NCAA basketball countdown: No. 48 Seton Hall

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NCAA basketball countdown: No. 49 Louisiana Tech

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Mitch McGary on NCAA drug use: ‘Just don’t get caught’

“Like I said it happens and hopefully some kids can learn from it,” he said. “But just don’t get caught.”

      
 

 

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NCAA filing hints at appeal strategy in O’Bannon case

The filing targets two fundamental rulings during the course of the case.

      
 

 

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NCAA filing hints at appeal strategy O’Bannon case

The filing targets two fundamental rulings during the course of the case.

      
 

 

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CBB Coaches on Their Last Chance to Reach the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15

In a sport where fans start petitioning for a new head coach after less than three years, the lifespan of a college basketball coach who fails to make the NCAA tournament can rival that of a fruit fly.

The college basketball coaching carousel is a fierce one, claiming 45 head coaches this past offseason alone. By and large, a coach has a very limited time after signing his contract to get his new team to the Big Dance.

For a number of coaches, that grace period ends this season.

It’s do or die time. Get your team to the tournament, or make sure your resume and references are up to date.

All coaches on the following slides have been with their current teams for at least three years without ever leading them to the NCAA tournament.

The coaches are ranked in ascending order of the number of jelly beans I’d be willing to bet that they get fired if they miss the tournament.

 

Statistics on the following slides courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

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NCAA basketball countdown: No. 50 Georgia State

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Dark Horses with Potential to Win Major NCAA Basketball Conferences in 2014-15

Every year, there are a few dark horses who end up winning regular-season championships in the major conferences of college basketball.

I mean, come on, how many people had Virginia beating Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse to win the ACC last year? And I don’t seem to recall anyone picking Villanova to win the Big East while we were busy handing the title to Marquette on a silver platter.

The teams on this list aren’t the favorites or the top challengers to the favorites. In most cases, these teams aren’t even expected to finish in the top three in their respective conferences.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t happen.

I wouldn’t go betting the farm on any of these teams to claim 2014-15 regular-season titles, but you just might find yourself with a dozen farms if you happen to bet on the right one.

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Players Who Can Carry Middling CBB Teams to the 2015 NCAA Tournament

No one considered North Carolina State a contender in the ACC last season, but the Wolfpack put together just enough of a resume to reach the NCAA tournament. Credit for every win that pulled the Pack into the Big Dance had to start with star forward T.J. Warren, who was awarded ACC Player of the Year honors for dragging his team as far as he did.

As the 2014-15 season nears, there are teams just like last season’s NC State squad. They’re neglected groups of young men who carry in their midst one exceptional talent, a player who may be garnering notice from NBA scouts and college analysts but who also draws sympathetic sighs for being “stuck” on a team that lacks promise.

If Warren can pull his team into March, though, these 10 guys very likely can, too. Now, most shouldn’t be expected to card 24.9 points per game like Warren, but they’re still powerful engines that can drive a team a long way if they receive even the slightest bit of support.

While “middling” may seem a harsh term for these teams, the fact remains that none of them are listed as part of Bleacher Report bracketologist Kerry Miller’s field of 68 projections from July 22. His inbox is the one to fill with the angry complaints, not mine.

Remember, this is an optimistic look at these 10 teams.

 

Players are presented in alphabetical order. All KenPom.com links should be assumed to require subscription.

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NCAA basketball countdown: No. 53 Stephen F. Austin

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