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Tuesday, December 4

Premium Article Graphing the NBA: December

by Kevin Pelton

Turning the exercise of plotting NBA teams by Offensive and Defensive Rating into a monthly exercise, we find that there is much more spread in the league on offense than defense so far.

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.

Monday, December 3

Like the 2010 Heat: Lakers' Similarity

by Kevin Pelton

A few weeks ago, the 2010-11 Heat was a trendy comparison for this year's Lakers. That talk has cooled despite the teams' similar records and a common factor the Lakers hope will prove telling.

Pace Changers: Upping the Tempo

by Corey Schmidt

If you thought teams like Arizona State and Virginia Tech look a lot different this season, you're right. As Corey explains, the Sun Devils and Hokies (among others) are suddenly playing at a much faster pace.

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).

Friday, November 30

Premium Article Go Big Blue: Michigan Starts Strong

by John Perrotto

Behind improved play from Tim Hardaway, Jr. and the promising debuts of freshmen Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III, the Wolverines look like a contender both in the Big Ten and nationally.

Premium Article Go Fish: Dallas Searches for PG Answer

by Kevin Pelton

Looking to improve a weak spot at point guard and help their young options develop, the Dallas Mavericks signed Derek Fisher as a free agent Thursday. Don't expect the aging Fisher to make much of a difference.

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.

Thursday, November 29

The Kidd Factor: The Knicks Without Jason

by Kevin Pelton

With Jason Kidd sidelined by back spasms, the Knicks' offense sputtered in a loss Monday in Brooklyn. The numbers show that Kidd's teammates have played much better with him on the floor all season.

Wednesday, November 28

Premium Article Early Surprises: Last Year's Results

by Kevin Pelton

Taking a look back at the results of last year's players who improved or declined the most shines some light on the usefulness of in-season projections at the extremes.

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.

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