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February 14, 2013

Premium Article The Nation's Top 25 Freshmen: 3.0

by John Gasaway

John's presents his latest freshman rankings, and Ben McLemore, Anthony Bennett, Marcus Smart, Gary Harris, and Shabazz Muhammad can start printing those "Top-Five!" t-shirts.

February 13, 2013

Premium Article Duke Still Needs Kelly: Highly Ranked but Questionable

by John Gasaway

Duke's five-game winning streak against the ACC's midsection came about because of excellent offense. Meanwhile the defense is still weakened without Ryan Kelly.

February 12, 2013

Tuesday Truths: Theme-Free Edition

by John Gasaway

No labored and tendentious linking devices here, just good honest hoops insights. Virginia's under-hyped, the Big 12's over-balanced, and the Gonzaga-Saint Mary's game is finally here.

Premium Article Why the Polls and Stats Are Both Wrong: On Florida

by John Gasaway

The Gators really have been historically dominant -- but recent history suggests that can mean little come March.

February 10, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: All-Underutilized

by John Gasaway

Seeing Garrick Sherman go nuts for Notre Dame across five overtimes got John to thinking of players who could be given bigger roles. Like, say, Alex Oriakhi, Sam Dekker, and Pierce Hornung.

February 7, 2013

Premium Article Forget the Losing Streak: Remember Louisville?

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and company are better than the Cardinal team that reached the Final Four last season -- and also better than their current ranking.

February 5, 2013

Tuesday Truths: Truth-in-Advertising Edition

by John Gasaway

John's fact-checking preseason promotional claims, and he strongly urges the FTC to look into deceptive advertising run by NC State, UNLV, and San Diego State. That plus your weekly shot of Florida gazing in this week's Truths.

February 3, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: How IU Can Get Even Better

by John Gasaway

John says the Hoosiers' amazing offense could be downright unreal if Tom Crean's team were only average at holding on to the ball. Also: bonus fretting for Oregon and Syracuse.

January 31, 2013

Premium Article Just Imagine: If Gonzaga Were in the Big Ten

by John Gasaway

John envisions a great conference POY race, still another elite offense, and a perfect stylistic fit -- all from the Zags joining the league. So what's Jim Delany waiting for?

January 30, 2013

Premium Article Judging K-State, Butler and Pitt: Polls vs. Computers

by John Gasaway

John magnanimously arbitrates the evaluative disputes that have arisen between the polls and laptops regarding the Wildcats, Bulldogs, and Panthers.

January 29, 2013

Tuesday Truths: Full-Strength Edition

by John Gasaway

With all 11 Tuesday Truths conferences now represented, John says KU is still KU, Michigan's defense looks good enough, and Florida is still downright scary.

January 27, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Why UNC's On the Bubble

by John Gasaway

John says low-scoring North Carolina's at-risk for landing in the NIT, low-scoring Villanova had a nice week, and high-scoring VCU really needs all those takeaways on D.

January 24, 2013

Premium Article Ducks, Cats and Bruins: The Pac-12's Big Three

by John Gasaway

Oregon leads in the conference race, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Ducks, Arizona, and UCLA could all make noise in March.

January 22, 2013

Tuesday Truths: Gator-Bait Edition

by John Gasaway

Florida has opened SEC play with some fairly ostentatious per-possession numbers, Arizona is excelling on offense, and Notre Dame is surprisingly bad on D. Tuesday Truths have arrived.

January 20, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Florida's the Real No. 1

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John breaks down Florida's incredible start to SEC play, considers Jim Boeheim's embrace of Bo Ryan's low-turnover shtick, and defends a "down" Big 12.

January 17, 2013

Premium Article The Nation' Top 25 Freshmen: 2.0

by John Gasaway

John latest freshman rankings include Bennett and Brown, Dotson and Dekker, Smart and Scott, Adams and Austin, McLemore and Muhammad, and 15 other standouts. Plus a newcomer at the No. 1 spot.

January 15, 2013

Tuesday Truths: Too-Early Edition

by John Gasaway

John has parsed the conference season's first per-possession performances, and he has superlatives to offer for Creighton's offense (insane), the Big Ten's overall strength (incredible), and USC's timing (interesting).

January 13, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Duke Needs Kelly

by John Gasaway

John says Duke needs a healthy Ryan Kelly, Kentucky needs to play like previous (older) teams in its position, and Missouri needs both a healthy Laurence Bowers and some efficient backcourt scoring.

January 8, 2013

Premium Article Get Deshaun Thomas Some Help: D-I's Most Overburdened Players

by John Gasaway

Meet the Deshaun Thomas Five: Thomas (obviously), Fuquan Edwin, Askia Booker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Tamir Jackson.

January 6, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Eight Dark Horses

by John Gasaway

A Kentucky team with one of the nation's best defenses is, at the moment, unranked. So is VCU. And even some ranked teams aren't getting enough respect.

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