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November 16, 2012

Premium Article Rebuilding: Vanderbilt Replaces Stars

by John Perrotto

Vanderbilt enjoyed a remarkable night in June when three starters were selected in the NBA Draft, two of them in the first round. Now the Commodores must find a way to replace their contributions with a thin roster.

November 9, 2012

Premium Article Around the Rim: Crean Doesn't Mind the Hype

by John Perrotto

Indiana starts the NCAA season tonight ranked No. 1 behind the top returning player in the country, sophomore center Cody Zeller. Hoosiers coach Tom Crean doesn't feel those external expectations affect his program.

February 1, 2012

Premium Article Around the Rim: Showdown in Hattiesburg

by John Perrotto

On Wednesday night, Memphis will visit Southern Miss with first place in Conference USA on the line. The Golden Eagles have been unexpectedly dominant early in conference play.

January 26, 2012

Premium Article Powerful Pack: N.C. State Starts Strong

by John Perrotto

Under first-year coach Mark Gottfried, North Carolina State has opened ACC play 4-1 entering a stretch that will test that record.

January 20, 2012

Premium Article Around the Rim: Putting the Runnin' Back in Rebels

by John Perrotto

New head coach Dave Rice has his alma mater, UNLV, playing at a faster pace with great success. Truly, these are the Runnin' Rebels.

January 19, 2012

Premium Article Finding Alabama's Identity: Grant Wants to Push the Pace

by John Perrotto

Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide team is off to an excellent start entering this week's pair of SEC showdowns, but Grant wants his team to play faster to take advantage of its athleticism.

January 4, 2012

Premium Article Reloading: K-State Surprises

by John Perrotto

After losing several key players, including star Jacob Pullen, Kansas State has been one of the surprises of non-conference play, starting 11-1. Now the Wildcats will try to keep it up against Big 12 competition.

December 22, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Indiana Ahead of Schedule

by John Perrotto

In Tom Crean's fourth season rebuilding the program, the Hoosiers have returned to the ranks of the NCAA elite by unexpectedly starting 11-0, including an upset win over then-No. 1 Kentucky.

December 16, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Aggies at Full Strength

by John Perrotto

With the return of a healthy Khris Middleton, Texas A&M figures to make some noise in their last year as a member of the Big 12. Meantime the Aggies will get a taste of their new conference when they take on Florida this weekend.

December 2, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Iona Could Be Next

by John Perrotto

Mid-major schools have made major noise in the NCAA tournament the last two seasons. Based on their strong start, the Iona Gaels have the right combination to potentially follow the same path as Butler and VCU.

November 23, 2011

Premium Article ACC Newcomers: The League's New Head Coaches

by John Perrotto

The ACC went through heavy coaching turnover last summer, with four new head coaches in place around the conference. Here's a look at how each of them stands in the process of building a program.

November 14, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Chambers' Debut Overshadowed

by John Perrotto

New Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers led his team to a win over Hartford in his opening game on Saturday, but State College had its attention understandably directed elsewhere.

November 8, 2011

Premium Article No Repeat: A New-Look VCU

by John Perrotto

A year after an improbable run to the Final Four, Virginia Commonwealth is picked to finish third in the Colonial. That's the product of losing four senior starters in a tough conference.

March 31, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Cal More Than Reputation

by John Perrotto

Critics have had plenty of ammo when it comes to Kentucky coach John Calipari, but by taking a third team to the Final Four, he's reminded them he is a fine coach despite baggage.

March 29, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: James Back in Cleveland

by John Perrotto

LeBron James' second "homecoming to Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat carries considerably less fanfare, in no small part because the Cavaliers have struggled so badly without him.

March 24, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Irving the Game Changer

by John Perrotto

The return of point guard Kyrie Irving could make the difference for the Duke Blue Devils as they seek to defend their NCAA Championship.

March 22, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Miami Doesn't Mind Seeding

by John Perrotto

If the season ended today, Miami would have the third seed in the Eastern Conference. While that is below sky-high expectations for the Super Heat, it doesn't concern Miami's players.

March 17, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Faried the New Rodman?

by John Perrotto

Morehead State star Kenneth Faried reminds Louisville coach Rick Pitino of a certain flamboyant former NBA star who also excelled on the glass.

March 10, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Walker for Player of the Year

by John Perrotto

Last year, our John Perrotto was first on board the Jimmer Fredette bandwagon. This year, he's changed his vote for the Oscar Robertson Award to UConn's Kemba Walker.

March 8, 2011

Premium Article The List: Last Regular-Season Edition

by John Perrotto

As the major conferences prepare for their postseason tournaments, the champion of the Atlantic Sun Conference makes an unlikely appearance on The List.

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