at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on January 30, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

College Hoops Recap: These Cajuns Are Ragin’ (and Hield vs Simmons)

  I dedicated my Saturday to basketball in Louisiana. While I did not take in a Pelicans’ game or head to Louisiana-Monroe, I did see a doubleheader at the Cajun Dome between Louisiana-Lafayette and UT-Arlington. I headed home and immediately watched the intense Oklahoma-LSU game. That’s a lot of basketball and it was quite fun. […]

College Hoops Recap: Big East Battle

  It has come to my attention that there was a blizzard in the northeast this weekend. How did I know? Because some of my basketball games got postponed. I was not happy. I thought I wouldn’t even get to see the game I wanted: Providence vs. Villanova because it wasn’t listed on TV yesterday. […]

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2015 Podcast Hall of Fame

  2015 was a tumultuous year in my podcast world. I had a good routine going when Chris Morgan and Seth Macy decided to hang up their Existential Parachute Pants. The loss of my typing podcast was followed by the end of Grantland, which supplied a good chunk of my podcast listening, particularly in terms […]

NORMAN, OK - JANUARY 16: Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after making his first two point shot against West Virginia during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game at the Lloyd Noble Center on January 16, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

College Hoops Recap: Sooners Shine

  By this time of the season, I have usually seen the best teams in college basketball play a handful of times and I am starting to think about the postseason. I don’t always have a favorite in terms of the NCAA tournament, but this year I think that team is going to be Oklahoma. […]

SYRACUSE, NY - JANUARY 09:  Tyler Lydon #20 of the Syracuse Orange slam dunks the ball during the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels on January 9, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.  North Carolina defeats Syracuse 84-73.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyler Lydon

College Hoops Recap: UNC Beats Boeheim & The Orange

  Sportswriters are always looking for easy narratives. I am not exception in this regard, although I am not sure I consider myself a sportswriter. I do write about sports, so perhaps I shouldn’t make this distinction. When I saw North Carolina visiting Syracuse in the return of coach Jim Boeheim from his nine-game “exile” […]

VILLANOVA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Trevon Bluiett #5 of the Xavier Musketeers dribbles the ball as Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats defends during a game at the Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University on December 31, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Villanova won 95-64. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The Big East: Not So BEASTly?

  Coming into Saturday, you would have thought the Big East was the dominant conference in college basketball. Based on the polls and RPI, the conference had four excellent teams: Villanova, Butler, Xavier, and Providence, with Seton Hall not that far off. On the RPI through Jan. 1, the Musketeers, Wildcats, and Friars were all […]

College Hoops Roundup: Ben Simmons & LSU – Meh

  For the first time in nearly three years, I took in a live basketball game over the weekend. I made my way to Baton Rouge (an hour east of Lafayette) and worshipped at the altar of Ben Simmons, the freshman phenom who hasn’t let a little thing like winning get in the way of […]

WICHITA, KS - DECEMBER 12:  of the Utah Utes of the Wichita State Shockers during the first half on December 12, 2015 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.  Wichita State defeated Utah 67-50. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

College Hoops Recap (With a Dash of Bucks Love)

  If there were ever a day that would bring me back to my previous Bucks’ fandom, it might be today. The little team from Milwaukee did what 24 previous squads could not by beating Golden State on Saturday. Milwaukee would not have won if the Celtics hadn’t depleted the Warriors in an overtime battle […]

SPOKANE, WA - DECEMBER 05:  Gabe York #1 of the Arizona Wildcats goes to the basket against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center on December 5, 2015 in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

College Hoops Recap: Cats Beat Dogs

    Most sports writers are looking for an easy narrative. When I pick a game to watch, I just hope it is entertaining and I don’t really care about the narrative. Since time is limited, I usually only watch one full game during a weekend, so I have to hope it is a good […]

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The Greatest College Basketball Duos in NBA History

  While I was reading the book about the 2009-2010 Kentucky team a few weeks ago, I began to think about the best duo of players in college basketball who made it to the NBA. The Wildcats have had a nice run of players in the last five years and my guess is that in […]

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 12: Mark Titus #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes shoots the ball during the Big Ten game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on January 12, 2010 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ohio state won 70-66.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

RIP Grantland (But Long Live Mark Titus)

  Ever since the rise of Internet, has been my preferred sports news portal. I started playing fantasy sports there and have followed many of its esteemed writers. Lately, I have been thinking about going elsewhere to get my sports news. I still like the way their box scores and player stats are laid […]

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Matt McQuaid #20 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after hitting a three point shot over Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the Champions Classic at the United Center on November 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Kansas 79-73. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

To Freshman Or Not To Freshman, That Is The Question

  If a person were to look for easy sports narratives (and who isn’t?), then Tuesday night’s Champions Classic from Chicago made for an easy one for college coaches: to freshman or not to freshman. It’s not as if Bill Self and Tom Izzo wouldn’t give their eye teeth to get freshman classes laden with […]

Book Review: One and Fun

  For the past year, I have been a teen librarian at the local public library. In most cases, this has been an enjoyable time. Teens that come to the library are an odd and funny group, and I am glad when they seem to enjoy coming by. However, I have found little to like […]

LAWRENCE, KS - MARCH 03:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after scoring in the first half of the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on March 3, 2007 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated the Longhorns 90-86.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: One And Done Review

  The NBA’s one-and-done rule has now been in effect for almost a decade. The 2006 draft class was the last to include high schoolers, so nearly a generation of NBA players have spent at least a season in college (or, like Emmanuel Mudiay and Brandon Jennings, abroad). The effect on NBA play is in […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Rick Pitino is the Worst

  There are many types of leadership. I tend to think of the best leaders as those who lead by example and try to make things easier for everyone else. In sports, leading by example is generally not seen as leading. To be a leader in any sport, it seems like yelling is the most […]