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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

#GoFancheer

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

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

#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