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26 Teams on the NCAA Tournament Bubble

Stock for Bob Huggins, West Virginia has rocketed in recent weeks
In or Out: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Even in the last few days, bubble season has taken an unexpected turn.

A week ago, a bubble watch would have had West Virginia and St. John’s on the outskirts of the NCAA Tournament. A few big wins later, and one of those teams is projected in our field.

By our count, 32 teams are “feeling good” for an at-large bid. Barring a major collapse, these teams should be in the NCAA Tournament field. With 22 teams accounting for automatic bids settled in conference tournaments, that leaves 14 spots for the bubble.

NASCAR Media Roundtable: What did NASCAR learn from its visit to Eldora?

The third in a nine-part feature addressing the biggest issues in NASCAR entering 2014
As part of the 2014 NASCAR season preview, Athlon Sports sits down with seven of the sport's leading journalists to discuss what NASCAR learned when its Camping World Truck Series visited Eldora Speedway in 2013.

Each day from mid-February through late November, a small band of motorsports journalists work nearly around the clock — this being the digital age — to keep rabid NASCAR fans as up-to-the-second informed as possible. Many of these media members are ensconced in the sport’s “traveling circus,” working in garage areas, media centers and pressboxes nearly 40 weeks a year. So who better to go to for a “state of the sport” talk than them?

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Kyle Busch

Busch's 2013 Chase performance: Aberration or expectation?
Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team charge into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Kyle Busch experienced a new side of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup last season. More accurately, he was able to find out what it’s like to finish fourth in series points, the best postseason performance of his nine-year career to date.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Matt Kenseth

Will Kenseth's 2013 near-miss be 2014's paydirt?
After a stellar 2013 debut with Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff set their sights on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Matt Kenseth blew away most expectations in his first go-round with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013.  Matt Kenseth

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Denny Hamlin

Can Hamlin, No. 11 team, regain elite status in the Sprint Cup Series?
After an injury-ridden 2013, Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team looks regain its place among the elite in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Denny Hamlin can’t wait for NASCAR’s 2014 season to officially begin. By the time it does, he’ll have been ready for a new beginning for just shy of 11 months.  Denny Hamlin

Such is life when an injury keeps a NASCAR driver out of the seat for four races, ruining all aspirations of scoring that gleaming Sprint Cup trophy.

Top 10 Pac-12 Running Backs of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the best Pac-12 running backs of the BCS Era.
Top 10 Pac-12 Running Backs of the BCS Era

The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.

The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the biggest, hand in the unprecedented growth of college football over the last two decades.

College Basketball Key Stats of the Week

Offensive numbers are on the rise for most
College Basketball Key Stats of the Week: Feb. 11

No one is going to confuse today’s game with Paul Westphal’s Loyola Marymount teams, but the tide may be turning.

Scoring had been creeping lower and lower in recent years, to a point where the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee hoped an emphasis on calling hand checking and reinterpreting the block/charge would open up the game.

The returns so far indicate scoring is up, in part because of more free throws and improved efficiency.

NASCAR Media Roundtable: Grading the performance of the Gen-6 car

The second in a nine-part feature addressing the biggest issues in NASCAR entering 2014
As part of the 2014 NASCAR season preview, Athlon Sports sits down with seven of the sport's leading journalists to grade the Gen-6 race car that was introduced to the Sprint Cup Series in 2013.

Each day from mid-February through late November, a small band of motorsports journalists work nearly around the clock — this being the digital age — to keep rabid NASCAR fans as up-to-the-second informed as possible. Many of these media members are ensconced in the sport’s “traveling circus,” working in garage areas, media centers and pressboxes nearly 40 weeks a year. So who better to go to for a “state of the sport” talk than them?

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