College Basketball Articles

There used to be a simple formula for making the NCAA Tournament from the SEC — finish with a winning record in league play.   Consider the following: From 1997 through 2008, 57 of the 58 SEC teams that had a winning league record (and...
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The Pac-12 produces great players but not many great teams. While the league provided the top two selections in the 2017 NBA Draft — Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball — Oregon was its first Final Four...
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Maybe the Big Ten has finally had enough. Start with the 17-season gap since the league’s last NCAA title. Back-to-back seasons without a Final Four appearance. No top-10 teams in the final 2017 USA Today Coaches’ poll.   Don...
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When the old Big East became the new Big East in 2013, there were questions about how viable a basketball-only league could be in the greater college basketball landscape. Since then, the Big East has produced a national champion (Villanova in 2016...
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For the past four years, the Big 12 has been the No. 1-ranked conference in all of college basketball — at least according to KenPom.com. But a quick study of NCAA Tournament results from those seasons suggests otherwise.   Only two...
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Could a conference that sent a record nine teams to the NCAA Tournament and produced the national champion last season really need to prove it’s not overrated?   When eight of those teams failed to get past the second round, that...
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Bonzie Colson is one of the country’s most unconventionally productive players, a post presence who barely tops out at 6'5" but fills scoresheets with bigger numbers. Colson’s averages of 17.8 points and 10.1 rebounds on 52.6...
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Arizona’s Allonzo Trier sat and waited at the start of last season after dealing with an NCAA suspension that limited his time on the court to just 18 games. Upon his return, Trier still managed to play at a high level, and in a shocking move...
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3 weeks ago
The list of Athlon Sports top 100 players in college basketball for the 2017-18 season is headlined by Michigan State sophomore forward Miles Bridges, who checks in at No. 1. Two true freshmen follow Bridges, but the remainder of the top 10 is...
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Michael Porter Jr. enters college basketball already pegged as the next star. He was slated to attend Washington but ended up going back home to Missouri, where he grew up.   The 6'10", 215-pound, versatile forward explains how he...
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Texas freshman Andrew Jones kicks off the second half of Athlon Sports’ ranking of the top 100 players in college basketball for the 2017-18 season. There are plenty of household names among our final 50 players but also some under-the-...
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An Arizona basketball booster donated a stock-based retention package for Sean Miller that will be worth an estimated $6 million if the coach remains in Tucson through the 2020 season.   But why would Miller wish to leave? The Wildcats have...
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Tom Izzo has had many optimistic offseasons, but the prelude to his 23rd year as head coach might stand at the top of the list. Michigan State is loaded with talent, versatility, leadership and togetherness.   Miles Bridges turned down first...
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3 weeks ago
Those fans pining for the days when players waited for their chances at stardom by playing rotational roles must appreciate Villanova. During Jay Wright’s tenure at the school, underclassmen wait, and seasoned players step forward. “I...
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For the past 13 years — after nearly every practice and every game — the Kansas Jayhawks have broken their huddle with the same chant:
“BIG 12 CHAMPS!”   It’s among the subtle methods Bill Self uses to keep his...
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3 weeks ago
When asked about the fluid nature of college basketball, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says it’s something he’s made peace with. “Change is exciting,” he says.   By now, Krzyzewski’s become an expert on both...
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3 weeks ago
Games cannot resume soon enough for the Louisville program, even with the loss of three of the Cardinals’ top five scorers and the school’s legendary head coach. Games will move the discussion on from the tumultuous offseason —...
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4 weeks ago
Even for Kentucky in the one-and-done John Calipari era, the 2017-18 rebuild/reload is a massive undertaking. The Wildcats will feature eight freshmen (another No. 1 recruiting class) and could start five newcomers after losing eight members from...
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4 weeks ago
USC has taken strides each season under Andy Enfield. It won a combined 23 games during his first two years, before a breakout 21-win season in 2016 that included an NCAA Tournament appearance. Last March, the Trojans again raised the bar with a...
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4 weeks ago
Wichita State exits the Missouri Valley Conference on top and enters the American Athletic Conference in roughly the same spot. It is a great match for the Shockers, who spent 72 years as an MVC member watching other schools upgrade conference...
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To say that West Virginia’s 61–58 Sweet 16 loss to No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the 2017 NCAA Tournament stung would be an understatement.   Longtime Bob Huggins assistant Billy Hahn mentioned the hurt when he retired this summer. And...
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4 weeks ago
North Carolina earned its redemption last season, following up a heartbreaking defeat in the 2016 NCAA championship game with Roy Williams’ third national title in the last 13 years. UNC has lost significant talent, including first-round NBA...
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1 month ago
The expectations have changed for the Hurricanes. Now the question is: How high can they fly? Is this a program that can compete for ACC championships every year? Will Miami start outslugging Duke and Carolina and Kentucky and Kansas for the nation...
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During Year 2 in Gainesville, Florida coach Mike White showed it was possible to successfully follow a legend. White now looks to prove that the Gators’ surprising Elite Eight run was just the beginning of the resurgence of a program Billy...
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A college basketball team with an all-conference center, an all-conference forward who’s a projected NBA Lottery pick and two junior guards who averaged at least 12 points typically would enter a season with great expectations. But Texas A...
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