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Thirty-Two Regular Season Champions, Part Two

October 16th, 2011
Memphis point guard Joe Jackson

With the college basketball season finally on the horizon, the game that's been overlooked by many in conference realignment will once again have the center stage. Perennial contenders will once again make a run at a national title while some new faces will pop up as well. The first four-part preview will focus on the conferences, and more specifically who will win each of the 32 leagues.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Former Wright State coach Ralph Underhill

June 27th, 2011
Ralph Underhill won a Division II national crown at Wright State

In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with both former Wright State head coach Ralph Underhill and his long-time assistant Jim Brown (Underhill was dealing with some medical issues at the time of the original interview). In 18 seasons at the Dayton school, Coach Underhill won 356 games, a Division II national title and led the Raiders to an appearance in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.  

National Title Game Recap: UConn Wins Third National Title

April 5th, 2011
Jim Calhoun's team capped an improbable March in HoustonGiven the defensive numbers that both Butler and Connecticut boasted going into Monday night's matchup for the national title few expected a high-scoring contest. But what ensued at Reliant Stadium was stunning, as a game that featured just 17 turnovers combined (11 for the Huskies) looked far uglier than anyone expected. Thanks to their dominance scoring inside and a good job of challenging shots, Jim Calhoun's team won the school's third national title by the final score of 53-41.

National Championship Game Preview: Your Commentary

April 4th, 2011
If this shot falls, Butler would be playing for a 2nd title9:23 PM (CBS) (8) Butler (28-9) vs. (3) Connecticut (31-9)

The end of the college basketball season is here, for better or worse, and the national title game matches a pair of teams few expected to get to this point on Selection Sunday much less at any point during the regular season. The Butler Bulldogs are back where they saw their season end a year ago, and if Gordon Hayward's half-court shot were a few centimeters to the left we're talking about a possible repeat.

Final Four Recap: Butler and Connecticut Advance to Title Game

April 3rd, 2011
Butler, and their lovable mascot Blue II, will be back on MondayOn March 19th two teams advanced out of the Washington, D.C. subregional, making their way to the Sweet 16. And on Monday night those two teams, Butler and Connecticut, will play for the national title.

In the first game of the night in Houston, Butler was able to withstand an early barrage of VCU three pointers to take a six-point lead into the intermission. After an even start the Bulldogs allowed themselves to be drawn into the Rams' hectic style of play, breaking the pressure for three pointers instead of attacking the rim.

VCU/Butler Preview: Your Commentary

April 2nd, 2011
Butler makes a return trip to the Final Four(11) VCU (28-11) vs. (8) Butler (27-9) 6:09 PM (CBS)

How they got here
VCU (Southwest Region champions)
W 59-46 over USC (First Four)
W 74-56 over (6) Georgetown
W 94-76 over (3) Purdue
W 72-71 over (10) Florida State
W 71-61 over (1) Kansas

Butler (Southeast Region champions)
W 60-58 over (9) Old Dominion
W 71-70 over (1) Pittsburgh
W 61-54 over (4) Wisconsin
W 74-71 (OT) over (2) Florida

Elite 8 Saturday Recap: Butler, Connecticut Punch Tickets to Houston

March 27th, 2011
Butler makes a return trip to the Final FourTwo tickets to next weekend's Final Four were punched on Saturday, with both games living up to the thrilling form of Thursday night's contests. In the Southeast final Butler made a bit of history, becoming the first team to make consecutive trips to the Final Four when being seeded three or lower with a 74-71 overtime win over Florida. Shelvin Mack scored a game-high 27 points, Matt Howard added 14 and freshman Khyle Marshall scored 10 off the bench. Also, Butler's three-point defense was a factor in the win as they limited the Gators to 3-for-14 on the afternoon.

Elite Eight Saturday: Your Commentary

March 26th, 2011
UConn's Kemba WalkerThe first two tickets to the Final Four will be punched on Saturday, and one can make a good argument that three of the four teams slated to play were not supposed to have reached this point. But what's expected beforehand means nothing when compared to actual achievement, which is why Butler, Arizona and Connecticut all find themselves 40 minutes away from a trip to Houston. Two of the best players in the nation will be on display in the West final in Arizona's Derrick Williams and Connecticut's Kemba Walker.

Sweet 16 Thursday Recap: Arizona Surges Past Duke

March 25th, 2011
Derrick Williams and Arizona advance to the Elite EightOf the four games played on Thursday night the matchup between West top-seed Duke and five-seed Arizona was the game people thought could provide a double-digit margin. The defending national champions were a solid favorite going in and they played as such in the first half, taking a 44-38 lead into the locker room thanks to a 16-6 edge in points in the paint and 12-5 in points off turnovers. Kyle Singler and Kyrie Irving scored 14 points apiece to lead the Blue Devils, who were far more balanced than an Arizona team that featured a lot of Derrick Williams and little of much else.

Your Sweet 16 Commentary: Southeast Region Preview

March 24th, 2011
Jimmer Fredette's 33 points weren't enough against New MexicoThe Southeast region moves on to New Orleans but without the top seed, with Pittsburgh falling to Butler in a wild finish last Saturday night. Seeds two through four are present, led by the SEC regular season champion Florida. The odds-on favorite to win the majority of the national Player of the Year awards, BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, will also be on display with a team that's played far better than many expected going into the tournament.