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Around the Rim column archives.


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.

December 9, 2010

Premium Article Around the Rim: Pitt's McGhee to be Tested by Tennessee

by John Perrotto

Undefeated teams square off Saturday when Pitt hosts Tennessee as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge. For the Panthers to emerge victorious, senior center Gary McGhee will be crucial.

December 2, 2010

Premium Article Around the Rim: Tennessee Supplies Early Surprise

by John Perrotto

Dealing with an NCAA investigation, the Volunteers weren't expected to threaten the powers in the NIT Preseason Tipoff. Nonetheless, Tennessee upset Villanova at Madison Square Garden to win the tournament.

November 19, 2010

Premium Article Around the Rim: Season Tips Off on ESPN

by John Perrotto

While it comes a week after the start of the NCAA regular season, ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon has become the de facto tipoff to the year. There is some movement to make the season's opening night or week more meaningful.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

June 28, 2010

Around the Rim: 68-Team Tournament Taking Shape

by John Perrotto

Ohio State AD Gene Smith, the new chairman of the NCAA Division I basketball committee, is working to figure out how the NCAA Tournament will change with its expansion to 68 teams.

March 30, 2010

Around the Rim: Coaching Stories

by John Perrotto

The four coaches who have guided their teams to the Final Four all have unique stories. Here's a brief look at each of them.

March 26, 2010

Around the Rim: Samhan Enjoying the Spotlight

by John Perrotto

St. Mary's center Omar Samhan has been one of the breakout stars of the NCAA Tournament, giving the nation a glimpse into Samhan's outspoken personality.

March 25, 2010

Around the Rim: Cornell Looks to Continue Cinderella Run

by John Perrotto

Already, Cornell has become the first Ivy League team in more than three decades to reach the Sweet 16. Can the Big Red pull an even bigger upset by knocking off No. 1 seed Kentucky?

March 23, 2010

Around the Rim: Coaching Carousel Beginning to Spin

by John Perrotto

Several schools, including three Big East teams (DePaul, Seton Hall and St. John's), are searching for replacements on the sidelines and plenty of names are reportedly under consideration.

March 19, 2010

Around the Rim: Duke Starts Run as No. 1 Seed

by John Perrotto

There has been plenty of discussion over whether the Blue Devils deserved to be the top seed in the South, but players and coach Mike Krzyzewski aren't paying it any attention as they prepare to tip off today.

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