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2007-2008 Arizona Wildcats

KEY WINS: Texas A&M; @ Houston; @ UNLV; swept Washington State KEY LOSSES: swept by: Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA; @ Kansas; @ Memphis KEY STAT: 3 Point Shooting Percentage: 39% BIGGEST STRENGTHS: This team knows how to score and they are loaded with individual talent. The biggest thing about the Wildcats’ ability to score… more »

2007-2008 Arizona State Sun Devils

KEY WINS: Arizona; @ Arizona; Xavier; USC; Stanford KEY LOSSES: N-Illinois; @ Nebraska; @ Washington; @ California; @ Oregon KEY STAT: Field Goal % Defense is 41% BIGGEST STRENGTHS: There are two of these; first, Coach Herb Sendek is a weapon himself, and second, this team is very good from the charity stripe. The Sun… more »

2007-2008 UCLA Bruins

KEY WINS: @Washington State, @Stanford, Stanford, @USC, @Arizona, @Oregon, N-Michigan State, N-Maryland KEY LOSSES: @Washington, Texas, USC KEY STAT: Field Goal % Defense is 42% BIGGEST STRENGTHS: The Bruins are clearly one of the best defensive teams in the country. With that comes the reputation that the Bruins have earned regarding their collective toughness; UCLA… more »

USC Trojans

KEY WINS: @UCLA; @Arizona; @Oregon; S. Illinois; Oklahoma, Stanford KEY LOSSES: Mercer; @Memphis; @Kansas; UCLA KEY STAT: Field Goal % Defense is 39% BIGGEST STRENGTHS: The Trojans are extremely athletic. Much has been made of super-frosh O.J. Mayo, but fellow freshman Davon Jefferson has been equally as important. Both are athletic, but Jefferson can be… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Drake 71, Butler 64

When Drake played Butler on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, there was little drama regarding whether either of these teams was facing “Bubble” issues with the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. This game was clearly about seeding. The marquee game of BracketBuster weekend lived up to the hype. In a game that made virtually every… more »

Team Profile: 2008 Bracket Buster Preview: Butler vs. Drake

Probable Starters: Drake: Leonard Houston – Sr. 6’3” 14.2 PPG 4 RPG Josh Young – So. 6’1” 15.9 PPG 47% 3 Point Shooting Jonathan Cox – Jr. 6’8” 11.4 PPG 8.4 RPG Klayton Korver – Sr. 6’5” 9.4 PPG 87% FT Shooting Adam Emmenecker – Sr. 6’1” 7.4 PPG 5.9 APG Key Sub: Brent Heemskerk… more »

2007-2008 USC Trojans Preview

2006-2007 Record: 25-12 (11-7) T-3rd in Pac-10 Postseason Games: 03/08/07 vs. Stanford W OT 83-79 OT (Pac-10 Tourney) 03/09/07 vs. Washington State W 70-61 (Pac-10 Tourney) 03/10/07 vs. Oregon L 81-57 (Pac-10 Tourney Title Game) 03/16/07 vs. Arkansas W 77-60 03/18/07 vs. Texas W 87-68 03/23/07 vs. North Carolina L 74-64 2007-2008 Returning Statistical Leaders:… more »

2007-2008 UCLA Bruins Preview

2006-2007 Record: 30-6 (15-3) 1st in the Pac-10 Postseason Games: 03/08/07 vs California (Pac-10 Tournament) L OT 69-76 03/15/07 vs Weber State W 70-42 03/17/07 vs Indiana W 54-49 03/22/07 vs #10 Pittsburgh W 64-55 03/24/07 vs #2 Kansas W 68-55 03/31/07 vs #3 Florida L 66-76 2007-2008 Returning Statistical Leaders: 13.3 PPG – Josh… more »

Texas/UCLA Review

Last night the Texas Longhorns did something that no team has done since January of 2006; they beat the UCLA Bruins on the floor of Pauley Pavilion. Since the Bruins had lost to the Washington Huskies, they had run off 25 straight at the vaunted arena. The game was very entertaining, if not played at… more »

UCLA/Texas Preview

The Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series begins tonight with Oregon traveling to take on talented freshman Michael Beasley and Kansas State. While that game is appealing to many if for nothing else than a chance to see Beasley play against solid competition, the series really kicks into high gear on Sunday, December 2, when there are… more »

2006-2007 UCLA Bruins

Team Personality: This may be the toughest team in college basketball. The Bruins aren’t tough in the “I’m going to beat you up,” sense, but rather tough in the way that your father showed you by going about his work, never complaining and carrying a confident (though not cocky) air of “I can whup you… more »

BYU Cougars

Team Personality: Experienced is a word that immediately springs to mind when thinking of Brigham Young. The Cougars carry six seniors and all of them get significant floor time. Each of the seniors knows his role, and that has allowed their younger teammates to grow into their own as the season has gone on. This… more »

2006-2007 USC Trojans

Team Personality: This team is as athletic a team as you will find in college basketball. The problem is that they are still trying to be consistent with what head coach Tim Floyd is asking them to do; namely play superior defense and attack on offense. When Floyd took over for former coach Henry Bibby,… more »

Resurgent UCLA, USC Shift Balance of Power in the Pac-10

Los Angeles is known for its beaches, its weather, Hollywood, and several less-than-savory items that don’t need to be mentioned.But, for the first time in nearly 30 years L.A. is now known as one of the foci of the college basketball universe. An incredible collection of banners hanging in the Pauley Pavilion rafters has a… more »

Team Profile: 2007 BracketBuster Recap: Nevada 79, Northern Iowa 64

Nevada may not have needed the BracketBuster game against Northern Iowa in order to ensure and NCAA Tournament bid, but the Wolfpack surely removed any lingering doubt the NCAA Selection Committee may have had that they belong in the Big Dance. The Wolfpack took care of business with an emphatic second half performance, leading to… more »

Potential NCAA Tournament Darkhorses From the West Coast

A lot can happen between now and March 11, but the teams on this list have, short of an absolute implosion, pretty much ensured themselves a ticket to the Big Dance.  Now, I’m not talking about the so-called “big boys” here.  So, no UCLA’s and Oregon’s in this article; it’s reserved for the teams that… more »

Looking Ahead in the Pac-10

In what has to be considered one of the most exciting games of the year, Stanford came back from 17 points down to defeat previously #2 ranked UCLA on Sunday. The game marked the final battle of the first half of the Pac-10 Conference season.In recent years, largely due to a lack of nationwide television… more »

Stanford Cardinal

Team Personality: This is a YOUNG team. Very young. Stanford starts one senior and then relies almost exclusively on freshmen and sophomores. The Cardinal likes to slow the pace down, at least to the point where they feel as if they are in control. The problem is that they can beat Virginia at UVA one… more »

Washington State Cougars

Team Personality: Defense and precision…defense and precision…(say it with me)…defense and precision. An argument can be made that Washington State plays the toughest defense in the PAC-10, which means they play some of the best defense in the country. First-year coach Tony Bennett has continued his father’s tradition of strong, fundamental help-side defense that forces… more »

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