LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!!

Calling all Cinderellas: looking for a March Madness contestant – not seeded first or second – that can surprise some people, bust some brackets and become the sweetheart of the Big Ball.

The March Madness brackets are set and fans are frantically filling out their predictions. Before you put everything down in pen, have a look at our five favorite teams to make a deeper-than-expected run in the tournament and become this year’s Cinderella story:

Florida State Seminoles
East Region If we’re following the Cinderella blueprint from last year, the Florida State Seminoles are the pattern

Virginia Commonwealth Rams
South Region

Last year’s surprise Final Four entrant could be ready for some more exploits this year. Head coach Shaka Smart was tempted with lucrative offers from bigger programs but instead stayed in Richmond, and has once again brought his team to the dance.

Michigan Wolverines
Midwest Region

Heading into the Tournament, the Wolverines might be overlooked a little bit considering they took a 22-point loss from Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament and dropped down to a four seed.

Kansas State Wildcats
East Region

All of the attention in the Big 12 is focused on Missouri, their Big 12 tournament win, their departure to the SEC and their snubbing of a top seed. But another Big 12 team coming off a good season could make some noise at the Big Dance.

New Mexico Lobos
West Region

If you haven’t met Lobos forward Drew Gordon, you might get to know him better in the coming weeks. When he’s on (17 double-doubles on the season), the Lobos are one tough team to beat. Just ask 18th-ranked San Diego State, who saw him take control with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Mountain West Championship Game en route to the upset.

 

Boilers no match for Buckeys!!/Evan Williams

Boilers no match for Buckeys!!

Written by Evan Williams

Boilers can’t keep up with Buckeyes, fall 88-72

After Ohio State started the game on a 13-3 run, it looked as if Purdue was going to get pummeled. The Boilers fought back and kept the game close for the majority of the contest, but could not hold off a late Buckeye run which led to their demise, 88-72 in the Quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Third-seeded Ohio State (26-6) will advance to the semifinals where they will face second-seeded Michigan. Purdue (21-12) will likely end up as either a dreaded 8 or 9 seed in the NCAA tournament with the loss.

After OSU’s big early lead, Purdue fought back and trimmed the lead after a couple of three pointers’ from D.J. Byrd. Purdue kept up with the Buckeyes for the rest of the half, going into the intermission down 40-36. The game was determined in the second half as Purdue failed to get leading scorer Robbie Hummel involved, and the Buckeyes dominated the Boilers in the paint. Hummel only scored six points on 2-8 shooting on the night. Purdue was also at a big disadvantage down low as they couldn’t stop Jared Sullinger as he went for 30 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. Fort Wayne native Deshaun Thomas added 22 points and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes who out-rebounded Purdue 39-28. OSU put three other players in double figures as well.

Purdue didn’t go down without a fight as they trimmed the Buckeye lead to 62-59, but that was the last time Purdue was in the game. A couple of three point plays by the Buckeyes and some put backs pushed OSU’s lead to 14 and the rest was history.

D.J. Byrd led Purdue on the night with 20 points and Terone Johnson continued his outstanding play recently with 15 points. Lewis Jackson put up a quiet double-double with 10 points and a season high 10 assists.

Coach Matt Painter was given a technical foul after arguing with referees about a no call after OSU’s Aaron Craft wrapped up a Purdue player for the multiple times during the game. I fully support Painter making this plea to the officials. While Craft is a great defender, he’s a dirty player and I feel gets the benefit of the doubt a lot of times because of who he is. Besides Craft’s regular dirty tactics, Sullinger also continued his act of complaining every time he is touched and gets most of the calls to go his way. If Purdue players cried to the officials as much as Baby Sully did, maybe more calls would go their way.

Purdue played well for most of the game, but the inside game is what killed them. Purdue always has a rough time playing a team with a good inside presence due to the lack of theirs. I’ve really been encouraged by Purdue’s play as of recent, but if the Boilers run into a good inside team in the tournament it could be a setup for failure. I also feel that Purdue can’t be successful if they don’t get Robbie Hummel more involved. You can’t expect to win when your best player only attempts eight shots on the night. I do think this is a Purdue team that can make a run in the tournament, if they get a favorable draw. As of now, Purdue is likely an 8 or 9 seed which wouldn’t be the best for the Boilers as they would face a 1 seed in the second round.  I really hope Purdue can make a run, Robbie Hummel and the other seniors deserve it. They were part of the group that led to the resurgence of Purdue basketball, and the program wouldn’t be where it is without them.

Four days of Basketball coming up in Indianapolis.

How will how the BIG TEN conference tournament  play out, we have an exciting four days of basketball coming up in Indianapolis.

During the season, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan tied for first place.

Wisconsin and Indiana finished just one and two games behind first place, respectively, making it five Big Ten teams in the Top 15 in the country.

Don’t forget about Purdue and Northwestern, who both have a good shot of making the NCAA tournament too.

Madness will clearly ensue for all four days (official bracket and schedule), and while studs like Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, Jordan Taylor and Cody Zeller will get the attention, here’s a look at some underrated players to keep your eye on.

Peyton Manning and Colts part ways!

Peyton Manning and Colts part ways!Peyton Manning’s 14-year career as a member of the Indianapolis Colts is coming to an end.

The four-time league MVP missed the entire 2011 season after having his third neck surgery in 19 months, a fusion of two vertebrae. His doctors have medically cleared him to resume his career and Manning has increased his throwing regimen.

The decision to pass on the $28 million bonus owed Manning and not to pick up the four remaining years on his contract means Manning will become a free agent

What are your thoughts on the release of Peyton Manning!

Mathis finds his “POT OF GOLD”

Mathis finds his “POT OF GOLD”

Does 4 years 36 million sound like a good number?

You better believe it does to Colts DE Robert Mathis.

Mathis is Robert Mathis, one of the NFL’s most dangerous pass-rush ends. The Colts are expected  to move from its traditional 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 under first-year coach Chuck Pagano, Mathis’ skills and forcefulness are still needed by The Colts!

Pagano is a defensive guy and I think he just made his first bold statement as a head coach!

The real multi-million  dollar question is does this mean that we could be saying goodbye to Freeney

And the other question we are waiting for answers will be soon…Yeah I know what your saying you almost made it thru an entire article without saying his name….

Joke is on you because I didnt say his name!

One thing is for sure we are standing by to bring you the News when it breaks!

 

 

 

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