Topic: College Basketball

February 15, 2013

Nerlens Noel's short, strange and NBA-mandated college basketball career is almost certainly over after just 24 games and one scary knee injury. He'll be fine, most likely, but college basketball fans are still worse off for not getting to watch him figure out for himself how his dazzling talent works.

December 3, 2012

There are several good-enough reasons to root for Jae Crowder, the extravagantly be-dreaded rookie wing on the Dallas Mavericks. But what he might wind up being, and on some nights legitimately appears already to be, is currently a better reason to watch than anything Crowder actually is.

November 26, 2012

Perry Jones III could be the next Tracy McGrady. He could also be the next Qyntel Woods. Or, barring all that, he could just be Perry Jones III, a player who can do a lot and has been through a lot, but who is now not nearly yet what he'll someday be.

November 19, 2012

Jimmy King's Fab Five days were more than half a lifetime ago, but he and his team have stuck around in the collective college basketball memory, and still have some lessons to teach.

April 25, 2012

In 2010, Dominique Ferguson was a blue-chip recruit bound for Kentucky. Today, after following Isiah Thomas to Florida International and being denied the opportunity to transfer in the wake of Zeke's firing, Ferguson is a longshot NBA Draft candidate, and proof of how dangerous it is to be loyal to faithless people and institutions.

April 19, 2012

Dwayne Schintzius is best remembered for one of the league's most extravagant and meticulously maintained signature haircuts. It says something about the man who named his mullet "The Lobster" that he seemed more or less cool with that. But, haircut notwithstanding, he filled a role.

April 5, 2012

Hats off, and small nylon shorts in the mail, to Kevin Slane, the champion of The Classical's Prognostic-achievers Bracket Challenge. How could he possibly have known that Kentucky could pull this off?

April 2, 2012

The "One Shining Moment" montage at the end of every NCAA Tournament is a television institution with decades of history and a ton of gooey, gooey sentiment behind it. Which makes it all the more frustrating how awful it is.

March 30, 2012

In anticipation of the Final Four, we're highlighting four players whose very presence on the court is a reason to watch. In the last of the mini-series, we check in with the uniquely graceful, un-angry and great Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

March 30, 2012

In anticipation of the Final Four, we're highlighting four players whose very presence on the court is a reason to watch. In this installment, we survey Ohio State guard's Aaron Craft's ability to turn annoyance into something like art.