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
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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?
Luka Doncic and Mohamed Bamba could be the brightest stars in this year's NBA Draft by Reid Forgrave @ReidForgrave 10m ago • 17 min read There's plenty of groupthink in NBA Draft circles. I guess that's just the deal: Team executives, scouts and pundits all move in the same circles and see the same players at the same tournaments and the same workouts. It makes sense that consensuses tend to emerge by the time a draft comes around. But a consensus is not always right. Go no further than just one year ago, when Markelle Fultz was considered by most to be the hands-down, for-sure, no-doubt top pick in the draft. While the jury is still out on Fultz – one injury-riddled, funky-shooting rookie year does not necessarily make a bust – you'd have to think the Philadelphia 76ers aren't thrilled about passing over Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and others for Fultz. Drafting NBA players is far from an exact science. Remember what Sam … [Read more...] about 2018 NBA Mock Draft: Deandre Ayton goes No. 1, but is he the best player in this year’s class?
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Eric Galko Contributor @OptimumScouting Updated at 7:53 a.m. ET Updated at 7:53 a.m. ET Watch NFLNFL with fuboTV The 2018 NFL Draft class will be defined by its quarterbacks, as this year’s group of passers is the most intriguing in recent history. But N.C. State pass-rusher Bradley Chubb and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could turn out to be just as valuable in the NFL as any of the QBs in this class. In addition, playmakers like USC running back Ronald Jones and Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk might be selected higher than you think. On the flip side, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and LSU running back Derrius Guice could slip on draft day. Note: This big board does not include quarterbacks, as they can’t adequately be ranked among other position groups. SIGN UP to stream the NFL Draft LIVE on DAZN in Canada NFL Draft Big Board: Best players in … [Read more...] about NFL Draft Big Board: Final ranking of best players in 2018 class