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Team Profile: Charleston 85, George Mason 83

This was a matchup of two teams trending in opposite directions. In one of the more entertaining games of the BracketBuster weekend, Charleston came away with a tough 85-83 road victory for its sixth win out of seven. George Mason, loser of five of six, must rebound and finish the last week of the conference… more »

Colonial Athletic Association Report

The Colonial Athletic Association has been one of college basketball’s biggest surprises this season. The CAA Tournament could be the best of the mid-major tourneys, as a number of teams could take the automatic bid. There is also a strong possibility the CAA could have multiple teams in the Big Dance. In his most recent… more »

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Offensive Identity: The Wake Forest offense is powered by its smallest player.  At 6’0”, Ish Smith is one of the quickest guards in the country and coach Dino Gaudio likes to spread the court and have Smith break his defender down off the dribble.  This allows Smith to drive to the hoop, where he is… more »

Veteran Backcourt Quietly Leading Duke

It’s hard to believe that Duke could be both overlooked and underrated.  But that might be the case this year as the Blue Devils aren’t seriously being talked about as a Final Four contender. Take note, however, of their underrated backcourt which features Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith, who are the key to the Blue… more »

Clemson Tigers

Good Wins: @Temple, @Illinois, Duke, @Boston College, Maryland Bad Losses: @Virginia, N-Georgia Tech Strengths: 1. Athleticism.  Coach Oliver Purnell’s pressing style works well because he has great athletes.  Guard Demontez Stitt provides quickness and is able to apply pressure to opposing guards.  K.C. Rivers is a versatile guard/forward who can fill it up from outside (40%). … more »

Duke Blue Devils

Good Wins: @ Purdue, vs. Xavier, Florida State (2), Wake Forest Bad Losses: None Strengths: 1. Perimeter play.  In recent years, Coach K teams have relied heavily on three-point shooting for success. This year is not any different as Duke uses great spacing to spread teams out, penetrate, and kick to shooters on the wings… more »

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Good Wins: North Carolina, Duke, Florida State, Boston College (2), Clemson (2) Bad Losses: @ Georgia Tech, @ North Carolina State Strengths: 1. Shooting – Wake Forest shoots the ball at an alarming rate; 50% as a team (No. 3 in the country).  That means the Demon Deacons are getting high-quality shots.  Big guys James… more »

North Carolina Tar Heels

Good Wins: @ Michigan State, Clemson, @ Florida State, Duke (2), @ Virginia Tech Bad Losses: None Strengths: 1. Star Power – While college basketball (as opposed to the NBA), is the essence of a team sport, North Carolina is loaded with individuals who can simply take over games. If Tyler Hansbrough doesn’t dominate, it’s… more »

Surprising Seminoles on Verge of NCAA Berth

If you asked people at the start of the season who they thought would be challenging for the ACC’s top spot in March, their answers would probably be North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, and/or Clemson. What about Florida State? If you can believe it, the Seminoles, picked tenth in the ACC preseason poll, are currently… more »

Team Profile: VCU – Nevada Recap

Nevada 71, VCU 70 In many cases teams don’t play as well without their head coach.  That wasn’t the case on Friday night when Nevada coach Mark Fox was ejected with 8:20 to play with his Wolf Pack squad down close to double-digits.  Fox’s ejection, due to arguing with a questionable foul call, energized the… more »

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