Investing in units: Why settle for one when you can have the whole ‘six-pack’?

first_imgEmily Lambert, 25 of Forestdale, and fiancŽ Luke McCabe, 26, are interested in purchasing 1 of the six-pack style units in New Farm. Photographer: Liam KidstonOLDER ‘six-pack’ apartment blocks have become the hardest market to crack in Brisbane amid a surge in demand from buyers looking to ‘bulk buy’ fixer-uppers.The humble ‘six-pack’ apartment block — and the individual units in them — are so prized among those who own them, they rarely come up for sale.But when they do, they are selling fast, defying the recent drop in off-the-plan sales for new units in Brisbane.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREDespite a flood of new apartments in the inner city market, real estate agents say single title six-unit blocks and classic art deco apartments are in strong demand, with savvy buyers looking for a solid long-term investment and an opportunity to renovate and reap the returns.Claudia Marchand of LJ Hooker New Farm recently sold a one-bedroom, art deco apartment at 86 Moreton Street for $517,000 and an entire art deco ‘six-pack’ for $2.95 million. This one-bedroom unit at 1/86 Moreton St, New Farm, recently sold for $517,000.The heritage-listed property at 32 Moray Street was sold as part of a deceased estate after being owned by the same family for 81 years.WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PROPERTY *Larger floorplan*High ceilings*Character*Ornate cornices*No or reduced body corporate fees*Hold their value*Often renovated *New Farm*Clayfield*Newstead*Teneriffe*Coorparoo*St Lucia*Greenslopes*Herston*Ascot*Toowong*Lutwyche*Annerley*Wilston*Kedron Inside one of the art deco apartments at 32 Moray St, New Farm.Phil Hassid of Phil Hassid Flat Sales said part of the reason ‘six-packs’ were in demand was because owners refused to sell an asset that provided a good stream of cash returns.“The types of properties I sell, most people hold for a lifetime or at least decades,” he said.And while tighter lending restrictions had put some buyers off, Mr Hassid said it was worth going through the short-term pain of dealing with the banks for the long-term gain.“The bottom line is these are still great investments,” he said.“In the long run you’re going to do brilliantly.”And he believes now is the time to buy.“At some point in time, when the construction wave finally abates, there is going to be an almighty catch up that will unleash a wave of sales,” Mr Hassid said.A new Jones Lang LaSalle report, there are currently 8800 new units under construction across 46 projects in Brisbane, but smaller developments such as ‘six-packs’ which are targeted more at owner occupiers are in decline.WHERE LESS THAN $500,000 BUYS A HOUSEProperty analyst Michael Matusik recently noted that the number of ‘walk-up’ units across the country had fallen by 56,000 dwellings since 2006, while the number of mid-to-high rise apartments had lifted by 194,000 new homes.“In short, the older six packs have been knocked down to make way for bigger, taller and shinier new apartments,” he said.But Mr Hassid said despite Brisbane being in the midst of a transition to more high density living, he doubted that six-packs would disappear from the city’s skyline.“Most six-packs do not sit on high rise sites and you will not get enough site value to justify demolition unless it is a high rise site,” he said.A block of art deco units in New Farm recently sold for the first time in six decades for more than $2.4 million to a local developer.The building, Osmaston, at 598 Lower Bowen Terrace, generated a rental return of about $80,000 a year and offered strata title potential. This block of six units at 32 Moray St, New Farm, sold for $2.95m.Ms Marchand said there was a big difference between the new “cookie cutter” off-the-plan apartments and the older, boutique apartments, which offered character, larger floorplans and higher ceilings.“I’ve got more buyers than supply for that type of product — not even just a block, but also single apartments,” she said.“What is being built today is really contemporary and it’s all a bit cookie cutter, so people really value something that’s different and has character, which is not going to be replicated in the future.“A unique opportunity is always something people will value.”center_img This ‘six-pack’ at 598 Lower Bowen Tce, New Farm, sold for $2.4m. SIX-PACK SUBURBS SIX-PACK UNIT SELLING POINTS The kitchen in one of the apartments in 598 Lower Bowen Tce, New Farm.Young Brisbane couple Emily Lambert and Luke McCabe would be happy to get one sixth of a ‘six pack’.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThey are in the market for an “older style” apartment with character because Ms Lambert believes they hold their value better than new apartments.Ms Lambert, who is a real estate agent, said investors would be smart to buy a ‘six-pack’ unit block because they would have no issues finding tenants or onselling.Brisbane graphic designer Rebekah Kington bought a one-bedroom, art deco apartment in a ‘six-pack’ just off James Street in New Farm 12 years ago and hasn’t looked back.Miss Kington said she considered investing in a new apartment at the time, but was glad she didn’t.“It had such a nice feel,” she said.“As soon as I walked in, I felt at home. I loved the high ceilings.“The newer apartments are quite small. They’re just really tiny and pokey.”Miss Kington has since upgraded the bathroom and plans to renovate the kitchen.Buyer’s agent Selena Corness of Universal Buyers Agents said now was a good time to enter Brisbane’s unit market.“In the past 18 months, there have been a lot of new residential multistorey unit complexes completed within a 2 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD … and this has flooded the market and pushed prices down,” Ms Corness said.She said buyers could use that to their advantage and find an entry point into the market via an affordable unit.“By buying smart and taking advantage of the market, buyers are really in the driver’s seat,” she said.last_img read more

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PGGM among investors backing G7 diversity, development project

first_imgTogether the investors have more than $6trn (€5.1trn) under management, according to announcement from the group.Eloy Lindeijer, CIO of PGGM, said: “Through our participation in the G7 Institutional Investor Initiatives, PGGM is able to contribute to the important sustainability agenda of the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada.”Maurice Tulloch, chief executive of international insurance at Aviva, said that in order to achieve the commitment made by governments internationally for a more sustainable future, financial flows and markets had to be reoriented and to become more sustainable.“This global initiative is a critical step to supporting our joint vision of responsible, long-term, investment,” he said.The CFA Institute announced that, as part of the plan, it had been picked along with its international network of societies to create more opportunities in finance and investment management by setting up an internship programme.The programme would focus on women studying at university in certain developing markets, the organisation said. PGGM, Allianz, Generali and other European institutional investors are among a group of 12 large companies backing a project to push forward G7 objectives on development, gender diversity in finance, and climate-related disclosures.The investors – including Natixis Investment and Aviva – are working with the Canadian government on the plan and have all pledged to commit resources, expertise and networks to further three initiatives.The initiatives include: boosting expertise in infrastructure financing and development in emerging and frontier economies; opening opportunities for women in finance and investment worldwide; and speeding up the implementation of comparable climate-related disclosures.Canadian pension funds Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan are leading the investor group, which also includes Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, AIMCo, OMERS and OPTrust, as well as US public pension fund CalPERS.last_img read more

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Football News Real Madrid Vs Barcelona El Clasico Clash Postponed After Protests In Catalonia

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Madrid: The Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed due to protests in Catalonia, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said. The clubs have until 10:00am (0800 GMT) on Monday to find a new date, which will be decided by the RFEF if the clubs cannot reach an agreement. The original fixture was due to take place at Barca’s Camp Nou on October 26. “FC Barcelona and Real Madrid must agree on the new date of the meeting before October 21,” an RFEF statement read. “In case of not reaching an agreement, the Competition Committee will be responsible for determining the date of the meeting.” The Spanish football league (LFP) on Wednesday said it had asked the RFEF to move the fixture from Barcelona to Madrid after three days of large-scale demonstrations which have turned increasingly violent.Ahead of their trip to Eibar in La Liga on Saturday, Barca held their press conference a day early to allow them to begin a 589-kilometre journey to Ipurua by bus on Friday and avoid the chaos at El Prat airport. The fixture will be the club’s first at home since nine Catalan independence leaders were jailed on Monday, a decision that has sparked an array of violent protests in the city. La Liga have proposed relocating the match to the Santiago Bernabeu or it could be postponed, with December 18 a possible date, given it falls in a week when other sides will be involved in the Copa del Rey. Yet Barcelona and Madrid want the fixture unchanged next Saturday, at the end of a week when both clubs, as well as Atletico Madrid, are involved in the third round of the Champions League group stage.”There would be a few away games in a row and not only for that reason but to respect the fixture list,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde on Thursday. “We trust our people and we want to play in our stadium.” Barcelona, Madrid and Atletico are all scrapping for qualification in Europe, after Barca and Atleti took four points from their opening two games while Madrid sit bottom of Group A, desperately needing victory away at Galatasaray on Tuesday to bring them back into contention.The international break has not been kind to coach Zinedine Zidane, who would have seen two of his key players injured if he was watching Croatia play Wales on Sunday. Luka Modric’s thigh problem is likely to keep him out of Saturday’s visit to Mallorca and his availability either for Galatasaray or Barcelona is by no means guaranteed. Gareth Bale’s limping was put down to cramp by Wales coach Ryan Giggs but he was yet to return to training even on Thursday.If Madrid overcome Mallorca, who ended a seven-game winless run by beating Espanyol two weeks ago, they will stay top of the table and at least preserve their two-point lead over Barcelona ahead of the scheduled showdown next weekend. But Barca will be chasing a fifth consecutive victory against Eibar that would push further into the distance their own stumbling start to the season. Their upturn has coincided with Lionel Messi’s comeback, the fit-again Argentinian scoring his first of the campaign in a 4-0 win over Sevilla last time out.Messi’s availability also increases the pressure for places up front although Antoine Griezmann’s omission against Sevilla is likely to prove a one-off for now, given Ousmane Dembele, having just returned from injury, is suspended. Dembele is likely to come in for the visit to Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Barcelona tied with Borussia Dortmund in their group. Atletico play Bayer Leverkusen at home and while Diego Simeone’s side may not have a Clasico looming, they could also be on the move after La Liga asked the Spanish Football Federaion (RFEF) to allow their game against Villarreal on December 6 to played in Miami.Also Read | Lionel Messi Scores For First Time In La Liga Season, Barcelona Thrash SevillaLa Liga unsuccessfully attempted to stage Barcelona’s game against Girona in Miami last season. Atletico face three tough home games next, starting on Saturday against Valencia before entertaining Athletic Bilbao next weekend, with Leverkusen in between.last_img read more

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Cottrell lands WI retainer

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Batsman Leon Johnson and left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell have both been handed retainer contracts by the West Indies Cricket Board, despite not featuring for the regional side over the last year.The pair are among a list of 15 players announced by the WICB late yesterday who have been retained for the period beginning last October 1 to September 30 later this year.Johnson, a 28-year-old left-hander, has been repeatedly overlooked in recent months despite the West Indies’ continued struggles at the top of the order.He averages nearly 40 in his four Tests and gathered scores of 54 and 44 in his last Test – against South Africa in Cape Town last January.Fellow Guyanese Rajindra Chandrika has been the preferred choice despite three noughts in six Test innings and an average of 14.Cottrell, meanwhile, has not suited up for West Indies since the one-day series in South Africa last January.The 26-year-old has struggled with injury this year and only recent resumed bowling when he turned out for Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional First Class Championship.He played the last of this two Tests in December, 2014, and has played two one-day internationals.Marlon Samuels has been also retained despite a torrid time with the bat in recent months. The Jamaican gathered 30 runs from four Test innings against Sri Lanka last October and managed only 35 runs in five outings against Australia in the just concluded three-Test series Down Under.Rookies Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich, who like Chandrika both made their Test debuts last year, are also among the 15 retained.RETAINED PLAYERS – Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Jermaine Blackwood, Jerome Taylor, Sheldon Cottrell, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach.last_img read more

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Hewitt bows out

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Baseball cap turned backward, pumping himself up with cries of “C’MON!” Lleyton Hewitt fought one last feisty encounter. Then he gathered his three young kids on centre court and said farewell.After a career spent trying to win the Australian Open, the 34-year-old Hewitt had said that this year’s tournament – his 20th attempt – would be his last.”Lleyton’s Last Stand”, as some Australian media have billed it, came yesterday in the second round, where Hewitt lost to David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, in a gritty contest that the numbers alone don’t do justice. It included some dramatic tennis, a few expletives – including a verbal volley Hewitt had with the chair umpire – and was capped off by an emotional send-off in the Rod Laver Arena.When the No. 8-ranked Ferrer returned to the court for the winner’s customary post-match interview, he redirected the spotlight to Hewitt.Ferrer, who at 33 is just a year younger than Hewitt and has a similar relentless, chase-every-ball style, told the crowd that he once had Hewitt sign a T-shirt for him that now hangs with other tennis memorabilia in his home. “I never had idols, but Lleyton is an idol for me.”last_img read more

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How Twitter Is Making Its Spam Problem Worse

first_imgAs Twitter gears up to go public, growth is a priority for the company. The short-message service is revamping its core mobile apps and experimenting with ways to get users to spend more time interacting with tweets.That push for growth, though, may make Twitter vulnerable to spammers who have dogged the service for years.The Spam Is Coming From Inside The HouseOne of Twitter’s growth-pushing experiments, @MagicRecs, recently won acclaim from the New York Times for its personalized suggestions of people to follow. That coverage may have put it on the radar of [email protected] works by sending private messages to users telling them that a particular account has been followed by other accounts they follow. Because I follow many journalists and Twitter employees, it’s particularly good at alerting me that a celebrity like, say, Prince has signed up for the service.This morning, I got a recommendation to follow @DropboxOffers, an account promising extra gigabytes on the online-storage service for follows and retweets. At first, I was inclined to follow it, if only to track news about the company—peers at TechCrunch and AllThingsD had followed the account, after all. And a Twitter employee had also followed the account. Seems legit!That assembly of social proof—your friends are all following this account, don’t you want to?—is exactly how @MagicRecs does its magic.I grew suspicious, though, and Dropbox swiftly announced it was a fake:It’s not clear if the spammers intended to make use of @MagicRecs. For most users, the offer of free storage might have been compelling enough. But several people I noticed following the account—smart tech-industry insiders, some of whom work for Twitter or have family members who work there, people you would not expect to be taken in by Twitter spam—confirmed that they had followed the account because of a @MagicRecs recommendation.While the @DropboxOffers account has not yet tweeted out links to malware, it likely had the aim of getting users to follow the account, at which point it could send them links to dangerous websites under the guise of claiming the additional Dropbox storage it promised. At publication time, the account was still active and had more than 9,800 followers.A Dangerous ExperimentWhile @MagicRecs is an experiment, it has the explicit imprimatur of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo:So what do we learn from this?Twitter devotes substantial resources to fighting spam. It has largely fended off traditional Twitter spam, which typically targets users by mentioning their username and offering a dangerous link to click. But as Charlie Warzel at BuzzFeed points out, spammers are now using more obscure features of Twitter, like lists, to lure users.At the same time, Twitter devotes substantial resources to growth. It aims to encourage users to discover new accounts to follow and interact with them. Those efforts inevitably create fertile conditions for spammers.I’d hate to see @MagicRecs shut down. It’s both useful and fun, often pointing me to Twitter users who have become newsworthy before I’ve even heard about the event that catapaulted them into headlines. But perhaps Twitter should figure out how to put the brakes on it until its algorithms can vet accounts for legitimacy. @DropboxOffers was recently created—a telltale danger sign. Yet a celebrity who just signed up for the service would have a similarly scant track record. It’s not an easy problem to solve.Spam Will Always Be With UsAs Google found over the years with its automated ad-targeting tools, opportunists are smart and adaptive, and use technology to optimize their gambits every bit as much as the companies they piggyback on do. Spam will definitely be a risk factor Twitter must disclose to its shareholders.Yet the answer isn’t as simple as saying that Twitter must do a better job of fighting spam. It must do so without compromising experiments like @MagicRecs and other avenues for improving the service, which remains confounding to novices.In the long term, there’s no contradiction between fighting spam and growing the service: Spam turns off users, which hurts retention. But in the short term, Twitter’s going to have to be awfully clever to solve the problem it’s inadvertently created here.Update: Costolo says the team behind @MagicRecs is fixing the problem: Tags:#Spam#twitter#Twitter IPO#Twitter Spam The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… owen thomaslast_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan Are Hanging With Local Elementary Students Today

first_imgFrank Kaminsky on the court against Duke.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 06: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after falling to the court in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team last played at Michigan on Saturday and won’t take the court again until this Saturday at Iowa. With some extra free time this week, Badger big men Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan are hanging out with the students at Glacier Edge Elementary School in nearby Verona, Wis. All three players spoke with the students as part of the school’s Kindness Week activities. The All-American Kaminsky even took a selfie with some students: #BadgersGiveBack #Notor #NigelHayesA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky (@fskpart3) on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00am PST Dukan, who is 6-foot-10, tried to blend in with the crowd but it didn’t work out too well.New game: #WheresDuje? pic.twitter.com/GOY5bm3J8V— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 28, 2015 Hayes, meanwhile, may not have a future as a comedian judging off this joke, but he does know his state geography. Stand-up comedy with Nigel Hayes #BadgersGiveBackA video posted by Wisconsin Basketball (@badgermbb) on Jan 28, 2015 at 8:39am PSTOne underrated aspect of these photos and video is the impressive jersey game of some of the students at Glacier Edge. The local staples (Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers) are of course represented, but shoutout to the kid in the sweet Dallas Mavericks throwback, and the two young men who wore the NFL jerseys of Badger alumni Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt.last_img read more

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The Lakers Land Anthony Davis OK — Now What

If the door for contention out in the Western Conference swung wide open this week after a pair of brutal Golden State injuries, it appears that the Lakers just walked right through it.Los Angeles, vying to make the most of LeBron James’s remaining window, agreed to a deal Saturday that would land them Pelicans star Anthony Davis in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 in Thursday’s draft.The haul was significant from several standpoints: Aside from giving James his first real star running mate out in L.A. (the Lakers will undoubtedly go for one more in free agency), it also takes a couple of other teams out of the running for a serious overhaul. In particular, it’s a blow for a club like the Celtics, who might have been able to further entice free-agent-to-be Kyrie Irving into staying had they landed Davis. (The tea leaves on him staying haven’t looked great lately.)The players involved in the trade, and that No. 4 pick, also suggest that the Pelicans have the makings of a very solid young roster under this new David Griffin regime. Between Zion Williamson (the presumed No. 1 pick), Jrue Holiday, Ingram, Ball, Hart and whomever New Orleans takes at No. 4, the Pels figure to be very good in transition, with considerable versatility on the defensive end. It’s not hard to see how this rebuild could pay dividends more quickly than what some were thinking —particularly if Williamson ends up being the kind of star he is widely expected to be.Above all else, though, there will be immediate interest in what this deal means for LeBron and the Lakers, and whether someone of Davis’s caliber makes them favorites in a now wide-open West, where the reigning five-time conference champs lost both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.Having Davis on the roster gives Los Angeles something it should have had in James’s first year there: A player whom the offense can run through when James isn’t directly involved1He was involved a lot last year, and averaged almost 84 touches per game, among the highest rates in the NBA. Ideally, that number will come down some with another star, as he continues to age., and someone who can keep the team afloat when James goes to the bench. The Lakers beat opponents by 1.6 points per 100 possessions in the time James was on the court last season, but were a disappointing -5.7 points per 100 plays worse than their foes when he was sidelined. Having Davis, and staggering some of his minutes with James’s, should alleviate that problem a great deal.Davis is a generational talent: A terrorizing finisher in the pick-and-roll, and a long-limbed, mobile rim protector that makes players think twice about coming into the paint. He averaged 12 boards a game last season and has improved as a passer and as perimeter jump-shooter, meaning that defenses can’t back all the way off of him. He’s comfortable with his back to the basket, or facing up. He logged 25 points per game this past season and can score when defenses are geared toward stopping him alone — something opposing teams will be able to do less now he’ll be paired with another All-NBA threat in James.This isn’t to say that there aren’t concerns still. While it seems unfathomable now that he would leave, the oft-haphazard club would be wise to make the most of this season, so Davis can go into free agency next season feeling good about the future of the club. In other words, the Lakers want to avoid what happened with Dwight Howard after trading for him several years ago.The most obvious concern with a LeBron-Davis pairing — particularly if the Lakers strike out with other stars in free agency — remains health, which is always a question mark surrounding Davis. While we could go into how many games he’s missed over the years because of injuries (last season was odd, because he often sat to ensure he wouldn’t get hurt prior to being traded) it almost makes more sense to talk about how much he’s played instead. And in his seven seasons, Davis has only logged two, 2016-17 and 2017-18, in which he played in 70 or more games.James is the opposite of injury prone. But this past season’s groin strain, which kept him out longer than he’s ever missed before, showed that the Lakers can’t take his health for granted at age 34. If one or both stars miss real time next year, the rest of the team may be too thin to contend. Still, this gamble seems worth it, since the youngsters they surrendered in the deal weren’t able to get it done when James was forced out. At this point, if you’re the Lakers, you have to be most focused on whatever gives you the highest ceiling, regardless of how low or unsteady the floor might be.The Lakers still have plenty of other boxes to check off, of course. While they were able to hold onto Kyle Kuzma (an interesting choice, since Ball, Ingram and Hart all had elements that arguably make them better two-way options over time), the club still lacks shooting. While Davis’s defense is spectacular at times, the Lakers will certainly miss Ball’s outstanding work as a perimeter defender. And after last summer’s seemingly random free-agency signings, it’s unclear whether general manager Rob Pelinka will fare any better than Magic Johnson did in trying to piece together a balanced enough roster to give Los Angeles a chance at reaching its full potential.But first things first: The Lakers landed a superstar to pair with the one they already had. And in this league, you’ll almost always be happy with accomplishing that most difficult step first, and figuring the rest out later — either through signing another star, or finding complementary pieces along the way. read more

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Losing An NCAA Tournament Game From Every Seed Isnt Easy But These

✓ Some early exits were more predictable than othersMen’s college basketball teams with at least eight losses in their opening games, including the First Four and round of 64, in the NCAA Tournament, 1985-2017 ✓✓✓✓ Source: sports-reference.com Arizona1155– ✓✓✓✓✓✓6 ✓✓ Missouri1050– Murray State100 Pennsylvania Utah State90 ✓✓✓✓ Valparaiso80 VCU 6 6 ✓ ✓ Louisiana State850– Temple933– ✓✓✓✓✓6 Arizona✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Vanderbilt Oklahoma956– La. State ✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Missouri✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Xavier922– School12345678910111213141516Total ✓✓✓✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓ East Tenn. State80 8 ✓✓✓✓✓✓ Pennsylvania110 SchoolOpening-round lossesShare as better seed than opponent 6 Iona90 Iowa State✓✓ A few familiar Cinderellas have provided some of the greatest moments in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But every shocking upset from a ragtag mid-major also means something else: a big-name school has fallen on its face in spectacular fashion.And it seems certain big-name schools are more prone to this than others. In tournaments over the past 10 years, Georgetown has lost its opening-round game playing as a No. 3, No. 6 and No. 2 seed. Arizona won a title and made a second Final Four in the 1990s but also peppered that decade with four losses in the opening round — and in each, the Wildcats were seeded No. 5 or better.So are certain schools uniquely susceptible to March heartache? We looked back over every team’s opening-round game since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985 — including the round of 64 and the play-in games known as the First Four.1The First Four got its start in 2011; play-in games between No. 16 seeds in earlier years were not included in this analysis. Some higher seeds do seem to head home early more than others — and a few of those well-known names are putting together an interesting range of losses.In the past 33 tournaments, 22 teams have made opening-round exits at least eight times.2We didn’t count round-of-64 losses that occurred after a team had won a play-in game. But most of those teams have typically been underdogs — teams that want to win, of course, but aren’t strictly supposed to. Brigham Young, for example, has lost its opening game 12 times, including once in the First Four, but never as a seed better than eighth.3The Cougars have lost as a No. 8 seed four times. Only eight of those 22 teams were seeded better than their opponent in half or more of their opening-round losses. One of those teams is Arizona, which has lost 11 times in the round of 64 and as the better seed in six of those games — most recently in 2016 as a No. 6 seed to a Wichita State team that had to win a play-in game just to be there. Missouri and Indiana have each lost 10 round-of-64 games, though only five of the Tigers’ losses came as the better seed, while the Hoosiers were the better seed in eight of their defeats. Georgia850– ✓ New Mexico ✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓✓ Murray State ✓✓✓✓✓ Lost when seeded … New Mexico State1118– Indiana Georgetown, however, doesn’t show up in our list of biggest opening-round losers, even though it suffered high-profile losses to Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Ohio in 2010. Indeed, the Hoyas have lost at the start of the tournament only two other times since 1985, as a No. 6 seed in 2011 and a No. 10 seed in 1997.But Georgetown does have something interesting in common with Arizona and Missouri, teams with high numbers of opening-round defeats. All three have lost an opening-round game as both a No. 2 and a No. 3 seed — a distinction they share with Duke, Iowa State, Michigan State and South Carolina.4Syracuse, which in 1991 became the first No. 2 to lose in the round of 64 when it fell to Richmond, is the only one of the eight teams to share that distinction that hasn’t also lost as a No. 3 seed.This got us thinking: If a team already has round-of-64 losses from two of the top three seeds, how many different seed lines could it lose from?In this day and age, it would be tough to suffer opening-round defeat from every spot on the bracket (especially considering that a No. 16 has yet to fell a No. 1). Major-conference teams are almost guaranteed a seed somewhere between 1 and 11, so they have plenty of opportunities to fail from those seed slots.5Unless a mediocre team manages to win its conference championship, à la the 2008 Georgia Bulldogs, which were seeded 14th because of their 17-16 record. And 14 through 16 seeds are almost always automatic qualifiers from smaller conferences that will have a hard time ever reaching the higher seeds without moving to a power conference or magically transforming into Gonzaga. So, a reasonable goal — if you could call it that — might be to lose from 12 different seeds, or three-fourths of those possible.It takes a special kind of program to have a diversified portfolio of early tournament losses. It has to be good enough to make the tournament often but not so good that it never loses its opener. So teams like Kansas are out: The Jayhawks have made the tournament every year but one since 19856The 1989 tourney. but have lost only two of their 32 round-of-64 matchups. (Duke is in a similar position, with only two opening-round losses other than its two highly seeded defeats.) The team also needs enough regular-season inconsistency from year to year to receive tourney bids from many different seeds — a program that’s good enough for a No. 4 seed one year but just the right amount of mediocre for a No. 10 seed the next.This merit badge of losing might not be possible; no team has reached even the three-fourths mark. These are the programs with opening-round losses from at least six different seeds: ✓✓✓ 6 6 Vanderbilt850– Nebraska ✓✓✓✓✓✓7 Davidson80 Providence ✓✓✓✓ 8 Brigham Young1331%– W. Virginia Texas875– ✓✓✓✓ Montana80 Utah State Marquette 6 Princeton Georgia 6 Princeton911– Schools that are consistently inconsistentMen’s college basketball teams that have lost in the NCAA Tournament’s First Four or round of 64 from the most seeds, 1985-2017 7 6 6 ✓ Indiana978– ✓ ✓✓✓✓✓✓6 6 Source: Sports-Reference.com ✓✓ These teams are closest to running the table, but they all still have a long way to go. Iowa State has some of the hardest seeds out of the way — losing as a No. 27To Hampton in 2001. and No. 38To UAB in 2015. — but also handling the tricky 12 and 13 spots. To get to three-fourths of the seeds, all the Cyclones need to do is lose from those middle seeds of 4 through 7, 9 and 11. (For a long-suffering fan of the cardinal and gold, this feels like an attainable goal.)West Virginia is another team with a good range of losses, and unlike the Cyclones, the Mountaineers actually have a chance to add to their total this year. West Virginia is seeded fifth in the East region — a seed from which it has never lost in the round of 64. The 5-vs.-12 matchups are already ripe for upsets, as we know, so I’ll be picking Murray State to take down the Mountaineers and hand them a fresh seed loss. Like Iowa State and West Virginia, Murray State has six differently seeded opening-round losses, but one of those already came from the No. 12 seed, unfortunately. Penn also could have built on its total this year, but it’s already lost as a No. 16 seed. (And, of course, we’re hoping that the Quakers make another kind of history.)The teams on top of our loser’s bracket, Arizona and Missouri, have lost as eight different seeds, an impressive feat. Both teams have been responsible for several busted brackets, having fallen from the second, third and fourth seeds. We were hopeful that each team could add a notch to its belt this year, but the selection committee didn’t come through for us. Arizona is missing a No. 7 seed loss, but the Wildcats were too strong, securing the No. 4 seed in the South region. Missouri had more options in the middle, needing a No. 5 or a No. 7, but no such luck for the Tigers (well, really, for us) — they ended up with the No. 8 seed in the West.No team wants an early exit from the tournament. 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Womens lacrosse Ohio State has sights set on NCAA tournament redemption

OSU coach Alexis Venechanos running practice ahead of their Feb. 6 match-up with Vermont. Credit: James King IIWhile its season opener is not until Feb. 6, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team already has its sights set on the Big Ten championship later this year.Senior defender Meredith Bushell and the rest of the Buckeyes are looking to overcome the disappointment of not advancing to the NCAA tournament last season.“We’re definitely using it to fuel our fire, we’re using it as a motivation,” said Bushell. “We were not happy with the results we had last year, so we’re looking to make it this year.”Prior to last season, OSU had made two consecutive NCAA tournaments and seemed to be in prime position to earn a third berth until they stumbled late in the season. This year, OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said she feels like the foundation that has been built in the previous years has their team trending up.“Our goal is to have that mission: to be playing in Maryland in May” Venechanos said. “Our last game right now is in April so, if we’re playing in May, it will be for the Big Ten championship and NCAA championship.”While the Buckeyes launched themselves to an 11-1 start in 2016, they dropped their last five games of the year, including an overtime loss to Rutgers in the Big Ten tournament, ultimately finishing at 11-6.“Knowing that (the Big Ten conference) is one of the tougher ones, it kind of excites us. It kind of adds something,” senior midfielder Paulina Constant said. “We’re definitely still excited. We are planning for every single one of those games down from Michigan all the way up to Penn State, Maryland and all of those games. We’re not taking any of them lightly and we’re excited to play each team, get to the Big Ten [tournament] and hopefully win.”OSU will need to find new sources of production on both ends of the field after graduating their two leading point-getters, Cian Dabrowski and Rainey Hodgson, along with their starting goalie Katie Frederick.“We have new faces on both ends of the goal, literally, and our goalie competition is fierce, it’s competitive,” Venechanos said. “I think this year we’re going to have a lot more balance, we have a lot of different types of looks. We have tall girls, we have short girls, we have lefties, we have righties, we have dodgers, we have feeders, so I think we’ll be more dynamic because of that.”The team is not shying away from the challenges that this season is going to bring them. Instead they are embracing it. Constant said she believes they will be successful by taking what worked well from last season and seeing how it will work for them this year.“Of course we had a lot of our attack graduate. But just encouraging everyone to step up, I think that’s a big thing for us,” Constant said. “Just making sure that everyone has the confidence. We have the skill, we just need the confidence to be able to do it.”While their first game against Vermont is Monday at 7 p.m. in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the Buckeyes are hoping their last is in the NCAA championship game.“Our goal is definitely long term, but it’s on our mind daily: what are you going to do to get us to be playing in the NCAA tournament?” Venechanos said. read more

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