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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 Three

October 17th, 2011
Bucknell makes their first NCAA appearance since 2006With 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 "Forgotten Legends" Series: American's Kermit Washington

June 13th, 2011
Kermit Washington is one of the greatest players in AU historyIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Kermit Washington, the greatest player in the history of American University. While many may remember Washington for a punch, he was a tremendously skilled player who is one of just a handful of players to average at least 20 points and 20 rebounds per game in his collegiate career.

Jon Teitel: In 1971 at American you set school records with 34 rebounds and 13 blocks vs. Georgetown. What is your secret for rebounding, and what is your secret for blocking shots?

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: Bucknell Postseason Teleconference

March 15th, 2011
Bucknell makes their first NCAA appearance since 2006Yesterday CHN writer Jon Teitel took part in the postseason teleconference for the Patriot League champion Bucknell Bison. The Bison lost just one league game during the regular season, and big man Mike Muscala was named Patriot League Player of the Year. Although experienced, Bucknell last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2006.

Center Mike Muscala

College Hoops Friday: Your Commentary

March 11th, 2011
Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide may need an automatic bid to danceFriday offers up some big matchups but none may be bigger than Georgia and Alabama in the first game of the day at the SEC Tournament. Both can still use wins (to be honest, who can't?) with the winner today keeping alive the ability to state their case on the floor while the loser has to hope their resume is good enough to warrant an NCAA Tournament bid. And the scouting reports should be fresh as the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide met in Saturday's regular season finale, a 65-57 Alabama victory in Tuscaloosa. The difference: turnovers.

Conference Tournament Preview, Part One

March 1st, 2011
Belmont's success a product of depth, balanceThe college basketball fan's favorite month of the year is finally upon us, as 346 teams are narrowed down to 68 before the process of determining a national champion begins. The first week is primarily a time for leagues that traditionally get just one bid to the NCAA Tournament to sort themselves out, with some of the most indelible images of "Championship Week" coming during this time. Below are the schedules for the tournaments that begin this weekend (the Big Sky still has games to play and the Sun Belt has yet to release their bracket) with some notes and predictions.