Topic: NCAA Basketball

March 24, 2014

On Friday, Matt Osgood wrote about how Wichita State could win the NCAA Tournament and change everything. On Sunday, the Shockers lost. So...

March 21, 2014

The NCAA Tournament's appeal overlaps with the sentimental appeal of the underdog. Wichita State may well be about to make that old, sweet dream a lot less quaint, and a lot more real. How ready are we for this?

March 17, 2014

For a record (for this site) third straight year, Classical Bracket Achievers is back. Let us take this Pitino-haunted journey together, friends.

December 25, 2013

The vastness of God Shammgod's legend always outpaced his on-court performance. But after a long career on the court, the streetball legend seems ready to make his next move.

April 11, 2013

Joe Karas works in a laboratory in Boston and doesn't watch much college basketball. But he knew enough to dominate this year's Classical Bracket Achievers contest. Get to know your college hoops overlord.

March 28, 2013

Things didn't go well in the tournament for Gonzaga. But by one telling and not-terribly-advanced metric, they weren't nearly the worst one-seed of all time.

March 28, 2013

La Salle University's basketball program has had its happy moments, but very few over the last two decades. After storming from the play-in game to the Sweet 16, this most family-oriented of March Madness underdogs is having one now, and sharing it widely.

March 26, 2013

The very term "Cinderella Team" is a reminder of the cinematic aspect that's inherent to NCAA Tournament upstarts. But in the case of Florida Gulf Coast University, an epic upstart with a beachfront location, casting the movie adaptation is almost too easy. The hard part is traveling back in time to 1985 to make it.

March 26, 2013

Virginia Commonwealth left the NCAA Tournament earlier than usual, but has emerged as a miniature dynasty of sorts in recent years, and remains one of the foremost examples of mid-major excellence. But this ascent is both more complicated and more exciting for VCU diehards than you might expect.

March 25, 2013

The homemade rap anthem for Florida Gulf Coast University's upstart basketball team is, finally, just what it is: proof that someone can sound less impressive over Tyga's "Rack City" beat than Tyga, that young women are doing gremlin-y Nicki Minaj imitations into dorm-room mics, and a reminder the YouTube has a lot of stuff on it. But, in its giddy and glorious jankiness and just-in-time opportunism, it's also just about perfect for the NCAA Tournament's greatest upstart team, and kind of perfect in general.