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 All my thoughts and opinions on college basketball for the week of June 30th, 2015:

*Let me salute Bo Ryan, who will step down as coach of the Wisconsin Badgers after next season. I have always appreciated the way that Ryan gets the most out of his players. Think about what Wisconsin was before he took over as head coach there. It is truly an amazing story. Over the last two seasons, he has led the Badgers to the Final Four. This year, he got to the final game after giving Kentucky its first L of the campaign. They battled and battled against Duke in the title game before the Blue Devils prevailed. He won at least 19 games and made the NCAA tournament in all 14 seasons with the Badgers so far. Ryan never had a losing Big Ten record.
*A great honor was announced last week, the Dean Smith Award. The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the creation of the newest award. It will go to the individual who embodies the spirit and values represented by Smith, whether male or female. Players, coaches, non-coaches -- are eligible to win the award.
*St. John's has had quite the roller-coaster ride during the off-season. New coach Chris Mullin had to make another adjustment after center and shot-blocking wiz Chris Obekpa announced plans to transfer.
*The NBA draft has a problem with too many underclassmen being left out in the cold. Players are currently ineligible to return to school once they declare for the NBA draft. That may change next year, if a current proposal is passed. The proposal would allow underclassmen to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago in May and receive evaluations by team personnel to get accurate information about their draft stock. After getting that feedback, the underclassman could decide to return to school at that point (if he did not sign with an agent).
*It is finally official. Mike Hopkins will take over from Jim Boeheim as Syracuse coach when Boeheim retires. Hopkins has been an unofficial coach-in-waiting for a while and he deserves the position. He has been a loyal member of the staff for a long time.
*Colorado suffered a blow when senior guard Xavier Johnson suffered a torn Achilles. He averaged over 10 ppg. last season. There is no word on how long he will be sidelined. Tough loss for Buffs coach Tad Boyle.
*A number of college playes who went undrafted ended up getting a shot on summer league rosters. That list includes Ryan Boatright of Connecticut (Brooklyn); Aaron Harrison of Kentucky (Charlotte); Travis Trice of Michigan State (Miami); Quinn Cook of Duke (Oklahoma City); Phil Greene IV of St. John's (Toronto); Christian Wood of UNLV (Houston); Michael Frazier III of Florida (Golden State) and Brandon Ashley of Arizona (LA Lakers).
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Dickie V`s 2015 NCAA Brackets!

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Ohio St
NC State
Iowa State
St. John's
Iowa State


Kentucky over Manhattan/Hampton
The best team in America moves on. Too much size, speed, athleticism.
Purdue over Cincinnati
Expect a physical war in this one.
West Virginia over Buffalo
Mountaineers hope to have Juwan Staten back in the lineup.
Maryland over Valparaiso
Melo Trimble makes some noise in his tournament debut.
Texas over Butler
Longhorns got in with 13 losses, have size up front with Myles Turner and company.
Notre Dame over Northeastern
Irish second in the nation in field goal percentage, continue on roll after winning ACC.
Wichita State over Indiana
Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet are a dynamic backcourt. Their experience is a factor here.
Kansas over New Mexico State
Perry Ellis is back and that helps. Wayne Seldon needs to perform well here.
Kentucky over Purdue
Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein are too much inside for Purdue.
Maryland over West Virginia
Dez Wells and company escape with a hard-fought victory.
Notre Dame over Texas
Perimeter shooting will ve a key in this match-up.
Kansas over Wichita State
The battle for supremacy in the state goes to rock, chalk, Jayhawk.
Kentucky over Maryland
'Cats have depth and size advantage. Harrison Twins step up here.
Notre Dame over Kansas
Jerrian Grant is the star of stars in this one.
Kentucky over Notre Dame
Should be a good test of youth vs. experience. 'Cats move to 38-0.
Wisconsin over Coastal Carolina
Cliff Ellis' team gave Virginia a battle in last year's tourney. Badgers veterans will prevail.
Oregon over Oklahoma State
Joseph Young was Pac-12 Player of the Year for a reason.
Arkansas over Wofford
This will not be easy but Bobby Portis should get the Hogs through.
North Carolina over Harvard
Tar Heels too big inside as former Dukie Tommy Amaker loses to a rival.
Xavier over BYU/Mississippi
Close game for Chris Mack's club but a W, baby!
Baylor over Georgia State
Rico Gathers is one of premier rebounders around. Glad Kevin Ware is back in the tourney.
Ohio State over VCU
D'Angelo Russell dominates with defensive dynamo Briante Weber out.
Arizona over Texas Southern
Brandon Ashley looked great in the Pac-12 tourney and it continues. TSU did stun Michigan State this season, but no shock here.
Wisconsin over Oregon
Frank Kaminsky won't be stopped by the Ducks.
North Carolina over Arkansas
Marcus Paige and company advance in a thriller.
Baylor over Xavier
Scott Drew's team will defend well here.
Arizona over Ohio State
'Cats inside game will be the difference.
Wisconsin over North Carolina
This will be one of the best game of the tournament.
Arizona over Baylor
TJ McConnell engineers a win.
Arizona over Wisconsin
Wildcats go to the Final Four in a Maalox Masher.
Villanova over Lafayette
Jay Wright's club will make some noise.
NC State over LSU
Trevor Lacey keys a Wolfpack win. Jordan Mickey has been bothered by a shoulder injury.
Northern Iowa over Wyoming
A tough, low-scoring game. Panthers having to go to the state of Washington isn't easy.
Louisville over UC-Irvine
Rick Pitino shines in the postseason.
Providence over Boise State/Dayton
LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn key a Friar win.
Oklahoma over Albany
Buddy Hield is the best player on the court in this one.
Michigan State over Georgia
Tom Izzo has a dangerous seventh-seed.
Virginia over Belmont
Malcolm Brogdon has Cavs moving on.
Villanova over NC State
Darrun Hilliard leads a balanced attack in a good win.
Louisville over Northern Iowa
Montrezl Harrell over Seth Tuttle.
Oklahoma over Providence
Lon Kruger goes to another Sweet 16.
Virginia over Michigan State
Cavs avenge last season's tourney loss to Spartans
Villanova over Louisville
Jay Wright over Pitino in ex-Big East battle.
Virginia over Oklahoma
Defense leads Cavs as they march on.
Virginia over Villanova
One for the ages.
Duke over North Florida/Robert Morris
No Mercer moment this time.
St. John's over San Diego State
No Obekpa but Johnnies find a way with Harrison leading the way.
Utah over SF Austin
Not any easy one for Delon Wright and company.
Georgetown over Eastern Washington
Hoyas play defense, that will be the difference.
Larry Brown beats his former employer.
Iowa State over UAB
Fred Hoiberg's team always wins its tourney opener.
Iowa over Davidson
Aaron White gets Hawkeyes through.
Duke over St. John's
Repeat of Coach K's 1000th win, but not as close.
Gonzaga over North Dakota State
This is Mark Few's best team.
Utah over Georgetown
Utes are dangerous in this bracket.
Iowa State over SMU
Cyclones are too tough here.
Gonzaga over Iowa
Kevin Pangos keys a W. 
Duke over Utah
Too much Okafor.
Gonzaga over Iowa State
Size inside makes a difference.
Gonzaga over Duke
A great showdown.
Kentucky over Arizona
Cats over Cats
Gonzaga over Virginia
Few gets to the finals.
Kentucky over Gonzaga
40-0. Wiltjer almost beats former team.



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