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  1. 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
  2. Spartans' defense shines in slugfest

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW YORK -- Tom Izzo has spent most of this season feeling more like Job than a basketball coach. The much-documented, medical-ward Spartans have tried him like no team he has had before. There were times, he's admitted, when he wondered how his t...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  3. Michigan State's defense prevailed in Sweet 16 battle with Virgin...

    Dana O'Neil

    Virginia's defense was the talk of the town before Friday's game, but Michigan State proved it can win by locking teams down.

    Story | Conversation | March 29, 2014
  4. Big Ten men's basketball semifinal an unexpected medley of the ex...

    Dana O'Neil

    In the Big Ten this season, when you least expect something to happen, it happens. This year's semifinal matchups are surprising only because they feel so predictable.

    Story | Conversation | March 13, 2014
  5. VCU stands as the team to beat in the Atlantic 10

    Dana O'Neil

    VCU is no longer the cool outsider making waves in college basketball. The Rams now stand as the class of the Atlantic 10 and face the challenges that come with being established.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2013
  6. 2013 Final Four - What's the secret to Syracuse Orange's 2-3 zone...

    Dana O'Neil

    Syracuse's zone defense has the been the MVP of its run to the Final Four. Why is it so successful? It starts with the players' length and speed, which have combined to devastate opponents in the NCAA tournament.

    Story | Conversation | April 03, 2013
  7. 2013 NCAA tournament - Duke beat Michigan State with toughness on...

    Dana O'Neil

    The public perception is that Duke lacks some toughness, but against Michigan State in the Sweet 16, the Blue Devils trashed that narrative, writes Dana O'Neil.

    Story | Conversation | March 29, 2013
  8. 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
  9. In what could be their only A-10 meeting, VCU crushed Butler with...

    Dana O'Neil

    If Saturday is the only Atlantic 10 meeting between Butler and VCU, the Rams made sure the Bulldogs got a good taste of the 'Havoc' defense in case they bolt for the Big East.

    Story | Conversation | March 02, 2013
  10. Crafted defense leads Buckeyes

    Dana O'Neil

    BOSTON -- Greg Paulus knows a thing or two about good point guards. For four years he played the part of one at Duke University. From his catbird seat on the Ohio State bench, though, Paulus is pretty sure he's watching something special in the...

    Blog | March 23, 2012
  11. Syracuse as unselfish as it is deep

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW YORK -- Three seats in on the bench, Scoop Jardine jumped around like a little kid -- high-fiving Michael Carter-Williams, motioning to his teammates on the court to get back on defense or to slow down the tempo. In other words, Jardine acted ...

    Blog | March 08, 2012
  12. South Florida: A bubble test case

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW YORK -- South Florida is a lot of things: Tough -- especially on defense. Hard to watch -- especially on offense. But are the Bulls an NCAA tournament team? No one is quite sure. South Florida beat Villanova 56-47 in the second round ...

    Blog | March 08, 2012
  13. When whistleblowers go bad: A sad tale

    Dana O'Neil

    He did the right thing, that was Bruce Pearl's mantra. When his peers labeled him a rat and a snitch and ostracized him within his profession for nearly 15 years because he turned in Illinois, Pearl held fast to his strongest defense -- that he did t...

    Blog | September 10, 2010
  14. NCAA tournament: Butler Bulldogs make national title game their w...

    Dana O'Neil

    Butler stopped Michigan State in the national semifinals with grit and tough defense. In other words, the Butler way.

    Story | Conversation | April 03, 2010
  15. These Devils not afraid to ugly it up

    Dana O'Neil

    HOUSTON -- Asked if he liked to play defense, Kyle Singler -- still haggard and exhausted after a brutal game more befitting a gridiron than a hardcourt -- grinned a mischievous grin and crinkled his eyes in joy. "I love it," he said. Timeout....

    Blog | March 27, 2010
  16. NCAA tournament: O'Neil: These Duke Blue Devils aren't afraid to ...

    Dana O'Neil

    It might not always be pretty, but pretty hadn't produced an Elite Eight in six years. Thanks to a grind-it-out, defensive effort against Purdue, that drought is over for Duke.

    Story | Conversation | March 26, 2010