Here is everything you need to know when betting the biggest games this weekend. As always, this is coming out before the Vegas lines for Saturday’s games, so we are using projections from KenPom, Torvik and Haslametrics to walk through how the game will play out. No. 16 TEXAS TECH at No. 11 KANSAS, Sat. 4:00 p.m. (CBS) KENPOM: Kansas 66, Texas Tech 63 HASLAMETRICS: Kansas 67, Texas Tech 64 TORVIK: Kansas 67, Texas Tech 64 This matchup is a tough one to parse. On the one hand, Kansas has been in a funk offensively that centers around the fact that they don’t have enough perimeter shooting, Marcus Garrett has been a non-factor offensively and teams can throw two bodies at Dedric Lawson with reckless abandon. But the crux of the issue stems from KU’s size. They’ve been forced to play small without Udoka Azubuike and they’ve struggled on the defensive end of the floor without being able to matchup with the size of teams that go big while being unable … [Read more...] about Best Bets: Where do you want your action in college basketball this weekend?
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More College Hoops Offensive explosion in win over No. 11 UNC puts No. 7 Michigan among elie Forrest defense, late bucket lifts Florida St past Purdue Wednesday’s Things to Know: Florida State, Michigan earn big home wins Periodically, over the course of the coming seven months, we will be posting an updated mock draft here on College Basketball Talk. This will be different than other mocks, mind you. We’re not as much projecting who is going to be picked where — that is impossible to do right now, as the NBA season is six weeks old and the NBA changed their lottery rules to flatten out the odds of who gets the first pick — as much as take a look at where, in a vacuum, a player should be picked. With that in mind, one of the objectives of this mock will be to take a deeper dive into a handful of the most intriguing prospects in the mock each and every week. This isn’t meant to be just a place to rank prospects, the goal is to … [Read more...] about 2019 Mock NBA Draft: Who are the 30 best prospects in college basketball?
The 2018-19 NCAA college basketball season began this week. From now until April, we’ll be following along, closely watching. But instead of just box scores and highlights, we’re going to profile a player from each class, plus one additional story. With TSFJ and the help from Josh Naso, we present to you The Sports Fan Journal’s Box And One. Let’s get in the zone. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Freshman: Quentin Grimes, KansasOne of the best parts about basketball at this level is just how talented the freshmen are, and how they’re allowed to be the best players on established programs right away. Quentin Grimes may very well be that for the second-ranked Jayhawks, who return upperclassmen who were leaders of yet another Big 12 Conference champion. The 6-foot-5 guard from Texas was a top ten recruit across all scouting sites, and his scoring and playmaking have already been on display in Kansas’s first three games. It’ll be … [Read more...] about Profiling top players from each class in college basketball after Week 2
Michigan State, Purdue and LSU should all feel great about their trusty ball-handlers as the season nears by Kyle Boone @Kyle__Boone 1m ago • 7 min read The NCAA Tournament hopes of college basketball programs rides on many things. They ride on talent, first and foremost. They ride on coaching and the ability of a staff's flexibility to adjust and adapt to personnel within the season. They rely on schedule, opportunity and even a little bit of good fortune. There are innumerable factors that can make or break a team's March Madness hopes that far outnumber those ingredients, but among the most important is the caliber of your point guard. Their play can make or break how good -- or bad -- you fare in and out of the conference. A good one can lead you to great heights. A bad one -- or worse, more than one bad ones -- and your team may have a melancholy March, no matter your talent level elsewhere. So to overstate the importance of the position, … [Read more...] about Ranking the 15 best point guards in college basketball entering the 2018-19 season
CBS Sports' college basketball experts polled more than 100 coaches to get their pick to win it all by Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS 45s ago • 4 min read CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander surveyed more than 100 coaches for our annual Candid Coaches series. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest Division I schools. In exchange for complete anonymity, coaches provided unfiltered honesty about a number of topics in the sport. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be posting the results on several questions we asked them.Duke and Kentucky remain the co-favorites to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament, according to oddsmakers and I still have the Wildcats No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). And then there's Kansas, which is an obvious alternative candidate to occupy the top spot of any preseason ranking of college basketball teams. In other words, … [Read more...] about Candid Coaches: Who will be the best team in college basketball in the 2018-19 season?