Sunday, March 16, 2014

College Basketball Selection Sunday

So its come down to this final day of conference tournaments (championship week) to determine the complete bracketology of this year's NCAA Basketball Big Dance. 

As always, there are some first timers hoping to slip on that Cinderfella slipper for at least one round of waltzing.  Then there's the Goliath power houses from those conferences that always seem to have representation in the final four shindig.  And in between there's a host of teams looking for some respect from both Cinderfella and Goliath.

Get ready for some homegrown, in your face college basketball that is as entertaining as a three ring circus.  You get high flying acts, animal mascots, ball juggling feats, trickery and all out magic from 64 teams competing for the chance to be champion.

These two teams, Mustangs and Eagles, are thrilled to be attending the big dance for the first time ever:

Cal Poly Mustangs
Conference: Big West
Record: 13-19
Ticket-clincher: Cal Poly 61, Cal State Northridge 59
Leading scorer: Chris Eversley (13.4 PPG)
Tournament appearance: 1st

North Carolina Central Eagles
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic
Record: 28-5
Ticket-clincher: North Carolina Central 71, Morgan State 62
Leading scorer: Jeremy Ingram (20.3 PPG)
Tournament appearance: 1st

The Shockers are the first undefeated team to attend the dance in 23 years.  And regardless of the criticism they've received from haters' questioning their schedule, Wichita State brings more than just an intimidating win/loss record to the big show; much more.  Besides, you gotta love the WSU team Shocker logo with the look of a charged up cheerleading fan.  March Madness is Here!  

Wichita State Shockers
Conference: Missouri Valley
Record: 34-0
Ticket-clincher: Wichita State 83, Indiana State 69
Leading scorer: Cleanthony Early (15.8 PPG)
Tournament appearance: 11th (First since: 2013)

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