No Aircraft Carrier College Basketball this year, here’s why


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We have so many Aircraft carriers in this country that we use them as tourist sites and college basketball courts. It reminds me of when a stand-up comedian, who’s name I can’t recall, made this crack about the Dutch and their windmills:

“oh, you have windmills in Holland. We have windmills in America too- we use them for miniature golf.”

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Syracuse Orange won’t be an ACC title contender


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In losing three big-time players who combined to average 61% of their team’s offensive production, the Syracuse Orange are undergoing a bit of a rebuilding year. They will once again be a stout defensive team but finding scoring is going to be a concern. [Read more…]

Villanova’s Jay Wright compares Big East hoops to SEC football


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Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright analogized Big East basketball to SEC football. Seriously, he did.

Maybe Wright should see the ESPN Films 30 for 30 “Requiem for the Big East” (review here). Or perhaps he’s seen only the beginning and middle of the documentary. The Big East is a shell of what it was once, which makes Wright’s comments below a bit absurd.

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Texas Longhorns basketball: much more relevant than UT football


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The Texas Longhorns were one of the surprise teams in college basketball last season. With everybody returning and the addition of one of the top recruits in the 2014 class, the ‘Horns won’t sneak up on anybody this year. [Read more…]

Can the UConn Huskies defend their national title?


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For the second time in four years, the UConn Huskies put together a remarkable run to claim the National Championship. The graduation of Shabazz Napier is a significant loss but Kevin Ollie returns enough talent for UConn to once again be a player on the national stage. [Read more…]

UCLA Bruins basketball won’t be “UCLA basketball” this year


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In losing five of their top eight scorers from a year ago, three of which were first round picks in the NBA Draft, the UCLA Bruins have a very young though talented squad. Steve Alford faces the challenge of blending the new pieces together in trying to keep UCLA one of the elite teams in the Pac-12. [Read more…]

Arizona Wildcats basketball: your national title favorite?


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Even though the Arizona Wildcats lose the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Sean Miller’s team will be among the elite in the country. The challenge for this season’s team; help Miller get over the hump and to his first ever Final Four. [Read more…]

Team approach key if Virginia Cavaliers to compete for another ACC title


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Coming off their ACC regular season and conference tournament titles, the Virginia Cavaliers are poised to make another serious run at the league championship. In order to do so, defense must once again be the name of the game. [Read more…]

Can Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals win the ACC?


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Now in their third conference in as many years, the Louisville Cardinals add even more star power to an already loaded ACC. Rick Pitino boasts a young, but talented roster that should once again be a factor on the national landscape of college hoops. [Read more…]

DePaul, UIC, Loyola, Chicago St: can anyone step up?


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When it comes to the state of Chicago college basketball, Northwestern is far and away the juggernaut.

Of the five teams in the city, they are the only one in a power five conference, and the only one that can be considered a “high-major” right now. NU took part in the annual Chicago college basketball tip-off luncheon yesterday, but they are in a different category from the four mid-majors in town who joined them.

I know DePaul is still considered a “high-major” by some standards, but given the decline of the Big East, and the Blue Demons program itself, the “mid-major” shoe actually fits. DPU drew 1,900 fans a game last year; that’s mid-major attendance figures.

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ACC Basketball Preview: #5 Pitt Panthers


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

The Pitt Panthers lose their top two scorers from a year ago but everyone else returns on what should be a competitive and physical ACC team. [Read more…]

ACC Basketball Preview: #7 Florida State Seminoles


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

Having failed to make the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, the Florida State Seminoles are hoping their talented group of wing players can get the program back to the Big Dance. [Read more…]