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  1. Best of the Best: Most Important Players

    Eamonn Brennan

    Unlike shooting or rebounding or point guard play or the variety of other specific basketball skills we've been highlighting in our Best of the Best lists throughout this week, the category of "most important" is far trickier to quantify. It depends ...

    Blog | November 02, 2012
  2. Best of the best: Top 10 3-point shooters

    Eamonn Brennan

    You can't learn how to dunk. You either jump, or you don't. You can, however, learn how to shoot: feet shoulder-width apart, right foot an inch ahead of left, elbow over the knee, wrist parallel to the floor, ball gently placed in fingertips, elbow s...

    Blog | November 01, 2012
  3. Best of the best: The top 10 rebounders

    Eamonn Brennan

    Quick note: To maintain some statistical consistency, I only included players returning to college hoops this season. A list of freshmen to watch follows the top 10 and honorable mentions. 1. Andre Roberson, Colorado: Last season, only one player ...

    Blog | October 29, 2012
  4. Can Branden Dawson do it all?

    Eamonn Brennan

    For Michigan State, last season was The Season. I mean, just look at that starting five. Gary Harris, one of the nation's best freshmen in 2012-13 -- a truly one-and-done-level shooting guard who stayed for Year 2 -- was playing better on both end...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  5. Top 50 college hoops coaches: Nos. 50-25

    Eamonn Brennan

    Which coaches are doing the best job right now? We've been thinking about that question this offseason, looking for the best way to quantify the answer. Luckily, we've got ESPN Forecast. Last week, we asked a panel of nearly 100 ESPN writers, edit...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  6. Position battles: Shooting guards

    Eamonn Brennan

    Some of the best one-on-one matchups will take place before the 2014-15 season tips off. They will come in the form of position battles within a team to determine a starter, which will in some cases shape an entire lineup. Starting with point guard...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  7. Wooden Watch: McDermott makes it official

    Eamonn Brennan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Every Thursday for five months, the Wooden Watch ranked the best individual players in the country. For the final 13 of those weeks, Doug McDermott owned the No. 1 slot. It wasn't always this way: When the season began, McDermo...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  8. Previewing the South Region Sweet 16

    Eamonn Brennan

    A look around the South Region ... FLORIDA vs. UCLA What to watch: An offense-defense matchup for the ages. The Gators are one of the nation's two or three best defenses. They enter Thursday's game ranked No. 2 in adjusted defensive efficiency ...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  9. Cooney saves 'Cuse from letdown

    Eamonn Brennan

    Two nights after the best game of a great 2013-14 season, played in front of the largest on-campus crowd in college basketball history -- a brilliant back-and-forth affair so good it stunned Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and Duke Mike Krzyzewski, the tw...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  10. Villanova back to the way it was

    Eamonn Brennan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There was a time, and it wasn't all that long ago, when the Villanova Wildcats were one of the best defensive teams in the country. Through Jan. 18, two opponents scored more than a point per trip in any game against the Wildcat...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  11. 'Incredible' Creighton puts it all together

    Eamonn Brennan

    "That was incredible." That was the first thing Creighton coach Greg McDermott said after the best win in Bluejays history, the first part of his first answer to the first TV question he was asked. McDermott quickly moved to pass around the praise ...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  12. For one night, Southern plays the shark

    Eamonn Brennan

    Southern University is not a basketball power. Southern University is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. It is a historically black college in Baton Rouge, La., best known for its marching band, which is nicknamed the "Human Jukebox...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  13. No more avoiding attention for Shockers

    Eamonn Brennan

    The year of the Shockers is upon us. In 2011-12, Gregg Marshall coached the most tragically underappreciated team of his career. It was also the best -- emphasis on "was." The Shockers' starting lineup that season was a coach's dream, comprised of ...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  14. Weekend Homework: Rising Arizona

    Eamonn Brennan

    Was Wednesday night Arizona's most impressive win of the season? That might be pushing it, I admit. But New Mexico State -- held to just 48 points in 62 possessions in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday -- is a good team, a good program, the WAC's best of t...

    Blog | December 12, 2013
  15. Weekend Homework: Is UNLV that bad?

    Eamonn Brennan

    Or is UC Santa Barbara that good? Because that is the best chance you have, if you're a UNLV fan, of explaining away the Rebels' ugly 3-3 start -- one made uglier by the fact that all six games were played in the Thomas & Mack Center. You can excus...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  16. Freshman checkup, November edition

    Eamonn Brennan

    In a season that looks likely to be dominated by the best group of freshmen we've seen in a decade, a statistical oddity is afoot. Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, Duke's Jabari Parker, Kentucky's Julius Randle and Arizona's Aaron Gordon -- the top four recru...

    Blog | November 19, 2013