Mark Titus, The Ringer

Mark Titus

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Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Mark:

Zion Williamson Deserves a Storybook Ending

Williamson has been the most exciting player in basketball this season—NBA or college. Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of him in a Duke uniform. → Read More

Is Any Coach Capable of Bringing UCLA Back to its Former Glory?

The Bruins are looking for a new head coach after firing Steve Alford. They can’t afford to get this next hire wrong. The future of the program might be at stake. → Read More

Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams Are a Match Made in College Basketball Heaven

No team in the country has a duo with as much physicality, skill, and experience as the Volunteers. Their win over no. 1 Gonzaga is the surest sign yet that Schofield and Williams can lead them to a deep March run. → Read More

Michigan Is the Most Perfect Team in College Basketball

The Wolverines have blown out Villanova and North Carolina, boast the no. 1 defense, and have seen each of their players drastically improve since last season. Is it possible they’re the best team in America? → Read More

A Guide to the Players Who Will Rule College Basketball This Season

The best players in college basketball aren’t all at Duke. It just seems that way. Mark Titus has his guide to the national player of the year race. → Read More

Where Have College Basketball’s Star Point Guards Gone?

The 2017-18 NCAA point guard class was one for the ages, from Trae Young and Jevon Carter to Jalen Brunson and Joel Berry II. This season’s point guard class looks … well, not exactly as promising. → Read More

Lessons From the Rick Pitino School of Public Relations

Breaking down the former Louisville coach’s premature quest for redemption, one exclusive interview at a time → Read More

The 10 Biggest Stories of the College Basketball Offseason

Rick Pitino became a published author, Duke’s recruiting class took over the world, and the FBI’s probe into corruption in the sport—um, well, about that → Read More

The Joy of Being a Little League World Series Superfan

What do you get when you send kids from all over the world to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to compete in a baseball tournament right as school is about to start? One of the best sporting events of the year. → Read More

The Meaning of Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Decision

Once an independent investigation delivers its results later this month, the university will face a choice about whether to fire its head football coach. The decision it makes will speak volumes—on both college sports and the school’s priorities at large. → Read More

Jimmer Fredette Is Playing Like It’s 2011 Again

The former BYU star is putting on a show at the Basketball Tournament. With each 3-pointer he drains from deep, he further drives home TBT’s appeal: tapping into college basketball’s not-so-distant past. → Read More

Handicapping the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year Race

Presenting a wildly speculative breakdown of the Rookie of the Year field, from Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic to … Grayson Allen and Kostas Antetokounmpo → Read More

Marvin Bagley III Is This Draft’s Most NBA-Ready Player

The Duke star is the most polished prospect in the 2018 class, but lacks the upside of players like Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic. What does his draft standing say about the value of next-level preparedness in a league that’s obsessed with potential? → Read More

The Warriors’ Defensive Switching Strategy Is a Personal Affront

Golden State is about to win its third NBA title in four years by using the dumbest tactic in pickup basketball. This is an outrage. → Read More

The Rockets Are Either Fun to Watch or Proof That Science Is Ruining the NBA

Forget about whether Houston’s brand of basketball can win a title. It’s time to not-so-analytically answer the question that’s tearing this nation apart: Are James Harden, Chris Paul, and the Rockets entertaining? → Read More

College Basketball Has Entered the Age of Villanova

After dominating Michigan to win their second national title in three years, head coach Jay Wright’s Wildcats have done more than just regain their spot atop the sport. They’ve cemented their status as a dynasty. → Read More

The 11 Legacies at Stake in Villanova-Michigan

When the Wildcats and Wolverines take the court on Monday night, they’ll play for more than just a national title. What would a win mean for each of the major players and coaches involved? → Read More

The March Madness Mailbag Returns

It’s time to size up which coach has the most at stake, break down who casual fans should root for, and offer an extremely in-depth analysis of Loyola-Chicago’s offense → Read More

The Enduring Brilliance of Jevon Carter

West Virginia’s senior star hopes to cap his college career by advancing past the Sweet 16, a stage that’s twice tripped him up. Before he takes the court, it’s worth considering his legacy—for the Mountaineers and college basketball as a whole. → Read More

Forecasting the Legacy of the Greatest Upset in College Basketball History

University of Maryland–Baltimore County shocked the world on Friday night, delivering the NCAA tournament’s first 16-over-1 upset. What will be the enduring impact of that result, both for those involved and the sport as whole? → Read More