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Welcome back to Giant Killers, our annual metrics-based forecast of NCAA Tournament upsets.Since 2006, when we started searching for Davids who could take down springtime Goliaths, we have built and refined a statistical model to identify the characteristics shared by springtime Cinderellas, as well as the traits common to heavy favorites who lose at the Big Dance.And every year we keep launching our analysis earlier in the season, partly because theres more data available, but also because we know why you read Giant Killers. Yes, of course, to do well in your March Madness pools -- and were proud that last year, six of the eight NCAA Tournament games we projected to have the highest upset chances were actually won by underdogs, and that Syracuse, a 10-seed who made the Final Four, was our highest-rated Killer. But even more, we know you want some advance knowledge about the teams and players who will define the seasons key matchups, and who will create its most memorable surprises on the way to crowning a champion. Stick with us, and come tournament time, when you hear about how many Australians play for Saint Marys?or why opponents make special preparations to face VCUs Doug Brooks even though he plays barely 20 minutes a game, youll smile knowingly.Our definitions are simple: A Giant is any team that plays an NCAA tournament opponent seeded at least five spots lower in any round. And a Giant Killer is any team that beats a Giant. We have found that successful Killers tend to use high-risk/high-reward strategies. Typically, that means they boost the value of their shots by attempting a lot of 3s and/or create extra possessions by grabbing offensive rebounds or forcing turnovers. Conversely, Giants who win usually choke off underdogs chances to take risks. For details about how our statistical model works, you can check this out, and we wrote here about how different types of Giants and Killers play different styles.Fewer than 10 games into this season, mid-major teams are scattered across projected brackets. We can see, for example, that Gonzaga will probably be a Giant, and the best teams from the Atlantic 10 are likely to end up with mid-level seeds. Meanwhile, some preseason conference favorites, like Princeton (Ivy League) and Belmont (Ohio Valley), are off to rocky starts. So in this first edition of Giant Killers for 2016-17, we will look at teams that have excellent underdog characteristics, are on track to earn seeds of 11 or below (making them potential Killers in the first round) and are already outperforming early expectations.Swell Uk . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Marble Water Bottle Cheap .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. S Well Teakwood Drinking Bottle . The Australian is competing in his final season in Formula One and still looking for his first win this year. He will look to end Vettels run of six straight race wins on Sunday. Webber, who is fifth in the championship, earned his second pole from the past three races and 13th of his career. Cheap Swell Bottle . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami.LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky is hitting the road in a big way, exiting the mainland for Nassau, Bahamas, and a date with Arizona State on Monday.Now weve got to go on a trip and weve got to play in the Bahamas because our fans like to make trips, so well play in the Bahamas, coach John Calipari said Friday after Kentuckys 111-76 rout of Tennessee-Martin. Go have a vacation with us down there, and spend three days in the Bahamas.The game, to be played at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort, is actually the brainchild of Calipari. His intention is to bring the Big Blue Nation fan base and his extremely popular basketball team together in a relaxed environment.What Im hoping is, bring your kids, Calipari said in his early November sales pitch. Lets make this a terrific weekend. Youre on the island, youre in a great venue and setup.Kentucky (6-0) has already faced Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in New York and will play North Carolina on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas. But Calipari believes this trip has its own special appeal.I understand New York and I understand Vegas, but I think this is going to be the trip, Calipari said. I want it to be a family where were all there.In 2010, Kentucky participated in the Maui Invitational, an event during which Kentuckys fan base regularly descended on Hawaii. But Calipari doesnt like the lengthy travel and ended it after regular participation dating back nearly 20 seasons.Instead, Calipari took his club to the Bahamas in July 2014 for a six-game exhibition swing. During the trip, he promised fans they would return for a regular-season game every few years. Mondays game fulfills that promise.On Sunday afternoon, Calipari did something he had never done in eight seasons in Lexxington, inviting Kentucky fans to watch an open practice.ddddddddddddIts an experience where you can get as close to this team, Calipari said. Youre not getting that close in Vegas and youre not getting that close up in New York. Youre just not. Its a different environment.Arizona State (4-2) has defeated Portland State, Cal Poly, Tulane and Citadel. Coach Bobby Hurleys club lost to Northern Iowa and Davidson. The Sun Devils havent played since Wednesday, when they outscored Citadel 127-110.Were playing Arizona State, Calipari said. Its not like were playing a team thats not good. Theyre a good team.Junior guard Tra Holder leads Arizona State in scoring at 18 points per game, followed by senior guard Torian Graham (17.3), junior guard Shannon Evans (16.2), senior forward Obinna Oleka (12.2) and freshman guard Sam Cunliffe (9.8). Oleka is averaging a double-double including his 10.3 rebounds per game.Kentucky is led by in scoring by freshman guard Malik Monk at 18.7 points per game, thanks to a career-best 26 against UT-Martin. Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe averages 18.0 points but was forced to sit out the last two games with a bruised lower back. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Friday night.Freshman point guard DeAaron Fox averages 15.5 points and 7.8 assists and freshman forward Bam Adebayo averages 11.0 points and a team-best 7.3 rebounds.One thing seems assured when the teams meet in paradise. Fans are in for fast-paced action as Kentucky averages 92.3 points and Arizona State, 85.7. The difference could be defense -- the Wildcats give up just 64 points compared to 79.2 for Arizona State. ' ' '

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