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  1. ACC M5: 12.10.18 Edition
  2. On Luguentz Dort as Arizona State’s High Usage Defensive Catalyst…
  3. With Chris Mack, Louisville Proving to be Ahead of Schedule
  4. Big East Reset: Analyzing Some of the Key Storylines Thus Far
  5. Big 12 Reset: Halfway Through the Non-Conference Slate
December 10, 2018
ACC M5: 12.10.18 Edition

Syracuse.com. It was just like old times at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon as Syracuse edged Georgetown, 72-71, on Tyus Battle’s jumper with three seconds remaining. These original Big East schools have now met four years in a row after an initial two-year hiatus. Since the Orange joined the ACC prior to the 2013-14…

December 7, 2018
On Luguentz Dort as Arizona State’s High Usage Defensive Catalyst…

In learning about or defining Arizona State freshman Luguentz Dort, it is easy to come up with some comps. It’s a swift means to recognizing what kind of a talent we’re witnessing and – as it pertains to the brevity of a college career and the especially brief career of a possible one-and-done career – it’s…

December 5, 2018
With Chris Mack, Louisville Proving to be Ahead of Schedule

When Louisville pried Chris Mack away from Xavier last May, the move was almost universally lauded around college basketball circles. Given the swirl of uncertainty that had become pervasive in the Cardinals’ program over the last few years, nabbing a head coach of Mack’s standing was viewed as a major coup. Sure, a commitment of seven…

December 5, 2018
Big East Reset: Analyzing Some of the Key Storylines Thus Far

With nearly a month of Big East basketball already in the books, there has been no shortage of action in a non-conference schedule full of surprising upsets and gut-wrenching defeats. For those who haven’t been following very closely, you may have been surprised to see preseason bottom dweller Creighton nearly toppling #1 Gonzaga or the…

December 3, 2018
Big 12 Reset: Halfway Through the Non-Conference Slate

As we round the corner on the halfway mark of non-conference play, I can’t say I’ve been overwhelmed yet by the Big 12’s performance. Maybe that’s more of a testament to the league’s sterling performance over the last few years, but it’s the case nonetheless. There are certainly some things to be optimistic about, like…

December 3, 2018
2018-19 RTC16: Week Two

Right around the beginning of December, the college basketball world begins to really notice which teams may have been severely underrated in the preseason. This year, #5 Michigan is the most glaring example of a team whose significant early season success has been wholly unexpected. The Wolverines began the year with several question marks stemming from…

December 3, 2018
What’s Trending: The ACC/Big Ten Challenge & More…

What’s Trending is a column examining the week that was in college basketball social media. Matthew Eisenberg (@matteise) is your weekly host. Two weeks ago, college basketball fans were treated to a Feast Week that featured Gonzaga vs. Duke in Maui, Virginia vs. Wisconsin in the Bahamas and Kansas vs. Tennessee in Brooklyn. This past…

November 28, 2018
ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Wednesday Preview

An extremely competitive ACC-Big Ten Challenge, one in which six games have already been decided by four points or fewer, comes to a close tonight. Locked at 4-4 going into tonight’s games, let’s take a look at what’s in store for this evening. Jim Boeheim is Pleading for a Win (USA Today Images)  #20 Syracuse…

November 27, 2018
Xavier Looks Ahead After Squandering Golden Opportunity Last Week

Despite losing its three leading scorers from last season, Xavier was expected to remain relevant in the Big East race. Trevon Bluiett, JP Macura and Kerem Kanter all averaged double-figure points for the Musketeers last season, but returnees like Naji Marshall and Quentin Goodin were anticipated to fill the void. No one thought Xavier was set…

November 27, 2018
ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Tuesday Preview

After Monday’s games, the 2018 Big Ten/ACC Challenge is tied with a pair of surprising results — Nebraska won at Clemson and Boston College outlasted Minnesota. ACC microsite writer Mick McDonald (@themickmcdonald) previews tonight’s heavy slate of action. (All rankings via KenPom as of Tuesday, November 26.) Clemson Gave up a Home Game Last Night…

November 26, 2018
2018-19 RTC 16: Week One

The college basketball season really got cooking during a Feast Week that featured two top-five match-ups that could easily be played again at the Final Four in Minneapolis. #1 Gonzaga and #3 Duke tipped things off Wednesday evening in what was an extremely entertaining Maui Invitational title game. The veteran Bulldogs led by as many…

November 26, 2018
ACC Feast Week In Review

It was a mixed performance by the 11 ACC squads that saw action in early season tournaments over Feast Week, as three league schools took home titles but five preseason top-25 ACC teams fell to lower-rated clubs. Below we will review some comparison statistics with the other five major basketball conferences as well as some of the ACC’s best…

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