Inconsistency and Miami’s Hot Start

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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 »

Ranking the Three Best Bigs at Running the Court

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As we continue towards the slowest college basketball season ever, it’s not easy finding big men very good at running the floor in transition. An athletic big adept at filling the proper lane is an extremely useful advantage to have. When the big man in transition beats his defender down the court, the smaller guards… Read more »

Quick Hitters: Iowa, Memphis, Hawaii

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1. Iowa quick hitter to end first half vs. Michigan.   Roy Devyn Marble lit Michigan up from behind the arc in the first half yesterday. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when Fran McCaffery called for a Marble three to end the half, but the play worked anyway.           Here’s… 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 teamsĀ couldĀ force turnovers. John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Anthony Davis, and company certainly didn’t lack athleticism. However,… Read more »