Archive for March, 2011

The Double Bonus: Sweet Sixteen/Elite Eight Recap!

It’s the Double Bonus Podcast! Today John S and Tim are recapping the Regional Semis and Finals: They’re discussing more Harrellson/Zoubek comparisons, the pantheon of Duke Sweet 16 losses, the unfair maligning of Jimmer Fredette, the genius of Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart, and, most importantly, the Elite Eight run by the Gonzaga women. Click here to listen to the sweet sounds of the Double Bonus!

Monday Medley

What we read while jokingly telling Billy Donovan he outcoached us:


  • Some absolute gangbusters college basketball journalism in the wake of a riveting weekend (and this is before seeing what the scribes have to say about VCU). The best of the bunch might be Luke Winn’s behind-the-scenes look at Butler, which includes yet another quote that makes everyone — us included — swoon over Brad Stevens: “Stevens stood on the court on Saturday night and someone asked him if what the Bulldogs just accomplished was unbelievable. ‘Believable is a better term,’ he said. ‘It’s a more positive term, it makes you live life a little bit better, it makes you a bit more thankful for the opportunities and take advantage of them.'”
  • Kyle Whelliston takes down the RPI! The fight is not lost! (We wonder if Kyle’s head is going to explode with a mid-major national semifinal on Saturday.)
  • We forget if we gave the official thumbs-up to Quickish already, but if not, here it is. Best thing to have open during Tourney games or really any sporting event.

The Double Bonus: Sweet Sixteen/Elite Eight Preview!

Tim and John S are back to break down the second weekend of the 2011 NCAA Tournament! Today they’re discussing which really is the most exciting weekend of the year, whether or not Josh Harrellson is this year’s Brian Zoubek, the possibility of an NCAA Tournament Redemption Island, the dominance of the VCU Rams, and the last decade of Wisconsin Badger basketball. Oh, and they also give their picks for the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight. Click here for the magical elixir that is the Double Bonus podcast!

The Double Bonus: First Weekend Reaction Episode

Tim and John S are back for another installment of the Double Bonus Podcast! Their audio issues are slightly improved from last time, so you can actually hear them discuss how poorly their picks faired, how well the refs did, how unfairly maligned the Big East has been, and much more in a reaction the all the craziness of the first weekend. Click here to listen and all your hopes and dreams will come true!

Monday Medley

What we read while Sunday came afterwards…

The Double Bonus: First Weekend Episode

Tim and John S are back for another episode of The Double Bonus Podcast! Today they’re going over their suspiciously (and, for Tim, ominously) similar NCAA Tournament picks. The trendy upsets heading into this first weekend are Belmont over Wisconsin, Oakland over Texas, and Missouri over Cincinnati. Will Tim or John be on any of these bandwagons? Will they add a few of their own? And will anyone even hear Tim over his exceptionally poor audio quality? All those questions will be answered:  Click here and listen to their full breakdown of this year’s bracket!

The Double Bonus: First Four Picks

#16 UNC-Asheville v. #16 Arkansas-Little Rock

TIM: I’ve never been to Little Rock, but Asheville’s a heck of a town. I’ve never been there either, but I knew someone from there, and they were pretty cool. Also, UALR was a .500 team in a down year for the Sun Belt.

JOHN: How dare you insult the Sun Belt?! I’m going to pick UALR for three reasons: 1) To be different. 2) I don’t like picking any UNC, no matter where it’s located. 3) Bill Clinton. Continue reading

The Double Bonus: The Selection Sunday Episode!

Tim and John S are back again! Today they’re discussing last night’s bracket announcements, and the Selection Committee has sent Tim into an existentialist tailspin that has him wondering if the world’s events can ever be anything other than random. Also discussed: the value (or lack thereof) of RPI, the meaning of the phrase “First Round,” the four #1 seeds, and which first weekend matchups they’re the most excited for. Click here and listen to the Selection Sunday episode!

Monday Medley

What we read while Seth Greenberg wondered what he did…

In Search of 68, Selection Sunday Style!

As you can see, I don’t think the Ohio State-Penn State game means too much seed-wise. I think the Nittany Lions are in regardless of the outcome, and thus I can present, hours earlier than usual, the final bracket!

NEWARK SAN ANTONIO NEW ORLEANS ANAHEIM
1 Ohio State Kansas Pittsburgh Duke
2 Notre Dame Connecticut UNC San Diego State
3 Florida Texas Louisville Syracuse
4 Kentucky Wisconsin Purdue BYU
5 Saint John’s West Virginia Texas A&M Arizona
6 Cincinnati Vanderbilt Kansas State Xavier
7 Temple UNLV UCLA Georgetown
8 George Mason Washington Old Dominion Missouri
9 Florida State Tennessee Gonzaga Marquette
10 Michigan Michigan State Richmond Utah State
11 Saint Mary’s Clemson Villanova Illinois
12 Butler Colorado v. Penn State Virginia Tech v. Georgia Belmont
13 Princeton Morehead State Memphis Oakland
14 Wofford Indiana State Long Island Akron
15 Saint Peter’s Boston Univ. Bucknell Northern Colorado
16 Hampton v. Alabama State UC-Santa Barbara UT-San Antonio v. Arkansas-Little Rock UNC-Asheville

Last Five In: Illinois, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Georgia

Last Five Out: Alabama, USC, UAB, Harvard, Missouri State Continue reading