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The Barack-et on Verge of Elimination

When the brackets were announced Gallup measured a net positive job approval rating for President Obama. Since then, Obama has dropped to a -9% (43% approve, 52% disapprove).
Yanick Moreira

Best March Madness Predictor? Value Add 14-2

Best Madness Predictor? If you went with the Breitbart Sports published brackets for each region you are a strong 12-4, but if you simply took the team with the best Value Add player in each game you are definitely winning your bracket at 14-2.

Can Villanova Reprise Role of Cinderella at the Big Dance 30 Years Later?

Monday we filled in the brackets for the East, West, Midwest and South complete with ratings for each player and each team. That leaves the Final Four, where we have Villanova beating Gonzaga and Kentucky beating Wisconsin. Could Villanova then repeat the 1985 magical win over dominant Georgetown by beating uber-favorite Kentucky?

Midwest Bracket: Kentucky Coronation?

When the No. 1 seed in a bracket already beat the No. 2 seed (Kansas) 72-40 this season, one sees why the top seed plays as such a huge favorite. Two bigger threats to Kentucky than Kansas appear to be Wichita State and Notre Dame, teams who look evenly matched with each other.

West Bracket: Wisconsin Slightest Edge over Arizona

Arizona's guards are more experienced, and they will likely produce twice as many NBA prospects as Wisconsin. But we pick Wisconsin to come out of a virtual toss-up due to putting an even better on the court with Sam Dekker back at full strength.
Villanova Big East Champion

Villanova Defeats Xavier to Win Big East Tournament

Al McGuire used to say you needed three-and-a-half stars to win a championship – Villanova showed Saturday that having eight really, really good players maybe the best way to win a conference championship grind with no off days between games.
JP Macura Josh Smith

Hoyas Rally from 20 Down, But Xavier Survives 65-63

At 270 pounds, Xavier's Matt Stainbrook won the battle with the 350-pound Joshua Smith for most of the game, scoring 20 points and grabbing 9 rebounds to give Xavier a 53-33 lead. However, he did not get another point or rebound from that point on as the Hoyas turned up the pressure for a ferocious run to fall just short 65-63.

Big East: Best Team Survives vs. Best Player

Kris Dunn left no doubt who was the best player in the Big East, despite Jay Wright imploring the Wildcats to surround him. He outdueled the Big East's co-MVP Ryan Arcidiacono, scoring 22 points while Arcidiacono had only one basket but hit two free throws with 3 seconds left for the 63-61 win.

Villanova, Providence Advance to Big East Semifinals

March is the month of the basketball doubleheader. Thursday afternoon the best team (Villanova in top photo) shut down Marquette. Then Providence fans cheered the best duo in the conference (Kris Dunn and LaDontae Henton) past St. John's on their home court of Madison Square Garden to set up a meeting between the two teams in Friday's Big East semifinal.

Two Quests to Stay Alive 1,300 Miles Apart

NEW YORK—If you watched North Dakota State win the Summit League in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tuesday and then drove straight to New York (1,354 miles) with no traffic, you could have arrived at Madison Square Garden just in time

Big East Coach of the Year Jay Wright Praises Foes

Jay Wright seemed laser focused. He took his Coach of the Year trophy and immediately congratulated Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado on Rookie of the Year. Then he told Breitbart Sports, “It is such an honor for Ryan Arcidiacono to win player of the Year with all the great players in the league like … Matt Carlino.”

2 Big East Stars Overlooked for All-American Consideration

Even with the universal kudos for the Big East's fantastic year, St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer (left in photo) and Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (right) are not getting All-American talk despite analytics showing they are among the top 10 players in the country at through this weekend's games.
Willie Cauley Stein AP Photo by Nam Y. Huh

Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia Enjoy Best Odds Entering March Madness

Four of the last six years the No. 1 Value Add player has led his team to the title. The two exceptions were when Kemba Walker finished No. 2 in 2011 and led UConn to the title, and when No. 1 Trey Burke's Michigan team lost to the 2013 Louisville team, one of only three schools to ever have three of the top 30 Value Add players (Duke 2010 and this year's Kentucky are the other two).

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