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Barack Obama Makes His NCAA March Madness Tournament Picks

Basketball-Fan-in-Chief Barack Obama’s career as a presidential bracketologist got off to a rousing start in 2009 when his pick to win the 2009 NCAA tournament, North Carolina, were indeed crowned champions.

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Learn Everything You Need to Know About March Madness With a Handy Infographic

The NCAA basketball tournament is wide-open in a way that no other major American sporting event is. Hence its nickname “March Madness.” But if you were to single out the other distinguishing characteristics of the tourney, they would be the brackets that everyone is so fond of filling out and the fact that a good chunk of the games takes place when folks are supposed to be at work.

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10 Things You Need To Know Before You Fill Out Your NCAA Tournament Bracket

Do you have your NCAA bracket filled out yet? You'd better hurry. The 2012 NCAA basketball tournament gets underway Tuesday with two of the 'First Four' games. Mississippi Valley State plays Western Kentucky in a 16-seed game in the South Region, while BYU takes on Iona in a 14-seed game in the West Region. Here are 10 thin

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Report: Kentucky Is No. 1 Overall Seed Despite Loss

Losses by Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina in their conference tournaments didn’t prevent those teams from joining Big Ten champ Michigan State as top regional seeds for the Division I men’s NCAA basketball tournament field of 68 announced on Sunday evening.

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NCAA College Football Bowl Recap — Dec. 31-Jan. 8

While we can argue about whether or not the right teams were playing, it was hard to argue with the excitement of the BCS bowl games so far. Three of the four were decided either in the last seconds of regulation (Rose Bowl) or in overtime (Fiesta and Sugar bowls), while the fourth (Orange Bowl) shattered virtually every bowl game record on the books for offensive statistics.

But the non-BCS games also gave us a lot of close games and great individual performances, as well. Here are the highlights from the final week of bowl season.

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NCAA College Football Bowl Recap — Dec. 17-23

Bowl season is in full swing. Here’s a look back at what went down in the first week of games.

Thursday, Dec. 22

Maaco Bowl; Las Vegas, NV

NO. 8 BOISE STATE 56 – ARIZONA STATE 24

Doug Martin returned

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2011 NCAA College Football – Week 14 Preview

As we enter the final week of college football’s regular season, we already have a good idea of what the national championship game will look like. Barring a colossal upset in the SEC title game and a whole lot of poll voters changing their minds and moving Oklahoma State up, LSU and Alabama will play a rematch of their earlier overtime game in the BCS National Championship. After the title game, however, there is still a lot of drama to play out with a variety of conference championships, BCS bids and bowl games on the line. Here are all the highlights from this week in the AP Top 25.

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NCAA College Football – Week 13 Recap

As college football’s regular season nears its end, the postseason picture is starting to take shape. Barring a major shakeup in the polls, Alabama punched its ticket to the national title game. The only thing that remains to be seen is if they’ll have another shot at top-ranked LSU. Next week’s conference championship games could shake up the BCS, while the Bedlam rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will determine the Big 12 title and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. Here are all the highlights from this week in the AP Top 25.

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NCAA College Football – Week 12 Recap

The day started with Lee Corso letting loose an expletive on ‘College Gameday,’ and things just got crazier from there. The BCS was officially thrown into chaos as three of the nation’s top five teams all went down to defeat. #1 LSU remained in the driver’s seat for the title game with another dominating win, but any number of one-loss schools are now back in the mix for the title game. The biggest beneficiary of this week’s upsets will likely be #6 Arkansas, who could move as high as #3 when the new polls come out and still have to play LSU, meaning the Razorbacks could control their own destiny for a spot in the national championship game (but, oddly, not for the SEC title game).

Here are all the highlights from this week in the Top 25.

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2011 NCAA College Football – Week 12 Preview

With the season winding down, things are really starting to get tight for a lot of teams. LSU and Oklahoma State control their own destinies in the national title hunt, but there is still a lot of movement that could occur if one of those two loses. Several teams are still trying to lock up spots in their respective conference championship games while others are just trying to improve their bowl resumes.

We’ve had plenty of upsets in college football this year, and this week has all the signs of some more coming soon. Nine ranked teams, including five of the top 10, are going on the road against teams with .500 or better records and three ranked teams are in action Thursday or Friday night to whet your appetite for another big weekend of college football. Here are all the highlights to look for this week in the AP Top 25.

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