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Inside The Valley Podcast: Multi-Team Events

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Last week, I recorded a podcast with the Missouri Valley Conference's Derrick Docket where we talked about the league's early season tourney hopes and the Missouri Valley-Mountain West Challenge. Have a listen!

Talking Brackets With Black Heart Gold Pants

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On Monday night, I joined Adam Jacobi and Patrick Vint of SB Nation's fantastic Iowa site, Black Heart Gold Pants, to talk Hawkeyes, Big Ten, selection, and seeding. One of my favorite spots to do each season.

Mountain West Bracket Talk

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On Sunday night, I appeared on the Mountain West Connection podcast to discuss how Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State, and even Wyoming fit into NCAA Tournament picture with just under two weeks left.

Bracketology Interview with Chris Cox of 103.7 The Game

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This is an interview from earlier this Friday evening with Chris Cox of 103.7 The Game in Lafayette, La.

Talking Bracketology with Steve Jones

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Earlier today, I was on the Steve Jones Show to talk some bracketology. You can listen to that interview, which is one of my favorite ones to do each season, at this link.

Bracket Breakdown

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These guys broke down their brackets on the last half of the show. Both had a big east bias. One of the hosts is a featured expert on pickfactor.com http://smcradio.com/sports-syndicate-31813/

Notre Dame Apparently Headed To The ACC (For All But Football, Hockey)

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Updated with SB Nation link. I guess the idea of playing basketball against the likes of SMU and Houston didn't sit well in South Bend. The first info I saw on this subjecthttp://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8369070/notre-dame-sports-football-hockey-acc came from ESPN's Brett McMurphy, who has a good track record with this sort of thing. While I've been expecting a move like this for some time (based on message board chatter), I didn't quite expect it today. The Fighting Irish will now see a sizable chunk of its football schedule filled with ACC opposition (5 games according to McMurphy). Plus, they'll join fellow ACC rival Boston College in Hockey East. (Note the ACC will need four more teams to sponsor hockey as a conference, a big number, but not too sizable.) The big question is when this move happens, given the Big East's 27-month notice requirement. But, hey, it's not like Notre Dame would have much issue getting past that hurdle financially. Another is if football joins the conference down the road at some point, perhaps when the NBC money runs out.

Need Fantasy Football Advice? Click Here For Expert Advice From SB Nation

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It's almost football season, which means you probably are wondering what to do for all of those fantasy drafts you are about to participate in. Well, SB Nation has a Fantasy War Room every night until the start of the season from 6-10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 4-9 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday. After the season, the Fantasy War Room will continue to be the place to go for help on handling injuries and other roster moves. So, if you're stuck on who to pick and want some expert advice, you now have a place to go!

Plenty Of Early Season Event Updates

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Just as I was wrapping up a post building my own brackets for these events, I see ESPN released a whole bunch of early season event fields today. I've used my lunch hour to update the Early Season Events page. And I'll have to rework my post to something more retrospective next week. Lots of interesting nuggets in these brackets, most notably that ESPN has included non-bracketed games for its events on the printable brackets.

Boston University Off To The Patriot League For 2013-14

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The Wheel O' Conference Realignment has taken yet another turn. The Terriers leave the America East, where it was a charter member. Holy Cross now has a convenient travel partner in the now nine-team loop. The Conference Changes for 2013-14 page is now updated with this info. Read more about this at Unranked America East.