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That sound you hear is bubbles bursting

Mighty Joe Young! The Ducks beat the Utes at the buzzer.

Oh, the humanity! So many teams had chances to play themselves off the bubble during Championship Week. So many teams lost. So many underdogs clambered over the pile to knock off bubble teams or take their conference titles. The 19-13 Manhattan Jaspers took the Metro Athletic Conference from the high-scoring Iona Gaels, possibly knocking them out of the dance. The UConn Huskies rode a Ryan Boatright buzzer beater to move one step closer to shrinking the bubble by one. The second and third ranked teams in the country, Duke and Virginia, lost just hours apart on saturday, effectively shrinking the bubble by two as both were statistically favored to at least make the ACC final. Wyoming is still alive, wreaking havoc on the plans of teams like Indiana and Miami, who lost sooner than expected and will have fingers and toes crossed on Selection Sunday. The 23-11 North Florida Ospreys punched their first-ever tournament ticket, and the 19-14 Robert Morris Colonials punched their first ticket since 2010. And the LSU Tigers, dangerous and firmly on the bubble, now have to sit & sweat because they lost to under-.500 (seriously) Auburn. And to cap off Friday night, Oregon took down Utah with a buzzer-beater to add to the mayhem. Oh yeah, and 22-12 Hawai’i is in the Big West Conference title game tomorrow night. What’s it all mean? That Selection Sunday is gonna be as interesting as ever. Some years, the bubble teams all seem to be one-upping each other. This year, it’s the teams coming out of left field creating highlights. Fans all over the country are hoping aaaaall the high seeds handle their business over the rest of the weekend.

Are you a fan of a bubble team or a feisty underdog–or are you pulling for one of the top dogs trying to hold serve? Sound off in support of your team! Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter, and you can also us #FanCrazy photos and make bold predictions on our Facebook wall. Of course, log into the FanCheer app if you really want to show your stuff and win cool prizes while you support your team! March is in full effect!

May the brackets bust in your favor,

The folks at FanCheer

#GoFancheer

March must be around the corner!

Denzel Valentine hit a game winning three ON Valentine’s Day!

College basketball fans were going crazy this week, as the mid-February edition of #rivalryweek had some real doosies!

Saturday began things in style, with a handful of buzzer beaters, over half a dozen one-point games and a gaggle of 2-3 point games. The shot of the weekend was hit by Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine. Mr. Valentine drained the go-ahead three against Ohio State on–wait for it–Valentine’s Day! Twitter went bonkers, and Mr. Valentine may have been the most popular man on campus for the rest of the weekend.

Elsewhere on the Valentine’s Day slate, the Pittsburgh Panthers played tough at home and upset the North Carolina Tar Heels (we’ll get back to them in a bit). The undefeated kentucky Wildcats finally won an easy one, hammering South Carolina 77-43. And Tulane his a buzzer beater of its own, downing Cincinnati in its own gym with a long-range three! Second-ranked Virginia got a heck of a test in Charlottesville, stopping Wake Forest 61-60 thanks to stout defense on the last possession. And in the upset of the day, NC State went on the road and beat Louisville 74-65! There was also a double-overtime AND a triple-overtime game on Saturday…and believe it or not, the week got better as it went along.

Tuesday night, Baylor hung on in a tough one against Texas Tech. No. 10 Notre Dame hung on against Wake Forest, who lost another tough one to a top ten opponent. No. 17 Oklahoma hung on against Texas, who’s also lost some tough ones. And then on Wednesday, Syracuse thrilled its home fans by upsetting Louisville, who dropped its second in a row! The Xavier-Cincinnati crosstown rivalry stayed hot, as Xavier won 59-57 in a thriller.

The latest edition of Duke-UNC was an instant classic!

Oh, and the latest edition of the Duke-UNC rivalry happened.

The night began with a nice display, as both teams paused for a moment of silence to pay respects to the recently departed Dean Smith. And that’s the quietest Cameron would be for the rest of the night. There was some shoddiness early on, but both teams settled in and went to battle in what became an instant classic. When it was all said and done, the Cameron Crazies went home happy as Duke won a 92-90 overtime thriller!

The February edition of Rivalry Week began and ended with a bang. With march around the corner and Selection Sunday just a few weeks away, college basketball fans have a lot to get #FanCrazy about! Let us know your predictions, show your enthusiasm for your team and tell us why you think your squad will win this weekend! Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter to sound off.  You can also send us #FanCrazy photos, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall. Of course, log into the FanCheer app if you really want to show your fandom and win cool prizes while you support your team. Enjoy the games!

May the brackets bust in your favor,
The folks at FanCheer

#GoFancheer

Rest in peace, Dean Smith

The sports world lost a great figure today. Dean Smith, the legendary coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, died at age 83 last night, surrounded by loved ones. Called “a second father” by Michael Jordan, Dean Smith was remembered for his positive influence on and off the court. Smith was a strategic pioneer, but he was also known as a man who strove to improve the lives of everyone he coached and came into contact with. He was known to mentor former players well after their last college game. He was on the front lines of integrating college basketball at a time when the country was still struggling to acknowledge the importance of civil rights. He won two national titles, and since his retirement in 1997 he remained in the college basketball world as analyst and purveyor of wisdom.

To a man who touched the lives of so many…rest in peace.

The Bubble Watch begins!

Duke fans will be rooting for payback this week!
We’ve crossed over into February, and the countdown to #MarchMadness has begun! This weekend has some interesting matchups between ranked teams, including a rematch between no. 4 Duke and no. 10 Note Dame. The Fighting Irish upset the Blue Devils a week ago, but this one’s being played at Cameron Indoor, where Duke is really hard to beat. Elsewhere in the ACC, third-ranked Virginia hosts ninth-ranked Louisville. Neither team is explosive offensively, but the Cavaliers boast one of the nation’s toughest defenses and tend to keep things close and pull away late. In fact, this is a historic day for the renowned ACC: this Saturday marks the first time the ACC Conference has ever had two top-ten matchups on the same day! ACC fans have long thought of their conference as the best in the country, and this only furthers their argument. You can bet the Cavaliers will be amped to prove they’re a true 1 seed come tournament time—and you can be the Blue Devils will be in revenge mode on Saturday night!
Elsewhere in the world of bracketology, Georgetown and Villanova resume their Big East rivalry this Saturday afternoon in Philly. In the Big 12, Baylor and West Virginia face off in a battle of two teams that bring toughness but don’t shoot particularly well. And one of this week’s sleeper matchups is an American Conference game between no. 23 SMU and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, who are 10-0 in conference! Closing out the Saturday night schedule, no. 1 Kentucky will look to stay undefeated in Florida, against a Gators squad that can be hard to predict but might be a tough out. It looks like a full schedule of exciting games!
Here at FanCheer, we’re all about the fans. Let us know your predictions, show your enthusiasm for your team and tell us why you think your squad will win this weekend! Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter to sound off.  You can also send us #FanCrazy photos, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall. Of course, log into the FanCheer app if you really want to show your fandom and win cool prizes while you support your team. Enjoy the games!
May the brackets bust in your favor,
The folks at FanCheer

#GoFancheer