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Bad News for Guy Tied for First in $50K NCAA Contest

He's doing really well in his bracket picks, except ... he forgot to choose a winner

(Newser) - Deadspin's "oh noooooo" is probably the best way to express the sad tale of James Kiki. The resident of Syracuse, NY—and refugee from South Sudan—decided to enter Yahoo's bracket contest for the NCAA basketball tournament, making his picks for the $50,000 grand prize,... More »

Brackets Busted as Upsets Abound in NCAA Tournament

Including a 15-seed beating a 2-seed for only the 8th time in tournament history

(Newser) - For only the eighth time in history—and the first since 2013—a 15th-seeded team beat a 2nd-seeded team in the NCAA men's basketball tournament when Middle Tennessee State bested Michigan State on Friday, the New York Times reports. And just like that, nary a perfect bracket was to... More »

The Awful Truth About March Madness

You will lose to a 7-year-old

(Newser) - March Madness is fun and all, but it's also increasingly "a pressurized, almost compulsory national quiz show" laments Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal . With bracket deadlines looming, here are some things to keep in mind to keep you sane:
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March Madness Underdogs to Root For

They may not win your bracket contest, but they're fun teams

(Newser) - It's that time of year again. Time to fill out a bracket and form deep opinions about dozens of college basketball teams you've barely heard of. Yes, March Madness is upon us (you can download a bracket here ), and that means it's time to look for... More »

Obama's Pick to Win the NCAA Tourney Is ...

... Kansas, with the Jayhawks beating Ohio State in the final game

(Newser) - President Obama isn't exactly going out on a limb with his Final Four picks: He's got the top seeds of Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, and Pitt advancing, reports ESPN . He thinks Kansas ("more firepower") will be the ultimate champ by beating Ohio State in the final game. Obama... More »

March Madness Expands to 68 Teams

CBS re-ups with new 14-year contract

(Newser) - March Madness will be just a wee bit madder next year, expanding from 65 teams to 68, the NCAA announced today. Essentially there will be three extra early “play-in” games, ESPN explains. There had been talk of expanding the tournament to as many as 96 teams and engulfing the... More »

Jennifer Hudson Tarnishes One Shining Moment

Tournament-ending video montage disappoints

(Newser) - CBS dropped the ball on the most eagerly awaited part of its NCAA basketball tournament coverage, critics agree. Hiring Jennifer Hudson—who isn't even a CBS recording artist—to sing "One Shining Moment" was one thing, but turning the wildly popular annual highlight montage into a Jennifer Hudson video... More »

President Schools Hoops Analyst in H-O-R-S-E

Retired Indiana Pacer Clark Kellogg of CBS lets down his guard

(Newser) - CBS basketball analyst Clark Kellogg knows pressure—he played for Ohio State and the Indiana Pacers before moving to the TV studio—but he appears to have let his guard down on the White House court. In a game of H-O-R-S-E—renamed P-O-T-U-S, a common abbreviation of "president of... More »

Cornell Vs. Kentucky Is a Mess of Stereotypes

'Plucky' white kids play 'street kids'

(Newser) - Cornell plays Kentucky tonight in the NCAA tournament, and Matt Taibbi is tired of hearing the same old storyline—and stereotypes—repeated again and again: the "plucky" white kids of Cornell, playing only for the love of the game, going up against the "showboating NBA-bound street kids at... More »

96 Teams Is 31 Too Many ...or Not Enough

Or maybe the men's NCAA tournament field should include all 347 teams

(Newser) - The NCAA's interest in expanding the men's basketball tournament from 65 teams to 96 has met with almost universal scorn, but the bottom line will clearly dictate the path the all-American rite of spring takes. For some, even 96 teams isn't enough. "It's going to make putting a bracket... More »

Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse Top Brackets

Jayhawks snag overall No. 1 seed

(Newser) - Overall No. 1 seed Kansas leads the field of 65 NCAA tournament teams, with Kentucky, Duke, and Syracuse—late-season slump and all—topping their respective brackets. The 32-2 Jayhawks, who won the 2008 title, captured this season's Big 12 tournament and will tangle with Syracuse in one semifinal if the... More »

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