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Duke Basketball: Factors That Will Make or Break Blue Devils in 2014-15

"National championship or bust" may be asking too much from the Duke Blue Devils in the 2014-15 season, but it is certainly a "deep run in the NCAA tournament or bust" scenario for the team. Mike Krzyzewski’s squad inexplicably lost to Mercer in its first game of the last NCAA tournament and needs to redeem itself quickly. Show More Summary

NCAA Basketball Preseason Rankings 2014: Predicting Initial Top 25 Poll

If the NCAA tournament is like Christmas for college basketball fans, then the release of the initial Top 25 rankings are the equivalent of the first decorations and holiday music in the stores. It may not be the real thing quite yet,...Show More Summary

MLB Playoff Bracket 2014: Complete Postseason Schedule and Wild Card Predictions

The MLB playoff bracket may not unify the nation for three weeks like the NCAA tournament bracket does in March, but it still represents one of the most exciting times on the entire sports calendar. After a grueling 162-game schedule,...Show More Summary

Duke Basketball: 5 Blue Devils with the Most to Prove in 2014-15

As a team, the Duke Blue Devils have something to prove as they enter the 2014-15 season. A group that could have made a deep run in the NCAA tournament instead suffered an embarrassing loss in the round of 64 to Mercer, which sent one...Show More Summary

UNC Basketball: Most Important Games on Tar Heels' 2014-15 Schedule

North Carolina lost in heartbreaking fashion to Iowa State in the round of 32 in last season’s NCAA tournament, but there is reason to believe it could be one of the nation’s best teams in 2014-15. After all, Marcus Paige is a legitimate All-American candidate. Show More Summary

Duke Basketball: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Blue Devils in 2014-15

Here’s the good news for Duke basketball fans if we are talking about best- and worst-case scenarios—it really can’t get any worse than a loss to Mercer in the NCAA tournament. The humbled Blue Devils lost Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, but they bounced back over the offseason with a loaded recruiting class. Show More Summary

College Basketball Teams Best Set Up for Consistent Success Ahead of 2014-15

Is it too early to start thinking about the 2019 NCAA men's basketball tournament? Yeah, probably. But what would you do if you received this unique offer? Pick 20 teams who you think will make the NCAA tournament in each of the next five seasons. Show More Summary

Gonzaga Basketball: First-Glance Reactions to 2014-15 Schedule

Gonzaga basketball officially released its 2014-15 nonconference schedule this week, and with that, the season’s slate of games is now set. The Bulldogs enter this season with high aspirations for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. The...Show More Summary

Predicting the 10 Best Defensive Teams in College Basketball in 2014-15

Defense wins championships, and that makes Arizona, Kansas and Louisville three of the biggest favorites to make deep runs in the 2015 NCAA tournament. Each of the last 13 national champions has ranked in the top 21 in the nation inShow More Summary

2014 Non-Tournament Teams That Will Make the 'Big Dance' This Season

Once the confetti settles at the Final Four and a new national champion is crowned, every college basketball team heads back to the drawing board. Those that didn't reach the NCAA tournament have likely been there for weeks already. Change is the only constant in sports, and that goes for the field of 68 as well. Show More Summary

Predicting Each Major NCAA Basketball Conference's Leading Scorer in 2014-15

Some naysayers will tell you that the college basketball season is largely meaningless until the NCAA tournament field is selected every March. Those people will most certainly not care who wins any particular conference's scoring title, but that's fine. Show More Summary

Pittsburgh Basketball: Panthers Who'll Take the Biggest Leap Forward in 2014-15

For the first time in what must have felt like a long time to fans, Pitt did not immediately fizzle in conference tournament play this past March, though its NCAA tournament woes continued in the round of 32. To borrow a phrase fromShow More Summary

2014 NCAA Tournament Teams from Each Major Conference Least Likely to Return

Some years, a college basketball program puts it all together and secures an elusive NCAA tournament berth. Other schools boast much prouder traditions but get in by the skin of their teeth to continue a recent string. Every year, however,...Show More Summary

Illinois Basketball: Illini Who'll Take Biggest Leap Forward in 2014-15

The 2014-15 version of Illinois Fighting Illini basketball enters the upcoming season with increased expectations. A season ago, Illinois came a win or two short of making the NCAA Tournament, after bowing out of the Big Ten Tournament...Show More Summary

VCU is preparing for the season with Navy SEAL training

The Rams aren't cutting any corners this offseason. VCU must be doing something right after eight straight seasons with at least 24 wins and four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. During that time, Shaka Smart's team has...Show More Summary

With Fordham Set to Make Its Move, Atlantic 10 Makes a Move of Its Own

These are good times for the Atlantic 10 Conference. Coming off a season in which the conference sent six teams to the NCAA tournament, the A-10 is as good as it's ever been. Just ask Fordham, which has been trying to establish a winning...Show More Summary

Texas A&M locks in a huge recruiting class with D.J. Hogg and Tyler Davis

D.J. Hogg and Tyler Davis make the Aggies a surprise winner in recruiting. Texas A&M reached the NCAA Tournament six consecutive years before Mark Turgeon made a sudden move to Maryland in 2011. His successor, Billy Kennedy, hasn't even...Show More Summary

NCAA men’s soccer: American University upsets No. 1 UCLA, 2-1

Sophomore forward Dale Ludwig scored seven minutes into extra time as the American University men’s team shocked top-ranked UCLA, 2-1, Friday night at the Grange & Ashwill Memorial Tournament in Albuquerque. Stephen Hauschild (Churchill High School) had put the Eagles (2-1-0) ahead in the 30th minute, but the Bruins (2-1-0) forced sudden death on Felix […]

Expect Louisville basketball to be championship contenders every year

With another loaded recruiting class in the works for 2015, Rick Pitino has put Louisville on part with the blue-blood programs. Sports fandom reserves a special piece of hell for the way Louisville's run in the NCAA Tournament ended last season. Show More Summary

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