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The TV ratings for March Madness are huge.

According to a release from March Madness TV on Twitter, the Friday primetime slot across CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV hit a 28-year high of 7.7 for the tournament. Streaming numbers on March Madness Live were also up 20 percent from 2018. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Duke playing in primetime obviously helped the numbers, but these ratings are outstanding. It initially looked like the ratings were going to take a substantial dip after Thursday. Clearly, that wasn’t a trend that would actually hold. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

You know that things are going good in America when college basketball TV ratings hit a near three-decade high. Our founding fathers would be proud as hell.

The other thing worth noting that’s so impressive is the fact these games haven’t been particularly close, but people keep watching. That’s a great sign.

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Make sure to keep tuning in for all the action as we go down the stretch this beautiful Sunday and into next week. Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss one second of the action.

God bless this beautiful country!

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A ton of people tuned in on CBS to see Duke beat North Dakota State 85-62 Friday night.

According to TVByTheNumbers, 6.2 million people watched Zion Williamson and company stomp all over the Bison in the first round of the NCAA tournament. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

That number led the TV ratings for Friday night by a massive margin and was more than two million more followers than the same time slot Thursday.

This is great news for America. I was a little worried when the ratings took a dive on CBS Thursday. That wasn’t a good sign at all, but it looks like it was a one off event. (RELATED: March Madness TV Ratings On CBS Plummet 26 Percent)

Of course, the Duke Blue Devils are the biggest draw in the sport right now. Even with Kentucky playing Thursday on CBS, I’m not the least bit surprised that Coach K’s squad garnered higher ratings.

Zion Williamson generates massive amounts of attention. It’s just that simple.

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I guess that we can all breathe a little easier knowing that America still loves college basketball.

My friends, that’s great news. Now, let’s grab a beer and get back to the games on this beautiful Saturday.

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Barack Obama thinks the Duke Blue Devils are going to win March Madness.

The 44th POTUS released his bracket Thursday morning, and it’s actually not too bad. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but my bracket shares a shocking number of similarities with Obama’s. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

He’s got a Final Four of Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and North Carolina.

My only beef here, and it’s a big one, is the fact that he has Oregon beating Wisconsin in the first round. My man, that just isn’t going to happen. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

I’ll have a piece later today explaining in-depth why that won’t occur, but I’m disappointed that Obama, a man who prides himself as a basketball fan, would think the Ducks have a chance. Truly embarrassing.

Say whatever you want about Obama’s time as the President, I think it’s awesome that he is a big basketball fan. We might disagree on just about everything politically, but he does seem like a guy that would be fun to kick with some beers and the game on.

I wish I could criticize him more here, but I just can’t. Our brackets are too similar. So, in this case, major props to Obama (other than his Wisconsin pick) for knowing what’s up.

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Duke basketball star Zion Williamson is a human highlight reel, and his top plays from the season are proof.

ESPN put together his top 10 plays from the season for fans to enjoy. For those of us who love college basketball, the video is pretty much porn. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

It’s nothing but massive dunks and insane displays of athleticism. Watch it below and try to contain your excitement.

Look, I don’t care if you hate Duke or not. I hate the Blue Devils more than all of you! That’s right, I hate Coach K’s team more than anybody else walking around. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

That’s just the way it is when a team takes a ring right off of your finger. Yet I’m still able to admit greatness when I see it, and Zion is as great as it gets in college basketball right now.

It’s a real shame he missed a decent chunk of the season with a sprained knee. It’s almost like we got deprived of air.

How many dunks did we miss? How many incredible blocks? How many jaw-dropping plays? We’ll never know, and that’s just something we’re going to have to live with.

However, he’s back now, and the Blue Devils look ready to roll in March. Again, I hate them with all the passion in the world, but my eyes still function.

There’s no doubt Duke is the heavy favorite to win the whole damn thing, and Zion is the main reason why.

Sound off in the comments with the team you think will cut down the nets at the end of March Madness. I think most of you will agree with me.

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Large portions of the country think Duke will be cutting down the nets when March Madness ends.

Sportsbetting.ag put together a map with each state’s most popular championship prediction based off geotagged Twitter data, and Duke was the favorite in 20 states. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Gonzaga is in second with nine states picking them to win. You can see the full map below.

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March Madness map (Credit: SportsBetting.Ag)

First off, is anybody even surprised Duke is the heavy favorite in nearly half the country? I don’t think so. I’ve been saying for the past few days that they look borderline unstoppable, and anybody with eyes probably agrees.

Coach K’s guy’s out here determined to take souls.

Secondly, I love the fact Wisconsin is all in on the Badgers, a five seed, winning the tournament. That’s the kind of confidence that sets us apart from the rest of the country.

Sure, we’ve looked terrible at times down the stretch. You think that’s going to slow us down one bit? Not a snowball’s chance in hell. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

We’re all in. Put Duke, Virginia or anybody else in front of us, and we’ll do what we always do. Ball out and win games when the lights are on and the stakes are high.

Finally, I love the delusion of people in Nevada. The Wolfpack are a seven seed, and people think they actually have a legit shot at winning the whole damn thing.

Good for them. Life must be easy when you live with that level of delusion. I almost envy that kind of blind optimism because Nevada’s best case scenario is to get murdered in the second round by Michigan.

I guess Vegas really can rattle the brain after enough time.

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Is there anybody in this March Madness tournament capable of beating the Duke Blue Devils?

This is the question on everybody’s mind as the games begin in a couple days, and the conventional thinking has already changed so much over the course of a week.

If you asked anybody 10 days ago if Duke would likely win it all, their answer would have been simple. As long as Zion remains on the bench, then no.

Hell, I was locked into that camp. I’ve often said Duke was the best team in the country when healthy, but they stumbled often and ugly in their final six games as the freshman freak of nature rehabbed a sprained knee. They didn’t even look like a Sweet 16 team at times. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Well, I’ve got news, and the haters of the Blue Devils aren’t going to like it. Duke looks unbeatable right now. Sure, they could lose. Anybody could lose on any given day, but it’s not likely if they play their A-game for six straight matches of basketball. That’s just the reality of the situation.

UNC might be the second best team in America, and they lost to Coach K’s guys last week. Duke has handled Virginia with ease this season. Yes, they did lose early on to Gonzaga, but that was due in large part to the growing pains associated with playing such young freshman. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

Let me be crystal clear, and it is painful for me to even utter. This young Duke team looks unstoppable, and I say that as somebody who hates them. Let’s not forget they stole a ring off my finger in 2015.

I get paid to tell the truth. That’s why my checks get signed, delivered and cashed. As far as I can see, there isn’t anybody I’d take over Coach K and his guys right now.

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March Madness is here, and that means it’s time to throw some serious cash on the table.

As everybody knows, I’m a bit of a gambler. It’s just how I’m wired, and I generally do pretty well. March Madness is like Christmas on cocaine for gamblers.

It’s three solid weeks of games. It literally doesn’t get better at all. That’s why I asked people on Twitter how much they planned on gambling, and the results shocked me! Of the 1,295 voters, 71 percent said they’d gamble under $100.

Only 15 percent said they’d gamble more than $1,000.

These results were shocking to me, and they actually made me distraught. How is it possible that nearly three-quarters of the voters aren’t going to wager more than $100? I must be dreaming, right?

A great gambling rush during March Madness is like a drug being shot straight into my veins. It’s even better in fact because unlike drugs, a little gambling on college basketball never killed anybody. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Plus, are you really living life if your next mortgage payment isn’t on the line? I don’t think so.

There are some days you just know are going to suck. You just know, and that’s exactly what happened when I saw the results of this poll.

This isn’t what our founding fathers fought for. This isn’t why we dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. We didn’t go to the moon so that you guys could play it safe. We’re Americans.

We did all that cool stuff to have the freedom to drink some beers and piss our money away as we experience an emotional rollercoaster.

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Second greatest emotional swing this country ever had was the Boston Tea Party. The first was when Duke stole a national title from Wisconsin. See, it all ties together. By not gambling on March Madness and risking your mental health and happiness, you’re pretty much saying that you hate freedom. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

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Don’t hate freedom. Don’t force me to associate with people like that. Do the right thing here. Put some beer on ice, get the grill fired up, and prepare for some great games.

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Duke is the heavy favorite to walk away from March Madness with a championship.

The teams with the top odds, according to OddsShark, are as follows:

  1. Duke +225
  2. Gonzaga +600
  3. Virginia +800
  4. Michigan +1000
  5. Kentucky +1200
  6. North Carolina +1200
  7. Michigan State +1200
  8. Tennessee +1400
  9. Auburn +2000

I can’t believe how much I’ve changed my tune on Coach K and the Blue Devils in the past few days. I pretty much wrote them off as they stumbled through their last six regular season games as Zion Williamson was sidelined with a sprained knee. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

My opinion changed quickly when I watched them rock and roll their way to an ACC tournament championship, and the top overall seed in the tournament.

Now, I feel like taking anybody else is insanely stupid. Zion is back, Duke is rolling and I can’t see a situation where anybody touches them if they remain healthy.

As for a nice value pick, you can’t go wrong with UNC at +1200. The Tar Heels are playing some great basketball, but they do have a bit of a tough road with Kansas and Kentucky in their region.

Don’t sleep on UNC. We all know what Roy Williams and his squad are capable of in March.

As for my Badgers, we’re at +5000. You best believe that I’m about to smash that number. Might as well. It’s time to get rich! (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

Sleep on my Badgers all you want. I’ll just take the money and run. Welcome to March!

Sound off in the comments with who you’re taking and why. Can’t wait to see what you guys think will happen.

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The March Madness bracket was released Sunday, and Duke took the top-overall seed in the tournament.

The Blue Devils are the number one seed in the East Region, and the Michigan State Spartans take the number to seed. (RELATED: Duke Star Zion Williamson Suffers Sprained Knee In Loss To North Carolina)

Virginia took the top seed in the South Region after an incredibly successful year for the Cavaliers. The other top teams in the region are Wisconsin, Kansas State, Purdue and Tennessee.

It think it’s safe to say the South Region is absolutely loaded with talent. All of those top teams are capable of making a run.

As a Badger fan, we didn’t get an easy road at all.

As for the Midwest Region, North Carolina takes the top seed. The other top teams in the region are Auburn, Kansas, Kentucky and Houston.

In the West Region, Gonzaga took the top spot. The other top teams in the region are Marquette, Florida State, Texas Tech, and Michigan.

A very strong region by every metric.

You can see the entire bracket below.

Sound off in the comments with who you’re taking.

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Duke star Zion Williamson had a golden line after winning the ACC tournament Saturday after beating Florida State 73-63.

The ultra-athletic forward missed several weeks with a sprained knee, but he’s been dominating since returning. Judging from what he said after the game, I don’t think his reign of terror on opponents will end anytime soon. (RELATED: Duke Star Zion Williamson Suffers Sprained Knee In Loss To North Carolina)

The freshman phenom was asked what his mentality was for the postseason, and responded with a simple, “Killers kill.”

It’s wild that a week ago I likely wouldn’t have even put Duke in the Elite 8. Now, I think I’d be crazy to not take them for a deep run.

After all, killers kill. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, right?

For as much as I hate the Blue Devils, this year’s team has been incredibly fun to watch when Zion is playing. He just does things on the court that are simply beyond words.

I can’t wait to see what he does in the big dance. I have a feeling he’s going to humiliate a ton of opponents.

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