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  1. Trust drives Temple, drops NC State

    Eamonn Brennan

    DAYTON, Ohio -- NC State was never the sixth-best team in the country. We should probably get that out of the way. NC State's now-infamous preseason ranking was less the product of the team's quality and more of the hype that accompanies tournamen...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  2. Links: Florida's addition by subtraction

    Eamonn Brennan

    Afternoon Links are pretty self-explanatory. Want to share? Email or tweet me @eamonnbrennan. Florida might be the best team in the country. In any case, the Gators are quite obviously better than the 2011-12 edition, which went to the Elite Eigh...

    Blog | January 28, 2013
  3. Kansas vs. Michigan: There can be only one

    Eamonn Brennan

    After two-plus months of college basketball, we've reached a bewildering, thrilling, and altogether unusual point in the season: We don't know who the best team in the country really is. Is it Duke with Ryan Kelly? The uber-efficient Florida Gator...

    Blog | January 27, 2013
  4. UK title about so much more than talent

    Eamonn Brennan

    NEW ORLEANS -- How did the Kentucky Wildcats just win the 2012 national title? "We were the best team this season," coach John Calipari said. "They were playing with pros," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "That didn't hurt, either." Simple enou...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  5. Conference Power Rankings: Pac-12

    Eamonn Brennan

    Based on results and not preseason expectations, here's my attempt at ranking the Pac-12 teams one month into the season: 1. Stanford: After four largely mediocre seasons, it appears Johnny Dawkins has his best team yet. The Cardinal have just one...

    Blog | December 09, 2011
  6. Coach K says Irving out for 'long time'

    Eamonn Brennan

    Kyrie Irving's freak toe injury changed the landscape of college hoops. You've heard this dichotomy plenty of times already, but just to reiterate: With Irving, the Blue Devils are the best team in the country. Without him, they're still very good, a...

    Blog | December 17, 2010
  7. Observations from the week that was

    Eamonn Brennan

    1. Tennessee is the best team in the Big East. OK, so things don't exactly work that way. But the undefeated Volunteers are now owners of two separate road/neutral-site wins over Villanova and Pittsburgh, the top two presumed Big East title contender...

    Blog | December 13, 2010
  8. Convincing K-State sets up dream CBE final

    Eamonn Brennan

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Is Duke the best team in the country? Well, is it? After one night at the CBE Classic -- a night that included a Duke win, remember -- Kansas State made questioning Duke's celebrated status seem, well, reasonable. Just after th...

    Blog | November 23, 2010
  9. Previewing Friday in Milwaukee

    Eamonn Brennan

    MILWAUKEE -- Curse? What curse? If Ohio State's Evan Turner looms over this pod -- he is the best player, his is the best team -- he looms even larger on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Turner is one of the four athletes on SI's regiona...

    Blog | March 19, 2010
  10. 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
  11. Best passing teams in 2014-15

    Eamonn Brennan

    There is no one correct way to put points on the board. Basketball, and specifically college basketball offense, comes in many flavors, which is a big part of why it's so interesting in the first place. If you have a big, physical, bruising team, ...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  12. 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
  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. CU battles, but Dinwiddie's absence looms

    Eamonn Brennan

    When ascendant teams suddenly lose their best players to exploded knees, they typically -- and how could you not? -- wear that news on their sleeves. Subsequent games become sluggish, emotionally drained affairs. Zoned-out players shuffle through t...

    Blog | January 16, 2014
  15. Weekend Homework: Don't miss Brown

    Eamonn Brennan

    Last season, as Marcus Smart revitalized Oklahoma State -- when the Cowboys defense went from one ranked outside the tempo-free top 100 to the 15th-best group in the country, and the team went from 15 wins to 24 - a fascinating little subplot emerged...

    Blog | December 19, 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