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November 25, 2009

Around the Rim: Syracuse Shoots Up Polls

by John Perrotto

Expectations were low after a Syracuse team that lost three starters fell at home in its exhibition against LeMoyne, but the Orange has quickly vaulted into the top 10 in the polls following the 2K Sports Classic.

November 19, 2009

Around the Rim: Spartans Aim for Another Title

by John Perrotto

Tom Izzo has built the Big Ten's top program in East Lansing, and with three starters back from last year's Final Four team, Michigan State has a chance to add a second National Championship under Izzo.

November 12, 2009

Around the Rim: Kansas Embraces Role of Favorite

by John Perrotto

Not all coaches would want their team ranked No. 1 in preseason polls, but Bill Self believes the preseason hype will toughen the Jayhawks in their quest for a second championship in three years.

November 5, 2009

Around the Rim: North Carolina Reloads

by John Perrotto

The Tar Heels may have lost four starters from their championship squad to the NBA, but there is still plenty of talent in Chapel Hill.

October 30, 2009

Around the Rim: Louisville Moves Forward

by John Perrotto

The Cardinals are glad to be focusing on basketball after dealing with scandal over the summer, but replacing departed Terrence Williams and Earl Clark won't be easy.

October 26, 2009

Around the Rim: Running Point at West Point

by John Perrotto

It's not easy to win basketball games at the U.S. Military Academy, but a new coach things he can bring success on the court.

September 30, 2009

Around the Rim: Will the Tigers Roar?

by John Perrotto

Everything has changed in Memphis, where a four-year dynasty that produced 138 wins is rebuilding from the top down.

September 22, 2009

Around the Rim: Panthers Rebuild

by John Perrotto

Pitt suffered a number of losses that may make returning to the Elite Eight a challenge.

September 14, 2009

Around the Rim: Buffalo Basketball

by John Perrotto

The Colorado Buffaloes see a trip to Maui this November as their opportunity to return to the national stage.

September 8, 2009

Around the Rim: A New Day at Kentucky

by John Perrotto

John Calipari is putting some distance between the present and the past as he looks to restore the Kentucky basketball program.

April 10, 2009

Around the Rim: Tar Heels Finish the Job

by John Perrotto

Picked to win it all in November, North Carolina did just that in April.

April 2, 2009

Around the Rim: The Spartans Stay Home

by John Perrotto

In what has been a tough year for Michigan, Tom Izzo's team has provided something to rally around.

March 26, 2009

Around the Rim: The Wildcats Pounce

by John Perrotto

The last team let into the dance, now the Arizona Wildcats won't leave the floor.

March 18, 2009

Around the Rim: The Commish Speaks

by John Perrotto

Selection committee chair Mike Slive makes it clear what teams looking for at-large bids need to do.

March 13, 2009

Around the Rim: The Committee Deliberates

by John Perrotto

The ten men who hold college basketball's world in their hands are meeting in Indianapolis right now, making very tough decisions.

March 6, 2009

Around the Rim: Memphis Defends Itself

by John Perrotto

On the brink of a third straight undefeated season in conference, the Memphis Tigers are playing as much defense off the court as they are on it.

February 28, 2009

Around the Rim: The Tigers Roar Again

by John Perrotto

With a new coach--but many of the same players--LSU has taken the SEC by storm without getting much attention for it.

February 20, 2009

Around the Rim: Mizzou Madness

by John Perrotto

In his third season at Missouri, coach Mike Anderson has his veteran team poised for a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

February 13, 2009

Around the Rim: The Process Begins

by John Perrotto

This week, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee held a two-day meeting in Indianapolis in advance of next month's deliberations.

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.

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