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November 18, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Defense Carrying Fast Starts

by John Perrotto

An improved defense is the biggest reason why the New Orleans Hornets are off to the NBA's best start, while defense has also helped the Dallas Mavericks play well and the Milwaukee Bucks stay afloat.

November 14, 2010

Premium Article Around the Rim: Brownell Starts with Win

by John Perrotto

Clemson easily defeated Western Carolina on Friday in the first game for new head coach Brad Brownell, who hopes to improve the Tigers' offense by emphasizing ball security.

Premium Article On the Beat: Teams Beating Up Heat

by John Perrotto

The hyped Miami Heat has been on the receiving end of physical play from opponents this season, but players and coaches say the team will return the level of aggression as needed.

November 10, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Hawks' New Offense Paying Dividends

by John Perrotto

So far, Larry Drew's move to install more motion in the Atlanta attack has helped the Hawks rank among the NBA's most efficient offenses.

November 8, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Hornets Still Unbeaten

by John Perrotto

New Orleans has been the league's biggest surprise in the early going. Along with the L.A. Lakers, the Hornets are one of two remaining undefeated teams.

November 7, 2010

Around the Rim: Williams Could Lead Wildcats Back to Tourney

by John Perrotto

The University of Arizona is hoping to start a new string of NCAA Tournament appearances this season. If so, sophomore forward Derrick Williams will likely be the biggest reason.

November 4, 2010

On the Beat: James Would Have Handled 'Decision' Differently

by John Perrotto

LeBron James admitted recently that, while he doesn't second-guess his decision to sign with the Miami Heat, he would go about the process of announcing his new team in a different fashion if he had a second chance.

November 2, 2010

Around the Rim: Self Optimistic

by John Perrotto

Kansas lost senior Sherron Collins and first-round picks Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry from last year's powerful team, but coach Bill Self thinks the Jayhawks can bounce back.

October 30, 2010

On the Beat: Celtics Offer Advice to Heat

by John Perrotto

Few people are better prepared to understand the adjustments the Miami Heat's "Big Three" will have to make than the Boston Celtics' own trio of stars.

October 25, 2010

Around the Rim: Iowa Hits the Gas Pedal

by John Perrotto

With Fran McCaffery replacing Todd Lickliter at the helm in Iowa City, expect the Hawkeyes' pace to increase dramatically this season.

October 22, 2010

Around the Rim: Pitt Favored in Big East

by John Perrotto

With four starters returning from a team that exceeded expectations, this might be the year that the Panthers reach the Final Four.

October 7, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Celtics Still Thinking Home Court

by John Perrotto

Despite the hype around the Miami Heat's additions, the Boston Celtics still believe they are contenders to win the championship. Having home-court advantage through more of the playoffs might help.

September 27, 2010

Around the Rim: Coach K Switches Gears

by John Perrotto

After leading the U.S. to victory in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Men, Mike Krzyzewski returns his focus to his other defending champ, the Duke Blue Devils.

September 22, 2010

On the Beat: Riley and Van Gundy Feud

by John Perrotto

Miami president Pat Riley once replaced Stan Van Gundy on the sidelines. Now, the former allies are sniping at each other over the Heat pairing three superstars this summer.

September 20, 2010

Around the Rim: Nebraska Hoping to Toughen Up

by John Perrotto

Teams are hard at work in the weight room preparing for the upcoming NCAA season, but few have focused on strength and conditioning as much as the Cornhuskers.

September 8, 2010

On the Beat: L.A. Stories

by John Perrotto

While Lakers owner Jerry Buss touts the additions to the defending champions' roster, Clippers owner Donald Sterling can't even remember the name of one of his team's big signings in free agency.

September 3, 2010

Around the Rim: WCC Adds BYU

by John Perrotto

The West Coast Conference doesn't offer football, but still got a boost from the gridiron. BYU's desire to go independent in football allowed the WCC to add a marquee basketball program.

August 10, 2010

On the Beat: After James' Departure, Cavaliers Chart a New Course

by John Perrotto

Having seen superstar LeBron James bolt for Miami, Cleveland has focused on adding younger talent this summer and has avoided long-term financial commitments.

August 9, 2010

Around the Rim: Key Season for Zeller

by John Perrotto

After injuries set back Tyler Zeller's first two seasons at North Carolina, he knows he needs to stay healthy in 2010-11 as one of just two experienced big men on the Tar Heels' roster.

July 7, 2010

Around the Rim: Changes Coming in the Big 12

by John Perrotto

With two teams set to leave, the misnamed Big 12 may adopt a true double round-robin schedule, much to John Gasaway's delight. Coaches are less excited.

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