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UConn Huskies (Basketball)

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    July 14, 2014

    LeBron James Goes Back To Cleveland: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    A simple letter posted to the internet. That's all it was this time. No made for television special, no Jim Gray, no "taking my talents to," no dry ice unveiling where were told "not three, not four, not five..." championships. In every way imaginable, LeBron James' announcement Friday that he wo ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    UConn Wins 2014 Men's Basketball Title: "This Is What Happens When You Ban Us"

    When he took over for the retiring Jim Calhoun back in September of 2012, University of Connecticut then-interim head coach Kevin Ollie concluded his introductory press conference with some very prophetic words: "I want to just say that we're gonna take the stairs and not the escalator because the ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Four Keys to the NCAA March Madness Finals Monday Night

    Prior to the beginning of this year's NCAA Men's Basketball tournament (affectionately referred to as "March Madness"), billionaire Warren Buffett was offering a billion dollars to anyone who could complete a perfect bracket. The immediate reaction to anything that pays a billion dollars is "WOW," ... 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 20, 2014

    March Madness 2014: The Tourney In Prop Bets

    Come this time of year, almost everyone is filling out brackets. Hardcore fans, casual fans, kids, adults, bosses, secretaries...we all love March Madness! However, this is also a time of year where degenerates get even more degenerate. Spreads, moneylines, prop bets, futures, exotics...everything ... 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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    February 3, 2014

    University of Houston Welcomes Back Guy V. Lewis

    I was at the last game Guy V. Lewis coached inside Hofheinz Pavilion. A Cougar victory in overtime of 15th-ranked TCU. It was my sophomore year at UH, March 1, 1986. I don't remember much about the game, not much more than shouting "Guy V., Guy V." a lot and banging on the seats. I attended the game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 5. Royce White

    I know right about now, after he assembled a roster that includes the acquisition of arguably the two best players in the league at their respective positions within nine months of each other, that to say "Hey, not all of Daryl Morey's moves have been that great" sounds like blasphemy. But, it's wo ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Whodunnit? The Great Chris Duhon Attempted Vehicular Manslaughter Case

    When someone is involved in a car accident, there is a certain etiquette to how you treat the story. On Saturday night, former Duke/Chicago/New York/Orlando/Laker point guard Chris Duhon was involved in a car accident inside an Orlando parking garage. Well, it wasn't so much an accident as it was a ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    The Wait Is Finally Over!!: Way-Too-Early Odds On March Madness 2014 Are Out

    As is the case in almost everything in 2013, the shelf life for enjoyment of the 2013 NCAA men's championship game (a thrilling 82-76 Louisville win over Michigan) was a total of about five minutes before we started looking ahead to 2013-2014. Almost immediately after the game was over, already odd ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    March Madness Final Four: Championship Game Prediction and Prop Bets!

    So, here we are. Championship Monday. A lot of you had Louisville in the finals, almost none of you had Michigan in the finals, and you sure as shit didn't have then knocking off Wichita State (barely) and Syracuse (barely, again), respectively, to get there. So let's establish that right out of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    In Like a Lamb: No Moves, No Trades for the Rockets in 2012 Draft

    Pick two came and went. Then pick five. Then seven and eight and it began to dawn on Rockets fans: For all the talk of trades for Dwight Howard and moving up into the top ten of the draft, Houston, a team mired in mediocrity, would stand pat and roll the dice with picks 12, 16 and 18. In fact, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    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 >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Bowling for Chumps

    How insiders use the college bowl system to loot American universities.

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    June 23, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- The Live Blog

    Keep coming back for the latest​The overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    And in the End: 20 Final Thoughts on the Final Four

    John RoyalLeAnn all dressed up for a white wedding.​In an attempt to wipe that awful excuse for a basketball game on Monday night from my head, I thought I would purge a few things still running through from my mind about the whole Final Four weekend. So... 1. I like attractive women. And ... 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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    April 4, 2011

    Final Four Astrology: It's Butler, Bitches

    It ain't Kemba's night​So we turn to an astrological expert to predict the Final Four winners, and she comes up 50-50. Which, frankly, we could have done. We suppose she could have gone 0-for-2, so there's that. In any case, the stars speak again about what will happen tonight. We asked Figg ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Final Four: Six Prop Bets for Tonight's NCAA Game

    [Jeff Foxworthy voice:] If you're betting on which team hits the first three-pointer, you just might be a degenerate gambler.​Of the four schools in this year's NCAA basketball Final Four, the two biggest fan bases at Reliant Stadium on Saturday night (in my purely unscientific opinion) appear ... More >>

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    April 3, 2011

    Final Four: Ethics, And How Empty Will Reliant be Monday?

    John RoyalUConn's Jim Calhoun, the Don Corleone of the Final Four coaches​UConn coach Jim Calhoun went the bizarre route on Friday afternoon, comparing him and this group of Final Four coaches to the old 1960s sitcom My Three Sons, with Calhoun of course, assuming the role of Fred MacMurray, t ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Final Four: A Non-Expert Guide on Who to Root For

    Everything you need to know, almost​Houston, you must get wrapped up in the Final Four, simply because it's here. If, like us, your love of basketball evaporated away awhile back, that means you need to get caught up on the teams playing so you can sound like an expert at your viewing party. ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Final Four Watch Parties, Team by Team

    Brittanie SheyHotel Derek, all gaudied up.​Judging by traffic, alumni from the schools playing in this weekend's Final Four are already swarming town, and if you want to get some of the sweet team-pride action, we've compiled a list of the official and unofficial watch parties happening this w ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Final Four Astrology: It's UK and Butler, Sayeth the Stars

    UConn's Jim Calhoun out of a job?​You probably want to know who's going to win the two semifinal games Saturday, just so you can place a bet or two. Fortunately, there is a scientifically based, rigorous system of analysis that is foolproof in predicting such things: Astrology. At least that' ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Dear Ms. Judd, Welcome to Houston

    Dear Ashley, welcome to Houston. I'll be in the press section, come find me.​Dear Ms. Ashley Judd: I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to my hometown of Houston, Texas. Now I know you've visited our fine place before, especially several years ago when you were here with your race ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Recalibrated Final Four Scenarios (and Jim Rome on a Mobile)

    ​By the time you read this space on Monday, we will know which four lucky schools have qualified for the Final Four and are headed to Houston to enjoy our weather, our ladies and our Tex-Mex. (I can now include "ladies" because BYU has been eliminated from the tournament. Houston will remain ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Game Time: Ten Historically Significant March Madness Buzzer Beaters

    In my effort to help everyone prepare for March Madness, I bring you the second installment of the March Madness Preview. (Click here for yesterday's first installment -- you know the part with my picks and what not.) Today, we look at some of the most historical buzzer beaters in tournament histo ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Game Time: For Sale -- NBA Two Guard, 30 Y/O, Excellent Condition, Trades Accepted

    ​First, I want to thank everyone for their reaction, positive or otherwise, to my post yesterday which chronicled the high points of the era of Tracy McGrady's Expiring Contract I seem to learn something with every new post that I generate here on Hair Balls, and yesterday I learned that there are ... More >>

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