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  1. Conference Power Rankings: Big East

    Dana O'Neil

    Is Notre Dame really the second-best team in the Big East? At this point in time, it's tough to argue with the results on the court... 1. Syracuse: With Fab Melo back in the fold, the Orange cruised to an easy win against St. John's. The big man c...

    Blog | February 06, 2012
  2. Conference power rankings: Big East

    Dana O'Neil

    The best team in the Big East lost this past weekend, but the best team is still the best team. A few other things did change in this week's power rankings, though. Let's take a look: 1. Syracuse: The Orange finally fell and looked as lousy in def...

    Blog | January 23, 2012
  3. Conference power rankings: Big East

    Dana O'Neil

    Ranking this mega-league is not an easy task, but we'll give it another shot ... 1. Syracuse: Someone on Twitter suggested that the Orange's second five be ranked as the second-best team in the Big East. It's not crazy, considering the bench accou...

    Blog | January 16, 2012
  4. Duke is not -- and was never -- unbeatable

    Dana O'Neil

    On Jan. 3, Florida State lost to Auburn, arguably the worst major-conference team in the country. Two games later, the Seminoles beat No. 1 Duke, arguably the best team in the country. And that just about sums up college basketball over the pas...

    Blog | January 13, 2011
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Self keeping Wiggins focused

    Dana O'Neil

    While the rest of the basketball world debates whether Andrew Wiggins will be the top pick in the 2014 NBA draft, his college coach is waiting for him to become the best player on his team. "He's been marginal," Kansas coach Bill Self said last we...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  8. Louisville's Rick Pitino and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski come full cir...

    Dana O'Neil

    Sunday will mark the first time since The Shot that Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski have faced each other in the NCAA tourney. Can their teams -- arguably the two best left in the field -- re-create the magic? We can only hope.

    Story | Conversation | March 30, 2013
  9. Naturally, Duke wins with defense

    Dana O'Neil

    PHILADELPHIA - The sixth- and 24th-best offensive teams in the country got together for a little round-of-32 game in the NCAA tournament on Sunday evening. Naturally it went exactly as was expected. That is, what is to be expected from a game in t...

    Blog | March 25, 2013
  10. Indiana, Michigan: Nation's two best teams

    Dana O'Neil

    Like all basketball fans and so-called experts, I've been asked repeatedly this season to peer into my crystal ball and determine which team is the nation's best. The only problem is my crystal ball has been smothered with Beijing smog for most of...

    Blog | February 03, 2013
  11. Conference Power Rankings: Big East

    Dana O'Neil

    For the first month of the season, one thing was certain in the Big East -- Louisville and Syracuse were the best teams in the conference. Funny how quickly things can change. Louisville had a bad week, knocking it from the top of the standings. T...

    Blog | January 25, 2013
  12. Conference Power Rankings: Big East

    Dana O'Neil

    It was a noisy quiet week for the Big East. With plenty of teams enjoying some holiday downtime, two of the best played -- and lost their first games of the season. Both Syracuse and Cincinnati dropped from the ranks of the unbeatens, but neither ...

    Blog | December 28, 2012
  13. 2012 NCAA tournament - Fab Melo's absence leaves a void for Syrac...

    Dana O'Neil

    Syracuse has faced considerable controversy and distractions this season and has brushed all of it aside. Fab Melo's absence, coming at the worst possible time, is one the Orange cannot ignore.

    Story | Conversation | March 13, 2012
  14. Irish believing their way to victory

    Dana O'Neil

    PHILADELPHIA - After his team beat Syracuse, handing the Orange their first loss of the season, Mike Brey challenged his players to believe in the unbelievable - that Notre Dame, a team without its best scorer and relying on a freshman and sophomore ...

    Blog | February 19, 2012
  15. Conference power rankings: Big East

    Dana O'Neil

    After No. 1, good luck figuring out the rest of the Big East. But I'll give it a shot ... Syracuse: Instead of giving pause to how good the Orange is, Syracuse's survival win against Marquette only enforced just why Jim Boeheim's team is the best...

    Blog | January 09, 2012
  16. NCAA men's national championship game: Connecticut Huskies head c...

    Dana O'Neil

    He's dealt with health issues, an NCAA investigation and a freshmen-laden team. Whatever the future holds for Jim Calhoun, he's turned in one of his best coaching jobs this season.

    Story | Conversation | April 03, 2011