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  1. A list of players who might end up on Wooden Award watch list - c...

    Andy Katz

    At this time last year, Ben Hansbrough's name didn't appear on the Wooden Award preseason watch list. Five months later, he edged out Connecticut's Kemba Walker for Big East Player of the Year. Using that as a backdrop, let's remember that the list...

    Blog | Conversation | October 03, 2011
  2. Andy Katz's Preseason Top 25: Defending champ Duke will start new...

    Andy Katz

    Now that we know who's in the draft and who's out, who gets Andy Katz's top spot in his revised top 25? The same team that ended last season No. 1. But a pair of Big Ten teams aren't far behind.

    Story | Conversation | May 11, 2010
  3. Andy Katz: Purdue Boilermakers will reload in 2010-11 hungry for ...

    Andy Katz

    Purdue's Final Four dreams ended in devastating fashion this season after losing Robbie Hummel to injury. But with Hummel returning to a senior-laden squad, the Boilermakers are the early favorites as the top team in 2010-11.

    Story | Conversation | April 07, 2010
  4. Andy Katz's Daily Word: Watch out for Ohio State Buckeyes and Ill...

    Andy Katz

    ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Illinois coach Bruce Weber didn't dismiss Michigan State's or Purdue's chances to win the Big Ten title or compete for a Final Four. But he said it would be a mistake to dismiss Ohio State as a contender. At Big Ten media d...

    Blog | Conversation | October 30, 2009
  5. Andy Katz's Daily Word: DePaul's Jerry Wainwright knows the heat ...

    Andy Katz

    In the brand-new ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia, Jeff Sagarin's all-time program rankings place DePaul at 26, reinforcing how the Blue Demons were once a mighty regional and, at times, national name. But the DePaul of decades past was never...

    Blog | Conversation | October 05, 2009
  6. Andy Katz's Daily Word: Examining five freshmen crucial to their ...

    Andy Katz

    College basketball practice officially starts in a little less than a month, but all across the country, coaches are quietly working with their teams on campus within the two-hour-a-week limit for each player. Wide-eyed freshmen are among those play...

    Blog | Conversation | September 18, 2009
  7. Andy Katz: Washington State Cougars in good shape thanks to forme...

    Andy Katz

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Tony Bennett left Washington State for Virginia and the likely, long-term success and overall access to players that Charlottesville, Va., provides over Pullman, Wash. But in the short term, he might look longingly at what...

    Blog | Conversation | June 19, 2009
  8. Andy Katz: Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Al-Farouq Aminu pull...

    Andy Katz

    Wake Forest freshman sensation Al-Farouq Aminu never declared for the NBA draft, with the intention that he needed to improve his game a bit before becoming a pro. His plan was to try out for, and likely make, the FIBA USA U19 team that is led by Pi...

    Blog | Conversation | June 12, 2009
  9. Illini fighting way back to Big Ten contention

    Andy Katz

    Although an ice storm made his trip from St. Louis take four hours instead of the usual three, Illinois coach Bruce Weber wanted to get home for Christmas. An inch of ice had accumulated on his car, and his driveway could have hosted a hockey game be...

    Blog | Conversation | December 24, 2008
  10. Weber and Illinois ready to put year's worth of controversy in th...

    Andy Katz

    The past year has been a tough one for Bruce Weber at Illinois, from two players in life-threatening situations to losing out on a big-time recruit to a Big Ten rival. But it's a new season, and Weber is ready to move on, writes Andy Katz.

    Story | Conversation | November 19, 2007