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  1. ADs fighting to keep good coaches

    Myron Medcalf

    Editor's note: During the next five weeks, we will reveal the top 50 coaches in college basketball, as decided by our ESPN Forecast panel. Today we unveil No. 13: VCU's Shaka Smart. On Thursday, we release No. 12. It begins again each year. Ed Mc...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  2. College stars shrink at NBA draft combine

    Myron Medcalf

    On Thursday, the NBA draft combine offered a revealing portrait of the college game's great deception. If we're going to talk about shot clocks, block-charge rules and timeouts, then this must be addressed in the coming years, too. I'm talking ...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  3. Players to watch: Small forwards

    Myron Medcalf

    This week, ESPN.com will feature a position-by-position look at players to watch for the 2014-15 season. In 2003, a young man from Akron, Ohio, excelled during his rookie season in the NBA (20.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.9 APG, 1.6 SPG) and crushed philosop...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  4. Should college coaches turn down NBA?

    Myron Medcalf

    In the coming days, college standouts will announce that they're either going to the NBA or returning to school for another year. This is a critical time for college players. Their futures could be altered -- for better or worse -- based on their dec...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  5. Reseeding the Sweet 16 of the men's NCAA basketball tournament fi...

    Myron Medcalf

    Myron Medcalf reseeds the Sweet 16 field based on how each team has played in the NCAA tournament.

    Story | Conversation | March 24, 2014
  6. Medcalf's 10 bold NCAA tourney predictions

    Myron Medcalf

    Here we go again -- my annual list of 10 bold predictions for the NCAA tournament. Without further ado .... Iowa State in the Final Four -- The Cyclones have been one of the hottest teams in the country, winning eight of their past 10 games. The...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  7. Tournament preview: Big Ten

    Myron Medcalf

    The beautiful chaos in the Big Ten this season didn't disappoint. Michigan emerged from the rubble despite losing former Wooden Award winner Trey Burke and competing without Mitch McGary for most of the season. Wisconsin's streak of top-four finis...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  8. Weekend Picks: So much popcorn

    Myron Medcalf

    So I usually address five games every Friday. But this weekend is just too stacked for the typical lineup. So I'm going with seven games, all key matchups that you'll want to see. I'm even introducing the Popcorn Factor (a scale of 1-10 Bags) to g...

    Blog | February 21, 2014
  9. Weekend Picks: Wichita State's first loss?

    Myron Medcalf

    First, let's take a moment to reflect on last weekend's amazing Syracuse-Duke matchup. Sure, the Orange won. But the Blue Devils were still fighting in overtime with their best players on the bench. The Rodney Hood game-winning dunk attempt? The Rash...

    Blog | February 07, 2014
  10. Michigan State has grit that Iowa lacks

    Myron Medcalf

    They just have something that's difficult to explain. These incomplete, oft-injured, Big Ten-contending, won't-go-away-even-on-the-road No. 7 Michigan State Spartans. Somehow, they knocked off No. 15 Iowa in Iowa City on Tuesday during a brutal Bi...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  11. Weekend Picks: Don't mess with Texas?

    Myron Medcalf

    Can't believe it's already late January. Selection Sunday is coming. The national scene is beginning to take shape. Last Saturday was proof. Kansas dismissed Oklahoma State with ease. Syracuse outplayed a good Pitt team down the stretch in the ...

    Blog | January 24, 2014
  12. Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart among front-runners as Wooden Award ...

    Myron Medcalf

    The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, released Wednesday, features a variety of standout athletes who remain in the running to win the national honor at the end of the season.

    Story | Conversation | January 22, 2014
  13. Weekend Picks: Hawkeyes over Badgers?

    Myron Medcalf

    Another mediocre performance last week, when I went 3-2 in my weekend picks. My Villanova-over-Syracuse call looked good until Syracuse put together a 22-0 run that changed everything. And then, Kentucky beat Louisville. I'm still surprised by tha...

    Blog | January 03, 2014
  14. Adreian Payne leading his way

    Myron Medcalf

    I remember when Tom Izzo begged Adreian Payne, pleaded with him. In those early years, Michigan State's head coach would often pull the 6-foot-10 forward aside and berate him for something he'd done -- or hadn't done -- with that trademark rasp. H...

    Blog | December 21, 2013
  15. Weekend Picks: Texas over Michigan State?

    Myron Medcalf

    Well, this isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Yet. We're a long way from March. So I'm sure I'll miss a bunch. But in last week's picks, I was accurate on every game except Iowa-Iowa State. That Cyclones-Hawkeyes matchup was one of the best...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  16. A Saturday full of thrillers

    Myron Medcalf

    Well, we were certainly spoiled on Saturday. College basketball offered up a variety of high-profile affairs. There were so many competitive, thrilling matchups. It all began with an exciting game between Arizona and Michigan in Ann Arbor and from...

    Blog | December 15, 2013