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2013-03-21 03:55:02 PM
My bracket is the pitts
 
2013-03-21 03:55:04 PM

jayhawk88: Hey anyone know, the CBS online thing, is it just free this year? I was prepared to drop some cash on it (no cable), but I'm getting it for nothing now...will that continue?


I can't say for the online version, but through my phone app you get all the CBS televised games for free, then up to 4 hours of other channel games for free, then after that you need to log in as a subscriber to cable. I'm not sure if there's a pay option if you don't have cable. And apparently not all cable providers are included in this deal.

/that's just to watch the games. Audio for all the games is free.
 
2013-03-21 03:55:59 PM

rugman11: It's a shame New Mexico State's going to lose.  I need more of this guy:

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Kendall Williams?
 
2013-03-21 03:57:29 PM
To the pit of hell with you PITT may all of you spend the rest of your life's stuck in Pittsburgh.
 
2013-03-21 03:57:33 PM

rugman11: It's a shame New Mexico State's going to lose.  I need more of this guy:

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x586]


That's UNM, not NMSU
 
2013-03-21 03:58:42 PM

Disaster Transport: jayhawk88: Hey anyone know, the CBS online thing, is it just free this year? I was prepared to drop some cash on it (no cable), but I'm getting it for nothing now...will that continue?

I can't say for the online version, but through my phone app you get all the CBS televised games for free, then up to 4 hours of other channel games for free, then after that you need to log in as a subscriber to cable. I'm not sure if there's a pay option if you don't have cable. And apparently not all cable providers are included in this deal.

/that's just to watch the games. Audio for all the games is free.


It looks like the online version is still 100% free, it's just the mobile version that requires a cable subscription.
 
2013-03-21 03:59:38 PM
C'mon, St. Mary's, kick it into gear.
 
2013-03-21 04:00:05 PM
BTW, anyone else have Marquette getting bounced this game?
 
2013-03-21 04:00:35 PM

tollbooth_willy: rugman11: It's a shame New Mexico State's going to lose.  I need more of this guy:

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x586]

Kendall Williams?


ValisIV: rugman11: It's a shame New Mexico State's going to lose.  I need more of this guy:

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x586]

That's UNM, not NMSU


I was referring to the 7'5", 360 pound giant in red.
 
2013-03-21 04:01:06 PM

Tired_of_the_BS: BTW, anyone else have Marquette getting bounced this game?


I did and then changed it at the last minute. Hope I don't regret that.
 
2013-03-21 04:01:45 PM

Tired_of_the_BS: BTW, anyone else have Marquette getting bounced this game?


I know they didn't earn a #3 but I don't have them getting bounced yet.
 
2013-03-21 04:01:59 PM

Disaster Transport: jayhawk88: Hey anyone know, the CBS online thing, is it just free this year? I was prepared to drop some cash on it (no cable), but I'm getting it for nothing now...will that continue?

I can't say for the online version, but through my phone app you get all the CBS televised games for free, then up to 4 hours of other channel games for free, then after that you need to log in as a subscriber to cable. I'm not sure if there's a pay option if you don't have cable. And apparently not all cable providers are included in this deal.

/that's just to watch the games. Audio for all the games is free.


That whole "You need to be a subscriber" thing all the online TV things have been trying is the dumbest thing ever to me. I'm not a cable subscriber, but I'm going to call up my local provider and drop $200 a month, just so I can watch it online.

Just let me drop $15 for access to the tournament. I want to give you money for this access.
 
2013-03-21 04:02:03 PM

Tired_of_the_BS: BTW, anyone else have Marquette getting bounced this game?


Nope.  I think they will pull this one out in a big way.
 
2013-03-21 04:02:35 PM

rugman11: tollbooth_willy: rugman11: It's a shame New Mexico State's going to lose.  I need more of this guy:

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x586]

Kendall Williams?

ValisIV: rugman11: It's a shame New Mexico State's going to lose.  I need more of this guy:

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x586]

That's UNM, not NMSU

I was referring to the 7'5", 360 pound giant in red.


I realize that.  Just being snarky.
 
2013-03-21 04:03:17 PM

Tired_of_the_BS: BTW, anyone else have Marquette getting bounced this game?


I do.  I'm not terribly confident in the pick.  But Bill Connelly made a persuasive argument for why they're particularly vulnerable.
 
2013-03-21 04:04:33 PM
i280.photobucket.com

BEAT ILLINOIS AND...well...that's probably it. Still, GO BUFFS.
 
2013-03-21 04:05:32 PM
Wow, Shockers turning into a nervous high school team versus Pitt press.
 
2013-03-21 04:05:33 PM

jayhawk88: C'mon, St. Mary's, kick it into gear.


Do not listen to this man!
 
2013-03-21 04:05:51 PM

Wadded Beef: [i280.photobucket.com image 524x382]

BEAT ILLINOIS AND...well...that's probably it. Still, GO BUFFS.


Honest question...do you cheer for your little brother in Ft. Collins in the tourney?
 
2013-03-21 04:05:54 PM

mitchcumstein1: I didn't see who it was. My referee rage makes me blind. I farking hate referees.


And yet drunken, bias (and apparently blind) fans always claim they had a better view/opinion/call than the experienced and trained officials there at the event.  Passion is a hell of a drug.
 
2013-03-21 04:08:18 PM
Hey guys, Wichita State getting a dunk to go up 16 with 1:25 to go "could be the exclamation point".
 
2013-03-21 04:09:53 PM

jayhawk88: C'mon, St. Mary's, kick it into gear.


don't think that's going to happen.  they are getting schooled/dunked on by an unrecruited severely asthmatic kid
 
2013-03-21 04:11:14 PM

jayhawk88: Disaster Transport: jayhawk88: Hey anyone know, the CBS online thing, is it just free this year? I was prepared to drop some cash on it (no cable), but I'm getting it for nothing now...will that continue?

I can't say for the online version, but through my phone app you get all the CBS televised games for free, then up to 4 hours of other channel games for free, then after that you need to log in as a subscriber to cable. I'm not sure if there's a pay option if you don't have cable. And apparently not all cable providers are included in this deal.

/that's just to watch the games. Audio for all the games is free.

That whole "You need to be a subscriber" thing all the online TV things have been trying is the dumbest thing ever to me. I'm not a cable subscriber, but I'm going to call up my local provider and drop $200 a month, just so I can watch it online.

Just let me drop $15 for access to the tournament. I want to give you money for this access.


I agree. The other thing is, you could easily share a username/password as long as someone trusts that you won't sign them up for all the movie and pay-per-view channels, etc.

Don't even get me started about DirecTV packages all major sports leagues and then sells them back to you at a crazy cost (Fox Sports Detroit, for example, I get as a channel but all the games on it are blacked out).
 
2013-03-21 04:11:24 PM

jayhawk88: So, how many of you have Oregon falling on their faces against the Pokes today, after all the 12 seed outrage?


o/
 
2013-03-21 04:12:03 PM
Okay, the Napa "Know How" talking-can commercials just kicked it up a notch. "Twins... nice."  Warburton > Benjamin (though I've yet to see one of those commercials, so we'll see...
 
2013-03-21 04:13:57 PM
Woo!  Go Shockers! 3/3

coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-21 04:14:21 PM

Wadded Beef: [i280.photobucket.com image 524x382]

BEAT ILLINOIS AND...well...that's probably it. Still, GO BUFFS.


The Illiniwek Tribe has historically killed and used all parts of the Buffalo.

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2013-03-21 04:15:08 PM

JayCab: Warburton > Benjamin (though I've yet to see one of those commercials, so we'll see...


oooh give it a chance.  It was surprisingly good even after the archer factor.  Warburton is an underrated voice talent, but all Venture bros fans know that already.
 
2013-03-21 04:15:12 PM
FYI everyone watching the Tournament through your browser, NCAA only gives you 4 hours of viewing without logging in. Reddit claims to have confirmed that Incognito mode in Chrome will get you around this time limit BS.
 
2013-03-21 04:16:05 PM

Car_Ramrod: The Illiniwek Tribe has historically killed and used all parts of the Buffalo.


southbaltimorecf.com
 
2013-03-21 04:16:48 PM
Shockers beating Pitt?

Not a shocker.
 
2013-03-21 04:17:14 PM
Perfect brackets remaining in ESPN Tournament Challenge (of ~8.1 million entries) after game concludes:
Michigan State over Valpapraiso  - 7,806,620
Butler over Bucknell - 6,321,459
Wichita St. over Pittsburgh - 1,918,510
Saint Louis over New Mexico St. - 1,699,018
 
2013-03-21 04:19:41 PM
Come on St. Mary's!
 
2013-03-21 04:21:23 PM

mootmah: Come on St. Mary's!


airball! airball! airball!

/holy shiat that was way the fark off...
 
2013-03-21 04:21:30 PM
Davidson 25-23 at the half.  Neither team is shooting particularly well, though Marquette especially so at 8-29, 0-4 from 3PT.
 
2013-03-21 04:21:36 PM

jayhawk88: So, how many of you have Oregon falling on their faces against the Pokes today, after all the 12 seed outrage?


I do.  But I went to OSU, so I'm a little biased.
 
2013-03-21 04:21:40 PM
I'm in that internal struggle mode because I picked Memphis in my Fark bracket, but the money bracket I picked St. Mary's.  What's more valuable?  Gloating on Fark, or money?

Money.  NVM
 
2013-03-21 04:22:00 PM

tollbooth_willy: Wadded Beef: [i280.photobucket.com image 524x382]

BEAT ILLINOIS AND...well...that's probably it. Still, GO BUFFS.

Honest question...do you cheer for your little brother in Ft. Collins in the tourney?


Sure do. There was a lot of applause for CSU from the CU camp when the MW and PAC-12 tournements were on side-by-side TVs in the sports bar last week.
 
2013-03-21 04:23:27 PM
The fark is a Davidson and how is it leading a Marquette?
 
2013-03-21 04:24:26 PM

Supes: Perfect brackets remaining in ESPN Tournament Challenge (of ~8.1 million entries) after game concludes:
Michigan State over Valpapraiso  - 7,806,620
Butler over Bucknell - 6,321,459
Wichita St. over Pittsburgh - 1,918,510
Saint Louis over New Mexico St. - 1,699,018


Holy cow that's a big drop-off with the Wichita State win. Yahoo is the same: only 32% of brackets picked them.
 
2013-03-21 04:25:27 PM
Oh Verne, you can't even call basketball right.  Memphis /= Miami.
 
2013-03-21 04:25:49 PM
The last time I saw a Catholic boy get hammered like that was at Ted Kennedy's bachelor party
 
2013-03-21 04:26:45 PM

JayCab: Okay, the Napa "Know How" talking-can commercials just kicked it up a notch. "Twins... nice."  Warburton > Benjamin (though I've yet to see one of those commercials, so we'll see...


farm1.staticflickr.com
Warburton as a talking can? H Jon done did it.
 
2013-03-21 04:27:12 PM
Davidson is on a 17 game winning streak and Marquette is overseeded. Seemed like a fun upset to pick and root for.
 
2013-03-21 04:28:13 PM

rugman11: Oh Verne, you can't even call basketball right.  Memphis /= Miami.


Verne about lost his shiat when someone in the Michigan State/Valpo game missed a somewhat unnecessary lob pass for a dunk. Wonder if we'll get a mysterious "Verne has decided to retire" announcement after this year's tourney?
 
2013-03-21 04:28:20 PM

Wadded Beef: Sure do. There was a lot of applause for CSU from the CU camp when the MW and PAC-12 tournements were on side-by-side TVs in the sports bar last week.


Good to know.  As a Lobo fan, I'm pulling for them against Mizzou tonight.  Just curious about the in-state rivalry.

Hornung and Iverson are beastly on the glass, but they could really use Green at 100%
 
2013-03-21 04:28:29 PM
Levesque just earned himself a nick
 
2013-03-21 04:36:38 PM
47-40 Memphis, 3:53 left.
 
2013-03-21 04:37:40 PM
I feel like I screwed everyone by taking today off. I never get to see any of the good games.
 
2013-03-21 04:37:57 PM

LonghornRob: Davidson is on a 17 game winning streak and Marquette is overseeded. Seemed like a fun upset to pick and root for.


Bill Connelly at SB Nation looked at the last ten years and found the four factors that were most closely correlated with a top three seed being upset early (first round for 3-seeds, first or second round for 1 or 2-seeds).  They were:

Ranked worse than 70th in non-conference strength of schedule
Ranked worse than 10th in defensive efficiency
Ranked worse than 10th in offensive efficiency
Had a difference of at least 20 spots between their offensive and defensive efficiencies.

Marquette is the only top three seed to fit all four of those criteria (145th in NCSOS, 18th in offensive efficiency and 49th in defensive efficiency).

He also found two factors that were closely correlated with a 13 or lower seed winning in the first round:

Ranked worse than 75th in Pomeroy's luck rankings
Had a difference of no more than 70 spots between their offensive and defensive rankings AND ranked no worse than 120th in defensive efficiency.

Davidson fits both of those criteria.

Obviously, it's no guarantee, but it certainly makes Marquette the most glaringly obvious of the top three seeds to fall.
 
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