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Week ending on Wednesday, November 21 2012.


Wednesday, November 21

As Sweet by Any Speed: Jack Taylor's 138 Points

by Kevin Pelton

On Tuesday, Jack Taylor made headlines by scoring 138 points for D-III Grinnell. While the Pioneers' uber-fast pace requires us to take some of the air out of Taylor's gaudy numbers, they remain impressive in context.

Three-Point Flukes: Defying Expectations

by Dan Feldman

Since three-point percentage is both highly volatile and generally independent of defenses faced, a look at which players and teams are shooting better or worse than expected from beyond the arc early in the season is revealing.

Premium Article Cowboys Up: Oklahoma State's Strong Start

by John Perrotto

By adding top-five recruit Marcus Smart and two other freshman starters to a returning core led by NBA prospect Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State has impressed early by winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Premium Article Survive and Advance: The Pac-12's November

by Kevin Pelton

The Pac-12 hasn't done as well so far as hoped at putting last season's debacle in the rear-view mirror, but a recovery on Tuesday shows the conference is still much better than a year ago.

Tuesday, November 20

The Zach Randolph Story: By the Numbers

by Kevin Pelton

Grantland's Jonathan Abrams did a great job of tracing Zach Randolph's path to maturity off the court. On it, Randolph has gone from promising young reserve to overpaid starter to All-Star in unpredictable fashion.

Monday, November 19

Premium Article Wolves' Injury Woes: Roy Latest Surgery

by Kevin Pelton

The Minnesota Timberwolves, already playing without three key players for extended periods, suffered another injury loss when the Oregonian reported Sunday that Brandon Roy will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.

He's Got Next: Meet Robert Covington

by Corey Schmidt

The league that gave you Kenneth Faried (and is currently giving you Isaiah Canaan) has another star waiting in the wings. Corey Schmidt is here to introduce you to Tennessee State's Robert Covington.

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.

Friday, November 16

Premium Article The Meaning of 6-0: NBA History

by Kevin Pelton

With the Knicks off to the best start in the NBA, a look back at past 6-0 starts offers perspective on just how high expectations should get in Gotham.

Premium Article Rebuilding: Vanderbilt Replaces Stars

by John Perrotto

Vanderbilt enjoyed a remarkable night in June when three starters were selected in the NBA Draft, two of them in the first round. Now the Commodores must find a way to replace their contributions with a thin roster.

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.

Thursday, November 15

Premium Article Making Statements: Clippers, Grizzlies Impress

by Kevin Pelton

With wins over last season's conference champions during Wednesday's ESPN double-header, the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies provided more evidence that their strong starts are legitimate.

Premium Article Big Man Barometer: Week Ending 11/13/12

by Bradford Doolittle

In last week's edition, Bradford unveiled his initial season-long rankings of NBA centers and power forwards.

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