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December 21, 2012

Premium Article Don't Worry, Illini Fans: Why the 2011-12 Collapse Won't Repeat

by John Gasaway

Call Illinois overrated if you wish. Compared to last year's team this group is on a more solid footing, and better than anyone expected in the preseason.

December 18, 2012

Premium Article Judging the Early Contenders: Looking Back to Look Ahead

by John Gasaway

John studied the Novembers and Decembers recorded by the past five national champions to evaluate today's contenders: Duke, Michigan, Louisville, Syracuse, Indiana, Florida, Arizona, Kansas, and Ohio State.

December 16, 2012

Premium Article Extreme Makeover: The New Butler Offense

by John Gasaway

Butler didn't win many shootouts last year, much less one against the top-ranked team in the nation. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John looks at how the Bulldogs' offense has turned things around.

December 14, 2012

Premium Article Why Indiana's Offense is No. 1: Five Reasons

by John Gasaway

And those reasons would be Zeller, Oladipo, Hulls, Watford, and Ferrell. John sings the praises of each in his feature for ESPN Insider.

December 12, 2012

Premium Article Stop Mourning, Start Watching: The Big East's Last Hurrah

by John Gasaway

The Big East will decline in quality or maybe even dissolve completely soon enough, but for now the league's running the Big Ten a close second. Enjoy it while you can.

December 11, 2012

Premium Article Getting Better: Illinois and Pitt

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says Illinois is better than he expected, and Pitt's better than anyone realizes.

December 6, 2012

Premium Article The Nation's Top 25 Freshmen: (So Far)

by John Gasaway

If we looked purely at performance so far, which freshmen would rise to the top as the best in Division I? John has the answers, starting with Anthony Bennett, Jordan Adams, and Nik Stauskas.

December 4, 2012

Premium Article Look Again: Don't Bury NC State Yet

by John Gasaway

Mark Gottfried's bunch entered the season with a ranking they couldn't live up to, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Wolfpack can still be the best team Raleigh's seen in years.

December 3, 2012

Premium Article VCU, Texas, and Belmont: Unranked and Unappreciated

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says the Rams, Longhorns, and Bruins can all be formidable in March (the NCAA and Myck Kabongo willing).

November 30, 2012

Premium Article Forget Last Night...And Last Year: Kentucky Will Be Fine

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says Kentucky's loss last night at Notre Dame doesn't mean the Wildcats are doomed.

November 28, 2012

Premium Article Tough Acts to Follow: What About Ohio State?

by John Gasaway

In a season where the Big Ten's already drawing rave reviews, the Buckeyes stand out as an enigma -- albeit a very highly ranked one. John ponders the mystery in his feature for ESPN Insider.

November 26, 2012

Book Excerpt: The RPI Is Not Dying Fast Enough

by John Gasaway

A peek inside the College Basketball Prospectus 2012-13, on sale now as both a PDF and paperback.

Premium Article The Michigan Difference: A Beastly Hardaway

by John Gasaway

Coming into the season John declared the Wolverines overrated, but in his feature for ESPN Insider he says Tim Hardaway's spectacular play has rendered such thinking obsolete.

November 22, 2012

Premium Article Mizzou's New Look: Tigers Change to Stay the Same

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says Missouri's offense probably won't be as good as it was last season, but the Tigers can still contend in the SEC with improved defense.

November 19, 2012

Premium Article First Impressions: Gonzaga and Michigan State are Underrated

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John explains why he's bullish on the Zags and Spartans.

November 16, 2012

Premium Article Making a U-Turn: Top Turnarounds

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John considers five teams who didn't make the 2012 NCAA tournament but should do much better this season: Pitt, Stanford, Minnesota, Saint Joseph's, and Oklahoma State.

November 14, 2012

Premium Article Still Duke: Maybe the Blue Devils Really Were Underrated

by John Gasaway

In the wake of Duke's 75-68 win over No. 3 Kentucky in Atlanta, John teases out the evidence from two games and 131 possessions to assess how good this team can be.

October 26, 2012

Premium Article Save Room for Tennessee: Correcting the AP Poll

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John graciously steers the AP preseason poll toward a more accurate appraisal of six teams, including Duke, Michigan, and Notre Dame.

October 24, 2012

Premium Article Five Burning Questions: C-USA

by John Gasaway

This will be the last season Memphis plays in Conference USA, and in his feature for ESPN Insider John assesses the Tigers' chances of running the table.

October 23, 2012

Premium Article Five Burning Questions: WCC

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says he expects a Santa Clara team that went 0-16 in-conference last season to be "competitive." And he appears to be serious.

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