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A look at the Sweet Sixteen

A look at the Sweet Sixteen

Here's a look at the Sweet Sixteen from myself along with FanRag colleagues Matt Zemek, Joseph Nardone and Jon Rothstein.Click here for the rest of my FanRagSports story

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

By Tom ShanahanESPN basketball analyst Dan Dakich lowered himself to retired Auburn football coach Pat Dye’s pompous level last week while he worked Michigan’s win over Michigan State in Ann Arbor. But that’s not all.Dakich stooped lower with Twitter comments posted prior to...

Collins earns notice as coach of the year

Collins earns notice as coach of the year

A few years back Bill Carmody’s Northwestern teams flirted with Top 25 rankings and posted two 20-win seasons. Anticipation heated up that Wildcats might earn an NCAA bid for the first time in school history.The 2009-10 team earned the school’s first Top 25 ranking since 1969....

Tom Izzo had big picture in mind at Palestra

Tom Izzo had big picture in mind at Palestra

Penn State might be known as more than a football school that also plays basketball in the winter if any of the Nittany Lions’ past hoop coaches were as smart as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.Izzo, always mindful of history, agreed to take his young Spartans to play Penn State at The...

Northwestern chasing first NCAA bid

Northwestern chasing first NCAA bid

Northwestern coach Chris Collins likely got the wrong idea about the Big Ten while playing for Mike Krzyzewski and coaching beside him 13 years on the Duke bench. Coach K made beating Big Ten teams look simple.It’s not so easy, Collins was reminded after his Wildcats lost at...

Looking back at the past calendar year

Looking back at the past calendar year

We’re close to the start of conference play and the New Year, so let’s review college basketball’s calendar year rather than last season. No story overlaps last and this season more than the childish behavior of Duke’s Grayson Allen.— Duke’s junior guard tripped Louisville and...

Michigan State may play Palestra

Michigan State may play Palestra

Think “Hoosiers” and Hinkle Fieldhouse and what the movie meant to renewed respect for the historic Indianapolis basketball arena that opened in 1928.If Hollywood ever makes a basketball movie called “Quakers” with scenes from the Palestra, you’ll understand what the historic...

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith’s late hire on April 14 has him off to a slow recruiting start. He has only one modest commitment in the Class of 2016 from a two-star guard, Keon Clergeot.But that doesn’t mean the sage coach is failing to find his way around the recruiting...

Oklahoma passes Michigan State for top program

Oklahoma passes Michigan State for top program

The Oklahoma and Michigan State football and basketball programs ranked 1-2 for 2015-16 with the highest combined national rankings in college athletics’ revenue sports.The unique ranking is something I came up with three years ago when Michigan State, my alma mater, piqued my...

Virginia looks ahead without Michigan State to face in Chicago

Virginia looks ahead without Michigan State to face in Chicago

RALEIGH, N.C. — Virginia can breathe a sigh of relief this week. The Midwest Region’s No. 1 seed can travel to Chicago, the heart of Big Ten country, without worrying about their NCAA nemesis the last two years, Michigan State.As all March Madness fans have been aware since...