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Is the One and Done System Hurting College Basketball?

Posted by Zach Gilliand in NCAA Basketball Blog
Apr 02, 2014
Is the One and Done System Hurting College Basketball?

Freshmen players are always exciting in college basketball, but the one-and-done rule is hurting the game because of a lack of identity and continuity. This season, we have seen guys like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Joel Embiid steal the highlights on SportsCenter, but is this good for the image of college basketball?

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Betting on Teams That Will Make the NCAA Tournament Final Four

Posted by Zach Gilliand in NCAA Basketball Blog
Mar 25, 2014
Betting on Teams That Will Make the NCAA Tournament Final Four

It's been a crazy NCAA tournament thus far, and it will likely get even more exciting. Four teams that have a good shot at being the last ones standing are Louisville, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Florida.

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Automatic Qualifiers Looking to Bust Your Bracket

Posted by John Vasington in NCAA Basketball Blog
Feb 20, 2014
Automatic Qualifiers Looking to Bust Your Bracket

Every year, right around March, like clockwork, we all tune into Selection Sunday and fill out those NCAA Tournament brackets. And every year, there are always those 13-15 ranked teams we've never heard of that takes out our champion or one of our final four picks in the first (or as the NCAA attempts to make us call it, "second") round.

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Scorer's Nightmare: The Best on Ball Defenders in College Basketball

Posted by John Vasington in NCAA Basketball Blog
Feb 10, 2014
Scorer's Nightmare: The Best on Ball Defenders in College Basketball

Defense is a lost art in today's game. Too many fans focus too much on the offensive side of the ball. If NikStauskas has an off night, he is chastised for his poor shooting, rather than the guy who defended him being praised. It's sad. Great defenders lacking offensive dominance go underappreciated in their collegiate careers, and are taken later in the draft or not at all. All the while, prolific scorers who can't play a lick of defense are taken in the Top 5 every year.

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The Rise of the Texas Longhorns in Big 12 Basketball

Posted by John Vasington in NCAA Basketball Blog
Feb 10, 2014
The Rise of the Texas Longhorns in Big 12 Basketball

After finishing 7th in the conference last season, Rick Barnes' Longhorns are off to an impressive 7-2 in conference start trail only Kansas (8-1) in the standings. How have they done it? Simple, rebounding.

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College Basketball Betting Odds

Posted by Aaron Saas in NCAA Basketball Blog
Dec 17, 2013
College Basketball Betting Odds

In college basketball, the South Eastern Conference has been overlooked by many sports fans because the conference is a football conference, so the SEC never really gets its proper respect. In the last 7 years, the men's college basketball national championship was won 3 times by an SEC team (Florida 2006, 2007, Kentucky 2012), the conference has also produced multiple NBA lottery picks such as Nerlens Noel, Anthony Davis, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Al Horford, and Joakin Noah.

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Cinderella Man

Posted by John Vasington in NCAA Basketball Blog
Nov 24, 2013
Cinderella Man

Some called it a miracle, others called it inconceivable. No matter how you chose to define it, there is no denying that the 2011 Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) Rams Final Four run was a tremendous feat, resulting from the grit and determination of a great team and their great coach. When Shaka Smart was hired to be the head coach at VCU in 2009, he was a virtual unknown to the Rams community and college basketball fans across the country.

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LSU Tigers Basketball: More Than Just a Football School

Posted by John Vasington in NCAA Basketball Blog
Nov 06, 2013
LSU Tigers Basketball: More Than Just a Football School

For years now, the norm around Baton Rouge has been that"football is king". In 2012, Johnny Jones was hired out of North Texas to replace Trent Johnson as men's basketball coach and hopefully change that mentality. Last year, the squad improved to 19-12 from an 18-15 record in 2011-12. That certainly marks progress, but not enough for faithful Tiger fans.

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The Weirdly Effective Doug McDermott

Posted by John Vasington in NCAA Basketball Blog
Nov 03, 2013
The Weirdly Effective Doug McDermott

Today in NCAA Basketball, all the publicity and press attention are given to flashy freshmen like Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle and showyscorers likeMarcus Smart and Marshall Henderson. Underneath all thatis where you find Doug McDermott. McDermott, now a senior on the Creighton Blue Jays, coached by his father Greg, receives little press considering he was the second leading scorer in the NCAA last season (23.1 ppg), and was a First Team All American selection.

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