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Providence vs. South Carolina

Think Fast. The concise theme of the South Carolina-Providence battle truly describes the style of both Devan Downey (USC) and Geoff McDermott (PC). One thinks fast and plays faster while the other (McDermott) thinks fast and plays slow. Each dominated. Downey took to the stage first. The transfer from Cincinnati carries himself like he just… more »

Best Players You Have Not Seen

With the advent of the ESPN family of networks, college basketball has become as visible as it ever has been. Even so, there are still some players shining without the benefit of national television cameras on them. The following six players comprise the 2007-2008 edition of the Best Players You Have Not seen Torre Johnson,… more »

Dawg Tired: The Drop-Off of Southern lllinois

The recently-elevated reputation of the Missouri Valley Conference is in danger of crumbling, largely because its patriarch Southern Illinois University has struggled out of the gate. Entering the MVC schedule, SIU was a modest, uninspiring 5-6. The roster did not undergo an entire overhaul, so what is the culprit for the Salukis’ struggles? Three particular… more »

Newfound Homecourts

Welcome to my home. The Missouri Valley Conference is living the dream. Every mid-major team has made the same arduous journey into a BCS-conference arena. The heat is turned up to unbearable levels. Fans are screaming; many, many more fans than you are accustomed to as a mid-major player. Your entourage looks tiny engulfed by… more »

One Knight’s Quest

Rutgers boss Fred Hill raved about incoming freshman Corey Chandler all off-season. After watching Chandler it appears his visions of grandeur hold water. The 6’2″ guard has that coveted ability to create his own shot at any point in the game. Coupling courage and skill, Chandler fills it up outside the arc, from the midrange,… more »

Pitt the Great

Aaron Gray graduated, taking with him 1109 career points and 790 career rebounds. So how is Pitt better this year than last? Sam Young, a patient forward for head coach Jamie Dixon, waited for the frontcourt pair of Gray and Levon Kendall to play out their careers before he really showed his skills. The ability… more »

Pitino’s Problem

Traditionally well-stocked power Louisville is about to reach deep into their provisions. The former 10th and 11th men off the bench need to make sure they are wearing actual uniforms under their warm-ups. Tying shoes tight actually matters now. ‘Lace ‘em up kid, you are going in!’ Injuries continue to pelt the ‘Ville like an… more »

Point Guards of the Missouri Valley Conference

The Missouri Valley Conference has had an impressive run of success the last few years. The key to consistently stellar basketball has been good coaches, experienced players, and hard-nosed defense. What’s the point? Under a microscope, a devoted observer would notice one thing all successful Valley teams had–and still have–in common: a gritty, tough, unflappable… more »

Big East/SEC Invitational Preview

West Virginia at Auburn December 5, 7:00, ESPN2 Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center; Birmingham, Ala. Auburn Probables 6’7” F Korvotney Barber 6’4” G Frank Tolbert 6’1” G DeWayne Reed 6’3” G Quantez Robertson 6’5” G Rasheem Barrett West Virginia Probables 7’0” C Jamie Smalligan 6’8” F Joe Alexander 6’8” SF Da’Sean Butler 6’6” F Alex Ruoff… more »

Chicago’s Finest: DePaul’s Mac Koshwal

With the DePaul Blue Demons having lost two NBA Draft picks for the first time in six years, a return to 20-14 in 2007-’08 seems like a pipe dream. Wilson Chandler (No. 23 to the New York Knicks) and Sammy Mejia (No. 57 to the Detroit Pistons) were more than numbers to DePaul. They were… more »

2007-2008 Big East Preview

Back to business across the nation’s first quadrant… The burly men of the Big East clambered onto the court before any snow hit the ground to do what they do best. The question that always leaps to the fore this time of year is…who will do what they do better than the rest? The success… more »

2007-2008 Syracuse Orange Preview

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Syracuse Orange.

2007-2008 Pittsburgh Panthers Preview

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Pittsburgh Panthers.

2007-2008 West Virginia Mountaineers Preview

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the West Virginia Mountaineers.

2007-2008 Cincinnati Bearcats

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Cincinnati Bearcats.

South Florida Bulls

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the South Florida Bulls.

St John’s Red Storm

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the St John’s Red Storm.

2007-2008 Providence Friars Preview

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Providence Friars.

DePaul Blue Demons

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the DePaul Blue Demons.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Seton Hall Pirates

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Seton Hall Pirates.

2007-2008 UConn Huskies Preview

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Connecticut Huskies.

2007-2008 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Preview

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

2007-2008 Villanova Wildcats Preview

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Villanova Wildcats.

2007-2008 Marquette Golden Eagles Preview

Senior Writer Andy Force takes a look at the 2007-2008 edition of the Marquette Golden Eagles.

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