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  1. Players poised to step into star roles

    Fran Fraschilla

    Role definition is always crucial to a team's success. A coach must explain what he needs out of each player in order for a program to reach its peak. But equally important are players who accept and understand their roles for the good of the team. ...

    Blog | August 01, 2014
  2. UConn Huskies' Kevin Ollie has helped change the perception of cr...

    Fran Fraschilla

    Kevin Ollie learned how to coach by sitting on benches across the NBA. Now, he has the UConn Huskies ready to defend their title.

    Story | Conversation | July 21, 2014
  3. Syracuse Orange among teams lacking roster depth heading into 201...

    Fran Fraschilla

    Fran Fraschilla identifies five conference title contenders that are lacking roster depth heading into the 2014-15 season, including the Syracuse Orange.

    Story | Conversation | May 13, 2014
  4. Keys to Kentucky-UConn title game

    Fran Fraschilla

    Don't let the seed numbers fool you; in Monday night's national championship matchup between the Connecticut Huskies and Kentucky Wildcats, we have two very good teams with distinct strengths and weaknesses that should make for an interesting chess m...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  5. Top tandems in college basketball

    Fran Fraschilla

    Basketball is a game that obviously relies on both talent and chemistry among the five players on the court. But within that five-man unit, sometimes it's a special link between just two players that can significantly affect that team's performance. ...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  6. Ranking the nation's best seniors

    Fran Fraschilla

    With all the talk about the great freshmen and sophomores in college basketball, a number of seniors on quality teams are being slightly overlooked. While every coach in the country would love to have the one-and-done guy with lottery-pick talent,...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  7. Otto Porter Jr. leads ranking of nation's top 25 impact players -...

    Fran Fraschilla

    Fran Fraschilla ranks the top 25 impact players in college basketball through the end of the regular season. Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. tops the list.

    Story | Conversation | March 12, 2013
  8. Competitiveness key to Calhoun's success

    Fran Fraschilla

    When I took over a downtrodden St. John's program in 1996, I wanted to compete with the top programs in the Big East as quickly as possible. So, the best model I could think of copying was Jim Calhoun's Connecticut Huskies program because t...

    Blog | September 13, 2012
  9. NBA Draft - Making the case for Jeremy Lamb over Bradley Beal

    Fran Fraschilla

    Fran Fraschilla offers his argument for selecting UConn's Jeremy Lamb over Florida's Bradley Beal.

    Blog | Conversation | May 15, 2012
  10. Replacements for top NBA prospects

    Fran Fraschilla

    With June fast approaching, the top teams in college basketball are dealing with the inevitability of losing key players to the NBA draft. In many cases, this becomes a common occurrence, and plugging in the next potential star is routine. Here are ...

    Blog | April 30, 2012
  11. Kansas, Baylor and other top teams have some big shoes to fill ne...

    Fran Fraschilla

    ESPN Insider Fran Fraschilla looks at young players who will be counted on to fill the roles left by players departing for the NBA at Kansas, Baylor, Kentucky, North Carolina and UConn.

    Blog | Conversation | April 30, 2012
  12. A murky future for Jim Calhoun's team

    Fran Fraschilla

    Although Jim Calhoun is one year removed from his third NCAA championship, his Connecticut Huskies basketball program will enter this summer with as many unanswered questions as at any time since he took over in 1986. The effects of recent NCAA r...

    Blog | April 09, 2012
  13. Can Jim Calhoun make the UConn Huskies championship contenders ag...

    Fran Fraschilla

    ESPN Insider Fran Fraschilla writes that there are many questions facing Jim Calhoun and the UConn Huskies, and returning the Huskies to championship contention could be Calhoun's greatest challenge in years.

    Blog | Conversation | April 09, 2012
  14. Re-evaluating the Big East

    Fran Fraschilla

    We are entering, likely, the final season of the Big East Conference as we've known it for a long time. So with schools coming and going the next couple of years, let's look at where the league's teams are right now as they enter a his...

    Blog | December 28, 2011
  15. Re-evaluating the Big East as conference play begins

    Fran Fraschilla

    Pitt is skidding, the Hoyas are soaring, the Friars are ahead of schedule. It seems some preconceptions for the Big East are proving incorrect this season. Fran Fraschilla resets the board and provides his take on how each of the 16 teams' tales will end.

    Blog | Conversation | December 28, 2011
  16. Top defenders in college hoops

    Fran Fraschilla

    They are the pests, the stoppers, the gamblers, the glass eaters and the rim protectors. Here are my top defensive players for the 2011-12 season in college basketball. The Pests Jorge Gutierrez, California My defensive pests aren't usually...

    Blog | November 08, 2011