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What a 64 team NCAA college football tournament would’ve looked like during the 2020-2021 season

Rules:

1.The four teams that made the playoff are the top seeds (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma).
2.Like in the basketball tournament, the top two seed cannot play with the top one seed.
3.Also, I tried my best to not put any of the top four seeded teams together that were in the same conference, but some were inevitable.
4.1, 2, 3, and 4 seeds will host first and second round match ups. Bowl game sites will be used for Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four, and the national championship.

Schedule for hypothetical tournament:

First and second round games are played Thursday December 17, 2020-Sunday December 20, 2020

Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games are played Thursday December 24, 2020 2020-Sunday December 27, 2021

College Football Playoff Semifinals (Final Four) is played on Friday January 1, 2021

College Football Playoff National Championship is played on Monday January 11, 2021

College Football Playoff

South

Tuscaloosa,AL

1.Alabama

16.Oregon State

8.Washington

9.NC State

Iowa City,IA

4.Iowa

13.UCLA

5.Texas

12.Boston College

Evanston,IL

6.Oklahoma State

11.Stanford

3.Northwestern

14.Pittsburgh

Norman,OK
7.Utah

10.Auburn

2.Oklahoma

15.Georgia State

West

South Bend,IN

1.Notre Dame

16.Minnesota

8.Colorado

9.Wisconsin

Bloomington,IN

4.Indiana

13.Kentucky

5.Liberty

12.West Virginia

Ames,IA

6.San Jose State

11.Arizona State

3.Iowa State

14.Penn State

College Station,TX

7.Boise State

10.SMU

2.Texas A&M

15.Georgia Southern

East

Clemson,SC

1.Clemson

16.Air Force

8.Central Florida

9.Nevada

Lafayette,LA

4.Louisiana

13.Ole Miss

5.North Carolina

12.Marshall

Conway,SC

6.Ball State

11.UAB

3.Coastal Carolina

14.Virginia

Athens,GA

7.Appalachian State

10.Memphis

2.Georgia

15.Virginia Tech

Midwest

Columbus,OH

1.Ohio State

16.Arkansas

8.Oregon

9.Tulsa

Provo,UT

4.BYU

13.LSU

5.USC

12.Missouri

Gainseville,FL

6.Miami

11.TCU

3.Florida

14.Tulane

Cincinnati,OH

7.Buffalo

10.Army

2.Cincinnati

15.Kent State

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Roy Williams fifth to reach 900 wins

On Saturday, North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams became the fifth head coach in Division I college basketball history to reach 900 wins. Williams was able to do it in front of a limited attendance at the Dean E. Smith Center, the first time the Tar Heel athletic program allowed fans to attend games this season. After being down by as many as sixteen points to ACC leading 11.Florida State in the first half, the Tar Heels used freshman big man Walker Kessler’s 20 points to get Coach Williams to the big milestone. Williams joins Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and retired Jim Calhoun (most famously known for his time at Connecticut), and Bob Knight (most famously known for his time at Indiana) in the 900 win club. Williams is the fastest to reach 900 wins, doing it in just his 1,161st game as a head coach. The former Tar Heel assistant began his head coaching career at Kansas in 2003 before returning to Chapel Hill in 2003.

Sierra Canyon Sophomore Guard Bronny James tore his meniscus in a practice earlier this month in preparation for California high school basketball’s spring season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The son of Los Angeles Lakers Forward LeBron James underwent surgery this past week. James averaged just 4.1 points in 15 minutes a game for the high school power during his freshman season. Bronny is ranked number 25 in the 2023 247Sports Composite.

It was announced on Thursday that the 2021 ACC men’s and women’s conference tournaments will allow fans. Then, “The league announced its decision Thursday, a day after Gov. Roy Cooper eased restrictions to allow attendance of up to 15% at indoor arenas seating more than 5,000 and 30% at outdoor venues” according to ESPN. The women’s tournament will occur March 3-7 and the men’s tournament will go from March 9-13.

It was announced on Friday that Indianapolis would “relax coronavirus restrictions on the city’s bars and restaurants starting next week ahead of the upcoming Big Ten and NCAA men’s basketball tournaments” per ESPN. The Big Ten tournament like other major conference tournaments will occur from March 10-14.

As I said in my college basketball weekend preview, potential All-American point guard Ayo Dosunmo is out indefinitely with a broken nose. The Illinois talent was injured in Tuesday’s loss to Michigan State. Illinois got back in the win column in their first game without him on Thursday in a game versus Nebraska. They beat Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon to make it a two game winning streak.

The NCAA announced its  policies for how it will handle potential coronavirus-related withdrawals from the Division I men’s basketball tournament. ESPN confirmed that “There will be no reseedings or bracket changes once the bracket is released on Selection Sunday, and replacement teams will only be introduced within 48 hours of the field’s release. Potential at-large teams unable to meet the medical protocols by the first game of the NCAA tournament must notify the selection committee on the Saturday night before the field is announced”.

The NCAA announced also last Wednesday that it would extend its recruiting dead period again. According to multiple sources including oregonlive.com, the NCAA released a statement, saying “After careful consideration of all available information, the Council agreed that an extension of the dead period through May 31 (2021) was necessary,” Council chair M. Grace Calhoun said. “However, there is a strong commitment to use the next several weeks to outline the transition plan back to recruiting activities post June 1 and to provide those plans to prospective student-athletes, their families and the NCAA membership no later than April 15”. Full details on the dead period can be found on the official NCAA website, but in short, “During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period”.

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2020-2021 cbhsports College Basketball Weekend Preview: Big Ten, Big 12 battles headline weekend (2/26/21-2/28/21)

AP Top 10 entering weekend:

1.Gonzaga 23-0 Next: Loyola Marymount (2/27)

2.Baylor 18-0 Next: at.17.Kansas (2/27)

3.Michigan 17-1 Next: Indiana (2/27)

4.Ohio State 18-6 Next: 9.Iowa (2/28)

5. Illinois 17-6 Next: at.23.Wisconsin (2/27)

6.Alabama 18-6 Next: at.Mississippi State (2/27)

7.Oklahoma 14-6 Next: Oklahoma State (2/27)

8.Villanova 15-3 Next: at.Butler (2/28)

9.Iowa 17-7 Next: at.4.Ohio State (2/28)

10.West Virginia 16-6 Next: Kansas State (2/27)

Key games this weekend:

Southern Illinois at. 21.Loyola Chicago (Friday, 9 PM ET, CBSSN)

Our last memories of the Ramblers was their run to the Final Four in 2018. Now, the Ramblers are well into the projected field according to Joe Lunardi, as a nine seed. Loyola needs to keep winning to stay with Drake at the top of the Missouri Valley standings and an at-large NCAA Tournament bid if they are not able to win the MVC Tournament. So, a win here is important. Projected Score: Loyola-Chicago 77, Southern Illinois 60

14.Texas at. 18.Texas Tech (Saturday, 12 PM ET, CBS)

A big matchup on CBS for both of the Lone Star state rivals. Texas, since coming off of pause is 3-4. Texas Tech has lost three consecutive games against ranked opponents. Something will give here. Which star guard will step up for his team? Mac McClung for Tech, Andrew Jones for Texas. Projected Score: Texas 81, Texas Tech 77

25.Tennessee at. Auburn (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ESPN)

Since a Saturday loss to Kentucky a week ago, Tennessee crushed their instate Vanderbilt rivals on Wednesday. This could be a trap game for the Vols, however, I believe projected lottery pick Sharife Cooper will not be able to get Auburn a win in this one. Projected Score: Tennessee 84, Auburn 70

3.Michigan at. Indiana (Saturday, 1 PM ET, FOX)

Michigan is red-hot off of their pause with wins over ranked Wisconsin and top ten ranked Ohio State and Iowa. Indiana big man Trayce Jackson-Davis is a big part of why Indiana is in the NCAA Tournament hunt. But, Michigan is playing too well right now, led by freshman big man Hunter Dickinson. Projected Score: Michigan 87, Indiana 80

LSU at. 20.Arkansas (Saturday, 2 PM ET, ESPN2)

Arkansas is the hottest team in the country. As simple as that. Arkansas lost by 16 to the Tigers in Baton Rouge on January 13. It will be different in Fayetteville tomorrow. The play of gritty point guard Davonte Davis, consistency of potential SEC player of the year Moses Moody, and the awesome play of Indiana grad transfer Justin Smith, has led to Arkansas’ eight wins in their last nine. Arkansas is 17-2 at full strength. If I am LSU, the play of potential SEC player of the year Cam Thomas and guard Javonte Smart will be big in if LSU can end Arkansas’ hot streak. Projected Score: Arkansas 86, LSU 83

5.Illinois at. 23.Wisconsin (Saturday, 2 PM ET, ESPN)

Illinois will be without potential All-American point guard Ayo Dosunmo for a second consecutive game. Dosunmo broke his nose in Tuesday’s loss to Michigan State, but the Illini rebounded with a win over Big Ten bottom feeder Nebraska on Thursday. An even tougher challenge awaits the Illini when they face Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard D’Mtrick Trice (13.5 PPG) leads the Badgers in scoring. The Badgers (16-8, 10-7 Big Ten) are apart of a loaded Big Ten with losses to 3.Michigan and 9.Iowa in their last two games. Projected Score: Illinois 87, Wisconsin 75

Oklahoma State at. 7.Oklahoma (Saturday, 3 PM ET, ABC)

This will be the first of a two game series for the two this season after their first match up, set for January 16 in Stillwater, was postponed. The next will be played just two days after this one, on Monday in Stillwater (9 PM ET, ESPN). Oklahoma has been on and off during Big 12 play this season. Wins over 17.Kansas, 14.Texas, 10.West Virginia, and more. Losses to 17.Kansas (Split), 18.Texas Tech (sweep), and Kansas State on Tuesday loom large. Just a single game remains for the Sooners after that, a make-up date at home versus Texas on March 4. For Oklahoma State, a win in the SEC-Big 12 challenge over Arkansas might have become one of if not the most important wins on the team’s resume. Since the win at home over the Razorbacks, the team, despite dropping the next game in Fort Worth against TCU, has beaten 14.Texas, 17.Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, and 18.Texas Tech to clearly assert itself as a team that should be in the NCAA Tournament. Led by the projected number one pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, 6’8 point guard Cade Cunningham (18.7 PPG, 3.6 APG), Oklahoma State should not be taken lightly by the Sooners. It is fully expected that these two will split their season series in the upcoming three days, but what you read next is who I will pick tomorrow. Projected Score: Oklahoma 82, Oklahoma State 77

Kansas State at. 10.West Virginia (Saturday, 4 PM ET, ESPN2)

West Virginia is as hot as any team in the country right now with wins over top fifteen 7.Oklahoma (Feb. 13) and 14.Texas (Feb. 20). Derek Culver (15.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG) leads the Mountaineers at home against Big 12 bottom dweller Kansas State. Should be an easy win for the boys from Morgantown. Projected Score: West Virginia 89, Kansas State 71

2.Baylor at. 17.Kansas (Saturday, 8 PM ET, ESPN)

Baylor (18-0, 10-0 Big 12) needed a lot of help to beat Iowa State, a team in the bottom of the Big 12 coming off of a long COVID-19 pause. Starting with the 17.Kansas game on Saturday, the Bears begin a tough four game stretch with the aforementioned Jayhawks, on Tuesday at 10.West Virginia, on Thursday versus Oklahoma State, and on Sunday in Waco versus 18.Texas Tech. Kansas fell out of the top 25 for the first time since 2008 two weeks ago. The Jayhawks went on a five game winning streak after falling out of the rankings with wins over Oklahoma State, two wins over Iowa State, and back home versus 18.Texas Tech. Bill Self’s team lost for the first time since February 6 in a Tuesday affair in Austin against 14.Texas. So, in Lawrence, Kansas could have the edge in a huge Saturday night game in Lawrence. Projected Score: Baylor 75, Kansas 74

Loyola Marymount at. 1.Gonzaga (Saturday, 10 PM ET, ESPN)

Gonzaga should pick up another easy West Coast conference win and stay hot headed into the West Coast Conference Tournament. Projected Score: Gonzaga 86, Loyola Marymount 65

8.Villanova at. Butler (Sunday, 12 PM ET, CBS)

Villanova crushed Butler on December 16 in Philadelphia. It should be no different in Indianapolis on February 28. Projected Score: Villanova 85, Butler 67

South Florida at. 12.Houston (Sunday, 4 PM ET, TBD)

After the loss to Wichita State, Houston beat Western Kentucky, in a non conference game that was scheduled at the beginning of the week. Houston should get a win using the awesome offensive ability of Kansas transfer Quentin Grimes. Projected Score: Houston 87, South Florida 72

9.Iowa at. 4.Ohio State (Sunday, 4 PM ET, TBD)

Iowa had a four game winning streak before a loss on Thursday to Michigan. Even so, Iowa big man Luka Garza is en route to a national player of the year and a scoring title. Ohio State is on a two game losing streak, losing to Michigan on Sunday and Michigan State on Thursday. The winner of this game should be on a good road to securing a number one seed. Projected Score: Ohio State 87, Iowa 84

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Arkansas sets March 9 for spring practice start

The Arkansas Athletic Department announced on Thursday that the football program would begin its spring practices on March 9. The team will have fifteen practices over a month and a half which will include a week off for spring break. The spring will include a few scrimmages setting up the spring game April 17 in Fayetteville.

In the midst of Arkansas’ eight game conference winning streak, it had to postpone two games against its Texas A&M rivals. The first was set for February 6 in Fayetteville and the second on February 20 in College Station. Both were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns in the Aggie program. The time and television network are to be determined. Arkansas, coming off a huge win over 6.Alabama on Wednesday night, will host LSU on Saturday before heading to Columbia to battle South Carolina on Tuesday and then heading back to Fayetteville to battle Texas A&M. Here is the TV schedule to finish the regular season:
2/27 LSU (1 PM CT, ESPN2)

3/2 at.South Carolina (5:30 PM CT, SECN)

3/6 Texas A&M (TBD, TBD)

The Diamond Hogs used a hit from Jordan Battles in the tenth inning to get a walk-off win over Southeastern Missouri State on Thursday evening. It was the first of a four game series that will end on Sunday.

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Arkansas-Alabama 2 Preview

For the first time in awhile, I am going to be doing an Arkansas sports news post. So here we go.

First, Arkansas swept the 2021 State Farm College Baseball showdown with wins over Texas Tech, Texas, and TCU. The Razorbacks beat the Red Raiders 13-9 on Saturday, the Longhorns 4-0 Sunday, and the Horned Frogs 4-1 on Monday. They will return home to Baum-Walker Stadium for a four game series beginning Thursday and end on Sunday.

After Texas A&M postponed one of the two Arkansas games for the second time this season due to COVID-19 protocols, Arkansas was reportedly in contact with Arkansas State about a game between the two schools this previous Saturday. Arkansas State had two games, set for Friday February 19 and Saturday February 20 against Texas State, which were postponed due to inclement weather at both schools. It led to the opening the Red Wolves had on Saturday for a game. Arkansas State then scheduled the make up game versus Texas State on Monday. Arkansas State head coach Mike Balado said last week that “It’s not very smart for our team when we’re in the hunt of playing for a No. 1 seed,”. “I’m not quite sure if they’re (Arkansas) in the hunt for the No. 1 seed. I don’t really pay attention to their record, but we’re in the hunt, so we have to worry about our players and our health and safety about the conference season, so it’s about us, not about them.” Arkansas also tried to get another non conference game when Tulsa had to postpone. They contacted Arkansas State then, as well. When asked about Arkansas State’s decline to play Arkansas back in December Balado said, “When you play games, they have to benefit both teams,” Balado said. “We’re not going to get bullied into playing a game just because it benefits one team. We don’t do that. We’re not nobody’s little brother. We’re going to play basketball when it’s a benefit to us and the other team.” Looking to the future, Balado said he has reached out to Arkansas about scheduling a non-conference game on Nov. 13 next season. Both teams have the date open, so it is likely the two will meet next season.

6.Alabama at. 20.Arkansas
Bud Walton Arena (Fayetteville,AR)
Wednesday February 24, 9 PM ET
ESPN2

On Saturday January 16, Arkansas lost to Alabama 90-59 at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The school known for dominating football had put an exclamation point on their then 13-2 and an unbeaten record in conference play. Arkansas fell to 12-4, their fourth loss in conference play.

Things seem a little different now. For Arkansas especially, who have won its last seven SEC games and in most mock brackets are being seeded as a six or seven seed. Alabama is still en route to their first SEC regular season title in awhile, being seen mostly as a two or three seed.

Alabama is led by senior wing John Petty Jr., who is putting up 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. Joining him on the perimeter in Tuscaloosa, is talented Villanova transfer Jahvon Quinerly. The Hackensack, New Jersey native averages almost 12 points and 3 assists per game. But it is sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford (14.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists per game) that leads the Tide in scoring. On the other side is a group of talented newcomers. Most notably freshman Moses Moody and Indiana grad transfer Justin Smith stand out. Wing Moses Moody is averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds and is a favorite for the SEC freshman of the year. On the interior for the hogs is Justin Smith, who is averaging almost 12 points and six and a half rebounds a game. The problems for Arkansas have come when they have been without Smith, where they lost games that they could’ve won with him such as a close loss to big man heavy Tennessee back in January.

This coaching match up is elite. Recently, due to the success of the program, second year Alabama head coach Nate Oats got a new extension last Thursday. According to HawgBeat.com, fellow second year head coach Eric Musselman should be next in line for an extension. Both coaches have teams who are hot and in great positions to play in March. The coach that has his team better conditioned will win this game. Basketball is a game of runs and whichever team is more conditioned to make that run will win this game.

Projected Score: Alabama 72, Arkansas 67

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How USC could lead a Pac-12 exodus

USC, according to many sources, has grown to be upset with the Pac-12 for many reasons in the past few years. The biggest being that Southern Cal along with Oregon, UCLA, and Washington make as much or less revenue than smaller market schools in the Pac-12. The Athletic’s Andy Staples detailed his thoughts on what the Trojans should do moving forward in a podcast back in March of 2020.

Staples reminded listeners that in 2011, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott tried to raid the Big 12 to add the likes of Texas and Oklahoma among others to make a power league that would’ve been know as the Pac-16. The Big 12 and Pac-12 then ended talks prematurely and the move never happened. But, this time the Big 12 television contract ends a year before the Pac-12’s does. The Big 12 needs to do the same thing the Pac-12 did a decade ago. Big 12 leadership needs to be aggressive come 2023 and 2024 because the moves will never happen if they are not. If the moves go through (adding Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, and Washington State), a conference network would not be the most enticing. USC would most likely love the idea of making something similar to The Longhorn Network so they can make not only that revenue but the revenue from being in a new sixteen team league. Here are the different ways the conference could look:

No divisions, everyone team plays their two rivals and rotates everyone else.

Arizona

Arizona State

Iowa State

Kansas

Kansas State

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

Oregon

Oregon State

Southern California

Stanford

Texas

Texas Christian

Texas Tech

Washington

Washington State

Or add more from the Big 12. I got this idea from a fishduck.com article. In this scenario, the Big 12 would keep West Virginia in the league, and split the so called “Big 16” into east and west divisions. California, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington State would be left out of the conference and would likely join the Mountain West. For future scheduling, teams like Oregon and Washington, who have left their instate rivals behind, can choose to schedule them during their nonconference slates. With the Pac-12 basically out of the window, the Rose Bowl would pick this conference up to match up with the Big Ten in Pasadena every January.

East:Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia

West: Arizona State, Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington

Or, USC could join historic rival Notre Dame as an independent. If USC were to leave, “the conference of champions”, then Oregon and Washington would also likely consider it. If UCLA didn’t end up joining USC as an independent, the two schools would still likely play annually. USC would likely have to schedule a few more Pac-12 games and look elsewhere to finish out its schedules every year.

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2021 NCAA Men’s Tournament to have limited attendance

It was announced on Friday morning that the NCAA “will allow a limited number of fans at every round of this year’s men’s NCAA tournament,” according to ESPN and multiple other sources. The article also confirmed that the tournament will have up 25% attendance and required social distancing and mask wearing. NCAA president Mark Emmert reassured worried fans on the NCAA’s announcement, saying “We continue to use the knowledge we have gained over the season on how to conducts games in a safe environment.”

The University of Alabama announced on Thursday that men’s basketball head coach Nate Oats agreed to an extension through the 2026-2027 season in the midst of Alabama’s awesome season, in which they’ve gone 17-5 (12-1) in the SEC. The extension also increases his salary to $3.225 million annually.

The McDonald’s All American Game has been cancelled for the second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic. McDonald’s announced over 700 girls and boys nominees for the 2021 games on Thursday. It will announce a full 48-player roster, 24 girls and 24 boys, in a few weeks and will honor the class with a virtual celebration.

The number three overall recruit in the 2022 class according to 247sports, Amari Bailey, has committed to UCLA for the second time during his recruitment. Bailey committed to DePaul before the start of his high school career, but quickly decommitted after transferring to southern California power Sierra Canyon. Then, he made his original commitment to Steve Alford’s bruins. When Alford was fired, Bailey backed off to reconsider things. Then, this week he announced he had committed to UCLA, this time with Mick Cronin as their head coach, likely ending his recruitment.

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UCF names Malzahn next head coach

The Central Florida football program announced on Monday that Gus Malzahn would be the school’s next head coach. Malzahn was previously the offensive coordinator at Arkansas, Tulsa, and Auburn before becoming Arkansas State’s head coach for a season. Then he returned to the plains and was hired as Auburn’s head man. Central Florida went 13-0 in 2017-18 led by head coach Scott Frost who then went on to be the head coach at his alma mater, Nebraska. Then, Frost’s offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was named the new head coach. Heupel led the knights to three more successful seasons before being named the new Tennessee head coach at the end of January, succeeding Jeremy Pruitt.

Oregon QB Tyler Shough, who started the entire unprecedented regular season for the ducks in 2020-2021, has entered transfer portal as a grad transfer according to ESPN and multiple other sources. Shough was replaced by the team’s backup Anthony Brown for long stretches in the team’s 34-17 loss in the 2021 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Shough completed 63.5% of his passes, 13 passing TDs, and six interceptions during the November through January season.

2022 five-star QB Maalik Murphy, ranked number 30 overall in the 2022 247Sports composite, committed to Texas on February 13. Murphy, the 6’5 signal caller, from Junipero Serra High School in Garden, California gives new Texas head coach an elite talent and leader. Murphy commits to Texas in the wake of fellow five-star QB Quinn Ewer’s decommitment from the Longhorns back in October. The Texas native (Southlake Carroll HS), and no. 1 player in the composite then committed to Ohio State less than a month after his decommitment from Texas.

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2021 cbhsports NCAA Bracket Preview Predictions

Annually, the NCAA Selection Committee announces their top sixteen overall seeds (the top four seeds) four weeks ahead of “Selection Sunday” (set for March 14) in the NCAA March Madness Bracket Preview. It will be televised just an hour after this post is published, at 12:30 PM ET time on CBS. Anyway, here’s what I think the committee will announce in an hour.

Top questions:

Will Gonzaga or Baylor be the number one seed? Everyone knows that the only two unbeatens left in Division 1 college basketball are the best in the sport. But where does the committee stand on the matter? Does Gonzaga play a strong enough schedule to be considered a top overall seed? In my opinion, Gonzaga went out and scheduled a great non conference schedule for November and December, beating the likes of Kansas, Virginia, and more. Likewise, Baylor has competed in a tough Big 12 and its record remains unblemished.

Who is the final team on the top line? Ohio State is the favorite with 5 quadrant 1 wins. But Alabama, despite losses to Oklahoma and Missouri in the last two weeks, remains a strong contender with just a single SEC loss. Ohio State should get the spot not only because of their quad 1 wins but because of its standing in the Big Ten, with just four losses in a conference many consider the best in the country.

How many can the Big Ten get in the top 16? Like I mentioned in the paragraph above, the Big Ten has been the premiere college basketball conference this season with seven teams in top thirty of the NCAA Evaluation tool. The tool, more commonly known as the “NET”, replaced the Basketball Power Index (more commonly known as the “BPI”) as the main metric used for the bracket reveal come “Selection Sunday”.

Reminder: Due to the COVID-19, the entire 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is being played in Indiana, which is why the NCAA is dropping the regional brackets and instead naming them in the numbers.

My projected top 16 seeds:

()= Overall seed

Region 1:

1.Gonzaga (1)

2.Houston (8)

3.West Virginia (9)

4.Tennessee (16)

Region 4:

1.Ohio State (4)

2.Villanova (5)

3.Oklahoma (12)

4.Iowa (13)

Region 2:

1.Baylor (2)

2.Alabama (7)

3.Texas Tech (10)

4.Missouri (15)

Region 3:

1.Michigan (3)

2.Illinois (6)

3.Virginia (11)

4.Texas (14)

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cbhsports 2021 SEC Late CFB Signing Day Review: Alabama remains king in conference, nation

Hey everyone, welcome to my “2021 SEC Late CFB Signing Day Review”. A reminder that I am using 247Sports for all of my recruiting posts going forward and if you want to check out my 2021 College Football National Signing Day Review, there it is.

2021 Final SEC College Football Class Rankings

*All rankings from 247Sports*

Players:

*Number before the player is their national ranking*

*Number in parentheses is their position ranking*

Teams:

*First number is their conference class ranking*

*Number in parentheses is their national class rankings*

*The players listed are the top five players in each class signed*

1.(1) Alabama

2.JC Latham, (#1OT), Bradenton,FL IMG Academy

5.Tommy Brockermeyer, (#2OT), Fort Worth,TX All Saints Episcopal

17.Ga’Quincy McKinstry, (#1CB), Pinson,AL Pinson Valley

26.Jacorey Brooks, (#2WR), Bradenton,FL IMG Academy

44.Agiye Hall, (#5WR), Valrico,FL Bloomingdale

2.(3) Georgia

7.Amarius Mims, (#3OT), Cochran,GA Bleckley County

16.Brock Vandagriff, (#2QB-DT), Bogart,GA Prince Avenue Christian

25.Xavian Sorey, (#1OLB), Bradenton,FL IMG Academy

34.Smael Mondon, (#3OLB), Dallas,GA Paulding County

66.Micah Morris, (#9OT), Kingsland,GA Camden County

3.(4) LSU

19.Maason Smith, (#2DT), Houma,LA Terrebonne

64.Derrick Davis Jr., (#4S), Monroeville,PA Gateway

69.Deion Smith, (#9WR), Jackson,MS Jackson Academy

83.Garrett Nussmeier, (#9QB-PRO), Flower Mound,TX Marcus

90.Garrett Dellinger, (#12OT), Clarkston,MI Clarkston

4.(7) Texas A&M
38.Tunmise Adeleye, (#5SDE), Katy,TX Tompkins

112.Shadrach Banks, (#18WR), Houston,TX North Shore

132.Marcus Burris, (#10SDE), Texarkana,TX Pleasant Grove

168.Eli Stowers, (#7QB-DT), Denton,TX Guyer

203.Elijah Jeudy, (#7WDE), Philadelphia,PA Northeast

5.(13) Florida

28.Jason Marshall, (#2CB), Miami,FL Miami Palmetto

106.Corey Collier, (#6SF), Miami,FL Miami Palmetto

148.Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, (#12QB-PRO), Cartersville,GA Cartersville

202.Donovan McMillion, (#12S), Canonsburg,PA Peters Township

286.Daejon Reynolds, (#44WR), Loganville,GA Grayson

6.(16) Tennessee

138.Aaron Willis, (#8ILB), Colonial Heights,VA Life Christian Academy

154.Kaidon Salter, (#6QB-DT), Cedar Hill,TX Cedar Hill

358.Walker Merrill, (#58WR), Brentwood,TN Brentwood

3.Tiyon Evans, (#1RB), Hutchinson,KS Hutchinson CC

411.William Parker, (#34OT), Nashville,TN Pearl-Cohn

7.(18) Ole Miss

191.Luke Altmyer, (#13QB-PRO), Starkville,MS Starkville

218.Hudson Wolfe, (#8TE), Savannah,TN Hardin County

259.Tysheem Johnson, (#16S), Philadelphia,PA Neumann Goretti

312.Dink Jackson, (#20S), Melbourne,FL Eau Gallie

336.Markevious Brown, (#28CB), Bradenton,FL IMG Academy

8.(24) Arkansas

163.Ketron Jackson, (#26WR), Royse City,TX Royse City

185.AJ Green, (#7RB), Tulsa,OK Union

285.Raheim Sanders, (#14ATH), Rockledge,FL Rockledge

399.Terry Wells, (#32OT), Wynne,AR Wynne

493.Javion Hunt, (#27RB), Oklahoma City,OK Carl Albert

Many of you won’t find joy reading beyond this point in the SEC Class Rankings so if you want to check the national class rankings out click here.

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2021 cbhsports Super Bowl 55 Preview

Super Bowl LV
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa,FL)
Sunday February 7, 5:30 PM CT
CBS

Tomorrow, right now, Super Bowl LV (55), will be kicking off. Mahomes versus Brady. Hill and Kelce versus Evans, Godwin, Brown, and Gronkowski. A decent Chiefs defense versus a young, talented Bucs defense. Many say that if Patrick Mahomes loses to Tom Brady, “He will never be the G.O.A.T.” I disagree with this statement because Mahomes, if he plays half as long of a career as Tom Brady, will have so many chances to win Super Bowls and prove that he is the greatest player of all time. For me projecting (or even predicting) this game, many do not remember when Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns against this Bucs defense. Not to mention Patrick Mahomes’ 462 passing yards, leading them to a 27-24 week 12 win. Tom Brady, despite struggling a bit in three consecutive road wins over Washington, New Orleans, and Green Bay has gotten to his tenth Super Bowl. The Bucs defense has improved a lot since their week 12 loss to the Chiefs, in large part due to improved front seven play and the secondary not letting elite receivers like Terry McLaurin (WAS), Michael Thomas (NO), and Davante Adams take over games too much. Their week 12 battle was a 27-24 win for the Chiefs, so this is a real toss-up for me. While I cover mostly college sports now, the NFL is not a foreign thing to me, I watch every Sunday. But at the end of the day, I had to go with my gut. Projected Score: Kansas City Chiefs 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34

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2020-2021 cbhsports College Basketball Weekend Preview:North Carolina, Duke set for Saturday battle (2/5/21-2/7/21)

AP Top 10 entering weekend

1.Gonzaga 18-0 Next: PPD

2.Baylor 17-0 Next: PPD

3.Villanova 11-2 Next: PPD

4.Michigan 13-1 Next: PPD

5. Houston 15-2 Next: at.South Florida (2/10)

6. Texas 11-4 Next: at.Oklahoma State (2/6)

7. Ohio State 15-4 Next: at.Maryland (2/8)

8.Iowa 13-4 Next: at.Indiana (2/7)

9.Oklahoma 12-4 Next: Iowa State (2/6)

10.Alabama 14-4 Next: at.12.Missouri

Key games this weekend

Iowa State at. 9.Oklahoma (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ESPN2)

Red hot Oklahoma should pick up an easy win. Not much to say here. Projected Score: Oklahoma 70, Iowa State 51

10.Alabama at. 12.Missouri (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ESPN)

Alabama comes in at 10-0 in the SEC, and a projected number one seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology. Missouri, their best wins over Tennessee and Arkansas, looks to notch a win over a legitimate top ten team at home. Missouri Head Coach Cuonzo Martin has done a fantastic job but another loss in this game would give them four SEC losses. Alabama can take a loss here and be just fine, but I don’t see it happening after they defeated LSU for a second time this season. Projected Score: Alabama 67, Missouri 59

23.Kansas at. 17.West Virginia (Saturday, 2 PM ET, CBS)

The second of three Big 12 games with a ranked team on Saturday includes two ranked teams instead of just one. West Virginia and Kansas have not been nearly as good as I thought either would be. Marcus Garrett, last season’s Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, is the X-Factor in this game. If he can get a few quick buckets for the Jayhawks as the game goes on, Kansas should get a much needed win in Morgantown. Projected Score: Kansas 68, West Virginia 65

6.Texas at. Oklahoma State (Saturday, 3 PM ET, ABC/LHN)

Both Texas and Oklahoma State have struggled a little bit, dealing with COVID-19 issues and were without many of their players the last few weeks. Oklahoma State beat Arkansas last Saturday but lost in Fort Worth versus TCU this week. Texas comes into the game losers of two straight, both of their losses coming to top ten teams in Oklahoma and Baylor. So, even as someone who has watched college basketball religiously this season, it is hard to pick this game because of how each team has played of late. Projected Score: Texas 81, Oklahoma State 72

North Carolina at. Duke (Saturday, 6 PM ET, ESPN)

I previewed the North Carolina-Duke game in a full post if you want to check it out. Projected Score: Duke 77, North Carolina 74

18.Tennessee at. Kentucky (Saturday, 8 PM ET, ESPN)

Tennessee has been on and off this season but got a key win in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge with a win over Kansas. Kentucky had its game a week ago versus Texas cancelled but had been playing better versus Alabama even in a loss a week ago. Projected Score: Tennessee 68, Kentucky 62

8.Iowa at. Indiana (Sunday, 12 PM ET, FOX)

Iowa comes into this game after losing a highly competitive game to Ohio State. If Iowa gets good defensive play in addition to their best offense in the country led by player of the year favorite Luka Garza (big man), they can not only win this game but should be a favorite to win the national championship. Indiana, led by Sophomore big man Trayce Jackson-Davis, is a team that could upset Iowa. This will be a fun game on a Sunday afternoon. Projected Score: Iowa 79, Indiana 74

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A Duke-North Carolina preview

Even though this blog is one that is focused on Arkansas sports and the SEC, I take the liberty as a lifelong North Carolina fan (my mom graduated from there) to preview a unique battle between North Carolina and the school less than ten miles down the road.

If you don’t know who I am talking about, look at the title of this post. The Duke-North Carolina rivalry has been one of if not the best rivalry in college sports since its inception in 1920. North Carolina leads the rivalry by just 25 wins, 139-114. Usually the two split the regular season series but in 2018-2019 North Carolina swept and a year later Duke did the same thing in 2019-2020. Alright, enough with the history, let’s get to the game set for February 6, 2021.

North Carolina at. Duke
Cameron Indoor Stadium (Durham,NC)
Saturday February 6, 6 PM ET
ESPN

In Chapel Hill and Durham, we are used to seeing elite match ups at every position. This season, maybe not so much. Although, us fans do get North Carolina big man Garrison Brooks (10.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG), who was the Pre-Season Player of the Year in the ACC, matching up with Duke big Matthew Hurt (18.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG). Fellow North Carolina big man Armando Bacot (11.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG) has played well the last few games scoring 21, 17, and 18 points three of the last four games. Another big man in Tar Heel blue is Day’Ron Sharpe (9.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG) who gives Roy Williams an excellent option to score in the paint, having not developed much of an outside shot yet. North Carolina does have veterans on the perimeter, but I agree with most of the media when they say that is North Carolina’s major weakness this season is guard play. That is one area in the game where the 7-6 Blue Devils have the advantage. Duke Freshman Forward Jalen Johnson, a projected lottery pick, is averaging 12.1 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. Many think he will be the difference in the game. If Duke plays through Matthew Hurt and gets good starting minutes from starting guards Jordan Goldwire (6.8 PPG, 3.7 APG) and Jeremy Roach (8.8 PPG, 2.6 APG), they should be in good hands. For North Carolina to come out of Durham with a win, they need guard Caleb Love (10.3 PPG, 3.1 APG) to play like he has been playing and continue to get good big man play from Bacot, Brooks, and Sharpe.

Projected Score: Duke 77, North Carolina 74

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2021 cbhsports Late CFB National Signing Day Review: Top storylines, Final Class Rankings

Hey everyone, here is my “2021 College Football National Signing Day Review”. As this is an Arkansas and SEC focused blog I’m going to make another post at some point covering Arkansas and the SEC’s national signing day as well. By the way, I am going to start using 247Sports for all of my recruiting posts going forward.

Top headlines:

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide pulled together the greatest class ever in the 247Sports era by getting a class worth 327.91 points (27 signees) overall headlined by flipping previous LSU commit JoJo Earle (WR) and landing five-star offensive lineman JC Latham and Tommy Brockermeyer.

If it wasn’t for Alabama, the team in the news would be the squad the Tide played in the national championship on January 11. Ohio State (who landed a class worth 309.49 points with 21 signees) signed five-star running back TreVeyon Henderson on Wednesday after previously landing five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer, the top player out of the Buckeye State.

Head Coach Clay Helton and USC pulled together the second best class in the Pac-12 by landing the nation’s top defensive end Korey Foreman. Helton also landed many other southern California area prospects, something that he had not previously done as much during his tenure in Los Angeles.

The SEC reigned supreme as Alabama landed yet another top class, Georgia came in at no. 3, LSU at no. 4, Texas A&M at no. 7 as well as five other teams within the top 25.

2021 Final College Football Class Rankings (top ten)

*All rankings from 247Sports*

*Number before the player is their national ranking*

*Number in parentheses is their position ranking*

1.Alabama

2.JC Latham, (#1OT), Bradenton,FL IMG Academy

5.Tommy Brockermeyer, (#2OT), Fort Worth,TX All Saints Episcopal

17.Ga’Quincy McKinstry, (#1CB), Pinson,AL Pinson Valley

26.Jacorey Brooks, (#2WR), Bradenton,FL IMG Academy

44.Agiye Hall, (#5WR), Valrico,FL Bloomingdale

2.Ohio State

4.Jack Sawyer, (#3SDE), Pickerington,OH North Pickerington

9.Emeka Egbuka, (#1WR), Steilacoom,WA Steilacoom

18.Donovan Jackson, (#1OG), Bellaire,TX Episcopal

22.TreVeyon Henderson, (#1RB), Hopewell,VA Hopewell

27.Kyle McCord, (#3QB-PRO), Philadelphia,PA St. Joseph’s

3.Georgia

7.Amarius Mims, (#3OT), Cochran,GA Bleckley County

16.Brock Vandagriff, (#2QB-DT), Bogart,GA Prince Avenue Christian

25.Xavian Sorey, (#1OLB), Bradenton,FL IMG Academy

34.Smael Mondon, (#3OLB), Dallas,GA Paulding County

66.Micah Morris, (#9OT), Kingsland,GA Camden County

4.LSU

19.Maason Smith, (#2DT), Houma,LA Terrebonne

64.Derrick Davis Jr., (#4S), Monroeville,PA Gateway

69.Deion Smith, (#9WR), Jackson,MS Jackson Academy

83.Garrett Nussmeier, (#9QB-PRO), Flower Mound,TX Marcus

90.Garrett Dellinger, (#12OT), Clarkston,MI Clarkston

5.Clemson

31.Will Shipley, (#1APB), Matthews,NC Weddington

36.Jeremiah Trotter Jr., (#2ILB), Philadelphia,PA St. Joseph’s

60.Jake Briningstool, (#1TE), Brentwood,TN Ravenwood

85.Beaux Collins, (#12WR), Bellflower,CA St. John Bosco

94.Payton Page, (#8DT), Greensboro,NC Dudley

6.Oregon

35.Kingsley Suamataia, (#6OT), Orem,UT Orem

39.Ty Thompson, (#4QB-PRO), Gilbert,AZ Mesquite

40.Troy Franklin, (#3WR), Menlo Park,CA Menlo-Atherton

56.Dont’e Thornton, (#7WR), Baltimore,MD Mount Saint Joseph

84.Bram Walden, (#10OT), Scottsdale,AZ Saguaro

7.Texas A&M

38.Tunmise Adeleye, (#5SDE), Katy,TX Tompkins

112.Shadrach Banks, (#18WR), Houston,TX North Shore

132.Marcus Burris, (#10SDE), Texarkana,TX Pleasant Grove

168.Eli Stowers, (#7QB-DT), Denton,TX Guyer

203.Elijah Jeudy, (#7WDE), Philadelphia,PA Northeast

8.USC

1.Korey Foreman, (#1SDE), Corona,CA Centennial

48.Raesjon Davis, (#4OLB), Santa Ana,CA Mater Dei

68.Jaxson Dart, (#7QB-PRO), Draper,UT Corner Canyon

75.Miller Moss, (#8QB-PRO), Mission Hills,CA Bishop Alemany

9.Notre Dame

54.Blake Fisher, (#8OT), Avon,IN Avon

59.Rocco Spindler, (#3OG), Clarkston,MI Clarkston

70.Tyler Buchner, (#3QB-DT), La Mesa,CA Helix

115.Lorenzo Styles Jr., (#20WR), Pickerington,OH Pickerington Central

117.Gabriel Rubio, (#9DT), St. Peter’s,MO Lutheran of St. Charles County

10.Michigan

24.JJ McCarthy, (#2QB-PRO), Bradenton,FL IMG Academy

41.Donovan Edwards, (#3RB), Bloomfield,MI West Bloomfield

61.Xavier Worthy, (#8WR), Fresno,CA Central East

87.Giovanni El-Hadi, (#11OT), Sterling Heights,MI Adlai Stevenson

89.Junior Colson, (#5OLB), Brentwood,TN (Ravenwood)

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Arkansas, Arkansas State set 2025 match up

For the first time ever, Arkansas and Arkansas State will meet on the football field. The game is set for September 6, 2025 and is to be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock,AR. The program moves games versus Missouri in Little Rock to Fayetteville in 2021 (this upcoming season) and 2023, and will replace them with games versus UAPB in 2021 (this upcoming season) and 2024, West Carolina in 2023, and Arkansas State in 2025. In 2020, Arkansas also eliminated spring football games in 2022 and 2024 in Little Rock, and thus will play every spring game on campus going forward.