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I called GAME!

So it seems this is the week of the buzzer-beater in the NBA playoffs.

First, Derrick Rose banks in a tie-game, buzzer-beating three to win a Game Three for the Chicago Bulls. When asked, “did you call bank?” he cooly said he hadn’t. The entire NBA world is super psyched to see D-Rose back in action. Even if you’re not a Bulls fan, it’s hard to deny that he’s one of the game’s most exciting players, and his injury troubles have deprived hoops fans of a living legend. Furthermore, Rose is one of the most unguardable point guards since Allen Iverson when he’s healthy, and the Bulls have one of the league’s largest and most excited fan bases. When D-Rose is back to doing D-Rose things, it’s good for the game!

The VERY NEXT DAY, early on a Saturday evening, the man known as The Truth might have one-upped his younger contemporary. Down 20 points with seven minutes to go in Game Three against the Washington Wizards, the Atlanta Hawks came all the way back to tie it with fourteen seconds left. With the score 101-101, the Wizards got the ball to Paul Pierce. Pierce dribbled out the clock and hit a buzzer-beating fadeaway off the glass to win it! “You can’t handle the truth” memes popped up all over the place, and it got even better. In the on-court postgame interview, Pierce was also asked if he called glass. After a pause, he firmly replied: “I called GAME.”

Mic drop.

Whose buzzer-beater was more impressive? Which of this week’s buzzer-beating heroes will advance to the next round with their teams? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter, and you can also us #FanCrazy photos and make bold predictions on our Facebook wall. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app!

May the brackets always bust in your favor,

Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer

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EPIC first day of the best weekend in sports!

Five one-point games, a March Madness record. Two overtime games. A four-point game, two three-point games, and a two-point game. On the FIRST DAY. There was a buzzer-beater, a controversial ending that even a handful of NBA players couldn’t agree on, and a ten, an eleven, and TWO fourteen seeds won. This might have been the single best opening day of March Madness ever, and tomorrow holds even more exciting matchup. Iowa State, thought by many to be a sleeper Final Four contender, is out. We had a kid hit a game-winning three, virtually at the buzzer, prompting his dad to fall out of his chair in response in what’s sure to be a widely circulated gif. Oh yeah, that dad was also his coach. Who was hobbled by the postgame celebration of his son’s team in their conference championship game. You can’t make this stuff up! Is your team still alive? Who’s gonna win it all? Is anyone gonna knock out the Wildcats, or are you down with the Big Blue?

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 stuff while you support your team! The Madness has begun!

This craziness starts up in just over nine hours, so we gotta get some sleep. Same time, same channels tomorrow! Make sure you’re stocked up in batteries for your remote control!

May the brackets bust in your favor,

The folks at FanCheer

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The scramble for the 1 seeds intensifies

The Duke Blue Devil wants to hear: are they a 1 seed?

With the conference championships and Selection Sunday closing in, talk of who’s getting the coveted 1 seeds is heating up. Kentucky remains battered but unbowed after a bunch of close calls, and is back on track with hearty blowouts. Many observers expected the no 18 Arkansas Razorbacks to test the Wildcats on Saturday, but instead they were buzz-sawed to the tune of 84-67. coach John Calipari has his team locking in just in time for the postseason! Meanwhile, second ranked UVA continues to hold serve despite battling the injury bug. They, too, had what looked like a testy matchup on Saturday: they went to visit the Virginia Tech Hokies, who had just taken no 4 Duke to overtime earlier in the week. The Cavaliers didn’t make it pretty, but they rarely do, and they handled the Hokies with a decisive 69-57 win. The Blue Devils keep showing they’re up to a challenge, surviving battle after battle. Their standout victory in recent days wasn’t the 91-86 overtime defeat of Virginia Tech but the February 18th 92-90 instant classic against North Carolina!

With the top two holding serve, it still looks like the last two spots are up for grabs. Despite their record, the Gonzaga Bulldogs weren’t necessarily regarded as a sure thing, manly because they don’t play in a ‘power conference.’ They didn’t help their case on Saturday, getting handled by BYU in a 73-70 game that was mostly under BYU control. This opens the door for teams like the Villanova Wildcats, who clobbered no. 25 Providence 89-61 earlier this week then handled a tough Xavier team 78-66. The Wildcats are guard-heavy and there are ways to beat them, but their strength of conference might be the deciding factor if it comes down to a virtual tie with them and the Zags. And the 5th-ranked Wisconsin Badges also went down on Saturday, though their 59-53 loss to no. 14 Maryland looks better than the Gonzaga defeat.

The final week of the regular season is just around the corner, and the conference tournaments will help build the final bracket. But the top seeds in each region are highly sought after in a year with a lot of strong teams at the top! It looks like there are two spots left for four or five teams to scrap for. Let us know your predictions, show your enthusiasm for your team and tell us why you think your squad deserves a top seed! 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! Let the madness begin!

May the brackets bust in your favor,

The folks at FanCheer

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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

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