Conference Madness 2016: Part One

It feels like just weeks ago we were cooped up inside our homes waiting for the arrival of the 2015-16 NCAA basketball season. It doesn’t feel long ago, either, that one of the most dominant teams in NCAA history (the 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats) was eliminated from the Final Four by the pesky Wisconsin Badgers. But, alas, we have reached that

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TCT Roundtable February 25th

Another week of sports means another week of questions for The College Tailgate staff. Have a question you want answered? Email us: thecollegetailgate@gmail.com.   NBA: The race to make the playoffs in the Western Conference is getting tight as four teams compete for three spots. Amongst Portland, Dallas, Utah and Houston, who is most likely to miss out and who

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10 Bold Predictions for 2015-2016 NCAAM Basketball Season

I can honestly say that was one of the most boring tournaments I have ever watched (with the exception of Day 1). Next season I can guarantee at least one thing…we will have a far more entertaining tournament. After the first few games, the only things of any interest that happened were pretty much: NC State beat Nova, ‘Sconsin stuffed

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Why Kentucky Won’t Go All The Way

An undefeated team that has not faced a challenging opponent all season – what stands in the way of University of Kentucky, the number one pick to win the whole tournament? Kentucky is the dream team and, if they win it all, will be the first team since the 1976 Indiana University Hoosiers to be the undefeated champions. It seems

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NCAA 2015 Tournament Challenge Game-by-Game Analysis: Midwest

The major Kentucky question(s), Cinderella favorites and surprise seeding. Welcome to the Midwest region. For those that are curious, the Midwest region is the first region we’ve had in a long time that actually, ya know, has teams from the midwest. Yeah there’s a couple outliers in Maryland and Buffalo, but every other team is at least feasibly definable as “midwestern”. There’s

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NCAA 2015 Tournament Challenge Game-by-Game Analysis: East

Upsets so drastic you’ll think I’m crazy, things go strangely as planned, and underrated and ticked-off teams. Welcome to the East. There’s a lot to cover, so we’ll get right at it. I will only be doing the first round for these teams, because hey, I can’t give up the secrets for how I win these things. There are five

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NCAA 2015 Tournament Challenge Game-by-Game Analysis: South

Perhaps the biggest cinderella this year, dangerous teams finally living up to expectations, and a 16-1 UPSET?!?! Welcome to the South. Oh, and sweet tea. I forgot to mention that. It wouldn’t be the South without sweet tea, and North Dakota. Because geography. There’s a lot to cover, so we’ll get right at it. I will only be doing the first

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Vengeance: A Story of Kentucky Basketball

Kentucky, a basketball program that is notorious for bringing in phenomenal freshmen and breeding them into NBA talents, and occasionally bringing in national titles along the way. This is what John Calipari is known for, not necessarily his coaching ability but his recruiting ability. He always has the talent to win, however he does not always produce. This year’s Wildcat

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Carolina Basketball is NOT a Disappointment

There’s been quite a bit of talk about, as the title suggests, how the University of North Carolina Tar Heel’s Men’s Basketball team has not been up to snuff this year.  I think this is a bunch of bologna. To start, yes, Marcus Paige has not been living up to the expectations one bit.  He is not in the underdog of

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Understanding College Basketball Rankings

For those of you who enjoy sports, you will probably know the top couple teams, or at least whether or not your team is ranked. But how are teams given their ranks? And who decides those rankings? There are a number of different organizations which give rankings, the most prominent being USA Today, ESPN, and the Associated Press, or AP

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