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NCAA March Madness Tournament

March 12th, 2018 by Leo | Comments Off on NCAA March Madness Tournament | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General, NCAA, Sports

NCAA Tournament Bracket and March Madness Glossary:Click link to download NCAA Bracket-NCAA in PDF

Here are the dates and schedule:

March Madness Glossary:


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March Madness Roundup: ‘Nova Cruises, Temple & Joe’s Fall in Heartbreakers

March 21st, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on March Madness Roundup: ‘Nova Cruises, Temple & Joe’s Fall in Heartbreakers | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General
Source: WPVI-Philadelphia

Source: WPVI-Philadelphia

For only the third time since the 2000 NCAA Tournament, the city of Philadelphia was being represented by three teams in the tournament nicknamed “March Madness.” For a short time, Philadelphia had suddenly become a hotbed for college basketball talk. Villanova, coming off of a strong 29-win season, earned a two-seed in the South region, while Temple was handed the tenth-seed in that same region. Luckily for Jay Wright’s and Fran Dunphy’s squads, they only had to make the short trip to Brooklyn for their games. Unfortunately, Phil Martelli’s Hawks got the unlucky draw of a cross-country trip to Spokane, Washington, where the eighth-seeded Hawks would do battle with the ninth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats.

With all three games being played on Friday, the city was on pins and needles all day. The Wildcats got things off to a great start, steamrolling UNC Asheville by a whopping 30 points. Daniel Ochefu led the ‘Cats with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while ‘Nova shot 57.9% from the field as a team. Arguably, Villanova’s strongest skill is their three-point shooting, of which they shot just over 46% against the Bulldogs. Things were iffy early on, as Asheville hung around until about the 4:45 mark of the first half, when the Wildcats began what would amount to an 18-7 run, that would leave ‘Nova in the lead by 14 at the half. From there, the second-seeded Villanova was on cruise control, with the terrifying question beginning to re-appear; can they advance past the first weekend?

Following the Wildcats, were the Temple Owls. The 10th-seeded Owls were set to take on the 7th-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes opened up the game, sinking six-of-nine three-point attempts. After jumping out to a 28-18 lead, both Iowa and Temple traded shots for the rest of the game. With five minutes left in the game, the Owls trailed 61-53. Amazingly, only twelve points were scored over the remaining five minutes, including three clutch free-throws by Temple’s Quenton DeCosey that tied the game at 63 with two seconds left. The level of play would carry over to the extra period, as both teams left it all out on the court. Unfortunately for the Owls, they were bested by Iowa big man Adam Woodbury, who put back the second-chance layup to give the Hawkeyes the stunning buzzer-beater. Philly was now down to a pair of teams in the “Big Dance.”

To watch the heartbreaking end, click on the link below.


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Philadelphia Sports: Villanova Falls in Round of 32

March 23rd, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philadelphia Sports: Villanova Falls in Round of 32 | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

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The madness is over for the Wildcats. Villanova’s march towards their first NCAA Title since 1985 came to an abrupt halt on Saturday night, as the NC State Wolfpack stunned Jay Wright’s squad 71-68. The Wildcats’ season comes to an end, well short of what was expected. Finishing at 34-3 on the season, Villanova still has plenty to take pride in. This team finished with the best record in not only Villanova history, but in Big East history too. In the midst of this, they secured only the second #1 seed in team history. Despite it’s disappointing end, this season was one of the most magical in NCAA history.

‘Nova didn’t necessarily “hit the ground running” last night, as they opened the contest going 2-12 from the field, including a trio of missed layups in the first 8 minutes of the game. If not for Darrun Hilliard II, the game would’ve gotten well out of hand quickly.  The senior tallied 12 of Villanova’s 28 first-half points.  Junior forward Daniel Ochefu had a horrendous night from the field going 1-7, including a pair of gimme layups that were botched.

The Wildcats as usual, lived by the 3-pointer last night, knocking down 32% of their shots from beyond the arc.  Darrun Hilliard nailed 60% of his 3’s, including three clutch shots late in the game to keep the ‘Cats in the game. Perhaps Villanova’s biggest detriment was their shooting % from the field.  A team that averages 47% from the field, shot an abysmal 31% last night, including a 16% performance from Dylan Ennis.

On the flip-side, NC State practically outplayed Villanova all game. Led by 4 players in double-digits (including two with double-doubles), the Wolfpack dominated the paint. Anthony Barber and Abdul-Malik Abu killed Villanova, as they combined for 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Wolfpack as a whole, shot 45% from the field. As time expired in the first half, Trevor Lacey made a 3-pt jumper that would turn out to be the deciding factor in this game. Despite their best efforts, the Wolfpack were unable to put the Wildcats down in the second-half, and instead allowed them to put themselves down.


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Fuel the Cure: March Madness is Here!

March 18th, 2014 by Leo | Comments Off on Fuel the Cure: March Madness is Here! | Filed in College Sports, Events, General


FUEL the CURE has partnered with to create an easy and fun way to participate in March Madness and help spread the FUEL the CURE mission. Our mission is to inspire an action oriented and socially conscious lifestyle. Our campaign this year is for Children in Need, benefitting the following charities: KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), The Vetri Foundation for Children, and St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital in Haiti. Further information on our mission and our underlying charities is available on our website at Our donors’ help over the years has enabled us to engage over 3,000 individuals in philanthropy, donate more than $340,000 to various causes and, of course, have fun along the way. 

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This is Why We Call it “Madness”

March 23rd, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on This is Why We Call it “Madness” | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General


By Amy McGinnis

March Madness is well underway, and thanks to Harvard and Florida Gulf Coast, my bracket has already fallen apart.  Upsets and Cinderella stories are what make the month of March fun.  Fans everywhere completed their brackets last week (many while on the clock at work), and now we’re watching games and frantically checking scores (again, many while at work).  At least my picks for the title game (Louisville and Kansas, with Kansas winning the championship) are still alive.

Harvard’s win over 3rd seed New Mexico busted a lot of brackets, including my own, and they will play 6th seed Arizona this evening.  Oregon, who surprisingly beat Oklahoma State, will play St. Louis tonight.  The biggest upset of all, I think, was Florida Gulf Coast’s win over 2nd seed Georgetown.  I definitely didn’t see that coming, and I doubt any Georgetown fans did, either.  This is why we call it “madness,” and we see in game after game that anything can happen.

Fortunately for fans in Philadelphia, La Salle and Temple live to play another day.  13th seed La Salle is set to take on 12th seed Ole Miss tomorrow night. Temple will play Indiana tomorrow afternoon, and as I predicted before the season began, 6’4″ guard Khalif Wyatt is showing great leadership.  If you follow him on Twitter (@KhalifW05), you’ll see that he states “Temple Mens Basketball #1 … Tryna make it to the top, so I can let my dawgs know it exist.” As a Temple alum, I love this kid and the rest of Fran Dunphy’s squad.  Go Owls!

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