How John Calipari's Juggled Kentucky's Lineups To A Near-Perfect Season

In late October, Kentucky coach John Calipari announced a unique substitution pattern, one specifically designed to take advantage of the squad's nine McDonald's All-Americans. He would platoon his Wildcats, splitting the team into White and Blue units that would alternate for several minutes spurts. The strategy's… » 4/03/15 4:00pm 4/03/15 4:00pm

Wichita State Knows What It's Doing On Offense. At Least One Team Does.

The Wichita State Shockers are impressive for a lot of reasons—their beatdown of geographic rival Kansas and top-10 defense, or for the simple possibility that they can trade punches with Kentucky in a tournament rematch, should WSU defeat Notre Dame later tonight. But at the minimum, praise Gregg Marshall's squad for… » 3/26/15 4:02pm 3/26/15 4:02pm

How A Clever Kansas Play Went Viral And Took Over College Basketball

Kansas was on the ropes. Down five against Stanford with 21.5 seconds remaining, it appeared the Jayhawks would fail to make the second weekend of the NCAA tournament for the fourth time under coach Bill Self. This being March, though, a month where games aren't over until there has been a buzzer beater or an official… » 4/07/14 5:52pm 4/07/14 5:52pm

The Many, Many Talents Of UCLA's Brilliant Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson learned to walk three days shy of his first birthday. That same day, his father reports, he began playing basketball. This sweet story is most likely an old crock of beans simmering on the family stove, but it does get at what makes the UCLA sophomore so special: He plays like a natural. He makes it look… » 3/27/14 6:26pm 3/27/14 6:26pm

The Plays That Power The Creighton Offense, The Best In A Decade

Since the beginning of the KenPom era in 2002-03—college basketball's own little Copernican Revolution, during which the laws of the universe finally began to piece themselves together—there hasn't been an offense as efficient or as skilled as the 2014 Creighton Bluejays. But exactly how it operates is even more… » 3/21/14 12:12pm 3/21/14 12:12pm

Six Potential Cinderellas–And How They Can Win

We may not remember who won the NCAA tournament three years ago, but we can always recall the 14-seed that went to the Sweet 16. We love March Madness for the Cinderellas. Dedicated loyalty is fine for alumni, but the people who pay attention for three weeks each year could care less. The sleepers bring everyone into… » 3/19/14 3:50pm 3/19/14 3:50pm

The Pleasures Of Watching The Most Versatile Big Man In The Country

He doesn't look like anyone's idea of a superstar, which is perhaps one reason Jerrelle Benimon is among the most underrated college basketball players in America. He's 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, built big and a little on the soft side, more along the lines of a tight end than a power forward. When he brings the ball up… » 3/08/14 12:00pm 3/08/14 12:00pm

What Makes Them So Good? A Video Breakdown Of The Final Four Teams

The Final Four play tonight, with Wichita State-Louisville at 6:09 p.m. ET and Syracuse-Michigan following it up at 8:49 p.m. Here, we're breaking down the four teams' special qualities: What should you know about Syracuse's zone? Who's that white guy who hits all the threes for Wichita, and how the hell does he get… » 4/06/13 2:00pm 4/06/13 2:00pm

There's More To Dunk City Than Dunks: How FGCU's Offense Works

Florida Gulf Coast is this year's mid-major darling. The Eagles have upended the tournament, ruined your bracket, and sent Georgetown and San Diego State packing. They've advanced further than any 15-seed in the Dance's history, and they've done so with an offense that's hardly stretched its legs so far: Head coach… » 3/29/13 3:45pm 3/29/13 3:45pm