1. UNC Basketball: Why Tar Heels Should Amp Up Defensive Pressure in 2014-15

    With its history of overwhelming offensive firepower, UNC basketball hasn’t been a program that’s emphasized winning games with defense...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 1 month ago 2,746 reads 3 comments

  2. Kentucky Basketball: What Impact Will PG Tyler Ulis Have in 2014-15?

    Kentucky basketball stands to be among the deepest teams in the country in 2014-15, with the usual crop of elite freshmen joining an unexpected bounty of returning talent...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 1 month ago 7,997 reads 10 comments

  3. Odds for Incoming 5-Star Freshmen to Be CBB All-Americans in 2014-15 Season

    There are only 15 spots a year in the ranks of college basketball All-Americans, and one-and-done freshmen tend to get more than their share...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 1 month ago 58,810 reads 26 comments

  4. 10 NCAA Basketball Players Who Are Unstoppable in 1-on-1 Situations

    In a sport featuring a bewildering variety of defenses, some NCAA basketball players specialize in reducing the game to its simplest form: one man with the ball and one man trying to stop him...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 1 month ago 50,238 reads 69 comments

  5. UNC Basketball: Will Isaiah Hicks Bounce Back as a Sophomore?

    At this time last year, Isaiah Hicks was the most anticipated arrival in a stacked freshman class for UNC basketball...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 1 month ago 6,781 reads 32 comments

  6. Kentucky Basketball: Who Should Replace James Young in Wildcats' Starting 5?

    For a rarity, Kentucky basketball has only two starters to replace for next season, but one of those holes doesn ’t have an obvious player on hand to fill it...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 1 month ago 10,042 reads 13 comments

  7. NCAA Basketball Recruiting: The Best Fit for Each Uncommitted 2015 5-Star

    For a 5-star prospect, NCAA basketball recruiting is about being courted by the coaches of multiple elite programs...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 1 month ago 20,410 reads 24 comments

  8. Transfers This Offseason That Will Have the Biggest Impact in 2016

    College basketball teams that have the patience to wait for a transfer to become eligible can see their investment pay off in a big way...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 1 month ago 75,133 reads 32 comments

  9. College Basketball Teams Acing the Early 2015 Recruiting Period

    The recruits in college basketball’s class of 2015 have many months left to decide on a school, but coaches have managed to talk some of the best into very early commitments...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 months ago 8,243 reads 3 comments

  10. Picking a 2014-15 Favorite, Dark Horse and Longshot in Each Major CBB Conference

    With Triple Crown season in full swing, it’s an ideal time to handicap a different kind of race: the pursuit of college basketball’s conference titles...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 months ago 19,203 reads 43 comments

  11. NBA Comparisons for the Top Incoming College Basketball Freshmen in 2014-15

    Nothing can turn a college basketball team around faster than adding a big-time freshman. One easy way for fans to learn what their team is getting in its latest recruiting class is ...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 months ago 20,548 reads 16 comments

  12. Rivalry Matchups We Can't Wait to See in 2014-15 College Basketball Season

    College basketball lives off its rivalries and not just because they’re the most intense games of the regular season...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 months ago 36,763 reads 93 comments

  13. Ranking the 10 Smoothest Guards in 2014-15 College Basketball Season

    Gary Harris’ NBA defection didn ’t just cost college basketball a great perimeter defender. The Michigan State sophomore was an expert at making the toughest plays look ...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 months ago 35,810 reads 65 comments

  14. Predicting Which Top Incoming Freshmen Will Go 1-and-Done After 2014-15 Season

    College basketball’s incoming stars have been a bit more conservative about making the one-and-done jump to the NBA lately, with even John Calipari retaining some of his stud freshmen...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 months ago 30,111 reads 25 comments

  15. College Basketball Recruiting: Ranking the Best Scorers in Class of 2015

    The members of the college basketball recruiting class of 2015 are still finishing their junior year in high school, and with players that young, the one skill you can count on finding plenty of is scoring...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 months ago 14,965 reads 4 comments

  16. Early Prediction for Player of the Year in Each Major CBB Conference

    One of the least surprising developments of college basketball’s offseason is that all seven major conferences are losing their incumbent Players of the Year...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 months ago 50,095 reads 142 comments

  17. College Basketball Recruiting: The 10 Best 'Project Players' in 2015 Class

    College basketball recruiting occasionally turns up a ready-made gem such as Jabari Parker, but there are far more prospects out there who need plenty of work and coaching to reach their full potential...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 8,654 reads 0 comments

  18. Predicting the Deadliest Sharpshooters in the 2014-15 College Basketball Season

    Few things can turn a college basketball game around faster than a hot three-point shooter, so every coach loves to have a great marksman to lean on...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 38,320 reads 87 comments

  19. College Basketball Recruiting: Best Players at Every Position in 2015 Class

    With their senior seasons in high school yet to come, the stars of college basketball recruiting’s class of 2015 are still learning the craft at their respective positions...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 27,895 reads 26 comments

  20. 10 College Basketball Teams Doomed for a Rebuilding Year in 2014-15

    With its small rosters and quick departures, college basketball features the biggest offseason changes of any sport—for both good and bad...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 21,116 reads 62 comments

  21. Ranking the 10 Most Athletic Incoming Freshman in College Basketball in 2014-15

    College basketball’s incoming freshmen are usually on the raw side when it comes to skill development, but they can stack up very nicely against their older counterparts in terms of raw athleticism...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 64,118 reads 71 comments

  22. Predicting the Top 20 Sophomores for the 2014-15 College Basketball Season

    Even with the one-and-done marquee names having left for the NBA draft, college basketball’s rising sophomore class is loaded with star power...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 17,739 reads 25 comments

  23. College Basketball Recruiting: Most Exciting Aspect of 2015 Class' Top Players

    With players as young as the class of 2015 (still juniors in high school), college basketball recruiting isn’t about looking for a complete package yet...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 13,188 reads 2 comments

  24. College Basketball Recruiting: Stock Watch for the Top Prospects in 2015 Class

    With the opening of spring AAU action, college basketball recruiting begins in earnest to set its sights on the class of 2015...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 28,080 reads 13 comments

  25. Players Who Will Regret Leaving Early for the 2014 NBA Draft

    The 2014 NBA draft is expected to be a tremendously strong one, which is good news for pro teams but not such good news for college players stuck in good-but-not-great limbo...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 3 months ago 80,501 reads 90 comments