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March 15, 2011

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Pitt in the Southeast

by Asher Fusco

A good chunk of last year's Elite Eight is here, not to mention Ben Howland, Billy Donovan, and two teams that already have 30 wins. But the Panthers are the favorites.

March 9, 2011

Premium Article Like Old Times: ACC Tournament

by Asher Fusco

Duke and North Carolina once again look a lot like, well, Duke and North Carolina. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels are the clear co-favorites in Greensboro.

February 21, 2011

The Season is the Tournament: The Ivy League

by Asher Fusco

Without a conference tournament to sort things out, the Ivy League relies on its regular season to determine who will go dancing. And, with March just a week away, Asher says Harvard and Princeton are looking good.

February 16, 2011

Two Teams, One Bid: : The NEC

by Asher Fusco

Asher checks in on the Northeast Conference and finds Long Island and Central Connecticut State perched atop the league. Can either team win a tournament game next month?

February 15, 2011

Mini Truths: What to Make of the MAAC?

by Asher Fusco

Fairfield's atop the MAAC in both the standings and in per-possession terms, but Iona and St. Peter's aren't far behind. Asher takes stock of the MAAC in February and looks ahead toward March.

February 8, 2011

Revising Expectations: The America East

by Asher Fusco

In the preseason Asher, not to mention the league's coaches, picked Stony Brook to finish near the top of the America East. Now the Seawolves are 4-7. So who's really going to win this league, and can they do anything in March?

January 31, 2011

Is Duke Really This Bad?:

by Asher Fusco

The Blue Devils lost to St. John's in Madison Square Garden by 15, and it wasn't that close. Is Coach K's team really this shaky, or did the Red Storm just catch the nation's No. 3 team on an off day? Our man Asher Fusco was courtside, and he has the answers.

January 3, 2011

Premium Article First Impressions from 2011: Villanova

by Asher Fusco

The Wildcats' first-half struggles and second-half dominance at home against Rutgers on Sunday provides the occasion for a mid-season assessment of Jay Wright's team.

December 22, 2010

Premium Article St. John's: Back From the Brink?

by Asher Fusco

After a disastrous loss at Fordham, Steve Lavin's team recovered nicely, beating Northwestern Tuesday night and winning the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.

December 17, 2010

Premium Article MAAC Alert: Beware Iona

by Asher Fusco

Led by the beastly Mike Glover, the Gaels are unquestionably the best team in Division I history to lose a game to Bryant. The question now is: Does Iona have a shot at Syracuse Saturday night?

December 15, 2010

NYC in the NEC: A New Day

by Asher Fusco

For years they were afterthoughts in the Northeast Conference, but teams from greater New York City are starting to provide Robert Morris with some competition. Remember the names: Long Island and St. Francis (NY).

December 8, 2010

Toasts of NYC: KU, Syracuse Cruise

by Asher Fusco

Both teams lost their biggest stars from last year. And both are undefeated after posting double-digit wins over top-15 opponents at the Jimmy V Classic last night. It's time to talk about Kansas and Syracuse.

November 27, 2010

Premium Article Surging Volunteers: Tennessee Wins NIT

by Asher Fusco

Bruce Pearl's team served notice that its off-court issues aren't hurting the Vols' on-court performance, beating Villanova 78-68 to win the NIT Season Tip-Off in Madison Square Garden.

November 25, 2010

Vols Escape: Tennessee 77, VCU 72

by Asher Fusco

A Tennessee program embroiled in NCAA controversy forgot all its cares and went downtown to Madison Square Garden, where they eked out a win over VCU. The Vols will meet Villanova Friday in the NIT Season Tip-Off final.

November 23, 2010

Perfection: Not Just Attainable, Recurring

by Asher Fusco

He may not be as famous as Don Larsen, but last week Scott Christopherson shot 11-of-11 from the field in Iowa State's 91-43 win over Drake. How often does this happen in college hoops? As Asher Fusco shows, more often than you think. (Would you believe twice on the same day?)

November 22, 2010

Premium Article Coaches v. Cancer: Pitt Wins a Close One

by Asher Fusco

In a Coaches vs. Cancer Classic where all four games were decided by single digits, Jamie Dixon's Panthers won the title over Texas thanks to a deep and experienced roster. Our man Asher Fusco was there. He wraps up the action and tells you what it means going forward for Pitt, the Longhorns, Illinois, and Maryland.

November 15, 2010

Premium Article Blowout: The Willard Era Dawns at Seton Hall

by Asher Fusco

The Pirates posted their first win in their second game under new coach Kevin Willard, trouncing Cornell and their new coach (Bill Courtney) 92-68 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Our man Asher Fusco was there.

October 21, 2010

A Conference in Transition: Big East Media Day Notebook

by Asher Fusco

As the Big East gathered for Wednesday's annual media day, it was with the anticipation of a wide-open season following the departure of several veteran stars and coaching changes at four schools.

June 15, 2010

The New Big 12: Small, Southern, and Alive

by Asher Fusco

You have to hand it to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe. As recently as Saturday, no one listened to him when he said the Big 12 could survive without Colorado and Nebraska. Turns out he was right.

June 4, 2010

Rough Justice: Programs Pay, Players Move Up

by Asher Fusco

The NCAA's investigation of Eric Bledsoe's high school career is ongoing, but if Kentucky is penalized eventually it won't be the first time that a player was long gone by the time punishment was handed down.

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