on their joint bracket

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbacks View Post
    Tough road for Texas Tech.....Opening game will be tough.
    Yeah second rd is a cupcake though. Florida nothing special. Ucla garbage. Don't know much about st bonnie but expect tech to win vs them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobdeeper7239 View Post
    Yeah second rd is a cupcake though. Florida nothing special. Ucla garbage. Don't know much about st bonnie but expect tech to win vs them
    They have Purdue,Florida,Arkansas and Butler....Then you have the top.

    They can play though
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    Preview: UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure

    Mar 11, 2018


    UCLA makes its fifth trip to NCAA Tournament in six years and looks to win at least two games for the fourth straight time when it begins play against dangerous St. Bonaventure on Tuesday in the First Four at Dayton, Ohio - in a battle of 11th seeds to open the East Region. The Bruins lost three of their last five games, but gave red-hot Arizona all it could handle before losing in overtime at the Pac-12 semifinals.

    St. Bonaventure, which won 13 games in a row before losing to Davidson in the Atlantic-10 semifinals, set a program record for victories in a regular season (24) and is tied with the 1969-70 team that made the Final Four for the most overall (25). The matchup could come down to guard play as both teams boast talented backcourts that can put up plenty of points, dish the ball and drain long-range shots. UCLA’s junior guard Aaron Holiday averages a Pac 12-best 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and drains 43.3 percent from 3-point range, while the senior duo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley for the Bonnies combined to score almost 40 per contest and have connected on 177 tries behind the arc between them. The survivor will travel to Dallas where it will take on sixth-seeded Florida in the first round on Thursday.

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    ABOUT UCLA (21-11): Holiday was held to 15 points on 5-of-20 shooting from the field by Arizona, but averaged 28.2 points in his previous five games and scored at least 29 five times this season after producing 12.3 per contest as a sophomore. Thomas Welsh, a 7-0 senior, had a big Pac-12 Tournament while averaging 17.5 points along with 14 rebounds in two games and the Bruins will need that again to make a run. Kris Wilkes, a 6-8 guard who was named to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman team, is second on the team in scoring (13.8).

    ABOUT ST. BONAVENTURE (25-7): Adams, who also leads the team in assists (5.4), steals (1.5), averages 19.8 points while connecting on 45.7 percent beyond the arc. Mobley made 14 shots from long-range in the A-10 Tournament and boasts 102 of 292 career triples this season while averaging 18.5 points in his second season with the Bonnies. Production in the paint will be needed to open up the perimeter and Courtney Stockard (12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds) along with fellow junior forward LaDarien Griffin (8.7, team-best 6.5 boards) can provide that.

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    1. UCLA has won 11 NCAA Tournament titles and is making its 49th appearance overall.

    2. Adams is sixth in scoring all-time at St. Bonaventure (1,893) and second in 3-pointers (270) - 11 away from the top spot.

    3. Bruins freshman G Jaylen Hands averages 10.1 points but has scored in double figures once in his last 10 games.
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    Preview: Radford vs. LIU Brooklyn

    Mar 12, 2018

    Two programs looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory meet when LIU Brooklyn takes on Radford in the First Four on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, with the winner moving on to face top seed Villanova two days later in the East Region at Pittsburgh. The Highlanders won their last seven contests, including the Big South title game, while the co-16th seeded Blackbirds are on a five-game win streak that ended with a Northeast Conference championship.

    LIU Brooklyn is in the field for the seventh time - the first since making it three straight years (2011-13) - and the NEC’s second-leading scorer Joel Hernandez (20.9) has been the go-to player, including a 32-point explosion in the championship game victory over Wagner. The Blackbirds are coached by Derek Kellogg, who is in his first season after spending nine years at Massachusetts where he took the Minutemen to the Big Dance once. Radford, in the tournament for the first time since 2009 and third overall, won its championship game in dramatic fashion as freshman guard Carlik Jones drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Liberty 55-52. “Everybody’s shocked because nobody believed in us but Radford,” Highlanders junior forward Ed Polite Jr. told reporters. “We played with that chip on our shoulder the whole year.”

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    ABOUT RADFORD (22-12): The Highlanders have only two players averaging in double figures and Polite leads the way in points (13.5), rebounds (7.7) and steals (1.9), but he was just 5-for-20 from the floor the last two games. Jones is the only other double-digit point producer at 11.8 and averaged 14.5 in the Big South Tournament, including 13 in the final to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Devonnte Holland contributed 11 points and seven boards in the final and sophomore guard Travis Fields Jr. averaged 11.5 in the last two.

    ABOUT LIU BROOKLYN (18-16): Hernandez, a senior guard, also contributes 5.9 rebounds and three other players average at least 10 points for the Blackbirds - who were second in the league in scoring (77.5). Junior guard Raiquan Clark (17.4 points, team-high 7.1 rebounds) connects on 55.7 percent of his shots, while sophomore backcourt mate Julian Batts scores 10 per contest. Sophomore guard Jashaun Agosto (11.7 points) tops the team in assists (4.1), although he must rebound after going 5-of-28 from the field over his last three contests.

    TIP-INS

    1. LIU Brooklyn did not face anyone from the NCAA Tournament field this season and Radford lost against three - Ohio State, Nevada and Virginia Tech.

    2. Radford sophomore G Donald Hicks is third on the team in scoring (7.8) but totaled four in the last two games.

    3. The Blackbirds played in the First Four at Dayton in 2013 and lost to James Madison 68-55.
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    Donnie, Jeff & Ian Break Down NCAA Tournament Regions

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    NCAA Tournament Cinderella Teams

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    NCAA Tournament Matchups To Look Forward Too

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    Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 - NCAA Basketball Game
    12:15 PM Oklahoma +2 -110 +115 Ov 158 -110
    724 Rhode Island -2 -110 -135 Un 158 -110
    12:40 PM Wright State +13 -113 +750 Ov 131 -105
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    03:10 PM Loyola Chicago +1 -105 +105 Ov 134 -110
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    04:00 PM South Dakota State +8 -110 +330 Ov 146 -110
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    04:30 PM NC State +2 -110 +125 Ov 156 -110
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    Friday, Mar 16, 2018 - NCAA Basketball Game
    12:15 PM Providence +3 -110 +141 Ov 138 -110
    868 Texas A&M -3 -110 -161 Un 138 -110
    12:40 PM CS Fullerton +21 -108 Ov 145 -105
    874 Purdue -21 -112 Un 145 -115
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    02:00 PM Georgia State +14 -110 +825 Ov 129 -110
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    02:45 PM Lipscomb +19 -116 Ov 161 -105
    870 North Carolina -19 -104 Un 161 -115
    03:10 PM Butler -1 -107 -119 Ov 152 -105
    872 Arkansas +1 -113 -101 Un 152 -115
    04:00 PM Murray State +10 -115 +405 Ov 145 -115
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    04:30 PM Texas +1 +100 Ov 144 -110
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    06:50 PM Kansas State +1 -105 +110 Ov 144 -115
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    07:10 PM Bucknell +15 -110 +875 Ov 148 -103
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    06:40 PM Long Island +4 -102 +180 Ov 138 -110
    544 Radford -4 -118 -210 Un 138 -110

    09:10 PM Saint Bonaventure +3 -110 +150 Ov 154 -115
    546 UCLA -3 -110 -170 Un 154 -105

    Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018 - NCAA Basketball Game
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    06:40 PM North Carolina Central +5 -110 +190 Ov 146 -107
    610 Texas Southern -5 -110 -220 Un 146 -113

    09:10 PM Arizona State -1 -110 -125 Ov 142 -110
    612 Syracuse +1 -110 +105 Un 142 -110

    Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 - NCAA Basketball Game
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    LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds vs. Radford Highlanders | Sports BIT | NCAAB Picks

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    St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. UCLA Bruins | Sports BIT | NCAAB Picks

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    The first W of March Madness goes to Radford!

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    Is this the worst basketball I have ever witnessed in my life? Close to it.


    St bonnie has some decent players. I've seen ucla 5+ times....they are very hard to watch. My God they are bad
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    Ucla and Oklahoma made the ncaa tournament bahahahhaaaaaaaahahahahahah. I wont shit on the sport. Just a very very bad down year for the sport all around.
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    The real dance starts Thursday
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    UCLA dont guard anyone....Swiss cheese D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobdeeper7239 View Post
    Ucla and Oklahoma made the ncaa tournament bahahahhaaaaaaaahahahahahah. I wont shit on the sport. Just a very very bad down year for the sport all around.
    You don't watch this do you? When you have 20 legit teams that can win the entire tournament, it's exciting stuff. In the NBA, you have exactly two that can win it all. That shit is terrible. You're right, Oklahoma is the shits but when you have a legit NBA player on your roster, you have a chance.

    This is going to be the most wide open tourney we've seen in a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enfuego View Post
    You don't watch this do you? When you have 20 legit teams that can win the entire tournament, it's exciting stuff. In the NBA, you have exactly two that can win it all. That shit is terrible. You're right, Oklahoma is the shits but when you have a legit NBA player on your roster, you have a chance.

    This is going to be the most wide open tourney we've seen in a long time.
    Mob will be glued to the TV...lol
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