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2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket Pairings

2012 NCAA Tournament BracketIn case you are living in a hole, today is/was “Selection Sunday”.  This day is one of the most exciting of the year for college basketball fans across the nation as the official bracket is announced.  While you can get a look at the bracket at just about any sports website (e.g. cbssports, ESPN, etc.), the bracket isn’t very easy to digest when trying to figure out where and when you favorite teams are playing.  So with that in mind we have broken down the NCAA Tournament into an easy to digest format.  Here are the opening rounds of the tournament.

2012 NCAA Tournament 1st Round Matchups

Dayton, OH – University of Dayton Arena

  • Session 1
    • Western Kentucky vs Mississippi Valley
    • Iona vs BYU
  • Session 2
    • Vermont vs Lamar
    • South Florida vs Cal

2012 NCAA Tournament 2nd and 3rd Rounds

Louisville KY – KFC Yum! Center

  • Session 1
    • Kentucky vs TBD
    • UCONN vs Iowa State
  • Session 2
    • Colorado State vs Murray State
    • Marquette vs TBD

Portland, OR – Rose Garden

  • Session 1
    • VCU vs Wichita State
    • New Mexico State vs Indiana
  • Session 2
    • Long Beach State vs New Mexico
    • Davidson vs Louisville

Albuquerque, NM – The Pit

  • Session 1
    • Colorado vs UNLV
    • South Dakota State vs Baylor
  • Session 2
    • Harvard vs Vanderbilt
    • Montana vs Wisconsin

Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

  • Session 1
    • NC-Asheville vs Syracuse
    • Southern Miss vs Kansas State
  • Session 2
    • West Virginia vs Gonzaga
    • Loyola (MD) vs Ohio State

Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

  • Session 1
    • Xavier vs Notre Dame
    • Lehigh vs Duke
  • Session 2
    • North Carolina vs TBD
    • Alabama vs Creighton

Columbus, OH – Nationwide Area

  • Session 1
    • St. Louis vs Memphis
    • Long Island vs Michigan State
  • Session 2
    • NC State vs San Diego State
    • Belmont vs Georgetown

Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

  • Session 1
    • Virginia vs Florida
    • Norfolk State vs Missouri
  • Session 2
    • Purdue vs St. Mary’s
    • Detroit vs Kansas

Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

  • Session 1
    • Texas vs Cincinnati
    • St. Bonaventure vs Florida State
  • Session 2
    • Temple vs TBD
    • Ohio vs Michigan




Chris Brown F.A.M.E. Tour Dates

Chris Brown just announced his new tour, F.A.M.E., which will start next month.  Brown released an album under the same name in the middle of March.  Joining him on his tour includes T-Pain, Kelly Rowland (formerly of Destiny’s Child) and Tyga.  Presales already began last week, but public onsales started today.

According to Mr. Chris Brown, “”This tour will allow me to paint a picture musically. I want to bring a lot of energy and excitement to all the fans. It’s going to be a great show.”  Some of the songs on his album include “She Ain’t You”, a song that samples Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and “Next to You”, featuring Justin Bieber.  The man sure knows how to surround himself with popular people!

Unfortunately, Chris is also most notoriously famous for his altercation with then girlfriend, Rihanna where he pled guilty to felony assault.   While his career did take a major blow after this incident, a solid core of his fans helped the F.A.M.E.  album sell about 270,000 units, earning Brown his first No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.

Chris Brown itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

September 12 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
September 14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
September 16 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
September 17 Washington, DC Verizon Center
September 18 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
September 21 Cleveland, OH Cleveland State University
September 23 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
September 24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 25 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
September 28 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
September 30 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
October 2 Mayfield, KY Lakewood Amphitheatre
October 7 Tampa, FL 1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
October 8 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
October 9 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
October 12 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
October 14 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
October 15 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
October 16 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 18 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
October 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
October 22 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
October 23 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
October 26 Memphis, TN FedExForum
October 28 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
October 29 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
October 30 Hartford, CT XL Center

Top Weekend Events July 29 – 31st

Hello Wednesday!

First and foremost, did you notice all the country music events on this list?  Holy moly!  8/10 events on the list are for country, every kind of country music too.  Old country, new country, pop country, folk country, it’s all there!  Zac Brown Band makes another appearance on the list with a short absence.  ZBB will be performing at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, an annual event held since 1897.  CFD claims to be one of the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebrations in the world.  The infamous Dolly Parton makes her first appearance on the top weekend events list.  She is one of the most successful country artists, earning her the title of “The Queen of Country Music.”  She has been in a top-five country hit in each of the last five decades and alongside with Reba McEntire, one of the only two country artists has had No.1 singles in each of four consecutive decades.    These are two exceptionally talented ladies!

Mr. Tim McGraw shows up twice on this list.  He’s right up there with the ladies previously mentioned for his legacy.  He has had 11 consecutive albums to debut at the top position on the Billboard album charts and twenty one singles hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.  Mr. McGraw is also a very talented actor, having been in amazing movies like The Blind Side and Country Strong.

Of course, Sir Paul McCartney takes the top spot this weekend, just as I predicted last Wednesday.  This weekend he’s playing at the Cubs home turf of Wrigley Field.

And once again, the Manchester United soccer team is another hot, hot, hot draw for this weekend

Top Weekend Events July 29 – 31st

1.)    Paul McCartney, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Sunday, July 31st

2.)    Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona, Fedex Field, Washington, D.C. – Saturday, July 30th

3.)    Zac Brown Band, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne, WY – Saturday, July 30th

4.)    Lyle Lovett, Red Butte Gardens,  Salt Lake City, UT – Sunday, July 31st

5.)    Tim McGraw, Riverbend Music Center , Cincinnati, OH – Sunday, July 31st

6.)    Taylor Swift, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN – Friday, July 29th

7.)    Tim McGraw, First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA – Saturday, July 30th

8.)    Dolly Parton, Wolf trap, Vienna, VA – Sunday, July 31st

9.)    Keith Urban, Allen County Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN – Sunday, July 31st

10.) Willie Nelson, Northern Quest Casino, Spokane, WA – Sunday, July 31st

Big East Tournament Breakdown and Schedule

New York City is hosting the Big East this week, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8th at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville and others will face each other in a seriously competitive conference.

The Big East has garnered a lot of attention this year with a record nine teams ranked in the top 25.  Two Top 20 Teams will be featured in the first round.  ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and other experts let it be known that they expect that 11 of the conference’s 16 teams will make the NCAA tournament.  Not bad odds, eh?  The Big East features the strongest strength of schedule, the highest RPI  and non-conference wins over Duke, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Michigan State among other big names.

UConn and DePaul get the ball rolling tomorrow at lunchtime.  St. John’s Red Storm plays on Wednesday, which should not go unmentioned, have won by double digits at MSG against Duke, Conneticut and Notre Dame and have also had home court wins over Georgetown and Pittsburgh.  Head coach, Steve Lavin, has truly done an outstanding job with St. John this year.    Top ranked Pitt, Notre Dame, Louisville and Syracuse all have byes and will compete on Thursday.  The Big East Tournament will conclude on Saturday.

Below are the current complete Big East Standings:

Complete Big East standings are below:

1. Pittsburgh 15-3

2. Notre Dame 14-4

3. Louisville 12-6

4. Syracuse 12-6

5. St. John’s 12-6

6. West Virginia 11-7

7. Cincinnati 11-7

8. Georgetown 10-8

9. Connecticut 9-9

10. Villanova 9-9

11. Marquette 9-9

12. Seton Hall 7-11

13. Rutgers 5-13

14. Providence 4-14

15. South Florida 3-15

16. DePaul 1-17

The Schedule is as follows:

2011 Big East Tournament – First Round – March 8th, 2011

#16 Dep vs #9 UCONN 12:00 PM ESPN2
#13 Rutgers vs #12 HALL 2:00 PM ESPN2
#10 Villanova vs #15 USF 7:00 PM ESPN U
#11 Marquette vs #14 Seed 9:30 PM

Big East Tournament 2011 – Second Round – March 9th, 2011

#8 Georgetown vs #16/9 winner 12:00 PM ESPN
#5 St. John’s vs #13/12 winner 2:00 PM ESPN
#7 Cincy vs #10/15 winner 7:00 PM ESPN
#6 WVU vs #11/14 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

2011 Big East Tournament  – Quarterfinals – March 10th, 2011

#1 Pittsburgh – #8/9/16 winner   12:00 PM ESPN
#4 Syracuse- #5/12/13 winner 2:00 PM ESPN
#2 Notre Dame – #7/10/15 winner 7:00 PM ESPN
#3 Louisville  v #6/11/14 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

2011 Big East Tournament – Semifinals – March 11th, 2011

2011 Big East Semifinals Game 1 7:00 PM ESPN
2011 Big East Semifinals Game 2 9:00 PM ESPN

Big East Tournament 2011 – Championship – March 12th, 2011

2011 Big East Basketball Tournament Championship 9:00 PM ESPN