JMU Basketball names Brady Head Coach

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James Madison University’s basketball program is set to introduce Matt Brady as their new head men’s basketball coach. Brady was the head coach at Marist in the MAAC for four seasons during which he turned them from a single digit winning program to MAAC champs in three seasons highlighted by an NIT victory over Oklahoma State.

Brady also was the assistant to Phil Martelli at St. Joseph’s for 11 seasons including the undefeated regular season team in 2003-04 led by future NBA stars Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.

For more on Brady’s accomplishments and statistics, here is the article from JMUSports.com.

For all you JMU fans out there, you can catch the introduction of Brady live at 1 pm on Wednesday March 26 at JMUSports.com

2008 NCAA Tournament Predictions

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The tournament is upon us which means I will be completely original and send out my picks for what they’re worth. If you don’t agree with me, you’re risking a lot.
1st Round
EAST
UNC over The Mount; Indiana over Arkansas; Notre Dame over George Mason; Washington State over Winthrop; St. Joe’s over Oklahoma; Louisville over Boise State; Butler over South Alabama; Tennessee over American
MIDWEST
Kansas over Portland State; UNLV over Kent State; Clemson over Villanova; Siena over Vanderbilt; USC over Kansas State; Wisconsin over Cal State Fullerton; Davidson over Gonzaga; Georgetown over UMBC
SOUTH
Memphis over TX Arlington; Oregon over Miss State; Michigan State over Temple; Pitt over Oral; Marquette over Kentucky; Stanford over Cornell; St. Mary’s over Miami; Texas over Austin Peay
WEST
UCLA over Miss. Valley State; BYU over Texas A&M; Drake over Western Kentucky; Connecticut over San Diego; Purdue over Baylor; Xavier over Georgia; West Virginia over Arizona; Duke over Belmont
Round of 32
EAST
UNC over Indiana; Notre Dame over Washington State; St. Joe’s over Louisville; Tennessee over Butler
MIDWEST
Kansas over UNLV; Clemson over Siena; USC over Wisconsin; Georgetown over Davidson
SOUTH
Memphis over Oregon; Michigan State over Pitt; Marquette over Stanford; Texas over St. Mary’s
WEST
UCLA over BYU; Connecticut over Drake; Xavier over Purdue; Duke over West Virginia
Sweet 16
UNC over Notre Dame; Tennessee over St. Joe’s; Clemson over Kansas; Georgetown over USC; Michigan State over Memphis; Texas over Marquette; UCLA over Connecticut; Xavier over Duke
Elite 8
UNC over Tennessee; Georgetown over Clemson; Texas over Michigan State; UCLA over Xavier
Final Four
UNC over Georgetown; UCLA over Texas
Championship
UNC over UCLA, 75-71

2008 March Madness ACTUAL

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The bids are out. Here are the results.
AUTOMATIC BIDS
America East – UMBC Retrievers**
Atlantic 10 – Temple Owls
Atlantic Coast – North Carolina Tar Heels**
Atlantic Sun – Belmont Bruins**
Big 12 – Kansas Jayhawks**
Big East – Pittsburgh Panthers
Big Sky – Portland State Vikings**
Big South – Winthrop Eagles**
Big Ten – Wisconsin Badgers**
Big West – Cal State Fullerton Titans
Colonial – George Mason Patriots
Conference USA – Memphis Tigers**
Horizon – Butler Bulldogs**
Ivy League – Cornell Big Red**
Metro Atlantic – Siena Saints**
MAC – Kent State Golden Flashes**
MEAC – Coppin State Eagles
Missouri Valley – Drake Bulldogs**
Mountain West – Brigham Young Cougars**
Northeast –Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers
Ohio Valley – Austin Peay Governors**
Pac-10 – UCLA Bruins**
Patriot – American Eagles**
SEC – Georgia Bulldogs
Southern – Davidson Wildcats**
Southland – U. Texas-Arlington Mavericks
SWAC – Miss. Valley State Delta Devils
Summit – Oral Roberts Golden Eagles**
Sun Belt – Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
West Coast – San Diego Toreros
WAC – Boise State Broncos
AT LARGE BIDS
Big East (7) : Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Villanova
Pac-10 (5) : Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Washington State
Big 12 (5) : Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas**, Texas A&M
SEC (5) : Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee**, Vanderbilt
Big Ten (3) : Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue
ACC (3) : Duke, Clemson, Miami
West Coast (2) : Gonzaga**, Saint Mary’s
Atlantic 10 (2) : Saint Joseph’s, Xavier**
Mountain West (1) : UNLV
Sun Belt (1) : South Alabama**
Bold – Clinched Conference Automatic Bid
** – Clinched Regular Season Title
Updated: March 17th

2008 CAA Tournament Set

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For those of you interested, you will be happy to know that JMU’s men’s basketball team finished the regular season on a high note knocking off Georgia State 70-60. The win means JMU won’t finish last in the conference which is refreshing and means we won’t be playing the 2:00 pm game for the umpteenth consecutive year in Richmond.

Courtesy of CAASports.com, here is the bracket for the 2008 CAA Tourney. As you can see, JMU has drawn Northeastern, a team they knocked off earlier this year so it’s a favorable matchup. MARCH MADNESS IS HERE!!