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  1. You Gotta See This: Missouri Valley

    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 07, 2013
  2. Stevens-to-Celtics a win for all but Butler

    Eamonn Brennan

    Is your jaw still affixed to the floor? Are you still processing the news? That's OK. We all are. As overused as the term "shock" may be, it is the only acceptable, human reaction to Wednesday evening's news -- released on the eve of a national ho...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  3. Conference Power Rankings: Atlantic 10

    Eamonn Brennan

    Another wacky week in the Atlantic 10, another mostly futile attempt to place the lion's share of these teams in something resembling a hierarchy. Let's give it a less wordy shot: 1. Virginia Commonwealth. For most of the nonconference season, VCU...

    Blog | February 15, 2013
  4. Someone cool down VCU's Troy Daniels

    Eamonn Brennan

    On Wednesday night, Virginia Commonwealth routed East Tennessee State by 51 points, 109-58. Why am I mentioning it this morning? What could possibly be interesting about a 51-point blowout? If you were up and on Twitter last night, you already kno...

    Blog | January 03, 2013
  5. Shaka Smart to host Obama rally

    Eamonn Brennan

    Last year, VCU coach Shaka Smart had what he called at the time a "phenomenal thing" -- the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama at the White House. The VCU Rams didn't finish their magical run to the Final Four with a national title -- Butler ...

    Blog | May 04, 2012
  6. This is why the Illinois job is a challenge

    Eamonn Brennan

    As ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported this afternoon, the wide-ranging rumors of Illinois's impending hire of Ohio coach John Groce, no deal is yet completed, and no press conference has yet been scheduled. From Andy: Ohio coach John Groce continues to b...

    Blog | March 27, 2012
  7. What we learned from Saturday evening

    Eamonn Brennan

    Click here to read our afternoon recap. Now back to the lecture at hand, which comes in three parts: The Rivalry No. 2 Syracuse 71, Connecticut 69: One of the many things to love about this Syracuse team -- besides its great zone defense and in...

    Blog | February 26, 2012
  8. Shaka Smart, VCU get Navy SEAL treatment

    Eamonn Brennan

    The Navy SEALs are famous for their intense training procedures. According to How Stuff Works, the SEALs' training includes eight weeks of: days are filled with running, swimming, calisthenics, and learning small-boat operations. One-to-2 mile ocean...

    Blog | September 14, 2011
  9. Summer Buzz: VCU Rams

    Eamonn Brennan

    Our friends at The Mag are previewing one high-profile school per day for their Summer Buzz series. For the sake of all that is synergistic, yours truly will be attempting the same, complementing each comprehensive preview with some analytic fun. Tod...

    Blog | August 26, 2011
  10. VCU students to chip in for hoops

    Eamonn Brennan

    At the Final Four, I had the opportunity to share a conversation (and a drink) with a rather enjoyable VCU student in the bar of the Houston hotel where both of us were staying. This ebullient, outgoing fan had just arrived after an unfathomable driv...

    Blog | May 25, 2011
  11. Villa 7 coaches in favor of harsher penalties

    Eamonn Brennan

    Last week, NCAA president Mark Emmert -- speaking to the assembled media at the NCAA's first-ever Enforcement Experience -- made something of a proclamation: He wants cheaters to face harsh penalties, to know that any rule-bending action isn't worth ...

    Blog | May 16, 2011
  12. 2011 NCAA tournament: If I Was Shaka Smart

    Eamonn Brennan

    VCU coach Shaka Smart would be wise to keep doing the things that brought the Rams to the Final Four.

    Story | Conversation | March 31, 2011
  13. Breaking down another VCU victory

    Eamonn Brennan

    For two weeks, the refrain has been the same: "VCU is hot and the Rams have a chance to win, but this is going to be a really tough game for them. I'm not sure they can keep it up." For the fifth straight time, VCU has made the pregame prognostica...

    Blog | March 27, 2011
  14. Confident VCU still carrying its edge

    Eamonn Brennan

    CHICAGO -- Hours before Virginia Commonwealth took the floor to play No. 6 seed Georgetown on Friday, coach Shaka Smart gathered his players for a prepared video session. It wasn't for extra, last-minute film study. It wasn't an impromptu team mov...

    Blog | March 19, 2011
  15. Previewing Chicago: The night games

    Eamonn Brennan

    CHICAGO -- A look at the night games being held here at the United Center: No. 14 seed St. Peter's (20-13) vs. No. 3 seed Purdue (25-7), 7:20 p.m. ET (TNT) How they got here: Few teams have succeeded despite adversity quite as well as the 2011 ...

    Blog | March 18, 2011
  16. Brennan: Five observations from the week

    Eamonn Brennan

    Five observations from the week that was: 1. It's time, once and for all, to shelve the no-great-teams line. You've heard this before. You've heard it a lot, in fact. The line has been ubiquitous: "There are no great teams in college basketball th...

    Blog | March 07, 2011