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Syracuse Basketball: What Orange Must Do to Be Ready for Michigan Showdown

Bleacherreport.com  -  The last time we saw the Syracuse Orange on the national stage, they fell to Cal by 14 points at the 2K Classic in New York. On December 2, the Orange will light up the marquee once again when they visit Ann Arbor to face No. 19 Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Since the humbling loss to the Golden Bears at Madison Square Garden, Syracuse has pulled off two solid wins over Iowa an 2 days

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Kentucky Basketball: Why Defense Is the Wildcats' Biggest Strength in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  You've heard it all already in the early going of the 2014-15 college basketball season—Kentucky is an NBA team, Kentucky is going to finish undefeated, and Kentucky could beat the Philadelphia 76ers.There is so much professional talent on this team that it is easy to get caught up in the offensive skill. Aaron and Andrew Harrison can hit from the outside and get to the rim, Dakari Johnson, 2 days

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Duke Basketball: What Grayson Allen Must Do to Earn a Larger Role in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  When Grayson Allen committed to Duke more than 18 months ago, he was the first piece of what would become the No. 1 recruiting class for 2014.Now, he seems more like the afterthought of that stellar group of prospects.Despite being rated as the 25th-best player in his class, Allen isn't getting playing time like most recruits of his stature. After logging 18 minutes in Duke's season-opening destr 3 days

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Stock Watch for College Basketball Stars After 1st Few Games of 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  It's still early in the 2014-15 college basketball season, so it's unreasonable to expect everyone to have the kinks worked out. Still, change is the only constant in collegiate sports, from changing rosters to changing roles, and some of the game's stars appear to be handling what's new better than others.The following 10 players carried some burden of expectation into the new season, and for ev 3 days

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AP College Basketball Poll 2014: Complete Week 3 Rankings Released

Bleacherreport.com  -  Last year, Kentucky's preseason No. 1 ranking was exposed as fraudulent by the season's second week. This time around, it's the Wildcats who are making other teams look like frauds.John Calipari's team retained its top billing in the latest Associated Press poll, building its resume on the back of five straight muscle-flexing victories. Equally impressive has been Wisconsin, which moves up to tie 3 days

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Winners and Losers from the AP College Basketball Top 25 Rankings in Week 3

Bleacherreport.com  -  Though the first three days of the 2014-15 college basketball season were relatively uneventful, the past seven were rife with big games and shocking upsets, leading to some clear winners and losers in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for Week 3.After dismantling Kansas in the Champions Classic and beating Montana State so badly that its head coach said after the game, "You feel helpless beca 3 days

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Ohio State Basketball: Is D'Angelo Russell Ready to Be OSU's Top Scoring Option?

Bleacherreport.com  -  With 15 minutes remaining in Ohio State’s game against early-season cupcake Sacred Heart, freshman D’Angelo Russell had 30 points. Sacred Heart had 33. It’s safe to say that the high-volume scorer was on his game Sunday. He finished with 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field, nine rebounds and five assists in the 106-48 win and was clearly the best scorer on the flo 3 days

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UNC Basketball: Keys for the Tar Heels at 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis

Bleacherreport.com  -  North Carolina has landed in the Bahamas for a huge week of basketball, as it will spend Thanksgiving tangling with some of the best teams in the country in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau.With a field that features five other teams that reached the NCAA tournament last season—including three Sweet 16 qualifiers and half of the Final Four—the competition UNC will face betwe 4 days

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