SMU plays for personal satisfaction, in the shadows of disappointment

With the carnage that Larry Brown has left at another program, the best that one of the top teams in the nation can do this season is play the role of spoiler. SMU, off a 24-point beatdown of a solid Michigan team Tuesday night, is basically playing for pride this season — well, pride and […]

Houston claims first AAC crown and New Year’s Six bowl bid

The first AAC championship would clearly be decided by one aspect of the competition: Houston’s offense against Temple’s defense. Yet, the other matchup ultimately told the tale of why Tom Herman’s first regular season as a collegiate head coach became a complete success. Houston’s offense and Temple’s defense lived up to the billing on Saturday, […]

Wichita State tries to rebuild after a rough start

For Gregg Marshall and Wichita State, the 2015-2016 season had all the makings of a triumphant procession through the college basketball realm. Over the past three years, the Shockers have been a top seed in the NCAA tournament and even made a Final Four, but this season’s squad appeared deep and experienced. The Shockers have […]

Guard play lifts Miami to hot start

Prior to the loss to Northeastern last Friday, Miami was one of the hottest teams in college basketball. The Hurricanes beat Mississippi State, Utah, and Butler in consecutive games. Not only did they win, but the margins were 26, 24, and 10. Of the 5-0 start, Miami won by an average of 21 points. While […]

Early-season report: few have been more dominant than Xavier

Let’s give you an early report on a college basketball season which is just beginning to take shape. When it comes to one of the best unbeaten teams, the response may surprise you. When you’re told that it comes from the Big East and it is not Villanova, prepare to be shocked even further. Xavier, which […]

UCLA braces itself for Kentucky and the rest of a challenging December

Last season, UCLA barely squeaked into the NCAA Tournament because it played a murderer’s row schedule in the non-conference realm. The selection committee did not account for the fact that the Bruins lost to nearly every quality team they played; it gave them credit merely for scheduling tough teams. This season, UCLA’s profile is developing […]

The Playoff Committee’s message: quality wins can override bad losses

When looking at the resumes of teams the College Football Playoff Selection Committee has placed at the top of the next-to-last rankings, one thing is abundantly clear: the committee values quality wins over losses. While strength of schedule is a hot button topic for the committee, the past two seasons have shown it is more […]

Case Studies: Tennessee laments “what might have been”

For Tennessee, an 8-4 season and a 5-3 record and a tie for second in the SEC East could be viewed as a successful season in Knoxville. This can be true even in light of all the preseason hype and expectations: not many had the Vols above second in that half of the conference. However, […]

The clock strikes midnight for Florida against Florida State

After a rocky November stretch that featured one-score wins against Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic, the Florida Gators were not as fortunate on Saturday. Reality and the Florida State Seminoles smacked the Gators in the face. Offense has been a problem for the Gators since Will Grier was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs in October. Treon […]

Northwestern stops Wisconsin, continuing to prove its worth

As we all know, the holidays are a time of giving. With Thanksgiving approaching, Wisconsin was in a giving mood to Northwestern for most of Saturday in a 13-7 Wildcat victory. Joel Stave and the Badger offense weren’t just generous. They were charitable on their own side of the field, especially in the early going. […]

Temple’s defense dominates Memphis and keeps AAC title hopes alive

A common theme has emerged this AAC season for both Memphis and Temple: finishing. Coming into the contest, Temple had lost two out of three games against Notre Dame and South Florida, with a win over SMU sandwiched in. The Owls were in need of a momentum-generating win. Enter Memphis. In key moments from Saturday’s […]

Kentucky runs past Duke in early season battle

Tuesday night in Chicago, college basketball observers gained a lot of information on two of the superpowers in the sport. The big question is if Tuesday’s revelations will still hold true in the middle of March… and perhaps early April. * In the first heavyweight contest of the season, Kentucky showed that it is clearly […]

College basketball’s new points of emphasis are reshaping the sport

Outrage flooded the NBA when the “Hack-a-Shaq” took effect. During the last few years, the same outrage has followed in the NBA playoffs when teams would foul poor free throw shooters to gain possessions. In the first few games of the new college basketball season, we’re seeing something different. What’s happening on the hardwood is […]