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March 21, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Michigan State in the West

by John Gasaway

To defeat the top-seeded Spartans, Louisville will have to slow down an offense that's on an amazing postseason run. And speaking of slowing down, Florida will likely bring Marquette down to the Gators' preferred tempo in the nightcap.

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Syracuse in the East

by John Gasaway

With Boeheim, Badgers, Bearcats and Buckeyes coming to town, John says Boston will be a heavyweight clash.

March 19, 2012

Premium Article Don't Bury UNC Yet: Life Without Marshall

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says losing Kendall Marshall to a wrist injury would damage North Carolina's title hopes but not necessarily kill them.

March 16, 2012

Premium Article What Carolina Needs Now: John Henson

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says North Carolina needs a healthy John Henson to live up to their No. 1 seed.

March 15, 2012

Perfecting the Sport: In 12 Easy Steps (3.0)

by John Gasaway

In 2010 John proposed 12 simple changes to nudge college hoops from supremacy to perfection. Time once again to cheek in on his progress.

Premium Article The Speed of Might: Kentucky's Slow Pace

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says opponents playing UK in the NCAA tournament may want to rethink the conventional wisdom about "slowing the game down."

March 13, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Michigan State in the West

by John Gasaway

Tom Izzo's Spartans were unranked to start the season, but they now sit atop a West bracket that features Missouri's amazing offense, a good deal of Big East power in the form of Marquette and Louisville, and two exceptionally dangerous middle seeds in Memphis and Saint Louis.

Premium Article There Will Be Chalk: No 12-5 Upsets This Year

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the venerable tradition of 12 seeds defeating 5s is about to go on a one-year hiatus.

March 12, 2012

Two Cheers for the Committee: Year of the Mid-Major?

by John Gasaway

John takes a look at this year's bracket and sees no particular grounds for outrage, but does find occasion for sorrow (Drexel), puzzlement (Southern Miss), trepidation (Memphis, Saint Louis, and Michigan State), and befuddlement (Missouri -- just not like you think).

Premium Article Perimeter Orientations: Can Threes Get You to New Orleans?

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John looks at the tournament prospects of five teams that like to fire away from outside: Florida, Michigan, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, and Duke.

March 6, 2012

Premium Article A Struggling League Goes Dancing: : The Pac-12's Chances

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Pac-12's weakest programs pull down the league's overall statistical profile, but teams like California and Washington could still win some games in the NCAA tournament.

March 5, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Final Reality

by John Gasaway

In a special double-issue of the Truths, John celebrates Tuesday a day early, presents the final per-possession numbers from the past season, and looks ahead to the conference tournaments and a certain big event beyond.

March 3, 2012

Premium Article Not Your 2010 Duke: Great Offense, Average D

by John Gasaway

On the brink of Duke's season finale against North Carolina, John says the Blue Devils' mediocre defense would make Mike Krzyzewski's team the weakest No. 1 seed we've seen in years.

March 1, 2012

Premium Article No Rebound, No Cry: Bad Rebounding Not a Problem for Syracuse

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the fact that the Orange are drop-dead terrible on the defensive glass hasn't mattered so far and probably won't matter in March.

February 28, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Penultimate Edition

by John Gasaway

With just one week left in the regular season, John says Syracuse is radically different this year...even if they do play zone every year.

February 23, 2012

Premium Article High Seeds Beware: Five Sleepers

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says teams outside the top 25 like Saint Louis, Gonzaga, California, Drexel, and Memphis could make some noise in the brackets next month.

February 22, 2012

Made in the NCAA: The RPI's Birth, Triumph, and Encirclement

by John Gasaway

The Ratings Percentage Index is one of the most influential statistics in sports, and the NCAA is justly proud of a universally recognized rating system that it created in-house. But now the NCAA should take a page from the book of the man who invented the RPI.

Premium Article Good and Lucky: Inside Notre Dame's Turnaround

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says good outside shooting, some fortuitous bounces, and a steady performance from Jack Cooley have powered the Irish during their win streak.

February 21, 2012

Tuesday Truths: Crunch-Time Edition

by John Gasaway

As March draws ever closer, John says more people would have a correct view of Carolina if not for a certain game-winning shot by a certain player from a certain opposing team.

February 16, 2012

Premium Article Where Did the D Go?: West Virginia's Collapse

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Mountaineers' suddenly weak defense has put the team's NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy.

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