NBA Draft: The (potential) duds

Every year, NBA teams and their fans have a chance to play prognosticator when it comes to the draft and which players to select or pass on. To be perfectly fair, most drafted players don’t pan out in the end. Occasionally you get it right, but for the most part, draftees have their short run in the pros and move on to the next phase of life. Here are a few to look out for. (Just to be clear, I wish all of them well and hope they have a long successful career. Good luck, gents!)

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Five Conference Realignments That We Would Love To See

It’s no secret that many conferences have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the teams it consists of.

As such, many schools have bolted for different leagues or stayed to take advantage of weaker opponents. (We’re looking at you, Gonzaga …)

In the 2013-14 season, the realignment impact was clear for the bigger conferences. The trickle-down effect occurred in the following 2014-15 season for many of the smaller schools and conferences, with the exception of Louisville making the move to the ACC or Davidson making its long-awaited switch to the Atlantic 10.

With the Duke Blue Devils being crowned champions this past season, here are some conference moves we’d love to see before the upcoming season.

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Top 10 Game-Changing Shots

The 2015 NCAA basketball season is in the books. Many games came down to a last second shot while a few big games were decided by some key moments. I’m going to give you my top 10 game-changing shots of the 2015 season.

A fair warning, this doesn’t include a lot of the regular season — mainly tournament shots or in one case, a tournament birth. Without further ado, let’s get this ball rolling.

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Five Things Shaka Smart Needs to Do at Texas

It was time for Shaka to go. VCU fans don’t want to hear that, but its true. Shaka Smart had taken the Rams as far as they were ever going to go, a perennial March contender. Now, Smart is the head man in charge at Texas after athletic director Steve Patterson and former head coach Rick Barnes mutually decided to part ways after 17 seasons.

Smart is just 38 years old and has already proven to be one the best coaches in the college game today. In 2011, he took the VCU Rams to the Final Four. Had anyone ever really heard of VCU before then?

Don’t lie, you probably hadn’t.

Smart is inheriting a Longhorn basketball program that greatly underachieved under Barnes, going to just one Final Four back in 2003. Here are five things Shaka Smart will have to do in order to turn around the Texas basketball program.

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Transfers look to make difference with new teams

There are three ways college teams can get torn apart: the NBA Draft, graduation, and transfers.  If transfers pick the right schools to go to, they can make a major impact on those teams.  This off-season has had many moves, but you have to look at last year’s transfers to make an impact due to the year of ineligibility for transferring.

Here are some of the biggest names to transfer in the last two years, and transfer lists from major conferences over the last two years.
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Top 10 national championship games

With the national championship coming up Monday night and all the hype that comes with it — especially after watching 38-0 Kentucky fall to Wisconsin in one of the best revenge games of all time on Saturday — we here at Dorm Room Hoops thought it might be beneficial to put the championship game into a little bit of perspective. Let’s take a look back at the best national championship games in the history of the game.

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Instant Analysis: Michigan State rallies late

Oklahoma came raging out of the gates on this one. It never trailed in the first half and had a .406 shooting percentage the first half.  The Spartans were sloppy early in the game and took bad shots which allowed Oklahoma to lead 31-27 at the break.  You have to remember, though, that the coach of Michigan State is Tom Izzo. After halftime, the Spartans came out of the locker room playing like the team that just beat Virginia.

There were five lead changes in a four-minute time span, which broke out into the Spartans taking the lead. Oklahoma fought back and gave Michigan State a fight to the finish, but couldn’t overcome the deficit, losing 62-58 to the Spartans.

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