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By Shawn Siegel

February 12th, 2006


College Basketball: Best of the Best

The 2006 NCAA Tournament will be the 4th in's young history.  Needless to say, the site has come a long way since that first March Madness back in the winter of 2003.  In fact, we're expecting close to 25,000 visitors per day during this coming March, almost 20 times growth since 2003.

A lot of writers have come and gone over the past few years, but the overall concept behind CHN has stayed consistent.  To simply provide fans with obsessive daily coverage of college basketball that they can't find anywhere else.

With Conference Tournament's just a few weeks away, the NCAA Tournament right after that, and our popular NBA Draft coverage taking center stage following the Final Four, I thought now would be the perfect time to look back on some of the best article's in CHN's young history.

Since no vote was taken, and the choices are of the subjective nature, what criteria did I use to determine this list?  First off, not that it really affected anything, but I took any article that I penned out of the running.  Second, I felt it was important to spread the love out.  No writer could have more than two articles included (and two, Adam Glatczak and Adam Stanco are represented twice.)

Besides representing multiple authors, this list was also intended to represent each season of CHN's existence.  At least one article was included for each season going back to 02-03.  Other criteria include the popularity of the article (the reader knows best..), the writing quality, it's sheer epic nature, or its pertinence to the time it was written.

There have been thousands of articles published on CHN over the past few years, so clearly I wasn't able to go back and read them all.  Some quality articles that stuck out in my mind have since been deleted from the attic of our web server.  Other gems may have been bypassed because they didn't fit the criteria noted above, or maybe I just flat out overlooked them.  Regardless, I'm proud to present the Top 10 Articles in CHN History:

Interview w/ Lefty Driesell

Bill "Cigar Boy" Kintner - December, 2002 - The first interview with a big-name coach or player in CHN history in Bill's one-of-a-kind interview style.


Steve Lavin: Lame Duck or Just Lame

David Bartman - January 19th, 2003 - Passionate, angry, but spot on.  Harks back to CHN's early days when unbridled criticism was the norm.


Michigan Basketball Sanctions: Not Enough

Adam Glatczak - May, 2003 - Adam's assessment of Michigan's self-imposed sanctions are spot on in my book.


Top 16 First Round Upsets in NCAA Tournament History

Adam Glatczak - March 18th, 2004 - Thorough.  Meticulous. Comprehensive.  This list is a must read for anyone who loves college basketball in March.


Big Mac and Me: Father's Day & Basketball

Raymond McKinnon - June 19th, 2004 - Probably CHN's most unique writer.  Ray had a way with words, and this is a timeless father's day read.


Tree of Life: The Dean Smith Coaching Tree

Jason Perry - June 29th, 2004 - Before there was Larry Brown and Roy Williams, there was Dean Smith.  His presence is still being felt today.


What-If? Preview of the 2004-05 Season

Adam Stanco - July 1st, 2004 - What if Lebron, Carmelo, and Amare stuck around for four years of college ball? One of 2004's most popular works.


Top 10 Canadians in College Basketball History

Jeff Fox - September 15th, 2005 - One of the more versatile writers in CHN's recent past.  NBA Draft.  Europe. Canada.  NCAA.  Jeff does it well.


College Basketball's Ultimate Conference

Kevin McNeill - September 25th, 2005 - Great for debate. Example: How is Oklahoma included over Indiana?  Kevin's been a big boost to the CHN team.


Top 100 Point Guards of the Modern Era

Adam Stanco - November 21st, 2005 - It is a disservice to call this an article.  It is a five piece retrospective on fifteen years of basketball history.


..listed in chronological order.





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