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January 27, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Why UNC's On the Bubble

by John Gasaway

John says low-scoring North Carolina's at-risk for landing in the NIT, low-scoring Villanova had a nice week, and high-scoring VCU really needs all those takeaways on D.

January 24, 2013

Premium Article Ducks, Cats and Bruins: The Pac-12's Big Three

by John Gasaway

Oregon leads in the conference race, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says the Ducks, Arizona, and UCLA could all make noise in March.

January 22, 2013

Tuesday Truths: Gator-Bait Edition

by John Gasaway

Florida has opened SEC play with some fairly ostentatious per-possession numbers, Arizona is excelling on offense, and Notre Dame is surprisingly bad on D. Tuesday Truths have arrived.

January 20, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Florida's the Real No. 1

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John breaks down Florida's incredible start to SEC play, considers Jim Boeheim's embrace of Bo Ryan's low-turnover shtick, and defends a "down" Big 12.

January 17, 2013

Premium Article The Nation' Top 25 Freshmen: 2.0

by John Gasaway

John latest freshman rankings include Bennett and Brown, Dotson and Dekker, Smart and Scott, Adams and Austin, McLemore and Muhammad, and 15 other standouts. Plus a newcomer at the No. 1 spot.

January 15, 2013

Tuesday Truths: Too-Early Edition

by John Gasaway

John has parsed the conference season's first per-possession performances, and he has superlatives to offer for Creighton's offense (insane), the Big Ten's overall strength (incredible), and USC's timing (interesting).

January 13, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Duke Needs Kelly

by John Gasaway

John says Duke needs a healthy Ryan Kelly, Kentucky needs to play like previous (older) teams in its position, and Missouri needs both a healthy Laurence Bowers and some efficient backcourt scoring.

January 8, 2013

Premium Article Get Deshaun Thomas Some Help: D-I's Most Overburdened Players

by John Gasaway

Meet the Deshaun Thomas Five: Thomas (obviously), Fuquan Edwin, Askia Booker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Tamir Jackson.

January 6, 2013

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Eight Dark Horses

by John Gasaway

A Kentucky team with one of the nation's best defenses is, at the moment, unranked. So is VCU. And even some ranked teams aren't getting enough respect.

January 3, 2013

Premium Article Perfect Timing: Oklahoma State's Rise

by John Gasaway

In an otherwise down season for much of the non-Kansas Big 12, Travis Ford's young Cowboys are defending and contending.

January 2, 2013

Premium Article Overrated Yet Dangerous: All About Arizona

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says the Wildcats can live up to their lofty ranking if they take better care of the ball.

December 30, 2012

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: UK's Growing Up Fast

by John Gasaway

John charts the rapid development of a young Kentucky team with an ugly (8-4) record, presents the Paradox of Phil Pressey, and considers Doug McDermott's potential for viral Facebook threads.

December 28, 2012

Premium Article Opponents Beware: Louisville Has an Offense

by John Gasaway

The Cardinals reached the Final Four last April, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John shows why Rick Pitino's team is even better now.

December 23, 2012

Premium Article Smarter After Saturday: Don't Foul Temple

by John Gasaway

John looks at the best way to play the Owls, the right way to talk about Jeff Withey, and the only way Kansas State could have beaten Florida (and did).

December 21, 2012

Premium Article Don't Worry, Illini Fans: Why the 2011-12 Collapse Won't Repeat

by John Gasaway

Call Illinois overrated if you wish. Compared to last year's team this group is on a more solid footing, and better than anyone expected in the preseason.

December 18, 2012

Premium Article Judging the Early Contenders: Looking Back to Look Ahead

by John Gasaway

John studied the Novembers and Decembers recorded by the past five national champions to evaluate today's contenders: Duke, Michigan, Louisville, Syracuse, Indiana, Florida, Arizona, Kansas, and Ohio State.

December 16, 2012

Premium Article Extreme Makeover: The New Butler Offense

by John Gasaway

Butler didn't win many shootouts last year, much less one against the top-ranked team in the nation. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John looks at how the Bulldogs' offense has turned things around.

December 14, 2012

Premium Article Why Indiana's Offense is No. 1: Five Reasons

by John Gasaway

And those reasons would be Zeller, Oladipo, Hulls, Watford, and Ferrell. John sings the praises of each in his feature for ESPN Insider.

December 12, 2012

Premium Article Stop Mourning, Start Watching: The Big East's Last Hurrah

by John Gasaway

The Big East will decline in quality or maybe even dissolve completely soon enough, but for now the league's running the Big Ten a close second. Enjoy it while you can.

December 11, 2012

Premium Article Getting Better: Illinois and Pitt

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John says Illinois is better than he expected, and Pitt's better than anyone realizes.

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