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Nova Clinches Case for Big East with Biggest Final 4 Blowout Ever, 95-51

Just months after Breitbart Sports was criticized for “pretending” the Big East was almost an elite conference, Villanova improved the conference to 8-4 in the tournament — behind only the ACC (18-5) and doing it by beating a team from the only other conference with a winning record (Big 12) by a record margin 95-51.

Malachi Richardson

Final Four: ‘No Stars’ Team vs Player of Year; Best Team vs. Nastiest

Value Add indicates the Villanova “no stars” are the only team with four Top 200 players as they try to overcome Player of the Year Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and then the best player in the tournament (UNC’s Brice Johnson) or the surprising Orangemen of Syracuse to give the Big East its first title in just its third year since realignment.

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Elite 8 Preview: Big East vs. Big 12 for 2nd Best

Nate Silver and I had two of the only brackets with Oklahoma winning today, as they kick off the “Best Non-ACC Elite 8” against Oregon shortly after 6 p.m. Eastern. Kansas plays Villanova after that game. Then the second “ACC Tournament” continues Sunday with North Carolina vs. Notre Dame and Syracuse vs. Virginia and top 10 Value Add player Malcolm Brogdon.

Grayson Allen, Marcus Paige

8 Pick Your Poison Approaches to Filling Out NCAA Brackets

We produced the bracket for all 63 picks based on looking at the analytics and then going with our gut. Here is a recap of those “gut” picks, and seven other options to let you go with our pure analytic choice, which team is hottest, most healthy, has the most NBA talent, best experienced point guard or the most All-Americans. Or you can just go with the lowest seed every time.

Denzel Valentine, Mickey Mitchell

Injuries, Hot Streaks, and Ratings for All March Madness Teams

As prep for our March Madness predictions, we lay out the basics for the 85 teams with even a faint hope of being one of the 68 selected Sunday. This sheet gives each team’s Sagarin rating, a plus or minus for whether they finished the season hot or cold, and the Value Add of any key players who are injured for returning from injury based on Don’s Best report.

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‘Let’s Go Peay’ Chant Starts March Madness Now

A small crowd in Nashville yelling “Let’s go Peay” will watch one of the worst teams in basketball qualify for March Madness Saturday evening, while two of the best teams will need to win Saturday and then two more times in front of huge crowds in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to likewise get invited as the Summit League Champion to the second biggest sporting event in America behind the Super Bowl.

Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, Brandon Ingram, Matt Jones, Derryck Thornton

‘I Hate (Another Dirty, Great Duke Player)’

The emergence of Duke’s Grayson Allen in the Value Add Top 5 in a month in which he tripped two opponents provides another example of why The New York Post quoted Blue Devils point guard Jay Williams as saying, “No other black player from any other school is hated as much as a white player from Duke. None.”

Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday

Greatest Value Add College Player Turns in One of Greatest NBA Performances

Sunday Anthony Davis became the first player to score 50 points in a game before turning 23 years old — just four years after playing the greatest season out of 52,129 player seasons in the all-time Value Add database. Sports Illustrated said Shaquille O’Neal is the only player in the last 30 years to match the performance.