NC State Wolfpack

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Jan. 11

NC State hopes to take bite out of Duke's ACC supremacy in one of a handful of key games this weekend
<p> NC State hopes to take bite out of Duke's ACC supremacy in one of the top games this week. Minnesota also looks to continue its hot streak with a trip to Indiana.</p>

The major question the ACC keeps coming up: Will anyone challenge Duke this season? At least on Saturday, the discussion is back to where we started.

College Basketball Power Rankings and Bracket Update: Jan. 9

After a slow start, NC State hopes to prove it can challenge Duke atop the ACC
<p> After a slow start, NC State will look to show it can challenge Duke for ACC supremacy. Elsewhere, Minnesota and Colorado look to make statements.</p>

Non-conference schedules are all but wrapped up, meaning we’re starting to have a good idea of the college basketball teams playing for prime slots in the NCAA Tournament, those looking to avoid the NIT and those grasping for, well, anything.

Early Season Conference Catchup: ACC

College basketball league play is nearing. Here is where the ACC stands so far.
<p> Duke a surprise team in the ACC? Athlon says yes. Blue Devils the clear top team as NC State, North Carolina find footing.</p>

For most college basketball teams, players are preparing for finals. For those of us watching the sport, we’re preparing for midterms, so to speak.

As the non-conference seasons start to wrap up and league play to begin around the new year, Athlon is looking back and looking ahead at each conference.

We’ll start with the ACC where Duke has pulled off the impossible and managed to surprise people.


Tournament preview: NC State under pressure in Puerto Rico

Oklahoma State, Tennessee looking to prove mettle
<p> Tournament preview: NC State under pressure in Puerto Rico</p>

The early season tournament season is under way, first with the NIT Tip-Off and now the Puerto Rico Classic, beginning Thursday.

The even in San Juan will be a proving ground for the major teams involved. For NC State, it’s a chance to prove the Wolfpack belong in the national elite. For Oklahoma State, Tennessee and UMass, it’s a chance to prove they’re ready to contend for the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s our preview of the action down in Puerto Rico

College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85

Jeff Bzdelik has had a rough time at Wake, Colorado
<p> College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85</p>

Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.

The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.

20 Offseason Events Every College Basketball Fan Should Know

Calhoun's retirement among key developments last few months
<p> 20 Offseason Events Every College Basketball Fan Should Know</p>

Even after every recruit signed, after players were drafted, and after (nearly) every coaching change was made, college basketball news impacting the 2012-13 season continued to break through the late summer and early fall.

College Football's Top 10 Non-Conference Games of September

The season is close, and these matchups belong on your must-see list.
<p> College Football's Top Ten Non-Conference Games of September</p>

The much-anticipated college football season is almost here, and we cannot wait for toe to meet leather on the gridiron. From Cowboys Stadium to the Rose Bowl to the Georgia Dome, here are the top intersectional games to put on your calendar for August and September.