Author Archives: ptiernan

West Region Forum

I’m leaving for Tokyo tomorrow morning. But in the interest of keeping the tourney conversation going, here’s a forum for the West region.

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South Region Forum

I’m leaving for Tokyo tomorrow morning. But in the interest of keeping the tourney conversation going, here’s a forum for the South region.

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East Region Forum

I’m leaving for Tokyo tomorrow morning. But in the interest of keeping the tourney conversation going, here’s a forum for the East region.

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Midwest Region Forum

I’m leaving for Tokyo tomorrow morning. But in the interest of keeping the tourney conversation going, here’s a forum for the Midwest region.

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IMPORTANT: On hiatus for the 2014-15 season

After weeks of pondering, I’ve decided that I am going to take a hiatus for the 2014-15 college basketball season. The main reason is that I’m writing a book of short stories–which have nothing to do with basketball–and I feel … Continue reading

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Coaching fortunes will change after the 2014 tourney

When the dust settles on the 2014 dance, we’re likely to see dramatic changes in the performance rankings of the active coaches. Some coaches, like perennial overachiever Tom Izzo and newcomers Archie Miller and Kevin Ollie, will post big PASE … Continue reading

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Basic champ check could fail for first time in 14 years

With just three teams who meet basic champ criteria left in the dance—and all of them slated to play each other before the finals—the streak of 13 straight predictions is in jeopardy. Heading into the dance, there were six squads … Continue reading

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No clear pool winner among 16 models

After the Sweet 16, here’s where the models stand. Coaching+Efficiency 93.3% – ARIZONA Nate Silver 87.8% Baseline 84% Keeper 73.5% – FLORIDA Pulse Check 73.5% Upset/Toss-Up 73.5% – FLORIDA Seed Match-ups 73.5% From the Gut 63.3% – FLORIDA Final Four/Champ … Continue reading

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Stephenson on Coach K and late-career slumps

This email from Insider Tom Stephenson is worth posting in full. Great observations on how many coaches tend to underachieve as they near retirement. Tom mentioned some legends who retired at the top of their tourney game. I’ll add Rollie … Continue reading

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Round 2, Day 2 Forum

Credit Stanford for a great game plan–and blame Wiggins all you want for a poor game. But Bill Self did not do his star any favors by making him hang out on the wing, out of the action. He could’ve … Continue reading

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