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  1. What happens after coaching?

    Myron Medcalf

    Jud Heathcote left East Lansing, Michigan, after he retired and headed west. In Spokane, Washington, Heathcote's new home offered solace from the grind he'd embraced since the 1970s, the life he led until he handed over the Michigan State program ...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  2. What does a coach do when he stops coaching

    Myron Medcalf

    Coaches eventually leave the sidelines, whether on their own or pushed by others. What happens next? The transition isn't easy.

    Story | Conversation | May 28, 2014
  3. Ranking the SEC/Big 12 Challenge games

    Myron Medcalf

    The pairings for the 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge were announced Wednesday afternoon. In the event's second year, it will again offer a variety of intriguing matchups. The Big 12 won the first Challenge last year by a 7-3 margin, and the Big 12, a le...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  4. SEC/Big 12 Challenge highlighted by Texas Longhorns-Kentucky Wild...

    Myron Medcalf

    College basketball can look forward to a pair of mega-matchups in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Dec. 5, with Texas traveling to face Kentucky and Florida on the road at Kansas.

    Story | Conversation | May 07, 2014
  5. Look back, look ahead: Big 12

    Myron Medcalf

    In recent years, the Big Ten has been -- arguably -- college basketball's best conference. But the Big 12 fought for that perch in 2013-14. The league featured an impressive lineup, one that only the Big Ten rivaled. Realignment's winds took more ...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  6. Five things: Arizona advances to Sweet 16

    Myron Medcalf

    SAN DIEGO -- Here are five observations from Arizona's 84-61 win over Gonzaga in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday night at Viejas Arena in San Diego: Aaron Gordon is ridiculous: Yes, the freshman is a highlight machine. In the firs...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  7. Oklahoma State's bizarre season ends

    Myron Medcalf

    SAN DIEGO -- In a matter of months, it all crumbled. More like the brick exterior of an old church than a cookie. A gradual but obvious decline. Marcus Smart returned to Oklahoma State to rid his program of the lingering stench that arose in the w...

    Blog | March 21, 2014
  8. Tournament preview: Big 12

    Myron Medcalf

    The sun rose. And Kansas won its 10th consecutive Big 12 title. There's more, though. The 2013-14 campaign for the Big 12 orchestrated a shift in the conference hierarchy. The Big Ten has been the king of regular-season college basketball for y...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  9. Monday upsets showcase Big 12's depth

    Myron Medcalf

    A league should be judged according to its depth, not its best. Florida can't mask the SEC's flaws. And San Diego State's excellent season doesn't change the decline of the Mountain West. Depth is the barometer. And if that's the universal y...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  10. 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
  11. A conversation with Craig Neal

    Myron Medcalf

    Last April, Craig Neal moved into the first seat on the bench when best friend Steve Alford left for UCLA and became the new head coach at New Mexico. It hasn't been an easy transition. His Lobos dropped out of the national rankings after a few tough...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  12. Weekend picks: U-M takes down Arizona?

    Myron Medcalf

    In last week's predictions, I "called" Baylor over Kentucky, but I missed Missouri over UCLA and Colorado over Kansas. It happens. It will continue to happen, I'm sure. I'll get a few right (maybe) and I'll miss some. Either way, you all will let ...

    Blog | December 13, 2013
  13. Notre Dame among five teams in trouble

    Myron Medcalf

    Kansas isn't the only team in America that's struggling right now. Here are five other squads that might stumble into conference play due to some early problems. Notre Dame (7-3): The Fighting Irish entered the season ranked 21st in the Associ...

    Blog | December 11, 2013
  14. Gordon belongs with top freshmen

    Myron Medcalf

    Aaron Gordon doesn't belong in a box. That much was obvious as he diced up San Diego State in No. 6 Arizona's 69-60 road win over the Aztecs on Thursday night. As the Wildcats began to unravel in the final minutes -- most of the team's starters ha...

    Blog | November 15, 2013
  15. Kentucky deserves AP's top slot

    Myron Medcalf

    On Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press released its preseason poll for the 2013-14 season. Kentucky's super team of McDonald's All-Americans and future lottery picks tops the list. It's certainly a change compared to last season's finish for ...

    Blog | October 31, 2013
  16. Nonconference analysis: Best of the rest

    Myron Medcalf

    This week, ESPN.com has been breaking down the nonconference schedules of each team in nine of the nation's top leagues. Now let's take a look at the slates of a dozen of the top teams outside of those conferences. BYU Toughest: Iowa State (Nov...

    Blog | September 11, 2013