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College / Mar 13, 2012 / 11:00 am

Who’s Next? 12 NCAA Tournament Stories To Watch In 2012, Part 1

Mark Lyons

It makes sense, given its roots in the ivory towers of higher education, but no sport attracts volunteer experts quite like college basketball. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL may have embraced new math, but college hoops has its own science: That thing we call Bracketology.

And in almost every interview I’ve heard and column I’ve read from these experts this season, one question has been consistently asked and answered: “Who is the next VCU?” Read More »

College / Dec 15, 2011 / 5:30 pm

Elite Eight: College Basketball’s Top 8 Players In The Country

Kris Joseph

It’s finals week on many college campuses, which means it’s a good time to take a look at which players are in the lead for National Player of the Year. It’s only six weeks into the season, so don’t worry if your favorite player (Austin Rivers?) isn’t listed quite yet.

Some of these names aren’t the standard fare, but rest assured, you’ll likely be seeing these names as March approaches. Rather than a traditional Top 10, I’ve chosen to go with a Top 8 to reflect a coaches’ regular rotation. Read More »

College / Dec 12, 2011 / 11:00 am

Monday Madness: Best & Worst Of The College Basketball Weekend

Thomas Robinson

I’ve been to some good games at some great venues – Madison Square Garden for the NBA, CenturyLink Field in Seattle for the NFL, Busch Stadium in St. Louis for Major League Baseball – but I doubt there’s a better place to watch a big game than Assembly Hall at Indiana University.

The house that Bob Knight turned into NCAA hoops holy ground was the site of not only the best college basketball game of the season on Saturday, but maybe the best game of any sport in 2011. Sports Illustrated writer Seth Davis tweeted afterward that Indiana’s buzzer-beating upset of No. 1 Kentucky might have been the best regular-season game he’s ever seen. Read More »

Video / Dec 10, 2011 / 8:39 pm

Video: Cincinnati and Xavier Brawl

Cincinnati Xavier Brawl Yancy Gates

If you didn’t catch the end of the Xavier/Cincinnati Crosstown Shootout this afternoon, you missed a brawl for the ages. After a week of trash-talking in the media leading up to the rivalry game, things went off the rails with about 10 seconds to go when Xavier star Tu Holloway was jawing with the Cincy bench. What happened next? 300-level brawling: Read More »

Smack / Nov 29, 2011 / 1:49 am

The Lakers Could Get Dwight Howard… And Chris Paul; Brandon Roy Is Probably Out In Portland

Dwight Howard (photo. Mannion)

As many pointed out on Twitter yesterday, if the Lakers got both Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, they might as well start the next lockout immediately. We aren’t trying to rain on anyone’s “end of the lockout” parade. Quite frankly, we don’t believe it’ll happen either. But it’s a thought, a thought that a few people in the business have. What if it just so happened that the Lakers didn’t just get Dwight Howard (a very real possibility), but they also nabbed CP3 as well? Howard has this weird fascination with following whatever Shaq did. He also wants to play with Kobe more than anyone else. He also loves warm weather. The Lakers also have assets up the a–. The Magic are also extremely worried – getting more nervous by the day – that Superman 2.0 will leave them just like the original did. Read More »

Smack / Nov 19, 2011 / 3:35 am

Mississippi State Wins The 2K Sports Classic; Kevin Durant Overseas Talks ‘Ongoing’

Kevin Durant

What we got on Friday night in MSG was a tale of two oddly similar yet completely different teams. Arizona has the hype, and the high ranking. They came in at 4-0 but still playing a little bit over their heads, a good team that appeared to be playing better than they actually were. On the other side was Mississippi State with enough talent that most experts see them as one of the most dangerous unranked teams in the country. Despite that, they started the year somewhat unassumingly. So if you told us pregame that the Bulldogs would finish with a flurry and take over the game late to win by 10, grabbing the 2K Sports Classic, we wouldn’t have been surprised. Read More »

College / Oct 31, 2011 / 1:30 pm

There’s Nothing ‘Mid’ About Xavier’s Major Backcourt Talent

Tu Holloway

*College basketball is here (unlike the NBA), and this year might be one of the best in recent memory. The powerhouse is back, while the Cinderellas believe. That’s a deadly combination. We know some of y’all have been asking for some previews. We have you covered – the top 16 teams in the nation will be previewed individually in the next few weeks. After we broke down No. 16 Arizona earlier today, we’ll keep this going with No. 15-ranked Xavier (ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll).* Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / May 11, 2011 / 10:30 am

2011 NBA Draft “Testing The Waters” Combine Results

NBA Draft

We all know about the NBA Draft combine. Every year, the future All-Stars and Hall of Famers get tested on everything from standing reach to their hand size. But this year marked the first year the NBA put together a combine for potential draftees and underclassmen still deciding whether or not to stay in the Draft. On May 7-8, 44 underclassmen, even including a few seniors, RSVD’d to attend the “testing the waters” combine. For them, it was another opportunity to showcase themselves and get a feel for what their value would be should they stay in the draft. Read More »

College / Mar 18, 2011 / 11:00 am

DJO Diaries: Dime’s Big Dance Blog With Marquette’s Darius Johnson-Odom (Part 2)

Darius Johnson-Odom

After an efficient sophomore year in which he averaged 13.0 points on 45.5 percent shooting, including 47.4 percent from distance, Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom took his game a step further this season. By upping his scoring average by nearly three points and making big strides on the defensive end, he became an All-Big East Second Team selection and led Marquette to a 9-9 record in the toughest conference in America. DJO will now try to use his pure shooting stroke and defensive toughness to advance his 11th-seeded Golden Eagles deep into March. Darius has agreed to take Dime readers along with him on the journey, which begins Friday in Cleveland against 6th-seeded Xavier. Here are his words: Read More »

College / Mar 17, 2011 / 11:00 am

DJO Diaries: Dime’s Big Dance Blog With Marquette’s Darius Johnson-Odom

Darius Johnson-Odom

After an efficient sophomore year in which he averaged 13.0 points on 45.5 percent shooting, including 47.4 percent from distance, Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom took his game a step further this season. By upping his scoring average by nearly three points and making big strides on the defensive end, he became an All-Big East Second Team selection and led Marquette to a 9-9 record in the toughest conference in America. DJO will now try to use his pure shooting stroke and defensive toughness to advance his 11th-seeded Golden Eagles deep into March. Darius has agreed to take Dime readers along with him on the journey, which begins Friday in Cleveland against 6th-seeded Xavier. Here are his words: Read More »