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    Michigan State is in unfamiliar ground when it comes to fighting for NCAA tourney spot (By Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    On the inaugural edition of the Freak Show Podcast, NCAAB version, Brad Evans and Stephen Bardo run the floor discussing various hot topics as we gear up for the Madness. What were the biggest takeaways from this past weekend’s games? What teams are climbing up the Bracket Big Board? What schools are tumbling down the mountainside? What clubs are on the bubble?

    Episode breakdown: Kansas’ dominance [1:45], SMU a dangerous draw [5:50], North Carolina moves to a No. 1 seed [9:00], Wichita St. needs more press [11:40], Oklahoma St.’s remarkable turnaround [14:54], Virginia falling hard [18:17], South Carolina slumping [21:09], Michigan St.’s concerns without Eron Harris [23:47], Syracuse dance chances [26:48], Providence has work to do [29:55], California on firm ground? [32:25], Illinois St. the second at-large

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  • Interpretive Dance: North Carolina making case for a No. 1

    Continue their recent hot streak and the Tar Heels will score a No. 1 seed. (Getty)

    Still recuperating from your midweek bar crawl? Are you nostril deep in term paper research? Have no fear, fellow bracketeers. As a companion to the Bracket Big Board, the I.D. is here to highlight what teams are gaining and what teams are losing ground in the march toward the NCAA Tournament.  

    DA BULLS (Moving Up)

    North Carolina Tar Heels (Record: 23-5; KenPom: 6 SOS: 19 Current Seed: No. 1)  – Saturday night Justin Jackson had more close-up camera time than D.J. Khaled. That’s the type of performance he logged against reeling Virginia. His 20-4-6 line combined with Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks’ paint dominance suplexed the Cavs and elevated UNC from a projected No. 2 to a No. 1 seed. Most impressively, the Heels limited UVA to an appalling 0.67 points per possession. Replicate that energy on D postseason and you can virtually guarantee a Final Four berth. Roy Williams’ team is flush with

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  • Brad vs. the Book: Bears to earn their honey against Kansas

    Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out this weekend’s selections below:

    Kansas (23-3) at Baylor (24-4)

    Thirteen. That’s the number of consecutive conference titles Kansas, almost unbelievably, is gunning for. Think about it. The last time Bill Self’s club failed to finish atop the Big 12, in 2001, freshman Josh Jackson, then barely four-years old, was rocking the rim on his Little Tikes hoop. Pure dominance.

    On offense, Kansas has orchestrated a symphony of efficiency in league action. Floor general Frank Mason, double-doubles machine Josh Jackson and arc assassin Devonte’ Graham have worked in lockstep. Collectively, the Jayhawks have netted over 41 percent form distance and averaged 1.21 points per possession, the sixth-best mark

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  • Interpretive Dance: Dangerous SMU continues to fly under radar

    Tim Jankovich and his SMU Mustangs need to be heard after taking down Cincinnati. (Getty)

    Still recuperating from your midweek bar crawl? Are you nostril deep in term paper research? Have no fear, fellow bracketeers. As a companion to the Bracket Big Board, the I.D. is here to highlight what teams are gaining and what teams are losing ground in the march toward the NCAA Tournament.  

    DA BULLS (Moving Up)

    Florida Gators (Record: 20-5; KenPom: 6 SOS: 23 Current Seed: No. 3)  – Fried Gator may taste like chicken, but digest the profile of these swamp creatures and it tastes like a fearless Final Four contender. Michael White has asserted himself in his second year calling the shots in Gainesville. His club, winners of six straight including a pivotal triumph over Kentucky, is locked in a three-way first-place tie with UK and South Carolina atop the SEC. Team-wide balance explains the success. Currently top-25 in offensive and top-five in defensive efficiency, the Gators sport an analytics

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  • Brad vs. the Book: Don't zig on the 'Zags

    Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out this weekend’s selections below:

    Gonzaga (25-0) at St. Mary’s (22-2)

    Duke/North Carolina, which delivered, as always, Thursday night, may be college basketball’s biggest rivalry, but west of the Mississippi, Gonzaga/St. Mary’s is another enormous clash full of resent and bitterness.

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    Some will argue the 2006 and 2013 teams were his finest, but in this observer’s opinion, this is Mark Few’s best ever ‘Zags team. It ranks top-four nationally in adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, possesses depth, guards tenaciously, throttles opponents outside and showcases the ‘Polish Shaq,’ Przemek Karnowski, a double-wide seven-footer with

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  • Brad vs. the Book: Sympathy for the Devils

    Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out Thursday’s selections below:

    North Carolina (21-4, 12-12 ATS) at Duke (18-5, 9-13)

    Red Sox/Yankees. Bears/Packers. He-Man/Skeletor. Among age-old rivalries, sports related or not, Duke/Carolina is the most quintessential.

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    Entering their 243rd meeting, the ACC adversaries are heading in similar directions. After a rocky January in which Duke lost its fearless leader, Coach K, and dipped below .500 in conference play, it’s ascending, emerging victorious in three straight registering pivotal road clashes against Wake Forest and Notre Dame. Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen’s offensive brilliance combined with freshman hotshot Jayson Tatum’s

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  • Betting the Super Bowl encompasses every facet imaginable. If oddsmakers can generate a percentage chance, they offer it. In this special edition of Over/Under, the Yahoo Fantasy crew tackles the Big Game’s most ridiculous and realistic dice rolls.

    Over/Under, Luke Bryan total time to sing the National Anthem 2:15. (Over -120; Under -120) (Oddshark)

    Brad – UNDER. Falling shy of the proposed number seems too easy. The past 11 Super Bowl National Anthems averaged 1:58 seconds. If Aretha Franklin, who is still holding notes from her rendition on Thanksgiving Day, were assigned this task, I would hammer the over. The Queen of Soul, like many R&B artists, tend to hold ‘Free’ and ‘Brave’ considerably longer than country singers. Unless Bryan plans a random, long guitar solo, it seems unlikely he eclipses 135 seconds.

    Brandon – UNDER. My experience in running a SB prop bet sheet for years is

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  • Brad vs. the Book: No reason to be bearish on Baylor

    Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out Wednesday’s selections below: 

    Baylor (20-1) at Kansas (19-2)

    Indisputably, Scott Drew is college basketball’s most under-appreciated and most misunderstood head coach.

    Unfairly raked over the coals by his own fanbase and self-proclaimed hoop ‘experts’ alike for years, the Baylor shot caller deserves considerable adoration. In his 14 seasons in Waco, he’s built a powerhouse from ashes, reaching the NCAA tournament six times and the Elite Eight twice since 2008. Over the past six seasons, he’s registered 145 wins, more triumphs than perceived highfalutin programs as Florida, Notre Dame, Indiana and Maryland.

    Drew has his club firing on all cylinders, putting it on track for its first ever NCAA

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  • Brad vs. the Book: Take road warrior Virginia, points

    Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out this weekend’s selections below: 

    Kansas (18-2) at Kentucky (17-3)

    Blue bloods have been the center of conversations throughout the college basketball world. UCLA, though struggling of late, is a popular pick to reach the Final Four. Duke, despite its problems, continues to have bandwagoners. But it’s Kansas and Kentucky that have mostly led the charge among iconic programs.

    The Wildcats are still licking their wounds after stumbling in Knoxville earlier in the week. Largely unopposed in SEC action, they’ve steamrolled most opponents emerging victorious by an average margin of 23 points. They force numerous turnovers (20.5 TO%), fly high in transition and aggressively, and successfully, attack

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  • Yahoo takes Squares Pick'em digital for the Big Game

    Each morning when we decide on a suitable time to roll out of bed and attack the day, we’re immediately faced with numerous uncertainties:
    Do I dare use this expired milk with my coffee? Should I take the alternative route to dodge rush-hour traffic? Is it time to exercise or for a marathon session of my favorite show?
    Whether you take the plunge or avoid the risk, there are always upsides and downsides with every dilemma.
    However, one opportunity no person should shy away from is playing in an age-old playoff pastime, the squares game.
    Introducing, Squares Pick ‘Em, the first digital game of its kind on Yahoo Sports that lets football fans play along with the Big Game, sponsored by Pizza Hut.
    OH. HECK. YA.
    We’re taking the game-day tradition and making it easier to create, operate and follow. No more drawing lines. No more calling or traveling to watering holes to play. No need to physically chase down people
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