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  1. Can UConn's defense match the Gators?

    Eamonn Brennan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- After five days of prelude, it's hard to find something new to say about these games -- every angle has been explored, discussed, dismissed and recycled, often in the matter of an afternoon. No analytical stone goes unturned, and ...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  2. Previewing the South Region Sweet 16

    Eamonn Brennan

    A look around the South Region ... FLORIDA vs. UCLA What to watch: An offense-defense matchup for the ages. The Gators are one of the nation's two or three best defenses. They enter Thursday's game ranked No. 2 in adjusted defensive efficiency ...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  3. Afternoon Links: How Wichita State does it

    Eamonn Brennan

    What we're reading while we stock up on "Cosmos" episode recordings for the offseason. Submit links via Twitter. "I am watching what looks like a high-functioning practice, in that the Shockers' first-team defense is impeccable with its ballscree...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  4. Brennan's Wooden Watch: Week 15

    Eamonn Brennan

    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: What should have been a mundane home win turned dramatic for Creighton on Sunday. The Bluejays' defense gave up 71 points in 60 possessions to Seton Hall, and the game was tight late mostly because Creighton did somethin...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  5. Planning for Success: Big 12 speed

    Eamonn Brennan

    Just for kicks, let's start with a quiz: Is Oklahoma State a better offensive or defensive team? Last season, the answer was obvious: The Cowboys were defined by their defense. Nowhere was the impact of Marcus Smart's arrival felt more acutely. In...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  6. Weekend Homework: Is FSUs defense real?

    Eamonn Brennan

    In 1963, a year after he was summarily ejected from a fledgling pop group called The Beatles, drummer Pete Best met his wife, Kathy. More than 50 years later, the two are still married, with two daughters and four grandchildren. Best was a British ci...

    Blog | January 24, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Armed Forces Classic checks all the boxes

    Eamonn Brennan

    As you may have heard -- our own Andy Katz had the story Tuesday afternoon -- the Armed Forces Classic will once again open the college basketball season in militarized style. Last season's inaugural AFC, a Department of Defense and ESPN joint, kicke...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  9. Path to the Draft: Ranking NBA pedigree

    Eamonn Brennan

    College basketball fans define themselves almost as much by what they are as what they are not -- namely, fans of the professional game. But for all the shared denial about the quality of the NBA, or its defense, or whether NBA players take too many ...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  10. Rapid Reaction: Ohio St. 78, Iowa St. 75

    Eamonn Brennan

    DAYTON, Ohio -- Quick thoughts on Ohio State's 78-75 win over Iowa State. Overview: In a matchup between one of the nation's best and most entertaining offenses, and one of the nation's most brutal and most finely tuned defenses, it was only fitti...

    Blog | March 24, 2013
  11. Cyclones, Buckeyes set for matchup dream

    Eamonn Brennan

    DAYTON, Ohio -- All season, Iowa State has been confounding opposing defenses with endless floor spacing and perimeter shooting. All season, Ohio State has breaking the wills of opposing perimeter players with endless defensive harassment. Unstopp...

    Blog | March 23, 2013
  12. Duke misses Ryan Kelly's defense most

    Eamonn Brennan

    When Ryan Kelly suffered a foot injury Jan. 8 at Clemson, it was casually assumed that Duke would miss his offense more than anything. After all, Kelly's versatility on the offensive end - his ability, at 6-foot-11, to knock down shots from the perim...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  13. Afternoon Links: Can defense stop the 3?

    Eamonn Brennan

    Afternoon Links are pretty self-explanatory. Want to share? Email or tweet me @eamonnbrennan. Ken Pomeroy revisited his study on whether defenses have a say in keeping opponents' 3-point field goal percentage down, and discovered that even when y...

    Blog | January 29, 2013
  14. Weekend Watch: Cuse-Louisville preview

    Eamonn Brennan

    Scouting Louisville: The Cardinals reached the Final Four last season not only through timely plays and Russ Smith's overcaffeinated brilliance, but because Rick Pitino unleashed the frightening power of the nation's best defense for five consecutive...

    Blog | January 17, 2013
  15. Saddle Up: Big ones in the ACC, MWC

    Eamonn Brennan

    Saddle Up is our semi-daily preview of the night's best basketball action. No. 14 NC State at Maryland, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2: Despite its 3-0 ACC start, the fact of the matter is that NC State's defense -- much like the nonconference portion of the se...

    Blog | January 16, 2013
  16. Penn State star Tim Frazier out for season

    Eamonn Brennan

    Penn State was unlucky last season. As Mike Portsheller and Josh Reed (aka the Big Ten Geeks) wrote in College Basketball Prospectus, 3-point shooting can be a bit of a lottery, and the Nittany Lions caught the wrong end of it on defense last season....

    Blog | November 20, 2012