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Missner’s Manifesto: To Err is Human

  The end of a sports season should be a celebration. As cheesy as it is, the annual “One Shining Moment” at the conclusion of the NCAA tournament does this nicely. If only the media were content to celebrate or to give the champion kudos. It appears that the story is never that the winner […]

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2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament: Round 1

      It’s back.  The Hoops Manifesto’s Sixth Annual College Dunk of the Year Tournament is back (Cal State Fullerton’s Gerard Anderson won in 09/10; Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham in 10/11; Nevada’s Olek Czyz in 11/12, Syracuse’s C.J. Fair in 12/13, and Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton in 13/14) We’ve selected 16 of the best dunks from the 2014/15 college […]

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Jordan Melo M11 Shoe Review

I’m not a jinx.  Derrick Rose was injury prone way before I started wearing his shoes.  And as for Carmelo Anthony‘s season-ending injury shortly after I started playing in the Jordan Melo M11’s?  A sheer coincidence.  Honest. So, as for the shoes – I like them.  I’ve played quite a few times in them and […]

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2015 Consensus NBA Mock Draft: Post NCAA Tournament Update

  We have a new name at #1! Rather than fill cyberspace up with yet another mock draft, The Hoops Manifesto has determined the consensus top 60 prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft.  We took the mock drafts from four of the web’s best: DraftExpress, NBADraft.net, NBA Draft Room, and WalterFootball.com, crunched the numbers and came up with our […]

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2015 Final Four Live Blog

It is time to continue a fine Missner’s Manifesto tradition in which I live blog a NCAA tournament game. Two years ago, I thought Duke would lose in the first round. I was a year early. Last year, I thought a Louisville-Saint Louis round of 32 game would be entertaining. Again, I was wrong. This […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 28: Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with teammates after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: Under Pressure

  There is an important lesson in Performing Under Pressure: the Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry: no one performs better when the pressure is on. There may be anecdotal evidence of players like Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter performing best when the stakes were the highest, […]

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NBA Charges Taken Totals – 2014/15

(Draymond Green takes a charge from Blake Griffin by Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports) In today’s stat-driven age, one NBA stat continues to fly under the radar – charges drawn (offensive fouls taken).  Taking a charge is an important defensive skill, one that has the same positive outcome for a team that a block does (with the added […]

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NBA Ball Hog Statistical Ranking: Mar 25, 2015

  My task was simple enough – I wanted to figure out, statistically, who the biggest ball hog/black hole/teammate from hell/etc. was in the NBA.  With the plethora of stats available today, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure that out, I surmised.  While I was researching what stats I should use – Usage %, […]

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The Degenerate Bet of the Day: Mar 23, 2015

Mr. Manifesto doesn’t gamble on sports, but I know of plenty of people who do.  This includes the mysterious Barry Oh, who I’ve recruited to give his basketball bet of the night every night for you degenerates out there.  Every night we’ll bet an imaginary $100 on our pick, and will keep a running total throughout […]

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The Degenerate Bet of the Day: Mar 19, 2015

Mr. Manifesto doesn’t gamble on sports, but I know of plenty of people who do.  This includes the mysterious Barry Oh, who I’ve recruited to give his basketball bet of the night every night for you degenerates out there.  Every night we’ll bet an imaginary $100 on our pick, and will keep a running total throughout […]

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2015 Consensus NBA Mock Draft: Pre-NCAA Tournament Edition

(Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports)   Duke’s Jahlil Okafor continues to lead the way, but look out below – Kentucky’s Karl Towns is coming on fast, and is actually the top pick on some mock draft boards. Rather than fill cyberspace up with yet another mock draft, The Hoops Manifesto has determined the consensus top 60 […]

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: The Villanova Wildcats bench reacts after a shot by Patrick Farrell #20 of the Villanova Wildcats against the Xavier Musketeers during the championship game of the Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: The Big East’s Big Dance Chances

  Over the past months, my feelings about a lot of things related to basketball have changed. Maybe Kansas can produce decent NBA players. Similarly, perhaps Andrew Wiggins is not the next Corey Brewer. My feelings about the Big East, however, have not changed since I wrote about Villanova (against former Big East team, Syracuse) […]

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The Degenerate Bet of the Day: Mar 14, 2015

Mr. Manifesto doesn’t gamble on sports, but I know of plenty of people who do.  This includes the mysterious Barry Oh, who I’ve recruited to give his basketball bet of the night every night for you degenerates out there.  Every night we’ll bet an imaginary $100 on our pick, and will keep a running total throughout […]

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NBA Bench Statistical Rankings: Mar 13, 2015

  Every basketball player wants to be a starter.  It’s ingrained in us from the first time we pick up a ball to the day when we shoot our last basket.  Because of this, bench play and bench players don’t get much respect, save for the Manu Ginobili‘s of the world.  But a good bench […]

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The Degenerate Bet of the Day: Mar 11, 2015

Mr. Manifesto doesn’t gamble on sports, but I know of plenty of people who do.  This includes the mysterious Barry Oh, who I’ve recruited to give his basketball bet of the night every night for you degenerates out there.  Every night we’ll bet an imaginary $100 on our pick, and will keep a running total throughout […]

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