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UNC Basketball

With NBA currently on a break, I decided to take a break from writing about fantasy sports and write an article about UNC basketball. Recently, I engaged in a debate with some classmates about whether or not Isaiah Hicks was all that important to the UNC basketball team. The debate didn’t get anywhere because none of us really came prepared with any data. Since then, I’ve compiled the necessary data to make the case against Hicks’ importance. This all started when Hicks was ruled out an hour and a half before the UNC @ Duke game on February 9th. None... Read More

CBB | Spotlight: Sweet 16 Friday Preview | 3/25/16

#1 Virginia vs. #4 Iowa State Virginia is a defensive powerhouse. The Cavaliers rank fourth in the NCAA in defensive efficiency and play at one of the slowest tempos in the nation. Virginia is led by the ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and senior forward Anthony Gill. On the other side of the ball, Iowa State plays at a much faster tempo. Defense is more of an afterthought for Cyclones, but ISU offers a balanced offensive attack with six different players averaging double figures. The Cyclones are headlined by senior forward Georges Niang and junior guard Monte Morris.... Read More

CBB | Spotlight: Sweet 16 Thursday Preview | 3/24/16

#2 Villanova vs. #3 Miami        Villanova looked like a defensive machine against Iowa last weekend. The Wildcats, who rank 8th in the country in defensive efficiency, suffocated the Iowa offense on their way to a blowout win. The defense that showed up last Sunday could have held some NBA teams (perhaps their struggling fellow Philadelphians – the 76ers) under 100 points. Miami didn’t disappoint either in their impressive win over Wichita State. After jumping out to a 27-6 lead, they let the Shockers come all the way back to take the lead late in the second half.... Read More

CBB | Spotlight: Guards | 3/20/16

Peter Jok (DK: $6,500, FD: $6,700): The Iowa offense is really a two-man show. Jared Uthoff gets most of the glamor, but Peter Jok has been a steady contributor for the Hawkeyes. He ranks 79th in the country in usage rage (Uthoff 48th). He gets up around 15 shots per game and has been trying his luck from deep recently. He shoots the deep ball at 40% and has attempted 26 over his last three games. Iowa will need him to step up against a stout Villanova defense. Our research suggests that If there is one area where Villanova does... Read More

CBB | Spotlight: Forwards | 3/20/16

Elgin Cook (DK: $7,700, FD: $8,500): Elgin Cook has been the engine to the Oregon machine that tore through the Pac-12 tournament on its way to a #1 seed. The senior has been a mainstay of the 8th ranked offense in the country. He is contributing in multiple categories, including a 13-rebound effort in a first round shellacking of Holy Cross. He has 10 straight games of double figure scoring and has a great matchup on Sunday, which we will be heavily targeting. Oregon takes on St. Joseph’s in a game that features the highest O/U on the slate. St.... Read More