Tubby Smith's departure from Kentucky to Minnesota may have been the unlikeliest coaching move this offseason. But his arrival has brought a rare optimism to the Golden Gophers' program, writes Jeff Shelman.
Life as an independent isn't easy. Long travel, brutal games and little to no chance for NCAA Tournament glory. But these teams are looking for the silver lining, writes Jeff Shelman.
Gone is Valparaiso, perhaps the most recognizable team in the conference. But the Summit League, with a new name and three new teams, is ready to move on, writes Jeff Shelman.
Southern Illinois is making the financial commitment -- to both the program and coach Chris Lowery -- to continue to be one of the best mid-majors in the country, writes Jeff Shelman.
Yes, Wisconsin-Ohio State lost some luster when the Badgers lost Tuesday, but the game still is very important for NCAA Tournament purposes, Jeff Shelman writes.
Half of the Missouri Valley is still alive for at-larges, but will the ultracompetitiveness of the league cost it in the end?
Kansas State fans might think their games against Kansas mark a rivalry, but coach Bob Huggins disagrees (for now), writes Jeff Shelman.
The Big Ten may be down (again), but that's no reason to discount how good Wisconsin and Ohio State are, Jeff Shelman writes.
Purdue is one of the biggest early-season success stories and could be positioning itself for an NCAA Tournament return, Jeff Shelman writes.
Several teams, including Arkansas, walk away from the Old Spice Classic feeling pretty good about themselves, Jeff Shelman writes.
After a spectacular six-year run, is it possible Illinois is being overlooked in the Big Ten, despite a number of questions entering the season?
The biggest story in the world of independents was how North Dakota State managed to keep its head coach.
Blake Schilb's return to Loyola could mean the Ramblers return to the NCAAs. * Big West * More Sessions
Ohio State is closing in on a Big Ten title that most observers thought would come next season, Jeff Shelman writes.
Thought to be a lock for seven bids, the Big Ten now stands under a cloud of uncertainty thanks to Indiana's and Michigan's struggles, Jeff Shelman writes.
Connecticut is simply too talented and too deep not to make it to Indy, Jeff Shelman writes.