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  1. Bedlam in Breslin: Michigan State Steals One at Home

    Shane Ryan

    In the face of insanity, it's important to start with logic. SO. The facts, as they will be presented in various media today, are that the Michigan State Spartans blew a late lead in regulation, barely survived to reach overtime, and then caught fire...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  2. December Turnaround: Duke Shows a Flash of Greatness

    Shane Ryan

    There have been a lot of Duke teams that reach ACC play either undefeated or with one loss in the nonconference schedule. This year, though, the story has been turned on its head; despite the excellence of Jabari Parker, the best freshman in the nati...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  3. 10 Takeaways From a Wonderful, Frustrating Night of College Baske...

    Shane Ryan

    The Champions Classic is in the books, with Michigan State surviving against Kentucky and Jabari Parker defeating Andrew Wiggins (historical footnote: Kansas would win the actual game), and, in the true spirit of college basketball, it was both joyou...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  4. Mark Your Calendars: An Immersive Guide to the Week in College Ho...

    Shane Ryan

    College basketball is back, and life finally makes sense again. Questions like "Where did all my money go?" and "Why am I such a disappointment?" and "How did I end up in this Dumpster?" no longer matter. Nothing matters, actually. Our salvation has ...

    Blog | November 08, 2013
  5. College Basketball's New (and Necessary) Growing Pains

    Shane Ryan

    Last May, the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee met with a chance to rescue college basketball from its ongoing doldrums. The aesthetic quality of the sport had hit rock bottom, with scoring dropping to its lowest levels since the 1951-52 season,...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  6. Frank Haith Gets a Five-Game Suspension, and More College Hoops N...

    Shane Ryan

    We're now less than a month from the tipoff of the 2013-14 season, and schools all around the country have held their various Midnight Madness celebrations (though a 2013 rule change meant that teams could begin practicing as early as September 27 th...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  7. The College Basketball Offseason: Everything You Missed, and More...

    Shane Ryan

    You can't go very far these days without hearing a sports fan say, "I can't wait until college basketball starts." I'm not sure why they keep mispronouncing it as "football" — it must be a joke I missed, or a meme, or something — but the ...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  8. 10 Sensible Rules for Golfing With Others

    Shane Ryan

    After reading Jim Cavan's excellent piece on the 10 worst pickup basketball blunders last week, I couldn't stop thinking about what an equivalent golfing list would look like. In a sport so polluted by etiquette and decorum, the possibilities seemed ...

    Blog | August 01, 2013
  9. Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas: A Postmortem

    Shane Ryan

    At the end of Andrew Wiggins's signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon, a good chunk of the college basketball world felt deprived. Fans of Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina were chief among them, their hopes dashed when the no. 1 recruit chose ...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  10. The NCAA Basketball Rules Committee Just Failed the Sport

    Shane Ryan

    This was an exceptional year for college basketball, in the sense that you had to be an exceptional obsessive just to enjoy an average game. The wonderful championship battle between Louisville and Michigan was a happy fluke, a last-ditch saving grac...

    Blog | May 10, 2013
  11. Back to School: Marcus Smart's Incredible Decision

    Shane Ryan

    I am aware of how much money I am giving up. I am aware of that. — Marcus Smart That was my favorite quote from Wednesday's Oklahoma State press conference, in which the freshman point guard, along with teammates Markel Brown and Le'Bryan ...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  12. Luke Hancock's Next Act

    Shane Ryan

    When Kevin Ware went down with a broken leg in Louisville's Elite Eight win over Duke, most of his teammates reacted with varying degrees of shock. There was, of course, the immediate cringing; it was a gruesome injury, and the grimaces and recoils o...

    Blog | April 08, 2013
  13. The 50 Best Tweets About King Karl Hess, The Notorious R.E.F.

    Shane Ryan

    If you live in ACC country and you follow college basketball, chances are you have some strong opinions about a man named Karl Hess. And chances are, those opinions are negative. Hess is a referee (the same way that Napoleon was in the military), one...

    Blog | April 08, 2013
  14. Dead-ball rebounds and the origin of the college basketball ruleb...

    Shane Ryan

    An obscure stat, a mysterious inventor, and the Louisville crew that redefined college basketball statistics.

    Story | Conversation | April 04, 2013
  15. Looking at the Sweet 16 Teams in 16 Words

    Shane Ryan

    Today we're looking at every Sweet 16 team the only legitimate way: With just 16 words each. 1. Louisville: Russdiculous is so fast he just wrote this, deleted it, and did my taxes ... for 2015. 2. Oregon: QUACKETY QUACK QUACKLES QUACKO QUAC...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  16. America: Burn Your Stupid Brackets and Scatter the Stupid Ashes

    Shane Ryan

    I am sick of the rage. I am sick of the anxiety. I am sick of inferior college basketball teams coming together for triumphant wins, or superior ones falling apart for ungodly losses, when I have clearly filled out my bracket to indicate that it shou...

    Blog | March 25, 2013