Jason King’s Early-Season Surprises and Disappointments in the NCAA

College basketball has had some surprises and disappointments already this season.

Duke’s Jahlil Okafor quickly established himself in college with monster stat lines and has proven to be the real deal for the Blue Devils.

The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats remaining undefeated shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Willie Cauley-Stein’s performance should, as he’s impressed and is outplaying Kentucky’s talented freshman class.

Meanwhile, the North Carolina Tar Heels lost three out of their first 10 games, something unexpected from such a talented roster and recruiting class that was ranked in 247Sports’ top 10 prior to the season.

What have been the biggest surprises and disappointments of the NCAA basketball season thus far?

Find out from Bleacher Report College Basketball Lead Writer Jason King as he provides the answers in the video above.

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Jonathan Wasserman’s Top 5 NCAA Big Men Prospects

The NBA covets young big men who are versatile and have high upside. Right now, the NCAA has a handful of strong prospects who are projected to enter the 2015 NBA draft. 

Who are the top five big men in the NCAA that have the ability to change an NBA franchise? 

Find out as Jonathan Wasserman breaks down the potential and skill set of each of the big men who are projected to be in the 2015 NBA draft in the video above.

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West Virginia athletic director Luck joining NCAA (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this March 2, 2013, file photo, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck watches a women's NCAA college basketball game between Baylor and West Virginia at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. A person with direct knowledge of the hiring tells The Associated Press that West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is joining the NCAA to take a high-ranking position on President Mark Emmert's staff. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, because an announcement was being prepared by the NCAA. (AP Photo/David Smith, File)

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is joining the NCAA as executive vice president of regulatory affairs.


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Ranking the 10 Best Individual Performances in NCAA Basketball Through 1 Month

The 2014-15 college basketball season is only 28 days old, but there have already been 1,586 games from which to choose the 10 most incredible individual performances.

Well, technically, the number of games is closer to 1,400 because we disregarded all games played against D-II schools. Still, that’s more than five times the number of games played in an entire NFL season, so there were plenty of options.

Given that smorgasbord, there was even a 40-point game that didn’t make the cut for top 10.

Strength of opponent was taken into consideration, but the ranking logic really came down to finding out whether anyone else this season has done what the player did and subsequently asking if it can be done again.

In other words, if you are seeing these stat lines for the first time, they’re hopefully ranked in ascending order of how loud you’ll yell, “He did what?”

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10 NCAA Tournament Teams from Last Year Already ‘On the Bubble’ in 2014-15

Do you think it’s too early to be thinking about brackets? Hah, think again!

We’re just about a month into the college basketball season, and already we’ve seen plenty of last March’s powerhouses take big hits to their hopes of making it back to the dance. 

While it’s far too early for any team to have solidified (or completely ruined) its hopes at dancing in 2015, there is a host of teams that are on high alert after shaky losses or unimpressive wins over so-called “cupcake” teams.

After all, the bubble does not discriminate—just ask last year’s champs!

Here’s a list of 10 teams that made the NCAA tournament last year that need to be especially careful going forward, or else they might be very disappointed come Selection Sunday in 2015.

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NCAA clears Aaron to play for No. 4 Cardinals (Yahoo Sports)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The NCAA says that Louisville freshman forward Shaqquan Aaron can begin playing for the fourth-ranked Cardinals on Dec. 20 after sitting out nine games for receiving housing-related extra benefits.

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Ranking the 10 Best NCAA Basketball Freshmen So Far in the 2014-15 Season

The 2013-14 college basketball season was billed as the “Year of the Freshman” by many pundits, but it’s pretty hard to argue with the bevy of outstanding first-year players we’ve watched through the first month of the 2014-15 season.

Trying to rank the top 10 freshmen was such a challenge that we ended up with more honorable mentions than players ranked. In the end, though, we came up with what we feel are the 10 freshmen who have made the biggest positive impact this season.

Aside from perhaps the big man from Austria at No. 10, you won’t find any surprises here. Each player in the top nine was a 5-star recruit, according to 247Sports.com, so props to Jerry Meyer and everyone involved in those scouting rankings for knocking it out of the park, as usual.

One minor surprise, however: It isn’t Jahlil Okafor at No. 1 and just a bunch of guys fighting for silver. Yes, we have him at No. 1, but we had to at least pause and consider putting each of the top five guys ahead of him.

The race for the 2014-15 Freshman of the Year is going to be a much closer one than we were led to believe.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Updated Projection for the Field Entering December

Selection Sunday is still three-and-a-half months away, but we’re welcoming in the month of December with an updated projection for the 2015 NCAA tournament bracket.

Can you believe that many teams have already played more than 20 percent of the games that will appear on their tournament resume?

It’s been a jam-packed 17 days of action to open the year, and we foolishly believe we now know more about these teams than we did on the night the season began.

It’s still way too early to even reference computer metrics like RPI let alone use them as the basis for seeding teams. At the start of the day on Monday, Green Bay was No. 1 in the country in RPI. Holy Cross was No. 13. If you think those teams are still going to be anywhere near those positions 15 weeks from now, you’ve lost your mind.

As such, seedings are based on a combination of preseason projections and early-season results.

No. 1 seeds Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke and Arizona scored quite well in both departments. Disappointments like Florida, Connecticut and VCU are still comfortably in the tournament field but not nearly as high as we once thought.

Surprises like Maryland, Texas A&M and Washington are on the rise but still need to prove that they belong.

As always, we’ll take a look at the last five teams into the field, the first five out and another few on the horizon.

After that, we’ll present each seeded region, including the subregional locations in which each pod would be played and some commentary on the teams that moved the most since the last bracket. Then we’ll defend the ranking of the No. 1 seeds, followed by a summary of the entire field broken up by conference.

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Ranking the NCAA Title-Winning Teams of the 2000s

Now that the turkey has settled and you’ve no doubt been in a tryptophan-induced food coma for the past few days, why not add one more heaping plate full of college basketball?

Fifteen champions have been crowned since 2000, and not all of them are created equal. Many have similar records, but that doesn’t necessarily tell the entire story. So, how does this near-Sweet 16 of champions rank?

Is the team with the best overall record, the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats (38-2), No. 1? Or could it be the 2005 or 2009 North Carolina Tar Heels?

Hey, this is serious stuff. With teams such as Duke, Florida, Connecticut, Kansas and Syracuse in the mix, which team stands above the rest?

For starters, the recipe we used was a stew of All-Americans, regular-season rankings, big wins over the course of the regular season and paths through the NCAA Tournament. Turn up the heat, and let this cauldron boil.

Read on to see how the championship teams from the 2000s rank.

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Weekend Tip-Off: 2014 NCAA finalists in action

A Sunday doubleheader and the Battle for Atlantis highlight the holiday weekend.

      
 

 

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