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Three Reasons Why No. 16 Seeds Won’t Win This Year

Bob Wankel - March 21, 2019

UMBC made history last season when it knocked off Virginia to become the NCAA Tournament’s first No. 16 seed to win a game. The Retrievers didn’t just survive the Cavaliers, they obliterated them on the way to a 74-54 blowout victory.  Moving forward, UMBC’s upset win raises some interesting questions. Is the chasm between the game’s elite and its lower-tier programs shrinking?  Was that night of never-before-seen chaos in Charlotte a sign of things to come? More specifically, could we see a No. 16 seed pull another unthinkable upset this year?

The answer, in a word, is no. Here’s three things to know before locking in your pools or doing any March Madness betting. For those of you in New Jersey, here’s our list of the best NJ sportsbooks for March Madness.

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A Full List of Our NCAA Tournament Coverage

Kyle Scott - March 20, 2019

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve spent the last week putting together everything you need to know for the tournament and March Madness betting. Here’s a full list of the coverage:

The best March Madness sportsbooks in NJ: this is a list of the best apps to wager on the big dance for those of you in New Jersey.

The top 5 buzzer beaters in NCAA history: I bet you can’t guess which was number 1.

Printable bracket: beautiful in its simplicity.

NCAA TV schedule: the full TV schedule complete with channels and announcer pairings.

DraftKings bracket challenge: how to enter DraftKings’ free bracket contest.

FanDuel Bracket Madness: ditto for Fanduel.

Why PointsBet NJ is a must check out for March Madness: PointsBet is the new app on the scene and its “points betting” format is worth checking out alone– we also have the best promo for any NJ sportsbook exclusive to CB.

March Madness Predictions: the absolute best post for all your first round picks.

Why your Villanova Philly school argument is stupid: Kevin put it best.

Potential upset picks: 5 underdogs to consider… and then wager on.

Five Potential NCAA Tournament Upset Picks

Bob Wankel - March 20, 2019

You always hear a lot of cliches during the week leading up to the NCAA Tournament, you know, lines like “Expect the unexpected” or “The only thing predictable about the tournament is that it’s unpredictable.” While such sayings are trite, they’re also true. There are going to be first round upsets because there are always first round upsets. One or two of these results will be stunning, although maybe not to the level of No. 16 seed UMBC’s 20-point thrashing of top seed Virginia last year, while others may be more mild. The point is that we know upsets are lurking out there, patiently waiting to blow up your bracket and prove false everything you currently think you know about college basketball, but where are they and how do we identify them when doing our March Madness betting? Let’s run through five games that jump off the page as potential first round upsets.

For those of you in New Jersey, here’s our list of the best NJ sportsbooks for March Madness.

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The Top 5 Buzzer-Beaters in NCAA Tournament History

Bob Wankel - March 20, 2019

I love the NCAA Tournament and I want to shout it from the rooftops. The brackets. The gambling. The rapid fire action. The Cinderella stories. And did I mention the gambling?

By the way, for those of you looking to get in on the action, here’s our complete March Madness betting guide. Included is need-to-know info before filling out your bracket and locking in your bets.

The NCAA Tournament is annually one of America’s most compelling sporting events and a big reason why is because of the buzzer-beaters. The games aren’t just hotly contested, almost without fail one or two games every year is decided at the horn on a “wow” play. With that, I thought it would be fun to look at the best of the best when it comes to NCAA Tournament’s buzzer-beaters. To do this, I spent minutes researching these plays, minutes that required multiple YouTube and Wikipedia searches to construct this very scientific top five list. I hope you enjoy it.

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Is Villanova a Philly School? Please Stop Using the “City Limits” Argument

Kevin Kinkead - March 20, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when we debate whether or not Villanova is a “Philly school,” as if it even really matters (spoiler: it doesn’t). It’s just something people say to discredit the basketball program instead of rightfully applauding Jay Wright and his players for their elite-level achievements over the past few seasons.

Now, I PERSONALLY BELIEVE that Villanova, despite campus not being physically located within the Philadelphia city limits, is a “Philly school” for the following reasons:

  1. they play a number of home games at the Wells Fargo Center, which is in the Philadelphia city limits
  2. they also play some non-Penn Big Five games at the Palestra, which is in the Philadelphia city limits
  3. Jay Wright has always recruited players like Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Maalik Wayns, who come from high schools in the Philadelphia city limits
  4. thousands of people came to watch their national championship parades, which took place within the Philadelphia city limits
  5. they garner more media attention from outlets within the Philadelphia city limits (because they’re a bigger and better program)
  6. the Big Five website describes involved programs as “five prestigious Philadelphia universities”

Those are my arguments.

Please do not give me the geography thing. The geography thing holds up worse than a wet paper bag receiving a Jorge Masvidal left hook.

For instance, St. Joe’s is literally 20 feet from Montgomery County, yet Hawk fans will claim SJU as a “Philly school,” even though it’s closer to Bala Cynwyd, where houses go for upwards of half a million dollars, than any typical Philadelphia neighborhood. Plus, most of the people on both sides of the argument are white kids who grew up in the suburbs anyway.

But if we have to do the geography argument, consider this:

You know how Mike Trout is such a Philly dude? How he lives and breathes Philly sports despite committing his future to the Angels? He’s from Millville, which is 44.7 miles and 48 minutes from City Hall.

Here, see for yourself, after the jump:

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Emotional Jay Wright on Phil Martelli’s Firing

Kevin Kinkead - March 19, 2019

I don’t know what this is. I didn’t know Mike Shh-shef-sky hosted a radio show on Sirius XM.

But here we are, with Villanova head coach and Kyle Scott man-crush Jay Wright hopping on “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.” Wright was a bit choked up talking about the departure of Big Five brother Phil Martelli from St. Joe’s:

“I’m really shocked.”

Well, I think it was time for new blood. That’s my opinion as an outsider.

FYI Jay Wright was 14-4 against Phil Martelli and won seven Holy War games in a row.

Phil Martelli is Out at Saint Joe’s

Kevin Kinkead - March 19, 2019

The Hawk will never die, but the head basketball coaching position is now vacant.

Saint Joe’s is moving on from Phil Martelli after 24 seasons, the rumors confirmed by a Tuesday morning press release from Athletic Director Jill Bodensteiner:

Bodensteiner is “new” to St. Joe’s, having been in place for nine months now. When she was hired, some assumed Martelli’s job might be under more scrutiny than it had been under Don DiJulia, who previously held the role for something like 750 years (it was actually 35).

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How ‘Bout Them Quakers?

Kevin Kinkead - December 12, 2018

I know what you’re thinking –

“Kyle won’t write about the Villanova loss since he’s a biased Villanova guy.”

That’s partially true. He’s doing business stuff for the site, so he himself is not going to write about it. He asked me to whip something up in his stead.

Penn looked good last night. Really good. Credit where it’s due; they’re a well-coached squad that knows how to space the floor and play disruptive defense and do the small things well. It’s not to say that Jay Wright is chopped liver compared to Steve Donahue, because Jay obviously just won two national championships, but I think we all knew that Villanova was gonna fall off a little bit after losing a bunch of guys to the NBA. Going down to Furman early in the season showed us that they were probably ripe for a Big 5 picking.

The Quakers didn’t win every category across the board last night. They actually took three fewer shots than Nova but were better from the three point line, hitting 7 of 16 tries for a 43.8% number. Villanova put up some deep bricks to the tune of a 9-26 night (34.6%), and that was probably the key difference, the three point shooting, along with Penn grabbing 13 offensive rebounds to offset a -3 turnover margin. Nova’s bench went 0-5 from three and contributed just 11 of their 75 points, while the Quakers got 25 combined points from Michael Wang and Jake Silpe on 7-14 shooting. Nova only mustered six assists as Penn forced them to play off the bounce, and when it came down to the final minutes, they team hit their free throws to finish the job.

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