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I highly doubt they really cared tonight. They weren't gonna do much even if they were in the big dance thanks to Noel's injury. They will just reload next year again. Arizona lost last year in the first round in the NIT; I didn't care at all.

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In the NIT, Kentucky loses to Robert Morris, Robert :censored: Morris. I can't believe that this was the same school that won the National Championship last year. This has to be very embarrassing to the program.

Does it really matter? I don't think there were any Kentucky fans pumped for the NIT tournament. I think they just wanted the year to end and have Calipari ship this year's players out (maybe including Noel) and replace them (his "one-and-done" student athlete principle).

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You really shouldn't be surprised that Kentucky lost tonight. This was a team that Calipari couldn't make care about games during the regular season when they still had a shot at an NCAA Tournament bid. There's no way these guys were going to put it together for an NIT game. Plus they were playing against a team that was going to give it 100% and played in a high school gym that was packed with crazy fans on their side. This was set up perfectly for UK to go down. Most of these guys on Kentucky will be gone after this year and Calipari will have a whole new stack of stars. I don't think there's any way Calipari lets anything close to this happen next year.

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I just put together a bracket based on the number of points scored per game, and it's pretty comical. Check it out: http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/entry?entryID=5592425

Can't view til tourney starts.

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In the NIT, Kentucky loses to Robert Morris, Robert :censored: Morris. I can't believe that this was the same school that won the National Championship last year. This has to be very embarrassing to the program.

Does it really matter? I don't think there were any Kentucky fans pumped for the NIT tournament. I think they just wanted the year to end and have Calipari ship this year's players out (maybe including Noel) and replace them (his "one-and-done" student athlete principle).

Working for RMU, I will say this. A fair amount of BBN traveled considering the size of our gym including one fan that had a sign reading "#1 seed again, now lets cut down the nets for a second time." Calipari even said in his postgame that he sat his players that weren't putting forth any effort. Being down 10-0 they could have easily rolled over and said screw it but they battled with a chance to win at the end.

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I just put together a bracket based on the number of points scored per game, and it's pretty comical. Check it out: http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/entry?entryID=5592425

Can't view til tourney starts.

Darn.

Well, anyway, the Final Four is Indiana, Duke, Iona, and Northwestern State. And NW State knocked off Iona in the championship. Every single 14 seed beat a 3 seed.

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A couple quick thoughts of mine.

Easiest bracket by far I think is the East.

I don't even think Miami is that good but I have the going to the Elite Eight almost by default because pretty much everyone else in that bracket is just as bad. Outside of Indiana and Syracuse none of the higher seeds in that bracket impress me. That's probably where your going to get your most upsets. Could very easily see someone like a Bucknell or a Colorado going to the Elite Eight instead.

Toughest I'd say is the Midwest. You got Pitino, Coach K and Izzo all in that region. An Oregon team that got screwed over with a 12 seed. A 5 seed in OK State that has two potential first round picks on the roster, a really good Saint Louis team, a really good Creighton squad. After the first round, nobody is having an easy game in that region.

West region is probably the oddest. Bo Ryan is probably the best coach in that region. Won't argue with anyone that says Mark Few instead. Not much in terms of NBA talent. Probably the two best non power conference teams in Gonzaga and New Mexico in that region as well. Probably going to be seeing a lot of fresh faces going deep there. Don't really have much of a feel for that region at all.

South is probably a close second for toughest region. Again Roy Williams, Billy Donovan, Bill Self, John Thompson III, Shocka Smart all in that region. Tough teams a lot of NBA talent. Brutal go for anyone from round 2 on.

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I just put together a bracket based on the number of points scored per game, and it's pretty comical. Check it out: http://games.espn.go...entryID=5592425

Can't view til tourney starts.

Darn.

Well, anyway, the Final Four is Indiana, Duke, Iona, and Northwestern State. And NW State knocked off Iona in the championship. Every single 14 seed beat a 3 seed.

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In the NIT, Kentucky loses to Robert Morris, Robert :censored: Morris. I can't believe that this was the same school that won the National Championship last year. This has to be very embarrassing to the program.

The NIT is basically an exhibition. Most of America doesn't give a rat's ass, and neither did Kentucky apparently. Nice fake win, Bobby Mo.

Moving on from the Not In Tournament.... Set your alarms, everybody. The real postseason begins tomorrow morning. Cannot freaking wait!

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Just filled out my bracket. I've got Pacific beating Southern in the championship game 178-175.

I am SO gonna win that 50K.

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Meh ... my only bracket i have filled out so far has Michigan St beating Indiana in the title game ... with Florida and New Mexico as the other Final Four teams.

Seems just as logical as anything else this year.

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I have Indiana beating Louisville, with Kansas and Ohio State as the other Final Four teams

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Thanks for comming Valpo!!!

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No mid major has a chance to beat Micgigan State at home, they are too well coached.

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No mid major has a chance to beat Micgigan State at home, they are too well coached.

There's only been two years under Tom Izzo where Michigan State won at least 20 games and failed to advance to the sweet 16.

Rarely do they disappoint in March.

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