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Let the Madness Begin!

2011 NCAA Tournament from Houston, Texas

What a final saturday it was in college basketball! Going into Championship week, the real contenders and pretenders are starting to show themselves. This is the first year they have expanded the field to 68 teams this year, so 3 of those teams who normally would be on the outside looking in are going to get that shot to wear the glass slipper and be this years cinderella team.

On what was the last weekend of the season, we witnessed many teams wrap up their conference championships. By virtue of Iowa upsetting #6 Purdue, #1 Ohio State clinched the Big Ten title, and the top seed in next week’s conference tournament. In a matchup of the top 2 teams in the SEC, the #14 Florida Gators went into Nashville, Tennessee and beat the #20 Vanderbilt Commodores.

Ealier this afternoon, in what is considered the toughest conference in the nation, the Big East put on a show. Despite a late charge by the #16 UConn Huskies and their star Ben Hansborough fouling out early in the second half, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won in Storrs, Connecticut, clinching a double bye in the upcoming Big East tournament. The title of the Big East was won outright by the Pittsburgh Panthers, who also will have a double bye in next weeks Big East Tournament. The Big East tournament is looking to break it’s own record, and send 11 out of their 18 teams to the tournament. Some include Marquette, Cincinnati, Lousiville and West Virgnia. The latter two, engaged in a tough battle this morning with West Virgnia stealing a win away from Louisville who down the stretch, couldn’t seem to put away the Mountaineers. With teams of this caliber all converging on the Madison Square Garden next week, I’m sure we are in for what should be one of the best conference tournaments ever.

As far as the either power conferences, Kansas squeaked out a win over Missouri to clinch the Big 12, and spoil a perfect home record for the Tigers. The Arizona Wildcats were able to close out a perfect home record, en route to clinching their first pac-10 title in 6 years under 2nd year coach Sean Miller. Arizona is a team who missed the NCAA tournament last year along with another major school we are used to seeing in the limelight in the UNC Tar Heels, who today beat their arch-rival Duke Blue Devils to clinch the ACC Regular Season title. It’s great for college basketball that teams such as UNC, Arizona, St. John’s and UCLA are all making their return to NCAA tournament this year. Only the future holds where these teams will finish at the end of the season, but expect an exciting finish to the season!