Posts tagged "college basketball rankings"

Tim Abromaitis Replace Ben Hansbrough in Notre Dame Alpha Dog Role

Tim Abromaitis Replace Ben Hansbrough in Notre Dame Alpha Dog Role
Notre Dame basketball had an unexpected breakthrough season last year, even though it ended very poorly. They had the second best record in the Big East and were just one Big East tournament win away from probably securing a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Of course, there was the disaster upset to #10 seed... Read more »

Meyers Leonard Will Have Huge Impact on Illini Basketball Season

Meyers Leonard Will Have Huge Impact on Illini Basketball Season
The 79-51 exhibition rout of Wayne State was expected for most Illini basketball fans. The most important number of the box score is found in the game’s leading scorer, Meyers Leonard. He had 18 points, in just 16 minutes, that’s a great sign for your Illinois Fighting Illini, because they’ll really need Leonard to be... Read more »

Comprehensive Notre Dame Basketball Season Preview

Comprehensive Notre Dame Basketball Season Preview
Yesterday was Media Day for Notre Dame basketball, and before we get to the main meat and potatoes of our season preview, I’ll indulge you with some of the most interesting soundbites from Head Coach Mike Brey’s press conference. on lineups: “Abro and Martin could play as our two big guys and we would be... Read more »
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Comprehensive Northwestern Basketball Season Preview

Comprehensive Northwestern Basketball Season Preview
The Northwestern Wildcats have the dancing ability of Elaine from Seinfeld.  The main difference between the two; at least Elaine has actually danced before.  Northwestern has still never played in the NCAA Tournament although they have flirted with being a bubble team the past three seasons.  That should once again be the case in 2011-2012.... Read more »

#101 DePaul Blue Demons: College Basketball 111 in 111

The DePaul Blue Demons have been to the Big East what the Pittsburgh Pirates have been to the NL Central in recent years.  While the Pirates have come out of nowhere to be division contenders this season, second year head coach Oliver Purnell has a lot of work to do as he continues his overhaul... Read more »

Casting My USA Basketball Writers Association Ballot

A secret ballot? Nah, when it comes to college basketball, I’ll shout my opinions and evaluations from the mountain top. I’ve covered a lot of teams both in the Big Ten and the Big East this past season: Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame and DePaul, so let’s begin. We start by choosing my District: V. of... Read more »
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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings March Tipoff Edition

When doing a Big Ten Power rankings this time of year, there’s three tiers. You have your top three teams, a force to be reckoned with in national college basketball. Then you have this muddled mix of mediocre blah. Some of it will rise to the cream, and possibly make a run in March because... Read more »

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 2-1-11

Lots of shakeup this week in my Big Ten Power Rankings. Let’s see where everyone shakes up. “CAN’T WAIT” as the New York Jets Bart Scott would say: 1. Ohio State Buckeyes (22-0, 9-0) Following their narrowest of escapes against a much less talented Northwestern team on Saturday night; it’s pretty obvious they’re not going... Read more »

#2 Michigan State Spartans: Is this a National Title Year?

Six Final Fours in twelve years is a rather remarkable feat.  Even more so, Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans were able to get there last year despite team leader Kalin Lucas being sidelined by injury.  Izzo and Sparty are in position to make another run at a national championship beginning tonight with their... Read more »
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Big Ten National Title Contender: Ohio State (Season Preview/Photo Gallery)

The Ewing Theory will be put to the test this season in Columbus.  The Ohio State Buckeyes lose National Player of the Year, “His Royal Smoothness” and Chicago’s very own Evan Turner but they could actually be a better team without him as Thad Matta returns his other four starters and ushers in a highly... Read more »
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