Mike Rutherford

College Basketball Editor

Mike Rutherford is the college basketball editor for SBNation.com as well as the manager of CardChronicle.com. He lives in Louisville, KY where he's still best known for a runner-up performance in the 1997 city spelling bee. Mike likes most things, but not exclamation points. He hates exclamation points.


Bearded birds gear up for crucial stretch run


From tattoos to beards in less than a year, no one could have predicted the existence of this Rick Pitino a decade ago.

The best and worst from the weekend

Florida and Syracuse were among the biggest winners on a weekend that featured all the drama you'd expect to see in mid-February.

College hoops: Bad to worse for Pittsburgh, OSU

A thriller between UConn and Memphis, a filthy dunk by Clemson's K.J. McDaniels and tough times for Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State are among the stories from a loaded Saturday in college basketball.

The First 68: The quest for perfection

The possibility of Wichita State and/or Syracuse running the table in the regular season has captured the hearts and minds of the college basketball world. Also check out The First 68.

The Fair treatment

The best player on the country's best team is supposed to be Batman, but more often than not this season, C.J. Fair has found himself cast as Robin.

The 'second season' starts with UNC-Duke

Not everyone is enamored with the North Carolina-Duke rivalry, but the success of the two programs and the competitiveness of their games make it impossible to look away.

The curious struggles of the preseason top 5

This college hoops season has as many intriguing storylines in February as any in recent memory. We can thank the struggles of the sport's preseason top five for a lot of the fun.

What if Marcus Smart hadn't shoved Jeff Orr?

It shouldn't take an unfortunate incident to spark a conversation on a topic that should have been addressed years ago.

The First 68: Appreciating Wichita State


Wichita State is really good. Northwestern is not so good. We should love and admire them both.

Chris Walker introduces himself

Florida freshman Chris Walker has been waiting an awfully long time to see the court, and it did not take him long to make an impact.

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