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Thirty-Two Impact Freshmen, Part Two

October 20th, 2011
Kentucky phenom Anthony DavisAfter going over the teams expected to win their regular season titles, we move on to talking about the top freshmen in each conference. Will all automatically take over and become the stars of their respective teams and leagues? It's tough to say at this point in the season, but that doesn't mean that we can't discuss it. Below are the picks for final 16 conferences, and Part One can be found here.

MAC: Kris Brewer (Kent State)

Thirty-Two Regular Season Champions, Part Four

October 19th, 2011
Terrence Jones will be expected to be a leader

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. In the final part of this series, the final eight conference champions are selected. 

Ten Non-NCAA Teams to Watch in 2011-12

April 13th, 2011
Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide may need an automatic bid to danceWhile many tend to ignore the "other" postseason tournaments in March due to the overwhelming popularity of the NCAA Tournament, there's an awful lot to be gained from said events especially if a team has a lot due back the following season. So similar to those bowl games outside of the BCS in college football, teams gain valuable practice and game experience. Below are ten teams (in alphabetical order) who fit the mold, including one that didn't play in the postseason at all, and could make some noise in 2011-12.

(1) Alabama (25-12, 12-4 SEC)

West Region Final Thoughts: What's in Store for 2011-12?

April 9th, 2011
Jim Calhoun's team capped an improbable March in HoustonThe final region is the West, which is where Connecticut began their run to the national title. While some of the departures in this region will steal the majority of the ink there are a number of teams who should feel good about their prospects in 2011-12. Below is a quick breakdown of each of the 16 teams.

(1) Duke: lost to Arizona in the Sweet 16

"Big Dance" Interviews: Oakland head coach Greg Kampe

March 14th, 2011
Greg Kampe's Golden Grizzlies are back in the Big Dance

As part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Oakland head coach Greg Kampe as his Golden Grizzlies will make their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Coach Kampe's Golden Grizzlies dominated the Summit League, losing just one of their 18 league games to go along with a solid showing in their non-conference slate. Oakland drew a 13-seed with Texas being their first round matchup this week.  

"Big Dance" Interviews: Oakland center Keith Benson

March 13th, 2011
Keith Benson helped lead Oakland to a 2nd straight Summit League crownAs part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Oakland senior center Keith Benson, who helped lead the Golden Grizzlies to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Oakland drew Texas in the first round, which should provide a nice challenge for all involved given the NBA-level big men that will be on display (Benson and Texas' Tristan Thompson).

Jon Teitel: Your father Keith Sr. and uncle Hilton both played basketball in college, and your uncle Manny played 6 years in the ABA and NBA.

College Hoops Tuesday Recap: Three More Tickets Punched

March 9th, 2011
Reggie Hamilton scored 26 points in Oakland's winThree more tickets were punched on Tuesday night with one being snagged by Greg Kampe's Oakland Golden Grizzlies in a 90-76 win over Oral Roberts in the Summit League title game. Regular season and tournament MVP Keith Benson went off for 28 points, 14 rebounds and four assists and Reggie Hamilton added 26 points and six assists as Oakland completed an impressive run through the conference that included just one loss (IUPUI).

College Hoops Tuesday: Your Commentary

March 8th, 2011
Princeton looks to force a one-game playoff in the IvyIt's a mixed bag today as three leagues determine their NCAA Tournament representatives and four others begin their sprint to the finish line. But the preview today will focus on the lone "regular season" game because there's an awful lot riding on it. Rivals Princeton and Pennsylvania meet at the Palestra, and the visiting Tigers need a win to force a playoff with Harvard for the Ivy League title (that game would be played at Yale).