Anatomy of an Upset

I've already gushed over Chris Holtmann and the job he's done with Ohio State. Still early into his tenure, the coach has the Buckeyes primed for a NCAA Tournament berth and potentially the conference title. Keep in mind, this was a team that did not make the NIT field last »

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Friday Facts: Battle at the Top?

I first got into figuring out "adjusted efficiency" stuff in an effort to adjust raw conference-only efficiency margins, popularized by John Gasaway in his "Tuesday Truths" column, for schedule strength. Even before the Big Ten had 14 teams, the schedule could be quite unbalanced at least »

Lynchpin

Pending any appeal the center might file, Reggie Lynch's college career is over. Since suiting up for Richard Pitino last season, the Gophers have had one of the nation's best two-point defenses, thanks in no small part to their center, who is/was arguably the best shotblocker in college basketball. »

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Iowa's Ceiling

Well I certainly expected better from Iowa. With just one cupcake remaining between the Hawkeyes and the "main course" portion of Big Ten play, the team stands at 8-6, with all of those wins coming against teams firmly in the 100+ kenpom field. Iowa came close to beating »

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Post-season Dreamin'

With the non-conference season nearly behind us, I thought it would be a good time to take a quick look at each Big Ten team's post-season hopes and dreams. First, here's where things stand, according to the T-Rank "TourneyCast" simulations: This is a relatively pessimistic projection, with the »