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March 15, 2012

Premium Article The Speed of Might: Kentucky's Slow Pace

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says opponents playing UK in the NCAA tournament may want to rethink the conventional wisdom about "slowing the game down."

March 13, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Michigan State in the West

by John Gasaway

Tom Izzo's Spartans were unranked to start the season, but they now sit atop a West bracket that features Missouri's amazing offense, a good deal of Big East power in the form of Marquette and Louisville, and two exceptionally dangerous middle seeds in Memphis and Saint Louis.

Premium Article There Will Be Chalk: No 12-5 Upsets This Year

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the venerable tradition of 12 seeds defeating 5s is about to go on a one-year hiatus.

March 12, 2012

Two Cheers for the Committee: Year of the Mid-Major?

by John Gasaway

John takes a look at this year's bracket and sees no particular grounds for outrage, but does find occasion for sorrow (Drexel), puzzlement (Southern Miss), trepidation (Memphis, Saint Louis, and Michigan State), and befuddlement (Missouri -- just not like you think).

Premium Article Perimeter Orientations: Can Threes Get You to New Orleans?

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John looks at the tournament prospects of five teams that like to fire away from outside: Florida, Michigan, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, and Duke.

March 6, 2012

Premium Article A Struggling League Goes Dancing: : The Pac-12's Chances

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Pac-12's weakest programs pull down the league's overall statistical profile, but teams like California and Washington could still win some games in the NCAA tournament.

March 5, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Final Reality

by John Gasaway

In a special double-issue of the Truths, John celebrates Tuesday a day early, presents the final per-possession numbers from the past season, and looks ahead to the conference tournaments and a certain big event beyond.

March 3, 2012

Premium Article Not Your 2010 Duke: Great Offense, Average D

by John Gasaway

On the brink of Duke's season finale against North Carolina, John says the Blue Devils' mediocre defense would make Mike Krzyzewski's team the weakest No. 1 seed we've seen in years.

March 1, 2012

Premium Article No Rebound, No Cry: Bad Rebounding Not a Problem for Syracuse

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the fact that the Orange are drop-dead terrible on the defensive glass hasn't mattered so far and probably won't matter in March.

February 28, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Penultimate Edition

by John Gasaway

With just one week left in the regular season, John says Syracuse is radically different this year...even if they do play zone every year.

February 23, 2012

Premium Article High Seeds Beware: Five Sleepers

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says teams outside the top 25 like Saint Louis, Gonzaga, California, Drexel, and Memphis could make some noise in the brackets next month.

February 22, 2012

Made in the NCAA: The RPI's Birth, Triumph, and Encirclement

by John Gasaway

The Ratings Percentage Index is one of the most influential statistics in sports, and the NCAA is justly proud of a universally recognized rating system that it created in-house. But now the NCAA should take a page from the book of the man who invented the RPI.

Premium Article Good and Lucky: Inside Notre Dame's Turnaround

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says good outside shooting, some fortuitous bounces, and a steady performance from Jack Cooley have powered the Irish during their win streak.

February 21, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Crunch-Time Edition

by John Gasaway

As March draws ever closer, John says more people would have a correct view of Carolina if not for a certain game-winning shot by a certain player from a certain opposing team.

February 16, 2012

Premium Article Where Did the D Go?: West Virginia's Collapse

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Mountaineers' suddenly weak defense has put the team's NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy.

February 15, 2012

Premium Article The Lobos' Fork in the Road: New Mexico's Moment

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says New Mexico has an opportunity this week to live up to their numbers and wrest control of the Mountain West.

February 14, 2012

Tuesday Truths: The Corrective Edition

by John Gasaway

This Valentine's Day there's nothing to love about misperceptions, and the per-possession numbers are telling John that Missouri, Kentucky, Memphis, and the entire Big Ten are all misunderstood.

February 10, 2012

Premium Article Streak Fail: How Good is Murray State?

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says the Racers are still an unusually potent Ohio Valley team -- even if they're capable of losing a game.

February 7, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Total-Domination Edition

by John Gasaway

In his latest portrait of per-possession tumult, John says Ohio State, Kentucky, and Syracuse are dominant. And so are Cleveland State and New Mexico. Who knew?

February 6, 2012

Premium Article Calipari's Best Team Yet: Talent Plus Balance

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says John Calipari always has an abundance of talent on hand, but this year Kentucky has given their coach something new: a team that's equally outstanding on both sides of the ball.

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