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February 6, 2009

Around the Rim: The SEC's Down Year

by John Perrotto

In a season marked by losses before and during, the SEC is making a case for at least four and as many as six tournament teams.

January 31, 2009

Around the Rim: Sweetness in Seattle

by John Perrotto

The Huskies have bounced back from a pair of disappointing seasons to contend for a Pac-10 title.

January 25, 2009

Around the Rim: Toughness in Lubbock

by John Perrotto

Pat Knight isn't a carbon copy of his famous father, but he does value particular traits the same way Bobby did.

January 17, 2009

Around the Rim: Putting the D in Demon Deacons

by John Perrotto

As they prepare for their showdown of undefeateds against Clemson, Wake relies on a dramatically improved defense put in by Dino Gaudio.

January 9, 2009

Around the Rim: Not Respecting the Redbirds

by John Perrotto

Illinois State opened their season 14-0 before losing to Bradley Tuesday night. A lack of quality wins, however, kept them unranked and unknown.

January 2, 2009

Around the Rim: Georgetown Brings It

by John Perrotto

Not expected to have a chance to three-peat in the loaded Big East, the Hoyas staked their claim with an impressive win over Connecticut.

December 26, 2008

Around the Rim: Digging the Gophers

by John Perrotto

On the heels of an upset over Louisville, Minnesota cracked the AP top 25 for the first time under second-year coach Tubby Smith.

December 6, 2008

Around the Rim: The Panthers Strike

by John Perrotto

With a stifling defense and a number of talented offensive players, the Pittsburgh Panthers are off to another great start.

November 29, 2008

Around the Rim: Xavier Rolls On

by John Perrotto

Despite the loss of four of the top players from last season's Elite Eight team, the Musketeers are off to a 5-0 start and big preseason tournament victory in Puerto Rico.

November 21, 2008

Around the Rim: Shakeup in Tucson

by John Perrotto

The Arizona Wildcats opened the season with their third coach in three seasons and failed to make the NIT semifinals in New York.

November 15, 2008

Around the Rim: Tar Heel Hoopla

by John Perrotto

Anything seems possible for North Carolina, the unanimous preseason #1 that opens their season Saturday against Penn.

October 29, 2008

Around the Rim: The Big-Time Big East

by John Perrotto

The supersized conference may be the best in the nation this season, but Rick Pitino has an even loftier opinion of it.

October 20, 2008

Around the Rim: Spartan Anticipation

by John Perrotto

Tom Izzo looks ahead to April and sees the possibility of a great moment for his program: playing in the Final Four in Detroit.

September 9, 2008

Around the Rim: Trouble for Tubby

by John Perrotto

In just his second season coaching at Minnesota, Tubby Smith is taking grief for an extremely soft slate of home nonconference games.

September 2, 2008

Around the Rim: Self Satisfied

by John Perrotto

Coming off a championship and a new contract, Bill Self is settling in for the long run at Kansas.

August 6, 2008

Around the Rim: LSU's Early Road Trip

by John Perrotto

New coach Trent Johnson will take a football approach to LSU's basketball preseason.

July 28, 2008

Around the Rim: Gillispie Looking Ahead

by John Perrotto

The Kentucky Wildcats had a bumpy first season under Billy Gillispie. He thinks things will be better in 2008-09.

July 21, 2008

Around the Rim: Billy Packer Leaves CBS

by John Perrotto

The voice of the Final Four for more than 30 seasons is leaving his perch.

July 15, 2008

Around the Rim: Jennings Takes a Different Road

by John Perrotto

Instead of being the top freshman in the college game, Brandon Jennings will test a new path for the year between high school and the draft: Europe.

July 7, 2008

Around the Rim: Ohio's New Head Man

by John Perrotto

Longtime Thad Matta assistant John Groce is the new head coach at Ohio.

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