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About the NBA Playoffs
How the NBA Playoffs work: playoff seeding, home court advantage, series formats and home-court advantage and more
Where the Final Four Takes Place Through 2016
College basketball's biggest game demands the biggest stage... like a 100,000-seat NFL stadium. The venues are set for the Final Four through 2016, a list that reads includes most of the new or newly-renovated home fields of the National Football League.
One and Done
: "One and Done" is a slang term used to describe a player who stays in college for a single year before
Everything You Need to Know About the NBA's...
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Biggest Differences Between NCAA and NBA...
They hang the hoops at the same height... but that might be the only thing the NBA and NCAA do exactly the same way. Here's a brief rundown of the key differences between pro and college ball.
What is flopping?
Flopping - the act of pretending a foul has been committed in the hopes of fooling an official into blowing the whistle.
Jabari Parker vs. Andrew Wiggins: Comparing...
Comparing superstar prospects Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
The Bird Exception and How the NBA's Salary Cap...
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Highest Paid Coaches in Basketball
How much to college basketball coaches make? Quite a bit. John Calipari's new deal at Kentucky will be worth approximately $4 million a year -- and that's before you factor in incentives, summer camps, and a fat endorsement deal from a shoe company. Here's a look at the salaries of some of college basketball's highest-paid coaches.
How to Play Basketball If You’re Short
We’ve all been there. The shortest guy on the court. Or at least too short to snatch rebounds from the
Double-Double
: When a basketball player reaches ten or more in two statistical categories, that is, reached double
Walk-On
: In college basketball "walk-on" refers to a player who is on the team, but does not get one of the
AAU
: "AAU" stands for "Amateur Athletic Union" -- a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting
The NBA Age Limit
The NBA's most recent collective bargaining agreement prevents players from entering the draft right out of high school.
Revenue Sharing and North America's Major Pro...
The NFL's revenue-sharing model is universally lauded as the reason pro football continues to thrive in tiny markets. Page 2.
What is a charging violation?
The charging violation is one of the most difficult fouls to call in basketball. As such, it is often the most controversial as well.
Top Five Most Valuable NBA Franchises
The New York Knicks topped Forbes Magazine's annual list of the most valuable franchises in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers - last year's most valuable franchise and the defending NBA champions - fell to second place.
Top Coaches in NBA History
Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens and Pat Riley top the list of the NBA's all-time winningest coaches.
How to Become an Expert Dribbler
One of the basic skills that basketball players of all ages need to continually practice is ball handling. This is especially true of younger players.
LeBron Giving Up #23 to Honor Michael Jordan
LeBron James announced he'll give up his uniform number to honor Michael Jordan, and he wants other NBA players who wear MJ's 23 to do the same.
Basketball's Undefeated Teams
Seven teams in Division I history have won a national championship without suffering a single defeat. Here's a look at those teams, from the San Francisco Dons of 1956 to Bob Knight's 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.
What is a Dead Period
A Dead Period, as the name implies, is a date range on the official NCAA recruiting calendar in which little-to-no recruiting activity is permitted.
Fantasy Basketball 101: Fantasy Basketball Advice
A few words of advice for fantasy basketball players preparing for that all-important rite of the fall: draft day.
How to Play Fantasy Basketball
An introduction to fantasy basketball - league setup information, rosters and positions, trades and free agents and fantasy basketball statistics
How To Become a Good Shooter: Drills and...
How To Become a Good Jump Shooter With Practice and Talent
The Top Coaches in College Hoops
The giants of the game -- Division I college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Basketball at the 1972 Olympics
The gold-medal game of the 1972 basketball tournament stands as the most controversial in Olympic history - and quite possibly, the worst display of end-game officiating ever.
Individual Dribbling Drills That Teach Ball...
There are numerous drills you can do on your own or with a friend to become a better dribbler. Learn more with this illustrated tutorial.
NBA Sexcapades: Affairs and other Off-Court...
The NBA: Where tawdry happens. Looking at some of the league's legendary off-court affairs -- from Tony
Isolation Play
The isolation is the simplest play in basketball and, very often, the most effective.
Coaches with Multiple National Championships
With North Carolina's win over Michigan State, Roy Williams ties his mentor, Dean Smith, with two national championships... and joins a select list of coaches with multiple titles.
2013-14 NBA Regular Season Schedule
Key dates on the 2013-14 NBA regular season schedule.
What Point Shaving Means in Basketball and Why...
Point Shaving is the (highly illegal) act of purposefully holding down the score of a sporting event, in order to impact who will win bets against a point spread.
How To Improve Your One on One Dribbling Skills...
Here are some key exercises to help you improve your ability to protect the basketball.
Academic Progress Rate (APR)
The Academic Progress Rate is a metric created by the NCAA to quantify how much progress member institutions make in moving student-athletes towards graduation.
How To Improve Your Basketball Game and Be Your...
This article addresses how the everyday player can improve his/her basketball game and be their best.
What is the Ted Stepien Rule in NBA?
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Run Your Own NCAA Tournament Pool
Given the dubious legality of gambling on the NCAA Tournament, we're sure you readers are playing March Madness pools for sheer entertainment value. But in case you're interested in a discussion of NCAA pools and cash wagers -- as a sociological experiment or similar -- read on. Page 4.
Back-to-Back
: In NBA terms, "back-to-back" is a term used to describe a stretch of schedule when a team plays two
Juco
: Short for "junior college," juco typically refers to players who play at a two-year school initially,
Standing Reach
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "standing reach" -- the measure of
How To Play Good Individual Defense
How to play good individual Defense and make the team with hustle and determination
Luxury Tax
The luxury tax is a charge paid by NBA teams with payrolls that exceed the league's salary cap by a certain, pre-set level.
Olympic Basketball vs. the NBA
The rules that govern play in international basketball competition and the familiar NBA rule book have more in common than in years past. But there are several key differences you'll want to know about before watching the Olympics or any international tournament.
John Calipari
About John Calipari - Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats
How To Form Your Own Summer Basketball League
Here are the key steps in forming a basketball league on your neighborhood court.
Alex Meruelo, Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles-based businessman Alex Meruelo is set to become the NBA's first Hispanic team owner.
What is a snake draft?
: The so-called "snake" draft is the most common form of draft used in fantasy basketball leagues. Teams
How NBA GMs Use Poison Pill Contracts to Game...
A poison pill contract is an offer to a restricted free agent specially structured to make it difficult for the player's original team to match.
Top 5 Centers in Houston Rockets’ History
Ranking the top 5 centers in Houston Rockets' History.
Stephen Curry
An In-Depth Profile of Stephen Curry.
Rucker Park - The Yankee Stadium of Streetball
Profile of New York's Holcombe Rucker Basketball Courts -- also known as Rucker Park -- a playground that has hosted most of basketball's biggest names of the last 40 years including Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant.
Most Valuable Player
About the NBA's Most Valuable Player award
NCAA Champions and Final Four Teams: 1939 - today
A complete list of NCAA Champions and Final Four teams, from the 1985 Villanova Wildcats to the 2011 Connecticut Huskies.
Most Wins in Division I History
The winningest division I programs in college basketball -- the University of Kentucky tops the list.
Converse DEFCON
Review of Converse's latest performance basketball shoe, the Converse DEFCON.
Ball Don't Lie
Just over a minute after entering the Knicks' game against the Phoenix Suns on December 2, Wallace delivered
Simple Drills to Perfect Your Shooting Style
How To Do Simple Drills To Develop A Good Shooting Touch
How to Learn to Shoot, Dribble, and Pass with...
Learn to use both your right and left hand in basketball. Here are some simple ways to learn to take what the defense gives you.
Redshirt
A redshirt is a player who sits out an entire season of his or her sport in order to preserve a year's worth of eligibility.
How To Organize Good Practice Plans
Good practice planning in basketball is like planning a lesson in school. Be organized, structured, introduce skills, and integrate them into team play.
An unconventional, chaotic half-court pressing...
The "Chase" half-court press is a strategic option for the little league, junior high school, or high
Worst Starts in NBA History
The 2009-10 Nets have set a new record for futility, opening the season with an 18-game (and counting) losing streak.
NBA Champions and Finals MVPs
The champions of basketball, from 1947 to today.
What is Rotisserie?
Rotisserie is a scoring system common to many fantasy sports leagues, particularly baseball and basketball.
LeBron James
Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the most talented - and most controversial - player in basketball today.
Medical Redshirt
: A medical redshirt is a student who misses an entire year of competition due to injury and is granted
The Top Women's Coaches in College Hoops
The giants of the game -- Division I women's college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
What is a technical foul?
In basketball, a technical foul can be called for any one of a number of infractions not directly related to game play, such as fighting or arguing with officials.
Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks - Background information and quick facts on the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.
The NBA in Las Vegas?
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Brick
Brick -- basketball slang for a particularly grace-less jump shot.
What is a Point Spread?
Given that a matchup of real equals in any sporting event is exceedingly rare, sports books create a point spread to handicap the superior team.
NBA Lockout 101: the issues, the arguments, and...
NBA Lockout: The NBA's CBA expires in July, and a lockout is considered a near-certainty. Here's a look at some of the issues on the table as the league and its players negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.
Mini Mid-Level Exception
: The NBA's owners sought to eliminate salary cap exceptions during the lockout of 2011, thinking - accurately
Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is a formal agreement that binds a given player to a given school.
NBA Wives and Girlfriends
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks
The WNBA, the NBA, and Why We Compare the Two
An open letter to WNBA player Olympia Scott, in response to her post about unfair comparisons between the WNBA and NBA
Mike Krzyzewski
Name: Mike Krzyzewski Position: Head Coach Team: Duke Blue Devils, U.S. Olympic Basketball Team Key Influences:
What is a dynasty league?
A dynasty league is a fantasy league that plays out over the course of multiple years and seasons, with teams retaining players from season to season.
Roster Depreciation Allowance
: Invented by then-Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck, the "roster depreciation allowance" is an obscure
The Winningest Active Coaches in College Hoops
The Top 20 Winningest Active NCAA Head Coaches
Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio Scouting Report - scouting report and photo gallery featuring Ricky Rubio, the Spanish Olympic Team's point guard and likely top pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Division I Single-Game Records
Some of the greatest individual performances in NCAA basketball history, captured in the record book, and on this very page.
Assist
: Simply put, an assist is a pass that sets up a basket. For example, a point guard that passes to a
Jim Valvano
Name: Jim Valvano Position: Head Coach, Broadcaster Team: North Carolina State Wolfpack Career Record:
Princeton Offense
: The Princeton Offense is a system of basketball plays that feature constant motion and crisp passing
How to Dunk
If you want to improve your vertical leaping ability, start off by developing a solid base and core. Page 3.
NBA All-Time Leading Scorers
Kobe Bryant reached the 30,000 point plateau on December 5, 2012 - the youngest player in NBA history to do so. But he's got a long way to go before he catches the league's all-time leading scorer.
Eating Like a Bird
How proper nutrition helps Jayhawk athletes perform at peak levels.
Brandon Jennings Goes to Europe
Brandon Jennings -- an elite point guard recruit for the University of Arizona -- became the first American high school athlete to forgo college sign a professional contract with a European team.
The Coaches of Team USA
From the amateur teams of the 30s, 40s and 50s to the Dream Team and Redeem Team -- the men who have coached America's Olympic men's basketball teams, from 1936 through today.
Vertical Jump
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "vertical leap" -- sometimes called
Ektio Wraptor
Ankle injuries are unavoidable in basketball... but Ektio is trying to change that.
Bruin
: "Bruin" is an archaic term for bear. At one point it referred specifically to the brown bear -- Ursos
2014 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Site, Venue...
Want to attend the 2014 NCAA Tournament? The Final Four will be played at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Basketball Related Income (BRI)
Basketball Related Income (BRI) is a term that covers most of the income generated by NBA games. The NBA's salary cap is based on a percentage of BRI generated by all NBA teams in a given year.
NBA Postseason Awards
A look at the NBA's post-season honors: the MVP, Rookie of the Year, 6th Man awards and more, including this year's winners and honorees from seasons past.
Basketball's Two-Sport Stars
For some incredibly gifted ballplayers, an NCAA basketball season just isn't enough of an athletic outlet. Here's a look at some players who have played basketball and at least one other sport at the highest collegiate level.
How To Raise Money For Your Basketball Program...
Playing and coaching basketball also requires methods of funding it. Here are some tips on how to raise the money needed to keep the basketball team going! Page 2.
Basketball Contests That Will Add Life to your...
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Are NCAA Tournament Pools Legal?
According to FBI estimates, over $2.4 billion dollars changes hands annually - mostly in tens and twenties - in NCAA Tournament pools. Is any of this legal?
Vinnie Johnson - The Microwave
Vinnie Johnson came off the bench for the great Isiah Thomas/Chuck Daly Detroit Pistons teams of the
Allen Iverson
He's one of the greatest scorers of his generation -- and pound-for-pound, one of the toughest players in recent memory. But after a short stint playing in Turkey, Iverson's days as a professional basketball player could be at an end.
Planting Seeds
Can you use seeds to predict which teams will excel in the NCAA Tournament? Here's a tip -- the higher-seeded teams win more often.
Fantasy Basketball 101: Understanding...
Understanding Percentage Stats Putting together a winning fantasy basketball team is a lot easier if you understand how the statistics are compiled. For most statistical categories - points, rebounds, blocks, steals - that's simple: add 'em up. But for the percentage stats - most commonly field goal percentage and free throw percentage - it's not that easy.
Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards news, stats, schedule, roster, history, tickets and more.
The NBA CBA, Amnesty Rule and the League's...
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NCAA Division I Champions
Of the over 300 schools playing Division I basketball, just 35 have won the NCAA Tournament. Here's a list of the few, the proud, the NCAA Tournament champions.
The NBA Draft Lottery
Ever wonder how exactly the NBA Draft Lottery works? What are the chances of each NBA team to win the first pick of the NBA Draft? Find the answer right here!
How to Practice Basketball Using Your...
Use your imagination and visualizing to develop basketball skills.
Airball
An airball is a shot that misses... everything. The hoop, the rim, the backboard... the shot clock.
Team USA and Olympic Basketball History
The history of basketball at the Olympic Games, from its humble start at the Berlin Games to the preparations for London 2012.
How to Become a Good Foul Shooter
How to use good technique to make foul shots
Spurs’ Gregg Popovich Sometimes...
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sometimes let’s his players coach themselves.
Alley Oop
An acrobatic play that ends in a mid-air slam dunk.
Greg Oden
Even before his freshman season at Ohio State, Greg Oden was regarded as a can't-miss NBA prospect -- an old-school big man who would dominate the lane like a latter-day Bill Russell. Unfortunately, his NBA career to date has more medical reports than highlights. The latest setback: a broken patella that ended his 2009-10 season in early December.
Miladin Kovacevic on the Run
Binghamton University basketball player Miladin Kovacevic beat classmate Bryan Steinhauer into a coma during a bar brawl, then jumped bail and escaped to his native Serbia with the help of an embassy official. Tracking the latest developments in the case, and the United States' diplomatic efforts to bring him to justice.
The Combination Man to Man Zone-A Man Defense...
The Combination Man to Man Zone makes your opponent think you are playing zone when you are really playing straight man to man defense. You can trick your opponent into running a zone offense against your man to man and make it work to your advantage.
Bill Self
Bill Self Profile - Career history, accomplishments and profile of Bill Self, coach of the 2008 NCAA men's basketball champion Kansas Jayhawks
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is the league's top scorer, and arguably the best basketball player in the world today.
Division I Career Scoring Leaders
The most prolific scorers in the history of Division I NCAA basketball. 1. "Pistol" Pete Maravich - 3,667
Three Player Shooting Drills and Workout for...
Three player shooting can keep players shoot on the move, work on passing, catching, and shooting technique.
Chuck Person - The Rifleman
The fourth-overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft, Chuck Person was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1987.
Adriana Lima
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 10.
Patrick Ewing - Madison Square Guardian
NBA fans probably remember Patrick Ewing best as one of the best jump-shooting big men in league history.
Is the NBA's Age Limit Hurting College Hoops?
A distinguished chorus of college basketball voices -- including Bob Knight, Dick Vitale, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl -- have spoken out against the NBA's age limit as a negative force in college hoops.
The Big Ten Conference
An introduction to the teams and history of the Big Ten Conference, home of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Penn State.
Jimmer Fredette
High-scoring BYU senior guard Jimmer Fredette has played his way into the National Player of the Year discussion... and is improving his NBA Draft stock on a daily basis.
The Rapid Fire Shooting Drill,Shooting Under...
The Rapid Fire Shooting Drill stresses shooting under pressure using correct fundamentals. It adds energy and fun to practice and sends everyone home smiling.
Worst Losing Streaks in NBA History
The 2010-11 season has been tough on Cleveland Cavaliers fans -- first they watched LeBron James take his talents to South Beach... then the Cavs set a new NBA mark for futility, losing 24 consecutive games - and counting.
About the NIT
Once upon a time, the NIT was the premier event on the college basketball calendar. Now, at it's best it's considered an undercard to March Madness. Here's a look at the National Invitation Tournament, past, present and future.
OJ Mayo
About OJ Mayo, freshman guard for the USC Trojans
How To Run a Fantasy Basketball League
So what if ESPN and Yahoo don't offer fantasy games for college hoops? You can run your own league. All you need is a little spreadsheet know-how and a lot of free time.
About the NCAA Tournament
An introduction to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament -- the largest, most elaborate and, arguably, the best postseason event on the American sports calendar.
What is a Quiet Period?
A quiet period is a date range on the NCAA's official college basketball recruiting calendar during which coaches can only make in-person recruiting contacts on their program's campus.
Scouting Future Opponents Made Easy
How to simplify scouting techniques to help you prepare better for upcoming games.
Karl Malone - Special Delivery
Karl Malone was known as "The Mailman" throughout his career. That nickname became a mixed blessing.
Hard Cap
: The NBA has an official cap on salaries... but that "cap" is more like a suggestion. There are a wide
Recruiting Calendar
The NCAA's official calendar, with details on when recruits can and cannot be contacted by college recruiters.
When Are Children Too Young To Play Basketball?
At what age should children begin playing basketball? When it is fun, of course!
What is Pace?
Pace is a statistic describing how fast a basketball team tends to play, as measured by the number of possessions in each game they play.
How To Plan An Individual Practice Session
Make your own individual basketball workouts to bring out your best with structured, timed, goal centered drills.
Using An Imaginary Basketball and Visualization...
Basketball Studies have shown that positive visualization works. Combined with practice with an imaginary basketball to form proper technique makes an unbeatable combination. This articles shows players practicing with imaginary basketballs to improve techniques while using the power of positivew thinking to succeed. Page 3.
Basketball Association of America (BAA)
Founded in 1947, the Basketball Association of America was a precursor to today's NBA. Six current NBA teams - including the Lakers and Celtics - got their starts as members of the BAA.
Michael Jordan - The Final Frontier
Michael Jordan slam-dunks the moon in this classic poster from the Costacos Brothers. Page 10.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
Singers Beyonce and Jay-Z sit courtside during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 7, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.
What is a redraft league?
In a redraft league, all teams start from scratch with completely new rosters each season.

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