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The Goliaths Of The Tourney

by Jonathan Tjarks

Mar 24, 2015 1:25 PM

While there is always an element of randomness involved in a one-and-done tournament, there is an underlying pattern as to who is advancing and who is going home. For the most part, higher seeds with elite big men are safe while the ones without are vulnerable. Read more »

Tags: Duke Blue Devils, Baylor Bears, Iowa State Cyclones, Michigan State Spartans, Wisconsin Badgers, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA

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Road Records Reveal Truth Of Tournament Teams

by Jonathan Tjarks

Mar 18, 2015 2:19 PM

If you look at the numbers as a whole, teams with a .500 or lower record on the road don't tend to do all that well in the NCAA Tournament. Read more »

Tags: Baylor Bears, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA Tournament, NCAA

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Why Kentucky Looks Nearly Bulletproof Entering The Tourney

by Jonathan Tjarks

Mar 16, 2015 4:48 PM

Karl Towns is the closest thing to Anthony Davis since Anthony Davis and Kentucky has all the pieces around him necessary to win a championship. Heís the reason why Kentucky should go 40-0 and why the 2015 NCAA Tournament should be a lot more predictable than 2014. Read more »

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA

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How To Spot A Potential Cinderella For The NCAA Tournament

by Jonathan Tjarks

For the most part, Championship Week and the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament are all about the underdogs. For a team from a low-major or mid-major conference, winning two games in the NCAA Tournament is their equivalent of winning a national title. Read more »
How Iowa State Can Make A Final Four Run

by Jonathan Tjarks

Under Fred Hoiberg's direction, Iowa State has become the most consistent threat to Kansas in the Big 12, despite not having nearly the same level of recruits. They are NCAA players running an NBA offense. Read more »
How Picking The Wrong Coach Hurts Draft Stock

by Jonathan Tjarks

A savvy NBA team at the end of the lottery may be able to squeeze a lot of value out of their pick because of the incompetence of Myles Turner's college coach. Read more »
Suns' One Step Back To Take Three Steps Forward

by Jonathan Tjarks

If the Suns kept Goran Dragic and Channing Frye, they would be a win-now team with a much lower ceiling than their competitors. Instead, they spun the whole thing forward, confident in their ability to project talent into the future. Read more »
Enes Kanter, Thunder And The Need For The Right Fit

by Jonathan Tjarks

Enes Kanterís addition allows the Thunder to play total basketball in much the same way as the Spurs. They can attack you on offense from all five positions, something which they couldnít do before. Read more »
The Pat Riley Empire Strikes Back

by Jonathan Tjarks

The combination of Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside is a perfect fit for Goran Dragicís skills, as Miami now has a prototype spread pick-and-roll alignment, with a rim-rolling 5, a stretch 4 and an elite 1. Read more »
Why SMU Has The Pieces For A Deep Tournament Run

by Jonathan Tjarks

Nothing has gone according to plan at SMU this season. The NCAA is already sniffing around the program. Nevertheless, the Mustangs keep on winning. Read more »
Willie Cauley-Stein And The Two-Way College Basketball Superstar

by Jonathan Tjarks

Willie Cauley-Stein is the best player on the best team in the country and heís not going to be a first-team All-American. Thereís lot more that goes into helping your team win basketball games than scoring a lot of points. Read more »
NBA Prospects From The Big 12

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Big 12 is widely considered the deepest conference in the country this season. And while there isnít a ton of high-level talent outside of Kansas and Texas, almost every team has at least 1-2 guys being seriously looked at by NBA scouts. Read more »
How Kansas Continues Big 12 Dominance

by Jonathan Tjarks

You still have to give Bill Self his props for what he has done, but the basketball coach at Kansas is expected to beat a bunch of football schools just about every season. There are no other blue-blood programs in the Big 12. No Duke to his UNC. Read more »
Hurry Up And Wait

by Jonathan Tjarks

Archie Goodwin is such a phenomenal athlete that he will eventually get a chance in the NBA, even if it isnít with the Suns. The question is whether the two years he is spending on the bench were really the ideal place for him to grow as a player. Read more »
The Advent Of Hassan Whiteside

by Jonathan Tjarks

Playing in Erik Spoelstraís system has turned Hassan Whiteside from a fringe NBA player to one of the most valuable players in the league. Thatís the beauty of playing 4-out basketball and allowing guys to operate in maximum space. Read more »
Kobe Bryant's Golden Parachute

by Jonathan Tjarks

In a business where rain makers can choose where they want to work, itís never a bad idea to cultivate a reputation as a place that takes care of its employees. The Lakers are still a family business and their perspective is more nuanced than most. Read more »
The Nuggets' Hope Is In Jusuf Nurkic

by Jonathan Tjarks

Rebuilding a team starts with laying a foundation and there are few better cornerstones to have laying around than a 6í11 280 two-way center who is the age of a college sophomore. Read more »
Cutting Up The Revisionist History Of The James Harden Trade

by Jonathan Tjarks

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden was always going to be a 1+1+1 = 2.5 situation. As a starter, Harden would have been thrust in the Kevin Love/Chris Bosh role, except he couldnít bring nearly as much to the table in terms of rebounding, scoring from the post and spacing the floor from the front-court. Read more »
The Magic Of Four-Out Basketball

by Jonathan Tjarks

What is happening with the Pistons is a lot bigger than Josh Smith. This is the triumph of four-out basketball in action, a team being radically transformed from one of the worst teams in the NBA to one of the best merely by doing a better job of spacing the floor. Read more »
Rookie Seasons About Survival, Patience

by Jonathan Tjarks

When it comes to long-term potential, it doesnít really matter how much better Nikola Mirotic is right now than guys like Exum, LaVine and Caboclo. Mirotic is the same age as Tobias Harris, who has the better shot of being a combo forward star. Read more »