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Marquette Hires Shaka Smart

Marquette hired Texas head coach Shaka Smart to be their next coach. Jeff Goodman and Rob Dauster weigh in on his decision to move on.

  • News
  • April 30,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Is There a ‘First-Mover’ Advantage in College Basketball Recruiting?

From an economics perspective, a first-mover advantage is when a company is the first to enter a given market and then reaps the benefits from its move. And in the world of college basketball recruiting, such an approach can be a hit-or-miss investment that may require a high school player’s profile to stay under the […]

  • News
  • April 25,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Did These College Coaches Deliver On Their Early Promises? | Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of our examination into the introductory press conferences of some of the notable college basketball coaches who were hired last offseason. You can read Part 1 here. These introductory press conferences can be full of cliches, like talk of establishing a culture or playing fast, but they can also lend themselves to […]

  • News
  • April 19,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Postseason Grades for Every Big East College Basketball Team

The Big East only sent four teams to the 2019 NCAA Tournament — only three remained after the First Four, just one survived the first round and no one made it past the first weekend. Overall, it wasn’t a banner year for the Big East as a whole. Here are Stadium’s postseason grades for every […]

  • News
  • April 18,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Analyzing College Basketball’s Relationship Between Recruiting Rankings and Wins

College basketball coaches will hit the recruiting trail on Friday for the start of a six-day recruiting period in which they’re allowed to evaluate prospects and make in-person, off-campus contact with recruits. The final day of the official NCAA “recruiting period” for the 2018-19 recruiting calendar is Thursday, May 2, which means the next two-plus […]

  • News
  • April 15,2019
  • Jeff Goodman, Stadium Basketball Insider

Preseason Top 25: Jeff Goodman’s 2019-20 College Basketball Rankings

Is there such a thing as “too early” when it comes to compiling your preseason top 25 college basketball rankings for the 2019-20 season? Not at Stadium, which is why we’ve already asked our College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman to assemble his first list for next season. Check back as this will constantly be updated […]

  • News
  • April 12,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Examining the Effects of NIT Rule Changes: Extended 3-Point Line, Wider Lane

While most college basketball fans in the country were busy watching the 2019 NCAA Tournament, the 32 teams that qualified for the NIT were playing a slightly different version of the sport we know and love. There were four rule modifications in the 2019 NIT, which are outlined below. The 3-point line was extended to […]

  • News
  • April 10,2019
  • Jeff Goodman, Stadium Basketball Insider

Search Firm: Predicting St. John’s Next Head Basketball Coach

Legendary player Chris Mullin is out after four seasons as head coach at St. John’s. It was a forgettable tenure  even though he did wind up taking St. Johns to the NCAA tourney this past year. The Johnnies underachieved for much of his time, and ultimately it just didn’t work out – especially when new […]

  • News
  • April 9,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Ranking the Best College Basketball Conferences From the 2018-19 Season

Virginia won the first men’s basketball national championship in school history Monday night, which means three different ACC teams have won a national title in the last five years. The Cavaliers’ title goes a long way as we examine how college basketball’s best conferences stacked up against each other last season. NCAA Tournament participation and […]

  • News
  • April 9,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Texas Tech’s Chris Beard Had Historic First Four Years of Division I Coaching Career

Texas Tech Coach Chris Beard has led the Red Raiders to eight wins in the NCAA Tournament, which is just as many as the rest of the coaches in Texas Tech history combined. Don’t forget, he’s been with the Red Raiders for just three seasons and his predecessors include national championship-winning coaches Bob Knight and […]

  • News
  • March 24,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Here Are the Best Photos From the 2019 NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament provides incredible moments and displays of emotion, ranging from when Cinderella teams experience their first trip to the Big Dance to seniors coming to the realization that their college careers are coming to an end as their teams face an insurmountable deficit in the final minutes. For every NCAA Tournament matchup, starting […]

  • News
  • March 23,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Breaking Down the Winners and Losers of the First Round of the NCAA Tournament

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is officially complete. Every No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seed is still standing, which we couldn’t have said last year, obviously. Twelve higher-seeded teams won their first-round matchup but just eight if you don’t count the 8/9 games. Here’s our breakdown of the winners and losers […]

  • March 20,2019
  • Andy Wittry

Previewing No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 12 Murray State: Date, Time, Players to Watch

Marquette versus Murray State has the potential to be the best first-round matchup of the 2019 NCAA Tournament with Big East Player of the Year Markus Howard squaring off against projected top-five NBA Draft pick Ja Morant. If both players simply score their season scoring averages (25.0 points per game for Howard and 24.6 for […]


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