Miami gives Al Golden the dreaded vote of confidence

One of the worst things that can happen to a coach in any level of sports is getting the dreaded “vote of confidence” from his boss. I don’t care if it’s a U-13 girls softball league, you don’t want someone coming out and defending your job publicly, especially not early in the season. Unfortunately for Al Golden, that’s just what happened on Thursday.

The road to Omaha: 2013 NCAA baseball championship preview and predictions

The committee stresses geography much more than what you would see in basketball due to budgetary concerns, virtually none of the top teams will be playing too far away from home. One charm is Omaha being the College World Series venue since literally the beginning of time, which is a nice, central location that continues to work, especially now in a modern new venue.

And despite the top teams having home-field advantage, do not necessarily look for chalk to advance to Omaha. In 2012 upstart Stony Brook shocked perennial power LSU in a Super Regional and were joined in Omaha by MAC representative Kent State, who upset Oregon to become part of the final eight.

The most notable team left out of the field is 2012 National Champion Arizona, they finished with a RPI of #60, not good enough to get the Wildcats even into this year’s dance. The Pac-12 in all has just four representatives this year.

Louisville guard Russ Smith to return for senior season

  Conventional wisdom held that Russ Smith, Louisville’s leading scorer from it’s NCAA championship team, would be headed to the NBA after a remarkable junior season. That wisdom was apparently way off, as Smith has announced he will return for his senior season.

Like It or Not, NCAA Right to Not Allow Louisville to Pay For Men’s Team to Travel to Women’s Title Game

I understand and support the NCAA not allowing the Louisville men’s basketball team to travel — on the university’s or Rick Pitino’s dime — to New Orleans to watch the women’s team compete for the national championship.

NCAA Tournament Re-Rack: Ranking the Sweet 16 Teams 1-16 Based on Computer Simulation Results

How would the remaining 16 teams in the 2013 NCAA basketball field do in a conference against each other? This ranking gives you an idea.

Louisville Beats Florida in Sugar Bowl to Pull Off Major BCS Upset

Based on their season resumes, it looked like Louisville would be no match for the third-ranked Florida Gators. The game certainly did not unfold that way.

Final Four Preview Podcast: Louisville-Kentucky, Kansas-Ohio State Breakdown and National Championship Game Prediction

In episode #29 of The Bottoms Line College Basketball Podcast, our final March Madness edition, Andy is joined by Raphielle Johnson of to preview this weekend’s Final Four.

Kentucky-Louisville: All-Time Record And A Quick Recap Of The Rivalry’s History

In advance of the Kentucky-Louisville showdown in the Final Four, Andy Bottoms looks back at the series history between the two schools, which isn’t as extensive as you might assume.

Kentucky-Louisville Final Four Preview: Analysis, Prediction, Date and TV Tip Time, Point Spread, and Tickets

The Kentucky Wildcats will take on arch rival Louisville in what will undoubtedly be one of the most hyped and anticipated Final Four matchups of all-time.

Louisville To The Final Four: Tickets, Date, Time, TV Info

The first Elite 8 game has ended, and the Louisville Cardinals are heading to the Final Four. This quick post provides all the basic info for the 2012 Final Four, as well as links to purchase tickets.

Elite 8 Viewer’s Guide: TV Schedule, Tip Times, Announcers, Point Spreads, and Previews

Here is the complete Elite 8 TV schedule, including the tip times, announcers, and point spreads for each game, plus links to Andy’s previews and predictions.

Florida-Louisville Elite 8 Preview: Analysis, Prediction, Date and TV Tip Time, Point Spread, and Tickets

For our second Elite 8 preview post, here is a look at the Wast Regional Final game between #4 seed Louisville and #7 seed Billy Donovan, in yet another Elite 8 appearance for the great Rick Pitino….this time against his former player at Providence Billy Donovan.

Elite 8 TV Schedule: Tip Times and Announcers Saturday Regional Final Games

The TV schedule for Saturday’s regional final games in the East and West Regions has been announced. See below.

Sweet 16 Primer: Marquette-Florida and Michigan State-Louisville Preview, Prediction, Poll, Spreads, and TV Info

Are we on a crash course to see Tom Izzo against Buzz Williams in the Elite 8? Or can red hot Florida and/or surging Louisville become an upset entrant in to the regional final round? This Sweet 16 Primer for the West Region takes a look at both of tonight’s games.

Michigan State-Louisville Sweet 16 Preview: Analysis, Prediction, Date and TV Tip Time, Point Spread, and Tickets

In this post, we preview the West Region Sweet 16 matchup between Tom Izzo and Draymond Green’s #1 seed Michigan State Spartans and the Rick Pitino- and Peyton Siva-led 4th-seeded Louisville Cardinals.