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  1. Oh, hey! I guess it’s time to think about expanding the NCAA Tournament again…
  2. 2018’s Holiday Tournaments: What’s Still Open
  3. Ten Questions to Consider: End of Season Edition
  4. ACC Year in Review: Virginia’s Disappointment Stains Otherwise Strong ACC Season
  5. Big East Wrap-Up: Lasting Impressions and Early Rankings
May 17, 2018
Oh, hey! I guess it’s time to think about expanding the NCAA Tournament again…

The ACC commissioner suggested expansion of the field of 68, among other things. Here’s what that jump to 72 teams might actually look like. While visiting Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician on an offseason May afternoon, I came across Andrew Pregler’s post centered around a Luke DeCock News-Observer story about several potential changes ACC…

May 8, 2018
2018’s Holiday Tournaments: What’s Still Open

It’s early May and the fields of the majority of this fall’s bracketed events are full, yet a few appear to need a team or three. And with the emergence of so many tournaments in recent seasons, the list of brand name teams available to fill those spots is rather short. Even though a pair…

April 23, 2018
Ten Questions to Consider: End of Season Edition

With the season now well in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look at the long, hot summer ahead. Here are 10 questions to consider this offseason. Arizona’s No-Show in the NCAA Tournament Capped Off a Frustrating Season in Tucson (USA Today Images) What will come of the FBI investigation? The uncertainty of what is…

April 13, 2018
ACC Year in Review: Virginia’s Disappointment Stains Otherwise Strong ACC Season

For the first time since the 2014 Final Four in Arlington, Texas, the ACC was without representation during the season’s final weekend. Despite that disappointment, the ACC still finished the year rated as the second strongest conference via KenPom, with two of its nine NCAA Tournament entrants — Florida State and Duke — falling just…

April 11, 2018
Big East Wrap-Up: Lasting Impressions and Early Rankings

All hail Donte DiVincenzo‘s flurry of baskets that left Michigan fans saying “who is this guy?” Villanova Celebrates Its Second National Championship in the Last Three Years Last Week (USA Today Images) Villanova has ascended into blue-blood territory. It’s a tired storyline at this point but it’s also probably the biggest one coming out of…

April 10, 2018
Big 12 Wrap-Up and Early 2018-19 Outlook

Despite Villanova beating three Big 12 teams in decisive fashion on its way to the national title, the 2017-18 campaign was another strong one for the league. Here are some takeaways from the year that was and a handful of early thoughts on the main storylines as summer draws near. Kansas was no match for…

April 6, 2018
Big Ten Wrap-Up: Lasting Impressions and an Early Top Five

Has Donte DiVincenzo stop hitting shots yet? Okay, good. Now that Monday is behind us, let’s take a moment to reflect on the season that was and look ahead to 2018-19. Michigan had another year to remember. (PHOTO BY AP/DAVID J. PHILLIP) Michigan is an elite basketball program. Before John Beilein took over in Ann…

April 6, 2018
Way Too Early 2018-19 ACC Rankings

This season may have just wrapped up, but we are always looking forward to next season. Here’s a much too early look at how the ACC may shake out in 2018-19. The Four Kill4s Arrive in Durham With Much Fanfare Duke. We’ll see if Gary Trent returns, but either way, it’s another loaded freshman class that…

April 3, 2018
Rushed Reactions: #1 Villanova 79, #3 Michigan 62

RTC will be providing coverage of the NCAA Tournament from start to finish. Five Key Takeaways. Villanova Won Its Second National Title in Three Years (USA Today Images) Villanova Won the National Title Without All-American Performances From Its All-Americans. NPOY Jalen Brunson and All-American Mikal Bridges have been outstanding all season long, but Michigan managed…

April 1, 2018
Rushed Reactions: #1 Villanova 95, #1 Kansas 79

RTC will be providing coverage of the NCAA Tournament from start to finish. Three Key Takeaways. Villanova Advances to the Title Game for the Second Time in Three Years (USA Today Images) Three-llanova. It was 9-2 before most people had even started their mid-session hot dog. 14-4 by the first TV timeout. 22-4 seven minutes…

March 31, 2018
Rushed Reactions: #3 Michigan 69, #11 Loyola (Chicago) 57

RTC will be providing coverage of the NCAA Tournament from start to finish. Three Key Takeaways. Michigan Heads to the National Championship Game for the Second Time in John Beilein’s Career (USA Today Images) Loyola’s First Half Was a Microcosm of Its Run. Neither team came out of the gates hot, but Michigan at least was…

March 31, 2018
What a National Championship Would Mean For Each Final Four Team…

With the Final Four set to begin this evening in San Antonio, the college basketball world is getting close to crowning its 2018 National Champion. With the ultimate goal of standing atop a Werner ladder cutting down the nets now in sight, the question becomes what would a title mean for each of the remaining…

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