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January 27, 2012

Premium Article Spartan Surprise: Izzo's Best Offense Ever?

by John Gasaway

Tom Izzo loves to worry about his teams. This year that may be tough to do. In his feature for ESPN Insider John says Michigan State's trajectory is looking very Final Four-like.

January 26, 2012

Premium Article How to Skip a Rebuild: San Diego State

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says great defense and a stellar performance on offense from Chase Tapley have landed the young Aztecs atop the Mountain West a year ahead of schedule.

January 24, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Admittedly Early Edition

by John Gasaway

In his latest survey of the per-possession landscape, John keeps the focus on offense and finds Missouri mystical, Syracuse misunderstood, and Illinois misbehaving.

January 19, 2012

Premium Article The Outsiders: Living and Dying with Threes

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says Vanderbilt, Iowa State, and Michigan are the major-conference teams relying most heavily on threes so far this season.

January 17, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Back-with-a-Vengeance Edition

by John Gasaway

In his first look at 2012 per-possession happenings, John says Kansas is really good (even though they're less talented than ever), Pitt's really bad (even though their offensive rebounding's better than ever), and Georgia State is just plain scary on D.

January 16, 2012

Premium Article Kansas 2.0: New Look, Same Results

by John Gasaway

Bill Self's made it clear he doesn't have the depth he's accustomed to at Kansas, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Jayhawks will win or share the Big 12 title for an eighth consecutive year.

January 12, 2012

Premium Article Gonzaga and Saint Mary's: Again

by John Gasaway

Even with the arrival of BYU in the West Coast Conference, tonight's game between the Zags and the Gaels will once again determine first place in the league. In his feature for ESPN Insider John previews the showdown.

January 11, 2012

Premium Article The Nation's Top 25 Freshmen: So Far

by John Gasaway

For the fourth year in a row John ranks D-I's best freshmen, many of whom don't even play for Kentucky.

January 5, 2012

Premium Article Cavalier Attitude: Virginia Wins with Defense

by John Gasaway

Thanks to tenacious defense and an amazing performance by Mike Scott, Tony Bennett has Virginia back in the spotlight. But in his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Cavaliers aren't on the same level as the ACC's Big Two. Yet.

January 2, 2012

Premium Article Kansas State Rolls On: The Martin Way

by John Gasaway

The Wildcats are a surprising 11-1, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says the next three games will put Frank Martin's team to the test.

December 29, 2011

Premium Article What's Wrong with UCLA?:

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says the Bruins have issues with talent retention, shooting accuracy, and weight control. Among other things.

December 26, 2011

Premium Article The Problem with Pitt: Defense

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says the Panthers' defense is Jamie Dixon's main concern as Pitt opens Big East play.

December 22, 2011

Premium Article Cards on the Brink: Louisville's About to be Tested

by John Gasaway

Rick Pitino's team has its doubters, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Cards are getting healthy just in time to face Georgetown and Kentucky next week.

December 19, 2011

Premium Article All About Baylor: Talent and Turnovers

by John Gasaway

Scott Drew has brought Baylor an incredibly long way in nine seasons. In his feature for ESPN Insider John says fewer turnovers (and a few more defensive boards) might carry the Bears even further.

December 15, 2011

Premium Article Cuse at the Peak: Orange Are No. 1

by John Gasaway

Syracuse has had an eventful season on and off the court, and now Jim Boeheim's team finds itself atop the polls. In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Orange may be there a while.

December 12, 2011

Premium Article Tide Rolling the Wrong Way: Inside Alabama's Outside Woes

by John Gasaway

Alabama plays tremendous D, and JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell are excellent scorers, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says Green and Mitchell need help -- preferably from outside.

December 8, 2011

Premium Article Marquette Cracks Down: Williams Gets it Done on D

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says Marquette's suddenly formidable defense makes Buzz Williams' team suddenly legit.

December 5, 2011

Premium Article Wait on the Illini: But Get Excited about Leonard Now

by John Gasaway

Illinois is off to an 8-0 start, and Meyers Leonard really is having the "breakout" season that sophomores are supposed to have. But in his feature for ESPN Insider John says upcoming games against UNLV, Missouri, and Purdue will tell us a lot about this young team.

December 1, 2011

Premium Article The Rebels' Yell: UNLV's Loud Statement

by John Gasaway

UNLV is 8-0 with a win over then-No. 1 North Carolina to its credit. But in his feature for ESPN Insider John says the only thing that might loom larger than Mike Moser is the Rebels' upcoming schedule.

November 29, 2011

Premium Article The Harvard Surprise: Best Ivy Team Ever?

by John Gasaway

The Crimson turned a lot of heads last week with their win over Florida State. In his feature for ESPN Insider John looks at Harvard's chances to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 65 years.

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