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March 18, 2010

Around the Rim: Patterson Happily Takes a Back Seat

by John Perrotto

Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson wouldn't be a third option on most teams, but the arrival of heralded freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins has changed his role. Patterson is too busy enjoying the team's success to mind.

March 15, 2010

Around the Rim: Guerrero Defends Treatment of Mid-Majors

by John Perrotto

While the NCAA Tournament selection committee has been criticized for not giving enough respect to teams outside the traditional power conferences, chairman Dan Guerrero maintains that conference affiliation is not a factor in the discussion.

March 12, 2010

Around the Rim: Selection Committee Won't Weigh Finish

by John Perrotto

The way teams finish their season is no longer officially one of the criteria used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee to seed the field, though teams can certainly still help their chances by finishing strong.

February 26, 2010

Around the Rim: K-State Bids for No. 1 Seed

by John Perrotto

The Kansas Jayhawks are nearly certain to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Kansas State Wildcats are doing their best to ensure two teams from the Sunflower State are top-seeded.

February 22, 2010

Around the Rim: Karl Battling Cancer

by John Perrotto

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, who beat prostate cancer, has been diagnosed with a treatable form of throat cancer. While Karl will have to miss some games due to his treatment, he plans to continue coaching the Nuggets.

February 19, 2010

Around the Rim: The Case for Fredette

by John Perrotto

When casting his vote for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, our John Perrotto plans to look past the major-conference candidates and cast his vote for BYU guard Jimmer Fredette.

February 15, 2010

Around the Rim: Raptors Flying Under the Radar

by John Perrotto

Toronto has bounced back from a season in the lottery to post the East's fifth-best record thus far, and now adds Reggie Evans to a bench rotation that was already solid.

February 12, 2010

Around the Rim: Guerrero Ready to Lead Selection Committee

by John Perrotto

After serving on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee in the past, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero is running the committee for the first time this season.

February 5, 2010

Around the Rim: Tar Heels Slipping in ACC Standings

by John Perrotto

After falling Thursday at Virginia Tech, North Carolina stands 10th in the ACC standings and the defending NCAA Champions are in danger of missing this year's tournament.

January 29, 2010

Around the Rim: BYU Flying Under the Radar

by John Perrotto

While the BYU Cougars suffered their second loss on Wednesday, the nation still has yet to take note of what the Mountain West's top team has accomplished this season.

January 22, 2010

Around the Rim: Unusual Name, Special Game

by John Perrotto

Dating back to middle school, Coastal Carolina's Jo. Harris has spelled his name with a pronounced period. Opponents are learning the name as Harris leads the Chanticleers atop the Big South with a 17-3 record.

January 15, 2010

Around the Rim: Pac-10 Reaches New Depths

by John Perrotto

While the conference's balance has made for an unpredictable race so far, the Pac-10 is in danger of placing only its champion in the NCAA Tournament after a poor showing in the non-conference season.

January 12, 2010

Around the Rim: Northern Iowa Joins The List

by John Perrotto

In the second edition of Basketball Prospectus' weekly rankings, the Panthers make their first appearance at No. 16 on the strength of a 13-game winning streak that has Northern Iowa at 14-1.

January 8, 2010

Around the Rim: Undefeated Kentucky Still Focusing on Improvement

by John Perrotto

John Calipari's Kentucky team has started 15-0, but with several close calls among those wins, Calipari believes his young team can and must make progress heading into conference play.

January 5, 2010

Around the Rim: The List Returns

by John Perrotto

The start of 2010 brings the first update of The List, Basketball Prospectus' weekly ranking of the NCAA's top teams. Our first No. 1 hails from the Big 12, but it's not Kansas.

December 31, 2009

Around the Rim: West Virginia Escapes Unbeaten

by John Perrotto

The Mountaineers had a pair of scares in the first week of Big East play, but remain one of six undefeated teams in the country heading into a New Year's Day showdown at one of the others, 12-0 Purdue.

December 24, 2009

Around the Rim: Painter Likes Purdue's Start

by John Perrotto

The Boilermakers head into Big Ten play as one of six unbeaten teams in the country despite not shooting the ball well in the early going. Coach Matt Painter is pleased but thinks his team can play better.

December 17, 2009

Around the Rim: Texas About to Get Tested

by John Perrotto

The Longhorns have risen in the standings and the Pomeroy Ratings by beating up on inferior competition, but the schedule is about to get much more difficult with matchups against North Carolina and Michigan State.

December 10, 2009

Around the Rim: Turner Sidelined

by John Perrotto

Ohio State guard Evan Turner has been one of the NCAA's top players in the early going, but he will miss at least a month after injuring his back last Saturday.

December 3, 2009

Around the Rim: Faried Cleans the Glass

by John Perrotto

Morehead State's Kenneth Faried has drawn the attention of NBA scouts and led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament on the strength of his phenomenal rebounding.

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