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  1. The Big Ten keeps losing terrible games

    Eamonn Brennan

    On Monday night, the Wisconsin Badgers went to Berkeley, California, to play a California team that had, on the strength of a top-25 efficiency defense and a top-five defensive rebounding rate since, quietly racked up seven straight wins and a 10-1 r...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  2. Afternoon Links: Reading the zone

    Eamonn Brennan

    What we're reading while we feel bad for people with birthdays in late December. Submit links via Twitter. Why on Earth would Thad Matta show football film to his college basketball players? No, it wasn't about "toughness." It was about zone defe...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  3. Afternoon Links: Fair market value

    Eamonn Brennan

    What we're reading while realize that we still have Christmas gifts to buy. Submit links via Twitter. So you say you think college basketball players should be paid. Preach! But how much? Using a fair market value metric modeled on the NBA collec...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  4. Afternoon Links: Platoon by any other name

    Eamonn Brennan

    What we're reading while we regret nothing. Submit links via Twitter. A Sea of Blue argues that Kentucky's platoon system won't die thanks to Alex Poythress' injury, even if the injury gives UK coach John Calipari an ostensible excuse to return t...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  5. Duke's analytic advantage keeps growing

    Eamonn Brennan

    In October 2013, the Duke Blue Devils became the first college basketball program to install SportVU cameras in both Cameron Indoor Stadium and team practice facilities. In the past few years, SportVU's high-speed cameras, which track player and ball...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  6. Afternoon Links: Sixth-grade skills

    Eamonn Brennan

    What we're reading while we seriously consider adopting Andrew Luck's entire approach to life. Submit links via Twitter. Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall noticed something amiss in the Shockers' recent home games: The student section wasn't at ...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  7. Can Kansas close the gap?

    Eamonn Brennan

    There's always an invisible line. In every team's season, there comes a time when the optimism must fall away. The time is different every season, and for every team, which makes it hard to precisely pinpoint. But every team has the threshold across ...

    Blog | December 13, 2014
  8. Afternoon Links: Making statements

    Eamonn Brennan

    What we're reading while we overthink our two fantasy football playoff games. Submit links via Twitter. A Yale alumnus and current UConn mathematics professor decided to have some fun with his lesson on the central limit theorem, which is somethi...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  9. Kansas winning ugly, but it's a start

    Eamonn Brennan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One might be inclined to think that after five straight wins -- including three in a row over Michigan State, Florida and Georgetown -- the Kansas Jayhawks are a pretty good basketball team. Not great, necessarily. Not vintage. Bu...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  10. Georgetown Hoyas wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts

    Eamonn Brennan

    The Georgetown Hoyas became the latest athletes -- and the first in college basketball -- to don "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts before Wednesday night's game against No. 10 Kansas.

    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2014
  11. Division II school makes it rain (toys)

    Eamonn Brennan

    Taylor has its Silent Night. The Big Five has its recently revived streamer tosses. This weekend, Arkansas-Fort Smith, a Division II school located in -- well, you guessed it -- elevated the first-basket-scored tradition to a higher plane. It's ca...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  12. Afternoon links: Brandon Ashley arrives

    Eamonn Brennan

    What we're reading while we posthumously thank this man for indirectly making Far Cry 4 possible. Submit links via Twitter. Arizona's win over Gonzaga Saturday felt every bit like a loss for the Zags -- the opportunity to get a No. 1-seed-making ...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  13. Ugly win over Texas reveals Kentucky's strengths, challenges

    Eamonn Brennan

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The student selected to participate in the halftime shooting contest was named "Mac Daddy," or at least that's what the Rupp Arena emcee called him. Mac Daddy's task was simple: Make a free throw, win John Calipari's autograph. Make...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  14. No worries for Iowa State's offense

    Eamonn Brennan

    No Iowa State player made more than one 3-pointer. If you needed evidence that the Cyclones' first loss of the season, last Tuesday's 72-63 defeat to Maryland, was a fluke, that statistic was a pretty good place to start. There were others: Iowa S...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  15. No flash, just Virginia basketball

    Eamonn Brennan

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- If you're looking for caveats, they weren't hard to find. There was Dez Wells, arguably Maryland's best player, in plainclothes on the bench, stuck in Week 1 of his fractured wrist's scheduled four-week heal. Next to him was Evan...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  16. Guard? Forward? Justise Winslow does it all for Duke

    Eamonn Brennan

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan State was worked up. The Spartans had struggled to stop Duke all night, but they had rebounded well enough to keep things within reach. And now here they were, eight minutes into the second half, the lead cut to three points,...

    Blog | November 18, 2014