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Follow the bouncing team — you’ll need to

Follow the bouncing ball? That’s easy. Follow the bouncing team? That’s what’s so hard about this college basketball season. The “bouncing team” dynamic can simply refer to any team which displays a great deal of volatility over the course of the season. It is better understood as the combination of rapidly declining teams (from a […]

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Texas A&M, Providence, and SMU: February tales as old as time

Remember the 2014 Iowa Hawkeyes? They merit a place in a discussion of the current college basketball season, and more specifically, what transpired on a wild Wednesday night. Other teams have done what 2014 Iowa did. Consider the 2011 Villanova Wildcats as another example. If you look through the record books, you’ll find yet more […]

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The early March memo: Get to the tin and draw fouls

March is the month of reckoning in college basketball. It’s the time when individual free throws — especially front ends of 1-and-1s — can mean hundreds of thousands of extra dollars for schools and conferences. Yes, free throws come with a lot of pressure, but unless chronically bad charity pitchers are involved, they’re first-world problems. […]

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UConn women’s basketball dominates again: You got a problem with that?

Monday night in Columbia, South Carolina, the Connecticut women’s basketball program entered its 22nd 1-versus-2 game. The Huskies’ record in their first 21 such encounters: 18-3. The 2016 edition of the Huskies didn’t exactly have an easy task in front of them in the attempt to push that record to 19-3. UConn faced an unbeaten […]

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Why Clemson’s loss to Notre Dame is significant

It’s true that in a 30-game regular season, single nights or weekend afternoons don’t fully determine postseason destinations. When experts say that “Game X is an elimination game” or “Game Y is a must-win,” it’s true that the weight of a season and all its hopes fall upon that one contest. However, such a perception […]

Rick Pitino and Louisville made The American a much stronger league in 2014 compared to the current 2015 version. Sure, SMU leads the conference this season, but it achieved a lot more in the 2014 campaign. Why is 2015 SMU's RPI at 18 while last season's team carried an RPI of 53 into Selection Sunday? The answer becomes very obvious as you continue to read this piece... and no, it's not about winning games, either.

Rick Pitino is Wrong About NCAA Justice

It comes up nearly every time a high-profile program runs seriously afoul of the NCAA’s Byzantine set of rules and regulations governing the multibillion-dollar college sports industrial complex. Scholarships get docked, postseason bans are implemented, and complaints start ringing out about such a hamfisted system of justice. Not surprisingly, college hoops legend Rick Pitino became […]

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Hoops in New England: The University of Maine

This is the second part in a recurring series profiling college basketball programs in New England. The second stop is a place where basketball and winning have never been synonymous, but a new coach is working to change that. … When it comes to basketball, few programs own a more barren history than the University […]

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers celebrates after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies 19-7 at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

LSU doesn’t land a No. 1 class, but results matter more

By any standard, LSU’s National Signing Day was a mixed bag. Sure, the Tigers landed five-star corner Kristian Fulton, but that was just the cherry on top of a loaded defensive-back class at a position which already was a relative strength on the depth chart. Elsewhere, LSU lost out on key four-star linebacker Erick Fowler […]

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Kentucky has a depth problem, and the echoes of 2014 linger

Sure, John Calipari has never had a recruiting class ranked lower than second at Kentucky. It’s also true that whenever Calipari has struggled, he has usually been able to right the ship before it was too late. This dynamic was never more apparent than in 2014, when Calipari took an eighth-seeded team to the national championship […]

Texas head coach Charlie Strong celebrates with the Golden Hat after defeating Oklahoma, 24-17, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)

Charlie Strong, Texas Make A Big Splash With National Signing Day Blitz

You don’t change the paradigm of a program on National Signing Day alone. Winning games between the lines, claiming titles, changing a team’s culture — that’s the stuff which remakes the program, or in Texas’s case, restores it. However, bringing in big-time talent is almost always the first step toward achieving the above goals. Texas […]

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Providence needs to look in the mirror after losing to DePaul

Providence College lost to DePaul in Chicago on Tuesday night. Just let that fact sink in. This was the 11th-ranked team in the country losing to a program that hasn’t won more than 12 games in a season since 2007. What does that make Providence? Providence did lose the Big East’s leading scorer, Ben Bentil, […]

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