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LSU Tigers

Good Wins:  at Tennessee Bad Losses:  at Utah (91-61), at Alabama, Vanderbilt Strengths: 1. 1-2 Punch.  SEC Player of the Year Marcus Thornton and First Team All-SEC member Tasmin Mitchell give the Tigers one of the best 1-2 scoring tandems in the country.  At 6’4″, 250-pounds, Thornton has a big body which he uses to… more »

South Carolina Gamecocks

Good Wins: at Baylor Bad Losses: at College of Charleston Strengths: 1. Devan Downey. Coach Darrin Horn knew one thing for sure when he took the job at South Carolina: that he had a really good floor general in junior Devan Downey, a 5-9 point guard. Downey is in his second season at Carolina after transferring… more »

Tennessee Volunteers

Good Wins:  South Carolina, Marquette (neutral site), at Florida, at South Carolina Bad Losses:  at Temple, Kentucky, at Auburn, at Ole Miss, at Kentucky Strengths: 1. Offensive rebounding in transition. The Volunteers are always pushing the ball in transition as they look for early offensive opportunities on the break. They get it off the glass,… more »

2K Sports Classic Preview

It is no secret that when the tournament committee put together the 2009 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, they envisioned a Duke vs. UCLA final. Still, both Duke and UCLA have one more challenge before ESPN gets what they ultimately hoped for. That is not always as easy to come by as it… more »

Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas Razorbacks 22-10 (9-7) Key Wins: N-Baylor, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, N-Tennessee Key Losses: N-Providence, Appalachian State, South Carolina, at Georgia, N-Georgia Key Stat: Bench Scoring 38-percent Biggest Strengths: The Razorbacks are deep, they have great size and they are experienced. Their bench has been a key to their success all season long. The… more »

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State Bulldogs 22-10 (12-4) Key Wins: Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arkansas, at Florida Key Losses: N-Southern Illinois, N-Miami (OH), at South Alabama, at Ole Miss Key Stat: 7.9 Blocks Per Game Biggest Strengths: Defensively the Bulldogs are one of the best teams in the country. They are holding opponents to 65 points-per-game and 36-percent shooting… more »

Kentucky Wildcats

Record:  18-12 (12-4) Key Wins: Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss Key Losses: Gardner-Webb, N-UAB, at Houston, San Diego Key Stat: 12-4 in SEC Play Biggest Strengths: The Cats are tough. They’ve been through so much this season, there’s nothing that is really going to catch them by surprise. This is a team that has fought… more »

Tennessee Volunteers

Record: 28-3 (14-2) Key Wins: @Xavier, Vanderbilt, @Memphis, @Mississippi State Key Losses: N-Texas, @Kentucky, @Vanderbilt Key Stat: The Volunteers have forced opponents into 90 turnovers while attempting to inbound the basketball this season, another 18 times opponents called timeout because they can’t get the ball in play. Biggest Strengths: This Tennessee team could easily be… more »

Vanderbilt Commodores

Record: 25-6 (10-6) Key Wins: Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State Key Losses: at Florida, at Mississippi, at Arkansas, at Alabama Key Stat: 3-Point FG% (.402) Biggest Strengths: The Commodores play as a team. Sure, they have talented individuals, but they play as a unit. They play the game in a way that would make Coach… more »

Team Profile: 2008 Bracket Buster Recap: Utah State 72, UC Santa Barbara 59

A game that was billed as a battle of two premier senior guards didn’t really turn out that way. Both Alex Harris of UCSB and Jaycee Carroll of Utah State struggled the majority of the night. They still got their points, 20 and 15 respectively, but they shot a combined 13 for 36 from the… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: UC Santa Barbara at Utah State

In Friday’s BracketBuster nightcap on ESPNU, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-6, 8-4) will visit the Utah State Aggies (18-9, 8-4). This will be the first meeting between the former Big West Conference rivals since the Aggies bolted for the Western Athletic Conference following the 2004-05 season. The two teams enter Friday’s match-up in different… more »

SEC Mid-Season Review

How bad is the SEC? Entering conference play, many believed it to be the worst of the six major conferences. According to the overall RPI, the league hasn’t done much to prove that prediction incorrect. The SEC is fifth in the country in conference RPI, ahead of only the Big Ten. However, just one week… more »

SEC Preview

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss remain two of the six undefeated teams in the nation while Kentucky stumbles in with a sub .500 record. Such is the topsy-turvy world that is college basketball! Tennessee (12-1) Best Wins: West Virginia (N), at Xavier, Gonzaga (N) Entering conference play, the Volunteers have easily the best resume of any… more »

2007 Maui Invitational Preview

In the past the Maui Invitational has brought us teams coming off of Final Four appearances. The championship in Maui often seems like a potential preview of April’s National Championship. This year Maui has a little bit of a different feel. I’m not saying that this field isn’t talented. Duke and Marquette definitely have dreams… more »

Xavier Musketeers

Team Personality: This season’s struggles of the University of Cincinnati have been plentiful and well-documented. But there is another team residing in Cincinnati that is having a rather successful season. Nonetheless, hardly anyone is talking about the Xavier Musketeers. In his third year as head coach of Xavier, Sean Miller is enjoying his best season… more »

2007 Texas Longhorns

Team Personality: Not since Michigan’s Fab Five has a team relied so heavily on the play of freshmen. The numbers are staggering. Texas is getting 74-percent of their scoring, 77-percent of their rebounding, and 79-percent of their assists from freshmen. Rick Barnes is receiving 75-percent of his teams’ offensive production from kids who less than… more »

2007 Florida Gators

Team Personality: The Gators personify the slogan, “There is no “I” in team”. Florida’s starting five is a group of prospective All-Americans who sacrifice their personal stats for the good of the team. They all love distributing the basketball to each other and form one of the greatest passing teams in college basketball. Florida is… more »

2007 Vanderbilt Commodores

To say the season started slowly for the Vanderbilt Commodores is a bit of an understatement. They walked off the Memorial Gymnasium floor dejected as they suffered a baffling 70-62 defeat to the Furman Paladins. It was the first time Vanderbilt had lost to a Southern Conference school since 1968. There was only one win… more »

2007 Tennessee Volunteers

Anyone who saw Bruce Pearl cheering on the Tennessee Lady Vols against Duke can see the energy he brought to Knoxville when he became head coach last season. In the midst of the student section, there was Pearl blending in with the rest of the manic fans. He wore no shirt. His entire upper body… more »

Oregon Ducks

Heading into the 2006-07 season, there was not a coach in the country whose seat was hotter than Oregon’s Ernie Kent. The Ducks were coming off two very disappointing seasons and had not participated in post-season play since they lost to Michigan in the semi-finals of the NIT in 2004. However, there was reason for… more »

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