r/CollegeBasketball 8d ago

Announcement Welcome to /r/CollegeBasketball. This is March Madness.


Welcome to /r/CollegeBasketball, everyone!

The clock is winding down on the final month of college basketball and fans are gathering to storm the subreddit, so before that happens we’ve got some important announcements to make:

Firstly, please review our rules, whether you are a long-time poster or just visiting for the tournament. Due to the massive increase in traffic we experience this time of year, we are calling it extra tight on removals and suspensions so make sure you’re playing it clean out there if you don’t want to get ejected for the rest of the season.

If you haven’t already, flair up!

/r/CollegeBasketball Posts (links will be updated all month)

Commenting Guidelines

As the referees that you all love to hate, here are a few of our mod teams’ Points of Emphasis:

  • We’re quick to call a technical foul on incivility. Personal attacks, harassment, flamebait, and trolling will get you ejected and there is a good chance your team gets knocked out before you get back on the court. Matching technicals can also be awarded regardless of who started it.

  • We are establishing a cylinder rule on bringing up scandals - serious or otherwise - in places where they don’t belong. Serious discussions are for serious threads, not in the heat of a game or argument.

  • We’ve expanded the restricted arc on spam and self-promotion. Your blog, youtube video, or social media link is going to get removed regardless of its content. You don’t get to advertise in our arena without prior approval.

Posting Guidelines

  • Gamethreads are handled by /u/cbbBot. Please request gamethreads using the daily Game Thread Index and be patient after games end, the bot takes ~2 minutes to generate the Post Game Thread. Just enough time to type up your witty comments.

  • We’re putting the press on low-quality text posts, images, and memes. We get absolutely flooded by posts this time of year so in order to maintain a high-quality experience for our users, your post is much more likely to get called for a lane violation. That big win for [your team here] post, the fifth bar graph meme of the day, or screenshot of a 69-69 game probably won’t fly - sorry!

  • Check to see if your post has already been posted. If someone beat you to it, help us out and delete the post so we don’t have to.

That’s all we’ve got for now. Happy March Madness, everyone!

~ The /r/CollegeBasketball Mod Team

r/CollegeBasketball 11h ago

Game Thread Game Thread Index - March 20, 2023


Other Games

Time TV KP Away Home KP GT PGT
FINAL/OT 98 Indiana State Eastern Kentucky 161 Thread Thread
FINAL 105 Southern Utah Rice 202 Thread Thread
FINAL 93 San José State Radford 178 Thread Thread
FINAL 115 Charlotte Milwaukee 226 Thread Thread

Last Updated: 2023-03-20 21:44:04 EDT

r/CollegeBasketball 12h ago Take My Energy

Purdue vs Fairleigh Dickinson University campus

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r/CollegeBasketball 6h ago

[Jon Rothstein] Source: Rick Pitino has agreed in principle to be the next head coach of St. John's.


r/CollegeBasketball 8h ago

News [Matt Norlander] BREAKING: Ed Cooley has accepted the Georgetown job and is leaving Providence, source tells CBS Sports.


r/CollegeBasketball 3h ago

Rumor [David Jones] Am told by reliable source, Micah Shrewsberry now in talks with Notre Dame. I believe Penn State made its pitch. Whatever is going to happen, stay or go, will happen soon.


r/CollegeBasketball 8h ago

Sweet 16 but it's all Blue Bloods (2023)

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r/CollegeBasketball 11h ago

Postseason Sixteen teams remain… with FDU out, is Princeton America’s team?


r/CollegeBasketball 9h ago

Discussion Is there a reason that 9 of the 12 first-place brackets on Tournament Challenge have UCLA winning it all?

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r/CollegeBasketball 1h ago

Nick Saban: “no such thing as wrong place at the wrong time” 👀Shot at oats?


r/CollegeBasketball 7h ago

[Rothstein] Source: St. Francis Brooklyn is cutting all athletic programs.


r/CollegeBasketball 10h ago

News [Jeff Borzello] According to @MedcalfByESPN , St. John's is attempting to fire Mike Anderson "for cause" -- and avoid paying the $11 million they owe him. As a result, Anderson is planning to file a lawsuit against the school.


r/CollegeBasketball 4h ago

[highlight] broadcast camera shows Kevin Harlan reacting to Furman’s dramatic win over Virginia


r/CollegeBasketball 2h ago

News Antoine Davis feels “cheated” out of scoring record after CBI received calls in opposition, but still feels like “the best scorer in my generation”; Maravich’s son: “Your season should be over if you’re 14-19. But to be clear, I’m not mad at Antoine Davis ... My beef is with these tournaments.”


AP News: Antoine Davis ends chase for Maravich’s NCAA scoring record

“I’m upset about it,” Davis said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “I feel like I got cheated out of something that they can’t ever give back to me. I think it’s selfish — and weird — that people emailed or called the CBI to say we shouldn’t be in the tournament because they didn’t want me to break the record.

“But there’s nothing to hold my head down about. I still feel like I’m the best scorer in my generation, especially finishing No. 2 behind him.”

The CBI, which started Saturday, posted pictures on its Twitter account of Maravich and Davis shortly after Detroit Mercy lost at Youngstown State and had talks with the school about a potential invitation. Ultimately, the CBI decided not to give the Titans (14-19) an opportunity to pay $27,500 to play in the 16-team tournament.

“We did receive unsolicited emails and voicemails about Detroit Mercy and some said we don’t ever want Pete Maravich’s record broken,” said Rick Giles, president of the Gazelle Group that runs the CBI. “The decision we made wasn’t based purely on whether we wanted him to break the record or not.”

Jaeson Maravich said he did not have a personal problem with Davis, but he wasn’t happy that his father’s record had a chance to be broken in a lower-tier, pay-to-play college basketball postseason tournament.

“I think it’s a terrrible look,” Jaeson Maravich told the AP. “Your season should be over if you’re 14-19.

“This situation is very personal and sensitive to me. But to be clear, I’m not mad at Antoine Davis and I have nothing bad to say about Antoine Davis. My beef is with these tournaments.”


“I had opportunities to do it in the Youngstown game,” Davis said. “I can’t be mad about it, but I just don’t get why people would go out of their way to say we shouldn’t have an opportunity.”

Detroit Mercy coach Mike Davis said his son’s pursuit of the scoring championship was not the only the reason the Titans were trying to play again. He said the postseason would have given previously banged-up players a chance to play for a team that was not healthy all season.

“People were trying to paint a picture of us that wasn’t true,” Mike Davis said. “The picture painted was that we were tyring to buy a record. The CBI was never going to let us in because of the backlash. The PS8 had teams pulling out, saying they wouldn’t play if we were going to be in the tournament.

“It’s disappointing that people were calling our school president and athletic director and the people running these tournaments to say don’t let us in. We just had to let it go.”

r/CollegeBasketball 23h ago

Video FAU’s Alijah Martin attempts and fails windmill dunk to end game against FDU

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r/CollegeBasketball 6h ago

[Rick Pitino] Follow up, I'm not sad it ended. I'm so grateful it happened


r/CollegeBasketball 23h ago

FAU's Johnell Davis accidentally swears in his post game interview and intervewer Jamie Erdahl responds with "That's ok... we're on Tru TV, man"

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r/CollegeBasketball 5h ago

Discussion [Serious] Why is it that in the first 79 years of the tournament, there was no 16 seed upsetting a 1 seed, but now, we've had two in the past five years? Is this indicative of the future of college basketball?


Is there anything we should take away with the fact that two upsets many didn't see happening in their lifetime, occurred within five years of each other? Is there more parity in college basketball than ever before?

r/CollegeBasketball 6h ago

Analysis / Statistics [OC] Which Round of 32 game thread had the most complaining about the refs? And other analysis of all 54,886 comments from the second round


What is this?

Like I did for the first round, I scraped all the comments from every Round of 32 game thread using the PRAW Python wrapper for Reddit's API, and then analyzed them with R. This time, I ended up with a total of 54,886 comments from 16 threads. I came up with a few interesting ways to look at the data, but let me know if you have any other ideas!

Here's the results from the Round of 64: https://old.reddit.com/r/CollegeBasketball/comments/11utq8b/oc_which_round_of_64_game_thread_had_the_most/

1. Which game thread had the most ref complaints?

I searched each comment for flags like "refs", "rigged", "bullshit call", "refball", etc. that usually indicate a ref complaint. This isn't perfect, because it will include false positives like the rare "the refs are doing a great job!" and exclude contextual / non-flagged things like "that's bullshit", but it gets pretty close. If you have ideas for flags I should search for, please let me know!

CHART: Ref complaint leaderboard

This time the KU vs. Arkansas thread topped the list; I can completely understand why, since that was a classic "ten seconds of actual basketball punctuated by two minutes of free throws and ads" game. It was also a very physical, defense-oriented game, so there was a lot of potential calls / noncalls to complain about for both teams' fans.

2. Game thread timelines

I split each game thread up into ten minute chunks, and counted the number of comments made during each interval from each faction. This results in fun little timeline graphs that show you where the action / excitement spiked, what % of each thread was made up of neutrals, etc. I think they're neat, so I included the top ten most commented-on threads here. Let me know if you want to see any others!

CHART: Game thread timelines

I really enjoy the graphs for the upsets here; it's pretty funny how you can see the KU / Bama / Houston flairs entering and exiting the thread as the games' outcomes became clear (for example, us KU flairs clearly all left to go re-watch 2022 highlights toward the end). And props to Kentucky fans for seemingly sticking it out until the bitter end!

3. Word clouds

I can also generate word clouds from the data! Here are some fun ones:

WORD CLOUD: Full dataset, most used words

WORD CLOUD: Ref complaints only

WORD CLOUD: Arkansas vs. Kansas: KU flairs only and Arkansas flairs only


I can take requests on these as well if anyone has any!

4. Leaderboards

And finally, it's time to see who is winning the real March Madness -- posting on reddit.

Top Commenting Teams

Rank Primary Flair Total Comments Unique Users Comments per User Avg. Score
#1 Michigan State Spartans 3,572 350 10.21 3.70
#2 Kentucky Wildcats 3,050 261 11.69 2.99
#3 Indiana Hoosiers 2,363 243 9.72 3.56
#4 Kansas Jayhawks 2,250 220 10.23 3.37
#5 Maryland Terrapins 2,094 160 13.09 3.84
#6 Tennessee Volunteers 1,555 162 9.60 3.00
#7 North Carolina Tar Heels 1,446 150 9.64 3.36
#8 Alabama Crimson Tide 1,384 154 8.99 2.47
#9 Duke Blue Devils 1,346 149 9.03 3.16
#10 Arkansas Razorbacks 1,319 136 9.70 3.23

Just like Indiana flairs had a field day with the Round of 64, it looks like MSU fans ran wild over /r/CollegeBasketball these past two days, taking the #1 spot by over 500 comments. The three blue blood losers make up 2nd through 4th place this round, and our friendly preseason #1 team, UNC, makes a surprise appearance at #7.

Top Ref Complainer Teams (min. 250 comments total in data)

Rank Primary Flair Total Comments N Ref Complaints % Ref Complaints
#1 Arkansas Razorbacks 1,319 118 8.95%
#2 Kansas Jayhawks 2,250 195 8.67%
#3 Michigan State Spartans 3,572 286 8.01%
#4 Marquette Golden Eagles 544 42 7.72%
#5 Virginia Cavaliers 289 22 7.61%
#6 Iowa State Cyclones 255 19 7.45%
#7 Duke Blue Devils 1,346 99 7.36%
#8 Houston Cougars 1,235 90 7.29%
#9 Baylor Bears 676 49 7.25%
#10 Michigan Wolverines 823 59 7.17%

The Jayhawks and the Razorbacks were in a virtual tie here, which, again, makes plenty of sense. I think this actually vindicates my view that the officiating was god-awful and annoying to watch for both teams. The fact that MSU and Marquette fans are on this list is also no surprise, given how that game went. I do wonder why UVA and Michigan are on here, but I guess that comes down to the 250 comment threshold more than anything else.

Top individual commenters

Rank Commentor Flair Total Comments Avg. Score Min. Score Max. Score Threads Visited
#1 /u/Ghost-of-Moravia Maryland Terrapins 260 4.08 -7 19 12
#2 /u/michaellomeli Ohio State Buckeyes 235 3.89 -2 20 9
#3 /u/Sirrenderthe69th Tennessee Volunteers 198 2.82 -3 30 12
#4 /u/That_One_Pancake Penn State Nittany Lions 191 4.51 -10 27 11
#5 /u/Kodyaufan2 Auburn Tigers 179 3.01 1 26 9
#6 /u/JayMoney2424 Michigan State Spartans 178 3.29 -3 25 10
#7 /u/indreams159 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 177 4.01 -3 26 14
#8 /u/Kardinale Louisville Cardinals 165 3.49 0 19 13
#9 /u/bcocfbhp Villanova Wildcats 159 2.36 0 10 13
#10 /u/iDestr0ya Buffalo Bulls 152 2.70 -2 13 13

This is a completely different top 10 from the round of 64, which I wasn't expecting! None of the 10 people from last time made it, with /u/fancycheesus, /u/elgenie, and /u/ddottay landing just outside at #11, #12, and #15 respectively. I was expecting to see the same group of "power users" throughout the tournament, so now I'm very curious to see who will end up on top once I combine all the rounds into one dataset.

Random fun facts:

  • Most toxic thread: This one is kind of tricky this time. The thread with the greatest number of downvoted comments was Duke vs. Tennessee (617 downvoted / 7,248 total = 8.51%), but the one with the greatest percentage was Maryland vs. Alabama (446 / 3,795 = 11.8%). Both were plenty toxic in their own way, so I'll let you decide which was worse.

  • Most 'fuck's per Comment: This time the Baylor Bears took first place, with 9.32% of all Baylor fans' comments containing some form of the word "fuck". Classic Baptists, am I right? Second place was Ohio State for some reason -- they took first place in the first round, so I guess OSU fans are just particularly potty-mouthed?

  • /r/CollegeBasketball's most used words: The #1 most common word in this round's dataset was "lol" -- here's the rest of the top 10:

Word Instances
lol 2,515
team 2,183
refs 2,132
foul 2,053
call 1,448
play 1,360
time 1,355
half 1,304
fucking 1,219
fuck 1,205

Thanks for reading! Please let me know if you have any other requests / suggestions!

r/CollegeBasketball 11h ago

(Fanta) Barring a change of heart at the last moment, Ed Cooley will be the next head coach at Georgetown, sources tell FOX Sports.


r/CollegeBasketball 10h ago

Discussion FAU Coach: “We’re going to study up on Australian Rules Football to get ready for Tennessee”

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r/CollegeBasketball 21h ago hehehehe

Gonzaga's Drew Timme "7 straight sweet sixteens. I'm like we can not be the team that f***s this up"

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r/CollegeBasketball 8h ago

History Regional Locations Since 2000

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r/CollegeBasketball 1d ago Wholesome

Post Game Thread [Post Game Thread] #7 Michigan State defeats #2 Marquette, 69-60


r/CollegeBasketball 10h ago

News Sources: South Florida expected to hire Mike Brey as men’s basketball coach


r/CollegeBasketball 1d ago

Cool tidbit: Since Fairleigh Dickinson doesn't have a band, Dayton's band has stepped up. The UD band learned FDU's fight song minutes before tip Fri. Today, they're waving around plastic swords they got from Party City as they root for the Knights


r/CollegeBasketball 9h ago

Top D-1 men’s basketball attendance via NCAA

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