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Nick Fasulo

  1. Hypothetical trade scenarios for a hypothetical trade deadline

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    One of the best weeks of the entire baseball season are the days leading up to the trade deadline. Speculation abounds fans overreact, and once in a while a team gets better. College basketball doesn’t have a trade deadline. That’s basically impossible, but it’s at this time of the season where you can really formulate…

  2. Let’s face it, the ACC isn’t what it’s supposed to be

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Last night the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils took on the Maryland Terrapins, and the nostalgia sparks were flying throughout the Comcast Center. Not only did it provide flashbacks to one of the fiercest and most underappreciated college rivalries that has since severely tempered itself, a former integral character was honored at halftime to remind…

  3. Seven good players who are great reasons to watch bad teams

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

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    As teams begin to separate themselves from the pack, we’re beginning to spend more time focusing on and dissecting the elite, and less time on the mediocre. This shift in attention occurs each season, but if you’re a true college hoophead there’s still plenty of reason to watch or at least follow a number of…

  4. The big-win hangover is becoming quite common

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    In college football, BCS apologists contend that the system works because it makes the entire regular season serve as a quasi-playoff. It’s a terrible argument, but every year you see a few hovering preseason top 25 teams play their way into a sort of single elimination tournament for the fall.  Some rise to the top,…

  5. Seven stereotypes that explain why Syracuse is so elite

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

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    Last week I had the pleasure of seeing the No. 1 team in the country up close and personal. It may have only been two games, but to watch this team from the baseline, to listen to coach Jim Boeheim speak after the game, and to see what fuels this team left no doubt in…

  6. Sorry Jimmer — Kemba Walker was 2011′s top college athlete

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    During this summer’s ESPYs Award Show I, for the first time in the history of man watching award shows, was yelling at the screen denouncing an award recipient. Jimmer Fredette, Joseph Smith love him, was given with the Male College Athlete of the Year Award over distinguished collegiate athletes Cam Newton and Kemba Walker. I…

  7. Crosstown Brawl could re-shape Cincinnati, Xavier programs

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    We’re only one month into the college basketball season, and I’m sure you’d agree with me that hopefully this is as jarring and salacious as it gets. This year’s annual Crosstown Shootout between Xavier and Cincinnati resulted in the first ever Crosstown Brawl, and presented leaders from both schools with a moral dilemma on how…

  8. A look at some unsuspecting undefeateds

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    At the time of this writing, there remain 14 undefeated teams in college basketball. It is by no means an anomaly compared to previous seasons, but what might stick out are a few of the teams currently enjoying an unblemished record this holiday season. Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State? You sort of expected them to…

  9. A college basketball request for Billy Hunter and David Stern

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Dear Mr. Billy Hunter and David Stern, I don’t normally do this. The whole faux letter to a prominent figure or inanimate object thing is completely exhausted, but I feel compelled to express my interest in an unresolved clause in the nearly finalized collective bargaining agreement. A small clause, sure; one that by no means…

  10. Ten great things to look forward to this hoops season

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

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    Conference realignment, coaches caught up in a Ponzi Scheme, and stories about conditioning. Something tells me you’re bored by all that, and ready for one of the most anticipated college basketball seasons in a decade. Whether you’re an ardent fan that’s eagerly awaiting story lines to play out or an NBA fan hoping to be…

  11. Did Kansas provide the biggest choke job this tournament?

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Yes. Yes they did. /files story and closes lid on laptop. Kansas loss to Virginia Commonwealth, not to take anything away from the Rams, was the biggest choke job in this tournament, and it ranks up there among some of the biggest choke jobs in tournament history. Less than 24 hours after Butler downed Florida…

  12. Not the top dog, but these Kentucky ‘Cats march to Final Four

    Mar 27, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

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    The Kentucky Wildcats hoops team arguably carries more weight in college basketball than any other program in the country. Their fans are completely and utterly narcissistic (and that’s a compliment, I swear I’m not trolling!), their media will chase – literally chase – coaches out of town, and their players are treated like royalty in…

  13. Kansas guard play atrocious in loss to VCU

    Mar 27, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    I called them the most complete team remaining in the tournament no less than 48 hours ago, and I could not have been more incorrect. Relying far too heavily on The Brothers Morri, Kansas was downed by VCU 71-61 in a game that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary may or may not have an adjective to precisely…

  14. Elite 8 Preview: Kansas vs. Virginia Commonwealth

    Mar 27, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    No. 1 Kansas (35-2) vs. No. 11 VCU (27-11) Tip-off: 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS At stake: Kansas is both poised and in great position to win their second national championship in four seasons, and they’re certainly the favorite to cut down the nets. If they are to lose, the stage is set for one of…

  15. Arizona has a lot to look forward to

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Some may argue that they overachieved, riding the shoulders of the most powerful player in this NCAA Tournament, but Arizona’s ride to the Elite Eight was no fluke. They may have lost to UConn 65-63, but I’m not here to dwell on the past. One or two shots away from winning the West Region the…

  16. The Butler defies conventional wisdom once again

    Mar 26, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    They did it again, and it’s absolutely mind-boggling. Despite shooting 9-33 from beyond the arc, and playing one big man against three, the Butler Bulldogs pulled off yet another upset special in the NCAA Tournament, this time stunning the Florida Gators 74-71 in overtime. You hate the overused reference to Clue, but I simply cannot…

  17. Southeast Regional final preview: Florida vs. Butler

    Mar 26, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    No. 2 Florida (29-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (26-9) Tip-off: 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS At stake: A spot in the Final Four, duh! No but seriously, the Bulldogs are playing with house money right now, and have got to feel loose and care free as they enter a regional final for the second consecutive year.…

  18. VCU advances to Elite Eight in wacky statistical game

    Mar 26, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    I’m not really a numbers guy, but it’s something I’ve had to learn to love as a means of defending arguments and staying abreast of how to best assess teams during the season. Close throughout, Florida State and Virginia Commonwealth offered one of the wackiest basic and advanced statistic box scores, as both teams clawed…

  19. Kansas does what championship caliber teams should do

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t exciting, it wasn’t very interesting, and it wasn’t really that fun to watch, but Kansas’ sound beatdown of the Richmond Spiders confirmed to everyone that this Jayhawk club is not screwing around, taking care of business with a 77-57 victory. The optimist in me thought that maybe, just maybe, Richmond’s trio of seniors…

  20. Lacking athleticism, Duke falls in Sour 16 once again

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

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    One of the most consuming moments in an NCAA Tournament game is the tipping point of an upset special. The favorite absorbs a few blows and either maintains its balance and provides a wire-to-wire finish with the underdog, or squabbles to the mat as the upstart prizefighter feeds off the emotion of the moment. The…

  21. UConn, Walker prove San Diego State had problems guarding perimeter

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    They had a great season, won the first two NCAA Tournament games for the program, and even boasted a bona-fide pro prospect player who will likely bolt for the NBA Draft. Yes, San Diego State was a fun little team to follow from the Mountain West Conference, but tonight UConn asserted themselves on the perimeter…er…Kemba…

  22. Five players who really need to stick around next season

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    I know I’m getting way ahead of myself — we still got two weekends left of college basketball! — but it’s never too early to start thinking about what could be for next season. As the tournament unfolds, a number of teams appear to be just a piece or two away from becoming a top…

  23. Coach K will soon be the all-time wins leader. Do you care?

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    They got Nolan, they got Kyle, and they got that precocious freshman named Kyrie. Yes, at full-strength, the Duke Blue Devils may be the favorite of this NCAA Tournament game, over both a well-rounded Ohio State and Kansas crew. So given the strengths of the latest edition of the Blue Devils why are we minimizing,…

  24. Richmond, Va., temporarily a college hoops hotbed

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

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    Of all the college basketball hotbeds – North Carolina’s Triangle; Philly; Metro Washington, D.C.; even Boston and New York City if you’re looking for sheer quantity – Richmond, Virginia is not one of them. A few upsets here and some stellar shooting performances there, and The River City is feeling pretty important right now, as…

  25. Big East bashing palpable as Notre Dame pummeled by Florida State

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:19 AM EDT

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    Perhaps it was because it was buried late on a Sunday night, or maybe it was just because the Irish shot 32 percent from the floor and got a dismal output from their star, Ben Hansbrough. Either way, the real second round of the NCAA Tournament concluded with the ninth Big East team exiting stage…

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