Championship Recap: Villanova Beats UNC

Posted by on April 7, 2016

The 2016 NCAA championship game will forever be remembered for Kris Jenkins’ buzzer beater. Probably the next biggest storyline was the breakout performance from Phil Booth down the stretch. The sophomore guard hit some extremely difficult shots late in the game to maintain a lead for the Wildcats.   However, before the heroics of Booth… Read more »

Oklahoma-Villanova Final Four Preview

Posted by on March 30, 2016

In Saturday’s first Final Four game, Villanova and Oklahoma will play in a rematch of December’s game played in Hawaii. The Sooners won that first meeting 78-55, handing Villanova their first loss of the season. The story of the game was three-point shooting. Oklahoma finished 14 for 26 (54%) from three while Villanova finished just… Read more »

First Weekend Tourney Observations

Posted by on March 23, 2016

1. Virginia Small-Ball Against Butler Normally small-ball lineups are used for offensive purposes. More shooting and/or quickness on the floor leads to better spacing and mismatches. However, Virginia went small on Saturday with defense in mind.   After Andrew Chrabascz started the game 9 for 11 from the field, Tony Bennett switched 6’5″ Malcolm Brogdon… Read more »

2016 NCAA Final Four Values

Posted by on March 15, 2016

The last three years I have looked at the concept of finding value in your NCAA bracket. The idea is to not only pick the teams with the best chance of winning, but also the teams being undervalued in your pool. You can find the 2013 version here, the 2014 version here, and the 2015 version… Read more »

2016 In Season Improvement

Posted by on February 10, 2016

The past two seasons (2014 and 2015), I’ve taken a look at teams in the country on the rise in January and February and teams on decline. Often times the teams appearing on these lists have a key transfer or injury, but not always. The most notable example was 2014 Virginia, which went on to… Read more »

Split Cuts: The Newest NCAA Trend

Posted by on January 8, 2016

Teams are shooting more threes than ever in the NCAA this season. 35% of all shot attempts have been three-pointers, which would be a record at season’s end. We are also a full week into January and a team (Saint Mary’s) is still shooting over 47% (!!) from behind the arc.   In the NCAA… Read more »

Inconsistency and Miami’s Hot Start

Posted by on November 25, 2015

In past years, I’ve written in detail about year-to-year improvement among college basketball teams. Back in the 2013-14 season, I observed a very experienced North Dakota State team. The Bison had nearly everyone back from 2012-13 and were expected to have a big season largely thanks to a great defense. However, the defense took a… Read more »

5×5 Candidates for 2016

Posted by on November 13, 2015

Two years ago, I looked back at near 5×5 NCAA performances and listed the top candidates for the 2014 season. With LSU freshman star Ben Simmons finishing his first exhibition game last week just a steal short, I decided to create a similar list for the 2016 season.   First, let’s take a look back… Read more »

Matthew Dellavedova: NCAA Superstar

Posted by on June 10, 2015

Matthew Dellavedova has been the surprise story of the 2015 NBA playoffs. The four year college star first had a string of hustle plays lead to opponent injuries and ejections. More recently, he has received attention for tight defense on Steph Curry and even pitching in 20 points in Game 3.   Somehow, Delly has… Read more »

New at BBALLBREAKDOWN: Izzo’s Defensive Adjustment

Posted by on April 3, 2015

Last week at BBALLBREAKDOWN I wrote about Michigan State’s change in defensive principles against Virginia. The adjustments sent Michigan State to another Sweet 16. The article can be found HERE.