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Catching up on the foreign trips

I never shy away from pointing out things that the NCAA gets wrong - and there's no shortage. So, to be fair, I need to comment on what they get right. Today's episode is "foreign trips." Once every four years basketball programs get to embark on a late summer trip somewhere abroad. This gives the teams and coaches more time to practice, but more importantly...
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August 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Is it Kentucky or Florida State for Keith Clanton?

One of the more intriguing transfer possibilities is coming out of Central Florida. Hit with sanctions, UCF players - at least those who are about to be seniors - face the reality of playing the year knowing they won't have a post-season. For that reason, the seniors can transfer without penalty. UCF had two junior starters last season - Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton - and...
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August 07, 2012  |  Discuss

the Baller's Almanac: August 6, 2012

The Admiral, David Robinson, was born on this day in 1965. He was born in Key West, Florida, but moved around since his father was in the Navy. The Robinson family finally settled in Virginia. Robinson played a number of sports, but not basketball until he was a 6-7 senior in high school. He earned All District honors, but received little college attention. He was an excellent...
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August 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Facilities arms race in the Big Ten

With the super-conference race taking an amorphous shape, it's tough to determine who all of the major players are going to be. But one thing is certain - the Big Ten is clearly in lane No. 1. They average more than 1,300 fans per game over the next closest conference. Pomeroy had them ranked as the toughest top-to-bottom conference in the nation for the 2nd straight...
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August 06, 2012  |  Discuss

College basketball is here! And by 'here' I mean Italy

It's been more than four months since Kentucky beat Kansas for the 2012 men's national championship. In that time I've found myself watching horse racing, golf, women's tennis, and even (god forbid) the NBA. But this weekend the Georgia basketball team arrived in Italy (and today NC State flies to Spain). The Bulldogs will be there for ten days, and play three...
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August 05, 2012  |  Discuss

the Baller's Almanac: August 5, 2012

Happy 50th birthday to Patrick Ewing. Ewing was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and didn't grow up playing basketball. Instead it was cricket and soccer. In 1971 (Ewing was 9) his mother moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and began bringing her children over one by one. Patrick was the 5th to make the trip, and moved to the States in 1975. Out of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin...
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August 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Lack of depth could doom NC State

Every season there are a few outlier teams who receive a ton of preseason hype. This year one of those teams is NC State. The Wolfpack finished last year strong (in the Sweet 16) and then saw star CJ Leslie opt out of the NBA draft, which meant four starters returned. NCSU has been listed in multiple preseason top-10s, and even been named by a few national writers as the favorite...
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August 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Don't do that. The Leonard Hamilton .gif

Happy 64th coach. Brought to you by @onebarrelrum. You're welcome. You can find your own at: http://i47.tinypic.com/2vug1uw.jpg
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August 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Evaluating Jeremiah Samarrippas to Tennessee Tech

Just when you thought the transfer season was over, Tennessee Tech went out and landed a point guard. Jeremiah Samarrippas, from Southern Methodist, has now found out that he'll be eligible immediately. Good for him. In case you missed it - Samarrippas was the player cut by new SMU coach Larry Brown in order to make room for troubled Arizona star Josiah Turner. Of course...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Ken Caldwell: The Truth Part 1. Nine minutes I can never have back

I can't recommend it, but watch it if you have to. Here are the parts that stood out for me. (If you are unfamiliar with what this is all about, read this) 0:15 Caldwell: "Had I not had a criminal background, this wouldn't even be news. But since I have a criminal background, all of a sudden anyone that has any knowledge of knowing me in the basketball world...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

The Harrison twins, Under Armour, and the University of Maryland

Every year there is talk of "package deals" in recruiting, and every year almost all of them turn out to be false. And then comes the 2013 recruiting class, which feature two players in the top-10 who are not only brothers, but twins. Andrew and Aaron Harrison, if everything continues, could be the most important "package deal" in the business. Unfortunately...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Talent distribution: the Big 10

Now on to the 4th part of our look at how talent is distributed in the major conferences. For definitions, sources, or other potentially meaningless bric-a-brac take a look at one of our earlier pieces. So far we've covered the ACC, the SEC and the Big-12. Today it is the Big-10. Since we're assuming that you've either a) read the earlier stuff, or b) clicked the link...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Talent distribution: the Big 12

The first two conferences I looked at in terms of how the top talent was distributed were the ACC and the SEC. From the original article: If you examine the rosters of NCAA Tournament champions they have a couple things in common. One, they're filled with elite recruits. Two, they have multiple players who end up as 1st round picks in the NBA. Those two things are...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Talent distribution: the SEC

If you examine the rosters of NCAA Tournament champions they have a couple things in common. One, they're filled with elite recruits. Two, they have multiple players who end up as 1st round picks in the NBA. Those two things are not always interchangeable. Not every elite recruit pans out. Not all 1st round picks were elite recruits. But it's pretty darn close. Evaluating...
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July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Harrison Twins (Andrew and Aaron) highlights

The Harrison Twins and their Houston Defenders took on Boo Williams, and Houston led by about 20 for most of the final three quarters. Still, the Twins played a number of minutes. Here are their highlights, starting with Andrew. Andrew Harrison (No. 5 in the video) is the No. 3 player in the class of 2013 according to ESPN. His brother Aaron (No. 2 in the video) is the No. 8 prospect...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Talent distribution: the ACC

If you examine the rosters of NCAA Tournament champions they have a couple things in common. One, they're filled with elite recruits. Two, they have multiple players who end up as 1st round picks in the NBA. Those two things are not always interchangeable. Not every elite recruit pans out. Not all 1st round picks were elite recruits. But it's pretty darn close. Evaluating...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Down, But Never Out: 2012-13 Ohio State Basketball Preview

Urban Meyer will take the podium at Big Ten Media Day as the biggest celebrity currently at Ohio State. He will have yet to win a game, but Meyer’s decorated resume of coaching awards and bowl victories will have the Buckeye faithful thinking championships. However, working in the corridors of Value City Arena is a man who, in seven seasons, has led Ohio State to five Big Ten...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

The 8 best rebounders in college basketball

52% of all 2s, 65% of 3s and 31% of free throws result in missed shots. That's a lot of potential rebounds. If the offensive team grabs it, then it's a reset, and one that often begins close to the rim. If the defensive team controls the board then that's one possession (out of an average game of 66 possession) in which the opponent comes up empty. Rebounding requires...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The task at hand: 2012-13 Duke basketball preview

Eleven times in the past twenty-six years Duke has advanced at least as far as the Final Four. So if you're a Blue Devil fan, and you're under the age of 35, Duke has always been elite. It's all you've ever known. Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Jason Williams, J.J. Reddick - all National Players of the Year over that same time-span...
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July 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Big East: 5 freshmen to watch

Who knows what the future holds for Big East basketball? But for now, it's still one of the top conferences in the nation, and it brings in some of the top recruits. Here are five I'll be watching. Chris Obekpa, St. John's: It's hard to put a finger on what St. John's fans are in for this season. Steve Lavin was wildly successful in year 1, and then the Johnnies...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The dozens: the 12 best shooters in college basketball

Since the time of the peach basket no skill in college basketball is as worked on or developed as much as the jump shot. Modern day "purists" decry the lack of fundamentals in today's game, but look at the data. Players can fill it up. And to do that, it takes practice. It takes mechanics. It takes talent. Here are the 12 best (in no particular order): Rotnei Clarke...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

SEC: 5 freshmen to watch

Yesterday it was the ACC. Today it is the SEC. Let's get right to it. J'Mychal Reese, Texas A&M: The Aggies were a bad Big 12 team last season, and now they're set to be a bad SEC team. But with a solid recruiting class coupled with high end transfers, there is hope for the fans in College Station. But coaches don't need hope. They need point guards. Which...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

ACC: 5 more freshmen to watch

ESPN's Robbi Pickeral posted her 5 ACC freshmen to watch list on Monday. It was a fairly standard list in that it contained all consensus top-50 players, and three of the five players were from the Triangle. Here are five more who will be worth following: Codi Miller-McIntyre, Wake Forest: Raise your hand if you can name five current Wake Forest basketball players. With a...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Let's try this again: Illinois Basketball 2012 Team Preview

Hitting Restart I love Nintendo 64. Its party games are an essential part of the collegiate experience, whether your poison is Mario Party, James Bond: GoldenEye, Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. The only problem with this 90s classic is the inevitable blank television screen. That buzzkill when you turn on the system, only to find that bare, blue square staring back at you. ...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Under the radar: Miami basketball 2012-13 preview

It's easy to overlook basketball at the University of Miami. In their entire history they've advanced as far as the Sweet-16 just once, and their coach at the time - Leonard Hamilton - immediately jumped ship to the NBA. Since Coach Ham left they've managed two NCAA trips in 12 years, and until last season they'd never had a winning record in the ACC. Their 2nd...
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July 15, 2012  |  Discuss
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