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About Brian Dunleavy - RotoBaller (NCAA)

Brian has been writing about college and professional sports for more than 20 years. He is an avid fantasy player.

Brian Dunleavy - RotoBaller (NCAA) has written 62 articles so far, you can find them below.


Sometimes, we think it would be easier to rank the 10 worst teams in the country. But then we remember that these games are played by kids--as we noted last week--and that that would be cruel. And not to mention bad karma. And we have enough of that. Anyway, it's not as if any of... Read More

It's easy to forget that the kids banging into each other on Saturday afternoons are just that--kids. So, with that in mind, we hope Iowa State QB Jacob Park, not typically a factor in these parts, is okay. Having said that, after seeing his pregame walk-in prior to his team's loss to Texas last week,... Read More

We're not big on apps. We're old school. Which means, of course, we're old. But we're also big on on all types of football. Which is why we were in Glasgow yesterday. So while we may not always feel comfortable with technology, certain apps--we won't mention any names--allowed us to keep up with goings-on on... Read More

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Well, at least in hand grenades. Some of our top teams had some close calls this week, but only one fell victim and dropped from our rankings, and it wasn't even close. Here's our Top 10 as of... Read More

Just spent a few days--on assignment, as we journalists like to say--in Vegas. Sadly, we didn't have even a moment to place a bet at a--legal--sports book. Too bad. We think we might have made some coin on a few of the teams in our rankings for this week. With no gambling wins to drown... Read More

Call this week a washout. No, not just because a few games had to be cancelled or postponed due to Hurricane Irma (thoughts are with you, friends in Florida), but because most of the big teams faced rather small opponents. Alabama took on Fresno State... Wisconsin "battled" Florida Atlantic... However, those teams that did take... Read More

College football is back, which almost makes working on Labor Day worth it. Almost. Unfortunately, Rotoballer College Sports HQ is a non-union shop. Oh well, one week down and 12, 13, 14 or... more to go, and what have we learned? Other than the fact that Alabama is better than Florida State? Not much. Here's... Read More

We're in denial. Summer isn't over. College football hasn't started--at least not for Rice--and Clemson didn't really beat Alabama in last season's BCS Championship Game. Okay, we know the last one isn't "fake news." And, indeed, college football begins in earnest with a full slate of games this weekend and, as usual, Nick Saban's Alabama... Read More

We know. It's hard to think about your 2018 fantasy football draft while you're still preparing for this season's selections. But with gaming centered on college sports significantly limited by those pesky regulators, we here at Rotoballer College Sports HQ need to be focused on the future. Otherwise, we'd be spending all our time in... Read More

If you're like us, you spend much of March focusing on the winners and losers in the NCAA Tournament. Or heck, even the NIT. But, to be sure, the real winners in college basketball are those players chosen in the NBA Draft. With that in mind, for our final rankings of the 2016-17 season, we'll... Read More

How will the west be won? This March, it will be all about beating some of the hottest teams in the country--and we see perhaps the hottest, Arizona, as unbeatable. At least in the regional. Here we'll be taking a look at the West Region. Check out coverage of each region here as well. I'm here to... Read More

Who will be the beasts of the east? We surprised even ourselves here. Here we'll be taking a look at the East Region, and how we see the bracket happing up. Check out coverage of each region here as well. I'm here to tell you some teams that I believe in - this should help you make the right tournament bracket... Read More

It's almost tournament time. In our final rankings of the regular season, you won't see much change from last week. But change surely will come. That's our only prediction. Here are our CBB rankings for the week of March 6th (won-loss records in parentheses).   NCAA College Basketball (CBB) Rankings 1. Kansas, (28-3) The Jayhawks... Read More

Beware the Ides of March... Or, if you're Gonzaga, late-February. The bloom officially fell off the 'Zags rose, courtesy of BYU. So who's left? Here are our CBB rankings for the week of February 27th (won-loss records in parentheses).   NCAA College Basketball (CBB) Rankings 1. Kansas, (26-3) As you know, we've always liked the... Read More

There is no "I" in team. But, as "Leon" in those old beer commercials once pointed out, to Joe Buck, "There ain't no 'we' neither." (Look it up on Youtube.) Still, the collective at Gonzaga may be proving "Leon" wrong. They certainly are proving a lot of others wrong, as they keep on winning. Here... Read More

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we're going to try to show the love this week. No negativity here. Just the positives, please. Like the exchanging of cards in grade school, when all the kids make out Valentines for all their classmates--even the dorks--we're just gonna ladle out the mush. So, with that in mind,... Read More

We're not Sports Illustrated. We don't hold ourselves in such high esteem. But we have our own SI "cover jinx" here at RotoBaller College Hoops headquarters (we have our own home theater system, too, but don't tell the rest of the staff). It seems that every time we pick a new No. 1 (Baylor this... Read More

We can't win for losing. Just when we think we have the college hoops landscape all figured out, teams start dropping like flies. UCLA dropped two in a row. So did Kentucky. Several other teams suffered upset loses on the road, including North Carolina. So who survives in our rankings? Here are our CBB rankings... Read More

Will Gonzaga go undefeated? Will the pollsters praise the Big 12 and give Kansas and Baylor their due? Will Villanova win it all--again? These aren't questions we can answer in January, but we can tell you our thoughts on the top teams as of now. Here are our CBB rankings for the week of January... Read More

Like the late great Dr. King, we have a dream--although it is far less ambitious (or important). Really, we just want to get my Top 10 done on time. Here are our CBB rankings for the week of January 16th (won-loss records in parentheses). NCAA College Basketball (CBB) Rankings 1. Kansas, (16-1) The Associated Press still has... Read More

All the games have been played. By now, we all know which team is the best in the country. The other top teams? Subjective. Arguably. So for our final rankings, we'll give you a preview of the players from the top teams who may be factors in your NFL fantasy drafts next fall (team won-loss... Read More

It had to happen sooner or later. Just eight teams have completed perfect seasons as NCAA Division I champions, the last being Bobby Knight's Indiana Hoosiers in 1976. So it was a matter of time for Villanova. Today, due to conference realignment, the college basketball season entails more travel, tougher matchups and more hostile road... Read More

So we go to bed--early, we're old--on New Year's and we wake up to find our Top 10 eviscerated. So much for our hopes for a better 2017. Anyway, the results this weekend illustrate that while the years 2016 and 2017 may not be the greatest of all time, the 2016-17 college hoops season certainly... Read More

We're making two New Year's resolutions for 2017--or at two that are relevant to you, dear reader. For the first, we pledge to stick with Villanova until another team proves that they are better than the 'Cats, and it is starting to look unlikely that such a team will emerge from the pack. For the... Read More

For the NBA, Kentucky coach John Calipari is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving, year-round, from the NBA draft on through the finals. You can certainly argue the ethics of the NBA using our nation's colleges as its feeder system, but you can't argue that Coach Cal isn't among the best in the business... Read More

With the college football regular season over, college hoops takes center stage from now until the meat of the bowl season. This is also the time of year when the conference schedules get into full swing and we begin to see how the top teams stack up against top competition. Will the freshmen who were... Read More

We waited too long to jump on the Villanova bandwagon last season, and never heard the end of it. If nothing else, we learn from our mistakes. The Wildcats are hot, and there's no reason to not give them their due. How do the rest of the teams and players stack up? Here are our... Read More

In all the talk this weekend about point spreads and margins of victory--with both being the key for some teams with BCS playoff hopes--it's worth reminding you, dear reader, that apparently it's okay to openly discuss wagering on college football, as long as it involves betting on the games, and not on individual player performance.... Read More

Thanksgiving weekend doesn't make or break a college basketball season. It doesn't tell you which teams will be in the Final Four come March. But with all the neutral-site tournament games, and the odd out-of-conference road games for Power Five conference teams fulfilling scheduling contracts, you do learn which teams can handle pressure as well... Read More

Ohio State presents college football with a very modern problem. The Buckeyes, at least if the Twitter-sphere is to be believed, will likely play for a national crown but won't play for a Big Ten championship, and have said they had no interest in playing for the conference title, preferring instead to rest a week longer... Read More

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