Topic: NCAA Tournament

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

In the long list of films about college basketball, only one dares to cast Kadeem Hardison as a ghostly version of J.R. Rider, and it happens to be the only one that understands how wise it is to cast David Paymer as a hard-driving basketball coach. The 6th Man is that film.

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.

March 21, 2013

Sim Bhullar is 20 years old, 7-5, 355 pounds and plays with a unique and persistent sleepiness. He is maybe the weirdest and certainly one of the most bizarrely watchable players in the NCAA Tournament. In short, he's someone worth talking about.

March 18, 2013

Join us, won't you, in the annual college basketball-related bracket humiliation ritual? You just might learn something about the limits of your knowledge and the futility of information in the face of college basketball-related randomness. But, like, in a fun way.

March 18, 2013

For as long as Bo Ryan has been coaching at Wisconsin, questions have been raised about his teams' persistent lack of NBA-grade talent. He and the Badgers keep answering those questions by winning. Perhaps a better question is how Ryan and Wisconsin keep beating all these star-studded opponents, one year after another.

March 15, 2013

In the grand scheme of things, and in the NCAA Tournament, the winner of the MAAC Championship does not matter all that much. To the players fighting for the chance to write their own ending, though, it means so much more.

February 25, 2013

There's nothing wrong with some idle speculation on the NCAA Tournament, especially as March approaches. But a little bit less of ESPN Bracketologist-in-chief Joe Lunardi, and the silly, over-certain pseudoscience he sells, might do us all some good.

April 5, 2012

Hats off, and small nylon shorts in the mail, to Kevin Slane, the champion of The Classical's Prognostic-achievers Bracket Challenge. How could he possibly have known that Kentucky could pull this off?

April 2, 2012

The "One Shining Moment" montage at the end of every NCAA Tournament is a television institution with decades of history and a ton of gooey, gooey sentiment behind it. Which makes it all the more frustrating how awful it is.