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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. Cincinnati may not play pretty, but there's reason for optimism

    Eamonn Brennan

    Here's a question: What happens when you mix two teams that average 29 percent shooting from 3 and 46 percent shooting from 2 on offense, both of which play some of the sport's best and most physical defense, both of which rank among the 20 slowest t...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  5. No flash, just Virginia basketball

    Eamonn Brennan

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- If you're looking for caveats, they weren't hard to find. There was Dez Wells, arguably Maryland's best player, in plainclothes on the bench, stuck in Week 1 of his fractured wrist's scheduled four-week heal. Next to him was Evan...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  6. Villanova's escape tops packed Tuesday

    Eamonn Brennan

    It wasn't the prettiest game of the day. It wasn't the most fluid, the cleanest, or most mistake-free. But Villanova 60, Michigan 55 was easily the best, and certainly the most intense, college basketball contest of Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 -- and if y...

    Blog | November 26, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. '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
  15. 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
  16. 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