Stand down amateurs: Vitale takes control of the Vitale Cup

I love Dick Vitale. First he's one of my favorite announcers because he's so wildlly enthusiastic about a sport I love. Second, his work on the V Foundation should be a model for every successful person who has the public's attention. Third, Dickie V don't care what you think – he'll act the fool at […]

the Baller’s Almanac, take two

When this site only covered the ACC we had a feature called the Baller’s Almanac, which was a ‘this day in history’ which focused solely on ACC history, coaches, players, their accomplishments (and their occasional legal troubles). Then Run the Floor made the leap to a general college basketball blog and it no longer felt […]

Inside the Boxscore: Notre Dame at Mercer

1. The Notre Dame women’s team shattered all sorts of records on Friday, two of which were Free Throws made and Free Throws attempted. The Irish went to the line 52 times, and they took 57 shots from the floor. That’s a FT Rate of 91.2%. For the season their rate is 42.2%, which would […]

Can the Florida Gators win another Title?

On Thursday the Gators lost on the road, in double overtime, to Rutgers. So it might be an odd time to consider if they are legitimate national championship contenders, but it’s easier to learn about a team when they struggle than when everything is going right. This team isn’t as talented as the back-to-back Champions […]

Scorer’s table: Alex Len debuts; 2 undefeateds go down

1. Maryland has desperately needed two things, a point guard, and size. The point guard (Pe’Shon Howard) returned last game, and on Wednesday it was time for size. After sitting out the first ten games of the season 7’1 Ukrainian center Alex Len made his debut, and did it in style by finishing an alley-oop […]

Gone streaking: Which of the 25 longest Tourney streaks will continue?

Kansas Jayhawks (8-3) – 22 years. Prediction: LOCK* Kansas has one of the most impressive pairs of signature wins: Ohio State and Georgetown. They have losses to Davidson, Duke and Kentucky. Kansas will extend the nation’s longest current streak to 23, getting one step closer to UNC’s all time record of 27. *lock, for the […]

Breaking Down the Mountain West Contenders

A few weeks ago I looked at the contenders in the Missouri Valley, and now it’s time to do the same for the Mountain West.  Following the departures of BYU and Utah and the addition of Boise State, the MWC has just eight teams.  There’s no way the top of the league will rival last […]

Scorer’s table: Moe Harkless powers St Johns

1. Entering Big East play Moe Harkless’s career high was 19 points. But last night the St Johns freshman dropped 32 on Providence and had his 4th double-double by adding 13 rebounds. Harkless made 12-14 2s, 2-3 3s and  2-3 FTs. St Johns won in a rout 91-67, and the 1.30 points per possession was […]

Tempo free Tuesday

your guide to the tempo free interwebs Ken Pomeroy has begun his annual Monte Carlo style conference previews in which he simulates 10,000 seasons to determine who might win the regular season titles. So he’s saying Tennessee has a chance, while Syracuse is looking pretty solid in the Big East. New York Buckets is taking […]

Mid-Major Mid-Terms 2011

It’s that time of the year. Really, already. Among the 345 D-I teams: 2,183 games have been played, 279,128 points have been scored, 436,600 player-minutes have been logged and selection Sunday is less than 11 weeks away. For most teams the end of the calendar year marks the beginning of conference play. For mid-major teams […]

Put ’em in coach: 5 players who deserve more minutes

Terry Whisnant II (6’3 FR) , Florida State: 11.2 mpg Last year’s Mr. Basketball in North Carolina, Whisnant entered the Seminole program with the well-earned reputation as a high-volume scorer. He admitted that defense wasn’t his strength, and in Leonard Hamilton’s system if you can’t run the D you don’t play. But Whisnant brings a […]

0-66: These are the defeateds

Hartford Hawks (0-11) Preseason quote: “Results won’t be at the forefront of my mind. It’s going to be a long haul here. This is a daunting task to say the least.” Head coach John Gallagher The one that got away: The Hawks have dropped five games by single digit margins. The most recent was a double-overtime […]

The Christmas Five

Several teams have been generating a buzz because they’re better than they were predicted to be. Georgetown, Indiana, Murray State, Creighton. These teams are off to great starts. But there are more out there, more teams whose play has been a 7-week long Christmas present to their fans. Here are five: Wagner Seahawks (8-3) Preseason […]

Anatomy of a turnover

Last night I committed a cardinal sin for a sportswriter. I developed the game-story idea before the game had been played. I’ve become fascinated with Florida State’s ability to turn the ball over, and I’ve been wanting to chart every turnover for a game and see if I could identify the trends that make their […]