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Which team wins?
Kentucky and Louisville are fierce rivals, which makes this Final Four matchup one for the ages.
Too much of a spread?
Kentucky is heavily favored in this matchup, but Louisville isn't exactly a slouch of a program.
Most pundits have picked Kentucky to win it all, but it wouldn't be the first favorite in history not to live up to expectations.
Calipari or Pitino?
John Calipari and Rick Pitino are two of the marquee names in college basketball for a number of very good reasons.
Ashley Judd is a fixture on the sideline of Kentucky's games and is regularly featured in camera shots of the student section.
How's your bracket looking? If you're President Obama, you have only two Final Four teams remaining, but that's still good for the 96th percentile of all brackets filled out. In our Tournament Challenge, only 25,304 people got all four Final Four teams correct. This whole tournament thing, in case you haven't figured it out yet, is not all that easy to predict. It's down to three games, however, which means you've got a much better chance of picking the ones left. You probably won't, though. It's still not that easy.
(1) Kentucky vs. (4) Louisville
Kentucky made short work of Baylor in the Elite Eight, while Louisville went on a 23-8 run late to eke out a win against Florida.
(2) Kansas vs. (2) Ohio State
Ohio State finally made Syracuse feel the absence of Fab Melo, while Kansas took care of North Carolina with a 13-point win.
Louisville and Kentucky have an old rivalry to settle this year, but Kansas and Ohio State might be the more even matchup.
How does your bracket look?
Ours was busted a long time ago, so we're not even going to judge you if yours doesn't look all that great.
It's a battle of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as Louisville will face Kentucky with a trip to the national championship game on the line. On the other side of the bracket, Ohio State will take on Kansas for the right to advance. Which is the better Final Four matchup?
2. Which upset surprised you more?
The upsets have already started in college basketball, with Louisville taking out Butler and San Diego State edging out Gonzaga. Neither is, say, an Appalachian State vs. Michigan situation, but it'll still shake things up quite a bit to see some big contenders fall this early. Which upset surprised you more?
If this was the final week of competition before football bowl season, any discussion of a fifth-place team in the Big East would include names like Meinke Car Care Bowl, PapaJohns.com Bowl or St. Petersburg Bowl. Good times.
Thankfully it's March, which means Rick Pitino's so-so Cardinals have as much as the better part of a week on one of the biggest stages in the sport to vault themselves into national prominence and championship sleeper status. Notre Dame didn't even want a low-level bowl bid by the time its football season wrapped up, but the Fighting Irish will be playing like crazy for the chance to be at least No. 64 when the NCAA tournament comes out.
What we're saying is the Big East tournament is a pretty good gig. And with games on ESPN 360, it beats the heck out of real work. The big dogs (sorry, UConn) don't play until tomorrow, but which team has the best shot to knock off Syracuse?
Assume for a moment that WVU wins the Big East tourney... If that were to happen, then what else would the Mountaineers need to happen in order to move up to a #1 seed in the Big Dance?
It's an interesting scenario. But the problem is that save the Villanova win it's not like WVA finished without any hiccups, losing to Pitt and Connecticut. I know the Mountaineers beat Ohio State but they did lose to Purdue. WVA is also the No. 3 seed in the Big East. I don't see it. Full transcript
Joe, here's the question that has captivated the country. If Uconn wins 3 are they back in?
Well, David, it may have captivated one state. I think the rest of the country was tired of seeing UConn in my brackets. Three wins gets them back in the conversation. The rest is not knowable at this point. Full transcript
Geno Auriemma's Connecticut team avoided the closest thing it has faced to an upset challenge in a long time Monday night at Oklahoma, but the Big East's best men's teams haven't been quite as adept at sidestepping that Acme anvil on the road to the NCAA tournament.
Auriemma's Connecticut counterpart, Jim Calhoun, was responsible for the latest when his team knocked off No. 3 Villanova. But how much does that win, along with Louisville's win at Syracuse and Rutgers' win at Georgetown (Pitt knocking off West Virginia seems like a mild upset at best on the former's home court) really change the landscape for the NCAA tournament?
We've already seen that most of the country thinks the Big East is the best conference in the land, and as much as we like to talk about Cinderella, 62 percent of SportsNation thinks finishing at .500 in the nation's best conference makes a team more deserving of the NCAA tournament than winning a mid-major crown.
How many more games do the Cardinals need to win to feel safe of garnering an at-large bid?
No worse than .500 in your remaining games, conference tournament included.
You still have SU as a 1 seed ...good but surprising. Why didn't they slide to a #2?
In terms of overall profile and level of play, my belief is the Committee would still slot Syracuse no worse than No. 4 (based on records to date, of course). Also, if the Louisville loss had occurred a month ago instead of a day, it probably wouldn't be a question. Full transcript
The Big east is the best conference. Nobody can dispute that. They are like the SEC in football. Every team is good and they just beat each other up throughout the conference season. I'm a Kentucky fan and I still think Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse are the best teams in the country. Sorry, Nova. You're close but not quite there yet. After Nova, its anybodys guess.” -- jay_bilastrator
West Virginia fans have a lot to cheer about when it comes to Bob Huggins and the men's basketball team. Entering tonight's rivalry game against Pitt (ESPN 360, 7 p.m. ET), the Mountaineers are ranked No. 6 in the nation and own a 17-3 record.
But it's the specifics of what the fans, at least some of those in the student section in Morgantown, were cheering about during Saturday's win against Louisville that has everyone else talking. Namely, Rick Pitino's personal life, in the form of a chant consisting of the name of the woman the Louisville coach admitted to having a sexual encounter with outside his marriage.
And that was the subject matter after a school official sent students an e-mail asking them to tone down their act after microphones in place for a nationally televised game against Ohio State Jan. 23 caught profanities flying out of the student section.
So where do you draw the line between acceptable, even creative and amusing, heckling that creates a home-court advantage and a lack of class that tarnishes a school's image?
I love how soft we've gotten. Fans can't be fans anymore. Next they're gonna want these kids to put their fingers over their mouths.” -- big13cyp
Being classy or classless is a choice. Since if the students and adults in the stands of WVU games choose to act this way it is obvious they have made their choice -- and by choice will not stop. If the WVU administration and higher ups really cared THEY would put a stop to it. All it would take is when they start, for the game to be halted until they stop -- within a brief time -- a minute. It fhey don't issue a technical. Once they start losing a ton of games, have their own players and coaches pissed off at them, THEN they might realize that disrespect is NOT what the athletes on the floor are interested in.” -- uldn
I'm all for showing more respect, but like I said, since when have people respected WV? No matter what we do, people will still call us names and derogatories. WVU fans and people from WV take enough hell as it is. WVU getting respect is a losing battle, no matter what we do to look classy, we wont get any respect. The truth hurts, but thats just how it is.” -- wvueersfan09
Freedom of expression comes with a responsibility to express with respect, not tarnish that freedom with stains of filth flying from our mouth. Whe we do that to each other we tear the very fabric that makes our freedoms valuable.” -- Spirit_of_Competition
Any day with college basketball on television is a good thing. A day when college basketball is always on television is a great thing. With the march to the Final Four in Indianapolis underway (and the march to San Antonio for the women), ESPN is showing nothing but basketball Tuesday -- 12 games in 24 hours. And that doesn't even include the games going on ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile. At this point, you've already missed the start of class (and Cal State Fullerton upsetting UCLA) but there's still time to salvage the day.
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Which fight are you more interested in watching?
Would you rather see a replay of Brock Lesnar versus Frank Mir or watch Gina Carano versus Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos live?
Have you ever sipped beer through a straw?
Maybe we should reword this question: "Are you male, and did you attend college?" And don't lie to us. Your mom won't see how you voted.
Who won Tuesday night's fight?
Kevin Youkilis gets points for the sprint, helmet toss and attempted tackle, but Rick Porcello took advantage of his momentum and ended up on top.
What do you think about Michigan's tackling dummies?
The Wolverines hit tackling dummies adorned with Ohio State stickers in practice. Is this a smart, motivational move or a dumb tactic?
Will the Rick Pitino story affect Louisville recruiting?
Pitino reportedly told police that he had consensual sex with and paid for an abortion for the woman who has been charged with trying to extort him.
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