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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.
One On One With ESPN's Chris Broussard
Chris Broussard from ESPN joins us to talk about life as an NBA Insider. Audio attached within the article, we go in depth with ESPN's main NBA guy.
Stephen Curry
An In-Depth Profile of Stephen Curry.
What is a Double-Double in Basketball?
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7 Teams to Win the NCAA Tournament Without a Loss
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.
The Bird Exception and How the NBA's Salary Cap...
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What is a Charging Foul in Basketball?
The charging violation is one of the most difficult fouls to call in basketball. As such, it is often the most controversial as well.
Isolation Play
The isolation is the simplest play in basketball and, very often, the most effective.
Most Overpaid NBA Players
Who are some of the more overpaid NBA players today? We list some of them and reasons for why.
How to Run Your Own NCAA Tournament Pool
NCAA Tournament Pools - How to run your own NCAA Tournament pool
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
Top Coaches in NBA History
Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens and Pat Riley top the list of the NBA's all-time winningest coaches.
Do You Know What a Juco Is?
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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.
How to Play Fantasy Basketball
An introduction to fantasy basketball - league setup information, rosters and positions, trades and free agents and fantasy basketball statistics
What is Point Shaving?
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.
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.
Basketball Contests That Will Add Life to your...
There are a series of fun and simple basketball contests you can run to add energy and enthusiasm to any practice and have fun while you are at it.
11 College Basketball Coaches Who Just Know How...
The giants of the game -- Division I college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Which Seeds Tend to Fare Best During March...
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.
Chase Press: An unconventional, chaotic...
The Chase press is an unconventional, chaotic, half-court pressing defense that is utilize to pressure an offense into making mistakes.
Back-to-Back
: In NBA terms, "back-to-back" is a term used to describe a stretch of schedule when a team plays two
Team Dribbling Games for Basketball Skills
Group and team dribbling games that build skills and are fun. Learn to improve your confidence and become a better basketball player.
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.
Hack-a-Shaq Isn't Going Anywhere
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The Winningest Active Coaches in College Hoops
The Top 20 Winningest Active NCAA Head Coaches
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.
Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest)
Outlining the playing career of Metta World Peace(aka Ron Artest).
What to Do When You Have These Common...
If you've played basketball, you've probably gotten hurt playing basketball. Dr. Alexis Colvin of Mount Sinai School of Medicine discusses some of the most common injuries associated with shooting hoops.
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.
How to Improve Your Basketball Game and Be Your...
Measuring success is difficult. In a basketball sense, success can be loosely defined as being the best player you can be.
What Is a Redshirt in College Basketball?
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Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski Profile: Career history, accomplishments and biography of Duke's Mike
What Does 'One and Done' Mean in Basketball?
The NBA's rule prohibiting high school seniors from entering the draft has given rise to a new class of college player.
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.
Top Salaries for Basketball Coaches
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 the NBA Playoffs Work
How the NBA Playoffs work: playoff seeding, home court advantage, series formats and home-court advantage and more
What is the Ted Stepien Rule in NBA?
NBA rules forbid teams from trading their first-round draft pick in successive seasons. That prohibition is generally known as the Ted Stepian Rule.
NBA Age Limit: No High Schoolers Need Apply
The NBA's most recent collective bargaining agreement prevents players from entering the draft right out of high school.
Learn to Shoot, Dribble, and Pass With Both...
It is important to learn to use both your right and left hand in basketball. There are a number of drills that can be done to improve dribbling dexterity.
Top-Five Under Appreciated Players In The NBA
Going through some of the NBA's most under appreciated players. Al-Farouq Aminu, Brandan Wright, Beno Udrih, and more included.
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.
"Poison Pill" Contract
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.
How to Become an Expert Dribbler in Basketball
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.
Does Anyone Know What a Point Spread Is?
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. Knowing how to play the point spread can help you win a lot of money in sports gambling.
Revenue Sharing and North America's Major Pro...
According to the NBA's financial data the league has to do a better job of revenue sharing to be successful going forward.
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.
Kevin Durant Nicknames: The Servant, Slim...
Kevin Durant is in need of a permanent nickname. Durantula, Slim Reaper and The Servant are all possibilities.
Assist
Assist is a statistic in basketball used to give credit to the player who
NBA Lockout: David Stern on Competitive Balance
With labor negotiations at a standstill, NBA commissioner David Stern launched a media blitz, appearing on a wide range of radio, television and Internet outlets to plead the owners' case. Here's Stern's take on revenue sharing, competitive balance and salary cap proposals.
Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks - Background information and quick facts on the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.
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.
Brick
Brick -- basketball slang for a particularly grace-less jump shot.
Walk is a Walk-On in College Basketball?
: In college basketball "walk-on" refers to a player who is on the team, but does not get one of the
Most Wins in Division I History
Find out the most successful programs in men's Division I college basketball history - ranked by number of wins - through the 2008-09 season.
Fantasy Basketball
An introduction to fantasy college hoops -- how to play, where to play, and why fantasy NCAA games are hard to find.
What Is Wingspan and Why Is It Important in...
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Summer Basketball: The simplest and most...
How to improve your basketball skills in the summer. Pick-up games at outdoor courts is the simplest and most inexpensive way to play basketball.
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
What is a "Trade Kicker?"
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How Basketball Teams Qualify for the Olympics
Twelve teams will compete for gold in Men's and Women's basketball at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. How are those teams selected? The process takes years.
John Calipari
About John Calipari - Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats
How To Play Good Individual Defense in Basketball
Defense in basketball is largely the result of hustle and determination. Players can make a team despite offensive shortcomings by being solid defensively.
Beating zone defenses
It is rather simple to attack the zone. More practice time can be devoted to your team's own strengths rather than to your opponent's defense.
Bill Self
Bill Self Profile - Career history, accomplishments and profile of Bill Self, coach of the 2008 NCAA men's basketball champion Kansas Jayhawks
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 Form Your Own Summer Basketball League
Starting your own summer basketball league is easier than you may think, and it provides kids with a great place to play over the summer months.
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.
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.
How does the NCAA Tournament Actually Work?
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.
Roster Depreciation Allowance
: Invented by then-Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck, the "roster depreciation allowance" is an obscure
The NBA in Las Vegas?
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What Is the Luxury Tax? - Definition
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.
Death Penalty
: The "death penalty" is the harshest sentence the NCAA can levy against a program: a ban that prevents
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.
Everything You Need to Know About the NBA's...
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Do You Know the Definition of an Airball?
The definition of an airball in basketball is simple. It's a shot that misses everything: The hoop, the rim, the backboard... even the shot clock.
ACC All-Time Leading Scorers
Duke's J.J. Redick is the ACC's all-time leading scorer, but Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is gaining fast. Here's a look at Hansbrough's progress and the rest of the ACC's all-time leading scorer list.
Melo struggling to grasp triangle offense
Carmelo Anthony is struggling to learn Phil Jackson's triangle offense with the New York Knicks.
Why Standing Reach Matters for a Basketball...
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "standing reach" -- the measure of
How To Raise Money For Your Basketball Program...
Funding for basketball leagues is usually an overlooked topic. Fundraising is an important skill in order to develop professional relationships with sponsors and donors.
How To Beat a Zone Press the Easy Way
Zone presses can be difficult to beat. Players need to be prepared, and know how to react if a zone press is administered.
Biography of Legendary Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim
Jim Boeheim Profile - Career history, accomplishments and biography of legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
What is a snake draft?
: The so-called "snake" draft is the most common form of draft used in fantasy basketball leagues. Teams
How to Win Your NCAA Tournament Pool
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The Top Women's Coaches in College Basketball...
The giants of the game -- Division I women's college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Why Discipline Is Important to Your Basketball...
Discipline is extremely important to the development of any basketball team.
Using Visualization to Succeed in Basketball...
Basketball Studies have shown that positive visualization is effective. Combining positive visualization with consistent practice leads to success.
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.
What Conference Had the Most NCAA Tournament...
With eleven member schools reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2011, the Big East has set a new record for most schools from a single conference in March Madness.
Top 5 Centers in Houston Rockets’ History
Ranking the top 5 centers in Houston Rockets' History.
Why Man To Man Defense is Best In Youth...
Youth basketball programs should utilize man to man defense. Man to Man teaches basic defensive fundamentals that are needed for any defensive scheme.
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.
What is a good age for children to start...
Basketball is a great game. It is fun, exciting, and can teach children a multitude of important lessons that can be applied in other aspects of life.
Most Valuable Player
About the NBA's Most Valuable Player award
How to Practice Basketball Using Your Imagination
One way to improve at basketball is to practice the game with your imagination. Players are asked to visualize and the correct technique of practice.
Vanessa Williams
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 15.
Sweet Sixteen
: In NCAA Tournament lingo, the "Sweet Sixteen" can refer to either the last sixteen teams remaining
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
Basketball Games and Equipment for Younger...
Basketball is fun, family centered, develops socialization and listening skills, and can also develop motor skills.
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union. Basketball. Page 11.
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.
In the Zone
An introduction to some of the zone defenses used in college basketball.
How To Organize Good Basketball Practice Plans
Good practice planning in basketball is like lesson planning in school. Be organized, structured, introduce skills, and integrate them into team play.
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?
Defensive Efficiency
Defensive Efficiency is a statistic that measures the number of points an NBA team allows per 100 possessions.
What to Look For When Future Scouting...
Scouting can be an important part of preparation in basketball, but it is only part of the entire preparation puzzle.
Hard Cap
: The NBA has an official cap on salaries... but that "cap" is more like a suggestion. There are a wide
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.
Brad Stevens
Outlining Brad Stevens' coaching career in college with the Butler Bulldogs and in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
Blast From The Past: Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry, one of the NBA's best players, was a small-school player at Davidson. We highlight a game against Duke, in which he stood out.
Phil Jackson Has a Plan for the Knicks
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson claims to have a plan for the team, but it's not through the draft like most people thought.
What is Rotisserie?
Rotisserie is a scoring system common to many fantasy sports leagues, particularly baseball and basketball.
Kevin Love Should Consider Keeping His Mouth Shut
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love needs to keep quiet and focus on his game on the hardwood.
North Carolina Tar Heels Fact Sheet
North Carolina Tar Heels - Background information and quick facts on North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
Kobe Bryant Needs to Take More Shots…?
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott thinks Kobe Bryant needs to take more shots.
Do You Know the Definition of an Alley Oop in...
Do you know the definition of an Alley Oop in the sport of basketball? It's much more than just an acrobatic play that ends in a mid-air slam dunk!
NBA Jerseys May Change Forever
The NBA is beginning to look for companies that want to buy advertisements on players' game day jerseys.
NBA Champions and Finals MVPs
The champions of basketball, from 1947 to today.
Basketball Practice Planning: Individual Stations
Using Basketball work stations in practice can help small numbers of players practice and reinforce skills and become better players.
The History and Teams of the Big 12 Conference
An introduction to the teams and history of the Big 12 Conference, which currently includes Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
What Is Flopping in Basketball?
Flopping - the act of pretending a foul has been committed in the hopes of fooling an official into blowing the whistle.
Should Young Athletes Specialize in Just One...
Should athletes of high school age and younger specialize in one sport? We asked a high school coach and an athletic trainer for their opinions.
All the NCAA Champs and Final Four Teams from...
A complete list of NCAA Champions and Final Four teams, from the 1985 Villanova Wildcats to the 2011 Connecticut Huskies.
Tyra Banks
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 14.
Division I Career Scoring Leaders
The most prolific scorers in the history of Division I NCAA basketball. 1. "Pistol" Pete Maravich - 3,667
Helms Foundation Champions
Before the National Invitation Tournament and NCAA Tournament were created, the Helms Athletic Association named college basketball's closed thing to a national champion.
What Is Dirk Nowitzki's Place in NBA History?
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle thinks Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest basketball players the NBA has ever seen.
What is a redraft league?
In a redraft league, all teams start from scratch with completely new rosters each season.
How To Improve Your One on One Dribbling Skills...
Here are some key exercises to help you improve your ability to protect the basketball.
How Hassan Whiteside Went Unnoticed For So Long
Why did Hassan Whiteside went unnoticed for so long? Details and ideas behind why the league's leading blocker was not picked up.
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.
Do You Have Any Idea What a Bruin Is?
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Soft Cap
: The NBA's salary cap is described as a "soft" cap; that is, there are a variety of methods teams can
History and Teams of the NCAA's Big 10 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.
What is H2H Scoring?
Head to Head, or H2H is a scoring system common to many fantasy sports leagues, particularly baseball and basketball.
Hope Dworaczyk
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Playboy 3-d Playmate Hope Dworaczyk. Page 12.
Which of These 2 Phenoms Will Have a Better...
Comparing superstar prospects Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
Jim Valvano
Name: Jim Valvano Position: Head Coach, Broadcaster Team: North Carolina State Wolfpack Career Record:
Damian Lillard, Motivation, And The Effects Of...
Describing the motivational keys to success for players like Damian Lillard. What separates him from others.
James Harden
Detailed Profile of James Harden
LOI - Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is a formal agreement that binds a given player to a given school.
NBA Policy on Concussions
The NBA implemented a new policy for dealing with concussions for the 2011-12 season.
Vertical Jump
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "vertical leap" -- sometimes called
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is the league's top scorer, and arguably the best basketball player in the world today.
Monica
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 13.
Carmelo Anthony Has a Ton of Options
Carmelo Anthony will have a lot of options once he hits free agency.
Sean Miller
Sean Miller Profile - the Arizona Wildcats hired Xavier's Sean Miller, in the hopes of bringing some stability to a program that's had three coaches in the last three seasons.

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