1. UCLA Basketball: Which Returning Bruins Player Will Have the Biggest Impact?

    A recruiting class that ranks as high as No. 1 in the nation (ESPN) has UCLA fans excited for next season, but it’s also leaving the Bruins upperclassmen very much out of the spotlight...

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  2. College Basketball: Crucial Matchups That Will Decide Conference Championships

    Conference rivalries routinely bring out the best in a great college hoops team, but some league matchups loom larger than others. When the biggest powerhouses in the conference face off against each other, more than just one game is on the line...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about almost 2 years ago 1,752 reads 5 comments

  3. Arizona Basketball: What's the Biggest Factor in Wildcats' Pac-12 Title Bid?

    Between the prodigious size of its towering freshman class and the ample talent in its backcourt, Arizona is going to be a leading contender for the Pac-12 crown next season...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about almost 2 years ago 1,900 reads 5 comments

  4. Kansas Basketball: 2012-13 Goals for Jayhawks' Likely Starting 5

    The departure of two superstars from last year’s national runners-up is going to leave Kansas with a very different starting lineup for next season...

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  5. College Basketball: Next Best 25 After the Top 25 for 2012-13

    If the 2011-12 college hoops season taught us anything, it’s that preseason rankings are frequently way off base (see No. 10 Pitt and No. 17 UCLA)...

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  6. Indiana Basketball: Ranking IU's Most Versatile Players on the Roster

    After becoming one of the only two teams to defeat national champion Kentucky last year, Indiana now finds itself with the preseason No. 1 bulls-eye on its own chest...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about almost 2 years ago 4,318 reads 8 comments

  7. College Basketball Predictions: Top 12 Backcourts in the Country for 2012-13

    With college hoops featuring more three and four-guard lineups than ever before, a strong backcourt is a vital element for a successful team...

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  8. College Basketball's 6 Biggest New Rivalries in 2012-13

    The biggest seismic shifts of college sports realignment won’t hit basketball for another year or two, but there are still some noteworthy programs changing leagues as early as next season...

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  9. College Basketball's Most Indispensable Players

    As Derrick Rose so memorably demonstrated to NBA fans in April, even the best basketball teams can sometimes be crippled by the loss of a single player...

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  10. College Basketball: Hidden Gem on Every Top 25 Team

    For all the preseason hype surrounding new stars like Nerlens Noel and returning ones like Cody Zeller, there are other players who aren’t getting their due...

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  11. Which Pac-12 Teams Pose the Toughest Matchup Problems for UCLA?

    By adding the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class to last year’s punishing front line, UCLA became an instant front-runner for the Pac-12 title...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about almost 2 years ago 1,751 reads 2 comments

  12. MLB Playoff Restructuring: What New Format Would Have Done to Past Postseasons

    As the end of the All-Star break ushers in the second half of the baseball season, MLB ’s revamped playoff system has a slew of teams thinking they have a shot at a postseason berth...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about almost 2 years ago 1,216 reads 0 comments

  13. Kentucky Basketball: Is John Calipari a Better Coach or Recruiter?

    Another No. 1-ranked freshman class has left no doubt about John Calipari ’s extraordinary recruiting abilities, but there’s more to Kentucky’s success than the talented players the coach brings in...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about almost 2 years ago 2,092 reads 15 comments

  14. College Basketball Predictions: 11 Scariest Offenses in the Country for 2012-13

    For many college hoops fans, the best reason to watch is seeing a high-powered offense at the top of its game...

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  15. Ohio State Basketball: Power Ranking Buckeyes' Greatest Hoops Coaches Ever

    From their appearance in the inaugural NCAA title game to their latest Final Four berth in March, the Ohio State Buckeyes have consistently been one of the premier basketball programs in the nation...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about almost 2 years ago 1,704 reads 0 comments

  16. 12 College Basketball Teams Returning the Most Talent

    Kentucky’s 2012 national title made sure that the spotlight will be on incoming freshmen next season, but the returning stars of college hoops will have a lot to say about who cuts down the nets in 2013...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 years ago 3,803 reads 18 comments

  17. Michigan Basketball: 10 Reasons Not to Sleep on Frosh-Heavy Wolverines

    In a Big Ten loaded with Final Four contenders , no team will be relying on freshmen as heavily as Michigan...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 years ago 2,606 reads 3 comments

  18. 10 Great College Basketball Programs Whose Players Don't Translate to the NBA

    Last week’s NBA draft was loaded with the usual suspects from Kentucky and North Carolina, but many of college basketball’s top programs aren’t so fortunate...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 years ago 3,577 reads 7 comments

  19. Indiana Basketball: 10 Reasons Behind Hoosiers' Reemergence

    As coach Tom Crean heads into his fifth season at Indiana, he’s taken the Hoosiers from a 6-25 last-place team to a preseason national title favorite...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 years ago 4,115 reads 2 comments

  20. Ranking the Last Decade of No. 1 Picks in the NBA Draft

    Few things in the NBA can change a franchise’s destiny like a No. 1 overall draft pick, but that’s not always a good thing...

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  21. Players Who Would Be Dealt If College Basketball Had Trades

    Not that college basketball doesn’t have enough player turnover—especially in this transfer-laden offseason—but one thing that would really shake up the roster dynamics would be the addition of trades...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 years ago 6,474 reads 9 comments

  22. How Each Kentucky Draftee Fits with New NBA Team

    Kentucky set a new standard for dominance in winning the 2012 national title, but the six core players from that team now face a very different challenge...

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  23. Andy Roddick Desperately Needs Strong U.S. Open After Ugly Wimbledon Loss

    Andy Roddick ’s latest trip to the All England Club turned out far less successfully than he might have hoped. Roddick’s No...

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  24. Wimbledon 2012 Results: Updating Latest All England Club Action

    There may not have been a Rafael Nadal -level upset in third-round action at Wimbledon, but that didn ’t mean Saturday wasn ’t action-packed...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 years ago 1,355 reads 1 comments

  25. NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Must Pull Trigger on Trading Luis Scola

    Houston Rockets fans are no strangers to lineup changes, and it appears they’re headed for another shakeup. Luis Scola , one of the few constants in Houston over the last four seasons, looks likely (again) to be headed out of town...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 2 years ago 6,868 reads 22 comments