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Kid Reporters Make Their March Madness Picks!

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March Madness is here! The first First Four games — Hampton/Manhattan and Mississippi/BYU — tip off tonight, kicking off one of the biggest sports moments of the year. But you already know that. You’ve got tourney fever and your bracket is locked and ready to be busted… sorry, I mean, your bracket is going to prove how great you are at picking winners, losers, and Cinderellas! (If you haven’t filled out your bracket yet, there’s still time! But make sure you check out our bracketology tips before you make any rash decisions.)

Our Kid Reporters are excited for the tournament, too. But rather than just have them make their Final Four picks, we asked them all to fill out a bracket and share it with us. And they did. Kentucky is the runaway favorite to be crowned National Champions, though Wisconsin, Villanova, Gonzaga, and Michigan State (??) make championship appearances, too.

Check out all of their picks below. And click the images below to get a larger version of each Kid Reporter bracket.
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Bracketology, Sports Illustrated Kids Style!

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The 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket was unveiled on Sunday night. So you're probably furiously filling it out, hoping you're picking the best favorites and selecting the right Cinderellas. (What's that? You don't have a bracket yet? Well, don't waste another minute — download one now!)

If you're looking for a method to March Madness, we have some strategies for becoming an ace
bracketologist. Apply them at your own risk.

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Before we get to some of our more, um, interesting methods for making picks, let's take a look at some cold, hard numbers. Each team in the four regions is seeded from 1 to 16. That's a good guide for telling which team is better. But that doesn't mean you should assume that a higher-seeded squad is going to win. Consider these facts about how certain seeds have performed.
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Ryan Woon

Talent and Chemistry Make the Warriors Golden

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Many NBA teams have talented players, but talent alone doesn’t win championships. It takes a unique combination of elements to lead to victory. You can see this in action with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are having their best start ever thanks to the killer combination of amazing talent and incredible chemistry.

There is no denying the Warriors have many talented players. The Warriors have an amazing backcourt aka splash brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. They both went to the All Star Game and Curry got the most All Star votes of any NBA player. The Warriors also have a really deep bench and a host of veterans and younger players who can contribute. Different players shine on different nights. You never know who the breakout star of the game will be, and that keeps things exciting. The Warriors love to see their teammates succeed. In fact, everyone went crazy when Klay Thompson broke a longstanding record by scoring 37 points in a single quarter. Their coach, Steve Kerr, is a former player and is helping improve the team by teaching everyone what he learned as a player.
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Miami Heat Forward Talks Up Blast Motion Basketball Sensor

  • Hoophead
  • Lauren Shute
  • March 13, 2015, 2:07 PM

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Last week, Miami Heat forward James Ennis was named Blast Motion’s first basketball ambassador. Blast Motion is a company that produces “wearable motion capture technologies” — which means sensors to help track your skills in different sports. The Blast Basketball clips on your waistband and the sensor records jump height, acceleration, rotation, and hang time.

That makes Ennis the perfect spokesman for the product. The Heat chose him in the second round 2013 NBA Draft, and the following season he played for the Perth Wildcats in Australia. Down under, Ennis helped the Wildcats win the Australian Basketball League championship and finished third in MVP voting. He returned to the States this season, and he has had a big impact on the Heat. Ennis returned to the States after the season, joined the Heat for the 2014 NBA Summer League, and finally signed with the club last July. Since joining the Heat.

SI Kids caught up with Ennis talk about the Blast Motion technology, how he uses it, and what his first season with the Heat has been like.
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Middle School Basketball Players Stand Up Against Bullying

  • The Arena
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • March 12, 2015, 3:17 PM

middle school basketball bullyingWe hear way too many stories about kids being bullied. So it’s nice to see a story where young people — and in this case athletes — stand up to it.

Earlier this week, TMJ4 in Wisconsin reported that during a middle school basketball game in Kenosha, Lincoln Middle School cheerleader Desiree Andrews (who has Down Syndrome) was being bullied from the stands. What the bullies didn’t know, though, was that she had backup.
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Will Foster

Bulls Star Jimmy Butler: Breakfast is Grrrrreat!

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Bulls All-Star shooting guard and small forward Jimmy Butler visited a Chicago high school last Wednesday to talk about the importance of breakfast — and have a little fun on the court.

The event was part of Kellogg’s Give a Child Breakfast initiative, which aims to fight childhood hunger. According to a recent study, nearly one in five kids nationwide struggle with hunger and may go without breakfast every day. 
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Matt Collins

Coaching is a Family Business at Valparaiso

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The Valparaiso men’s basketball team is fighting for a berth in the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years, and a familiar family name is calling the shots for the Crusaders. 

Earlier this week, Bryce Drew was honored as Horizon League Coach of the Year. This weekend, he hopes to help his team clinch the league title, which would earn the Crusaders a spot in the Big Dance. 

Bryce is following in the footsteps of his beloved and successful father. Homer Drew led the school to the tournament seven times over his 22-year career at Valparaiso.

This year’s Crusaders clinched the Horizon League regular season title, exceeding preseason expectations that they would finish fourth. Bryce Drew’s lineup includes league Defensive Player of the Year Vashil Fernandez, Sixth Man of the Year Jubril Adekoya, and first-team all-conference forward Alec Peters. They look to take the next step in the league tournament, which they are hosting for the second time in three years.
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