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Commentary
April 5th, 2014
By Dr. Evelyn Dean-Olmsted

The Anthropology Of Basketball Fandom

Dr. Evelyn Dean-Olmsted, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras reflects on the game that helped her to realize that she loved basketball.

In the news
April 5th, 2014

Women’s Final Four Preview With ESPN’s Michelle Smith

The NCAA women’s national champion will be determined Tuesday night. This year’s Final Four features familiar faces in UConn, Stanford and Notre Dame. But we’ll also see Maryland. ESPN’s Michelle Smith joins Bill Littlefield to share her predictions.

In Depth
April 5th, 2014

Pat Forde: The NCAA’s Phenomenal Freshmen

We’ve talked a lot about NBA teams tanking to increase their chances of snagging one of the phenomenal freshmen in the NCAA. Yahoo!’s Pat Forde joins Bill Littlefield to discuss this year’s top freshman players.

Only A Blog
April 1st, 2014

Tourneys, Tourneys Everywhere … It’s More Than Madness!

Between the men and the women, there are seven — count ‘em, seven — postseason tournaments in Division I basketball. Only A Game’s Gary Waleik wonders if it’s too much of a good thing.

Interview
March 29th, 2014

Larry Brown On NCAA Disappointment, Amateurism And Analytics

Larry Brown has won a championship in the NBA and the NCAA. Now his SMU Mustangs are in the NIT. The Hall of Famer joins Bill Littlefield.

Commentary
March 26th, 2014

March Madness, Money Madness

Brackets have busted everywhere, but Bill Littlefield suggests the true madness of March isn’t related to wins and losses on the court.

Sports History
March 22nd, 2014

Twenty-Five Years Later Princeton, Georgetown Matchup Still Stands Out

Princeton didn’t pull off the upset against Georgetown in 1989, but the game still features prominently in March Madness lore. Sports Illustrated’s Alexander Wolff joins Bill Littlefield to explain why he calls it “the game that saved March Madness.”

In Depth
March 15th, 2014

Giant Killers: The Anatomy Of A Hoops Upset

What does it take to pull off an upset in the NCAA basketball tournament? Peter Keating and Jordan Brenner of ESPN.com’s Giant Killers Blog explain the keys and point out some teams that could make a run this March.

In the news
March 15th, 2014

Mercer Returns To The Big Dance

The Mercer Bears are going to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1985. Head coach Bob Hoffman joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the reaction.

Interview
March 8th, 2014

UNC Hoops Legend Dean Smith Struggles With Dementia

Dean Smith won 879 games and two national titles while coaching the North Carolina men’s basketball team from 1961 to 1997. Now he’s suffering from dementia, a struggle chronicled by Tommy Tomlinson in his piece “Precious Memories.”

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