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  1. Don't overlook the value of upperclassmen in college hoops

    Dana O'Neil

    Freshmen are the new thing, the shiny penny everyone wants to look at and examine. But look at the top 10 in college hoops and you'll notice something -- significant upperclassmen.

    Story | Conversation | December 14, 2014
  2. Kentucky's John Calipari and Connecticut's Kevin Ollie go searchi...

    Dana O'Neil

    A national title doesn't just bring a trophy. For Kentucky's John Calipari and Connecticut's Kevin Ollie, it will bring validation, which to them is far more valuable and enduring.

    Story | Conversation | April 07, 2014
  3. Don't watch the Final Four and try to figure out what's next, enj...

    Dana O'Neil

    The focus is always on what's next. Will a player leave for the NBA? Is he ready? But this Final Four and its teams should remind us to enjoy the now.

    Story | Conversation | April 03, 2014
  4. Kansas' Joel Embiid has come out of nowhere to become perhaps nat...

    Dana O'Neil

    Kansas freshman Joel Embiid's game is ready for the NBA. That much is already clear. But is he ready for that life? He's not sure because even he knows he has more to learn -- like how to drive.

    Story | Conversation | January 20, 2014
  5. What's missing for Florida? Nothing

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW YORK -- Suspensions and injuries, so forth and so on. The song of this Florida basketball team has been played on the strings of a tiny violin. Not that the Gators were courting sympathy they wouldn't get, anyway. This season thus far has b...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  6. Kentucky finding life with freshmen can be hard

    Dana O'Neil

    Nobody has done better with elite freshmen than John Calipari, but even at Kentucky it has become clear it's not so simple to just load up on potential one-and-dones and expect everything to work smoothly.

    Story | Conversation | December 04, 2013
  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. Take Three: Coach with the most on the line

    Jason King, Myron Medcalf & Dana O'Neil

    Editor's Note: We want to be clear: This is not a piece about the hot seat. Rather, it's one that identifies three secure coaches who nevertheless have a lot on the line in 2013-14, whether it's taking that first big step, fulfilling sky-high expecta...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  9. Making the case: Kentucky or Louisville?

    Jason King and Dana O'Neil

    In today's offseason update of Bracketology, Kentucky and Louisville are both No. 1 seeds. In our latest way-too-early Top 25, the Commonwealth rivals are ranked No. 1 and No. 2. Both are uber-talented and led by legendary coaches. So which is a s...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  10. A race to the finish for national player of the year in college b...

    Dana O'Neil

    The player-of-the-year race is heading into the home stretch. There are five worthy candidates, but proclaiming a winner isn't easy.

    Story | Conversation | March 06, 2013
  11. These young Kentucky Wildcats have a lot to learn after loss to B...

    Dana O'Neil

    After Baylor ended Kentucky's 55-game home win streak, UK has already lost more games this season than all of last. Time to panic? Maybe not yet, but John Calipari certainly has his hands full with this disjointed young group.

    Story | Conversation | December 01, 2012
  12. What I can't wait to see: SEC

    Dana O'Neil

    Editor's note: For two weeks, we're rolling out Blue Ribbon previews for every team in the country. We'll also have comprehensive preview coverage of the nation's top 10 conferences. As part of that, we're asking our writers to share what they're mos...

    Blog | October 26, 2012
  13. Take Two: Most successful new neighbor

    Dana O'Neil and Myron Medcalf

    Of the 20 programs that officially became members of a new conference this week, which one has the best chance for success in Year 1? Two of our writers make their picks: Dana O'Neil: Missouri The good news for Frank Haith: He's not Gary Pinkel...

    Blog | July 03, 2012
  14. Take Two: Alternative to one-and-done?

    Jason King and Dana O'Neil

    Editor's note: Each week, ESPN.com writers will debate a topic of interest in the college basketball landscape. Today's topic: Is an age limit for the NBA a worthwhile initiative? Is there a better alternative to the one-and-done rule? Also: Check ou...

    Blog | June 27, 2012
  15. No need to condemn UK for one-and-done

    Dana O'Neil

    One by one they said thank you, making like Oscar or Emmy winners during the award season -- acknowledging the directors (their parents), the producers (their coaches), the co-stars (their teammates) and ticket buyers (the fans) -- before walking off...

    Blog | April 17, 2012
  16. 2012 Final Four - John Calipari leads Kentucky Wildcats to nation...

    Dana O'Neil

    John Calipari's task at Kentucky was difficult, but not complicated: Win a national championship. Try as he might to brush aside the significance of Monday night's win, it's a milestone achievement for one of the game's most ambitious and maligned coaches.

    Story | Conversation | April 03, 2012