Where’s the big love for the Big 12?

Google ‘college basketball best conference’ and the first conference related story that pops up is exploring whether the SEC is college basketball’s best conference. Seriously? Okay, it’s a story from Rivals, but still. Click on the ‘news’ tab to get more relevant articles and the Big Ten starts showing up. And that’s good, because the […]

Meyers Leonard could decide Braggin’ Rights

Frank Haith, meet Meyers Leonard. Leonard is a college hoops oddity. It’s not just that Illinois’ 7-1, 245-pound sophomore big man who has to beat NBA recruiters off with a bat is good at what he does — Leonard’s block rate (10.4 percent) is 35th nationally, only a bit better than his defensive rebounding rate […]

Statistics also don’t have anything nice to say about the Pac-12

By pretty much any measure, the Pac-12 is a sham, and any number of people have written about how poor the league is this year and how few tournament bids it should get. With that as backdrop, this may seem like piling on.  But while it’s easy to point to the league’s mediocre 80-52 non-conference […]

The emergence of Henry Sims fuels a surprising Georgetown team

Not much was expected from Georgetown this season. Ken Pomeroy had them at 50th. They didn’t get a single vote in the preseason AP or Coaches Polls. And for good reason – they lost their top-2 scorers and assist men (Austin Freeman and Chris Wright) and their leading rebounder (Julian Vaughn) to graduation, and two […]

ACC Power Rankings

  Through the games of December 20th. 1. Duke (10-1) (last rankings: 1) Best win: Michigan State Worst loss: Ohio State Offensively, Duke has been elite. Three of the starters have offensive ratings over 114. Austin Rivers, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Andre Dawkins are all shooting over 40% from beyond the arc. Miles Plumlee […]

Big Ten Power Rankings

With six teams in the Top 25 and the best winning percentage of any league, I think we can all agree the Big Ten is the best conference in the country.  And just in case we can’t, Pomeroy has them atop his rankings as well. And if even that isn’t enough, maybe this will help. Since […]

Tempo free Tuesday

your guide to the tempo free interwebs Drew Cannon wrties about his Grand Unified Point Guard Theory and applies it to Kendall Marshall, Aaron Craft, Jordan Taylor and Seth Curry. And John Gasaway responds that theory. The Bob Cousy nominee list came out and Big Apple Buckets discusses the New York City point guards on […]

Scorer’s table: Marquette the latest undefeated to taste defeat

1. And then there were six. After Marquette knocked off Wisconsin and Washington it looked favorable for them to enter the Big East undefeated. They had LSU on the road, and Milwaukee and Vanderbilt at home. Certainly not a cakewalk, but at least they’d be favored in every game. Turns out LSU (who had losses […]

Handicapping the West Coast Conference

THE STANDARD BEARER: Gonzaga Bulldogs There hasn’t been a lot of mystery in the West Coast Conference this century. For 11 consecutive years Gonzaga has finished in first place in the regular season standings. At some point that run has got to end. Right? UCLA’s did, and they’re the only Division I school in history […]

Scorer’s table: UNLV dominates Illinois

1. Of the nine remaining unbeaten teams, Illinois’ had perhaps the weakest resume. And now they have a loss. Bruce Weber’s offense has been a work in progress, and had failed to score a point per possession against SIU Edwardsville (0.96) and St Bonaventure (0.81). The problems were lack of three point shooting (214th nationally) […]

North Carolina has found their shot

The ACC may not recognize a regular season title, but UNC won it last year anyway, and they won it with stifling defense (6th nationally) and an offense fueled on chucking up the rock and grabbing offensive boards. The Tar Heels were 112th in 2-pt% and 248th in 3-pt%. Much of  the preseason focus was […]

Breaking Down the Missouri Valley Contenders

The Missouri Valley is typically one of the toughest “mid-major” conferences in the country, and if the first month of the season is any indication, this year should be no exception.  At this point, it appears to be a three-team race with Creighton, Wichita State, and a somewhat surprising Northern Iowa squad vying for the […]