U.S. Basketball Writers Association 2018 BEST WRITING CONTEST
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1. David Teel, Newport News Daily Press: Fans overreact. Wins seem bigger than they are. Losses seem bigger than they are. This particular loss, No. 1 Virginia's loss to 16-seed UMBC, seemed cataclysmic. Take a breath, this column says, and then tells us why we should.
2. Seth Davis, The Athletic: Rick Pitino's predictable fall from grace
3. Jesse Newell, The Kansas City Star: Kansas Devonte Graham's lessons from his mom
4. Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports: Diversity. Helping high-school girls' player find a basketballready head covering
5. John Akers, Basketball Times: Lefty Driesell should be in the Hall of Fame
1. Brendan Quinn, The Athletic: A powerful narrative about the day when Michigan State's athletic department reached its breaking point. There was Larry Nassar's sentencing for sexual abuse, the resignation of athletic director Mark Hollis, and questions that stretched into almost every athletic office. And then there was a basketball game
2. Scott Dochterman, Land of 10: Jordan Bohannon refused to break Iowa's free throw record.
3. Brian Hamilton, The Athletic: UMBC, and a coach who took a journey to get there, pull an upset for the ages.
4. Lindsay Schnell, USA Today: Villanova's shooting tips. An interesting technique for talking about an offensive showcase.
5. Mike Waters, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse shocks three-seed Michigan State. How'd that happen? Story dissects the surprising result.
1. Pat Forde and Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports: An impressive examination of records provides a clear picture of the depth and sweep of the FBI investigation into college basketball. The story is important and significant in scope.
2. Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal and Courier: John Neff inherited a basketball prize a Purdue jersey once worn by John Wooden, one of the Big 10's early stars and later, a legendary coach.
3. Katy Bergen, Aaron Reiss and Alex Schiffer, Kansas City Star. A discovery of abuse complaints filed against Missouri player Terrence Phillips.
4. Jesse Newell, The Kansas City Star: An amusing history of a student prank that became the well-known "Beware of the Phog" banner that still hangs at Kansas.
5. Brendan Quinn, The Athletic: A look back at the time that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar considered Michigan
1. Mike Waters, Syracuse Post-Standard: The family photo on Mike Hopkins desk is not of his family. And that might tell you all you need to know about the Washington coach. An interesting show-don't tell personality profile.
2. Alex Schiffer, The Kansas City Star: Oral history of a high school dunk video that helped Michael Porter Jr. make his first national splash.
3. Brendan Quinn, The Athletic: Zavier Simpson was lost, then found in his hometown of Lima, Ohio.
4. Lindsay Schnell, USA Today: Grayson Allen is a polarizing figure. Here are some reasons why.
5. Jason King, Bleacher Report: Perception and reality. Mohamed Bamba is a star player. He is also a complex person with a complex background.
1. Nicole Auerbach, The Athletic: Ryan Odom, coach at UMBC, and his wife share their long road with their son's obsessive-compulsive disorder. It's a compelling story about a crusade that has grown larger than their family.
2. Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports: This moving story is an extraordinary profile in courage. Avery Martz suffered a stroke on the day she moved into her dorm room at Saint Joseph's. Her basketball future remains to be seen, but her story is worthwhile.
3. David Woods, Indianapolis Star: Basketball's signature is written large at Butler.
4. Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal and Courier: Dakota Mathias isn't Purdue's star. He's Purdue's symbol.
5. Brendan Quinn, The Athletic: A look behind the scenes of a Hawaiian preseason tournament where a Michigan team tries to find its identity.
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