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College / Dec 28, 2011 / 11:30 am

The Fate Of College Basketball’s 6 Undefeated & 6 Winless Teams

Peyton Siva

You can hand out all the midseason grades you want in college basketball, but at either end of the bell curve are the outliers — classes of teams either getting all A’s or F’s.

As conference schedules begin this week, six undefeated and six winless teams remain. Dime examines which teams will drop out of this distinguished (or infamous) company, and when. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 23, 2011 / 2:30 pm

Efficiency Enforces Effectiveness

Xavier Silas

“To master a skill, you need 10,000 hours of practice.” That is an old adage that if taken too literal, could be a theory that comes back to hurt you in the long run. Literally.

For Northern Illinois University (NIU) guard Xavier Silas, he found that out the hard way while preparing for his junior season, his first with the team after transferring from the University of Colorado in 2009. He was originally recruited by head coach Ricardo Patton en route to Colorado, but when Patton left it blazed the trail for Silas to follow him to NIU. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft, Video / Jun 21, 2011 / 4:00 pm

Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good: The Xavier Silas Way (Chicago & Golden State Edition)

Two weeks ago, we did a profile on Northern Illinois’ Xavier Silas that included a video of how he gets ready for NBA Draft workouts. Xavier agreed to give us insight into his style choices for the remainder of the draft process, and combined his last two outfits into one video. Today’s destinations are Chicago and Oakland.


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College, NBA, NBA Draft, Video / Jun 17, 2011 / 1:00 pm

Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good: The Xavier Silas Way (Philly Edition)

Last week, we did a profile on Northern Illinois’ Xavier Silas that included a video of how he gets ready for NBA Draft workouts. Xavier has agreed to give us insight into his style choices for the remainder of the draft process. Today’s destination is Philadelphia.


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College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 10, 2011 / 12:30 pm

Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good: The Xavier Silas Way

Xavier Silas

Most NBA prospects are used to being in their gym clothes all the time. They sport their gym shorts and basketball shoes wherever they go, including when they arrive at a team’s facility for a workout. Not Xavier Silas though. Silas, a senior shooting guard out of Northern Illinois University in this June’s NBA Draft, dresses up when he goes to these workouts. Read More »