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Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images
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Is Wichita State a Bust? [POLL]

Through 34 games in the Missouri Valley Conference, Wichita State hadn't played anyone.  In fact, they'd only played three other tournament teams - only one of which was a single digit seed.

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(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Siena Coach Jimmy Patsos Talks March Madness First Round [VIDEO]

Ohio State has fallen to Dayton. Duke has lost to Mercer. I think its safe to say that March Madness is officially in full effect.

Earlier today Coach Jimmy Patsos of the Siena Saints joined Joe & Brix to share some of his thoughts and insight on the tournament so far. Patsos weighed in on the Blue Devil upset, his live and up close viewing of the first round in Buffalo and the competitive performance of the Will Brown's UAlbany Great Danes.

Check out the conversation below, and make sure to support your Siena Saints on Monday when they take on Penn State in the second round of the College Basketball Invitational.

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Duke v Mercer
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What Has Been The Biggest Upset In The NCAA Tournament[POLL]

With the NCAA Tournament's 2nd round tipping off comes 32 games in two long days and nights. So far we have seen six double digit seeds advance to the round of 32.  One of the most shocking was #14 Mercer beating #3 Duke

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Credit, Steve Dykes
Credit, Steve Dykes
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Steve Fisher’s Anti-NCAA Rant Is Too Much

The NCAA is a joke. It's a corrupt, two-faced, charade of an organization.  Their thirst for profit is equaled only by their ruthless disregard for the "student-athletes" they claim to put first.

And as such, the condemnation they receive so regularly is, more often than not, well deserved.

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot as Austin Richie #22 of the Western Michigan Broncos defends during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot as Austin Richie #22 of the Western Michigan Broncos defends during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Guard Play Lifts ‘Cuse to Win Over W. Mich.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse's backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 34 points and the Orange defense clamped down in a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament

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Armens Bracket
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104.5 The Teams Official NCAA Tournament Brackets

In the past three days there hasn't been a hour without tinkering, a team that wasn't researched, or a pair of brackets that are identical.  Here are the brackets for 104.5 The Teams roster.

 

(C)Armen Williams -Final 4(Florida,Arizona,Louisville, Michigan St.)

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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Joe Bianchino’s Bracket

The picks are in!  After hours and days of research and analysis, of flip-flopping, and flip-flip-flopping, the bracket is locked.

It's chalk-heavy, as my brackets tends to be, but it's not without gambles.  Take a look, let me know what you think, share your picks on our Facebook page, and check out some reasoning behind why I made the selections I did.

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Getty Images
Getty Images
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5 Ugliest Uniforms in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Only One Can Be The Worst

First of all, being a lifelong resident of the area and a supporter of the University of Albany basketball team, I would like to congratulate the Great Danes on their making it to the big dance! It was a hard fought year, and a great performance in their play in game in Dayton. I wish them luck against Florida.

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Albany's Gary Johnson. (Getty Images)
Albany's Gary Johnson. (Getty Images)
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UAlbany Beats Mount St. Mary’s in First Four

UAlbany is on its way to play a high seed in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row after a 71-64 win over Mount St. Mary's in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday night.

The Danes lost to second-seeded Duke in the tournament a season ago and had a more difficult route to a high seed this year

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Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis dribbles around Maryland guard Seth Allen (4) on Monday night.
Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis dribbles around Maryland guard Seth Allen (4) on Monday night.
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NCAA Tournament Upset Alert Evaluations

To some, bracketology is all about finding the upsets.  Who's the Cinderella?  How far can they run before the glass slipper shatters and lodges shards of it deep in their foot?  Let's evaluate the popular options.

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Jimmy Patsos in studio
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Coach Jimmy Patsos Joins Joe&Brix To Breakdown NCAA

Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos has been coaching in the NCAA for 23 years. This includes winning the National Championship as an assistant with Maryland in 2002.

So what better person is there to have join Joe & Brix in studio one day after selection Sunday to get his take on all topics of the NCAA Tournament.  

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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Bracket First Draft

We're beyond Selection Sunday, let the bracketology begin!

While I reserve the right to change any of my picks, here are my initial thoughts and early picks on the Big Dance.

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