100 Things to Follow in College Basketball 2017-18, 1-10

Today marks 100 days until the tipoff of the 2017-18 college basketball season. If you have made it this far, you deserve a can of Coke and hearty pat on the back, as the offseason is more than halfway complete. To commemorate this milestone in the arduous march back to basketball, The Open Man offers…

Veteran Leadership vs. Youthful Potential in College Basketball

The final sequences of the 2016-17 college basketball season featured all five starters on the North Carolina Tar Heels' national championship-winning roster touching the ball. Those five Heels -- Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry II, Theo Pinson and Isaiah Hick -- were all either juniors or seniors. North Carolina winning the 2017 national championship…

College Basketball Top 25 Moves

Last week, I shared my observations on trends within the various college basketball top 25 rankings that surfaced following the NBA draft deadline. This week, it was my turn to take a crack at reshuffling projections. AthlonSports.com published my Top 25 Monday morning, and there are several noteworthy changes from the initial outlook I put…

Ranking The Matchups for the 2017 PK80 Phil Knight Invitational

Save some room Thanksgiving weekend for the inaugural PK80 Phil Knight Invitational, college basketball's newest -- and arguably most loaded -- early-season tournament. The brackets for the debut PK80 were released Wednesday, and the opening rounds on both sides of the bracket feature some of the best matchups of the entire 2017-'18 nonconference slate. 8.…

College Basketball Super Sweet 16: Duke or Arizona, Who Is No. 2?

It's my privilege to welcome you to the first installment of my Super Sweet 16; and no, University Avenue has not purchased the distribution rights to that horrible, mid-2000s MTV monument to greed and teenage delusion. Though, it is worth noting, the intro of that atrocious show featured Louisville Cardinals fan Jennifer Lawrence. This particularly…