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NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by slofstra » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:37 am

Anyone here into college basketball? We'll be running an informal brackets contest again on one of our servers. I'll post up the details on Monday. Unlike the ESPN contest, you can sign up in about 10 seconds on ours. Last year we had 64 entrants and I hope to get a few more this year. Not sure if anyone from here signed up or not; I know Barry was interested.

What with the Olympics I have paid zero attention to college basketball so far this year. Who are the teams to beat, and who are the dark horses?

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by Prometheus » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:39 pm

I would most definitely be interested! Basketball is not my favorite of sports, but I always enjoy the Tournament.

The top four ranked teams in the nation at the moment are Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Duke.

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Post by slofstra » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:49 pm

Prometheus wrote:I would most definitely be interested! Basketball is not my favorite of sports, but I always enjoy the Tournament.

The top four ranked teams in the nation at the moment are Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Duke.
Oh, the 'cuse have had a good year? As a Dutchman I always have a soft spot for bearers of the Orange. And they tend to overachieve at tournament time. So how are they looking this year?

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Post by Barry » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:53 pm

slofstra wrote:
Prometheus wrote:I would most definitely be interested! Basketball is not my favorite of sports, but I always enjoy the Tournament.

The top four ranked teams in the nation at the moment are Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Duke.
Oh, the 'cuse have had a good year? As a Dutchman I always have a soft spot for bearers of the Orange. And they tend to overachieve at tournament time. So how are they looking this year?
Syracuse had an outstanding regular season, but got upset by Georgetown in their first Big East tournament game yesterday. Villanova, one of my favorites, was also upset. They were in the top 5 for much of the season, but faded late.
I saw Kansas beat Temple in person earlier this season and it's hard to imagine a college team looking much better than they did that day.
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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by MarkC » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:54 pm

I'm more interested than usual because my school (Cornell) is in it. They've also been in it the last 2 years, and got clobbered in the 1st round (although sort of holding their own for much of those games). It seems they have a better chance this year to go a bit further. They'll probably be seeded between 10th and 13th in whatever bracket. I'll be looking to see exactly where they wind up.

Some speculated 1st round opponents for them: Georgetown, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Wisconsin.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by Prometheus » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:54 pm

slofstra wrote:
Prometheus wrote:I would most definitely be interested! Basketball is not my favorite of sports, but I always enjoy the Tournament.

The top four ranked teams in the nation at the moment are Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Duke.
Oh, the 'cuse have had a good year? As a Dutchman I always have a soft spot for bearers of the Orange. And they tend to overachieve at tournament time. So how are they looking this year?
They were number 1 a few weeks ago, but then lost and went down to 3. They then were upset in their conference tournament that is occurring this week.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by MarkC » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:56 pm

slofstra wrote:.......As a Dutchman I always have a soft spot for bearers of the Orange.....
Fill us in. :)
What does Syracuse have to do with Dutch?

(I even spent a lot of time up there, and I have no idea.)
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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by Prometheus » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:57 pm

Barry wrote:
I saw Kansas beat Temple in person earlier this season and it's hard to imagine a college team looking much better than they did that day.
There are many great teams, but I think Kansas has the best chance to win it all. Their team is loaded with many talented players.

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Post by Barry » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:59 pm

Prometheus wrote:
Barry wrote:
I saw Kansas beat Temple in person earlier this season and it's hard to imagine a college team looking much better than they did that day.
There are many great teams, but I think Kansas has the best chance to win it all. Their team is loaded with many talented players.
Agreed. I'll most likely go with Kansas to win it all in my work pool.
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Post by MarkC » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:06 pm

Other speculated 1st round opponents for Cornell: Richmond, Gonzaga, Tennessee.
In other words, any team ranked anywhere from 10th to millionth. :mrgreen:

IMO y'all are putting too much emphasis on who "wins."
The real interest is whether Cornell manages to lose by less than 30 points. :lol:

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Post by slofstra » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:12 pm

MarkC wrote:
slofstra wrote:.......As a Dutchman I always have a soft spot for bearers of the Orange.....
Fill us in. :)
What does Syracuse have to do with Dutch?

(I even spent a lot of time up there, and I have no idea.)
The following is more than a coincidence.

Syracuse basketball fans:

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Dutch soccer fans:

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Both traditions go back to this guy:

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who reigned in Holland in the 16th century and to his successor, William III who was asked to rule England when they kicked out the Catholics. The colour Orange ever since has been associated with both Dutch royalty and anti-Catholic Protestant boosterism.

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(Orangemen in Ireland, we can also blame William of Orange).

Syracuse came by the tradition because the first settlers in upstate New York were Dutch, and the tradition of using orange has also become associated with that part of the USA.
(To go further back, William of Orange-Nassau inherited the title, Prince of Orange, from a cousin who was prince of the prinicipality of Orange in southern France. Source: wiki)

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Post by MarkC » Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:10 pm

Oh OK............orange ya glad I asked?
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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by IcedNote » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:50 pm

You know I'm down to talk sports! :mrgreen: 8)

Wow...Kansas and Kentucky got the ol' in-out, in-out. For being the two top teams, they sure as hell got some tough draws! How does West Virginia, the top 2-seed, end up in Kentucky's region? They should have ended up with Syracuse (the bottom 1-seed), but apparently the committee didn't want to have two Big East teams at the top of the same region. And how did Duke jump Syracuse for the 3rd 1-seed? I'm a Duke fan, and that STILL doesn't make any sense to me. Oh well...I'm not complaining! :D

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Post by Barry » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:12 pm

I was surprised by the seedings for both Philadelphia area teams. I thought Temple would be a four seed or possibly even a three, and they were given a five. I looked at their draw and while they may have a slightly tougher first round game, there really isn't much difference between being a five and a four for them. So I'm not that upset with the seeding.

On the other hand, with Villanova's terrible finish to the season, I thought they'd drop down to at least a three and possibly a four, but they got a two seed and a pretty good draw. If they can turn it around, they can do some damage. But that's a big if. They've had a losing record in recent weeks.
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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by Prometheus » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:07 pm

Certainly looks to be a great tournament!
Here is a link to a printable Bracket in case any want to complete one by hand.

http://d.yimg.com/j/r/ncaab/tourneybracket
MarkC wrote: The real interest is whether Cornell manages to lose by less than 30 points. :lol:
In case you did not see yet, Cornell made it as a #12 seed. :)

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Post by Barry » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:51 pm

Prometheus wrote:Certainly looks to be a great tournament!
Here is a link to a printable Bracket in case any want to complete one by hand.

http://d.yimg.com/j/r/ncaab/tourneybracket
MarkC wrote: The real interest is whether Cornell manages to lose by less than 30 points. :lol:
In case you did not see yet, Cornell made it as a #12 seed. :)
Cornell is a good Ivy League team and Temple wins based on their defense most of the time. It will probably be a low-scoring game and may not be a blow out.
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Post by slofstra » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:48 am

Okay, our contest board is ready.

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Post by MarkC » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:58 pm

IcedNote wrote:.......the ol' in-out, in-out.....
LOL. :mrgreen:

Did you get that from "A Clockwork Orange"? That's the main place I ever heard it.

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Post by MarkC » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:59 pm

Prometheus wrote:
MarkC wrote:The real interest is whether Cornell manages to lose by less than 30 points. :lol:
In case you did not see yet, Cornell made it as a #12 seed. :)
Yes -- and what an injustice!!
They should have been at least an 11. :lol:
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Post by MarkC » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:01 pm

Barry wrote:Cornell is a good Ivy League team and Temple wins based on their defense most of the time. It will probably be a low-scoring game and may not be a blow out.
Glad to see I'm not the only one paying attention to this game. :mrgreen:

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Post by Prometheus » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:18 pm

MarkC wrote:
Barry wrote:Cornell is a good Ivy League team and Temple wins based on their defense most of the time. It will probably be a low-scoring game and may not be a blow out.
Glad to see I'm not the only one paying attention to this game. :mrgreen:
I'm picking Cornell to beat Temple. :)

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Post by MarkC » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:30 pm

Prometheus wrote:[I'm picking Cornell to beat Temple. :)
Well maybe if Bill Cosby suits up and plays for Temple again. :lol:

("Did you know".........he really was on the Temple b-ball team.)

P.S. From your proverbial mouth to God's proverbial ears.
And according to the rankings and polls, Cornell arguably was underseeded. For what it's worth, they did better in the polls (or maybe I should say less bad) :) than the 7 through 11 seeds in the East bracket.

Do I think Cornell is "really" better than those teams? Well, no. All I'm saying is what I'm saying. :)

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Post by slofstra » Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:22 am

I hope a few of you will try out our contest. Since I don't know your real names I don't know if you've entered yet. We're on track to beat last year's 64 entries. We welcome Americans since NCAA has only a minority interest here in Canada. Count me as one of those.
I've also set up a group on ESPN called Canuckistan if you're looking to join a group there. Usually I'm the only one in it. :)

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Post by IcedNote » Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:07 am

All signed up and selections made. It's 90% serious, although I'm just cheering for Duke...and would be shocked if they actually won. :)

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Post by MarkC » Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:07 pm

slofstra wrote:......64 entries.....
Shouldn't there be a "play-in" for the 64th spot? :lol:

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Post by slofstra » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:17 pm

MarkC wrote:
slofstra wrote:......64 entries.....
Shouldn't there be a "play-in" for the 64th spot? :lol:
Funny co-incidence that. I think we are on track to beat that number this year. Just need your entry. :)

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Post by slofstra » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:18 pm

IcedNote wrote:All signed up and selections made. It's 90% serious, although I'm just cheering for Duke...and would be shocked if they actually won. :)

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Duke has a very good chance. The Wall Street Journal has picked them to win. Most likely Kansas-Duke in the final.

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Post by MarkC » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:38 pm

slofstra wrote:......Just need your entry. :)
Nah, I'm better on the sidelines. :)

But I'll be watching to see how y'all do......

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Post by slofstra » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:50 pm

MarkC wrote:
slofstra wrote:......Just need your entry. :)
Nah, I'm better on the sidelines. :)

But I'll be watching to see how y'all do......
Suit yourself. You can join Barry over there. He's also all talk, no action. :)

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Post by MarkC » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:26 pm

Talk is easier. :)
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Post by slofstra » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:42 pm

MarkC wrote:Talk is easier. :)
Talk is cheap, but so is our contest. Free entry.

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Post by IcedNote » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:54 pm

slofstra wrote:Duke has a very good chance. The Wall Street Journal has picked them to win. Most likely Kansas-Duke in the final.
Well, I still think Duke will ultimately choke. I don't see them going down early, but I could see them getting absolutely pounded by Kentucky.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by Barry » Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:15 pm

MarkC wrote:
Prometheus wrote:[I'm picking Cornell to beat Temple. :)
Well maybe if Bill Cosby suits up and plays for Temple again. :lol:

("Did you know".........he really was on the Temple b-ball team.)
Are you sure about that? I thought he was on the track team and may have played basketball in high school.
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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by Barry » Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:17 pm

slofstra wrote:
MarkC wrote:
slofstra wrote:......Just need your entry. :)
Nah, I'm better on the sidelines. :)

But I'll be watching to see how y'all do......
Suit yourself. You can join Barry over there. He's also all talk, no action. :)
:lol: :lol: At least I admit it. I haven't followed college basketball for years. I went to that one Temple game this season because a friend who I went to Temple with came in from out of town to see it. That's probably the only regular season game I've sat through, either live or on tv, in several years. I only participate in the pool at work because it's very big and the guy who runs it sits right by me. People come from all over the building to my area to pick up the pools. There is almost no way I could get away without playing. Real-time grief is more painful than cyber-grief. :wink:
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Post by slofstra » Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:11 pm

Barry wrote:
slofstra wrote:
MarkC wrote:
slofstra wrote:......Just need your entry. :)
Nah, I'm better on the sidelines. :)

But I'll be watching to see how y'all do......
Suit yourself. You can join Barry over there. He's also all talk, no action. :)
:lol: :lol: At least I admit it. I haven't followed college basketball for years. I went to that one Temple game this season because a friend who I went to Temple with came in from out of town to see it. That's probably the only regular season game I've sat through, either live or on tv, in several years. I only participate in the pool at work because it's very big and the guy who runs it sits right by me. People come from all over the building to my area to pick up the pools. There is almost no way I could get away without playing. Real-time grief is more painful than cyber-grief. :wink:
Okay, I give. You're only supposed to participate for fun. I just have a hard time believin' that someone would think NCAA basketball wasn't a lot of fun, but I suppose it could happen.

You know if you have to make up a bracket anyway, it'll only take a minute to punch in. 63 mouse clicks. Done. And remember ... you're competing against Canadians ... mostly.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by Barry » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:23 pm

slofstra wrote:
Barry wrote:
slofstra wrote:
MarkC wrote:
slofstra wrote:......Just need your entry. :)
Nah, I'm better on the sidelines. :)

But I'll be watching to see how y'all do......
Suit yourself. You can join Barry over there. He's also all talk, no action. :)
:lol: :lol: At least I admit it. I haven't followed college basketball for years. I went to that one Temple game this season because a friend who I went to Temple with came in from out of town to see it. That's probably the only regular season game I've sat through, either live or on tv, in several years. I only participate in the pool at work because it's very big and the guy who runs it sits right by me. People come from all over the building to my area to pick up the pools. There is almost no way I could get away without playing. Real-time grief is more painful than cyber-grief. :wink:
Okay, I give. You're only supposed to participate for fun. I just have a hard time believin' that someone would think NCAA basketball wasn't a lot of fun, but I suppose it could happen.

You know if you have to make up a bracket anyway, it'll only take a minute to punch in. 63 mouse clicks. Done. And remember ... you're competing against Canadians ... mostly.
Haven't we lost to you enough for one year. :wink:
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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness

Post by MarkC » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:52 am

Barry wrote:
MarkC wrote:
Prometheus wrote:[I'm picking Cornell to beat Temple. :)
Well maybe if Bill Cosby suits up and plays for Temple again. :lol:
("Did you know".........he really was on the Temple b-ball team.)
Are you sure about that? I thought he was on the track team and may have played basketball in high school.
No, I'm not. :)
I wondered right after I posted it, and went and checked -- and didn't easily confirm it. Rather than looking further to see if it was "really" wrong, I lazily figured I'd let it slide, nobody'll notice. :lol:

I remembered that in the early '60's, SPORT Magazine had an article about him and his whatever-athletic-career at Temple. I thought it was b-ball, but you're probably right that it wasn't.

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Post by slofstra » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:26 am

Barry wrote:
slofstra wrote:
Barry wrote:
slofstra wrote:
MarkC wrote:
slofstra wrote:......Just need your entry. :)
Nah, I'm better on the sidelines. :)

But I'll be watching to see how y'all do......
Suit yourself. You can join Barry over there. He's also all talk, no action. :)
:lol: :lol: At least I admit it. I haven't followed college basketball for years. I went to that one Temple game this season because a friend who I went to Temple with came in from out of town to see it. That's probably the only regular season game I've sat through, either live or on tv, in several years. I only participate in the pool at work because it's very big and the guy who runs it sits right by me. People come from all over the building to my area to pick up the pools. There is almost no way I could get away without playing. Real-time grief is more painful than cyber-grief. :wink:
Okay, I give. You're only supposed to participate for fun. I just have a hard time believin' that someone would think NCAA basketball wasn't a lot of fun, but I suppose it could happen.

You know if you have to make up a bracket anyway, it'll only take a minute to punch in. 63 mouse clicks. Done. And remember ... you're competing against Canadians ... mostly.
Haven't we lost to you enough for one year. :wink:
Yeah, good point, Barry.

Actually I'm much more a fan of basketball than of hockey. I'll get excited about certain games come Stanley Cup and Olympics time but I'm a fair weather fan. After the NHL expanded around 1970 the game diluted and it never found its legs again. It has been better the last 5 or so years. And baseball has been in a sorry state since the players' strike. Never did like football much. Even the NBA is a bit of a joke. What does that leave for the sports purist (whatever that is): college basketball.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by Barry » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:34 am

slofstra wrote: Actually I'm much more a fan of basketball than of hockey. I'll get excited about certain games come Stanley Cup and Olympics time but I'm a fair weather fan. After the NHL expanded around 1970 the game diluted and it never found its legs again. It has been better the last 5 or so years. And baseball has been in a sorry state since the players' strike. Never did like football much. Even the NBA is a bit of a joke. What does that leave for the sports purist (whatever that is): college basketball.
I spent my entire youth as a sports fanatic. And I'm still a sports fan. But when it comes to basketball, pro and college, I skip the regular season and watch the post-season for the most part. The only regular season games I watch regularly are Phillies and Eagles games.
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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by living_stradivarius » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:54 pm

It looks like there was some misunderstanding re: the tie-break numbers...
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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by slofstra » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:59 pm

living_stradivarius wrote:It looks like there was some misunderstanding re: the tie-break numbers...
Send me a PM so I can clear it up. Did you enter? I know your first name is the same as mine, but can't remember the last. If you are who I think you are, you look okay.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by Prometheus » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:30 pm

Hope some of you were able to watch the Overtime games of BYU-Florida and Robert Morris-Villanova. Both had great finishes and I wanted Robert Morris to win it, but alas they couldn't.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by IcedNote » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:09 pm

What an unbelievable first three games!

Saw this stat:

2009 Tournament: 2 overtime games.
First three games of 2010 Tournament: 2 overtime games. 8)

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Post by ravel30 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:05 pm

Can't say I know much about College Basketball but I have heard about March Madness quite a lot over the years. What an amazing idea for a tournament. Must be very exciting to watch.

How many of you prefer College Basketball over NBA basketball ? Just out of curiousity.

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Post by slofstra » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:40 pm

ravel30 wrote:Can't say I know much about College Basketball but I have heard about March Madness quite a lot over the years. What an amazing idea for a tournament. Must be very exciting to watch.

How many of you prefer College Basketball over NBA basketball ? Just out of curiousity.

Matt.
I already said, but college definitely. Partly because the season is shorter, the games are shorter, greater variety of play/ strategy, and everyone tries harder. Also you've got the cheerleaders, the bands and the college cheers. Whereas the NBA live games pump in cheesy hype.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by Prometheus » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:08 pm

slofstra wrote:
ravel30 wrote:Can't say I know much about College Basketball but I have heard about March Madness quite a lot over the years. What an amazing idea for a tournament. Must be very exciting to watch.

How many of you prefer College Basketball over NBA basketball ? Just out of curiousity.

Matt.
I already said, but college definitely. Partly because the season is shorter, the games are shorter, greater variety of play/ strategy, and everyone tries harder. Also you've got the cheerleaders, the bands and the college cheers. Whereas the NBA live games pump in cheesy hype.
College Basketball is also much faster and more intense to watch. After watching a college game I see the difference in the overall slower tempo in NBA games. The NBA Playoffs I find to be often worth watching however as the game quality significantly increases.

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Post by IcedNote » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:13 pm

Prometheus wrote:College Basketball is also much faster and more intense to watch. After watching a college game I see the difference in the overall slower tempo in NBA games. The NBA Playoffs I find to be often worth watching however as the game quality significantly increases.
Say what?! :shock: Are you sure you're not watching the WNBA? :mrgreen: Ok...sorry...that was a cheap shot. :D

But seriously...the NBA is a gazillion times faster than college. Not only are the players a bazillion times faster, but also the shot clock is 11 seconds shorter.

As for me...I think the NCAA >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NBA.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by Prometheus » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:22 pm

IcedNote wrote:
Prometheus wrote:College Basketball is also much faster and more intense to watch. After watching a college game I see the difference in the overall slower tempo in NBA games. The NBA Playoffs I find to be often worth watching however as the game quality significantly increases.
Say what?! :shock: Are you sure you're not watching the WNBA? :mrgreen: Ok...sorry...that was a cheap shot. :D

But seriously...the NBA is a gazillion times faster than college. Not only are the players a bazillion times faster, but also the shot clock is 11 seconds shorter.

As for me...I think the NCAA >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NBA.

-G

It always seems to me that the NBA regular season is slower all around. I don't watch many games and perhaps I am not watching the fast games that you are. The only team I pay attention to is Cleveland and Lebron James is fast enough to make the others look slow. I just think there is a noticeable change in play quality once the regular season ends and the Playoffs begin.

I have just always found College Basketball to have an overall more sense of immediacy and the NBA regular season to be lacking in this. Just my 2 cents. :)

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by Prometheus » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:35 pm

IcedNote wrote: Are you sure you're not watching the WNBA? :mrgreen:
I have not heard of anything from the WNBA in quite some time. After reading this I went to see if it even still operated and apparently it does.

UNLV just lost so that's another wrong pick in my bracket. Kansas is up next and I picked them to win it all so hopefully they won't be the first ever number 1 to lose to a number 16.

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Re: NCAA basketball - March Madness - Contest ready

Post by MarkC » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:08 pm

IcedNote wrote:
Prometheus wrote:College Basketball is also much faster and more intense to watch. After watching a college game I see the difference in the overall slower tempo in NBA games. The NBA Playoffs I find to be often worth watching however as the game quality significantly increases.
Say what?!.....
IMO it's absolutely true in terms of the "intensity."
Yeah, "faster" isn't right in a literal sense -- but figuratively, it is.

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