You are a hardcore college basketball fan. You don't want palaver and platitudes, clichés and coachspeak. You want to know what people who are in the know really know. You want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the hardcore truth.
In other words, you want to go behind enemy lines.
You have come to the right place -- again. Your resident hoopnik has gone on his traditional reconnaissance mission to collect real and specific intelligence. The result: the most brutally candid assessments you will find anywhere on the primary teams who are hunting for an NCAA title.
Here's how I did it. I spoke with two coaches from each of the big six power conferences. Some were head coaches, others were assistants, but all were granted anonymity so they could speak freely about the teams in their league. I then took my quotes from each pair and forged a single paragraph for each team, which now reads as if it came from one person.
If it seems these scouting reports are overly negative or critical, that is my fault, not theirs. We all know these teams are good. I wanted to know where they weren't so good. So I peppered my coaches with questions like, "What is their team's Achilles' heel?", "What is their player's biggest weakness?", "What type of team would give them trouble in the NCAA tournament?"
So keep that in mind as you read. With March almost upon us, this is no time for the timid. There's a battle about to be waged, and the only thing that can defeat the enemy is the truth.
Can you handle the truth?