What happened to Butler?

I don’t know of any other mid-major team that, even after losing 54.3 percent of its minutes and 64.1 percent of its scoring in the offseason, could still be picked No. 1 in its conference preseason poll (in a fairly stacked conference) and No. 2 overall in the preseason College Insider Mid-Major Top 25. But […]

Scorer’s table: If anyone deserves undeserved buzz, it’s Wyoming

1. Tulane has been generating a buzz with their 11-1 record, though it’s not deserved. Two of those wins came outside of Division I, and 8 of the other 9 came against teams ranked 270th or worse by Ken Pomeroy. And they lost to Wofford (204th). So why not Wyoming? The Cowboys are now 10-1. […]

Tempo Free Tuesday

Your guide to the tempo free interwebs Sure, Ohio State didn’t have Jared Sullinger, but the Kansas win over the Buckeyes still means something, especially for KU. John Gasaway abandons his typical Voice of Doom and instead writes with his Voice of Reason in his discussion of Memphis. Strength of schedule matter, which means that […]

Stanford doing it with defense

Under Trent Johnson Stanford made the NCAA Tournament three times in four seasons. But in Johnny Dawkins’ fourth season they’ve yet to find themselves in the Dance. Johnson’s teams were noted for their defense, and in all four seasons finished with a higher defensive rank than offensive rank. They also improved their defense every year. […]

80 Twitter Accounts Every College Basketball Fan Should Follow

Inspired by today’s BuzzFeed post, The 90 Best Twitter Accounts of 2011, I present the 80 best college basketball twitter accounts you should be following. Non-humans and Twitter abusers weren’t included, sorry 330, 3 others 250-300, and a non-DI. They should be 11-1.” Nicole Auerbach (@CrackedSidewlks) Cracked Sidewalks is a Marquetter basketball blog that delves […]

Is Steve Prohm the next mid-major darling?

At 8-0 Murray State wasn’t a very impressive team. Three of their wins were against non-Division I opponents, three of their wins were against teams with a combined record of 6-20, and then they had a 3-point win over San Francisco and a double overtime win against Southern Mississippi. Then, on December 4th, Dayton went […]

The undefeateds and their Achilles’ heels

Syracuse (10-0): ‘Cuse has a great resume with wins over Florida, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Marshall. All they have left on their ooc schedule is NC State – and if they can get past the Wolfpack then they’ll enter Big East play undefeated. Their problem is that they don’t get to the line. Currently they’re 294th […]

Scorer’s Table: Welcome Back, Indiana

1. Christian Watford’s 3-pointer at the buzzer not only lifted the Hoosiers over Kentucky, but signaled IU’s return to significance. That 3-pointer, and eight others, allowed Indiana to win this game. They shot 60% from beyond the arc and became the 2nd consecutive team to score more than a point per possession on UK’s vaunted […]

Inside the Numbers: Kentucky at Indiana

0: Number of Kentucky players which use more than 23% of the possessions when they’re on the floor. The Wildcats have seven players which range between 18.6 and 22.5%. In short, they spread the ball around which adds to the difficulty of stopping them. 1: Teams which have scored more than 0.90 per possession against Kentucky. […]

State of the City: Los Angeles

In the 60’s and 70’s the college basketball world revolved around Los Angeles. From 1962-1976 UCLA made 13 appearances in the Final Four and won 11 Titles, a feat that will never be matched. And since that time the LA area has been no slouch. UCLA’s cross-town rival USC has made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances […]

VCU and Richmond Move Forward After March’s Wild Rides

The coaches stayed. Jobs opened this spring at Maryland, NC State, Georgia Tech, Providence, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Miami and more. Yet, Shaka Smart signed a contract extension to stay at Virginia Commonwealth; Chris Mooney agreed similarly with Richmond. It’s not supposed to work that way. Last March the VCU Rams and Richmond Spiders, whose home […]

10 Games to Watch This Weekend

Lots of stuff is at stake this weekend in college hoops: perfect records, intra-state rivalries and resume-builders and breakers. Here’s your look at the games on this weekend’s slate that matter. 1. Kentucky (8-0) at Indiana (8-0), Saturday, 5 p.m. EST, ESPN What’s at stake: Sportswriters love games like this. A storied rivalry (Kentucky leads, […]

Will Utah Win a (real) Game?

It’s been six seasons since Larry Krystkowiak last coached an NCAA men’s basketball team. That year his Montana Grizzlies won 24 games and fell just short of the Sweet 16. Now he’s leading the Runnin’ Utes into the Pac-12 and he might not win a single game. Sure, Utah opened the season with a 3-point […]

If loving Marquette is wrong, I don’t want to be right

Since I have noticed myself developing a serious man crush on Marquette over the past couple weeks, I thought I would take a closer look at their advanced metrics to either validate my feelings or tell me I should stop sitting outside of Buzz Williams’ house at night. On the offensive end, the Golden Eagles […]