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Simply the best. John Wooden is, without question, the most successful, most respected, most everything collegiate basketball coach in the universe. Wooden passed away at age 99 on June 4, 2010, about fourth months from his 100th birthday...

What will the 2012-13 college basketball season bring? Here are ten questions to be answered in college basketball this season. 1. Is this the year of the Hoosier? The Hoosiers haven’t been a national favorite since Bob Knight was head coach. The IU fanbase has gone through many down years, bad hires, and NCAA sanctions, but head coach Tom Crean has the Hoosiers poised for a championship run this year...

What is "Mini-Madness?" Is this the end for UCLA's head coach Ben Howland? And what conference tournaments should you be watching this weekend? Find out in this week's Old School... The end for Ben Howland? UCLA has had it rough lately, going just 53-42 in the past 3 seasons. A recent report in Sports Illustrated suggests that head coach Ben Howland has lost control of the team... March Madness Word of the Week Mini-Madness (noun) Definition inside... Conference Tournaments This weekend and next will be the appetizer to the main course. The bigger conference tourneys mean more for seeding and positioning in the NCAA tournament, but for most teams across the land, the conference tournament championship is the only ticket into the big dance. With so much on the line with dreams simultaneously shattering and coming true, any conference tournament is a good watch. But in case you can’t watch every single minute of the action, here are the tournaments you should make a point to watch this weekend...

Another week in the books for college basketball. We are inching ever closer to the greatest sporting event in America: MARCH MADNESS. Last year, we held a Sports Spectrum bracket contest for Madness. I can't remember who actually won that contest, or what the person won, but we will be holding another bracket contest this year. The winner will get a nice Sports Spectrum prize package, details will be available as we get closer to the NCAA tournament. Top 5 Most Exciting Teams Last week, I had some comments in the comment section ragging some of my selections in games to watch. The commenter’s main problem is that some of the games listed, mainly any game Wisconsin is involved in, is not “fun to watch.” So, due to the personal request of mdgordon07, here are my top 5 most exciting teams to watch in college basketball. 1. VMI 2. North Carolina 3. Kentucky 4. Iona 5. Missouri

Hope you had an outstanding ValLINtine’s Day. Last night, Jeremy Lin hits a game winner for the New York Knicks to continue the Linsanity.™ It’s been hard not to pay attention to a story of a guy who was living on his brother’s couch a little over a week ago, to becoming a starting point guard for the New York Knicks and leading them to six straight wins, especially when the season was looking lost. I can only imagine the Linsanity™ if Lin and his Harvard team could have made a run in the NCAA tournament. And the cool thing about this story is that Lin continues to thank God and point people to his faith in Christ. Any-who, enough NBA. After getting grief from some of my Twitter followers after posting a top 10 ranking of conferences, I decided to rank the conferences in “Old School.” And I’d love to hear from in the comments section on what you all think. 1. Big Ten 2. Big East 3. Big 12...

What makes a good rival? The general consensus is that Duke-North Carolina is the best rivalry in college basketball, but there are plenty of others that don’t get quite the hype. Syracuse vs. Georgetown, Kansas vs. Kansas State, and how about St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga? That’s always a good game. We’ve already seen one rivalry this year that ended in a bloodbath with Xavier and Cincinnati. This week is “Rivalry Week” on ESPN, so I figured it would be rivalry week here on Old School...

Another week of great college basketball action is in the books, and we are creeping ever closer to March Madness. This week I debut a couple of new segments (College Basketball 101 and the March Madness Word of the Week). I also take a look at what college basketball can learn from Tim Tebow, Sports Spectrum’s 2011 Athlete of the Year...

Let me start out admitting that I was way off on Monday night’s BCS National Title Game. I thought LSU would give us a repeat result of what happened in Tuscaloosa, but Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide completely outcoached and outplayed Les Miles and LSU. But enough of college football, let’s move from a sport with the worst postseason system in the world to the sport with the best, college basketball. The strangest story so far in this college basketball season has involved the head coach of St. Joseph's, Phil Martelli, and former player, Todd O’Brien. The Hawks have had a resurgent year and currently have an 11-5 record. They have a good chance of building a good enough resume to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. But this story has brought a lot of bad press to St. Joe’s. O'Brien has graduated from St. Joe's and wants to use his last year of eligibility at UAB, but his former coach won't let him...

During this year’s men’s NCAA basketball tournament, I heard an interesting argument re- garding Butler’s postseason success. Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star columnist, said one of the keys to their success is their conference, the Horizon League, a conference that most likely won’t get any at-large bids and therefore must be won to advance to the Big Dance. Every game was a “must win” game and significantly affected Butler’s hopes of making the tournament. That’s why, when Butler did make the tournament, the players’ attitudes didn’t change. They’d been playing “do-or-die” all year...

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