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Past articles by Raphielle:

2019 NCAA Tournament: Six possible Cinderellas

Among the teams listed is a power-conference program that hit its stride on the defensive end of the floor in late-February. → Read More

Top-ranked Kansas takes care of No. 10 Michigan State

Kansas needed to hold off Michigan State in the end, but their first half performance showed what Bill Self's team is capable of doing this season. → Read More

Ten mid-majors that can be the next Loyola-Chicago

These are the teams that could be the Cinderellas this season. → Read More

This season’s top 20 non-conference games

Put these games into your calendar today. → Read More

Top Undrafted Draft Prospects

Raphielle Johnson looks at some undrafted players who will look to fill spots on teams' summer league rosters. → Read More

NBA Mock V4: Ayton still No. 1

Raphielle Johnson is back with his fourth and final installment of our NBA Mock Draft. And yes, Deandre Ayton is still No. 1! → Read More

NBA Mock V4: Ayton still No. 1

Raphielle Johnson is back with his fourth and final installment of our NBA Mock Draft. And yes, Deandre Ayton is still No. 1! → Read More

The Losers: Which college basketball teams got hurt the most by NBA draft early entries

Deadline day sure was busy. → Read More

Draft Small Forward Rankings

A short breakdown and ranking of the top small forwards in the 2018 NBA Draft. → Read More

Top 16 Players of the Sweet 16

Here are the top sixteen players from the teams left in the NCAA Tournament. → Read More

No. 7 Rhode Island outlasts No. 10 Oklahoma

No. 10 seed Oklahoma shot just 4-for-20 from deep, as No. 7 seed Rhode Island picked up the 83-76 victory in overtime. → Read More

2018 NCAA Tournament: Eight must-see first round matchups

These games are the ones you want to make sure to clear out time for Thursday and Friday. → Read More

2018 NCAA Tournament: The Cinderellas you need to pick in your bracket

Here are six teams that are going to bust up some brackets. → Read More

No. 17 Rhode Island suffers shocking 30-point loss to Saint Joseph’s

On Senior Night in Kingston, URI suffered a stunning blowout loss to Saint Joseph's. → Read More

Report: 4-star PF Shareef O’Neal commits to UCLA

Three days after reopening his recruitment, 4-star power forward Shareef O'Neal has reportedly picked a new school. According to Josh Gershon of 247Sports, the son of Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has verbally committed to UCLA. → Read More

NCAA announces experimental rules to be used during NIT

While it's the NCAA tournament that captivates much of the nation for three weekends in March/early April, the Postseason NIT is an important event as well. → Read More

Damian Lillard makes impressive shot despite contact

Having won two straight entering Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers ran into a team that was even hotter than them in the Utah Jazz. The Jazz, winners of eight straight, built up a lead that grew to as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t all bad for the Blazers, as […] → Read More

American Mirai Nagasu makes history at Winter Olympics

Prior to Sunday evening — Monday morning in PyeongChang, South Korea — no American woman had ever successfully landed the difficult triple axel jump in the Winter Olympics. That changed thanks to Mirai Nagasu, who during her routine in the team event became the first American woman to land the incredibly difficult jump in a […] → Read More

Jimmy Butler shows off dexterity while making a steal

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler is considered to be one of the NBA’s top two-way players, and during a play in Sunday’s game against Sacramento he put forth an effort defensively that’s seen more often on a Twister mat than a basketball court. After poking the basketball away from Zach Randolph, Butler managed to keep […] → Read More

Zach LaVine Leads Bulls Past Wolves With 35 Points

Friday’s matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls had a reunion-like feel to it, with Minnesota being led by former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and the teams having combined to make a trade during the summer. Two of the key players in that deal starred Friday night, with Bulls guard Zach LaVine leading […] → Read More