April 3rd, 2017

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The national title will be decided on Monday night and I believe the two best teams will meet in Arizona.

North Carolina and Gonzaga should stage a greta contest to end a fun season. The Tar Heels have seen the basketball gods smile on them with close wins over Kentucky and Oregon. First it was Luke Maye hitting the winner vs the Cats, then four missed fre throws late and survive and advance vs. the Ducks.

Mark Few’s Zags have lost once all season, at home to BYU. Gonzaga fought hard to edge South Carolina Saturday. Nigel Williams-Goss and Zach Collins were stars in the win.

North Carolina will be challenged by the size of the Zags. Joel Bery and Isaiah Hicks were a combined 3-26 FG on Saturday and that won’t happen again. I like the Tar Heels to cut down the nets, 87-83.

March 31, 2017

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The Final Four is always so special. I keep very busy during the weekend, between television commitments on SportsCenter, calling a semifinal and the championship game on ESPN International, plus appearances for several companies.

On Friday, I had a great time at an autograph signing for The Rock. I also spoke for Coke and Allstate. My day started with SportsCenter from the set in University of Phoenix stadium, overlooking the court.

I love the passion of the fans on this weekend. I have met so many of them already. All four schools here are well-represented by their fan bases.

It will be another fun-filled Final Four weekend.

March 27th, 2017

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March Madness has given us a clear path to Arizona, baby! The Final Four is all set.

Gonzaga sent a message to the naysayers who claimed that their WCC schedule did not prepare them for the NCAA tournament. The Zags beat Florida, Iowa State, Arizona and Saint Mary’s three times and that was impressive enough for me. Mark Few is finally in the Final Four and this team is not finished making noise.

Few has done a great job blending in transfers to form a cohesive unit. Nigel Williams-Goss from Washington, Jordan Matthews from California and Jonathan Williams from Missouri have been part of Transfer U.

Oregon lost shot-blocker Chris Boucher to a late-season injury and many experts thought the Ducks would fall apart. Dana Altman’s team proved it could play, beating Kansas in Kansas City to reach the Final Four. Jordan Bell was a shot-blocker and double-double guy. Tyler Dorsey had seven straight games with 20 or more points. Dillon Brooks has performed well

inside and outside. The defense held the Jayhawks to 1-for-15 on three-pointers in the second half of the regional final.

South Carolina may be the true Cinderella as a 7th seed in the Final Four. Frank Martin’s team has improved its offense in the NCAA tournament and came through down the stretch in the East regional final against Florida. The Gators did not make a single three-pointer in the second half of that contest and the Gamecocks continue their tenacious defense.

Sindarius Thornwell continues to show why he is so vital. The SEC Player of the Year puts up big numbers in leading the Gamecocks.

Few, Altman and Martin are coaching in their first Final Four. The fourth participant, Roy Williams, has cut down the nets as a national champion before. His Tar Heels edged Kentucky in the South regional final in Memphis.

Luke Maye has become an unsung hero for the Tar Heels. He hit the winning shot against the Wildcats. Justin Jackson and Joel Berry are one of the best backcourts in college basketball and they want to make up fror last season’s last-second loss to Villanova in the national title game.

March 20th, 2017

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How many people would have thought the ACC would have just one team (UNC) in the Sweet 16? The conference was the best one n the sport this season. Louisville, Virginia, Notre Dame, Florida State and Duke all lost in the second round.

The Big Ten (Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin), SEC (Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina), Big 12 (Kansas, West Virginia and Baylor) and the Pac-12 (Oregon, Arizona and UCLA) each have three teams in the Sweet 16.

Xavier, even without injured Edmund Sumner, has impressed with wins over Maryland and Florida State. Trevon Blueitt has been solid for Chris Mack’s team.

Gonzaga has advanced to the Sweet 16. Two more wins and the Zags will make their first Final Four.

March 16th, 2017

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I had a very busy week, going from Florida to Nashville, then to New York for the Allstate media tour. I did six hours of interviews on the big dance, with organizations like CNN, Fox and Friends, The Sporting News and others.

Then it was off to Las Vegas for the ESPN Bracket marathon. I loved being on with Brent Musburger, Sean Farnham and Adam Amin.

I also got to speak before a great crowd at The Venetian, speaking for Aetna Insurance.

What a wild week it has been.

March 12th, 2017

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Today I was able to call the SEC Championship between Kentucky and Arkansas. The Big Blue Nation fans have to be excited as their Wildcats are going into March Madness with an eleven game winning streak. John Calipari, coach of the Wildcats, has to be extremely pleased as his team has gotten better and better as the season progresses. Calipari’s Kentucky team will be a threat in the NCA tournament because they are now getting contributions from their veteran players helping out their young Diaper Dandies.

The Wildcats player De’Aaron was the star of the tournament, he was the most valuable player as he was brilliant making winning play after winning play throughout the entire tournament. Its been a fun journey here at Music City Nashville and the Kentucky Wildcats lead with their third consecutive SEC.

March 7th, 2017

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Last Friday night, we had a special evening at the Mercedes of Sarasota showroom, benefiting the V Foundation.

We had celebrities in attendance: auto race driver and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was there. Bucs president Brian Ford and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald joined us. Florida Gulf Coast assistant coach Tom Abatemarco was also there.

The event was catered by Main Events and Capital Grille. A special thanks to Ernie of Mercedes for helping put on such a wonderful event raising funds for cancer research. We had a number of courageous young boys and girls there, winners in the game of life as they have battled cancer.

It was an emotional evening.

March 6th, 2017

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March Madness is in full swing, baby!

I am excited to be calling the Gonzaga-Santa Clara WCC semifinal, and then the league title game. Then it is ff to the SEC tournament.

We have punched several tickets to the big dance. Congrats to Jacksonville State, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State and Winthrop. The whole field will be set next weekend.

March Madness will be special as this year’s tournament will be great.

February 28th, 2017

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Senior night is so special in college basketball. It is emotional to see players taking the court for the final time.

Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of my favorite places to call a game, right up there with Allen Field House in Kansas and Rupp Arena in Kentucky. Cameron is to college basketball what Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are to baseball.

I had the opportunity to see Duke’s senior night on Tuesday against Florida State. Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones and reserve Nick Pagliuca completed their careers with the Blue Devils.

I had special guests join me for the game, including Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Mike Valdes, a long-time supporter of the V Foundation.

February 27th, 2017

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This is an exciting time of the college basketball season. Championship Week will help determine champions in a lot of one-bid leagues. Teams striving to make the big dance will get their shot.

It is also time for bubble teams to improve their resumes. There are a number of teams that will be sweating until Selection Sunday. They can finish well and improve their stock, or make some noise in conference tournaments.

This will lead to one of the greatest roads to the Final Four ever. There are a number of teams capable of cutting down the nets in Arizona in April.