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March 26, 2012

UK and KU Deliver: Heading to New Orleans

by John Gasaway

Kentucky cruised past Baylor in Atlanta, and Kansas pulled away from North Carolina late in the game in Saint Louis. On Saturday in New Orleans the Wildcats will play Louisville, while the Jayhawks will face Ohio State.

March 25, 2012

Foul, Survive, Advance: Ohio State Topples Syracuse

by John Gasaway

The Buckeyes edged the Orange in a robustly officiated contest in Boston, while in the other regional final Louisville rallied late to defeat Florida in Phoenix.

Premium Article Plotting an Upset: How Baylor Can Beat Kentucky

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says he agrees with everyone else that Kentucky will beat Baylor. But a few simple steps could at least help the Bears give it their best shot.

March 23, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: North Carolina in the Midwest

by John Gasaway

The top-seeded Tar Heels may be without Kendall Marshall, but they're expected to get past Ohio anyway and face the winner of NC State-Kansas.

March 22, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Kentucky in the South

by John Gasaway

Hot-shooting Brady Heslip and Baylor will square off against a resurgent Tu Holloway and Xavier for a spot in the Elite Eight. In the nightcap the overall No. 1 seed Wildcats will face an Indiana team that can score points in bunches.

Premium Article Louisville's Long Odds: This Year's UConn?

by John Gasaway

Last year Connecticut went from being average in the Big East regular season to winning the national title. But in his feature for ESPN Insider John says it'll be tough for Louisville to duplicate that feat.

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.

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