The SEC just doesn't offer enough opportunities for quality wins
Since conference play began in men's college basketball, many teams have moved onto the NCAA tournament bubble — either in a good way or a bad way. TCU is one of the good examples, almost unanimously projected to make the NCAA tournament after an unprecedented 3-2 start in Big 12 play. Show More Summary
The Big 12 and ACC could have lots of teams near the bubble.
Few teams had a better second half of the 2016 season than BYU. Second-year coach Heather Olmstead’s team won 13 in a row before falling in five — 16-14 in the fifth — at Texas in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinal. “The way our team came together, to win the West Coast Conference, to get […]
No. 24 South Carolina is prepping for a week that should go a long way to determining its hopes in the Southeastern Conference race and whether the Gamecocks can make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years
It might feel like a complicated question, but the answer is pretty simple
In college basketball, the NCAA tournament is when everything comes to fruition, but right now is the hard stuff. Conference play is the crucible—the test—and fans even now are coming to understand which teams might be ready to takeShow More Summary
A look at teams in or just out of the rankings who may have work to do to make it to March Madness
A late three-pointer from senior London Perrantes helped lift No. 19 Virginia past Clemson.
Steve Alford has advanced to the NCAA tournament’s second week and failed to make it to the first day. He’s won a Pac-12 Conference tournament championship and crashed in the opening round. He’s earned a contract extension and given it back. There hasn’t been nearly as much contrast when it comes...
We love to complain every Selection Sunday, but the NCAA is improving its process
At long last, the days of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee only considering the RPI appear to be coming to an end. After years of hearing complaints surrounding its over-reliance on an "outdated" RPI system, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee finally appears willing to embrace change. The NCAA will host a meeting on Jan. Show More Summary
Here is my plea to the committee: Make sure that results still matter.
On the other hand, the Pac-12 and SEC are really lacking depth beyond a few marquee teams
Yes, it’s early. But we can get a pretty good idea about each league’s bid haul with two months to go before the bracket’s final reveal. March 12, aka Selection Sunday, is now less than two months away. So in this edition of SB Nation...Show More Summary
The UCLA Bruins have the slight edge on the Duke Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats on the updated odds to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament at the sportsbooks. The UCLA Bruins have emerged as one of the top contenders in college basketball this season with a 16-1 straight up and 10-7 against the spread record through their first 17 games. Show More Summary
The reigning national champion Villanova Wildcats are the projected No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA tournament with less than two months remaining in the 2016-17 men's college basketball season. Joining Villanova on the top line are Kansas, Kentucky and...Florida State? You read that right. Show More Summary
If Cal can't make the NCAA Tournament, was Ivan Rabb's choice a bust?
We've reached the midpoint of the 2016-17 college basketball season, with the NCAA tournament only about two months away. That means it's time to take stock of what we've seen so far, which also involves singling out the best players in the game to date. Our midseason All-America teams includes 15 players, five each on a trio of teams. Show More Summary
It was 1989. While alternating between NCAA basketball tournament games on broadcast television, reruns of an older version of the game show Wipeout on cable, and the 8-bit Nintendo game Top Gun, a child sat in a hospital bed in the middle of rural America wondering why he was there. All he knew was that […]