Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Round Stats and Facts

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 24, 2015

From the Sweet 16 Tournament Guide here are essential notes and trends of the teams that have arrived.

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SUN BELT CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

GEORGIA STATE was the class of their new league last year before bowing out in overtime in the title game.  Head coach Ron Hunter owns the best backcourt in the loop, led by his soon-to-be NBA 6’6” junior wing R.J. Hunter. The gym rat teams with Louisville transfer Kevin Ware and former Kentucky PG Ryan Harrow to form a lethal combination.

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BIG WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

When Cal Poly managed to cut down the nets as a No. 7 seed in this event last year, it meant the last team to win back-to-back Big West titles was Cal Santa Barbara in 2011. Before that it was Utah State in 2001, and UNLV in 1991.

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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

Unlike last year when KENTUCKY took a bunch of pimply-faced freshmen into this event, John Calipari somehow managed to convince the kids to stick around and write NCAA history rather than taking the money and running off to the NBA.

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BIG EAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

Standing head and shoulders above all else in this conference, VILLANOVA has the look of an NCAA Final Four team.

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ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

This revamped conference has delivered 11 teams to the Big Dance the past two seasons, including six last year, with Dayton making it to the Elite Eight.

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BIG 10 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

The NCAA Tournament committee will have its hands full trying to decide which teams to leave home from the powerful Big Ten conference with as many as nine teams in the loop likely to have 20 wins by the time the nets are cut down in this tourney. 

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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

Another mid-major conference poised to make noise this postseason, the Mountain West actually finds itself taking steps backwards after peaking two years ago.

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PAC-12 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

After being gutted by the NBA in last year’s draft when nine Pac-12 players were taken – including six in the first round – the conference was left with only six teams returning 3 or more starters this season.

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BIG 12 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

With each team in the conference having played one another, and only two teams owning a losing record, this is arguably the most talented loop in the land. 

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CONFERENCE-USA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

The C-USA tournament heads back to Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center for the first time since 1999. Unlike last year when LOUISIANA TECH was one of four teams to finish tied atop the conference at 13-3...

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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

Keep this in mind when March Madness comes calling next week: the ACC owns a 26-year streak of a non-losing record in the NCAA tournament dating back to 1987.

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MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

With the possibility existing that 8 teams will capture 20 wins this season, it appears this tourney is wide open. To help separate the wheat from the chaff, the MAC has adopted a postseason tournament similar to the Horizon League. 

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AAC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

The 2nd year of this newbie conference tournament finds former one-year lessee Louisville now calling the ACC home.  Stepping in to fill their shoes is...

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WEST COAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 4, 2015

March 6-10 

All games played at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

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COLONIAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 4, 2015

March 6-9 

All games played at Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD

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MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 4, 2015

March 5-8 

All games played at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

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HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 4, 2015

March 3-10 

(March 3: First round at campus sites of higher seeded teams • 6-7: 2nd round and semifinals at campus site of regular season conference champion • March 10: Championship at home of highest remaining seed)

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The Worst Call In Super Bowl History

By: Marc Lawrence / Feb 4, 2015

It was there for the taking: Seattle football, 2nd-and-goal at the New England 1-yard line with less than a minute remaining in Super Bowl XLIX. On the previous play, RB Marshawn Lynch had dragged Patriots tacklers for a 4-yard gain. But then, instead of pounding away once more with Lynch in full Beast Mode, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll and OC Darrell Bevell opted for a slant pass instead.

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NFL 2014 – The Year In Review

By: Marc Lawrence / Feb 3, 2015

With Super Bowl XLIX now in the rear view mirror, let’s take a brief look at what we’ve learned this campaign in hopes that we will be better prepared for next season. Because, as Winston Churchill once said, “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you can see.”

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NFL Championship Games

By: Marc Lawrence / Jan 14, 2015

The NFL’s version of the ‘Final Four’ kicks off with Sunday’s Championship Games where surprises aplenty have certainly been the buzzword. 

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NBA Christmas

By: Marc Lawrence / Dec 24, 2014

Here is a breakdown of the 10 teams playing on Christmas Day this season and how they've performed in games played on Dec. 25 since 1990:

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2014 College Bowl Conference Call

By: Marc Lawrence / Dec 20, 2014

With more games on tap than ever before this postseason, let's examine the success and failures of bowl seasons past of each conference from a Vegas perspective.  Listed below is an overview of teams from the Power Five Conferences, concluding with the five conferences representing the ‘Group of Five".

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NFL December Team Trends

By: Marc Lawrence / Dec 3, 2014

As famed horse race announcer Dave Johnson was known to say, “And down the stretch they come.”

That familiar phrase can mean only one thing when it comes to the NFL – December is here.  And with it our tireless database goes to work ferreting out the very best and the very worst team trends compiled by NFL teams during December since 1990.

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Inside The Stats

By: Marc Lawrence / Dec 2, 2014

Next Tuesday evening we’ll final learn the identity of the final four teams named to compete in the first-ever FBS playoffs.  Rest assured there will be plenty of politicking taking place this weekend.

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