Basketball Articles

College Basketball Preview 14-15: Big Ten

by Dan Hanner

Wisconsin was dominant on a per-possession basis last year, they went to the Final Four, and they bring nearly everyone back, which will make challenging for the Big Ten very difficult for everyone else. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: The Rest

by Dan Hanner

In this piece, we preview the Ivy, Big West, MAC, Horizon, MAAC, Conference-USA, Patriot, Summit, CAA, Ohio Valley, Sun Belt, Big South, WAC, Big Sky, America East, Atlantic Sun, Southern, NEC, Southland, MEAC and SWAC. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: Big 12 Conference

by Dan Hanner

Despite an uncertain point guard situation, Kansas remains the clear favorite in the Big 12 with Texas and Iowa State a clear step behind. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: Missouri Valley Conference

by Dan Hanner

While it is unclear where Wichita State ranks nationally, they're the clear favorites to win the Missouri Valley Conference ahead of Northern Iowa. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: Pacific-12

by Dan Hanner

Arizona are the clear favorites to win the Pac-12 again in 2015 with UCLA, Stanford and Utah hoping for a place in the top-25. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: American Athletic Conference

by Dan Hanner

SMU and UConn are the co-favorites to win the American Conference, with Memphis, Tulsa and Cincinnati hoping to reach the Big Dance. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: Big East

by Dan Hanner

Villanova won the Big East last season and it hardly seems fair that they also have the most returning minutes. Georgetown will be hoping for a place in the top-25, while Xavier, St. John's, Marquette and Providence will be tourney bubble teams. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: Atlantic-10

by Dan Hanner

The problem for teams in the A10 is that it can take longer to restock the cabinet. When talented seniors leave, teams in the A10 sometimes need a year or two to rebuild, while teams in the Power Five conferences simply reload. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: WCC

by Dan Hanner

Gonzaga could become a top-10 team in the country, while BYU and Saint Mary's are hoping to merely make the NCAA tournament. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: SEC

by Dan Hanner

Kentucky and Florida are obviously playing for top seeds in the tourney, while Arkansas should comfortably be in the field. You can throw the next eight teams in a hat, and defend almost any ordering. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: Mountain West

by Dan Hanner

UNLV has talent. Wyoming should be strong defensively. Boise St., Colorado St., and Fresno St. should be strong on offense. And New Mexico has some quality players. But San Diego St. is the class of the league, and no one else is even close. Read more »
College Basketball Preview 14-15: ACC

by Dan Hanner

Duke are their favorites and their season will hinge on the play of Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, while Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia will challenge. Read more »
Ten College Teams That Will Play Faster

by Dan Hanner

Every summer coaches tend to give interviews and talk about how they plan to play faster the following season, but it rarely happens. Here are 10 teams we expect to actually play faster. Read more »
Which Types of Players Benefited the Most From Change in Way Fouls Called? (Part 2)

by Dan Hanner

The rule changes increased points per possession scoring and increased ORtgs at every position, but the increase in free throw rate and decrease in turnovers was not equivalent for all positions. Read more »
Which Types of Players Benefited The Most From Change In Way Fouls Called? (Part 1)

by Dan Hanner

Points per possession were higher, free throw attempts were up, and turnovers were down. But we have not seen any discussion about how this impacted different types of players. Read more »
College Basketball Greatness Is Always Fleeting

by Dan Hanner

In the major conferences, no team has improved more than three years in a row right now. Iowa St., Oklahoma, Houston, Wake Forest, and Virginia have all made improvements for three straight years. Read more »
Players In NCAA With Biggest Jumps In Points Per Game

by Dan Hanner

It’s easy to look at the summer as a chance to earn money, play video games, and catch your breath. But for a select few players every year, the time they put into the gym results in huge gains in every measurable category. Read more »
Should We Ignore The Components Of Defense That Teams Can't Control?

by Dan Hanner

college basketball analysts should be thinking of this a bit like Batting Average on Balls in Play in baseball. If a team is way too high or way too low in free throw defense or three point percentage defense, that probably is a bit about luck. Both within seasons and between seasons, we shouldn’t necessarily expect that component of defensive performance to persist. Read more »
Will Duke Or Kansas Have A Better Defense In 14-15?

by Dan Hanner

Both teams bring in multiple impact freshmen, but based on the entire roster, Duke has more offensive weapons. The more interesting question is whether Kansas or Duke will have the better defense in 14-15. Read more »
NCAA Top 25 Projections (Post NBA Draft Declaration Deadline)

by Dan Hanner

I explore the stats that make my model more skeptical of Texas, SMU, San Diego St., and Oklahoma, and I show that Syracuse, Ohio St., and UCLA still have plenty of elite high school talent. Read more »