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February 1, 2012

Premium Article Around the Rim: Showdown in Hattiesburg

by John Perrotto

On Wednesday night, Memphis will visit Southern Miss with first place in Conference USA on the line. The Golden Eagles have been unexpectedly dominant early in conference play.

January 20, 2012

Premium Article Around the Rim: Putting the Runnin' Back in Rebels

by John Perrotto

New head coach Dave Rice has his alma mater, UNLV, playing at a faster pace with great success. Truly, these are the Runnin' Rebels.

December 22, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Indiana Ahead of Schedule

by John Perrotto

In Tom Crean's fourth season rebuilding the program, the Hoosiers have returned to the ranks of the NCAA elite by unexpectedly starting 11-0, including an upset win over then-No. 1 Kentucky.

December 16, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Aggies at Full Strength

by John Perrotto

With the return of a healthy Khris Middleton, Texas A&M figures to make some noise in their last year as a member of the Big 12. Meantime the Aggies will get a taste of their new conference when they take on Florida this weekend.

December 2, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Iona Could Be Next

by John Perrotto

Mid-major schools have made major noise in the NCAA tournament the last two seasons. Based on their strong start, the Iona Gaels have the right combination to potentially follow the same path as Butler and VCU.

November 14, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Chambers' Debut Overshadowed

by John Perrotto

New Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers led his team to a win over Hartford in his opening game on Saturday, but State College had its attention understandably directed elsewhere.

March 31, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Cal More Than Reputation

by John Perrotto

Critics have had plenty of ammo when it comes to Kentucky coach John Calipari, but by taking a third team to the Final Four, he's reminded them he is a fine coach despite baggage.

March 24, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Irving the Game Changer

by John Perrotto

The return of point guard Kyrie Irving could make the difference for the Duke Blue Devils as they seek to defend their NCAA Championship.

March 17, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Faried the New Rodman?

by John Perrotto

Morehead State star Kenneth Faried reminds Louisville coach Rick Pitino of a certain flamboyant former NBA star who also excelled on the glass.

March 10, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Walker for Player of the Year

by John Perrotto

Last year, our John Perrotto was first on board the Jimmer Fredette bandwagon. This year, he's changed his vote for the Oscar Robertson Award to UConn's Kemba Walker.

March 3, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Bruins Back in Pac-10 Mix

by John Perrotto

UCLA's slow start to the season appeared to be an extension of last year's disappointing below-.500 finish. However, the Bruins have rebounded and enter the final weekend with a chance to win the last Pac-10 regular-season title.

February 24, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Mountain West Showdown

by John Perrotto

When BYU and San Diego State meet Saturday on national TV, the eyes of the country will be on the battle between top-10 teams.

February 17, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Selection Committee's Criteria

by John Perrotto

Gene Smith, the new chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, discusses the process by which the new 68-team field for this year's tourney will be chosen.

January 27, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Must-Win for Mizzou

by John Perrotto

If Missouri wants to stay in the race in the Big 12, the Tigers will almost certainly need to win Saturday in Austin against the streaking Texas Longhorns.

January 20, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Balanced Belmont

by John Perrotto

The Belmont Bruins have emerged as the best team in the Atlantic Sun conference behind a team effort highlighted by an 11-player rotation.

January 13, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Tough Season for Mississippi State

by John Perrotto

While Mississippi State is only one game into SEC play, Rick Stansbury has already dealt with plenty of off-the-court issues with his Bulldogs.

January 6, 2011

Premium Article Around the Rim: Tennessee to Play Without Pearl

by John Perrotto

The Tennessee Volunteers, who were reeling before blowing out Memphis on Wednesday, will be without head coach Bruce Pearl for eight of the next nine games because of an SEC suspension. How will that affect the team?

December 30, 2010

Premium Article Around the Rim: Tough Big East Start for UConn

by John Perrotto

After an undefeated non-conference season, including a victory in the prestigious Maui Classic, Connecticut rose to No. 4 in the polls. The Huskies found the start of Big East play more challenging as they were beaten at Pitt.

December 23, 2010

Premium Article Around the Rim: Sullinger Stars for Ohio State

by John Perrotto

Freshman Jared Sullinger has immediately stepped into the void left by the departure of Evan Turner, no small feat given that Turner was last year's consensus National Player of the Year.

December 16, 2010

Premium Article Around the Rim: No Hugs from Huggins

by John Perrotto

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is not happy with the 7-2 Mountaineers' performance to date. How do we know? Well for one thing he's compared his players to ducks.

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