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Lefty Guards

In the cutthroat world of playground basketball, any advantage helps, no matter how small. An unorthodox shot or awkward dribble can be of real benefit. For a defender to block a shot they need to know the release point. A few left-handed guards are exploiting their most natural gift. They didn’t choose to be left-handed…. more »

Dayton’s Frequent Flyers

Flight found its way home. The new edition Dayton Flyers truly soar. A trio of starters dubbed “The Dayton Flight Club” brings fun, and the illusion of carefree play to UD Arena. The building itself appears to have wings on which to fly. Its contours resemble Calgary’s Saddledome but with more rigidity and less abstraction…. more »

The Point of the Musketeer’s Sword

In the words of DMX, “X is gonna to give it ya!” The Musketeers are sliced through November competition like D’Artagnan’s rapier through a tunic. The two stumbling blocks were apparent characters from the Wars of the Roses, a Duke and a Butler. The follow up to the 2008 Elite 8 appearance might break the… more »

Big Ten’s Pre-Christmas Breakdown

You want a laugh, find a copy of Bill Cosby’s “Himself” DVD. You want a chuckle, look at this season’s preseason prognostications, one month later. Before Kentucky’s Billy Gillispie came out for Kentucky’s Midnight Madness and tried to secure a dozen letters of intent from 8th graders in the crowd and before Tom Izzo turned… more »

Big East Report: Worst Losses

The Thanksgiving Weekend shopping spree coincided with some costly losses for Big East teams. While you picked out that new cell phone or barked at masses of shoppers, Georgetown, Cincinnati, and Louisville all joined the highly populated, extremely unpopular “Defeated club.” This week in the Big East Report, we take a look at each team’s… more »

Head-to-Head: Michigan State vs. Texas

Bracketography analysts Chris Mackinder (Big Ten) and Jonathan Wall (Big 12) take a look at the upcoming weekend game between Michigan State and Texas. Each writer will argue why his respective conference’s representative will come out on top in this critical non-conference matchup. Mackinder’s Michigan State Analysis During Michigan State’s win against The Citadel on… more »

Miami’s Charlie Coles: As Serious as a Heart Attack

The man just won’t quit. Miami (OH) head coach Charlie Coles returns to the basketball court this season after missing the spring  and summer with health problems. As the severity heart ailments increases, so too does Coles’ resolve. At several points during the course of his coaching career he has been faced with seemingly career-ending… more »

A Matter of Fact: No Football, No Problem

The saying goes that football money dictates support and success in other sports. By “other sports,” we at this site mean men’s college basketball. As recently as 2007, Florida held both the basketball and football championships at one time. Fast forward to 2008 when the world on the gridiron doesn’t necessarily translate to the hardwood…. more »

What we’ve learned so far about the Big 12 Conference (South Division)

The Big 12 Conference is riding the wave of last season’s success, and it has Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas and Texas among others to thank for bringing it back to the top of the college basketball pecking order. Big early-season wins have been the norm for a couple of teams, as the Big 12′s cream continues… more »

Big East Report: Week 2

The Big East is likely the most visible basketball conference with an extensive ESPN television contract and enduring Sportscenter highlights. Even so, viewers can catch a few unfamiliar talents in the mix. Listed below are the impact newcomers for each of the 16 conference teams, in order of relevance to the program. 1) Mike Rosario… more »

What we’ve learned so far about the Big 12 (North Division)

The Big 12 Conference is riding the wave of last season’s success, and it has Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas and Texas among others to thank for bringing it back to the top of the college basketball pecking order. Big early-season wins have been the norm for a couple of teams, as the Big 12′s cream continues… more »

A Matter of Fact: Mid-Major Tuesday

Fool me once… Congrats to Mercer Bears for pulling the upset trick in consecutive seasons and shame on us in the college basketball world who were just as gullible to watch in shock once again. After ruining the Hollywood debut of O.J. Mayo out west during Southern California’s home opener last season, Mercer loaded up… more »

Big East Report: Week 1

In my humble Big East predictions, these are the bottom eight teams. Can any of them climb out of the bottom half? In this week’s Beast Report, paths to ascension are devised. Marquette Most experts will disagree with my placement of Marquette in the bottom half of the Big East. The Golden Eagles, however, have… more »

The Relevance of Louisville’s Terrence Williams

Terrence Williams is back in the red and black. For all his flaws (wild, misguided passes, embarrassing outside shooting), T-Will has great value for this particular Louisville team. With Earl Clark also back in the fold, UL is a favorite to reach the Final Four for the second time in five seasons. Rick Pitino is… more »

ACC-Big 10 Challenge Recap

Make it 10 straight for the ACC. This one, however, came a little bit harder than most of the conference’s previous nine wins in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, and was a little bit more difficult than expected. So bragging rights go to the ACC yet again, but let’s be honest, this is pretty much all… more »

Old Spice Classic Recap

The Old Spice Classic was slated to be the monster among monster pre-conference tournaments. Thanks to Michigan State (or Maryland, depending on how you view the situation), the tournament didn’t live up to the hype. When it was all said and done, the four “big boys” all showcased their stuff. But Michigan State’s shocking thumping… more »

Team Profile: 2008 ACC-Big 10 Challenge Preview

Is 10 the lucky number for the Big 10? The tenth annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge tips off on Monday and the score is ACC 9, Big Ten 0. That’s right; the Big 10 has never won, and it has only been remotely competitive once since 2003 (losing 6-5 in 2005). Overall, the ACC is 56-30… more »

CBE Recap: Ripening Orange

Thousands of fans took in the College Basketball Experience, many expectant of a Kansas championship. While Syracuse spoiled that dream 89-81 in overtime, the fans did bear witness to the greatest display of point guard play in the nation thus far. They led in different ways, but both KU junior Sherron Collins and SU sophomore… more »

Pre-season NIT semifinals tip off in Madison Square Garden

Blake Griffin and the Oklahoma Sooners deprived the Madison Square Garden faithful of a chance to see Davidson star Stephen Curry. But the fans, at least, will get to see another Pre-season First-Team All-American in Griffin, himself. The semifinals of the Pre-season NIT tip off in New York on the day before Thanksgiving, pitting Boston… more »

Old Spice Classic Preview

Unlike the 2k Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, where organizers had an idea of who would play for the title, the organizers of the 2008 Old Spice Classic left the future open to interpretation. That is what happens when an 8-team tournament features five teams from last year’s NCAA Tournament. Moreover, we’re not talking… more »

Mid-Major Perspectives on Scheduling

Bright lights enable big crowds to watch their favorite hoop masters all winter long. The Internet and scouting databases have brought fans ever closer to the recruiting battles. Nowadays the least visible aspect of college basketball is scheduling. Despite its phantom nature, the lining up of opponents has a deep impact on who makes the… more »

College Basketball Experience Tournament Preview

Florida (2-0) versus Syracuse (3-0) will be a nice early-season tussle. Both teams believe 2009 will mark a return to the NCAA Tournament. For different reasons these recent NCAA Champions missed the Big Dance last year. For ‘Cuse, the two-year hiatus stings even worse. Two of the nation’s finest point guards provide the source of… more »

EA Sports Maui Invitational: Can anyone knock off the Tar Heels?

It’s turn back the clock time (literally and figuratively) for the 2008 Maui Invitational. This event, which along with the Preseason NIT used to be the highlighted early-season television affair in college basketball, has organized a prime field for its 25th anniversary. The 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center will host three top 10 teams in the… 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 »

Mackinder’s Bracketography

Thank goodness the NCAA Tournament field isn’t decided based on November expectations. If that were the case, teams that fly under the radar (Davidson, West Virginia, etc.) not only wouldn’t get a chance to prove they belong in the Big Dance but that their seed should be higher than expected. It also makes the big-name… more »

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