Now that the NFL Draft is over, a nation turns its lonely eye towards the NBA Draft (although the MLB Draft is before it, so maybe the eye is on that too). While there will be hundreds of places with mock drafts, this is a big board, meaning purely a ranking of the available prospects […]
Two seasons ago I had Wisconsin and Duke 1-2 in my way too early preseason top 25. Last year I pegged North Carolina as the No. 2 team, but Villanova as the No. 11 team, so clearly I have some work to do this year to redeem myself. It is very college basketball that the […]
When Virginia’s Justin Anderson went down with an injury late in the 2014-’15 season, the Cavaliers’ offense collapsed. In the 12 games without Anderson, Virginia lost more games (3) than they had the entire season up to that point (1). Furthermore, Virginia scored over a point per possession just five times in those 12 games.
College basketball isn’t quite a month old, and we are only just out of Feast Week, but already we are seeing some teams emerge as possible contenders, and already we are seeing teams prove to be disappointments. There is a lot of time for those teams to build their resumes for March, and plenty of […]
Harvard has had a stranglehold on the Ivy League, winning the conference’s automatic bid for the last four seasons. The Crimson don’t look like the favorite for the upcoming season, but it’s worth noting they could welcome a top-10 recruiting class to Cambridge next season. In the meantime, though, Harvard lost Wesley Saunders, Steve Mondou-Missi, […]
Last season Wisconsin-Green Bay had a future NBA draft pick in Keifer Sykes, and Valparaiso finished just three points shy of an upset over Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Neither led the league in offense, however. That was Oakland, which scored 1.11 points per trip in league play.
No conference has gone through more of a tectonic shift in the past few years than Conference USA. The league lost teams such as Memphis and Tulsa to the AAC and replaced them with the likes of Middle Tennessee and Florida International. The league has taken a hit in terms of prestige, but it still […]
The Colonial lost its identity a bit when VCU and George Mason left, and the quality of play in the conference has taken a bit of a hit as well. C0-conference champion Northeastern (part of a multi-team regular-season tie) won the tournament and narrowly missed a first-round upset of Notre Dame.
It’s not the MAC, it’s the MAAC. The largely New York- and Connecticut-based conference was one of the nation’s most exciting last season, with almost 30 percent of its games being decided by four points or fewer, or in overtime by any margin. Iona won the regular season title by multiple games, but its awful […]
After Georgia State and the father-son team of Ron and R.J. Hunter captured America’s heart with a first-round upset over Baylor in the NCAA tournament last season, the Panthers face a bit of a rebuilding year before one of their better recruiting classes comes in next season. Four-star shooting guard D’Marcus Simonds and three-star Chris Clerkley […]
Last season Murray State had a lottery pick, went 16-0 in the regular season….and missed out on the NCAA tournament thanks to an epic conference title game loss to Belmont. It was another example of the cruel nature of single bid leagues. Even more than North Carolina Central, who also ran through its league undefeated, […]
Last season North Dakota State and South Dakota State played in the conference championship game for the second time in three seasons, with the Bison evening the score against their neighbors to the south. This season, with each team losing its best player to graduation, might there be room for someone else to take the […]
Last year’s Patriot League title game was bereft of the 1 and 2 seeds in the league for the first time ever, as Lafayette took down American to make its first NCAA tournament since 2000. It will likely be a short lived stay at the top for the Leopards, who lose their two best players […]
Larry Brown has had some troubles with the NCAA before, most notably leaving Kansas under sanctions in the late 80s, and his latest punishment is a suspension for 10 percent of SMU’s games in the coming season.
Did you know the Southern Conference and the Big South Conference are two different conferences? You do now. While the Big South had a better average ranking in KenPom last season, the league is weaker at the top, with no top 100 teams last year and just two in the top 150. That’s part of […]