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January 28, 2013

Introducing the EGOT's: Celebrating Versatility

by Corey Schmidt

In the entertainment world, "EGOT" stands for winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. In hoops, it means versatility. Corey Schmidt hands out the awards.

December 6, 2012

Pace Changers: Hitting the Brakes

by Corey Schmidt

Teams like Washington, TCU, and Rhode Island are slowing things down dramatically this season, and Corey Schmidt checks in to see how that's working.

December 3, 2012

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.

November 19, 2012

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.

November 13, 2012

Poised to Break Out: Mid-Major Bigs to Watch

by Corey Schmidt

Not content with having turned your attention to Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn before they were a gleam in the NBA's eye, Corey Schmidt is back with five mid-major bigs who are about to make some noise.

August 30, 2012

Relative Calm: Tracking the Coaching Carousel

by Corey Schmidt

There will always be a coaching carousel, but Corey says this year's hirings and firings were unusually small in number.

March 24, 2012

UK Hits 100: Kentucky Wins a Shootout

by Corey Schmidt

The Elite Eight is now set, and Corey walks you through how we got here. Kentucky outscored Indiana, Kansas outlasted NC State, Baylor outworked Xavier, and North Carolina managed to overcome Ohio in overtime.

March 19, 2012

Day Four: A Crushing Win for UNC?

by Corey Schmidt

The Sweet 16 is set. All four No. 1 seeds will be there. A No. 13 seed from the MAC will be there too. Plus both teams from The Brawl, four programs from the state of Ohio, and four teams each from the Bigs (Ten and East). We just don't know if Kendall Marshall will be there.

March 17, 2012

Day Two: 15 Ways to Beat a 2 Seed

by Jeff Nusser and Corey Schmidt

You just make all your threes, Lee, etc. Jeff Nusser and Corey Schmidt walk you through the most tumultuous and thrilling day we've seen in the brackets in a long, long time, one that made Kyle O'Quinn, C.J. McCollum, Norfolk State, and Lehigh household words.

March 16, 2012

Day One: VCU Again?

by Jeff Nusser and Corey Schmidt

A very chalky tip-off in the round of 64 advanced just two lower seeds. Shaka Smart's Rams edged Wichita State, and surprising Colorado out of the much maligned Pac-12 held on late to eliminate UNLV. Jeff and Corey walk you through a first day that was very nearly fatal for Syracuse.

March 15, 2012

Who Needs 'Em?: Go-To Guys

by Corey Schmidt

Everyone wonders whether Syracuse has a true "go-to guy" in crunch time, but Corey Schmidt looked at past national champions and found the best teams stay away from crunch time entirely.

March 13, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Syracuse in the East

by Corey Schmidt

We know the Orange face a difficult path to New Orleans, but what about the other East teams and their paths to Boston? Corey channels his inner anti-anti-conventional wisdom and says overseed poster-child Southern Miss might actually have a shot against Kansas State.

February 29, 2012

Hot or Not: Efficiency Margin Above Average

by Corey Schmidt

Corey Schmidt measures late-season efficiency margins above or below the Big Ten average to zero in on who's peaking (look toward East Lansing, even with last night's result) and who's packing it in (hint: they wear orange and blue).

February 14, 2012

Bad Timing: Kansas State and Free Throws

by Corey Schmidt

Frank Martin's teams have always excelled at getting to the free throw line, but the Wildcats' problem this year has been timing. K-State's been more accurate when they shoot fewer FTs, and less accurate when they shoot more.

January 30, 2012

Take and Make: Points per Steal

by Corey Schmidt

How come we don't track the basketball equivalent of a pick-six? Well now Corey Schmidt has, and he sheds some light on how important steals are for teams like Missouri, Syracuse, and Ohio State -- on offense.

January 25, 2012

And One: Baylor's Secret Weapon?

by Corey Schmidt

Is it just us, or does Scott Drew's team score an unusual proportion of their points off of "and-one" calls? Corey Schmidt says it really is true -- but there's another Big 12 team that does it even better.

December 20, 2011

Three Teams: Mountaineers, Bobcats and Panthers

by Corey Schmidt

Corey Schmidt looks at just how vital Kevin Jones is to West Virginia (very), how much help D.J. Cooper's now getting at Ohio (a lot), and what kind of an impact Ron Hunter's having at Georgia State (big).

November 22, 2011

Three Teams: Bama, Stainbrook, and Missing Dreadlocks

by Corey Schmidt

In the tip-off of his Three Teams feature, Corey looks at the amazing D being played by Alabama's freshmen, the deceivingly amazing performance of Western Michigan's Matt Stainbrook, and the real problem with Morehead State: no dreadlocks.

November 14, 2011

One Burdened Freshman: Meet Cody Zeller

by Corey Schmidt

Has any freshman in recent years carried as large a program-changing burden as Indiana's Cody Zeller? Corey Schmidt looked at the numbers and came up with an answer: No, and it's not even close.

November 7, 2011

Talking About Tyshawn: Quantifying News Coverage

by Corey Schmidt

Tyshawn Taylor has gone from promising freshman to frustrating junior, and news coverage in local papers shows the change in the perception of the Kansas guard.

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