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April 7, 2009

April 7, 2:45 p.m.: Just got back from Detroit, where North Carolina pulverized Michigan State on Monday night. It’s never too early to look ahead at the 2009-2010 season. Now, I’m not ready to post a 65-team bracket for next...

By Eric Prisbell | April 7, 2009; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

April 1, 2009

April 1, 1:25 p.m.: John Calipari will win big at Kentucky. The question is how soon. During his introductory news conference today in Lexington, Calipari insisted that he does not “walk on water, I do not have a magic wand.”...

By Eric Prisbell | April 1, 2009; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

March 30, 2009

March 30 8:15 p.m.: I just talked with Brad Soderberg, the former coach at Wisconsin and Saint Louis, about Virginia’s new coach, Tony Bennett. Soderberg and Bennett have been close for more than 25 years and usually talk once a...

By Eric Prisbell | March 30, 2009; 08:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 30, 2009

March 30, 2:55 p.m.: This NCAA tournament has lacked the unpredictable variable that has made it the compelling event it has become over the past 30 years. But this weekend brought one great game and an indelible moment – Villanova’s...

By Eric Prisbell | March 30, 2009; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (4)

March 25, 2009

March 25, 9:15 a.m.: The NCAA tournament selection committee did a great job. The NCAA tournament selection committee did a poor job. Both sentiments are defensible, depending upon your vantage point. On one hand, the committee nailed the top 12...

By Eric Prisbell | March 25, 2009; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 24, 2009

March 24, 10:45 a.m.: With five teams still alive in the NCAA tournament, the Big East is well represented in the round of 16, which begins Thursday night. But among summer league basketball programs, no team may be better accounted...

By Eric Prisbell | March 24, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

March 19, 2009

March 19, 6:15 p.m.: So it is Maryland-Memphis on Saturday. A fascinating matchup. I’m already fired up for it. I talked with the Memphis players for a while after the game. Roburt Sallie’s three-point barrage was the difference. Ten three-pointers...

By Eric Prisbell | March 19, 2009; 06:21 PM ET | Comments (2)

March 19, 2009

March 19, 1:30 p.m.: Where would Memphis be without Roburt Sallie? The sophomore reserve guard, whose career high was 13 points entering today, scoreed 17 points in the first half to keep the No. 2 seeded Tigers ahead of Cal...

By Eric Prisbell | March 19, 2009; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 18, 2009

Good afternoon, everyone. I had an early flight today to Kansas City. And I have been interviewing players, mostly Memphis players, the past few hours. I wanted to rank the games tomorrow in order of most intriguing. Tell me if...

By Eric Prisbell | March 18, 2009; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 18, 2009

In case you missed it, Eric Prisbell appeared on Washington Post Live last night to talk about the NCAA tournament and the resignation of Dave Leitao at Virginia. Click those links and enjoy. While we're linking, have you seen the...

By Matthew Rennie | March 18, 2009; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 17, 2009

March 17, 6:30 a.m.: Good morning, everyone. This is Eric. I believe Steve leaves for Kansas City tonight. I depart for K.C. tomorrow morning. Some loyal readers have requested my Sweet 16 picks. And after examining the matchups for a...

By Eric Prisbell | March 17, 2009; 06:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 16, 2009

March 16, 4:45 p.m.: Men's basketball coach Dave Leitao is out at Virginia. A school official told Cavaliers beat writer Zach Berman that Leitao has "resigned." But according to multiple reports this afternoon, the school fired Leitao today. CBSSports.com reports...

By Matthew Rennie | March 16, 2009; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (4)

March 16, 2009

West Region Poll and Discussion In his regional analysis, John Feinstein says U-Conn. got an easy path to the Final Four, but needs to look out for third-seeded Missouri. Tony Kornheiser sees the top four seeds making the round of...

By Jon DeNunzio | March 16, 2009; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 16, 2009

South Region Poll and Discussion John Feinstein's analysis notes that North Carolina starts in Tar Heel-friendly Greensboro, N.C., and could face Gonzaga in the round of 16. Second-seeded Oklahoma -- and Blake Griffin-Tyler Hansbrough matchup -- looms, though. Tony Kornheiser's...

By Jon DeNunzio | March 16, 2009; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 16, 2009

Midwest Region Poll and Discussion: College basketball guru John Feinstein sees very little chance that the teams in the Midwest Region will challenge top-seeded Louisville. Meantime, Tony Kornheiser has the Cardinals in the NCAA final, losing to Pitt. What do...

By Jon DeNunzio | March 16, 2009; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 16, 2009

East Region Poll and Discussion: John Feinstein thinks the East Region may have the most upsets, and Pitt is the pick in Tony Kornheiser's bracket. So who do you think will win the East?...

By Jon DeNunzio | March 16, 2009; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

March 16, 2009

March 16, 8:20 a.m.: Good morning, everyone. This is Eric. Now the fun begins. I will be in Kansas City this week along with Maryland beat writer Steve Yanda and columnist Mike Wise. There are a lot of great stories...

By Eric Prisbell | March 16, 2009; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 15, 2009

March 15, 4 p.m.: I have emerged from the dark room, crumpled sheets of paper in hand, and have made my decision. In the middle of the night a few nights ago, I scribbled two words on a piece of...

By Eric Prisbell | March 15, 2009; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 15, 2009

March 15, 1:15 p.m.: Okay, everyone. I shifted Maryland to the U-Conn. region to balance the bracket correctly. I have Terps-West Virginia (Gary meets Billy Hahn and Huggins) in a 6-11 game. I made one other switch, although it tore...

By Eric Prisbell | March 15, 2009; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 15, 2009

March 11:45 a.m.: Here is my almost final bracket. It has been updated since last night. I may make some changes up until 3 p.m. Still torn on the last two spots. Right now, i have San Diego State and...

By Eric Prisbell | March 15, 2009; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 14, 2009

March 14, 8:45 p.m.: Maryland failed to recapture the magic of its run in the 2004 ACC tournament, losing to Duke in the ACC tournament semifinals on Saturday, but the Terrapins are expected to receive an at-large invitation when the...

By Eric Prisbell | March 14, 2009; 08:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 13, 2009

March 13, 10:20 a.m.: The national picture should come into better focus today because some teams – including Maryland and Virginia Tech -- have the opportunity to play their way into the tournament field. San Diego State (vs. Brigham Young)...

By Eric Prisbell | March 13, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 12, 2009

The merits of several teams — namely, Saint Mary’s and Arizona — will be debated long into the weekend, but the most criticism generated by Sunday’s bracket unveiling may be directed at a single conference: the Big Ten. Not...

By Matthew Rennie | March 12, 2009; 09:24 PM ET | Comments (4)

March 12, 2009

March 12, 2:45 p.m.: The day is young and we already have some significant developments among bubble teams. Minnesota beat Northwestern so that should all but lock up an at-large berth for the Golden Gophers. Northwestern has had a nice...

By Eric Prisbell | March 12, 2009; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 11, 2009

March 11, 7 p.m.: Maryland senior Dave Neal has paid close attention to results across the country in recent days – watching Saint Mary’s stumble against Gonzaga and Cleveland State upset Butler --- because one upset or victory by a...

By Eric Prisbell | March 11, 2009; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 11, 2009

March 11, 2:30 p.m.: Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez said he plans to declare for the NBA draft at some point after the season and to go through the process and attend pre-draft camps to see where he stands. At that...

By Eric Prisbell | March 11, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 10, 2009

March 10, 11:30 p.m.: When Cleveland State Coach Gary Waters raised two fists in the air for a victory salute inside Hinkle Fieldhouse, you could almost hear Maryland’s Gary Williams and Virginia Tech Seth Greenberg pound their fists in frustration....

By Eric Prisbell | March 10, 2009; 11:34 PM ET | Comments (9)

March 10, 2009

March 10, 9 p.m.: Forget about teams playing their way into at-large berths this week and giving the NCAA tournament selection committee reasons to include them. It’s gotten to the point where the teams that will earn the final at-large...

By Eric Prisbell | March 10, 2009; 08:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 10, 2009

March 10, 9:30 a.m.: It was not just that Saint Mary’s lost last night, it was how the Gaels lost to Gonzaga in the WCC final. It’s safe to say that selection committee members were watching closely because Saint Mary’s...

By Eric Prisbell | March 10, 2009; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

March 10, 2009

March 9, 9:07 p.m.: After losing to Virginia Commonwealth in the CAA final, George Mason’s only path to the NCAA tournament is by virtue of an at-large berth. But the Patriots won’t be seriously considered even though their RPI is...

By Eric Prisbell | March 10, 2009; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 9, 2009

March 9, 9:30 a.m.: Grab a pen and a sheet of paper. Write down the projected champions of the 31 conferences. Then try to write down 34 at-large teams that will fill up this 65-team bracket. The first 20 or...

By Eric Prisbell | March 9, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 7, 2009

March 7, 9 p.m.: As Maryland's players trudged to the John Paul Jones visitors' locker room yesterday afternoon, they knew they were out of chances to distinguish themselves during the regular season. A disappointing setback at Virginia dropped the Terrapins'...

By Matthew Rennie | March 7, 2009; 09:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 6, 2009

March 6, 9:30 a.m.: Penn State got the win it needed, so the Nittany Lions are probably headed to the NCAA tournament. Other bubble teams continued to stumble. Providence, South Carolina and Arizona all suffered damaging losses. I will update...

By Eric Prisbell | March 6, 2009; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

March 5, 2009

March 5, 10 a.m.: Does anyone want these last few at-large bids? Florida, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Miami all too significant steps back last night. Florida will play Kentucky this weekend, so one of those teams will be all but...

By Eric Prisbell | March 5, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 4, 2009

March 4, 2 a.m.: Georgetown’s loss to St. John’s ruins the Hoyas chances at an at-large bid. The only realistic route to the NCAA tournament now is to win the Big East tournament. Maryland’s narrow defeat against Wake Forest is...

By Eric Prisbell | March 4, 2009; 02:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

March 3, 2009

March 3, 9 a.m.: Huge opportunities for Virginia Tech and Maryland tonight over the next two days. Maryland gets Wake Forest tonight. The Hokies get North Carolina tomorrow. Victories would go a long way to solidifying tournament berths. As for...

By Eric Prisbell | March 3, 2009; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

March 2, 2009

March 2, 2 a.m.: Virginia Tech and Maryland are not listed on the “last four in” list because they are safely in the field before those teams. At least for today, that’s the way it looks. Virginia Tech’s and Maryland’s...

By Eric Prisbell | March 2, 2009; 01:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 1, 2009

March 1, 3 p.m.: Hello, this is Eric Prisbell. I wanted to share a few thoughts on today’s story about Under Armour’s relationship with Lance Stephenson. First, I wanted to thank everyone for the many emails we have received today....

By Eric Prisbell | March 1, 2009; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 28, 2009

Feb. 28, 8:15 p.m.: With two weeks remaining until the NCAA tournament selection committee unveils the 65-team bracket, several teams are making frantic attempts to secure one of the 34 at-large berths by addressing blemishes in their respective postseason resumes....

By Eric Prisbell | February 28, 2009; 08:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 27, 2009

Feb. 27, 2 a.m.: Cincinnati and Michigan were the two biggest winners tonight. The Bearcats earned their first win of the season over a top 25 team by beating West Virginia. They have a respectable resume but little margin for...

By Eric Prisbell | February 27, 2009; 02:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 26, 2009

Feb. 26, 9 a.m.: Virginia Tech did the most last night to bolster its resume. The Hokies can now brag about road wins against Wake Forest and Clemson. Maryland’s loss to Duke was not particularly damaging, but it means Sunday’s...

By Eric Prisbell | February 26, 2009; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 25, 2009

Feb. 25, 1 a.m.: So Providence took a significant step toward an at-large bid by beating Pittsburgh. The Friars still have plenty of work to do and could prove an interesting test case for the selection committee. They have nine...

By Eric Prisbell | February 25, 2009; 01:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 24, 2009

Feb. 24, 8:45 a.m.: Is Georgetown dead? Almost. The Hoyas hardly deserve mention on the at-large board, but we will include them because they are local. They sit in 12th place in the Big East with a 5-10 conference record...

By Eric Prisbell | February 24, 2009; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 23, 2009

Feb. 23, 8 a.m.: It is a new day in College Park. Less than three weeks until Selection Sunday, and Maryland is alive. But even if the Terrapins go 8-8 and win a game in the ACC tournament, this could...

By Eric Prisbell | February 23, 2009; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

February 21, 2009

Feb. 21, 8 p.m.: These Maryland players have endured a home loss to Morgan State and a 41-point loss at Duke. They heard they would finish near the bottom of the ACC and read nearly 10,000 words in this newspaper...

By Eric Prisbell | February 21, 2009; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 16, 2009

Feb. 16, 6:30 a.m.: Good morning, everyone. This is Eric. There has been considerable buzz about the recruitment of Lincoln High’s Lance Stephenson, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2009, according to Hoop Scoop. If Stephenson plays for...

By Eric Prisbell | February 16, 2009; 06:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 14, 2009

Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m.: An undersized Maryland team that lacks an abundance of talent moved to the fringes of the NCAA tournament conversation by beating Virginia Tech, 83-73. The Terrapins would have a reasonable chance at an at-large berth with...

By Eric Prisbell | February 14, 2009; 08:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

February 11, 2009

Feb. 11, 3:45 p.m.: Hello, everyone. Just a quick post because I have an interview coming up soon. For the past two weeks, Steve Yanda and I worked on a three-part series about Maryland's recruiting. In addition to the three...

By Eric Prisbell | February 11, 2009; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m.: Take a look at the tournament resumes for two teams and tell me which is stronger: Team A Record: 15-8 (4-5) RPI: 68 Strength of Schedule: 50 Road/Neutral court: 3-6 Vs. Top 50: 3-7 Vs. Top...

By Eric Prisbell | February 9, 2009; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

February 7, 2009

Feb. 7, 7 p.m.: One month after playing like a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament, Georgetown now faces a very steep climb to the tournament and possesses a worse record than a certain middling team in College Park. It...

By Eric Prisbell | February 7, 2009; 07:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 2, 2009

Feb. 1, 10 a.m.: The depth in the Big East has taken its toll on three teams that looked like solid NCAA tournament teams one month ago. For Georgetown, Notre Dame and West Virginia, February could not have come at...

By Eric Prisbell | February 2, 2009; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 31, 2009

Jan. 31, 8 p.m.:Just as the drama between Maryland’s men’s basketball coach and athletic director has quieted, the Terrapins have created another buzz with their latest recruiting target. Excitement mounted among fans in Comcast Center as they awaited the arrival...

By Eric Prisbell | January 31, 2009; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

January 30, 2009

Jan. 30, 4:45 p.m.: No surprises in the Gary Williams press conference today. No drama. Everybody is trying to calm the situation down. The press conference lasted 23 minutes. Here is just about all of it: GW: Any questions about...

By Eric Prisbell | January 30, 2009; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 29, 2009

Jan. 29, 8 a.m.: Last-second shots in games involving Duke and North Carolina highlighted an exciting night of college basketball. But, around here, recent developments on and off the court have signaled the continued demise of many local teams, at...

By Eric Prisbell | January 29, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 28, 2009

Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.: If the end of Gary Williams’s career at Maryland is near, then last night marked a significant step in that direction. It had little to do with a loss to Boston College that all but crushed...

By Eric Prisbell | January 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

January 27, 2009

Jan. 27, 8:00 a.m.: Maryland Coach Gary Williams on Monday conducted a fascinating news conference, during which he touched upon his recruiting, which is the biggest reason why the Terrapins have fallen so fast since winning the national title in...

By Eric Prisbell | January 27, 2009; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

January 26, 2009

Jan. 25, 6:00 a.m.: Here is what we learned about our locals during an eventful weekend: Maryland The story will soon be less about one loss, even if it was the worst loss of Gary Williams’s head coaching career, and...

By Eric Prisbell | January 26, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 24, 2009

DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 24 --- Duke players charged into the locker room after a lukewarm shooting effort in the first half of Saturday’s game against Maryland. They had made 40 percent of their shots; only two players shot well. But...

By Eric Prisbell | January 24, 2009; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

January 23, 2009

Jan. 23, 3:30 p.m.: As Georgetown has learned the past two weeks, this year’s Big East is strong enough to humble any team. The Hoyas have faced four of the RPI’s top 14 the past two weeks (including non-conference foe...

By Eric Prisbell | January 23, 2009; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 23, 2009

Jan. 23, 1:30 p.m.: The prevailing notion is that this is a down year for mid-major programs. I don’t necessarily agree with that. Let’s take a look at the top four true mid-major programs in the country this season. We...

By Eric Prisbell | January 23, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

Jan. 22, 12:50 p.m.: Can George Mason earn an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament? The question has become more pertinent in recent weeks, as the Patriots have been piling up victories while beating no one of consequence. Because the...

By Eric Prisbell | January 22, 2009; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m.: Virginia Tech has new life. The Hokies kept the score in the 70s, managed to make 50 percent of its shots against the nation’s second-best field goal percentage defense and left Winston-Salem, N.C., with a 78-71...

By Eric Prisbell | January 22, 2009; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 21, 2009

Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m.: The debate is heating up. The Big East or the ACC? Which is the strongest conference this season? The Sporting News argued this morning that the ACC is the class of the country. In the fall,...

By Eric Prisbell | January 21, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

January 21, 2009

Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m.: It’s still hard to know what to make of the Big Ten. Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois have all been better than expected. Seven teams are in the running for at-large bids, but chances are that number...

By Eric Prisbell | January 21, 2009; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 19, 2009

Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.: The stakes will be high when Maryland takes the court tomorrow night to play Virginia. No player understands that more than senior Dave Neal, who has always had a solid grasp of the national college basketball...

By Eric Prisbell | January 19, 2009; 07:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

January 19, 2009

Jan. 19, 12:15 p.m.: A few days after the Big East-ACC debate became a “national conversation” (maybe that’s overstating it), let’s turn our attention to the most intriguing conference races in the country. This is a look at the conferences...

By Eric Prisbell | January 19, 2009; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 18, 2009

Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m.: An action-packed Saturday of college basketball had concluded when ESPN’s wrap-up show “Midnight Madness” posed a question to its two analysts: Which coach is on the hotter seat -- Maryland’s Gary Williams or Oregon’s Ernie Kent?...

By Eric Prisbell | January 18, 2009; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 17, 2009

Jan. 17, 7 p.m.: The best player in the state of North Carolina may not bear the nickname “Psycho T” or carry the genes of a former NBA long-distance sharpshooter. Playing in the shadow of North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough and...

By Eric Prisbell | January 17, 2009; 06:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 15, 2009

Jan. 15, 8:30 p.m.: After a wild Wednesday of games, let’s take a closer look at the NCAA tournament resumes for our three local teams that still have a shot at an at-large bid. I haven’t included American or Navy...

By Eric Prisbell | January 15, 2009; 08:25 PM ET | Comments (3)

January 14, 2009

Jan. 14, 11:20 p.m.: Jack McClinton’s name can be mentioned alongside the likes of Clemson’s Terrence Oglesby and Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes on a growing list of sharpshooters who helped spark improbable double-digit second-half comebacks against Maryland over the past...

By Eric Prisbell | January 14, 2009; 11:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 14, 2009

Jan. 14, 8 a.m.: The following six teams have a combined record of 73-15. None has suffered more than three losses. All have gaudy overall records, and all are hoping to play into the third week of March. But if...

By Eric Prisbell | January 14, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 13, 2009

Jan. 13, 9 a.m.: Well, I scrolled through 300-plus college basketball schedules over the past few days to reach this conclusion: Maryland is the only Division I team in the country yet to play a true road game. Even the...

By Eric Prisbell | January 13, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Jan. 12, 5:45 p.m.: It has become almost an annual rite of spring for some of the nation’s most prominent college basketball coaches. After the Final Four, they watch their best non-seniors declare for the NBA draft, then they wait...

By Eric Prisbell | January 12, 2009; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Jan. 12, 4:15 p.m.: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski shared a sentiment during ACC media day that I found interesting. College basketball and the media “promote freshman more than juniors and seniors and eventually that will take its toll on our...

By Eric Prisbell | January 12, 2009; 04:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Jan. 12, 9 a.m.: Hold off on the North Carolina coronation. We officially have a race in the ACC. Coming into the weekend, Wake Forest was one of three undefeated teams. But while the victory at Brigham Young was impressive,...

By Eric Prisbell | January 12, 2009; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 10, 2009

Jan. 10, 4 p.m.: Maryland won’t play its first road game until Wednesday, but Greivis Vasquez played today’s home game against Georgia Tech as if he were in the most hostile environment in the ACC. When Vasquez missed a shot...

By Eric Prisbell | January 10, 2009; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

January 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 8 a.m.: Some football game in Florida overshadowed the college hoops action last night. But let’s take a quick look at what transpired last night: Taking a step forward: Virginia Commonwealth pounded Drexel, 75-46. An unfortunate loss to...

By Eric Prisbell | January 9, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 8, 2009

Jan. 8, 11 a.m.: This is the new normal for Maryland. The Terrapins can say they are the state champs of Michigan, but they don’t own their own state this season. One impressive victory (Michigan State) is offset by a...

By Eric Prisbell | January 8, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (6)

January 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 10:15 p.m.: Just when you thought it was safe to start believing in this Maryland team, right? Tonight’s loss to Morgan State will shadow this team the rest of the season, much like losses to American and Ohio...

By Eric Prisbell | January 7, 2009; 10:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 2 p.m.: What is wrong with Gonzaga? The Bulldogs have been the most enigmatic team in the country over the first two months of the season. One month ago, they looked like a strong Final Four contender. They...

By Eric Prisbell | January 7, 2009; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 9 a.m.: A few years ago, when I had a better chance of resembling a college student, I obtained a copy of Duke’s infamous cheer sheets before a Maryland game. I posted it on the Web site, not...

By Eric Prisbell | January 7, 2009; 09:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 8 a.m.: A thoroughly entertaining game will be played tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where Duke hosts Davidson. There is no player in college basketball I’d rather watch than Stephen Curry, who never stops moving on the court....

By Eric Prisbell | January 7, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 6, 2009

Jan. 6, 5:30: Didn’t take me long to find an oversight on my most surprising list. I’ve got to put Dayton on there. The Flyers won 23 games last season, but missed the NCAAs because they faded down the stretch....

By Eric Prisbell | January 6, 2009; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

January 6, 2009

Jan. 6, 4:15 p.m.: The season is barely half over, so there is plenty of time to turn things around. But a handful of teams have struggled to live up to their potential so far. Here are six teams that...

By Eric Prisbell | January 6, 2009; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 6, 2009

Jan. 6, noon: I’m going to declare the non-conference season over (or just about finished), so it’s time to evaluate which teams progressed and which regressed the most during the season’s first two months. Most of the biggest surprises so...

By Eric Prisbell | January 6, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

January 6, 2009

Jan. 6, 8:45 a.m.: Let’s get back to one of my favorite hobbies: ripping the polls. When I took part of the NCAA’s mock selection committee in Indianapolis last year, one of the things we often did when comparing two...

By Eric Prisbell | January 6, 2009; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 5, 2009

Jan. 5, 4:30: I rarely look at the Associated Press Top 25 because it doesn’t matter in the NCAA tournament selection process. But consider that habit over. There is a Web site that breaks down each voter’s poll, and there...

By Eric Prisbell | January 5, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 5, 2009

Jan. 5, 1:50 p.m.: The average college basketball fan probably has a hard time naming more than a couple players on the nation’s new No. 1 team. For whatever reason, Pittsburgh, which sits atop the coaches' poll for the first...

By Eric Prisbell | January 5, 2009; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

January 5, 2009

Jan. 5, 11 a.m.: Watch a few Maryland games this season and it’s clear that the Terrapins defend better and are less apt to late-game meltdowns than last season. But there is another way to show how far Maryland has...

By Eric Prisbell | January 5, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

January 5, 2009

Jan. 5, 8:00 a.m.: While watching Boston College’s stunning victory over North Carolina last night, I kept thinking about a conversation I had this summer with former Tar Heels star Sean May. He told me these Tar Heels were better...

By Eric Prisbell | January 5, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 3, 2009

Jan. 3, 1:15 p.m.: Hello from Verizon Center. I’m catching a Georgetown-Maryland double-header, so I’m headed to College Park soon after this Georgetown game ends. Here are some quick thoughts on an entertaining first half: Georgetown’s DaJuan Summers has six...

By Eric Prisbell | January 3, 2009; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 2, 2009

Jan. 2, 1 p.m.: Happy 2009, everyone! Now it’s time to turn all of our attention to basketball. Finally. This is a huge weekend for the local teams. It’s still a little early to talk RPIs, but I am going...

By Eric Prisbell | January 2, 2009; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 30, 2008

Dec. 30, 9:45 a.m.: So Georgetown gets a victory as impressive as any by any team so far this season. Hoyas Coach John Thompson III was not ready to celebrate too much, saying after the 74-63 victory at Connecticut that...

By Eric Prisbell | December 30, 2008; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

December 29, 2008

Dec. 29, 12:15 p.m.: The Big East gets off to a rousing start tonight when Georgetown visits Connecticut. Over the next two-plus months, nine or 10 teams will battle it out in the nation’s best conference. There are some suggesting...

By Eric Prisbell | December 29, 2008; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 23, 2008

Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m.: There was little suspense last night in Maryland’s 67-51 victory over American, which means the Terrapins are right where they need to be headed into the holiday. Before the season, I figured, at this point in...

By Eric Prisbell | December 23, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

December 22, 2008

Dec. 22, 10:15 a.m.: It was an eventful weekend in college basketball, with great national games, upsets and a few surprising individual performances. Colleague Steve Yanda will have complete coverage of American-Maryland over at Terrapins Insider, so we’ll rewind and...

By Eric Prisbell | December 22, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 19, 2008

Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m.: After a week of mostly lackluster matchups, this weekend offers several high-profile showdowns. Here are eight games to keep an eye on this weekend: 1) Connecticut vs. Gonzaga in Seattle (Saturday, 4 p.m.) This is a...

By Eric Prisbell | December 19, 2008; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 19, 2008

Dec. 19, 10:15 a.m.: Louisville beat Mississippi last night at U.S. Bank Arena, but the real intrigue involved the arrest of Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy, the former University of Cincinnati head coach. Kennedy was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor...

By Eric Prisbell | December 19, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 18, 2008

Dec. 18, 9:35 a.m.: George Washington’s defense put on an impressive display in last night’s 63-50 victory over American. The Colonials held the Eagles to a season-worst 33.3 shooting percentage and only three field goals over the final 13:37 in...

By Eric Prisbell | December 18, 2008; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 17, 2008

Dec. 17, 8:00 a.m.: I’m sure a good number of Maryland fans are keeping a close eye on the play of South Florida’s Gus Gilchrist, whose back story doesn’t need to be rehashed. In his second game for the Bulls,...

By Eric Prisbell | December 17, 2008; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

December 16, 2008

Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m.: This is the slowest stretch in the college basketball season, but one game produced a dramatic ending last night. And if you have not seen it yet, check out the 60-foot heave by Cleveland State’s Cedric...

By Eric Prisbell | December 16, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 15, 2008

Dec. 15, 10:05 a.m.: The best matchup of the weekend took place at Verizon Center, but a handful of other surprising results also grabbed the headlines. Here are three things we learned this weekend: 1) The Atlantic 10 is stronger...

By Eric Prisbell | December 15, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 13, 2008

Dec. 13, 7 p.m.: I'm still in Verizon Center, where Georgetown finished off Memphis a few hours ago. It is clear that both programs remain works in progress, but Georgetown is further ahead in the process than Memphis. The Tigers...

By Eric Prisbell | December 13, 2008; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 12, 2008

Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m.: Yesterday was a light day in college basketball, so I’ll run down the top four games to keep an eye on this weekend: Memphis at Georgetown (Saturday) Two of the nation’s best freshman, Georgetown’s Greg Monroe...

By Eric Prisbell | December 12, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 11, 2008

Dec. 11, 9:05 a.m.: The biggest development yesterday did not occur on a basketball court. Syracuse standout Eric Devendorf was found guilty of violating the university’s Student Code of Conduct by a judicial hearing board, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard....

By Eric Prisbell | December 11, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 10, 2008

Dec. 10, 3:45 p.m.: The Atlantic-10 looked paricularly strong in the middle of last season, before Dayton and Rhode Island took a dive. This season, after the six power conferences, the A-10 remains respectable. I rank the A-10 as the...

By Eric Prisbell | December 10, 2008; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 10, 2008

Dec. 10, 9:10 a.m.: Another game, another tough loss for Virginia Tech. The Hokies lost to Georgia, 67-66, and here is the story. The Hokies are 5-4 and their most impressive win might have been against Navy. They are out...

By Eric Prisbell | December 10, 2008; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 9, 2008

Dec. 9, 3:50 p.m.: Now it is time to take a look at the Big East, which is unquestionably the nation’s strongest conference this season. The Big East is weaker at the bottom than the ACC. But the Big East...

By Eric Prisbell | December 9, 2008; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 9, 2008

Dec. 9, 7:00 a.m.: There was not a lot to watch in the college basketball world last night, but the Georgetown score will make most observers do a double-take. The Hoyas creamed Savannah State, 100-38, which begs the question: How...

By Eric Prisbell | December 9, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 8, 2008

Dec. 8, 3:35 p.m.: Let’s take a look at the state of the ACC after about a month into the season. Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia are all at different places. The Terrapins have little margin for error but are...

By Eric Prisbell | December 8, 2008; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

December 8, 2008

Dec. 8, 9:15 a.m.: It is time to turn our attention to basketball after a final weekend of college football. This week, I’m going to take a look at a local conference each day, beginning this afternoon with the ACC....

By Eric Prisbell | December 8, 2008; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 5, 2008

Dec. 5, 10:15 a.m.: Michigan State and Michigan already fell in surprising fashion. Then came Louisville’s stunning loss to Western Kentucky. And now Connecticut barely survived last night against Buffalo, eking out a two-point victory. Buffalo had a chance to...

By Eric Prisbell | December 5, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

December 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m.: On his way to the locker room late last night, moments after Maryland’s victory against Michigan, Gary Williams made a pronouncement: “We’re in first place in the Big Ten,” said Williams, who had good reason to...

By Eric Prisbell | December 4, 2008; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

December 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 8:15 a.m.: The ACC/Big Ten Challenge provided three nail-biters last night, but Duke-Purdue surprisingly was not one of them. First, check out what Navy did in its 78-65 victory over Texas-San Antonio. Move over 1985 Villanova. The Midshipmen...

By Eric Prisbell | December 3, 2008; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 2, 2008

Dec. 2, 8:00 a.m.: Several area teams had interesting results yesterday: Virginia Tech can’t catch a break. For the second time this season, the Hokies lost in the final seconds. Coach Seth Greenberg may look back at last night’s two-point...

By Eric Prisbell | December 2, 2008; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

December 1, 2008

Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m.: Let’s run through the matchups in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which starts tonight when Wisconsin visits Virginia Tech. Here are my rankings of the games, from most interesting to the least: 1) North Carolina vs. Michigan...

By Eric Prisbell | December 1, 2008; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2008

Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.: Here is a look at the top story lines from a very busy basketball weekend: 1)Georgetown Dominance: The final score of the Georgetown-Maryland game reflected the gap that separates both programs these days. The Hoyas looked...

By Eric Prisbell | December 1, 2008; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 30, 2008

Nov. 30, 8:33 a.m.: While Thursday’s victory over Michigan State will likely mean more for Maryland’s NCAA tournament resume, a win today against Georgetown would mean everything for Terrapins Coach Gary Williams. Over the past few years, all Williams heard...

By Eric Prisbell | November 30, 2008; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

November 28, 2008

Nov. 28, 8:00 a.m.: Gary Williams will mention the words Michigan State in almost every press conference from now until Selection Sunday, and for good reason. A team that The Sporting News predicted to finish last in the ACC now...

By Eric Prisbell | November 28, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 27, 2008

Nov. 27, 8:00 a.m.: Happy Thanksgiving. This will be an abbreviated version for the morning rundown. First, check out today's preview of the Georgetown and Maryland games down in Orlando. I am picking all the favorites today, but I'm very...

By Eric Prisbell | November 27, 2008; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Nov. 26, 3 p.m.: Here is a rundown of what to watch for tonight: UMBC at George Washington, 7:30 p.m. I’m keeping my eye on this game. I still think George Washington is improved and should finish in the middle...

By Eric Prisbell | November 26, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Nov. 26, 2:00 p.m.: Maryland Coach Gary Williams has touted the field in Orlando’s Old Spice Classic to be the best of any preseason tournament this season. While it’s not on par with Maui in 2005, Williams does have a...

By Eric Prisbell | November 26, 2008; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Nov. 26, 8:30 a.m.: If only every day could be as good as last night, which offered a variety of great and bizarre games: I never thought I’d live to see the day: Stephen Curry scores 0 points in a...

By Eric Prisbell | November 26, 2008; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m.: Hello, everyone. Thanks for stopping by or stumbling upon Press Break, our new college hoops blog that I’m very excited about. My name is Eric Prisbell, and I will be your guide to the college basketball...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

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