Was the Big Ten Underrated? ACC Overrated?

Some feel NCAA Tournament results determine a conference’s value. To use this year as an example, many people think the Big Ten having three teams in the Sweet 16 proves the conference was underrated this season. Others disagree, believing the ACC is still elite despite just one league team still remaining. In this debate,  which I wrote about for CBS Local, everyone is right.

CBS Local: NCAA Tournament Results and Conference Perception

Sweet 16 Rising Stars

There are many talented young players still competing in the NCAA Tournament, and I wrote about two of them for CBS Local: Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey and South Carolina’s Chris Silva. The sophomores played important roles in helping their teams advance to the Sweet 16 and will be counted on again. Dorsey and the Ducks take on Michigan on Thursday night, while Silva’s South Carolina squad plays Baylor on Friday.

Rising Star: Chris Silva, South Carolina

Rising Star: Tyler Dorsey, Oregon

The History of the Crisler Center

Crisler Center, formerly Crisler Arena and the University Events Building before that, turns 50 this year. It is best known as the home of Michigan basketball, but the arena has also hosted several high-profile musical acts, among other memorable events. In a story for Michigan Today, I went through news archives and talked to some of the key figures in the arena’s history.

Michigan Today: Crisler at 50

The Perfect Basketball Shot

In an article for The Wall Street Journal, I wrote about Noah Basketball, a company that makes a product that can track the arc (and other elements) of a basketball shot. What’s the ideal arc angle? Noah knows, and it will tell you in real time.

WSJ: Noah Basketball: Building the Perfect Shot
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Women’s NCAA Tournament: Players to Watch

The women’s NCAA Tournament starts Friday. In an article for Excelle Sports, I look at the top players to watch.

NCAA Tournament: Players to Watch

Rising Star: Shake Milton

SMU, banned from the NCAA Tournament last year, is flying under the radar as the Big Dance approaches. The Mustangs’ sophomore point guard, Shake Milton, has had a great season, and I wrote about him for CBS Local. Rising Star: SMU Guard Shake Milton

Northwestern: Ready to Dance

Imagine if Northwestern had not executed an incredible last-second play to perfection against Michigan on Wednesday, gone to overtime and lost. Given that the Wildcats lost their regular season finale on Saturday, that would have meant Northwestern would be entering this week’s Big Ten Tournament on a five-game losing streak. Their hopes of reaching the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament would still be alive but well…it’s a good thing they won.

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