NCAA Tournament Central: Your links headquarters



9:45 a.m. —

*** Chris Williams says this group of Cyclones are as focused as he’s ever seen them.Cyclone Fanatic

*** Travis Hines wrote a great piece on the NCAA Tournament tragedies of Georges Niang.Ames Tribune

*** Here’s your NCAA Tournament schedule and everything you need to know about how to watch the games.CBS Sports

*** Gary Parrish put together a list of 64 cool things about this year’s tournament field.CBS Sports

*** Eamonn Brennan asks if the Cyclones can redeem themselves after last season?ESPN



1:23 p.m. —

*** Iona coach Tim Cluess compared Georges Niang to Larry Bird. Cyclone Fanatic

*** The enCYCLONEpedia, Kirk Haaland, helps you prepare for the Iona Gaels.Cyclone Fanatic

*** CW posted his bracket this morning. He’s got the Cyclones going to the Sweet Sixteen.Cyclone Fanatic

*** Austin Narber has your NCAA Tournament Viewer’s Guide. — Cyclone Fanatic

*** Travis Hines lists Georges Niang among the big men that can win their team the tournament.College Basketball Talk

*** Matt Norlander has your numbers to know before you fill out your bracket.CBS Sports

*** Oklahoma is the most like No. 2 seed to be upset in the first round according to Sam Vecenie. — CBS Sports

*** Former Duke and NBA star, now Turner broadcaster, Grant Hill says the Cyclones can make a run in the tournament.Des Moines Register

9:50 a.m. —

*** Dennis Dodd writes that it’s time for the Big 12 to put up or shut up in the NCAA Tournament. — CBS Sports

*** Northern Iowa and Iona both make Scott Phillips’ list of possible Cinderellas.College Basketball Talk

*** President Obama has picked Kansas to win the national championship in his bracket. — ESPN

*** Randy Peterson says Monte Morris’ injury should make his NBA decision easier. —Des Moines Register

*** Travis Hines has a list of five things you need to know about Iowa State and the NCAA Tournament. Ames Tribune


9:30 a.m. —

Before you hit the links make sure to check out the podcast of last night’s CF Radio Show. We covered most of the games in the NCAA bracket and also talked with Steve Prohm. Give it a listen!

*** Rob Dauster has your dummy’s guide to filling out a bracket.College Basketball Talk

*** Travis Hines lists Oklahoma as one of the five teams that won’t win the national championship.College Basketball Talk

*** Arkansas State hired one of Scott Drew’s assistants as their new head coach last night.CBS Sports

*** FiveThirtyEight gives Iowa State a six percent chance of reaching the Final Four in their interactive proability predicitions. — FiveThirtyEight

*** John Gasaway has your numbers to know for all 68 teams in the tournament field (WARNING: This requires an ESPN Insider subscription.) — ESPN


4:25 p.m. —

*** Travis Hines has Iowa State vs. Iona as one of the must-see first round matchups. — College Basketball Talk

*** The Cyclones and Gaels make Matt Norlander’s list as well. — CBS Sports

*** Norlander also had some fun and found out each coach in the tournament’s favorite music artist. Steve Prohm went with Billy Joel. — CBS Sports

*** Eamonn Brennen has the Cyclones as a team that could "flop on the first weekend or float to the Final Four" in his 1-68 ranking of the tournament field.ESPN

12:41 p.m. — 

Before we get to links, just a heads up that Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm will join us at 6 tonight on our annual NCAA Tournament preview show on 1460 KXNO. 

Now, lunch links. 

***There are a lot of people doubting the Cyclones right now. Chris Williams loves this. — Cyclone Fanatic 

*** Randy Peterson writes about the importance of Georges Niang. — Des Moines Register

***Gary Parrish released his final Top 25 and 1 of the year. Iowa State comes in 15th. — 

*** The NCAA is currently investigating the bracket leak from Selection Sunday. — ESPN 

*** Did you guys see Coach Cal go off last night? — ESPN 

8:00 a.m. — Here are some links for your Monday morning. Hit refresh all day long as we update this page.

*** Rob Dauster asks if the selection committee was drunk when breaking down the Midwest Region.College Basketball Talk

*** Jerry Palm graded the selection committee. — CBS Sports

*** Joe Lunardi is fired up about some of the selection committee’s questionable decisions. — ESPN

*** Myron Metcalf picks three Big 12 teams (West Virginia, Kansas and Oklahoma) in his Final Four during his bold predictions for the tournament.ESPN


11:30 p.m. — Here’s a links compilation for you guys as Selection Sunday is almost over. 

*** Our Rob Gray was on the ground in Ames tonight with the Cyclones when they learned their tournament fate. He captured some great video with an update on Monte Morris’ shoulder too. — Cyclone Fanatic 

*** Brent Blum and I recorded this short podcast shortly after the brackets were released. We will talk a lot more about Iowa State’s draw Monday night from 6-7 on 1460 KXnO. — Cyclone Fanatic

*** Blum knows way too much about Iona basketball. He can teach you something here. — Cyclone Fanatic 

*** Iowa State’s NCAA Tournament draw is "ideal," writes Bobby La Gesse. — Ames Tribune 

*** Randy Peterson is less focused on Iowa State’s draw, but more on Monte MorrisDes Moines Register 

*** Everything you need to know about the Midwest Region. — 

*** 1-68, Matt Norlander ranks the field. The Cyclones get some real love. — 


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