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Posted: March 31st, 2010

Erie BayHawks rookie Kyle Goldcamp, center, still has a chance to win the team bracket pool, but his coach, John Treloar has the inside track to taking it home. Treloar has Duke and Michigan State making it to the championship game.

John Treloar has the inside track.

Treloar picked Duke and Michigan State to meet in Monday's championship game.

Everyone has an NCAA Tournament bracket pool going. So when the Final Four rolls around, the smoke clears and you begin to see who has the best chance of winning the pool.

For the BayHawks, it’s their head coach – Treloar.

The team bracket commissioner – shooting guard Mike Gansey - is still holding out out hope WVU wins it all so he can brag that he was the only one to pick the Mountaineers to take home the national title. Gansey starred for the Mountaineers when they reached the Elite Eight in 2005.

However, he told before Tuesday’s practice Treloar has Duke and Michigan State meeting in the championship game. True to form, Duke will take on WVU in one national semifinal while Michigan State faces Butler in the other.

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Posted: March 17th, 2010

 

Center Greg Monroe will lead Georgetown to championship glory this season.

Just filled out my bracket. It’s so much fun, you just want to enjoy every pick.

As most people who follow my work know, I’m a risk taker on these things. Why do it and play conversative?

Might as well pick some first-round upsets. So here are mine for this year’s NCAA Tournament. (seedings in brackets)

Midwest: (13) San Diego State over (6) Tennessee. Don’t trust the Vols.(10) Georgia Tech over (7) Oklahoma State.

West: (12) UTEP over (5) Butler. Just like UTEP’s style. (10) Florida over (7) BYU.

East: (10) Missouri over (7) Clemson. Definitely don’t trust Clemson. Maybe it’s the orange.

South: None here unless you count (9) Louisville beating (8) California.

My bracket gets even crazier after that, but at the end, these are my Final Four picks.

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Posted in: College hoops
Posted: January 12th, 2010
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A few years ago, Mike Gansey led West Virginia to the Eilte Eight of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

“Marshall? Oh man.”

That’s what Mike Gansey said after spotting the Marshall University skull cap I was wearing Tuesday. It was all good.

See, Gansey, who just joined the Erie BayHawks last week, was a star player at West Virginia and years before that, I was a sports editor at Marshall University.

Marshall and WVU are state rivals.

We both laughed about it and although I was planning to talk with new BayHawk about his first season in the D-League, I decided to interview him about WVU and what’s going on with his former coach at WVU, Michigan head coach John Beilein.

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Posted: June 2nd, 2009

“He’s extremely passionate. When I go to games, I just love to watch him and his intensity and that’s obviously one of the characteristics of his team.” – Pitt baseball coach Joe Jordano on Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon.

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Jamie Dixon won national coach of the year honors in leading Pitt to a school-record 31 wins.

Jamie Dixon can relax, too.

On Tuesday, I caught with the Pittsburgh head coach after he had played golf in Erie in conjunction with an Pittsburgh alumni banquet.

“It was good to be with (Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson) and (Pitt baseball coach and Erie native, Joe Jordano),” Dixon said Tuesday. “I’m not a big golfer. I do a few outings when I feel they’re necessary (smiling).”

In today’s Erie Times-News, I mainly wrote about what he had to said about college coaches having to pass a recruiting test before being allowed to recruit. Very interesting stuff, but Dixon and I also talked about DeJuan Blair leaving early for the NBA draft, coaching the 19-under national team and much more.

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Posted: March 19th, 2009
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No. 5-ranked Gannon will continue its historic season in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament against Central Missouri next week in Springfield, Mass.

The Gannon Golden Knights are once again a national power in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

Congratulations.

I personally watched them go through two tough seasons in which they won only 21 games in John Reilly’s first two seasons as head coach.

In their last two seasons under Reilly, Gannon has won 56 games.

No wonder the Erie BayHawks put a spotlight on him during Wednesday night’s game against the Austin Toros at Tullio Arena to acknowledge him and his team’s achievements this season.

Gannon established a school record for most wins in a season with 30 this season and won the Atlantic Regional to earn a spot in the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass., where it will take on Central Missouri (25-4) next week.

Good luck Knights.

Much respect due.

Posted in: College hoops

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