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College Hoops Wednesday Recap: Blue Devils Win Thriller in Maui

November 24th, 2011
Duke won its 5th Maui Invitational title

The game between Duke and Kansas more than lived up to the pregame expectations on Wednesday night, but it was an unsung hero who stepped to the forefront late. Tyler Thornton, essentially a defensive substitute when Austin Rivers picked up his fourth foul, knocked down a pair of critical three pointers late to catapult the Blue Devils to the 68-61 win. Duke earned their fifth Maui Invitational title and moved to 15-0 all-time in the prestigious early season event.

College Hoops Wednesday: Your Commentary

November 23rd, 2011
Ryan Kelly scored 17 points against Tennessee

Two of the blue bloods in college basketball get together in Maui with the Maui Invitational title on the line as #6 Duke (6-0) takes on #14 Kansas (3-1), and there are a number of interesting players to keep an eye on. The player under the microscope nationally for the Blue Devils has been freshman guard Austin Rivers, with some failing to remember the lesson taught last season regarding the mistake of knee-jerk reactions to games in November (see: Barnes, Harrison).

Who Will Win the 2011-12 Big East Title?

November 18th, 2011
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Big East Basketball: 5-Year Ranking

November 14th, 2011
As part of our 5-Year Ranking series, here's how the Big East teams stack up according to conference wins. There's a huge gap between the upper half of the Big East and the bottom 7 teams, but both Cincinnati and St. John's seem like they'll be closing ground over the next few years.



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College Hoops Saturday: Your Commentary

November 12th, 2011
Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine

Obviously with college football still going strong the Saturday slate will be a bit light with regards to marquee matchups, but there are some interesting teams to keep an eye on. Syracuse is the highest ranked team to play on Saturday, and they host a Fordham team that many will expect the Orange to blow out. The Rams do return forward Chris Gaston, one of the top players in the Atlantic 10, and freshman point guard Devon "Fatty" McMillan is a playmaker who has already excited the Fordham fan base. But will Tom Pecora's team have enough to knock off Syracuse?

College Hoops "Roundable": Title Picks Outside of Top 4

November 7th, 2011
Despite the personnel losses, Duke came up oftenWe've finally reached the last question in this five-part series, where some college basketball writers took time to answer who their pick to win the national title is. There was one caveat, however: the pick had to come from outside of the top four that is North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio State and UConn. That led to some interesting choices, so enjoy.

Question: Outside of the generally accepted top four (UNC/UK/Ohio State/UConn) who do you think can win the national title?

College Hoops "Roundtable": Favorite Games This Season

November 6th, 2011
Michigan State forward Draymond GreenThe first three questions in this five-part series involved legal matters that have effected college basketball, from conference realignment to the new recruiting guidelines and finally the updated scholarship model » Read More » Tags

Thirty-Two Regular Season Champions, Part One

October 14th, 2011
Rick Byrd's Belmont Bruins have won 30 gamesWith the college basketball season finally on the horizon, the game that's been overlooked by many in conference realignment will once again have the center stage. Perennial contenders will once again make a run at a national title while some new faces will pop up as well. The first four-part preview will focus on the conferences, and more specifically who will win each of the 32 leagues.

America East: Albany

East Region Final Thoughts: What's in Store for 2011-12?

April 6th, 2011
Thad Matta's Buckeyes are the top overall seedWith the NCAA Tournament now over and many resting up for a couple days before hitting the spring recruiting circuit (the Nike EYBL Boo Williams Invitational is this weekend), why not take a look at all 68 teams in this year's field and their early prospects for next season? With the NBA Draft deadline (May 8th) still a month away, here's a look at each of the teams in the East Region and what they'll likely have in 2011-12.

(1) Ohio State: lost in Sweet 16 to Kentucky