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NCAA Basketball Tournament

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    April 3, 2014

    Cougars Go All In On Rocket's Kelvin Sampson Despite NCAA Issue

    The University of Houston announced last night that Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been named as the ninth head coach in the history of the men's basketball team. Sampson's the former head coach at Washington State, Oklahoma, and Indiana. He got all of those schools into the NCAA ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    March Madness: Ranking The Sweet 16 Matchups

    The first couple rounds of the NCAA Tournament is almost bulletproof. With so many games, and now the ability to actually see all of them, rarely do we come away disappointed with the first weekend of games. We get upsets, we get buzzer beaters, we get Greg Gumbel butchering interviews. With so man ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Awkward March Madness Moment: Greg Gumbel Gets Confused Over the Miller Bros, Promptly Ejects (w/ VIDEO)

    Man, what a weekend of college basketball! We saw one for the ages between Wichita State and Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, we saw the death of the Big East as we know it with their top two teams going down to a 7 seed and a 6 seed, and we saw just enough Cinderellas sneak through to where the matc ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Rice Basketball Hits The Reset Button, Starts Search for New Coach

    Ben Braun resigned as Rice's head basketball coach on Thursday morning. Braun was a good man, a good coach, who had previously taken Cal to five NCAA tournaments and who won a NIT. He's got 615 career wins, 12th best among active coaches, 41st all-time among all coaches. But he had just one winning ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    UH Basketball Slinking Toward Oblivion

    The Shasta mascot showed up for Tuesday's Houston Cougar basketball against the visiting USF Bulls. It roamed the sidelines, did a half-assed imitation of mascots for other schools, and really didn't do much of anything. And then there's one other minor detail: the mascot showed up for the basketbal ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Google's Most Searched Athletes Of 2013 Shows We Love To Consume Dark, Miserable Stories

    "Mostly I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?" -- John Coffey, The Green Mile I understand, John Coffey. I really do. (And trust m ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Pole Dancing, Playoff Soccer: Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend

    "It's the freakin' weekend, baby, I'm about to have me some fun." Oh, R. Kelly, how you cut to the core of me. The weekend is upon us again, kids and children of all ages. That can mean only two things: 1) It's time to put on my expanding pants and eat nachos until I puke and 2) There be sports here ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    March Madness: Further Evidence The 2013 NBA Draft Is Going To Be Terrible

    When it comes to rebuilding a professional sports team, the ultimate sign of the desperate fan is to take one possible outcome that has worked for a few teams before, apply it as gospel, and then shout from the rooftops that "[fill in name of favorite team here] needs to [do that thing that's worked ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    March Madness 2013: My Predictions In The Form Of Prop Bets

    The play-in game appetizers are done, and Thursday morning the main course of 63 games involving 64 teams over the next two weeks begins. For the first time since I got into radio in 2007, I will be able to actually settle in and watch the games for the entire first two days with no radio responsibi ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Color Runs, Roller Derby and March Madness

    It's almost the weekend and time for the inaugural edition of what to do this weekend in Houston: sports edition. Each week, we'll be giving you color commentary on events in and around the area you might want to choose for some weekend relaxation, all for sports fans. It's the first week of spring ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Cougars And Owls Finish Very Disappointing Basketball Seasons

    March Madness begins on Tuesday and gets into full swing on Thursday. And for the first time in probably forever (technically 1977), not one single Texas college was invited to play in the NCAA Tournament. No UT. No A&M. No Baylor. No Rice, UH, Sam Houston State, or SFA. Not one. But not all hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Rice Owls Play The Game of "What If?"

    The story is not that the Memphis Tigers defeated the Rice Owls 77-51 on Wednesday night. That was to be expected. The story's not that Rice struggled shooting the ball. That's a season-long pattern. The story's not really about the game the two teams played on Wednesday night. The story's more ab ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Taking The Escalator" Edition (Also, Praise For UConn's Jim Calhoun)

    Sitting and watching Jim Calhoun's retirement press conference as I type this post, and I got to thinking....it's nice to build something. In 1986, Jim Calhoun inherited a UConn men's basketball program that was 12-16 the year before and to that point had won just four NCAA tournament games in its ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    College Basketball: Sweet Sixteen Best Bets

    The casual fan likes March Madness because, unquestionably more than any other major sports postseason, the odds are at least only stacked manageably against the Davids (as opposed to football and series-based postseasons like baseball and in the NBA). In short, when there's no personal interest, pe ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    March Madness -- The Most "Live" Teams At Each Seed, 1 through 16

    Last year, the Final Four made its way to Houston and in a turn of events entirely emblematic of the type of sports year Houston sustained in 2011, we wound up with arguably the most underwhelming collection of four teams ever assembled at college basketball's marquee event. The highest seeded team ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    UK Papers Explain Strange Concept of "Basketball" & "March Madness" to Their Readers

    President Obama took UK Prime Minister David Cameron to a play-in game for March Madness last night. As a result, newspapers in the UK had to explain just what the hell was going on. Basketball isn't big there -- it was the first time Cameron had ever seen a game -- so results were, well, scattered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    5 Things to Know About March Madness So You Don't Look Like a Complete Lummox

    Just admit it: You won't have a clue about how to talk about the 2012 NCAA tournament, much less how to fill out the bracket once the teams are selected on March 11. That's what we're here for. As March Madness heads toward its March 15 start date (no need to watch the games on March 13 and 14; s ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Cruel Summer -- Andre Jones (1969-2011)

    Notable deaths: They do come in threes sometime​In a recent blog post about Major League Baseball realignment, I expressed the following sentiment: The best memories for most sports fans are the ones that took place from their mid-teenage years through their late 20s. Generally, for most of u ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    The end of the Age of Aquarius ​In honor of the NCAA Tournament ending, we're going to highlight some health inspection Cinderella stories. These are the little guys that lack citywide recognition but still have to conform to the same tough sanitation standards as the big-name restaurants. For ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    The NCAA Title Game: Forget One Shining Moment, Try a Brick House Instead

    John RoyalAnd so begins one of the worst championship games in NCAA Tournament history.​Houston is the home city of two Conference USA basketball teams. That means that there's been some really bad basketball played in this city the last several years. So perhaps it was the lingering stench ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    NCAA Tournament -- Four Winners, Four Losers

    Jim Calhoun reboots once again​Well, if a Final Four of a three, four, eight and eleven seed wasn't a metaphor for Houston sports in 2011, then Connecticut and Butler establishing a watchability bar that the women's final may actually surpass tonight (ok,ay I am totally joking, but still...) m ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Final Four -- R.I.P. College Basketball Regular Season

    It's Cinderella overload in Houston​"See, BCS! This is how it's done! College basketball, baby!!" -- Any number of random tweeters after Virginia Commonwealth and Butler punched their tickets to the Final Four this weekend Yes, in a world plagued by war, unemployment, and earthquakes, the m ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    NCAA Sweet Sixteen Central

    What the hell happened to Leslie Visser?​It's generally accepted that the first two full days of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provide the greatest two-day watching/gambling/drinking/eating experience annually, for obvious reasons: 1. Whether by illness, approved vacation, or planned s ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    NCAA Days Three and Four -- Winners and Losers

    March madness underway.​Well, I'm guessing that this past weekend of basketball is not how the money people behind the Final Four's coming to Houston drew it up on the chalkboard. In a tournament that already had last year's regional darling Baylor on the outside looking in, the only two Te ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    NCAA Day One -- Winners and Losers

    Need some downtime for the NCAA tourney? Try a vasectomy.​Yes, you read that headline correctly -- yesterday was "Day One" of the NCAA Tournament. Not Tuesday! Despite what the NCAA propaganda machine will tell you, the greatest single two-week period of sports during the calendar year is not ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    11 Keys to Your Filling Out Your NCAA Bracket

    Have you done your brackets yet?​So it's that time of year again. Time for the Big Dance, March Madness, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. It's that one time of year when absolutely everyone in the office actually pays attention to college basketball and everyone thinks they're an expert ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Why Is Everybody Hating on UAB?

    Seth Greenberg wants to know why no one likes him​"It makes you wonder if someone in that room has their own agenda, and it does not include Virginia Tech, unfortunately," Coach Seth Greenberg said Sunday night. "You'd hate to think there's politics involved, but it makes you wonder." I've ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Charles Barkley Drops "Jackass" on Billy Packer (And Seven Other Barkley-As-Analyst Highlights)

    Don't mess with the Barkley​The unveiling of the brackets for March Madness, which is a scant 48 hours away, takes on a little different meaning this year, for three intertwined reasons: 1. The field has expanded to 68, so now Tuesday and Wednesday will include four play-in games to get us to ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Rice Basketball: Farce? Fiasco? Either Way, the Owls Lose Another

    John RoyalThe malfunctioning shot clock displays Rice's chances of advancing to the NCAA Tournament​What if they played a basketball game and nobody cared? What if it was senior night, but the school was on spring break and not even the band or cheerleaders could be bothered to make even a to ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Resurrecting Phi Slama Jama

    Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?

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    April 7, 2010

    Game Time: What If Gordon Hayward's Shot Goes In?

    As sports fans, I think we probably let single events define players and coaches more than we should. In this era where we want to evaluate things quickly and neatly, it's always easier (and oftentimes, lazier) to just let one play on a big stage define somebody. It's clear, it's concise, it's also ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    For Opening Day: The Worst Pregame Renditions Of The National Anthem Ever

    What so proudly we hailed... Can you pass the earplugs, please?​ You can be forgiven for not realizing Opening Day for baseball season was here already (yesterday, in fact). Maybe you've been too busy cursing the guy in your NCAA tournament pool that filled out his brackets using the coin-flip met ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Game Time: Yeah, My Bracket Blows, But At Least I'm Not This Guy

    ​Sometimes I forget that the cushy little sports world I live in is not the end-all and be-all. For the better part of the last two weeks, it has felt like everything was crashing down around me as housewives and receptionists everywhere had outpicked me on their March Madness brackets using such ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Game Time: Assessing The 2010 Final Four

    ​I was on fire. As dismal as my bracket had become whittling the field down from 64 to 16 teams, once the field was down to the Sweet Sixteen, I was seeing things much more clearly. This wouldn't save my bracket, because brackets are like kids -- once you crank one out, it's yours for better or ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Exit, Tom Penders; Enter.....To Be Determined

    Photo from wikipedia​It was rather surreal inside the Carl Lewis Auditorium at the University of Houston Athletics/Alumni Center yesterday afternoon. Let's start with members of the Houston media actually showing up for something that didn't involve a free buffet -- there hasn't been that large ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Coogs Show Sparks, But Are One-And-Done In The NCAAs

    Photo courtesy UH​On Friday, I laid out a series of necessary keys that the Houston Cougars had to meet were they to have any chance of defeating the Maryland Terrapins in Friday night's opening-round NCAA Tournament match. You've seen the final score by now: Maryland 89, Houston 77. But at th ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Game Time: "I've Done Some Pretty Bad Things"

    ​"I've done some pretty bad things..." -- Tiger Woods, 3.21.10That makes two of us, Tiger. Of course, while the bad things you did were decidedly more kinky and homewrecking than my transgressions, it doesn't make me feel any less remorseful than you. Hey, by the way, saw your texts to Joslyn ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Game Time: "My Bracket Looks Like Edward James Olmos' Face"

    ​There is a silver lining in a plundered bracket in the year 2010, and it's this -- with the advent of Twitter, you immediately get reaction to the various buzzer-beaters, bracket-busters, and inexplicable gaffes that make up the first few days of the tournament (and there were plenty). So whereas ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Game Time: We Interrupt March Madness For This Earl Thomas Interview

    ​By the time this post is up, March Madness will have tipped off, so I hope everyone was able to glean enough "infotainment" (a word my good friend WWE Hall of Famer, Jim Ross, loves to use) to mentally and psychologically prepare you for the next few weeks. If you missed it, you can get the Mar ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Obama Shows Little March Madness Love For Texas Schools

    Texas -- not just UT, but the state's other March Madness teams -- ain't getting much love from Barack Obama. His annual bracket picks do have Baylor, A&M and Texas getting past the first round, but not UH.Take heart, Coog fans: As Obama says, "I got killed last year in the first round."Texas ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Cougars Are, At Long Last, A Part Of March Madness Again

    Photo courtesy UH​I owe Tom Penders and his players an apology. I thought that there was no chance of the Houston Cougars running the table in the C-USA men's basketball tournament, and thus making the NCAA Tournament. And I wrote such.Boy was I wrong.The Cougars pulled off the expected defeat ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    UH Hoops Still Dreaming Of Making It Back To March Madness

    Photo courtesy UH​Guy V. Lewis last coached the University of Houston men's basketball team in 1986. His last great team lost in the 1984 NCAA title game to the Georgetown Hoyas. He left a legacy of 27 straight winning seasons. Fourteen seasons with 20-plus wins. Fourteen NCAA tournament appearanc ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    UT Actually Makes The Final Four For Once: In Chess, And In Brownsville

    While UT barely made it out of the first round in this year's college basketball tournament, a lesser known member of the state university system was playing in the Final Four ... of chess.UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College wiped the geek right off the faces of the players from Stanford to claim ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    25 Random March Madness Facts

    Photo by All your picture are belong to us It's once again time for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, or as most refer to it, March Madness. And instead of doing an analysis and picking the winner, like I do (badly) every year, I've decided to go another way. I'm sure you've all seen those Fac ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    25 Random March Madness Facts

    Photo by All your picture are belong to us It's once again time for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, or as most refer to it, March Madness. And instead of doing an analysis and picking the winner, like I do (badly) every year, I've decided to go another way. I'm sure you've all seen those Fac ... More >>

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