Conference Review and Preview: Big Sky

North Dakota almost crashed the party that Montana and Weber State has been throwing for themselves for the last three years, but in the end it was the conference’s top seed who cruised into the NCAA tournament and were dealt a semi surprising 16 seed. Perhaps they were shocked as well, as Weber State pushed top seeded Arizona, eventually losing by just 9 points. With Weber State...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Review and Preview: Big South

The most exciting team in the Big South, VMI, is leaving the league this year, but with some of the other smaller leagues getting weaker in realignment, perhaps the Big South can get out of the 16 seed rut the league has been in the last few years. Defending tournament champion Coastal Carolina almost pulled off the first ever 16 over 1 upset over Virginia, leading by 10 in the first...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin Agrees to 7 Year Contract Extension

The Cincinnati board of trustees approved the next contract extension for head baskeball coach Mick Cronin today. It’s a 7 year deal that will pay Cronin 2.2 million dollars a year. That makes him one of the 4 highest paid coaches in the American Athletic Conference behind Kevin Ollie of National Champion UConn, the legendary Larry Brown currently at SMU, and Josh Pastner of Memphis...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Review and Preview: America East

The America East might have the dumbest conference tournament format for a one bid league, and that is saying something. The games before the title game are played at Albany, before the conference title game is played at the home court of the higher seed. The consequence this year was that top seeded Vermont, who only lost one conference game, lost to Albany in the second game of...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Review and Preview: Southland

Last year Stephen F Austin provided efficiency nerds (including me) with a great low major story for the second straight year. Unlike the year before, however, Stephen F. Austin rewarded our love by winning the conference tournament, and knocking off VCU in the first round of the NCAA tournament as well. The team’s defensive KenPom ranking dropped from 9 to 102, but their offensive...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Conference Review and Preview: Southern

For the third year in a row, Davidson either won their division or topped the league standings outright, and last year they did it in convincing fashion, losing just one conference game, to Elon in overtime. They were stunned in overtime in the conference tournament semifinals by Western Carolina, and Wofford continued its stranglehold on the league. Wofford will likely only strengthen...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Conference Review and Preview: MEAC

North Carolina Central stormed through the league last year, losing just one conference game (their first, ironically). They also upset NC State, and played Cincinnati and Wichita State tough before ultimately suffering close losses. They lose five Seniors off last year’s team, but only two of them could really be called huge contributors, so Central should be in the running for...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Robert Carter Transfers to Maryland

Somehow Robert Carter managed to both be the 7th best defensive rebounder in the country but also not able to get on the floor for Georgia Tech, playing under 20 minutes per game for the team finished tied for 11th in the ACC. He’s now heading up the coast a bit, settling on Maryland as the destination to continue his college hoops career. Carter will have to sit out a year before...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Conference Review and Preview: SWAC

From now until the college basketball season starts, I will be taking a look at every conference in the country.  Last year the SWAC made the dubious decision to invite ridicule by allowing teams ineligible for the NCAA tournament (due to APR) to compete in the conference tournament. Fortunately for them (though perhaps not for those of us who like ridiculousness) an eligible team...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Virginia Extends Tony Bennett

Fresh off an ACC title and a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, Virginia has given Head Coach Tony Bennett a new 7 year extension. He’s now currently signed through the 2020-21 season and will be making just under $2 million per year. Reports further stated that Bennett likely turned down a higher salary to help his assistants get raises. Before coming to Virginia, Bennett turned...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The AAC Announces 2014-15 League Format

The American, shorter wise known as the AAC, announced their 2014-15 format for this upcoming basketball season. With 11 teams, gone is the round robin. It is replaced by 8 home and home foes, one home opponent and one road opponent. For example, the defending National Champion Connecticut Huskies will play home and home against Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, South Florida,...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Montana Hires Travis DeCuire to Replace Wayne Tinkle

Former Cal assistant Travis DeCuire is reportedly the new man at Montana, via CBS. DeCuire supposedly wanted the Cal job that went to Cuonzo Martin, but being able to develop as a coach in the Big Sky, at the best program in the conference, will ultimately probably be a better move for his career than immediately jumping into the Cal job. And it will be at a place with which DeCuire...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Early NBA Draft Big Board

With all of the heavy hitters having either declared for the NBA Draft or announced that they will stay in school for another year, this is a good time to unveil my first ranking of the 2014 Draft prospects. Please note that this is a ranking of who I think the best players in the 2014 draft are, not where I think players will actually get drafted. It’s a bit early for one of these...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Connecticut Extends Head Coach Kevin Ollie

There was a lot of interest from NBA teams coming towards Kevin Ollie, but he will supposedly spurn them all, signing a $3 million per year extension to stay at UConn (via Woj). Ollie led UConn to the national title in just his second season at the school, and did a great job last year keeping the players engaged when they had nothing to play for due to a postseason ban. Ollie has...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon State To Hire Montana Coach Wayne Tinkle

It’s been a rough few years for Oregon State basketball, but they’ve made what I think is an excellent hire, plucking Montana’s Wayne Tinkle away from Missoula. Montana struggled a bit this year, but they’ve been the Big Sky’s best program over the last handful of years, with Tinkle taking them to the NCAA tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Tinkle has been a lifer at Montana...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Sherrod Leaving Yale To Sing A Capella

In one life, Brandon Sherrod is known as a decent rebounder and shot blocker as a forward for Yale’s basketball team. But in another he is an excellent singer. So excellent, in fact, that he was among 14 students chosen to make up Yale a capella group, the Whiffenpoofs (yes, you read that correctly). Because of the time commitments to each, Sherrod had to choose one or the other...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Marshall Henderson Comes Out As Not A Fan of Michael Sam, Tact, or Tolerance

Marshall Henderson had a wild college career: he played a year at Utah, transferred to Texas Tech, never played there, transferred to a JuCo, and finally played two seasons at Ole Miss. He also had a wild career off the court: drug problems, flipping off the crowd after an NCAA tournament loss, etc. So it might come as no surprise that Henderson isn’t exactly the most tactful or...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Wiggins, Embiid, Parker Skipping NBA Draft Combine

In what shouldn’t be a surprise to many, the top 3 ranked prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft are skipping the combine, via a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Parker and Embiid announced that they would be skipping the combine earlier today, with Wiggins following suit tonight. It should come as no surprise that they are all going to miss the combine: with those three (presumably...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston College Transfer Ryan Anderson Commits to Arizona

6’9″ Ryan Anderson had to play a lot of 5 for Boston College this year, and subsequently struggled, but he’s found greener pastures as the transfer announced via twitter that he is committing to Arizona. Anderson shot 50% from two and was a decent rebounder for the Eagles, who were one of the most disappointing teams in college basketball this year. While BC struggled big time...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon State Fires Craig Robinson

I’m not sure why it happened on May 5th, but Oregon State parted ways with Craig Robinson today. The President’s brother in law never made an NCAA tournament appearance with the Beavers, and finished the season inside the KenPom top 100 just twice in his 6  year tenure. He finished with a 93-104 record overall, and his best Pac 10/12 finish was a tie for 5th in 2010. Robinson...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Devonte Graham Picks Kansas

2014 guard Devonte Graham, who had a long, strange battle to get released from his NLI at Appalachian State (seriously, never sign an NLI kids) but finally opened up his recruitment, had a big season at Brewster Academy (where, ironically, former KU starter Naadir Tharpe went) and narrowed his list to NC State and Kansas before picking the Jayhawks, not as ironically, a day after...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Myles Turner Make Texas The Big 12 Favorite?

Myles Turner committed to Texas today in a televised ceremony on ESPNU, and naturally when something like that happens people immediately declared Texas the favorite in the Big 12. With the addition of @Original_Turner, @PaulBiancardi declares: “Texas just made themselves the favorite in the Big 12.” — Derek Volner (@DerekVolner) April 30, 2014 Big 12 co-favorite with Kansas...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Missouri Hires Kim Anderson

Candidates for the Missouri job ran from Gregg Marshall to Cuonzo Martin to Ben Howland, but they instead hired 58 year old Kim Anderson, whose only head coaching experience has been in Division 2, with Central Missouri. Now, to be fair, Anderson has been a hell of a coach at that level. He won the national championship this season, and overall has a 274-94 record at Central Missouri...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Harrison Twins Returning To Kentucky

A Yahoo! report has Aaron and Andrew Harrison returning to Kentucky for their Sophomore seasons. The top 10 recruits, who were expected to be lottery picks, had seen their stocks slipped to the end of the first or early second rounders after disappointing Freshman seasons. They turned it on a bit in the NCAA tournament, fueling hopes that Kentucky could make another run next year...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Utah Gives Larry Krystkowiak Five Year Extension

Via BlockU, Utah has given coach Larry Krystkowiak a 5 year deal paying him $1.4 million per year. Krystkowiak’s improvement since coming from the NBA ranks (he is a former Nets and Bucks assistant as well as Bucks head coach) has been nothing short of remarkable. He went just 6-25 in his first year featuring mostly holdovers from the old regime, and then posted a 15-18 season...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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