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  1. Bill Self has friends in high places

    Eamonn Brennan

    Here are a few new pieces of information I've learned on this fine Monday morning: Country music star Garth Brooks has launched a new world tour. His first show was at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Friday night. Brooks is not, in...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  2. Position battles: Shooting guards

    Eamonn Brennan

    Some of the best one-on-one matchups will take place before the 2014-15 season tips off. They will come in the form of position battles within a team to determine a starter, which will in some cases shape an entire lineup. Starting with point guard...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  3. Bubble Watch update: The waiting game

    Eamonn Brennan

    The Big Ten's bubble teams are officially in wait-and-see mode after Friday's quarterfinals while one Conference USA bubbler moved past another: Big Ten Illinois: The Illini needed at the very least a win over Michigan on Friday (and then probab...

    Blog | March 15, 2014
  4. Bubble Watch Friday afternoon update

    Eamonn Brennan

    Here's what's bubbling now. First the ACC, where Pitt is now a lock. At this point, any team with a cat-related mascot and a couple of close games in their rearview gets slapped with the "Cardiac Cats" nickname. Pittsburgh actually earned it. All ...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  5. Southern Illinois loves Barry Hinson

    Eamonn Brennan

    It's been a week now, or almost a week, since Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson entered the all-time viral-coach-rant Hall of Fame. Hinson now exists alongside Denny Green and Jim Mora and many others, and he deserved commendation for bringing his...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  6. Hawkeyes, Gophers Big Ten's lone bulwarks

    Eamonn Brennan

    The Big Ten should thank Iowa. Minnesota, too. And home court advantage. Actually, play it safe, Big Ten: Point your gratitude at all of the above. On the first night of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge -- the 15th meeting between these two conferences, a...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  7. Survive and advance begins now

    Eamonn Brennan

    For a vast majority of the possessions they played during the 2012-13 season, the Virginia Cavaliers were a solid college basketball team. Virginia held opponents to the 16th-lowest effective field-goal percentage in the country last season; they fin...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  8. You Gotta See This: Big Ten

    Eamonn Brennan

    It's college basketball preview season, and you know what that means: tons of preseason info to get you primed for 2013-14. But what do you really need to know? Each day for the next month, we'll highlight the most important, interesting or just plai...

    Blog | October 22, 2013
  9. Nonconference schedule analysis: Big Ten

    Eamonn Brennan

    This week, ESPN.com is breaking down the nonconference schedules of each team in nine of the nation's top leagues. Next up: the Big Ten. ILLINOIS Toughest: at UNLV (Nov. 26), vs. Oregon (Dec. 14 in Portland, Ore.), vs. Missouri (Dec. 21 in St....

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  10. Illinois reloads on the Paul family

    Eamonn Brennan

    One of Illinois coach John Groce's biggest, or at least most interesting, challenges next season will be how he goes about replacing Brandon Paul. The senior guard had an up and down career, to be sure, and while his senior season was no different (P...

    Blog | May 06, 2013
  11. Illinois renames arena for sponsor cash

    Eamonn Brennan

    There are plenty of "sponsored" arenas in college basketball; it's not like college basketball is immune to the crass commercialization that once gave us Enron Field. Still, the Illinois' athletic department's Monday release -- that the school had s...

    Blog | April 30, 2013
  12. For Tubby Smith and Gophers, it was time

    Eamonn Brennan

    Two weeks ago, after his team's 51-49 loss to Illinois, Tubby Smith sat down at his news conference in the bowels of the United Center and tried to answer the same question -- differently phrased -- over and over: Why? He sighed and rubbed his tem...

    Blog | March 25, 2013
  13. NCAA tournament 2013 -- Fair or not, Big Ten's legacy is on the l...

    Eamonn Brennan

    The Big Ten was the nation's best conference in the regular season. But that doesn't matter. Fair or not, the conference's legacy will be judged by how well -- or poorly -- its teams do in the NCAA tournament.

    Story | Conversation | March 19, 2013
  14. Rapid Reaction: Indiana 80, Illinois 64

    Eamonn Brennan

    CHICAGO -- Quick reaction to Indiana's 80-64 win over Illinois on Friday. Overview: When Indiana's offense is clicking, when it is breaking opponents down with spacing and fluid ball movement, there is no more entertaining and (for opposing defens...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  15. Disjointed Minnesota limps to finish

    Eamonn Brennan

    CHICAGO -- Seriously: What's wrong with Minnesota? What is it, exactly, that allowed the Gophers to look like one of the best teams in the country for the first two months of the season, and utterly pedestrian for the final six weeks? Why can the ...

    Blog | March 14, 2013
  16. Indiana Hoosiers aim for conference double at Big Ten tournament ...

    Eamonn Brennan

    The Big Ten has been home to some of the best basketball we've seen all season. With several Final Four contenders and teams still on the NCAA tournament bubble, the league tournament in Chicago should provide more of the same.

    Story | Conversation | March 13, 2013