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March 2, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: Lower Seeds that Can Win

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says teams like George Mason, Utah State, Belmont, and Butler are all capable of knocking off a higher-seeded opponent before the month is out.

February 24, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: Florida's Back

by John Gasaway

Since winning their second consecutive national championship in 2007, the Gators have gone 0-1 in NCAA tournament play. But in his feature for ESPN Insider John says this is Billy Donovan's best team since the days of Horford, Noah, and Brewer.

February 23, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: Kentucky's Un-Calipari-like D

by John Gasaway

For years the name "Calipari" has been synonymous with "best defense in his conference by far." This year? Not so much. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says it's a good thing Kentucky has such an efficient offense.

February 16, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: Notre Dame's New and Improved

by John Gasaway

The Fighting Irish haven't been to the Sweet 16 in eight years, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says Mike Brey's team may rewrite that history next month.

February 9, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: Carolina is Back

by John Gasaway

Just in time for tonight's showdown at Duke, the Tar Heels are suddenly looking much more Tar Heel-like. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John explains what's changed in Chapel Hill.

February 2, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: What Happened to Syracuse?

by John Gasaway

A few days ago the Orangemen were 18-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation. Then the roof fell in. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John sifts the rubble and considers whether the season can be salvaged.

January 26, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: Can Texas Be Trusted?

by John Gasaway

The Longhorns have looked magnificent in Big 12 play, most particularly in their win at Kansas this weekend. Then again we all remember what happened in Austin last year. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John considers whether it's safe to believe in Rick Barnes' team.

January 19, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: Those Talented and Erratic Illini

by John Gasaway

Illinois fans have been waiting a long time for a team that can win in March. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John considers whether this might, at last, be the year.

January 12, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: The Jimmer Effect

by John Gasaway

Jimmer Fredette's prolific and efficient scoring has powered BYU to a top-10 ranking. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John asks whether this is the year the Mountain West finally breaks through and makes a run in March.

January 4, 2011

Premium Article Poll Position: This Time Izzo's Right to Worry

by John Gasaway

Every year Michigan State loses some early-season games and commits a ton of turnovers. And every year they get to the Final Four anyway. Still, in his feature for ESPN Insider, John says these Spartans are giving the perpetually fretful Tom Izzo good reason to fret.

December 28, 2010

Premium Article Poll Position: Hoyas Shooting the Lights Out

by John Gasaway

Led by the uber-efficient Austin Freeman, Georgetown's strong start this season has been powered by outstanding shooting from the field. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John looks at how John Thompson III has been able to thrive without Greg Monroe.

December 21, 2010

Premium Article Poll Position: No Turner, No Problem

by John Gasaway

Replacing a national player of the year isn't supposed to be as easy as Ohio State's making it look. So in his feature for ESPN Insider, John considers the unthinkable. Is Jared Sullinger the best freshman Thad Matta's ever had?

December 16, 2010

Premium Article Poll Position: Humans Dig Missouri

by John Gasaway

Computers on the other hand think the silly humans are overrating Mike Anderson's team. Who's right? In his feature for ESPN Insider, John sides with the computers -- for now.

December 14, 2010

Premium Article Poll Position: Duke Without Irving

by John Gasaway

The Blue Devils haven't exactly struggled after losing Kyrie Irving to injury, posting two blowout wins. But in his feature for ESPN Insider, John says there's a price to be paid for losing your best player -- even at Duke.

December 7, 2010

Premium Article Poll Position: Rise of the Aztec Empire

by John Gasaway

San Diego State is winning games and attracting notice with its lethal interior combination of Kawhi Leonard and Billy White. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John looks at whether the Aztecs can succeed in March (something the Mountain West has had trouble doing lately).

November 30, 2010

Premium Article Poll Position: These Hoops Are Made for Walker

by John Gasaway

Kemba Walker has exploded out of the gate, leading Connecticut to a 5-0 start and a top-ten ranking nationally. Of course conventional wisdom says no team can make it very far relying so heavily on a single player. Conventional wisdom's right--with one spectacular exception.

November 23, 2010

Premium Article Poll Position: Carolina (Still) Struggles to Score

by John Gasaway

Last year North Carolina suffered through a season of many injuries and few points. Can this talented offense regroup and recover after two close losses in Puerto Rico? John looks at UNC's vital signs in his feature for ESPN Insider.

November 9, 2010

Premium Article Poll Position: What to Do with Purdue?

by John Gasaway

In this week's installment of ESPN Insider's Poll Position, John looks at the discrepancy between how the preseason ESPN/USA Today and AP polls have rated post-Hummel Purdue. Who's right?


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