Topic: College Basketball

April 15, 2014

Because they're so oversold, and so often so successful, everyone feels a little too much love or a little too much hate for Duke basketball. This makes it difficult to remember what suddenly appears clearer after March Madness subsides: that the Blue Devils, before they're a brand or a metaphor or anything else, are just a college basketball team.

April 11, 2014

His name is Chris Romine, he really believed in UConn, and he has thought a lot about Kevin Ollie. Congratulations to him on all that.

April 2, 2014

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is dramatic enough without anything more than sentiment riding the games. It's a purer madness with money on everything, and watching from Las Vegas.

March 27, 2014

In which a lawyer and a... non-lawyer figure out what an NLRB ruling means for the future of the NCAA, and the whole weird feudal endeavor that is college sports.

March 24, 2014

On Friday, Matt Osgood wrote about how Wichita State could win the NCAA Tournament and change everything. On Sunday, the Shockers lost. So...

March 21, 2014

The NCAA Tournament's appeal overlaps with the sentimental appeal of the underdog. Wichita State may well be about to make that old, sweet dream a lot less quaint, and a lot more real. How ready are we for this?

March 20, 2014

A principled refusal to take Bill Raftery's signature catchphrase as being about anything but onions. They're delicious!

March 19, 2014

For all the recent nostalgia over the dearly departed Reagan-era Big East, all it takes is a trip to Madison Square Garden to confirm that the conference is still here, and still more or less itself.

February 21, 2014

Twenty years after its release, William Friedkin's college basketball opus is a lot less convincing and no less watchable. And Nick Nolte's poly-blend coach sweaters have really held up.

February 10, 2014

On Mike Mongtomery, and cultural differences, and a general decline in caring about things as reflected in a particular PAC-12 college basketball game. Also pizza.