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  1. Best defensive teams in 2014-15

    Dana O'Neil

    So tried, so trite, so true. Defense truly does win games, if not championships, especially in college basketball. As we impatiently suffer through the summer doldrums and await the arrival of the 2014-15 season, here are three teams that have ...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  2. Wright is the opposite of what people think

    Dana O'Neil

    Editor's note: During the next five weeks, we will reveal the top 50 coaches in college basketball, as decided by our ESPN Forecast panel. Today we unveil No. 19: Villanova's Jay Wright. On Wednesday, we release No. 18. There are people who are e...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  3. Amaker upends the route to the top

    Dana O'Neil

    Editor's note: During the next five weeks, we will reveal the top 50 coaches in college basketball, as decided by our ESPN Forecast panel. Today we unveil No. 22: Harvard's Tommy Amaker. On Friday, we release No. 21. Tommy Amaker's resume is all w...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  4. Pearl, Sampson return to sidelines

    Dana O'Neil

    The question was simple and intentionally direct: Was Kelvin Sampson's return to college coaching at all motivated by a desire to clear his name? The answer, though brief in words, was far more complex. Sampson paused for a good 15 seconds, a stre...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  5. What would it take: Shaka Smart

    Dana O'Neil

    Editor's note: Some coaches' names always seem to come up for other jobs. But what would it take for them to actually leave? This week, we'll look at the names most often mentioned. Today, we look at VCU's Shaka Smart. Aside from Butler fans, mayb...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  6. When is the time to take the next job?

    Dana O'Neil

    Gregg Marshall has been a head coach now for 16 years. For all but maybe a handful of them, he's been asked the same question: Why are you still here? Why are you still at Winthrop? Why haven't you moved on from Wichita State? "It's like ...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  7. College basketball coaches are not jumping so quickly to the next...

    Dana O'Neil

    The "It" coaches' names come up seemingly any time a job opens. But what's the rush? More and more coaches are asking if the grass is really greener.

    Story | Conversation | May 18, 2014
  8. Position battles: Power forwards

    Dana O'Neil

    Some of the best one-on-one matchups will take place before the college basketball season tips off. They will come in the form of position battles within a team to determine a starter, which in some cases will shape an entire lineup. Starting with...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  9. Players to watch: Power forwards

    Dana O'Neil

    This week ESPN.com will feature a position-by-position look at players to watch for the 2014-15 season. It's always about the guards. The little guys have the ball in their hands, so we tend to pay them more heed. That's fair. But to overlook t...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  10. Big East, Big Ten to hold challenge series

    Dana O'Neil

    The Big Ten and Big East will announce a men's basketball challenge series Monday for the 2015-16 season similar to the one the Big Ten has with the ACC.

    Story | Conversation | May 04, 2014
  11. Look back, look ahead: Others

    Dana O'Neil

    It doesn't seem right to call this group Others, because in college basketball, the Others are what make the game so special. This is the crew that puts the madness in March, the slipper on Cinderella's foot and really just all of the cliches into...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  12. Missouri's twisted route to its coaching hire

    Dana O'Neil

    After enough intrigue to satisfy a daytime soap opera cliffhanger, Missouri on Monday announced that Kim Anderson would be its next men's basketball coach. Anderson could very well be a fine hire. He won at the Division II level, leading Central M...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  13. NCAA air-balls handling of McGary

    Dana O'Neil

    Let's be clear: Mitch McGary is not a maize-and-blue martyr. He smoked marijuana, which is illegal in Michigan and remains on the NCAA's list of banned substances. He messed up. To his immense credit, he admitted it, even though had he kept his mo...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  14. Look back, look ahead: Conference USA

    Dana O'Neil

    The reality that was for Conference USA this past season remains the reality the league must change for the upcoming season. The conference, done in by realignment, has the reputation of being a way station or purgatory instead of a landing place....

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  15. Mizzou, like Tennessee, needs stability now

    Dana O'Neil

    Well this suddenly is interesting. Until this week, the coaching carousel was a pretty mundane kiddie ride. Coaches most everyone expected to be handed pink slips did, in fact, get their walking papers, and no huge seismic shifts came with their ...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  16. Vols get what they don't want, but deserve

    Dana O'Neil

    In the most deliciously ironic coaching carousel ride in some time, the University of Tennessee, both fan base and athletic department, somehow managed to get what they no longer wanted and exactly what they deserved. Cuonzo Martin, the man they t...

    Blog | April 15, 2014