Is this the most upset-filled NCAA Tournament ever?

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From Florida Gulf Coast to La Salle to Wichita State, this year’s NCAA  Tournament hasn’t been short on upsets. But has it been the most upset-filled tournament ever?

One math professor thinks so.

Jeffery Bergen, who teaches at DePaul Unversity, came up with a formula to decipher whether or not this is true. It involves a point system based on math within the seeds of each team that played in an upset victory.

In this season, those shouldn’t be too hard to find. For starters, three 12 seeds beat three five seeds.

To you, Mr. Bergen:

All we need to do is agree on what an upset is and that not all upsets are created equal. For example, a 6th seed beating an 11th seed is not an upset, a 10th seed beating a 7th seed is a small upset, and a 15th seed beating a 2nd seed is a really big upset.

Every time a lower seed beats a higher seed, we can give that game “upset points” equal to the difference in their seeds.So no. 9 Wichita State’s win over no. 8 Pittsburgh was only worth 1 upset point whereas no. 15 Florida Gulf Coast’s win over no. 2 Georgetown was worth 13 upset points.

By his logic, this tournament received 105 upset points, which is now tied with the 1986 tournament for the most. That year, an 11-seed in LSU crashed the Final Four as well.

Ironically, that was also the year of Louisville’s last national title. Which is also part of Bergen’s system.

Whether 2013 will stand alone as the most upsetting tournament will be determined by Louisville. If Louisville does not win the tournament, then 2013 will stand alone on top. But if Louisville does win the tournament, then 1986 and 2013 will remain tied for the top spot.This somehow seems appropriate. After all, who do you think won the tournament in 1986? Louisville!

Maybe he has a point, but one subjective caveat remains. The title “most upsets” in a tournament can vary. For example, the 2000 and 2011 Final Fours had more surprising entrants, by seed, than any other year, with an 11-seed (VCU) and eight-seed (Butler) in 2011 and two eight seeds (North Carolina and Wisconsin) and a five-seed (Florida) in 2000.

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Virginia, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Vandy in NIT Tip-Off

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NEW YORK (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt will meet in one semifinal of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off on Thanksgiving Day at Barclays Center.

Rhode Island and Seton Hall face off in the other semifinal with the winners meeting on Friday, Nov. 24.

This is the third straight year the Tip-Off has been held at Barclays Center. Eventual NCAA champion Villanova won the event in 2015. All games will be televised on ESPNU.

Non-bracketed teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off who will play games at campus sites are: Austin Peay, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Oakland City and UNC Asheville.

Miles Bridges explain why he returned to Michigan State

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Miles Bridges changed the landscape of the 2017-18 college basketball season on April 13.

The Michigan State forward spurned the NBA for another year in East Lansing. The decision not only meant that Bridges was a frontrunner for national player of the year, but solidified the Spartans as a national title contender.

But Bridges’ choice to return was still puzzling to many. The 6-foot-7 forward was projected as a lottery pick. Bridges explained his decision to Mike Decourcy of Sporting News in a story published on Thursday.

“He says, ‘You know what, Coach? I want to get better. I don’t want to be in the D-League. I’ve got buddies that are, and I just want to make sure when I go, I’m ready,’ ” Izzo recalled to Sporting News. “I looked at him and I said, ‘Done deal.’ For me, that was a done deal. It was a reasonable, sensible argument.”

Agents, friends, reporters, scouts, acquaintances, fans, strangers and family members — oh and, as we said, coaches — all had one opinion about how Bridges should spend the next year of his life. Miles had another, opposing, viewpoint.

Bridges told Decourcy that support came from his teammates, many of whom were returning to the team as well. Assuming the backcourt of Cassius Winston and Josh Langford make a leap forward, as well as incoming freshman Jaren Jackson providing an immediate impact, the Spartans’ title hopes could become a reality.

Bridges averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks as a freshman at Michigan State. He’s rated as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.

Four conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East’s supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance “provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality” across the officiating ranks.

North Carolina to unveil national championship banner in October

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The latest addition to the rafters of the Dean Dome will be unveiled this fall.

North Carolina will raise the banner for its 2017 national championship on Oct. 13, according to a report from Inside Carolina.

The event will coincide with the Tar Heels’ “Late Night With Roy” event that marks the public start to the season for the program and also serves, like many other top programs, as a recruiting tool.

North Carolina won its sixth NCAA national championship in April by defeating Gonzaga, 71-65, in Phoenix to avenge its last-second loss in the title game to Villanova the year prior. It was the Tar Heels’ first championship since 2009.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.