Final possession: Brown stuns Providence

Brown and Providence, who play within walking distance of one another, have been competing on the basketball court for over 90 years. The Friars have dominated of late, and haven't lost to the Bears since 2006. But that all changed tonight. Senior Tucker Halpern is the only real 3-point threat the Bears have, and tonight […]

Inside the boxscore: New Mexico 55, Cincinnati 54

1. 7-foot sophomore Alex Kirk played a pivotal role on the interior and forced Cincinnati to alter a number of close shots that otherwise would have been lay-ins. He finished with 3 official blocks. After failing to record a single block in his first four games this year, he's now averaged 1.9 per game over […]

The Final Five

Most college basketball fans intuitively understand win shares. Football guys freak out when their team loses, whereas basketball guys understand that teams lose. Arizona, for example, is projected to be favored in every remaining game, but that doesn't mean they'll go undefeated. In fact, the odds are overwhelmingly against them going undefeated in the regular […]

Ranking the states

We can say with relative ease and certainty which Division-I men's college basketball conferences can be considered "power" conferences. But I wanted to break things down another way to find the "power" states in an objective, data-driven way. In short, which states are home to the most quality basketball teams? So I pulled Ken Pomeroy's […]

Inside the boxscore: Indiana State 57, Miami 55

1. Junior R.J. Marhurin scored in double figure points for the fourth straight game, but more importantly he established a career high with four offensive rebounds. On those four possessions which he extended, the Sycamores went on to score 5 points. In close games, it's the little things. 2. The Sycamores won despite only making […]

Colorado State and the geometry of the game

Colorado State and Virginia Tech are both good teams, but they aren't exactly programs that the casual fan chases on a Sunday. Compounding the issue was the start time: this game didn't even tip until 11:30 EST, and it was competing against undefeated Arizona vs Miami, so it's safe to say that not many people […]

Freshman of the year watch: Week 7

1. Anthony Bennett, UNLV (last week: 1 – 5th straight week) The Freshman of the Year race is becoming decidedly lopsided. You can forget Frosh of the Year, and start thinking about Player of the Year. And now that Khem Birch is eligible, it just means Bennett will get more one-on-one looks. Five weeks ago […]

Inside the boxscore: Arizona 69, Miami 50

1. Arizona is now 11-0, and according to Ken Pomeroy will be favored in every remaining game. Does this mean they have a good chance to go undefeated? Of course not. Pomeroy currently gives them a 1.4% chance of running the table in the regular season, and has a 4-loss season as the most likely […]

Inside the boxscore: Northern Iowa 82, St. Mary’s 75

1. St. Mary's junior Jorden Page had a career best 26 points. He made 6-9 3s (a career high for makes) and this was the first time in his career he's scored 20 or more points. He was the only Gael in double figures. 2. Matthew Dellavedova struggled with his shot, making just 2-4 2s […]

Inside the boxscore: FSU 79, Charlotte 76

1. After Monday's disappointing offensive showing against ULM, senior Michael Snaer (who sat out due to a disciplinary issue) and junior Okaro White had a lengthy and private heart-to-heart. Following that conversation both players have stated that it's time for them to be more aggressive. The young guys are playing like spectators far too often, […]

Inside the boxscore: Temple 83, Syracuse 79

1. Michael Carter-Williams made just 3-17  (17.6%) shots. He missed all five of his 3s, and was just 7-15 (46.6%) from the line. It was a career high in both shot and free throw attempts. 2. MCW wasn't the only one cold from the arc. Syracuse made only 2-12 (16.7%) for the game. It was […]

Inside the boxscore: Duke 76, Elon 54

1. Junior Sebastian Koch had a solid game with 14 points and 9 rebounds. He made 4-5 3s and his hot shooting helped keep Elon in the game. This one was tied with under four minutes to go in the first half before Duke began opening its lead. 2. Duke forced 17 turnovers in 69 […]