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  1. Is Virginia the Least-Respected Great Team in College Hoops Histo...

    Shane Ryan

    Let's start here: In this year's ESPN Bracket Challenge, 3.8 percent of all fans picked Virginia, the ACC tournament and regular-season champion (and no. 1 seed in the East Region), to win the national championship. That was almost&nbs...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  2. Moneybrackets: Win Your Pool by Avoiding These 10 Mistakes

    Shane Ryan

    You want to win your bracket pool. I know this. I also know it's not for the money, or even for "bragging rights." You want to win for the same reason I want to win: It gives you the temporary feeling that you actually know something, ...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  3. Grantland Dictionary: College Basketball Edition

    Shane Ryan

    Welcome to Grantland's college basketball dictionary, an A-to-Z guide of all the terms and phrases you need to know. It's the lexicon of the amateur hard court - a vernacular sure to make you a hit with all your hoopster buddies. (You...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  4. Margin Call: Analyzing College Basketball Teams Based on Their Wi...

    Shane Ryan

    Analyzing the regular-season performance of college basketball teams has always been difficult. The vexing problem is how to determine whether a team performed below or above its abilities. It's a question that seems to exist in a vacuum, becaus...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  5. The Year We Fell Asleep on Rick Pitino (and Lived to Regret It?)

    Shane Ryan

    There was a point in time - a point that looks pretty hilarious now - when four teams met in Chicago for an early-season doubleheader, and we all left so impressed that it felt logical to argue that three or even...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  6. Bedlam in Breslin: Michigan State Steals One at Home

    Shane Ryan

    In the face of insanity, it's important to start with logic. SO. The facts, as they will be presented in various media today, are that the Michigan State Spartans blew a late lead in regulation, barely survived to reach overtime, and then caught fire...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  7. December Turnaround: Duke Shows a Flash of Greatness

    Shane Ryan

    There have been a lot of Duke teams that reach ACC play either undefeated or with one loss in the nonconference schedule. This year, though, the story has been turned on its head; despite the excellence of Jabari Parker, the best freshman in the nati...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  8. 10 Takeaways From a Wonderful, Frustrating Night of College Baske...

    Shane Ryan

    The Champions Classic is in the books, with Michigan State surviving against Kentucky and Jabari Parker defeating Andrew Wiggins (historical footnote: Kansas would win the actual game), and, in the true spirit of college basketball, it was both joyou...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  9. Mark Your Calendars: An Immersive Guide to the Week in College Ho...

    Shane Ryan

    College basketball is back, and life finally makes sense again. Questions like "Where did all my money go?" and "Why am I such a disappointment?" and "How did I end up in this Dumpster?" no longer matter. Nothing matters, actually. Our salvation has ...

    Blog | November 08, 2013
  10. College Basketball's New (and Necessary) Growing Pains

    Shane Ryan

    Last May, the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee met with a chance to rescue college basketball from its ongoing doldrums. The aesthetic quality of the sport had hit rock bottom, with scoring dropping to its lowest levels since the 1951-52 season,...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  11. Frank Haith Gets a Five-Game Suspension, and More College Hoops N...

    Shane Ryan

    We're now less than a month from the tipoff of the 2013-14 season, and schools all around the country have held their various Midnight Madness celebrations (though a 2013 rule change meant that teams could begin practicing as early as September 27 th...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  12. The College Basketball Offseason: Everything You Missed, and More...

    Shane Ryan

    You can't go very far these days without hearing a sports fan say, "I can't wait until college basketball starts." I'm not sure why they keep mispronouncing it as "football" — it must be a joke I missed, or a meme, or something — but the ...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  13. Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas: A Postmortem

    Shane Ryan

    At the end of Andrew Wiggins's signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon, a good chunk of the college basketball world felt deprived. Fans of Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina were chief among them, their hopes dashed when the no. 1 recruit chose ...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  14. The NCAA Basketball Rules Committee Just Failed the Sport

    Shane Ryan

    This was an exceptional year for college basketball, in the sense that you had to be an exceptional obsessive just to enjoy an average game. The wonderful championship battle between Louisville and Michigan was a happy fluke, a last-ditch saving grac...

    Blog | May 10, 2013
  15. Back to School: Marcus Smart's Incredible Decision

    Shane Ryan

    I am aware of how much money I am giving up. I am aware of that. — Marcus Smart That was my favorite quote from Wednesday's Oklahoma State press conference, in which the freshman point guard, along with teammates Markel Brown and Le'Bryan ...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  16. Luke Hancock's Next Act

    Shane Ryan

    When Kevin Ware went down with a broken leg in Louisville's Elite Eight win over Duke, most of his teammates reacted with varying degrees of shock. There was, of course, the immediate cringing; it was a gruesome injury, and the grimaces and recoils o...

    Blog | April 08, 2013