It’s Bracket-Picking Time: NCAA Announces Tournament Seeds – CAMILA DOMONOSKE MARCH 15, 2015 7:05 PM ET


March Madness has begun: The NCAA has announced the seeds for the 2015 men’s basketball tournament.

As expected, Kentucky is seeded first in the Midwest Region, and is also the top seed overall. If the thus-far undefeated team wins the tournament, they’ll be the first undefeated men’s basketball team in nearly four decades.

In the East, Villanova won the top spot; in the South, that went to Duke, and in the West, Wisconsin was seeded #1.

Bubble teams Indiana, Texas, LSU, Purdue and UCLA all made it on to the bracket, while BYU and Ole Miss will get to face off in a play-in game. Colorado State, Temple, Old Dominion and Richmond just missed the cut.

After winning their respective conferences, the Anteaters of UC Irvine, the Ospreys of North Florida and the Bulls of Buffalo are in the tournament for the first time.

The tournament will begin on Tuesday and Wednesday, with games to see who gets to participate in the round of 64 later in the week (Boise State against Dayton, North Florida against Robert Morris, Ole Miss against BYU and Manhattan against Hampton).

Then the games will begin full force on Thursday.

The official bracket is located here.

‘Ole Miss’ Debates Campus Traditions With Confederate Roots – by SANDRA KNISPEL October 25, 2014 6:04 PM ET


University of Mississippi football is riding high these days; they’re undefeated and one of the top three teams in the nation.Mississippi Rebels fans cheer for their team prior to their game on October 18. The University of Mississippi has been in an ongoing effort to distance the state's flagship academic institution from its segregationist history.

Mississippi Rebels fans cheer for their team prior to their game on October 18. The University of Mississippi has been in an ongoing effort to distance the state’s flagship academic institution from its segregationist history.

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University of Mississippi football is riding high these days; they’re undefeated and one of the top three teams in the nation.

But as Ole Miss fans come together to root for their team, many other traditions are coming under scrutiny. The school’s been engaged in a long-running effort to remove potentially divisive, and racially charged symbols, to try and make the campus more “welcoming.”

At the corner of Fraternity Row, a short lane that runs past a chapel used to be called “Confederate Drive.” Newly painted over, the unassuming white street post now reads “Chapel Lane.”

“Obviously the name Confederate Drive can be seen as divisive by some people and could be seen as an effort by the university to embrace an ancient idea,” says university spokesman Danny Blanton.

A state historical sign marks the Confederate Soldiers Cemetery on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss.i

A state historical sign marks the Confederate Soldiers Cemetery on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss.

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The sign change is part of the latest effort to improve the public image of Mississippi’s flagship state school, and with it the ability to recruit and retain more minorities. Last year, freshmen were for the first time required to learn about Mississippi history and race relations.

Next, the school will place signs adding historical context to potentially controversial sites, like a statue of the Confederate soldier in the middle of campus. These changes come after a series of ugly race incidents; one egregious event happened in February, when a noose was hung around the neck of the statue of James Meredith, the first African American to attend the university.

“I did actually have a pretty big emotional breakdown. I came to campus and I, in all honesty, didn’t want my feet to even touch the pavement,” says Courtney Pearson.

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College Football 24/7 Top 25 Power Rankings: Week 4


Tough losses on the road cost Georgia and USC dearly in the latest power rankings.

 

» CFB Playoff Picture: If the season ended today

While the lead pack remains the same in the race toward the first-ever four-team College Football Playoff, the trailing group of teams continues to shuffle as some favorites fell and other contenders managed to get through Week 3 unscathed.

1. Florida State

Points: 173 (5 first-place votes)
W-L: 2-0
Previous ranking: 1

The skinny: The Seminoles had the week off to heal and prepare for this week’s ACC showdown with Clemson.

Remaining schedule: Saturday, Sept. 20 — vs. Clemson; Saturday, Sept. 27 — at N.C. State; Saturday, Oct. 4 — vs. Wake Forest; Saturday, Oct. 11 — at Syracuse; Saturday, Oct. 18 — vs. Notre Dame; Thursday, Oct. 30 — at Louisville; Saturday, Nov. 8 — vs. Virginia; Saturday, Nov. 15 — at Miami (Fla.); Saturday, Nov. 22 — vs. Boston College; Saturday, Nov. 29 — vs. Florida

Remaining CFB 24/7 top 25 opponents: 3 (Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida)

2. Oregon

Points: 166 (2 first-place votes)
W-L: 3-0
Previous ranking: 2

Skinny The Ducks played the pleasant host for one quarter, allowing Wyoming to lead 7-0 after the first period. After that, Oregon was a rude guest,running away from the Cowboys, 48-14.

Remaining schedule: Saturday, Sept, 20 — at Washington State; Thursday, Oct. 2 — vs. Arizona; Saturday, Oct. 11 — at UCLA; Saturday, Oct. 18 — vs. Washington; Friday, Oct. 24 — at California; Saturday, Nov. 1 — vs. Stanford; Saturday, Nov. 8 — at Utah; Saturday, Nov. 22 — vs. Colorado; Saturday, Nov. 29 — at Oregon State

Remaining CFB 24/7 top 25 opponents: 2 (UCLA, Stanford)

3 (tied). Oklahoma

Points: 156
W-L: 2-0
Previous ranking: 3

The skinny: The Sooners beat their three non-conference foes by a combined score of 134-33. Next Saturday’s trip to West Virginia certainly will test the secondary.

Remaining schedule: Saturday, Sept. 20 — at West Virginia; Saturday, Oct. 4 — at TCU; Saturday, Oct. 11 — vs. Texas; Saturday, Oct. 18 — vs. Kansas State; Saturday, Nov. 1 — at Iowa State; Saturday, Nov. 8 — vs. Baylor; Saturday, Nov. 15 — at Texas Tech; Saturday, Nov. 22 — vs. Kansas; Saturday, Dec. 6 — vs. Oklahoma State

Remaining CFB 24/7 top 25 opponents: 2 (Kansas State, Baylor)

3 (tied). Alabama

Points: 156
W-L: 3-0
Previous ranking: 4

The skinny: Another game, another big day for WR Amari Cooper, this time against Southern Miss’ overmatched secondary.

Remaining schedule: Saturday, Sept. 20 — vs. Florida; Saturday, Oct. 4 — at Ole Miss; Saturday, Oct. 11 — at Arkansas; Saturday, Oct. 18 — vs. Texas A&M; Saturday, Oct. 25 — at Tennessee; Saturday, Nov. 8 — at LSU; Saturday, Nov. 15 — vs. Mississippi State; Saturday, Nov. 22 — vs. Western Carolina; Saturday, Nov. 29 — vs. Auburn

Remaining CFB 24/7 top 25 opponents: 5 (Florida, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn)

5. Auburn

Points: 148
W-L: 2-0
Previous ranking: 5

The skinny: The Tigers have a tough one Thursday night when they venture to the Midwest to play Kansas State. Auburn’s toughness will be challenged.

Remaining schedule: Thursday, Sept. 18 — at Kansas State; Saturday, Sept. 27 — vs. Louisiana Tech; Saturday, Oct. 4 — vs. LSU; Saturday, Oct. 11 — at Mississippi State; Saturday, Oct. 25 — vs. South Carolina; Saturday, Nov. 1 — at Ole Miss; Saturday, Nov. 8 — vs. Texas A&M; Saturday, Nov. 15 — at Georgia; Saturday, Nov. 22 — vs. Samford; Saturday, Nov. 29 — at Alabama

Remaining CFB 24/7 top 25 opponents: 6 (Kansas State, LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Georgia, Alabama)

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