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AP Tony Gutierrez

99th Percentile Bracket and More Important Things

My Tuesday speech asking Senators to pass a resolution stating that states – not judges – should determine their campaign finance laws was pre-empted by a Senator shouting out, “Don’t tell me you had a basketball bracket in the 99th percentile after all these upsets!”

AP Laurence Kesterson

Value Add: 20 Teams With 4 Players in Top 10%

One month before Selection Sunday for March Madness, only 20 teams boast at least four stars for a big March Madness run based on players in the top 10 percent of all players in the new www.valueaddbasketball.com ratings.

CollinSexton

Bama Hoops Star Dominates #14 Gophers in 3-on-5; Nova Star Now No. 1 Value Add

Any Alabama fan who flipped to basketball after watching their football team’s loss at Auburn witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime performance, as Collin Sexton dominated #14 Minnesota despite playing three-on-five basketball to establish himself as the 16th most valuable player in the country according to www.valueaddbasketball.com.

Rick Pitino

Despite Scandal, Count Me as a Pollyanna College Hoops Fan

As I prepared to release these Value Add Basketball ratings right before Midnight Madness, the day that thousands turn out at 351 Division 1 schools to watch the first day of practice and dunk contests, news spread of the arrest of four coaches as the result of an FBI investigation, and the firing of Rick Pitino of Louisville. Count me as the Pollyanna who wants the cheaters caught so that those who refuse to cheat, like Tom Izzo, compete on a level playing court.

Nick Emery

West Coast: After Footballl, BYU Will Challenge Basketball-only St. Mary’s & Gonzaga

Brigham Young withstood bids from power conferences to maintain an independent football program. Value Add projects the BYU basketball team to be better than their football squad this season. TJ Haws (worth 6.00 extra points per game) gives the team a chance in West Coast play to catch national runner-up Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s and National Player of the Year candidate Jock Landale (worth 10.38 extra points per game).

Jayson Tatum, Chris Silva

Duke Tops Kentucky With Average 5.5 Future NBA Players Per Season

Four Duke 1st Round Draft picks play Summer League with guaranteed NBA contracts bring the total to 38 Duke players in the Value Add historical database who made the NBA, and the average Duke team since 2001-02 boasted a national best 5.5 future NBA players per season.

NBA hall of famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan walks off the court during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario

Ball Wrong About ‘Slow White Guys’

Despite his claims, Lavar Ball was not better than Michael Jordan, three “white guys” did not cost his son the NCAA title, his son will not be better than Steph Curry, and in fact the final Value Add Basketball calculations prove his son was not even close to the best player in basketball.

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Breitbart’s Bracket Predicted Gonzaga-UNC Final; in 99th Percentile

Gonzaga and UNC won Final Four games Saturday to set up the championship game predicted by Breitbart Sports on March 14, meaning if you simply filled out all 62 lines as instructed in that post you find yourself in the 99th percentile of the 18 million brackets submitted to ESPN and very likely in first place in your office pool.

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Final 4: Value Add Projected Gonzaga Over UNC Would Complete Likely Winning Bracket

If you followed all 63 www.valueaddbasketball.com bracket picks posted on Breitbart prior to the tournament, a Gonzaga-over-UNC championship is almost sure to make you the winner of your pool. Both won this weekend and will be favored over South Carolina, featuring the No. 1 Value Add player in the country in Sindarius Thornwell, and Oregon in Saturday semifinals, respectively.

Duane Wilson

Top 10 Value Add Players Deliver Upsets for S. Carolina, Michigan; ‘Home’ Edge Tourney Key

Skeptics abounded after the March 11 announcement that South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell passed Kansas’ Frank Mason and Villanova’s Josh Hart as the Most Valuable Player in college basketball according to the www.valueaddbasketball.com rankings. However, there may not be many doubters after his third three-pointer Sunday put South Carolina ahead of Duke 42-41, and was part of a 53-point weekend that denied Marquette and Duke a trip to the Sweet 16 in New York.

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Value Add Injury Adjusted Bracket 28 of 32, 99th Percentile

The theory of Value Add Basketball is to calculate the number of points each player is worth to his team above a replacement player, and so far applying it to this year’s bracket correctly predicted 28 of 32 first round games, good for the 99th percentile of all brackets submitted to ESPN (see all picks posted March 14).

Donte DiVincenzo, Shamorie Ponds

Bracket Winners: Gonzaga (surprise overall), Villanova (Top 3 Players, Experience, Hot), UNC (Vegas), Kentucky (NBA)

The following table lists the teams in the order in which they appear on 2017 March Madness brackets. Brackets must be in by Thursday morning on March 16 before the games start, but some leagues may have an earlier deadline. If you simply want to fill out your bracket and be done with it, you can just count the lines below and turn in your bracket to get it off your step.

Josh Hart, Eli Cain

DePaul, 175 Other Teams Eliminated; 175 Alive for NCAA Title

Breitbart Sports asked the last question to Billy Garrett Jr. as a player for DePaul University, as his hopes of making March Madness died, just like players from 175 other teams. The simplified conference-by-conference list of the 175 teams alive now shows the day of their next conference playoff game, and the chance they will make the tournament if they do not win the automatic bid.

st johns georgetown

Basketball Game Breaks Out at Big East Fight

Chris Mullin and John Thompson screamed at each other and the St. John’s and Georgetown players at Madison Square Garden seemed near to blows as cheer leaders scattered and referees started issuing technical fouls and a flagrant and screamed at players to separate. As the Madison Square Garden camera panned to Allen Iverson in the stands, the old Big East that launched ESPN seems to be back with 8:35 to go in a No. 8 vs. No. 9 conference championship opener led by St. John’s 59-55.

Ben Simmons

174 Teams Fighting for Final 24 March Madness Spots

Iona pulled out an 87-86 OT thriller to claim the MAAC, and South Dakota State outdid them with thrillers Monday and Tuesday to claim the Summit bid to March Madness, leaving 174 teams vying for the final 24 spots.

Frank Mason III, Manu Lecomte

67 Teams Eliminated, 284 Left for 68 Bracket Spots

The Conference Basketball championships are in fact the opening rounds of March Madness for teams that do not have a chance for an at-large bid to the tournament – and the following is the conference breakdown of 284 teams that still have a chance after 67 teams were eliminated.

Frank Mason III, Manu Lecomte

ESPN Agrees With Value Add on Mason Passing Hart for POY

Thursday ESPN announced “Josh Hart has led our @Wendys #WoodenAward board nearly the entire year,@KUHoops’ Frank Mason has forced a change,” four days after Breitbart Sports made the same announcement (Mason Passes Hart for POY).

Charlie Brown, Eric Paschall

Mason Passes Hart for POY; Final 4 AZ, UNC, Nova, Zags

Kansas Frank Mason torched the 6th best defense in the country to pass Villanova’s Josh Hart in the two way race for Player of the Year, according to www.valueaddbasketball.com. However, the Value Add team rankings place Hart’s Villanova in the Final Four along with Gonzaga, UNC and Arizona.

Isaiah Wilkins, Eric Paschall

Hart Holds off Mason for POY Despite Struggles vs. UVa and Marquette

Frank Mason is worth 12.35 additional points per game to Kansas, enough to turn a would-be 6-point loss to Kentucky Saturday into a 79-73 win according to www.valueaddbasketball.com. That performance moved Mason close to the No. 1 spot in the Player of the Year tally due to Marquette and Virginia holding Villanova’s Josh Hart (13.03) in check.

Terance Mann, Grayson Allen, Like Kennard

Wooden Award Agrees on 5 of top 6 Value Add Players

Objective and subjective methods each have advantages, but the Wooden Award team released a mid-season list of potential Players of the Year that included the top four Value Add Basketball players, leaving off only No. 5 TJ Williams from little-known Northeastern.

Dillon Brooks, Bryce Alfor

UCLA, Kentucky Freshman Duos Shoot for Title

Two of the last three teams to have freshman duos among the Top 100 Value Add Basketball players have won the national title – and this season both UCLA and Kentucky have a chance to keep history going.