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  • College Basketball
  • May 2, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

Here’s How the Big Ten’s 20-Game Slate Affected Non-Conference Scheduling

Last season marked the debut of the Big Ten’s 20-game conference schedule, the ACC will follow suit next season and the Pac-12 will implement the change the year after that, which means many power conference teams will play two fewer non-conference games annually for the foreseeable future. Now consider the recently announced scheduling alliance between […]

  • College Basketball
  • 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 […]

  • College Basketball
  • April 11, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

Postseason Grades for Every Big Ten Basketball Team

The Big Ten sent eight teams to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, one year after only four teams from the conference made the Big Dance, and seven of them won at least one game in the tournament. Here are Stadium’s postseason grades for every team in the Big Ten, which take into account the unofficial preseason […]

  • College Basketball
  • 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 […]

  • College Basketball
  • April 7, 2019
  • Jeff Goodman, Stadium Basketball Insider

Texas Tech Asks ‘Why Not Us?’ as Red Raiders Are One Win Away From First National Title

MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Beard was taken aback, almost offended by the premise of a reporter’s question after his Texas Tech team had punched its ticket to the national title game and a matchup with Virginia. He questioned the unlikeliness of this team – and this program – to reach this point. “I respect the question, […]

  • College Basketball
  • April 5, 2019
  • Jason King

Tom Izzo’s Spartans Have Helped Heal Michigan State – And Izzo Himself

MINNEAPOLIS — His black Lexus SUV zoomed south on Interstate 69 toward Indianapolis — a three-and-a-half-hour recruiting trip Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and his assistant, Dane Fife, had made countless times before. But something felt different that sunny afternoon last April. Just a few miles outside of East Lansing, Fife glanced at his boss — […]

  • College Basketball
  • April 3, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

Breaking Down the Recruiting History of Virginia, Michigan State, Texas Tech and Auburn

There won’t be a single former top-30 recruit playing in the Final Four in Minneapolis on Saturday. Michigan State junior guard Joshua Langford was ranked No. 19 in the 2016 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, making him the highest-rated prospect on the roster of one of this year’s Final Four participants, but […]

  • College Basketball
  • April 2, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

Here’s How This Year’s Final Four Teams Stack Up to Years Past

The Final Four is set: No. 1 seed Virginia, No. 2 seed Michigan State, No. 3 seed Texas Tech and No. 5 seed Auburn. It’ll be the Cavaliers matched up against the Tigers and the Spartans vs. the Red Raiders in Minneapolis. How does each school stack up to the Final Four teams from years […]

  • College Basketball
  • April 2, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett Become First Freshman Teammates Since John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins to Earn First Team AP All-America Honors

Duke freshmen Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett were named to the five-player First Team Associated Press All-America team Tuesday, making them the first freshman teammates since Kentucky’s John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins in 2010 to earn the honor. Murray State’s Ja Morant, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Tennessee’s Grant Williams round out the First Team. […]

  • College Basketball
  • April 2, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

The National Championship Stakes for Virginia, Michigan State, Texas Tech & Auburn

Just four teams remain in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, including three teams led by coaches who will make their Final Four debuts Saturday on the sideline for a school that’s never won a national title. Here’s what a national championship would mean for each school, its coach and its players. [RELATED: College Hoops 2018-19 Transfer […]

  • College Basketball
  • April 1, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

Auburn, Texas Tech, Purdue Among Best 2019 NCAA Tournament Bracket Picks

The 2019 NCAA Tournament isn’t over but we’re down to the Final Four and the three most popular picks to win the national championship, according to ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, have been eliminated. Here’s a look at the teams that had the best and worst “value” in bracket challenge games, meaning the difference between a team’s […]

  • College Basketball
  • March 27, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

Ranking the Six Best Remaining Players From the East in the Sweet 16

The matchups are set for the Sweet 16. In the East Region, it’s No. 1 seed Duke vs. No. 4 seed Virginia Tech and No. 2 seed Michigan State vs. No. 3 seed LSU. Each team is filled with all-conference talent and there are more than a few future NBA players who will compete in […]

  • College Basketball
  • March 26, 2019
  • Chinmay Vaidya

Previewing No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 LSU: Date, Time, Location, Spread

The Tigers needed Tremont Waters’ heroics to avoid a collapse against Maryland while the Spartans easily marched through their game against Minnesota to reach the Sweet 16. Both Michigan State and LSU will be looking to ride a high-powered offense to the Elite 8, but the Tigers have some additional motivation. Overview Date/Time: Friday, March […]

  • College Basketball
  • March 25, 2019
  • Andy Wittry

A Chalky Opening Weekend in the NCAA Tournament Means the Best Is (Hopefully) Yet to Come

They say patience is a virtue and the patience of an upset-craving, viral-moment-retweeting national college basketball audience was tested in the first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Sunday’s thriller between No. 1 seed Duke and No. 9 seed UCF, which was highlighted by two unicorns of basketball players – let alone human beings […]

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