Saturday, March 22, 2008

View NCAA® March Madness® on Demand : Free Live Streaming Video of All NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Championship Games : NIT & CBI Brackets

Postseason college basketball is underway in the United States.

For those sports fans out there who may not be aware of it....

The website of the NCAA at NCAA® March Madness® on Demand provides free live streaming video of all 64 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Championship games.

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The 2008 VIP passes are all taken, but one can sign up to be notified about the 2009 VIP Passes. As reported by Rex Crum at Market Watch:

"Because of bandwidth constraints, the March Madness site allows a limited number of viewers online at one time to prevent the site's servers from becoming overloaded. VIP viewers, in effect, get to jump the line ahead of other viewers."

Yahoo Sports has reported the following odds for the upcoming NCAA Division I second round games (we reproduce that betting line here just for fun, NOT for gambling purposes): (see ESPN Bracket):

Duke3 West Virginia
Wisconsin4 1/2 Kansas State
Xavier3 Purdue
Washington State2 1/2 Notre Dame
Stanford3 Marquette
Kansas13 UNLV
Pittsburgh2 Michigan State
UCLA10 1/2 Texas A&M

We are skeptical that Wisconsin can beat Kansas States and the 10 1/2 point spread in favor of UCLA is probably too high as the Aggies have some great players, so that we think the game will be tight.

[Update after the games: We saw nearly all of these games or parts of them on NASN or NCAA. We were right about the UCLA vs. Texas A&M spread where the Bruins won luckily by 53-49 in a game which the Aggies controlled for the greater part, but K-State showed you can not win with just two super players (Beasley and Walker), while the Wildcats loose no-hands-up defense permitted far too many uncontested 3-pointers. Lastly the coaching staff did not make proper adjustments in spreading the offensive load. At the same time, why his Wildcat teammates did not give Beasley the ball in the 2nd half is a mystery. It is unfortunate, but right now the best player in the country is at the wrong school with the wrong coach. Wisconsin definitely looked good.

In the exciting Stanford-Marquette game which we saw on NASN, Stanford coach Trent Johnson was ejected from the game after showing a lack of discipline which we would not expect of a Stanford coach, although it was also an official's poor lack of judgment in throwing Johnson out, who thought it was a timeout situation when he again approached the same official out of the box, who had already assessed him a technical foul. Still, anytime a coach draws a technical foul he is hurting his team, so why do it in the first place? Coaches must learn to win games not by berating officials but rather by better coaching of their own players, who also showed a lack of discipline. We say this as a Stanford alum.
Stanford assistant coach Doug Oliver did a great job in this game after Johnson's ejection in leading the Cardinal to the win.]

See NIT for brackets of the National Invitation Tournament. Yahoo Sports has reported the following odds for the upcoming second round games (we reproduce that betting line here just for fun, NOT for gambling purposes):

Massachusetts5 1/2 Akron
Illinois State6 1/2 Dayton
Mississippi5 1/2 Nebraska
Virginia Tech7 UAB
Ohio State8 California
As a Husker fan, we look for Nebraska to win against Mississippi.

See CBI for brackets of the College Basketball Invitational, which was inaugurated this year and which has an unusual method for determining its champion in a best of three game series:

"The College Basketball Invitational will be a single-elimination tournament, up until the Championship Series, with all games being played at campus sites. The Championship Series will be a best of three series, home-away-home, in which the higher seed will get the first and last (if necessary) home games."

Yahoo Sports has reported the following odds for the upcoming second round games (we reproduce that betting line here just for fun, NOT for gambling purposes):
Old Dominion
8 1/2
Tulsa1 1/2 Utah

We would definitely take Old Dominion and 9.

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