21st ESPN Tournament Challenge Collects 17.3 Million Brackets

March Madness

March Madness

"This is just another example".

Think about that one.

The last 20 years of college basketball have been dominated by just three conferences - the ACC first and foremost, then the SEC, and most recently the Big East.

The annual NCAA Tournament begins in earnest Thursday with the sport under a cloud of suspicion and uncertainty.

The second of those losses to the Cowboys was a blowout less than two weeks ago. If you lose, you're out.

ESPN's Tournament Challenge said "if you score the most points, you'll have a chance to win the grand prize of a $10,000 Amazon Gift Card and a trip to the 2018 Maui Jim Maui Invitational". "Hopefully that doesn't happen".

NCAA.com said the odds of picking all 63 games in the tournament correctly could be as high as 1 in 9.2 quintillion.

Some of the pressure to get Azubuike back on the floor was assuaged with the emergence of Silvio De Sousa during the Big 12 tournament.

Let's be honest, few of us will get to enjoy lounging on a couch in front of the TV all day for the next four days. "I'm not overly optimistic he can play a lot of minutes and be a real positive force inside for us, but if he can play 80 percent or 70 percent, we'll play him a few minutes". It is just as hard to get them all wrong as it is to get them all right.

Sophomore guard Lamonte Turner had a game-high 19 points and nine assists off the bench as Tennessee (26-8) advanced to the second round of the tournament's South Region and will play 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago on Saturday.

Since that blow-out upset, the Buckeyes have fallen off a little bit. "But as a competitor, you love that environment". After that the top 10 was rounded out by Virginia (+500), Duke (+650), Michigan State (+750), Michigan (+1000), Arizona (+1200), Kansas (+1200), Purdue (+1500), North Carolina (+1800) and Cincinnati (+2200). Sophomore year, I was part of an wonderful team that went undefeated in conference (was STILL not expected to make a deep run) and made a NCAA Final Four run as a No. 1 seed. There has definitely been a mix of excitement and sadness thinking about how this is going to be my final NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA website will stream all 67 basketball games. "I have to give our guys credit". That doesn't mean I'm doing business with them. But you can buy individual tickets on a game by game basis before they start. And Duke opens up with a potentially tricky game against MAAC power Iona. If Duke doesn't respect its opponents as much as the opponents respect Duke, another early exit could be in the forecast. The adversity that we were hit with was unexpected and unfortunate and we handled it better than most teams would.

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