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  • Brad vs. the Book: Making Final Four picks, dollars in the desert

    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 Final Four selections below:

    Gonzaga vs. South Carolina
    (62 percent of spread tickets on Gamecocks per SportsInsights)

    Midseason when my shiny, shallow head conceived the idea Gonzaga was a national championship-caliber team many people didn’t buy the bluster. After all, this was the same school that fell short of mammoth expectations several times previously.

    But here we are.

    In a battle of Final Four rookies, the well-seasoned group from Spokane is the veteran club most likely to cash. The Bulldogs, who rank top-13 in offensive and defensive efficiency, are the most complete team remaining. They feature abundant post punishers – Shem Karnowski, Zach Collins, Kllian Tillie and

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  • Gonzaga is moving on to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
    Freak Show Podcast: Will Gonzaga and North Carolina inevitably collide?

    On this concluding episode, Brad Evans and Stephen Bardo dash to the desert to answer several Final Four pressing questions. Can Oregon match the beef of Kennedy Meeks and the North Carolina interior? Will South Carolina overcome the balance and depth of Gonzaga? What team will inevitably cut down the nets? For the gamblers in attendance, who will cover this weekend?

    Our fearless forecasters also answered attached superlatives to several Final Four players and discussed the Archie Miller hire at Indiana.

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    Before the final buzzer sounds, give the show a listen.

    Episode breakdown: Archie Miller lands at Indiana [1:30], Is the Big Ten the most coach-rich conference? [7:35], Preseason odds of Final Four participants [9:35], Gonzaga/South Carolina breakdown with picks [11:55],

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  • Freak Show Podcast: Sweet 16 definitive breakdown

    On this tasty episode, Brad Evans and Stephen Bardo shake off the body blows their brackets suffered to dissect every single Sweet 16 matchup. What underdog will emerge from the wild and wacky East? Should North Carolina fans be concerned? Are Gonzaga and Arizona destined for a rematch? Can anyone undermine Kansas?

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    The guys also offer their thoughts on new hires Cuonzo Martin (Missouri), Mike Hopkins (Syracuse) and Brad Underwood (Illinois) and decide whether Steve Alford is the right man for the job at Indiana.

    Before you veg on the couch for several hours Thursday and Friday night, give the show a listen.

    EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Cuonzo Martin at Mizzou [2:20], Mike Hopkins to Washington [4:53], Is Steve Alford the guy for Indiana? [8:30], Buzz around Brad Underwood hire at Illinois [13:00], Kansas vs. Purdue [18:45], Michigan vs. Oregon [21:55], Gonzaga vs. West Virginia [24:92], Xavier vs. Arizona [27:50],

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  • Bracket Lames: Kentucky to have backers feeling blue

    Traverse the aisles of any store and you’re immediately drawn to it – the colors, the packaging, the lettering … the brand.

    Familiarity is what enhances product popularity. They’re often synonymous with quality, consistency and delectability. Even though knockoffs and generics may offer similar experiences, it’s the high regard that explains why we consume over and over again.

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    In the e-commerce world of brackets, Kentucky is that trademark. This year, similar to seasons past, it’s marketed as a top-shelf contender, a true threat to not only dance in the desert, but also cut down the nets.

    Due to multiple concerns, Malik Monk and Co. could be shown the door early in the NCAA tournament. (AP)

    After all, history paints a rosy picture. Alongside Duke, North Carolina, UCLA and Kansas, Kentucky owns a corner in the game’s Pantheon. Iconic coaches – Adolph Rupp, Rick Pitino and John Calipari – and All-Americans – Dan Issel, Tony

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  • Freak Show Podcast: Your definitive NCAA tournament preview

    The NCAA Tournament is about to get underway. Start your bracket prep with the Yahoo experts. (AP)

    The game is officially afoot.

    [Fill out your NCAA tournament bracket here | Printable version]

    In this positively MAD episode, Brad Evans and Stephen Brado break down the NCAA tournament field, region-by-region, bracket-by-bracket. They reveal their sleepers, busts, Cinderellas, Final Four and what school will cut down the nets and hoist the hardware in Glendale. Can Gonzaga get over the Final Four hump? What are Oregon’s prospects down Chris Boucher? What mid-major darling will become a household name?

    Before you begin your quest to win $25,000 in Yahoo Tourney Pick ‘Em give the show a listen.

     

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  • Bracket Flames: Perpetual disappointment Gonzaga to hush haters

    When Kris Bryant’s throw popped the mitt of Anthony Rizzo in Cleveland last November, the Chicago Cubs’ 108-year championship drought mercifully ended. For loyal families who waited generations for that moment, anxiety instantly gave way to an intoxicating euphoria.

    What a magical run.

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    Five months later, Gonzaga is college basketball’s equivalent of the triumphant 2016 Cubs, a team everyone doubts because of history, but will finally deliver.

    Ok, Northwestern counts too.

    Since making its first memorable mark on the hoops scene in 1999, the small Jesuit school in Spokane has evolved from pushover to powerhouse. At first under Dan Monson and for the last 18 seasons, Mark Few, it has averaged 27.7 wins per year during that stretch, nearly matching the production of traditional bluebloods Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

    Though Gonzaga has achieved an incredible level of success and turned several players into household

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  • Freak Show Podcast: Predicting the wickedness of Wichita St.

    Shaq Morris and his Shockers are a force to reckon with. Where will they be seeded? (AP)

    On this enthusiastic episode, Brad Evans and Stephen Bardo attempt to decipher the bewildering bubble. Is Vanderbilt really going to punch its at-large ticket with 15 losses? How firm is the ground underneath Wake Forest, Syracuse,  Michigan St. and Illinois St.? How far dangerous really is Wichita St.? Which schools have the most at stake in their respective conference tournaments? Are conference tournaments themselves a detriment to the game?

    As we barrel toward Selection Sunday, Brad and Bardo push the tempo to get you caught up on college basketball. Start prepping for Yahoo Tourney Pick ‘Em and give it a listen.

    Episode Breakdown: Should conference tournaments go bye-bye [1:40], Wichita St. a team to fear [4:40], NCAA Tourney top-seed scenarios [10:15], Divisive Vanderbilt [14:30], Sleeping Seton Hall [17:58], Wide awake Demon Deacons

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  • Interpretive Dance: The perplexing case of the Commodores

    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)

    Vanderbilt Commodores (Record: 17-14; KenPom: 40 SOS: 3 Current Seed: First team OUT) – In the 78-year history of the NCAA tournament, six teams with 14 losses earned an at-large berth. However, a team with 15 missteps never has. Can Vanderbilt rewrite history? After sweeping the Florida Gators Saturday in Nashville, it certainly has a robust argument. On the plus side, the Commodores exhibit five quality wins on the season (Florida twice, Iowa St., at Arkansas, South Carolina), the second-toughest strength of schedule and five true road victories. Conversely, their minuses include an atrocious blowout loss at Missouri, the SEC’s marginality and, of course, precedence. By

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  • Brad vs. the Book: North Carolina to cash in Duke rematch


    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 Saturday’s selections below:

    Duke (23-7) at North Carolina (25-6)

    Stakes for the rematch are higher than some suspect. North Carolina, after losing to Virginia earlier in the week, hasn’t sewn up the final No. 1 seed. Meanwhile, Duke, which staved off a hard-charging Florida St. team late on Monday, now sports a sterling profile, one strong enough to entice a top seed, with a little assistance.

    Steal a victory inside the Dean Dome and the Blue Devils, a squad many believed were the prohibitive national champ favorite preseason, could finish the season on the highest line.

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    Duke, offensively, is in the same classification as prolific

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  • 2017 NCAA tournament bracket tips: Grasping March Madness

    Every March, talk of “brackets,” “seeds” and “Cinderellas” around copy machines and water coolers invade the airspace around your cube. Badgered repeatedly by office hoop heads to participate in their cutthroat tournament game, you – on the outside a diligent worker dedicated to fattening the company’s wallet but inside yearn for much, much more – have historically stiff-armed their advancements. After all, conformity is a threat to your work ethic and individuality.

    [Tourney Pick’em is open! Sign up now | Bracket Big Board]

    However, this time each year you notice productivity around the office dramatically slips. Important meetings are skipped. Lunches extend for hours. And TPS reports sit unresolved. Enough is enough. You too want to stick it to the man. More importantly, you want to silence the annoying, self-proclaimed experts at their own little game …

    If you’re an inexperienced bracketeer with hopes of dominating the office pool, this is an educational primer detailing basic

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