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November 29th

NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 6:56am

The annual December clash of the ACC and Big Ten provides us with most of our tastiest post-Thanksgiving Weekend dishes.

First and absolutely foremost among those takes place in Chapel Hill Tuesday night where the top-ranked University of Maryland Terps will take on the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels.

Then, Wednesday night, it will be the unbeaten (and certainly “untested”) Louisville Cardinals trekking it into East Lansing for a real test vs. No. 6 Michigan State – which has aced all of its tests so far.

November 22nd

NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:00am

The national scene will come into a bit sharper focus this week by way of tournaments in Hawaii and Southern California.

Denzel ValentineDenzel ValentineThe Maui Invitational, which tips Monday morning in Lahaina, has a field that includes No. 3 Indiana and No. 14 Kansas, as well as an intriguing opening-round game late Monday night pitting UCLA and UNLV.

The championship game is set for Wednesday night.

November 18th

Top 20 Freshmen Prospects

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 8:17pm

Last season produced a NBA Draft record 13 “one-and-done” players selected in the 1st round. All 14 freshmen that entered the 2015 draft are currently on NBA rosters at this point in time. The impact of freshmen at the top of the draft was substantial with 9 of the first 15 picks.

November 17th

Big 12 Conference Preview

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:07am


1. Kansas Jayhawks
2014-15 Record 26-8 (13-5 Big 12)
Key Additions: Carlton Bragg, LaGerald Vick, Cheick Diallo
Key Losses: Kelly Oubre, Cliff Alexander

November 16th

Big Ten Conference Preview

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 7:18am

The 2015-2016 season is upon us, and once again, the Big Ten is right in the thick of the discussion of conference superiority. Seeking to pick up where it left off, getting a nation-high 7 NCAA Tournament bids (tied with the Big 12), the conference could potentially be even stronger this year, thanks to an influx of talented freshmen, including 16 of ESPN’s top 100 recruits. Maryland, in its second season in the Big Ten, is already receiving hype as a potential national title contender, the Michigan and Indiana schools return several key players and are all likely to get

Big East Conference Preview

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:08pm

Big East basketball is back and while six teams (Butler, Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s, Villanova and Xavier) made it to the NCAA tournament, this is in no way a powerhouse conference filled with star-studded teams. Last year, Villanova won the conference by four games and the Wildcats look to win their third straight Big East Title. Although this is a deep conference, the question remains: can anybody compete with Villanova in the Big East?

1. Villanova Wildcats
2014-15 Record: 32-2 (16-2)

NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:08am

It’s not even a week into the 2015-16 college hoops season and some very compelling matchups are staring us smack-dab in the face.

A “Final Four-flavored” double-header in The United Center in Chicago will tip off at 7:30 (ET) with Kentucky against Duke, with Kansas and Michigan State next up at 10 or so. Yes, that would be a nifty set of semifinals on Final Four Saturday (April 2) in Houston.

November 13th

SEC Conference Preview

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:48pm

1. Kentucky Wildcats 2014-15 Record 38-1 (21-0)
DEPARTURES: Karl Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson
ADDITIONS: Isaiah Briscoe, Isaac Humphries, Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews, Mychal Mulder, Jamal Murray

ACC Conference Preview

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:17am

Heading into the 2015-2016 college basketball season, the ACC figures to be one of the deepest and most entertaining conferences in the country. The conference is three-deep in terms of teams that can legitimately win the conference and challenge for a national championship. Those include the defending national champions Duke Blue Devils, the North Carolina Tar Heels, and the Virginia Cavaliers. With that said, there are plenty of intriguing teams behind the big boys that can make noise with winning seasons and deep tournament runs in March.

November 10th

Damian Jones Interview

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 3:47am

A late bloomer, Vanderbilt 7-foot junior center Damian Jones shined in front of NBA scouts this summer at the Nike Academy and won the individual match up with Utah sophomore 7-footer Jacob Poeltl. He flashed high level explosiveness and athleticism, blocking shots and finishing at the rim. He also measured extremely well at 7-foot-0 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan. Most encouraging was that he displayed a developing face up game with the ability to knock down mid-range and even outside shots, consistently.