Game Recap: Marcus Smart’s Struggles

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Betting against Kansas in the Big 12 is never a good idea, but Oklahoma State figured to be a worthy opponent this season. However, after a bad loss at home to Baylor, OSU is just 4-4 in conference play. Oklahoma State is second in the conference in defensive efficiency, but just sixth on the offensive… Read more »

NCAA Basketball Geography

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Regionalism is at the heart of NCAA basketball. For one, it’s very difficult to watch 351 teams regularly. Certain states are associated with college basketball. Louisville, Indiana, and North Carolina have their respective powerhouses. California, Texas, and New York lead the way in terms of quantity of D1 teams.   I channeled my inner Nate… Read more »

Arizona and Turnovers

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Arizona appears to have started to distance themselves from the rest of the field in January. The Wildcats have dominated the paint on both sides of the floor. Offensively, Arizona’s 22nd in the country in two-point shooting percentage and 11th in offensive rebounding percentage. Defensively, they are 2nd in the country in opponent two-point shooting… Read more »

North Dakota State and Experience

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In my November surprises I noted how strange North Dakota State’s season has started. On the immediate surface, not much has changed. North Dakota State entered the season as the Summit League favorite and probably still hold that title in mid-January despite an early loss to IPFW. Saul Phillips’ team has nearly everyone back from a… Read more »

Winning Big: Sim Bhullar and Mamadou Ndiaye

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Apart from a Kevin Pelton article, two BIG men out West have largely gone under the radar during the 2013-14 season. 7’5″ Sim Bhullar (New Mexico State) and 7’6″ Mamadou Ndiaye (UC Irvine) are great examples of the diversity among teams in college basketball. In the NBA, the balance in talent and personnel isn’t usually enough for dramatic differences in… Read more »

Quick Hitters: Indiana, Xavier, Siena

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1. Crean SLOB on opening possession vs. Michigan St. Indiana ran a beautiful sideline out-of-bounds play in the opening minute against Michigan St. I was having trouble with my GIF creator, but check out the annotated photos of the play:           In the end, Troy Williams made the play much harder… Read more »

Quick Hitters: Michigan, Washington, McNeese St.

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The following is the first of (probably) many “Quick Hitters” posts. I’ll take a look at three things from the previous night of games, with one being an actual breakdown of a quick hitter. 1. Beilein quick hitter to pull away from Minnesota. With just over two minutes to go and a one point lead… Read more »

Game Strategy: Playing for Overtime

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North Carolina continued their inconsistent ways yesterday with an overtime victory over Davidson. UNC picked up the pressure in the final few possessions of regulation. Davidson struggled taking care of the ball, but managed to put themselves in a position to win the game with the shot clock off. Based on the final minutes of the… Read more »

Margin for Error

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In each of John Calipari’s first four years at Kentucky, his defenses have been outside the top 200 in forcing turnovers. Calipari generally produces very good defenses built on fantastic shot defense without fouling. It seems pretty likely that his teams could force turnovers. John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Anthony Davis, and company certainly didn’t lack athleticism. However,… Read more »