Tag:Matt Norlander
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:36 am

Podcast: Jerry Palm hates all your teams equally

Cincinnati: not as safe as its fans want to believe.  (AP)

By Matt Norlander

CBSSports.com bracketlogist Jerry Palm isn't afraid to tell you how he really feels. Or, rather, how he thinks the tournament selection committee does, and will, when it picks the field of 68. Palm owns and operates CollegeRPI.com and he's Monday's guest on the podcast because he's got the at-large crop pinned down as well as anyone.

This was a very fun podcast. I'd never spoken to Jerry before, but it felt as though we'd done about 20 pods together. I think you'll enjoy it, and the episode is not really all that much about bringing up teams and deciding whether they're in or out. I toss a few bones that way, but 80 percent of the pod is filled with other material that's more interesting.

If you'd like to follow Jerry and watch him callously and hilariously continually break fans' hearts or just plain tick them off, get to Twitter.

Audio menu:
  • From the beginning: Being that Jerry's a first-time guest, as I'm wont to do, I let him tell us how he became to be Jerry Palm: RPI Expert and Superior Bracket Prognosticator.
  • 7:00: The biggest distinction in what Palm does is, he is putting his mind into the Selection Committee's way of thinking. These picks and seedings are not his opinion -- except when it comes to Cincinnati, who he very much hates.
  • 8:23: Since Jerry has kept his hands dirty with the RPI for more than 20 years, I had to get his opinion on the formula itself.
  • 11:20: He's been to three mock selection meetings in Indy. Jerry knows the process. We swap stories on what we like and don't about the NCAA's media hamster wheel.
  • 19:15: Who are the most interesting/intriguing/haziest-to-p
    roject teams right now? This is where you can see if Jerry picks on your team.
  • 28:05: Which fans are the worst? Which fans can't stop harassing Jerry on Twitter? One fanbase shocked me; the other very much didn't.
  • 32:47: Quick hits to wrap things up. The two vs. three seed gap; Murray State similar to 2006 George Washington? Jerry explains why that's not the case; the most undervalued team; and, finally, Northwestern.

Again, I thank you for taking the time to listen to the podcast -- whenever you can. I ask that you, if you like what we're doing here, encourage like-minded hoopheads to subscribe in Tunes as well. Guests like Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, they're the guys who make me sound better and make the podcast worthwhile. The other guys? Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman, they really make it entertaining, and of course you can count on our trio show each Wednesday. The RSS feed is another way to keep the podcasts coming to you ASAP. We've got a Zune download link as well.

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:41 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:52 pm

Non-BCS Power Pyramid, Final Edition

By Matt Norlander

This is the final edition of the 2011-12 Non-BCS Power Pyramid. That sentence will come with not one reaction of anguish or woe on your end, I know, but in the interest of our Monday routine at the blog, I figured I'd bring it up. Instead of giving the usual rankings from my subjective viewpoint, I’ve decided to slot the teams today in order of how I think they’ll ultimately be seeded. Every team in the Pyramid I do believe will play its way into the field, so that means two CAA teams should expect bids. (Don’t you go dying on my, VCU and Drexel.)

It's been a fun and time-consuming process to put together this rankings system every Sunday night for the past 16 weeks, but the responses back and email have made it worth it. It will most definitely be returning next season, only you can expect vast improvements. At least in my own mind they will be.

So here's the final tally, the 15 best teams from outside the Big Six -- and how I expect them to get slotted into the greatest sporting event in the world.

Geographically protected

1. Wichita State, 26-4, four seed. A Sentence: I’m curious to see how the public reaction will be to this team once it gets a good seed, because so often when non-Big Six teams get high billing a backlash effect follows. A Statistic: The Shockers went undefeated in February, only lost once in January and once in December. The Schedule: No. 1 seed in the Missouri Valley tournament! Runs from March 1 to 4.

Wichita won its first MVC regular-season title since '06. The league has had a different champ six straight seasons. (AP)

2. Murray State, 28-1, five seed. A Sentence: The Racers’ seed has become a big curiosity of mine. A Statistic: The impressive afterthought of this team’s accomplishments this season: it was undefeated on the road and in neutral-court play. No other team can say the same. The Schedule: No. 1 seed in the Ohio Valley tournament! Runs from Feb. 29 to March 3.

3. Gonzaga, 23-5, five seed. A Sentence: No one’s truly bought into this team, so can this be a second-weekend year for Gonzaga, being that there’s a lack of pressure? A Statistic: Every Gonzaga starter is scoring more than 1.1 points per possession. It’s a very good sign for things to come. The Schedule: vs. Longwood, Monday; No. 2 seed in WCC tournament! Runs from Feb. 29 to March 5.

The rest of the single-digit seeds

4. UNLV, 24-6, six seed. A Sentence: UNLV hasn’t won on the road in a month, and though that will hurt its seeding I don’ think that’s a factor at all in how this team will play in March. A Statistic: An efficient 65.7 percent of UNLV’s baskets come via an assist. That’s the second-highest in the nation. The Schedule: at Colorado State, Wednesday; vs. Wyoming, Saturday.

5. Temple, 22-6, six seed. A Sentence: I’ve got Temple this high because I think it’s going to with the A10 tournament (it already nearly has the A10 regular-season title). A Statistic: Saturday’s loss to St. Joseph’s marked the first time since 2008 Temple didn’t sweep the Hawks. The Schedule: vs. UMass, Wednesday; at Fordham, Saturday.

Matthew Dellavedova and the Gaels could leapfrog Gonzaga in seeding, but they'll have to win the WCC tourney in order to do so. (US PRESSWIRE)

6. Saint Mary’s, 25-5, six seed. A Sentence: . A Statistic: The Gaels shoot 54.6 percent from the field from 2-point range. It’s eight-best in the country, but it’s also as good as SMC’s ever been under Randy Bennett in the tempo-free era. They are big and can score — and can also grab the O boards 36 percent of the time. The Schedule: No. 1 seed in the WCC tournament! Runs from Feb. 29 to March 5.

7. San Diego State, 22-6, eight seed. A Sentence: SDSU closes up its season with a TCU road game, which New Mexico and UNLV already fell prey to, so beware. A Statistic: The Aztecs have never cracked the 30s of KenPom.com this year, and only been in the 40s twice. That indicates this team isn’t likely to win when it gets to The Tournament. The Schedule: at Boise State, Wednesday; at TCU, Saturday.

8. Creighton, 25-5, nine seed. A Sentence: I only hope Creighton doesn’t have a similar ending to Drake in 2008. A Statistic: You want to know why Creighton’s fallen off the radar? Yeah, it had that three-game losing streak, but forget that. The past three Bluejays wins have come by a total of four points, one of them needing overtime. The Schedule: No. 2 seed in the Missouri Valley tournament! Runs from March 1 to 4.

9. Virginia Commonwealth, 25-6, nine seed. A Sentence: I feel real good about writing this on the Rams last week. A Statistic: What I’d love for the committee to pay attention to: details beyond the schedule and teams. VCU finishes the season with a 16.1 percent steal rate, the highest in the nation. A team that good indicates it plays very well defensively and certainly is one of the 37 best at-larges. The Schedule: No. 2 seed in the CAA tournament! Runs from March 2 to 5.

Double-digit territory

10. New Mexico, 22-6, 10 seed. A Sentence: The great dichotomy with New Mexico is that it’s a really talented team with an overall underwhelming resume, considering that talent. A Statistic: Lobos allow .87 points per possession, far and away the best of any Pyramid team, and it’s been that way most of the season. The Schedule: vs. Air Force, Wednesday; vs. Boise State, Saturday.

11. Harvard, 24-4, 12 seed. A Sentence: Another Ivy playoff is now a possibility, but I still think the Crimson will make the field and avoid a repeat of 2011’s heartbreak. A Statistic: With 61.4 possessions per game, Harvard is the slowest Pyramid team and one of the slowest in the nation, ranking 328 out of 345. The Schedule: at Columbia, Friday; at Cornell, Saturday.

12. Oral Roberts, 26-5, 12 seed. A Sentence: It’s going to take a heck of a five seed for me not to pick Oral Bobs to win its first game (the same goes for if ORU is sent to the First Four). A Statistic: How many teams have only lost once since Dec. 15? You’ve got Syracuse, ORU and the team listed directly below. The Schedule: No. 1 in the Summit League tournament! Runs from March 3 to 6.

13. Drexel, 25-5, 13 seed. A Sentence:  I only have ’em as a 13 because I think the Dragons get in as an at-large after losing the CAA title game. A Statistic: No Pyramid team has less of a bench than the Dragons, who only get their pine guys into the game 24.4 percent of the time. With mid-majors I often don’t think this is a problem, though. The best guys get adrenaline rushes and need to play as much as possible, and at their best, to stand a chance at winning. The Schedule: No. 1 seed in the CAA tournament! Runs from March 2 to 5.

14. Southern Miss, 22-5, 13 seed. A Sentence: While I’ve always appreciated the Southern Miss story, this is a team I don’t have much belief in. A Statistic: How can you turn your head from the awful 2-point shooting stat? At 43 percent, the Golden Eagles are pulling off one of the greatest capers ever by fighting for bubble position while being one of the worst teams from inside the 3 I can remember. The Schedule: vs. SMU, Wednesday; at Marshall, Saturday.

15. Iona, 24-6, 13 seed. A Sentence: I'll be furious with the Gaels if they squander this talent and miss the NCAA for the second straight year after winning the league. A Statistic: Cannot get over the fact this team went on a 31-0 run against St. Peter's Sunday. The Peacocks are a bad team this year but they're still stubborn defensively. A 31-0 run? How many times has that ever happened in college basketball? The Schedule: No. 1 seed in the MAAC tournament! Runs from March 2 to 5.

Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:36 am

Wakeup: Does tourney experience lead to success?

How great is this photo? That's Wilt the Stilt at 17 year old. (via Jose3030)
By Matt Norlander

Deserved it. // Mutant strawberries can fend off all diseases. But can they improve the nearly perfect strawberry milkshake? // Pretty impressive scene in Moscow over the weekend. // The terrific photography of a young, dead photojournalist ...

This link relates to the title of this post. Fine analysis by John Ezekowitz.

★ Here is Goodman's column from Missouri-Kansas. Good perspective.

★ The piece most linked on Twitter after the Jayhawks beat the Tigers was this output by Joe Posnanski ...
★ ... but I liked this from Tully Corcoran even more.

★ Crazy stat. In the past 32 years, only two teams have won the national title after going undefeated in conference play. See which.

★ Baylor athletics has made the slow turn toward the successful, warm spotlight. Does it get even better next month?

★ Short-term, Pat Knight looks really smart for what he did.

★ What has been the best dunk Kentucky's had this year?

★ Marshall loses by 20 to Memphis, local columnist uses that opportunity to whine about how much he hates the Tigers and their preferential treatment.

★ With his team's season on the brink, Kevin Duffy examines how Andre Drummond has not played up to expectation.

★ Shocking news of the day: Nebraska boosters care this much about basketball, and about saving Doc Sadler's job.

★ Jason Lisk did a good job with some early steps

★ Here's what the WCC bracket looks like, in logo form.

★ The CAA is going to be a great conference tournament, I bet. Here's how it shapes up. More to come in the Power Pyramid, too!

★ And here's the Atlantic Sun. Bracketsbracketsbrackets.

★ Jeff Bzdelik is coming back to Wake next season. Wake fans suddenly longing for the days of Dino Gaudio

★ The First Four in Dayton isn't going anywhere, not when you read how the city embraces its place in The Tournament so well.

► I got to UConn about two hours before Saturday night's tip. All the students were packed in their designated section and rehearsing this flash mob. (I thought the flash mob died in 2011, but apparently not.)

♬ HELL YEAH LET'S GO WITH SOME TULL. "New Day Yesterday" is the lead track off of my favorite Jethro Tull album. "Stand Up." You know JT as the band with the animated guy on the flute. Unfortunately a lot of their later records deviated from this type of sound. But early Tull is pretty fantastic.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:08 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:30 am

Night Court: Please watch Bo Ryan celebrate

By Matt Norlander

If anyone can explain what the hell Bo Ryan is doing, please drop a note. (Update here.) Until then, here's everything you need to know about Sunday in college basketball ...

Game of the Night: Wisconsin is determined to confuse and confound us for the rest of the year. Winning at Ohio State likely ensured the Buckeyes won't get a one seed. As for UW, it's just as likely to fall 49-46 to Illinois is its schedule finale on March 4. Jared Berggren, a 6-10 Badgers junior whose last name comes so close to being a palindrome it hurts, scored Wisky's final five points and essentially handed the Big Ten regular-season title to ... Michigan State. If Sparty beats Indiana or Ohio State it takes its third banner in four years.

Win to brag about: Miami found out it couldn't play with big man Reggie Johnson due to NCAA violations, then had to suit up a few hours later against Florida State. The Hurricanes responded by putting up their second-best performance of the year, knocking off FSU 78-62 and very much keeping themselves amid the bubble conversation. Durand Scott, one of our fringe guys in the top 100 players in college hoops before the season began, came off the bench and supplied 17 points, a team-high for UM.

Loss to hide from: When you lose 46-45 the way Cincinnati lost 46-45 to a South Florida team that won 46-45, it's a reputation-tarnishing transgression. No, USF isn't in the tournament field with that win, but is Cincinnati in worse position, and behind the Bulls, with this loss? That horrid non-con kills Cincinnati, which has a decent scalp collection within the Big East. But the Selection Committee was most definitely watching that game today -- so long as they didn't barf themselves into fainting -- and it couldn't have been impressed. Cincy needs a really nice, definitive win over a tournament team to feel safe.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Meyers Leonard will make millions in the NBA one day. He had 22 points and 13 rebounds and stopped Illinois' six-game losing streak. Seeing Leonard play is like watching a sculptor slowly take a tiny hammer and make out the muse for a statue. Leonard's getting closer each week to the player he knows he can be.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Billy Crystal. Because seriously, who's making these decisions and when can their great grandchildren come to distract them?

Numbers don’t lie

  • 33-0. That was Iona's run against defensive-minded, slog-it-through-molasses-basketball
    St. Peter's.
  • 32. In 1980, 32 years ago, Wisconsin had its last road win against a top-10 AP Big Ten team. Then today happened.
  • Jared Sullinger had three assists; it was the first time since Nov. 25 he's had more than two. 

Three other games of note:

  1. Remember that one week like 17 days ago when people thought Pitt was destined to play its way into the field? Cute times. Louisville 57, Pittsburgh 54. Russ Smith went for a Cards-high 18 points because it's only Pittsburgh.
  2. I give Indiana credit for winning by 19 at Minnesota. The Golden Gophers -- who were a tournament team last year; can you believe it? -- had made their way out of bubble talk, but this was still a slippery spot for IU. It was only the second third league road win for Tom Crean's team this season.
  3. The Pac-12 is determined to remain an existential impressionist comedy to the end, and I think we all owe it a bit of gratitude for that unflinching determination.


  • That hilarious, tongue-in-cheek talk about Iowa having a chance at the NCAAs ended Sunday afternoon. Probably for the best. Hawkeyes-in-the-dance talk was almost as bad as Crystal.
  • Stony Brook is your No. 1 seed in the America East thanks to its 55-48 win over Maine.
  • Fairfield was so close to beating Iona Friday. It lost. Then it lost Sunday ... to Rider. Now the Stags are a four seed in the MAAC tournament. Been a disappointing season for FU.
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:36 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 12:47 am

UConn, you now need at least three wins in a row

The Huskies need to win three in a row for the first time in 2012 to have a good chance at an at-large. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Matt Norlander

STORRS, Conn. — Well, the objective seems pretty clear now. The defending champions, who haven’t won three games in a row in 2012 will certainly have to do that to get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. If that doesn't seem too grim, consider UConn has only gone home winners in back-to-back games once since we turned to January.

At Providence and then home vs. Pittsburgh closes out the regular season for the nation's most underachieving team. Then it's a first-round game in the Big East tournament against a fellow conference doormat. Realistically, that won't be enough. Another win, a fourth in a row, will likely be required for some semblance of comfort. Getting to three wins in MSG would definitely get UConn into the tournament. That's the big-picture goal now.

Three straight wins. Somehow. Can this team do it? Evidence is lacking.

A 17-11 (7-9) Huskies team filled with NBA talent once again fell short in a big moment. To be frank, it’s completely baffling that this team will end its season without an above-.500 Big East record. The Huskies erased a 17-point second-half deficit but still couldn’t usurp Syracuse, losing 71-69 Saturday night, beaten by the Orange for the first time in program history at Gampel Pavilion. Syracuse (29-1, 16-1) clinched the Big East regular season title. SU’s Kris Joseph had a game-high 21. 

Afterward in the Orange locker room, the bulky, heavy regular-season trophy was passed around and posed with. Triumph. A huge win and plenty of private gloating from the team after it officially achieved something that wasn't expected. The Orange are rolling and a lock for a No. 1 seed.

Syracuse won its ninth straight because the game's ending was marred by a foul call that never was; UConn’s Roscoe Smith was aggressively covered by C.J. Fair as he went up for a bunny. The whistle didn’t come until zeroes were left on the clock, and that signaled the end of the game, not a late foul call. It was a break that didn’t go UConn’s way, and so it was not afforded overtime and a chance to vault ahead of many teams in the at-large field.

"He definitely got fouled," Huskies forward Jeremy Lamb said. "He (Fair) purposely grabbed his arm but didn't get the call."

"I think I made a good play," Fair said with a smile in the locker room afterward.

Don’t fall behind by 17 and that isn’t an issue, though. Connecticut can't get out of its own way, once again. Remember, it was bailed out by an incredible, too-soon 3-point shot by Napier that won the game for them against Villanova Monday. It trailed big early in that game, too. The Huskies had a chance to get one of the best wins any team in college basketball could own.

“The middle was open, I made a strong move and I got fouled, but I think the officials did a good job,” Smith said. “You really can’t call a foul in that type of situation, so yeah, you’ve gotta live with it. ... They (the officials) probably really didn't want to have the game decided on it. I got fouled and everybody seen it. If you didn't see it, it'll be on tonight.”

Lamenting a foul call that you didn't get is probably not the best way to go for a Huskies team that's talked a bit too much this year, anyway. But to be fair, the players were asked questions and they were honest. I can't fault them much for that. Still, let's step back here and examine. This team has no business booking travel plans to be in the first round, again, of the Big East Tournament. Now it’s finding itself in need of a 2011 New York City repeat. They need a run like the one they had last year. That run isn’t coming. UConn's squandered too much, and now we’re looking at a possibility that for only the seventh time in tournament history the defending champion won’t be making an appearance the following season.

“The message continues to be: full possessions, full games,” associated head coach George Blaney said. “For some reason we continue to not be able to do that. It’s not a question of confidence it’s a question of full possessions.”

If you're curious about the team's attitude, it appears to be positive. Quite positive in fact, and that's significant. Napier and Alex Oriakhi have voiced frustrations throughout the season, but no one was glum or looking to vent Saturday night. Losing a game that was so close to a win is probably reason to punch a locker or rip a pillow in half, but the team seems together and optimistic.

"We can definitely build off this," Lamb said. Smith echoed those sentiments and you're likely going to see a UConn team that won't lack of effort, even if execution continues to be a hurdle.

The elephant-sized acknowledgement of Jim Calhoun's absence should soon no longer be a distraction or side story. Calhoun has been out in recent weeks due to back pain. He’ll have surgery on his back Monday, and the hope is that he can come back March 3 for the team’s regular-season finale, a home game against Pittsburgh.

Calhoun’s return might be a jolt, but it won’t be enough. The team’s got to start winning now without him (it hasn't beaten an above-.500 Big East team since he's been away), then hope it can experience some déjà vu at Madison Square Garden. It doesn’t have to win five games in five days again, but if it doesn’t at least flirt with that story line, uncertainty will loom until Selection Sunday.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:01 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 4:02 pm

Video: Ending that must be seen to be believed

By Matt Norlander

Kaboom. And kaboom. And KABOOM!

There were a reported 1,631 people inside Kellogg Gym in Pomona, Calif., Friday night. Ten years from now, that number will swell to at least five times over due to "first-person" recounts thanks to how legendary this ending was.

Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills -- a couple of D-II schools -- played a double-OT regular-season finale that is one for the ages. This age, any age, all ages can appreciate this sort of end-of-game dynamite. The California Collegiate Athletic Association game was decided by three baskets, three 3-pointers, in the final 8.7 seconds. It was, and is, the absolute epitome of emotional swings in sports.

This is why basketball's so great. You don't get the pendulum to sway like this so fast, and three times, in any other sport. Check the first shot at the beginning, by Cal Poly Pomona's DeRonn Scott, then click to 2:30 to see the rest. A kid by the name of Mitchel Anderson hits the 60-foot shot to give the Pomona Broncos a 60-58 win. My favorite detail: there wasn't a single point scored in the first overtime. First the drought, then came the rain.

Exasperated play-by-play men always make that moment better. It's like they're willing a woman to birth.

By the way, Robert Willhite sank the 3 from the top of the key for Dominguez Hills with just .6 seconds left, giving the Toros the fleetest of leads. Willhite, just .6 away from being a legend. 

(Dutiful hat tip to The Big Lead for getting spreading this first.)
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:01 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 4:07 pm

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

Greenberg is un-hirable for the next five years. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions formally handed out some heavy punishments on Radford and its former head coach, Brad Greenberg, Friday. In addition to a token "public reprimand," Radford was put on two years' probation and tacked with a reduction of two scholarship and official paid visits.

The school's probation started Feb. 24 and will go through Feb. 23, 2014. It was also vacated wins -- all four of them from the 2010-11 season.

Greenberg was given a five-year show-cause, one of the heaviest penalties in terms of length a coach can receive, while some of his former assistants were docked with two-year show-causes for any off-campus recruiting. Greenberg and Masse Doumbe's (the player in relation to this case) names are intentionally and specifically omitted in the public report.


Greenberg, the brother of Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, was fired last May in the wake of a 5-24 season. He served a four-game suspension from the school at end of last year, when it was discovered he and his assistant coaches helped with travel for Doumbe, who was ineligible at the time. The reason he's being punished so harshly is because the NCAA discovered he was lying during its investigation, not because Doumbe found his way onto an airplane with the team.

Greenberg's essentially blacklisted from coaching in college for the next five years because he tried to help an ineligible player — then tried to get that player, Doumbe, to cover it up with him when the NCAA asked about it. For some perspective, the most recent show-cause penalty handed out by the NCAA was a three-year one to Bruce Pearl after he, like Greenberg, was caught lying during an investigation.

The cover-up is worse than the crime, primarily because the NCAA can now catch lying coaches more frequently than blatantly cheating ones.

“These reports speak for themselves,” Greg Sankey, associate commissioner of Southeastern Conference and Committee on Infractions member said in reference to the collusion.

The NCAA’s case initially centered on recruiting and the inducement and benefits, from four former coaches and the school, as well as Greenberg. Sankey said the case became more serious once Radford was found to be concealing information, as well as providing false/misleading information, from the NCAA during its investigation — and that he was imploring Doumbe to do the same.

Those violations became “the essence of this case,” according to Sankey, as they are directly in conflict with what the NCAA considers to be a coach’s responsibility from a moral and ethical standpoint. Radford University stood side by side with the NCAA on this stance and is not fighting the charges.

“Unlike the coaches, the institution and its administrators were commended that they cooperated fully,” Sankey said. “The NCAA and Radford were in agreement in most penalties.”

Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:36 pm

Podcast: Seth Davis shares how he discovered CBB

Jordan Taylor's having a down year, but are there six better players in the Big Ten than him? Seth says yes. (AP)

By Matt Norlander

One of CBS' premier college basketball analysts joins me again. Seth Davis is preparing to basically spend the next month sleeping at CBS headquarters, as he'll be providing insight and analysis for the network. So before he hunkers down, it was time to get him back on the pod. We've our disagreements on the RPI's legitimacy -- and on Jordan Taylor's value and his season so far. .

Audio menu:
  • From the beginning: Treadmill tips. Yeah, I kind of get this thing off to a rousing start, let me tell you.
  • 2:52: OK, hoops. Duke is the first topic. Why does the perception of this team fluctuate so much over the course of three months?
  • 9:00: Seth is down on Jordan Taylor. I am not. Let's talk about it.
  • 13:22: Might as well get into the RPI and let Seth have one more lobbying session for it. This is pretty civil, all things considered. I'm actually proud of myself for not letting this devolve into a 30-minute back-and-forth, which is what I did with myself in the mirror this morning. Day's getting better.
  • 20:56: The refs suck, by the way. Actually, they don't. But everyone thinks so. Let's clear that up and remind people why Teddy Valentine isn't such a bad dude.
  • 27:13: Why is the Player of the Year race a two-man one with Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson? Doesn't Draymond Green deserve to be at that table?
  • 30:37: The pod wraps up with some of our stories of how Seth and I got into college hoops when we were young.

Again, I thank you for taking the time to listen to the podcast -- whenever you can. I ask that you, if you like what we're doing here, encourage like-minded hoopheads to subscribe in Tunes as well. Guests like Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, they're the guys who make me sound better and make the podcast worthwhile. The other guys? Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman, they really make it entertaining, and of course you can count on our trio show each Wednesday. The RSS feed is another way to keep the podcasts coming to you ASAP. We've got a Zune download link as well.

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