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joel
 Oct 19, 2020

Doug
 Jan 25, 2019
simply amazing. gary parrish is probably the smartest man alive. norlander wouldn't be bad if he didn't talk.

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CBS Sports’ official college basketball podcast is the most entertaining and informative of its kind. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander bring the sport into your ears at least three times per week with commentary, reporting, insider information and statistical analysis throughout college basketball all year long.

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🚨Tommy Lloyd is the next coach at Arizona, Wes Miller is the next coach at Cincinnati (Emergency Pod 04/14)
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Two big news drops hit Wednesday, prompting an emergency pod, The final two major-conference jobs have filled. We open with Tommy Lloyd leaving Gonzaga to take over Arizona, and all the details from behind the scenes in the past week that led to this moment. Then, at the 22-minute mark, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander share their thoughts on Wes Miller leaving UNC Greensboro after 10 seasons to be the next coach at Cincinnati. The podcast's final few minutes touch on the power-conference hiring from the past month-or-so that GP and Norlander each think will go down as the best one years from now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
Villanova jumps to No. 3 in way-too-early offseason Top 25 rankings thank to two big decisions (College Basketball 04/13)
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Villanova announced a double dose of good news Monday night: Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels will use their bonus free season of eligibility to return. That makes VU a national title contender; it also opens the pod. The guys also discuss Parrish putting Auburn into his way-too-early offseason Top 25 + 1 due to UNC transfer Walker Kessler committing to Bruce Pearl. And at the end of this Tuesday episode: shoutouts to those who finished atop our Bracket Games NCAA Tournament podcast. Our thanks to the Supreme Court! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Coaching carousel: Who will replace Sean Miller at Arizona; reaction to UNC hiring Hubert Davis, Oklahoma tapping Porter Moser (College Basketball 04/09)
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Arizona fired Sean Miller Wednesday. Weird timing. Norlander explains more as to why it happened the way it did. And Parrish's column on this can be read in the description below. The guys open on the Arizona opening, including the candidate list, before moving on to talk North Carolina (23:30) hiring Hubert Davis to replace Roy Williams. The pod closes around the 32-minute mark with some thoughts on Texas Tech promoting Mark Adams to replace Chris Beard and Oklahoma hiring Porter Moser. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/arizona-fires-sean-miller-but-it-would-have-made-more-sense-for-everybody-if-this-had-been-done-much-sooner/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
NCAA title game reaction pod: Baylor stuns by dominantly ending Gonzaga's undefeated dream season (College Basketball 04/06)
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Baylor's 86-70 win Monday night over Gonzaga was fairly shocking. Nobody had the Bears winning by more than 15 points. Nobody. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish open with their thoughts on what BU did to demolish Gonzaga. And as for the Zags, this team is probably now out of the all-time-great conversation (23:00) because of how poor it looked against Baylor. What's next for these two? Parrish reveals where he's ranking both teams (41:00) in his early look at the 2021-22 offseason Top 25 + 1. Here is Norlander's championship-night column from Lucas Oil. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/baylors-scott-drew-never-let-others-change-his-story-path-or-program-and-with-a-title-is-really-happy-now/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
NCAA Tournament title game picks + preview: Gonzaga-Baylor is statistically and practically one of the best title games of the past 40 years
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The stakes of Monday night's title game are as big as they could possibly be. Undefeated Gonzaga. No. 1 vs. No. 2. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander set the table and make their picks. Did you know: Gonzaga and Baylor combine for two losses, which ties for the fewest ever by two teams entering a title game. The stats, storylines and everything to set the table for a game we've been waiting for months to see. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
Final Four reaction: Gonzaga 93, UCLA 90 is one of the 3-5 greatest games in NCAA Tournament history (College Basketball 04/04)
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The NCAA Tournament is the best event in sports. What a magical night we had. An epic of all epics to close out the national semis on Saturday. Jalen Suggs' deeeeep, banked-in 3-pointer to win in OT and keep Gonzaga undefeated is a highlight for the ages. The top of the podcast features audio cuts from CBS, Gonzaga Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, and arena sound via CBS/Turner. The guys go long on Zags-Bruins, then touch on Baylor's convincing performance vs. Houston (36:00), which sets up the best title game in a very long time. Here are Norlander and Parrish's columns from Saturday night as well. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/gonzagas-jalen-suggs-calmly-took-three-dribbles-then-made-one-of-the-biggest-shots-in-march-madness-history/ https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/gonzagas-jalen-suggs-calmly-took-three-dribbles-then-made-one-of-the-biggest-shots-in-march-madness-history/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2021
Final Four preview: Parrish and Norlander make their picks for Baylor-Houston, Gonzaga-UCLA (College Basketball 04/02)
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With the Final Four a day away, it's our promised preview episode. GP and Norlander open with some thoughts on Indy and overarching takeaways on the scene there, then preview Baylor-Houston (10:15) and Gonzaga-UCLA (25:00). As referenced, here is Norlander's must-read story on the Baylor staff, who is war vet and who donated a kidney to save a life last year. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/a-life-saving-story-behind-baylors-final-four-run-how-a-kidney-donor-on-bears-staff-helped-a-friend-in-need/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
🚨Roy Williams retires at North Carolina; Texas hires Chris Beard (Emergency Podcast 04/01)
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Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish reflect on Roy Williams' career, name their candidates for the UNC opening, talk Chris Beard's fit at Texas and toss out a few names for the Texas Tech job as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Elite Eight recap: #SandtheCourt, #NellCanStay, Mick Cronin has taken UCLA to the Final Four ... to face mighty Gonzaga (College Basketball 03/31)
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The podcast must have some sort of karmic power. Because first it was Baylor, and now it’s Mick Cronin and UCLA. The Bruins upset Michigan, and in the process locked up the most upset-riddled tournament in history. Gonzaga casually destroyed USC to continue their run toward history. Parrish and Norlander look back on Tuesday night’s regional finals, setting the table for Saturday’s Final Four.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
Elite Eight recap: Shouts to Bill Henderson! Shouts to Terry MF'in Teagle! Baylor is in the Final Four alongside Houston (College Basketball 03/30)
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Houston beat Oregon State. Baylor beat Arkansas. Half the Final Four is set, and we have you covered with overnight reaction to Monday's regional semifinals. Baylor. Terry MF'in Teagle. Bill Henderson. Vinnie Johnson. LaceDarius Dunn. You know all the names. Back in the Final Four for the first time in 71 years. As Norlander alludes to on the podcast, here is his column from Lucas Oil Stadium on Kelvin Sampson's late-stage revival and return to the Final Four after 19 years since his first trip there. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/how-kelvin-sampson-repaired-his-career-at-houston-and-resurrected-the-cougars-who-are-back-in-the-final-four/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
March Madness recap: Sweet 16 Sunday had a great game and big upset: UCLA, Gonzaga, Michigan, USC into the Eight (College Basketball 03/29)
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The Pac-12, for the second time in league history, has three teams in the Elite Eight. UCLA’s upset of second-seeded Alabama was the best game of the day and leads our Sunday reaction pod. GP and Norlander open with that, then go game-by-game with reactions and a basketful of nuggets and stats to know. In order: UCLA over Bama, Michigan over Florida State, Gonzaga over Creighton, USC over Oregon. The final seven minutes of the podcast are reserved for picks and predictions of Tuesday’s Elite Eight games. Enjoy! And here’s Norlander’s re-seed of the teams still left standing.  https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/march-madness-2021-re-seeding-the-teams-in-the-elite-eight-of-the-ncaa-tournament/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
March Madness recap: Sweet 16 Saturday has Baylor, Arkansas, Oregon State, Houston make Elite Eight (College Basketball 03/28)
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Your early Sunday AM episode is a recap of everything that happened Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, with some quickie previews of Monday's two Elite Eight games. Plus: a bonus. In honor of Baylor winning in the Sweet 16, the very end of this podcast has a "hidden track" throwback to one of the highlights in this pod's history from a few year's back. If you never heard it, be sure to stick around. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2021
🚨Shaka Smart bails on Texas to take the Marquette job (Emergency Podcast)
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Friday emergency podcast, how's your life? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander react to Shaka Smart leaving Texas to take the Marquette job, in addition to offering up a little more coaching carousel scuttlebutt at the tail end of the pod. As always: these guys got you. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
March Madness Sweet 16 betting picks and game previews for Saturday and Sunday on CBS and TBS (College Basketball 03/25)
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After a 12-plus hour drive, Norlander has arrived in Indianapolis,. Our Thursday episode opens with some informal how-you-dos from the guys, and then it's a Sweet 16-stocked preview -- including game picks vs. the spread -- for the eight tips that will be played Saturday and Sunday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
March Madness recap: With Sweet 16 set, we pick our top storylines and moments from the first two rounds (College Basketball 03/23)
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Monday was objectively the least exciting day of the first four days of the opening two rounds, but it nonetheless did provide another toppling of a top-two seed in addition to securing what is statistically the most unpredictable opening weekend in tournament history. GP and Norlander scan through the top storylines and go game-by-game Monday, picking out their key takeaways. Turns out, we've got a little of both: some bracket chaos but still plenty of good teams AND familiar teams that have made multiple Sweet 16s in recent years. Don't let anyone tell you this is an underwhelming or random Sweet 16 -- that's hardly the case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
March Madness recap: With one day to go until the Sweet 16 is decided, the NCAA Tournament is off to a historic, upset-riddled start (College Basketball 03/22)
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Here were Sunday's upsets: No. 15 Oral Roberts beat No. 7 Florida to become the second 15 in history to make the Sweet 16. No. 12 Oregon State upset No. 4 Oklahoma State to reach its first Sweet 16 since 1982. No. 11 Syracuse upset No. 3 West Virginia, improving the program's record to 9-2 in the tournament as a double-digit seed, the best win percentage in history. No. 8 Loyola Chicago upset No. 1 Illinois in the first game of the day. Beyond that: Baylor and Villanova took care of business, Arkansas reached its first Sweet 16 since 1996 and Houston ripped away a win from Rutgers in devastating fashion. GP and Norlander touch on all of that, and preview Monday's eight games, right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
March Madness recap: COVID kicks VCU out, Abilene Christian stuns Texas, a history made in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (College Basketball 03/21)
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We've got an even longer episode for you here than yesterday, because Saturday brought on a couple of major headlines in addition to tournament results. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander lead with VCU being removed from the NCAA Tournament, then dive into Abilene Christian's upset over Texas and run down everything from Saturday before tying a bow on the pod with a preview of Sunday's second round slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2021
March Madness recap: Thoughts on the first day of the first round of the NCAA Tournament (College Basketball 03/20)
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It feels glorious to have this amazing tournament back. And we had some history on Friday. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander recap Friday's action -- with some bonus First Four thoughts at the end -- so be sure to dig in before the second half of the first round resumes Saturday afternoon just after 12 p.m. ET. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2021
Best bets for 2021 NCAA Tournament: Our five favorite first-round picks against the spread (College Basketball 03/17)
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This episode focus on Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish's picks for their top five bets for the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Are they experts? Of course not. Will this be the most entertaining (and still informative) picks podcast episode you'll find? Of course. We hope you enjoy this special bonus episode. To see the guys' brackets at CBSSports.com, head here: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ncaa-tournament/bracket/expert-picks-and-anaylsis/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2021
Coaching carousel scuttlebutt: Iowa St., Minnesota, DePaul, Penn St., Boston College, New Mexico all make headlines (College Basketball 03/16)
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The days after Selection Sunday bring a heavy influx of headlines due to coaches being fired and/or hired. Seven jobs of note have either cut ties or made new ones with coaches in the past 36 hours. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander offer up their thoughts on the openings and closings at Iowa State, Minnesota, DePaul, Penn State, Boston College and New Mexico. As for Indiana, that's covered in an emergency pod from Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Region Breakdown, Picks, Predictions (College Basketball 3/15)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are giving you some great bonus pod content this week, and we're starting with fun, free-flowing episodes that touch on the storylines, best games, upsets to look out for and picks for each of the four regions. Our final one: No. 1 Illinois was given the toughest road to the Final Four, but Norlander and GP explain why they're still taking the Illini to break on through.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: South Region Breakdown, Picks, Predictions (College Basketball 3/15)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are giving you some great bonus pod content this week, and we're starting with fun, free-flowing episodes that touch on the storylines, best games, upsets to look out for and picks for each of the four regions. Up next, the South, where No. 1 seed Baylor looks to make the Final Four for the first time since Bill Henderson was coaching the Bears in 1950. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: East Region Breakdown, Picks, Predictions (College Basketball 3/15)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are giving you some great bonus pod content this week, and we're starting with fun, free-flowing episodes that touch on the storylines, best games, upsets to look out for and picks for each of the four regions. Up next, the East, where No. 1 overall seed Michigan is not at full strength and gets a fairly tough draw.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: West Region Breakdown, Picks, Predictions (College Basketball 3/15)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are giving you some great bonus pod content this week, and we're starting with fun, free-flowing episodes that touch on the storylines, best games, upsets to look out for and picks for each of the four regions. Up first, the West, where No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga looms large Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
🚨Archie Miller fired at Indiana (Emergency Podcast 03/15)
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An absurdly busy Monday. Parrish and Norlander react in real time Archie Miller's firing and offer six candidates who Indiana should consider to replace him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
IT'S BEEN TWO YEARS. SELECTION SUNDAY NCAA TOURNAMENT MARCH MADNESS REACTION SHOW (College Basketball 03/14)
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What more is there to say? We finally have a bracket again. Our Selection Sunday spectacular spans discussions on the 1-seeds, snugs, overall seed order inconsistencies, Virginia and Kansas' COVID issues and other random rants and musics in the aftermath of the reveal of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Let's go! Here is Norlander's ranking of all 68 teams for you to read as you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
First Duke, now Virginia. The ACC tournament is a mess. Plus: Patrick Ewing's amazing rant, bubble talk, favorite league tourney games (College Basketball 03/12)
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Busy Friday. You're locked in and we've got you covered on the pod. The guys open on the Virginia situation, then Norlander runs down his top 10 college basketball days of the year (agree? disagree?) before talking Georgetown over Villanova. Patrick Ewing dropped and great rant, too. The pod closes with the Final Four + 1, featuring three Friday games, a Saturday championship matchup and Sunday's A-10 title, too. Selection Sunday is almost here. LET'S GO. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
🚨Duke has a COVID-19 positive, is eliminated from ACC tournament; Blue Devils' NCAA Tournament streak set to end (Emergency Podcast)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander react to Thursday's news that Duke is out of the ACC tournament and likely has had its season end due to a positive COVID-19 case with one of its players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
Gonzaga gets the test it desperately needed, the bubble resume worth examining, and the Big East's voting system MUST change! (03/10)
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Gonzaga won its 19th WCC tournament Wednesday night while simultaneously getting its first tough game since the week before Christmas. Parrish and Norlander open on that for the first 15-ish minutes, then get to a bubble case (17:30) that is going to provide the committee with some interesting discussion. We won't spoil it here. After that: Uh, the Big East (27:00) went out and named three Players of the Year on Wednesday. What are we even talking about? The guys wrap on that, plus a remembrance of Kemba Walker's ankle-breaking winner in the 2011 Big East tournament, which happened 10 years ago to the day. Plus: a little lookahead to what to know Wednesday and Thursday in conference championship week. As referenced, here's Norlander's piece on every team to ever make it to the NCAA Tournament with an undefeated record: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/gonzaga-vs-history-what-the-undefeated-zags-are-up-against-as-they-enter-the-ncaa-tournament-at-26-0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2021
One week until Selection Sunday: let's talk Big Ten, Drake, Loyola Chicago, Houston-Memphis, UConn and so much more (College Basketball 03/07)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open up with a big ol' deep dive on some Big Ten topics that span the league, led by the ongoing beef between Michigan and Illinois over should be the league champ. Michigan State a lock? GP says yes. Norlander can't quite just yet. Then, we must talk Houston's shot from the logo (26:30) to kill Memphis' at-large hopes on Sunday. A good trip down memory lane, too. There were four auto bids handed out over the weekend, but with Loyola Chicago (38:45) keeping Drake on the bubble, where should both of these teams be seeded? Dilemmas await. And a rapid-fire, highly informative whiparound (55:00) touches on just about every result of note from a jam-packed March opening weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
Villanova's Final Four chances take a huge hit, Creighton suspends Greg McDermott, and NCAA Tournament bids coming this weekend (College Basketball 03/05)
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Welcome to the first weekend of March. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open by talking about the details of Norlander’s epic podcast intro from Wednesday, then get to the brutal news from Thursday: Villanova’s Collin Gillespie has a torn MCL. Elsewhere in the Big East, Creighton coach Greg McDermott (25:00) has been suspended for Saturday’s season finale, though he did coach Wednesday at Villanova. Why? The weekend picks include autobid chatter and yes, that means Fighting Camel talk! The preview starts around the 34:30 mark. A clean intro today. Right to the veins. Just that sweet, sweet music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
MARCH. IS. BACK. Baylor-West Virginia, Illinois-Michigan, and an amazing Tuesday night in college hoops (College Basketball 03/03)
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You know what's coming. It all starts here. Whatever it takes. Let's go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2021
CBS Sports Presents - The 'Fantasy Baseball Today in 5' Podcast
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'Fantasy Baseball Today in 5,' a new daily podcast from CBS Sports is available now. Download and subscribe now on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and whenever else podcasts are found to get episodes as soon as they are released. Want Fantasy advice, news and analysis fast? Fantasy Baseball Today in 5 will get you caught up on what you need to know to win your league in just 5 minutes every weekday morning. Join host Frank Stampfl and company as they help guide you to a Fantasy championship. The FBT crew will filter through the news cycle and deliver what matters most from a Fantasy perspective so you can make your add, drop, start & sit moves all before breakfast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
Kansas ends Baylor's unbeaten season; Iowa-Ohio State; Big Ten; bubble reaction galore as we turn to March (College Basketball 02/28)
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If you are hoping for a certain something, you will need to wait just a little longer. The final episode of February is smash-loaded with so much great college hoops talk and some absurd tangents peppered throughout. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with Baylor’s undefeated season coming to an end. Someone’s getting pizza! The guys pivot to Iowa-Ohio State (21:30) and Iowa having a 2 seed-level resume, with Ohio State also sharing a spot on the 2 line now. An extensive and informative whiparound (33:00) that touches on just about every single bubble team with a game on Saturday and Sunday. The listener reviews are something else too, and those wrap the show right around the 64-minute mark. Here's Norlander's column on Kansas ending Baylor's unbeaten season: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/baylor-is-unbeaten-no-more-and-now-the-question-becomes-will-bears-be-able-to-return-to-their-dominant-form/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
NCAA Tournament bracket backup plans, Michigan State is now IN THE FIELD, Final Four + 1 weekend preview (College Basketball 02/26)
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The NCAA has revealed (most) of its plans for bracket contingencies for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish open with a detailed synopsis of what you need to know and offer up a few more tweaks the NCAA should have ultimately decided to go with. The second segment is tied to Michigan State (18:15) now vaulting itself into the field thanks to its win over Ohio State on Thursday. Plus, Michigan beat Iowa in a top-10 affair, and at this point three of the four No. 1 seeds are locked up. The Final Four + 1 (31:00) has Norlander disrespecting the Drews, Parrish disrespecting a Mountain West team and -- get this -- these two disagreeing on every game this weekend. Shouts to David Lighty! Shouts to remote mines in the caves. Let's go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Baylor looks shaggy, and a bunch of Big 12 thoughts. Plus: lining up the blue blood at-large case: Duke vs. MSU (College Basketball 02/24)
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Baylor flirted with the biggest upset loss of the season Tuesday night before pulling away from 2-17 Iowa State. The guys open on that, then get into everything tied to Big 12 (12:00) from Monday and Tuesday, including results and the restructuring of the league schedule. There's a lot to get to. At the 33-minute mark, disagreement on which team has the better at-large resume right now, Duke or Michigan State. Norlander still believes both will miss the NCAA Tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2021
Michigan-Ohio State might've been game of the season; Duke is ALIVE; weekend's biggest wins, worst losses (College Basketball 02/21)
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Michigan’s win at Ohio State on Sunday might have been the most enjoyable game so far this season. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander obviously open with that and share their thoughts on both teams and whether Michigan is right there with Gonzaga and Baylor. Then: uh-oh. Duke’s not dead yet. The Blue Devils (20:50) got their best win of the season by hanging on vs. Virginia. Let’s objectively evaluate the resume and determine their chances of dancing. The weekend whiparound begins at the 35-minute mark with some entertaining takeaways and commentary, and then our listener mailbag closes the show as it does every Sunday (55:00). As teased on the show, here is Norlander’s column on Michigan-Ohio State: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/as-the-ncaa-tournament-looms-ahead-michigan-vs-ohio-state-arrived-at-perfect-time-for-college-basketball/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
Wichita State enters the chat, March Madness will have fans, weekend picks and previews (College Basketball 02/19)
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Wichita State’s home win Thursday night over top-10 Houston was good enough to finally catapult the Shockers into the NCAA Tournament conversation. Parrish and Norlander disagree at this point about if they should be in, though. Another Q: Should Isaac Brown be promoted from interim to full-time head coach, or is an NCAA Tournament appearance necessary to make that jump? After that, the guys touch on Friday’s notable news: The NCAA allowing for 25% capacity in all NCAA Tournament venues this season (14:45). From there, the curious cases of Belmont and Winthrop (22:15) and why the selection committee should give them more slack this season. You can read Norlander’s story on this below as well. The pod wraps, as it does every Friday, with the Final Four + 1 (31:15). Norlander shouts out a number of listeners who came through with that Arkansas Sweet 16 stat, so stick around! https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/court-report-selection-committee-chair-mitch-barnhart-explains-new-ncaa-tournament-bracketing-process/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
Did Duke's Jalen Johnson opt out or quit? Does it matter? Plus: Ayo Dosunmu is magnificent and BC fires Jim Christian (College Basketball 02/17)
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Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu is college basketball’s premier closer at this point, or so one high-major coach who texted Norlander said. The pod opens on the Illini before getting to the most controversial story of the week, Jalen Johnson leaving Duke (11:30). GP and Norlander make some time to talk about Florida State and Arkansas (24:00) working their way into the top two spots in their respective conference races and then ask the important question: Who would you rather have an edible with, Leonard Hamilton or Eric Musselman? The pod closes on Boston College (40:00) deciding to fire Jim Christian in the middle of February. What’s the point? And is it a better job than, say, Penn State, which also will have to fill an opening in the next 6-8 weeks? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
Welcome back, Michigan; bracket reveal thoughts; the three biggest overachievers from preseason; weekend whiparound (02/14)
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We are now under a month away from the Selection Sunday’s bracket reveal. Strap in! Our Sunday evening ep opens with Michigan’s come-from-behind beatdown on Wisconsin. The selection committee said Michigan had the No. 3 profile on Saturday morning, and the guys agree. Segment No. 2 (11:30) focuses on Ohio State, Oklahoma and Alabama, three current top 10 teams that were not projected by any stretch to be in this spot back in November. All three won this weekend. The weekend whiparound (22:15) touches on Illinois, Creighton, Virginia,, Arkansas, Iowa, Loyola Chicago-Drake, UConn, VCU and more. Our Sunday night mailbag (40:00) includes the latest grammar grievance from the guys! Here’s Norlander’s weekend takeaways piece as well:   https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-scores-weekend-takeaways-bracket-facts-big-wins-ayo-vs-luka-creightons-statement/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2021
Pac-12 trying to be a five-bid league; Duke trying to lock up No. 1 status NEXT season; jam-packed weekend preview, picks (02/12)
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One of the more enjoyable episodes this season, we do think. The guys start with an array of thoughts on the Pac-12 … but there is an off-the-rails discussion mixed in, so be prepared. OK, maybe a couple. And then GP’s thoughts on why Duke could be the No. 1 team next preseason (29:00) with a good Trivia Time! tossed in. A lengthy, entertaining weekend preview starts right around the 36:30 mark. As promised on the pod, here are links to Parrish’s column and Norlander’s Court Report. Read as ya listen: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/duke-will-rise-again-and-it-all-starts-with-the-recruiting-class-the-blue-devils-are-expected-to-enroll/ https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/court-report-cameron-krutwigs-harmonica-has-loyola-chicago-humming-along-as-it-tunes-up-for-run-at-big-dance/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
Chris Beard's epic ejection; North Carolina's maskless fiasco; why Duke won't suck next season; 2021 NCAA tourney latest (College Basketball 02/10)
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Should UNC have had to forfeit its home game Tuesday vs. Miami in light of video surfacing showing players partying without masks? No. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get into why. Then the guys touch on one of the bigger stories of the offseason (13:00) that went absolutely nowhere this season. What is it? Listen to find out. And about Duke and Kentucky (27:00), which lost again on Tuesday night — do we think these teams will be able to regain their top-10 form next season? For one, yes. For the other, not so much. And finally, Chris Beard (37:00) and his epic end-of-game meltdown from Tuesday night. Would you believe that’s Beard’s first technical foul at Texas Tech? At the end of the pod, Norlander shares some news on the NCAA Tournament. Here’s the story about it, which includes the TV schedule for the 2021 Big Dance. You can read more here: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/ncaa-tournament-2021-march-madness-tv-schedule-tip-off-times-and-selection-sunday-announced/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
Kansas unworthy of being ranked for first time in 10-plus years; Texas, UNC, Duke, Iowa and more weekend reactions (College Basketball 02/07)
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Our Sunday evening podcast was recorded in the early afternoon, before the Super Bowl. The guys open with Kansas’ fifth loss in seven games. Hard to justify ranking KU at this point. They then turn to Texas and Alabama (14:00) losing as road favorites and get into those games. The always-lively weekend whiparound (29:00) touches on essentially every outcome of note — UNC over Duke, USC over UCLA, Illinois over Wisconsin, the quagmire in the A-10, but with an emphasis on Iowa losing for the fourth time in five games and being swept by Indiana. As always, the end of the Sunday ep gets into some listener reviews (52:00), including a story about someone running into GP for a change!  Here’s Norlander’s column from Saturday night, easy to read as you listen to the show. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/uncs-win-at-duke-delivers-excitement-even-without-rankings-or-fans-in-the-sports-best-rivalry/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2021
Ohio State should now be projected as a 1 seed; reacting to Wednesday's spate of upsets; weekend preview and picks (College Basketball 02/05)
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Ohio State got its seventh Quad 1 win by virtue of beating Iowa on Thursday night, so the guys open with that and spent about 15 minutes on the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes, including some chatter on how more experienced teams are atop the rankings almost universally this season. Then it’s the upset-laden Wednesday (15:45), which was statistically the nuttiest day of the season so far. And if it’s a Friday, it’s Final Four + 1 time (40:30), in addition to Norlander’s usual viewing guide on the other matchups to watch. If you want more “Let’s go!” Coach K drops, this episode will not disappoint. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
The case for Baylor at No. 1 over Gonzaga; the case for North Carolina vs. Duke; more Tuesday takeaways (College Basketball 02/03)
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Show open: No. 2 Baylor’s 83-69 win at No. 6 Texas, which prompts a discussion about Parrish deciding to keep Gonzaga at No. 1 in his rankings. (Norlander prefers BU at this point by a narrow margin.) There’s a lot more to dig into as well, including on the Texas side, so come on in. After that, the guys get to Duke and North Carolina (23:30) both losing in recent days, setting up a highly urgent and historic Heels-Devils game this weekend. We've got a dash of Drake/Loyola Chicago love (35:00) and a then quick tour of other noteworthy Tuesday results, plus a good Final Four hypothetical GP asks Norlander. Happy Wednesday, all, and remember: you can play CBS Sports’ Super Bowl Props Pick 'Em game for free. Check it out: https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/games/props-pickem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2021
Biggest wins and losses this weekend, plus a dip into the listener mailbag, and we remember Temple legend John Chaney (College Basketball 01/31)
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The death of John Chaney on Friday is still lingering as the biggest story in college hoops as we exit the weekend. The guys have a long discussion on Chaney in the back end of the podcast you won’t want to miss. But before that, an extensive tour around the weekend’s results. The pod opens with thoughts on five games featuring ranked teams falling to unranked or less-ranked opponents. Oklahoma and Florida are the biggest winners. Then GP and Norlander get to other notable outcomes (18:45) and touch on more than 10 games from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Chaney talk starts around the 33-minute mark, and then the listener mailbag -- with a ranking of some of the best bits and moments on the pod in the past 12 months -- concludes the final 20 minutes of the pod. Links below that Norlander references in the episode: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/temple-coach-john-chaney-a-naismith-hall-of-famer-who-led-the-owls-to-17-ncaa-tournaments-dies-at-89/ https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/weekend-takeaways-secbig-12-challenge-proves-need-for-more-nonconference-games-later-in-regular-season/ https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/games/props-pickem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
Michigan State's NCAAT chances kaput? Who winds up with No. 1 overall seed? Weekend picks! (College Basketball 01/29)
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Listen, we’ve got some random stuff in this podcast, but you wouldn’t want it any other way! And as always, the majority of the talk is on college hoops. Here’s how it starts: Gonzaga and Baylor continue to steamroll. If Baylor doesn’t lose, it’s going to get the No. 1 overall seed. GP and Norlander lead with that, then get to Rutgers winning for the first time ever (16:00) over a Michigan State team that’s now not likely to make the NCAA Tournament. The guys make their weeknd picks (28:30), including Alabama-Oklahoma, Villanova-Seton Hall and Virginia-Virginia Tech. Bimbo Coles, hello. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
Alabama beats Kentucky, has practically locked up the SEC; Big 12 doings; some attention for the A-10 and MVC, too! (College Basketball 01/27)
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How are ya doing today? We hope we find you feeling healthy. The pod opens with Alabama over Kentucky and Auburn over Missouri from Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide have the SEC practically locked up at this point. Then it’s the Big 12 (18:15), focused on WVU beating Texas Tech and Oklahoma upsetting Texas. The guys make time for Drake (31:00) coming back from pause to remain unbeaten, with some two-bid MVC curiosity. Plus: Billikens (40:00)! They  could not do the same, plus some A-10 talk. As usual, there’s a Trivia Time! Mixed in along with goofy unexpected commentary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
Duke and Kansas skidding, Coach K takes on a student reporter, weekend thoughts, and a happy b-day mailbag for GP (College Basketball 01/24)
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We didn’t have a blockbuster weekend, but there are a few scores and plot lines to dive into. The pod opens with Kansas and Duke’s three-game losing streaks. How many times, ever, have these two blue bloods had three-game losing streaks at the same time? Then the guys get into Coach K’s viral moment with a student reporter (16:10) and discuss why some of the reaction was overblown. The weekend whiparound starts around the 32-minute mark, and then the mailbag (42:00) is bookended with Norlander having a little rapid-fire Q&A with GP for his 48th birthday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2021
Indiana makes us look silly; why many league tourneys should probably not happen; weekend picks! (College Basketball 01/22)
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Let’s have some fun. Today’s episode opens with Indiana’s highly significant upset at Iowa from Thursday night, and so there will be crow to eat. At the 14:30 mark, the guys then get to Norlander’s piece (link below) from Thursday that details the potentially messy situation awaiting college basketball in March: should conference tournaments be played? Norlander polled more than 40 coaches, and more than a quarter of them believe they should not be. There’s a lot to unpack here; we think you’ll enjoy this back-and-forth. The Final Four + 1 picks (43:45) are all Saturday games, with a quick tour on another five or six to be aware of beyond the ones the guys make picks on. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/more-than-one-out-of-every-four-coaches-surveyed-say-conference-tournaments-should-not-be-held-this-season/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
Alabama is almost as awesome at basketball as it is as football. What? Plus: Duke in trouble, NCAA Tournament rants (College Basketball 01/20)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with Alabama's record-breaking win at LSU on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide are a top-10 team at the moment, so let's get into it. After that, a few words on Pitt's win over Duke (16:30) and a quick tour of some other results from Tuesday night, like Purdue, Oregon State and Florida all getting Ws (24:00). On Tuesday, the NCAA announced the schedule for all rounds of the 2021 NCAA Tournament (28:30) and Norlander has more information to report, in addition to some rants about what could have been changed with the format this year. The guys wrap with a quick heads-up on a few Thursday evening games to keep an eye on (48:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2021
Weekend recap: Best win is Virginia, worst loss is Illinois, Louisville or Creighton; Pac-12 top tier; big mailbag segment (College Basketball 01/17)
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We know our Friday preview ep was shorter than usual, so we made up for it with our Sunday recap one. The guys open on Virginia, which had the most impressive win of the weekend. Then they get to Illinois (11:45) and try to answer why it’s falling short of expectations. The weekend whiparound (25:15) includes thoughts on Creighton, Pac-12, Gonzaga, Baylor, UNC, Louisville and more, and then the guys — probably for the last time this season — dedicate a little time to what John Calipari (40:40) said on Saturday. And a special elongated mailbag segment (50:20) this week, which includes interesting questions, fake stories and some D-I college hoops connections. As Norlander references on the pod, here’s a link to his weekend takeaways column, which you can read while you listen. Enjoy! https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-scores-takeaways-virginia-romps-michigan-fine-despite-loss-illinois-weirdly-unreliable/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Texas Tech's huge week; Indiana's bad loss; NCAA's tourney tweak; weekend picks (College Basketball 01/15)
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The weekend is here. GP and Norlander open with some lingering thoughts from Texas Tech’s nice win at Texas, then touch on Indiana’s problematic home loss to Purdue on Thursday night (8:30) and discuss the NCAA’s one-year-only modification to the bracketing process (12:15), which is an improvement. And since it’s Friday, you know it: Final Four + 1 picks (19:00) for our favorite games.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2021
Michigan moves into top tier; Duke, Kentucky, Kansas all take different kinds of losses; NCAA kicks the can on NIL (College Basketball 01/13)
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Michigan's powerful home win over Wisconsin on Tuesday night was so convincing, it's got us thinking that this is the best team in the Big Ten. The guys open on that, then get to Duke, Kentucky and Kansas (15:15) all losing, with thoughts on each of those games and why each loss was different. Also, on Monday, significant NCAA news came down when the D-I Council opted against recommending a vote on NIL rules and transfer rulers (35:30). Norlander provides a rundown on why, while Parrish levies an accurate attack against the NCAA over the stall on immediate eligibility for transfers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2021
Texas' Andrew Jones is the top story of the weekend; Gonzaga/Baylor vs. the field; loaded listener mailbag (College Basketball 01/10)
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The weekend wrap-up edition opens with Texas' last-second win at West Virginia, punctuated by Andrew Jones hitting the winning shot three years to the day from when his teammates found out he had leukemia. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander then ask: Gonzaga and Baylor (12:15) or the field to win the 2021 NCAA Tournament? Then it's our usual Sunday night whiparound (25:00) wherein we touch on Kentucky, Alabama USC, Michigan State, Rutgers, UConn, Iowa and more. And then it's our biggest listener mailbag segment yet (43:00), with plenty of wonderful reviews and Qs to get to. Keep 'em coming! And here's Norlander's takeaways piece from the weekend, if you'd like to read while you listen: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-scores-weekend-takeaways-andrew-jones-huge-shot-iowa-avenges-loss-kentuckys-revival/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
Illinois' Hulk-like second-half destruction of Northwestern; 13-0 Drake; weekend picks and preview (College Basketball 01/08)
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What Illinois pulled off Thursday night against Northwestern was among the most unlikely second-half performances in college hoops history. We start there, then get to the other Big Ten scores from Thursday (11:00), in addition to general talk on the league and how a few teams are facing urgent games this weekend. This week, Norlander wrote up a story on 13-0 Drake (you can read it here), and that discussion starts about at the 19-minute mark. There’s a completely ridiculous tangent about an extinct animal embedded in the segment, but eventually the guys make their way to the Final Four + 1 (35:00), picking five games along with Norlander’s tour around the weekend of the other matchups to keep an eye on.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2021
UConn's first season in Big East going well; details on NCAA Tournament in Indiana; high-profile transfers (College Basketball 01/06)
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It's been a while since we've led a pod with the UConn Huskies, but after that huge comeback road win at Marquette, it's where we start. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander then get to the confirmation of the NCAA Tournament securing six venues in and around Indianapolis (16:45) for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Norlander has more details, including a look at a potential schedule for the Dance. Off-the-court news this week (36:00) with WVU's Oscar Tshiebwe and Houston's Caleb Mills both transferring out of their programs. The pod wraps around the 44-minute mark with what to watch for Wednesday and Thursday night in college hoops. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
Texas blasts Kansas, Kentucky plot twist, teams that helped themselves the most this weekend, listener mailbag (College Basketball 01/03)
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We hope you got a lot of hoops watching in this weekend. The show opens with some … Leaky Black! Then moves to Texas’ 25-point win at Kansas and Kentucky’s season mayyyybe (18:45) getting saved by Dontaie Allen. The guys do a 20-minute whiparound at the 32-minute mark with the notable results from this weekend, touching on nearly 10 scores of note. The pod wraps (52:00) with some reader reviews. We love them — keep sending, and be sure to include some questions to spice it up going forward.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
Unbeaten Michigan and Tennessee state their cases as the top teams in their leagues; previewing a LOADED Saturday slate (College Basketball 01/01)
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Welcome to 2021! Here’s our reward: a fabulously loaded Saturday, from noon until nearly midnight, of compelling college basketball games. Before Norlander and Parrish get to the Final Four + 1 picks and previews, they open with undefeated Michigan, then get to undefeated Tennessee (13:45). Also, Friday morning brought bad news for West Virginia (20:00): Oscar Tshiebwe has left the team, putting WVU’s Final Four aspirations in doubt. The stuffed weekend preview starts around the 24-minute mark.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 01, 2021
Yes or no: Michigan State makes the 2021 NCAA Tournament; Arizona's postseason ban; a look back on the best and worst of 2020 (College Basketball 12/30)
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Happy New Year’s Eve eve! We open this ep by talking Michigan State and whether it misses making the NCAA Tournament in 2021. Then GP and Norlander discuss Arizona (14:30) removing itself from the 2021 postseason and whether this plan should or could backfire on the Wildcats. At the 28-minute mark, Parrish’s podcast betrayal before discussing the games to know for Thursday night, New Year’s Eve (32:00), led by Minnesota-Wisconsin. And given this is the final episode of 2020, we have to wrap by looking back on the year. Norlander has the five biggest college hoops stories of the past 12 months, and there’s even a call to our listeners: send and share your favorite podcast moments from 2020, too. Because Parrish remembers almost none of them. Stay safe, stay happy, we wish you all a great start in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2020
Northwestern atop the Big Ten; will the league get 10 tourney bids? And: Why Gonzaga going undefeated is now realistic (College Basketball 12/27)
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Northwestern is 6-1 with a 3-0 record in the Big Ten. Yes, we are opening the podcast talking NORTHWESTERN. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander also discuss the Big Ten (10:00) and evaluate the league’s chances of sending at least 10 teams to the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Then it’s Gonzaga (19:30) and the likelihood it runs the regular-season table, but also why this would be a very good thing for college basketball (the convincing case made therein). The duo unexpected gets into a discussion about Seinfeld and VCRs, but Norlander steers it back on track by looking ahead to the games to know for Monday and Tuesday (42:15) before the pod wraps with some entertaining shoutouts to the listeners who left notable reviews (57:00) — so be sure to leave yours if you want some love on a future pod.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
Merry Christmas, everybody! We talk Indiana, preview a great holiday slate and touch on our favorite Christmas go-tos (College Basketball 12/24)
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Merry Christmas, everyone, and happy holidays. Our Christmas Eve episode brings a lot of basketball and holiday cheer. We open with Indiana, then get to notable results from Wednesday (12:00) before moving on to discussing the Big Ten opting to play games on Christmas (21:00) and making our picks in the Final Four + 1 (29:00). The pod wraps with some Christmas chatter, like favorite holiday songs, family traditions (good or bad) and what are the top five days of the year? What's better: Christmas Eve of the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament? Enjoy, we wish you and yours a safe, happy, grateful holiday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
UNC's fatal flaw; everyone underrated Kansas; Kentucky's ongoing drama, Festivus grievances! (College Basketball 12/23)
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North Carolina lost at NC State on Tuesday night, bringing to light an unfortunate possibility: the 14-19 team last season might mean UNC struggles to make the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The guys also touch on Kansas (12:15) and its runaway home win over West Virginia. Looks like everyone underestimated KU heading into the season. As for Kentucky (20:30), the news gets worse as John Calipari takes the unusual action of publicly criticizing a player -- and asking him to temporarily step away from the team. On Tuesday, more great Keyontae Johnson news (35:30), as the Florida star left the hospital. The pod wraps with some quick holiday talk, focusing in on Festivus and few airing of grievances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
The CFP doesn't allow a Gonzaga story to happen; Kentucky isn't making NCAA Tournament; other big weekend takeaways (College Basketball 12/20)
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Gonzaga reminded everyone that it’s the best team in the sport with its double-digit win over No. 3 Iowa on Saturday, so the guys start there — and make quick mention of the CFP committee’s final rankings. Then we must get to 1-5 Kentucky (18:15), off to its worst start in more than 90 years. And after that, a weekend whiparound of sorts (34:30), with thoughts on Creighton-UConn, Providence-Seton Hall, Marquette-Xavier, Illinois-Rutgers and a few other items, too. Plus, we bring back the Apple Pods reader reviews (56:00) and Northwestern’s upset of Michigan State happens just as the pod wraps.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
Kansas ekes by Texas Tech; Saint Louis, hello!; picks, previews for a loaded weekend (College Basketball 12/18)
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It's not good that the biggest discussion topic off a huge Big 12 Thursday game is the officiating. But that's the case with Kansas' 58-57 win at Texas Tech Thursday night. GP and Norlander start there, then get into the myths and facts about Billikens (14:00). Oh by the way: Saint Louis is 6-0. After a conversation that goes in many directions, it’s time for the Final Four (and one), with picks and previews for the weekend (27:00). Included is talk on Gonzaga-Iowa, Louisville-Wisconsin, UNC-Kentucky and Indiana-Butler, among others! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
Optimistic Keyontae Johnson update, Big East considering pod play in four cities, Marquette should be a tournament team (College Basketball 12/16)
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Might the Big East be the trendsetter in college hoops? Matt Norlander had a report — which you can read here as you listen to the pod — that quoted league commissioner Val Ackerman and got into the topic of whether or not the Big East (and other power conferences) could ultimately decide to play league games in controlled environments in January, February or March. The guys extend the Big East chatter with thoughts on Marquette (19:30) and its upset win at Creighton. On Tuesday we got great news about the health status of Florida’s Keyontae Johnson (27:15), and on Tuesday night Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer (31:25) became the winningest coach in women’s basketball history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2020
Florida's Keyontae Johnson remains hospitalized after in-game collapse; Mizzou is thriving; Kentucky is careening (College Basketball 12/13)
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On Saturday morning Florida’s Keyontae Johnson collapsed in the first half of UF’s game at Florida State and was rushed to the hospital. The latest update as of our recording time was that Johnson remains in "critical but stable condition." The pod starts there, and we of course send only our very best to Keyontae and his loved ones in wishing for a quick recovery as soon as possible. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander also discuss Missouri’s three-point win over Illinois (16:15), bringing Mizzou to 5-0 and legitimately to a level of top-20 status in the sport. What’s more, the guys touch on some housekeeping items from the weekend (25:05) like Clemson, Cade Cunningham, cancellations — with a focus on Kentucky now having its worst start in 36 years. They wrap with Nate Oats’ Saturday evening apology to Coach K (41:00) and why Oats’ words were not surprising, and if anything, promptly appropriate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Nate Oats takes aim at Coach K, while Duke ends its nonconference schedule; plus -- weekend preview and picks! (College Basketball 12/11)
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Duke will not play Gardner-Webb, meaning it has canceled the remainder of its nonconference schedule. The pod opens with that, plus gets into Alabama coach Nate Oats taking aim at Mike Krzyzewski's comments about considering a temporary halt to the college basketball season. There's a lot to unpack there, so here we go. The guys also give some love to San Diego State starting the season 5-0 and picking up where it left off in 2019-20 -- its undefeated run. And the Final Four + 1 is back! We pick and preview the five best games of the weekend, plus give a heads-up on another half-dozen tips of note scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come on in and prep for a good weekend of hoops. We hope this finds you well! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
Illinois exposes Duke, Coach K questions the season, Iowa proves its worth vs. UNC (College Basketball 12/09)
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You were locked in to a big Tuesday night of hoops, so we’ve got you covered here on a Wednesday. The opener of the pod discusses Duke’s issues — Parrish still has the Blue Devils ranked — and Illinois totally looking the part of top-five team. There was also Mike Krzyzewski’s criticism of even playing college basketball right now; the guys touch on that, too. Then it’s time to talk Iowa (20:00) over North Carolina and Kansas (27:05) over Creighton. Maybe even a little Rutgers, too? Sure! Michigan State-Virginia has been postponed unfortunately, but there’s still a good Wednesday night slate and one very good game to know for Thursday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
CBS Sports Presents - 'The Early Edge: A Daily SportsLine Betting Podcast'
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'The Early Edge: A Daily SportsLine Betting Podcast' debuts on Thursday, December 10. Download and subscribe now on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and whenever else podcasts are found to get the first episode in your feed as soon as it is released! Looking for the best picks against the spread, sharp action on the total and props you can take to the ticket window? Join Jonathan Coachman on the Early Edge as he speaks with the best handicappers to preview every day’s biggest games in 10 minutes or fewer. From primetime picks to off-the-radar locks, Early Edge is bringing you the best bets in a quick, informative and easy to digest podcast. We promise to keep it short, sweet and to the point as SportsLine’s best experts come together to put some green into your pocket. Early Edge is in your feed every single day by 11 AM ET, don’t lay a wager without listening to our SportsLine experts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
Kentucky is 1-3 for the first time in 20 years. Is this John Calipari's worst team at Kentucky? (College Basketball 12/06)
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The two biggest headlines from Sunday in college hoops were Kentucky looking terrible against Georgia Tech and dropping to 1-3 for the first time since 2000-01 … and Gonzaga announcing it is going on COVID-19 pause through Dec. 14. The pod opens with a discussion on why alarms should legitimately be hit for UK right now. Then GP and Norlander get to Gonzaga (19:30) halting for a bit and discuss the nature of college basketball cancellations we should expect on a daily basis for the entire season. More: Villanova over Texas (38:15) amounts to the biggest win by any team in college basketball so far this season. The guys chat that, a history-making 40-0 run by Ohio and tie some threads together from the recent previous podcasts. And we wrap with a few binge-worthy TV recs as of late.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
🚨Gonzaga-Baylor called off; both coaches are insistent on rescheduling the game later this season (Emergency Podcast)
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We have quick reactions to Saturday's huge and unfortunate news: Gonzaga-Baylor was called off due to two positive COVID-19 test results in Gonzaga's program. The details of how it happened, when it happened and a layout of the potential scheduling routes that will allow for these teams to play each other again later this season. Mark Few and Scott Drew were publicly ambitious Saturday afternoon about getting this game in THIS season. Here's Parrish's column on the matter as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2020
Gonzaga vs. Baylor and Villanova vs. Texas: Teams ranked 1, 2, 3 and 4 in KenPom play each other this weekend (College Basketball 12/04)
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On Saturday afternoon on CBS, Gonzaga and Baylor will face off, marking the 43rd time in history college basketball has a 1-vs.-2 game. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open the first 25 minutes of the podcast by previewing that game but also going over Gonzaga's win against West Virginia and Baylor's win over Illinois on Wednesday night in the Jimmy V Classic. Then they touch on Texas (28:30) winning the Maui Invitational, which sets up another huge game: Sunday's home tilt against Villanova. For maybe the first time in the history of KenPom, which dates back almost 20 years, the top four teams play each other in a two-day period in the regular season. We don't gloss over Iowa's Luka Garza (39:00) and wrap the pod with a few more games to know on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend preview pods are back! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
Champions Classic reactions on Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State and Kansas; why Bubbleville has been a success (College Basketball 12/2)
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Tuesday night's Champions Classic saw Michigan State win at Duke and Kansas win an ugly game over Kentucky. The pod opens with MSU-Duke chatter before transitioning to UK-KU (10:00). With Norlander back from Bubbleville, he shares some initial impressions on potential No. 1 2021 pick Evan Mobley (22:30), who played for USC on Tuesday in a huge win over BYU in Bubbleville. Norlander also gives a rundown on the success of Bubbleville so far and why it can work. (As promised, here's the piece, if you'd like to read it.) From there, the pod goes in a bunch of weird directions which we think you'll enjoy. Anyone remembers pogs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2020
Kentucky gets rocked by Richmond; can it recover and beat Kansas? Plus: Maui/Asheville preview and predictions (College Basketball 11/30)
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Virginia, Villanova and Kentucky have all lost as top-10 teams through five games of the season. Texas Tech took a surprising defeat as well vs. equally good Houston on Sunday. Today's episode recaps the biggest events of Saturday and Sunday, plus gives a look ahead to the most interesting games of Monday and Tuesday, let by the Maui Invitational, which is taking place in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Gonzaga dominates but has positive COVID tests, Virginia might have fooled everybody, and Villanova doubles down on casino hoops (College Basketball 11/27)
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Gonzaga has looked incredible on the court through two games, beating KU and Auburn. But the outstanding play has been overshadowed some due to the fact GU has multiple COVID-19 positives in its program. That didn't stop Gonzaga from playing Auburn on Friday. The guys get into that mess of a topic and then discuss Gonzaga's impressive 2-0 start. From there, Virginia getting knocked over by San Francisco (23:15) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl having arguably the best two-game start of any player are discussed. Norlander also goes behind the scenes to show how Villanova agreed to stick around Bubbleville and surprisingly pick up another game, plus the guys give their initial tidbits and goodies on a few other results from the first 2.5 days of action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2020
THE. SEASON. IS. HERE. (College Basketball 11/25)
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Say no more. We have finally made it. Get ready and bask in the regular season by listening to the pod as you watch games all day and all night long. Allons-y! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
The season starts in two days and cancellations are landing by the hour (College Basketball 11/23)
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It's been the longest offseason in 40-plus years in college basketball, but the week has finally arrived. The season will start Wednesday. There will be games -- and plenty of postponements and cancellations. On Monday, we learned Duke and Arizona will not play their season-openers due to COVID-19. Even the news of Rick Barnes testing positive broke mid-podcast. The guys discuss the logistics around starting the season this week and all the entanglements. They also get to Auburn, which is not expected to be good this season, self-imposing a postseason ban for 2021. Gary Parrish said this practice should no longer be part of the equation in the penalty process for the NCAA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 1 team heading into the start of the season next week (College Basketball 11/20)
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Mark Few has never before had Gonzaga at No. 1 heading into a season, but that is now the case. We wrap up our preseason top 10 series with an episode dedicates to the Zags -- and a peek around the WCC while we're at it as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: The Baylor Bears are No. 2 and ready to do what they've never been able to achieve before (College Basketball 11/19)
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Baylor as a top-two team heading into the season? We're a long way from Bill Henderson. Bill who? BILL HENDERSON! Just listen to the pod -- we're less than a week to the start of the season, people! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: Villanova is the No. 3 team according to Parrish ... but the No. 1 team according to Norlander! (College Basketball 11/18)
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There seems to be a clear top three in college hoops heading into the season. The order they should go in is however you prefer. We discuss Villanova in the 3 spots, as that's where Gary Parrish has it in his preseason rankings. Norlander thinks this is the top team in the sport. Let's have at it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2020
🚨Gregg Marshall has resigned from Wichita State and will be paid $7.75 million to do so (Emergency Podcast)
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After being credibly accused of physical and verbal assault of multiple former players, student-athletes and an assistant coach -- and denying the physical assault in October -- Gregg Marshall stepped down Tuesday as coach of the Wichita State men's basketball program. This emergency pod provides context as to why WSU felt it necessary to pay Marshall $7.75 million to leave, discusses if Marshall will return to coach in college, and ends with the initial list of candidates to replace him in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: Reigning champion Virginia will have some new faces but still checks in at No. 4
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Tony Bennett has brought Virginia to a plane of existence UVA fans could have never imagined six or seven years ago: the Cavaliers are expected to be one of the 10 best teams in college basketball almost every season. Here's why Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander both size up this seasons' Virginia squad as a Final Four contender. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
🚨NCAA decides to move the entire 2021 NCAA Tournament to one area, likely greater Indianapolis (Emergency Podcast!)
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The 2021 NCAA Tournament will be held in one general location, with that location hopefully being the greater Indianapolis area. What is and isn't doable, what has and hasn't been decided, what should and shouldn't happen: Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander give you 30 minutes of reaction to Monday's big news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: This should be the best team in the history of the Iowa Hawkeyes (College Basketball 11/16)
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Hello, and let this be your first notice that college basketball starts NEXT. WEEK. Our countdown series continues with an examination of Gene Wilder's alma mater: Iowa. Parrish has the Hawkeyes ranked fifth, Norlander has them 10th. The AP Top 25 has Iowa fourth, its highest preseason ranking in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
2020 NBA Mock Draft podcast special: Projecting lottery picks and the rest of the first round for Wednesday's NBA Draft
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Wednesday night is the 2020 NBA Draft. It's never happened in November and never been so close (only ONE WEEK) up against the start of the college basketball season. If you're looking to get a sense of who will be picked -- or who SHOULD be picked -- in the first round, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander mock out the lottery and the rest of the top 30 picks on this episode. They also give insight to the names rising and falling, and include a few more players just outside the first round of this mock who probably work their way into the top 30 on Wednesday evening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: The Illinois Freaking Fighting Illini are No. 6 and capable of winning the national title (College Basketball 11/13)
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Illinois doesn't get many seasons like this anymore. Preseason top-10 expectations and boasting two of the 20 best players in the sport. Brad Underwood enters his fourth season in Champaign with a chance to win the Big Ten at Illinois for the first time in 16 years. Here's all you need to know about a team getting a good dose of preseason hype -- and who Norlander and Parrish are higher on than the preseason metrics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: Kansas was the best team in college basketball last season; now we think it's No. 7 (College Basketball 11/12)
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Kansas was securely the best team in college basketball in 2019-20. That's probably the No. 1 reason why the Jayhawks, who have a roster that's far from stacked the way other KU teams have been stacked in the past 15 years, nonetheless finds itself ranked No. 7 in our preseason countdown. As Norlander promises on the pod, here's a link to our Top 100 And 1 players list, which published Wednesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: No. 8 Duke doesn't looks as loaded as recent years, but here's why it deserves the benefit of the doubt (College Basketball 11/11)
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Duke is No. 8 in Gary Parrish's preseason Top 25 And 1. Norlander's got Duke No. 12. KenPom rates Duke No. 3 heading into the season. It's an interesting team with plenty of questions, but on today's episode the guys give the case for and against Duke as a Final Four contender for the season ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: Creighton has its most anticipated season in school history thanks to its highest preseason ranking ever (College Basketball 11/10)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander lay out the case for Creighton as a top-10 team (though Norlander has it No. 11 in his 1-357 rankings) and why the Bluejays are looking at school history. Greg McDermott's done a stellar job guiding CU from Missouri Valley pillar to Big East power player in the past seven/eight seasons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
Top 10 Countdown: The 10th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers should have one of the strongest frontcourt duos in America (College Basketball 11/09)
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We begin our top-10 countdown series with an examination of the under-hyped Wisconsin Badgers, who are Final Four contenders thanks to so many quality players returning from a team that would have been the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament last March. Greg Gard's doing quite well for himself after all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: Cassius Winston will make idiots out of teams if he drops into the second round
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Cassius Winston was a highly rated point guard prospect coming out of high school. He went on to a stellar four-year career at Michigan State. No 2020 NCAA Tournament may have dinged his draft stock, but in this episode Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander explicitly make the case for why Winston should be taken in the mid-to-late 20s of Nov. 18's draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2020
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: The American could be anywhere from a two-to-five-bid league this season (College Basketball 11/06)
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The Houston Cougars are looking like the best team in the American Athletic Conference. Memphis isn't far behind. But then? Well, it's going to get interesting. This is a big year for the American, which loses UConn. It's still a major-seven conference, but that distinction isn't promised for the years to come. What teams will be in the NCAA Tournament mix? Our final league preview is here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: The Big East has, by far, the biggest gap between its top two teams and the rest of the league (College Basketball 11/05)
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OK, it's settled. The Big East by far the most unpredictable league Nos. 3-8 in college basketball. Our latest podcast episode takes an informative scan of every team in the conference. Parrish and Norlander only agree on the placement of four teams. Villanova is the best, that's clear. Creighton is right behind. Then? Hey, UConn is back here, and they've got good potential. As Norlander notes, his 1-357 has now published in full. You can read the top tier, No. 1-68, right here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: The SEC looks to be a toss-up between loaded Tennessee and brand-new Kentucky (College Basketball 11/04)
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Let's chat now about the SEC, which has NCAA Tournament contenders in Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, LSU ... and then who? There's a lot to be determined there, a lot of intrigue. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander fill you in in the fifth of our seven conference preview eps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2020
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: The Pac-12 will be a three-team race and the conference could send seven to the NCAA Tournament
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander do not agree on the best team in the Pac-12 this season. In fact, they might disagree more about this league than any other. That's a great thing for Pac-12 teams, because it means the conference is again built to put a minimum of five teams into the NCAA Tournament and a maximum, most likely, of seven. Which seven? What are the tiers? Should Arizona State be the pick? We hope you get out and vote on this Election Day, and if you are, and if this podcast helped pass the time while waiting in line, we're happy to have provided some info and entertainment. Five stars and nice comments, you know what to do! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: Baylor is predicted to win the Big 12 for the first time in program history (College Basketball 11/02)
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The Big 12 has seven of its 10 teams in position to be NCAA Tournament-good this season. But there seems like there's a top half and a bottom half, though. Who's in the top five beyond Baylor, Kansas and West Virginia? Well it's Texas Tech and Texas, clearly. But are the Longhorns really a sleeper team to win the league? There is a case. Also, the conference could have the best player in America: Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: Kentucky's Tyrese Maxey needs to tighten up a few things about his game, but there's a good case to take him in the lottery
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After seven straight years of producing at least one top-10 pick, John Calipari's Kentucky program is looking at a second straight year of not getting a Wildcat taken in the top 10. This was a wild streak to begin with, but no shame in it ending. If there's one guy who has a distant shot, it's combo guard Tyrese Maxey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2020
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: All evidence points to the Big Ten being the best league in America for a second straight season (College Basketball 10/30)
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Our conference-preview pod miniseries continues with the B1G. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander take a good look at a great league. Ten teams figure to be good enough to make the NCAA Tournament, and four of them are built to be a top-three seed come NCAA Tournament time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: The ACC has Virginia in the catbird seat, with Duke, North Carolina, Florida State and Louisville all giving chase (College Basketball 10/29)
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Virginia is our pick to be, clearly, the best team in the ACC. But who's the best player? Best freshman? How many tournament teams are going to come out of a league that had only four tournament locks last season? The ACC might be coasting on its reputation a bit, and maybe that becomes more exposed this season if UNC can't get back to top-25 status and if Duke winds up living outside the top 10 in the polls much more often than it does in most years. A scan of the conference inside, with predictions on 1 all the way to 14. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Our picks for All-American teams, Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year (College Basketball 10/28)
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Happy hump day. We've got our preseason awards-show special for you. CBSSports.com published our First, Second and Third All-America teams this week, in addition to the collective's picks for preseason Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander reveal all those on this episode, but also reveal their personal ballots and disclose which of their picks did NOT make it on to the CBS Sports All-America teams. So much to get to, and two Trivia Time! segments, as well! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: Precious Achiuwa has his draft stocked helped more than any other player thanks to James Wiseman leaving
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We hope you're enjoying our weekly draft profiles, and guess what? For the next month, Eye on College Basketball will be coming into your feed on an almost-daily basis with preview pods, reaction pods, draft pods and more. Today's episode focuses on Memphis one-and-doner Precious Achiuwa who, when he's picked, will clinch the first time in 15 years that the Tigers produced two first-round picks in the same year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2020
Major news: ESPN bails on its Orlando bubble entirely and Arizona has been hit with NINE allegations of wrongdoing from the NCAA (College Basketball 10/26)
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On Sunday, The Athletic broke the news that Arizona has been assessed with nine NCAA violations, including five of the worst variety, by the NCAA. One of them is a Level I toward coach Sean Miller. The podcasts first 30 minutes touch on that (and Norlander's back from vacation), and then at the 30-minute mark, GP and Norlander react in real time to the news that, following Norlander's report from Sunday, ESPN has decided to kill all of its games and multi-team events scheduled to be held from Nov. 25-Dec. 4 in Orlando at Walt Disney World. That has huge scheduling fallout, of course. Will it lead to conferences opting to go league-only? Maybe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Who replaces Pat Chambers? Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin eligible for Kentucky (College Basketball 10/23)
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We start with the resignation of Penn State coach Pat Chambers after an internal investigation into his conduct (0:10). After the break Gary and Kyle discuss who they think is in line to replace Chambers as the next coach for the Nittany Lions (11:30). We wrap with Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin becoming eligible for Kentucky after clearing transfer waivers. What impact will they have on the Wildcats this season (24:35)? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
2020 NBA Mock Draft: LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards or James Wiseman at No. 1? (College Basketball 10/19)
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October isn't typically 'Mock Draft' season, but this year is different. On this episode, Gary Parrish is joined by Kyle Boone to go through their picks for the entire first round of the 2020 NBA Draft. The guys alternate their picks from Timberwolves at #1 to the Celtics at #30. Will LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman be the top pick? Where does Obi Toppin deserve to be selected? Who will be the surprises of the draft? All the guys mentioned plus other top prospects like Deni Avdija, Isaac Okoro, Cole Anthony, R.J. Hampton, Killian Hayes, Tyrese Haliburton and Onyeka Okungwu are discussed. Listen to this mock draft podcast to get you ready for November 18. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
NCAA does the right thing; Gregg Marshall denies assaulting his players; latest with Kentucky getting Olivier Sarr eligible (college basketball 10/15)
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The NCAA's Division I Council voted on multiple significant items on Wednesday, and two of them we get into on this podcast: 1) all winter-sport athletes get an extra year of eligibility no matter what, which clearly will have a big impact on college basketball. No. 2) When the vote is passed in January, every NCAA scholarship athlete will be able to transfer without having to sit a season the FIRST time they opt to do so. So those two topics, in addition to how Olivier Sarr's situation at Kentucky fits into all this. The podcast wraps with the latest on Gregg Marshall, who on Wednesday denied every physically assaulting anyone with his program. It's a denial Parrish and Norlander did not anticipate, and certainly not six days after the allegations surfaced. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
CBS Sports Presents: ¡Qué Golazo! A Daily CBS Soccer Podcast
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'¡Qué Golazo! A Daily CBS Soccer Podcast' debuts on Wednesday, October 14. Download and subscribe now on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and whenever else podcasts are found to get the first episode in your feed as soon as it is released! A daily soccer podcast from CBS Sports, bringing you the very best analysis, commentary and gambling help from the world’s game. CBS Soccer host and insider Luis Miguel Echegaray is joined by a team of CBS talent to bring you the latest in Europe and beyond. From our Champions League coverage to Europa, the Premier League, La Liga and the top leagues, this is your one and only stop for your daily soccer fix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: Iowa State is becoming a reliable factory for NBA picks, and Tyrese Haliburton should be a lottery lock
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Our latest draft-centric episode focuses on the statistically magnificent Haliburton, whose season was cut short more than a month before COVID canceled college basketball. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander give an overview on the 1.5 seasons worth of production from Haliburton, who was a terrific college player and is one of the three or four best point guards in a point guard-heavy 2020 draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
🚨Bombshell allegations against Wichita State coach Greg Marshall: repeated physical and verbal abuse of players and coaches
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On Thursday evening, two reports dropped that revealed Wichita State has been investigating its coach, Gregg Marshall, after allegations of multiple incidents of physical and verbal abuse over the past half-decade. One story, via Stadium's Jeff Goodman, cites 26 former players and 10 former coaches giving credibility to the accusations. Marshall's job is clearly in jeopardy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2020
College basketball keeps adding huge November and December games; John Calipari responds to Chris Mack; Bob Huggins update
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Matt Norlander broke the news this week that Final Four frontrunners Gonzaga and Iowa have agreed to play each other Dec. 19 in South Dakota. What's the story? We've got it for you, and not only that, but let's look around and see how many top 25-level games are already in the works for the first two weeks of the season. Plus: GP and Norlander discuss John Calipari's weaker-than-wanted attempt at clapping back at Chris Mack, though there is a huge positive from it. The pod's got randomness as well: spanning the globe and checking in with our listeners in Chile, Sweden, Australia. You know, the usual spots. And we have a Bob Huggins update! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: On Duke's Tre Jones, who could be picked in the teens or the low 30s. We say he's a first-rounder
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Tre Jones had a very good two-year run at Duke. He's left the Blue Devils behind and is now a prospect placed anywhere from No. 17 or 18 on draft boards to as low as No. 36 or 37. Is the truth somewhere in between? Yeah, probably. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander project the draft placement and career of Tre Jones, and share a Fred VanVleet story along the way as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2020
Chris Mack going at John Calipari is absolutely amazing; Gonzaga-Baylor announced; Norlander reveals Big 12 December schedule in full
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We are thrilled to share a lively episode -- including a scoop on the Big 12. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with audio of Louisville coach Chris Mack airing the dirty laundry with Kentucky coach John Calipari. An elongated, appreciative breakdown of Mack’s two-minute Twitter exposé that was a top-three highlight of the offseason. Stories aplenty, too. Beyond a beefy first segment, the guys discuss the existential issue threatening college basketball’s season: testing inconsistency and quarantine mandates (32:30), which are even affecting the NFL right now. The podcast closes (51:00) with some great news from Thursday: Gonzaga vs. Baylor on CBS in December. Details on that, and then Norlander unveils the entirety of the Big 12 league schedule in December, which has not been officially released yet but was agreed to by the league earlier this week. A number of top-25 matchups await between Dec. 6 and Dec. 22. Come on in and enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: Villanova's assembly line of reliable NBA picks should absolutely continue with NBA-ready Saddiq Bey
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are back with another appetizer-portioned podcast that focuses on an NBA Draft prospect of note. Today: Villanova's Saddiq Bey, who went from being the least heralded Villanova recruit two years ago to knocking on the door of being a top-10 pick. Norlander thinks he might be a top-five rookie. Parrish thinks he's lasting at least a decade in the NBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2020
The Pac-12 gets cleared to play ASAP; will Louisville and Kentucky be able to figure out a way to play each other in 2020?
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Welcome back, Pac-12. On Thursday, the presidents and chancellors in the conference voted to allow hoops to return on the proper timetable so that all the teams will be playing with the rest of college basketball (save the Ivy League) when the season starts. The pod opens up with a discussion on that, then Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander split open some of the deeper issues with nonconference scheduling and why Thursday’s Pac-12 vote plays a big factor. The guys also discuss the expected reveal on Friday of initial COVID-19 guidelines (21:00) for basketball, which also will have a significant impact on what games we will or won’t get in November and December. The final third of the pod focuses on Kentucky (36:00) and its alumni just going off in the NBA bubble. Plus: Chris Mack can’t yet confirm Louisville will play, or host, Kentucky this year. Will arguably the best rivalry in college hoops go on a one-year hiatus? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: On the heels of a historically bad UNC season, Cole Anthony is fighting for top-10-pick status
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Happy Tuesday, everybody. College hoops will have no shortage of news later this week, so be on the lookout for another podcast in a couple of days. But before that, we continue with our NBA Draft profiles, focusing on one-and-done UNC point guard Cole Anthony. His stock was in the top-five range a year ago. Now he's reasonably somewhere between No. 12 and No. 18 in the eyes of many. His case is interesting; Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander evaluate the mercurial talent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2020
The NCAA decides Nov. 25 will be the start date for college basketball's season; here's how we got here
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On Wednesday, the NCAA's Division I Council approved a Nov. 25 start date. That's a good thing ... with some drawbacks. Good to have a date, bad for MTE events like the Maui Invitation which will now have to move around that date and create schedule chaos as a result. But there's a lot of positivity to get to! Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have everything you need to know about this -- plus a look at the historic vote that came to be on Wednesday as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
CBS Sports Presents: 'All Things Covered with Patrick Peterson & Bryant McFadden'
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'All Things Covered' with Patrick Peterson & Bryant McFadden' debuts on Tuesday, September 22nd with special guest Tyrann Mathieu. Download and subscribe now to get the first episode in your feed as soon as it is released! Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden have made a living for their coverage skills on the football field, and while it's a different technique, they're now applying those traits on their new podcast 'All Things Covered'. Instead of wide receivers, tight ends and running backs, they'll be covering sports, entertainment, social issues, personal interests and more. Every Tuesday, the 8-time Pro Bowler Peterson and 2-time Super Bowl champion McFadden will discuss what's happening on the gridiron as well as what intrigues them off the field. Each week they'll welcome a star from the sports and entertainment world to have wide-ranging conversations about what interests them. Guests can include active or former football players but also athletes and influencers from other sports and walks of life. Football is how we know our hosts, but far from what defines Pat and BMac. The name says everything; expect all things to be covered! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: The reasons why Isaac Okoro reminds us Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard when they were drafted
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News: the NBA Draft's initial target date of Oct. 16 will be pushed back, with the new target being Nov. 18. That in mind, our Draft Profiles series continues with a player who could go as high as No. 4 or as low as No. 11: Auburn freshman Isaac Okoro. If you look at what Okoro does well right now and compare it to what Kawhi Leonard did well a decade ago, it's fairly surprising. We don't think Okoro will be a Finals MVP one day, but we do think his ceiling is what's going to get him drafted high. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
ACC coaches are going to propose that every team in college basketball plays in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Thanks: WE HATE IT.
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On Wednesday morning an outrageous headline came in: ACC coaches agreed on a conference call to propose to the NCAA an all-inclusive 2021 tournament. Everybody into the pool. Uh, what? Is this even possible? It's not practical. The pod leads with Parrish and Norlander picking this plan apart, then getting to Norlander's story from Tuesday that revealed how dozens of teams could be playing in a bubble in Connecticut in December. This ep wraps with a quick thought on Billy Donovan being on the coaching market and whether he'll make his way back to college hoops. What's the percentage on that right now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: Onyeka Okongwu is a high-ceiling, high-floor prospect who won't fall beyond the eighth pick
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Happy Labor Day weekend, listeners. Our latest profile pod focuses on a one-and-doner out of the Pac-12 who draws comparisons to Brandon Clarke and John Collins. Onyeka Okongwu could go as high as No. 4 and seems to be slotting well into that No. 6 and No. 7 range. If you missed out on most of USC's games last season, listen in to understand why he's set up well to be an immediate impact player on the defensive end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
Remembering the lives and Hall of Fame careers of two coaching legends: John Thompson and Lute Olson
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College basketball has lost two of its greatest coaches ever in the span of only four days. This episode honors their memories and gets into some personal storytelling, too. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with a long discussion about the late John Thompson Jr., Georgetown's greatest, who you can make a case for as the most important coach in college basketball history. And after the Thompson talk, the guys discuss Lute Olson (42:30), who is the most important basketball figure in the history of Arizona -- and the second-best coach in the Pac-8/Pac-10/Pac-12 to John Wooden. The tail end of the podcast touches on a bit of relevant news (1:02:00) on college basketball's start date and the NCAA trademarking "Battle in the Bubble." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
CBS Sports Presents: 'Fantasy Football Today in 5' podcast
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Fantasy Football Today in 5, the fastest way to keep up with fantasy football, debuts on Monday, August 31. Download and subscribe now to get the first episode in your feed as soon as it is released! Want Fantasy advice, news and analysis fast? Fantasy Football Today in 5 will get you caught up on what you need to know to win your league in just 5 minutes every weekday morning. Join host Adam Aizer and a rotating cast of analysts including Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard, Heath Cummings and Ben Gretch as they guide you to a Fantasy championship. The FFT crew will filter through the news cycle and deliver what matters most from a Fantasy perspective so you can make your start/sit moves, Waiver Wire transactions and trades before breakfast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
🚨Will Wade has been accused by the NCAA of offering at least 11 players impermissible benefits to play at LSU
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Two podcasts in one day? In August? We're here for you. This is a quickie emergency pod that addresses serious news that emerged late Wednesday morning: Will Wade, according to NCAA findings, has made at least 11 offers to players and/or former LSU prospects that included impermissible benefits. This information comes via an ESPN.com report, which cited documents obtained by the NCAA. This emergency pod not only lays out those details but also explains a potential timeline and discusses whether or not Wade is going to remain LSU's coach in the short-term -- because the long-term looks grim. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
Jay Wright leaving Villanova doesn't seem likely; when college basketball's season should start; welcome back, Marshall Henderson!
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The podcast is thankful that despite what's going to be the longest offseason in college basketball history, there are indeed headlines that surface weekly that provide us with fodder for the pod. Today's ep opens with a discussion on scuttlebutt about Jay Wright and the potential he'd leave Villanova for the 76ers job. Then the guys get to Norlander's scoop earlier in the week that detailed the four potential season-start dates (26:30) the NCAA and its power brokers are deliberating this week and next. Stick around for Norlander's suggestion on how the season should start and Parrish's point about Christmas break. The ep wraps by welcoming back Ole Miss legend Marshall Henderson (47:00) who was announced Tuesday night as a graduate manager for the program. This could be fun! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: If Deni Avdija played college basketball last season, he would've almost certainly been a top-10 player
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The fifth discussion in our draft-profile series focuses for the first time on an international prospect. Deni Avdija is now being regarded as a better NBA pick than all but maybe three players who played college basketball last season. What to know, why he's intriguing, why his situation should never be compared to Luka Dončić. Parrish and Norlander did their homework, and we think you'll enjoy getting to know more about one of the biggest 2020 draft risers over the past six months. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
Gonzaga and Baylor agree to huge game for upcoming season; NCAA officially embracing playing college basketball in bubbles
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If Gonzaga and Baylor can maneuver on a dime and schedule each other for next season, then of course there's real optimism college basketball can pull off a regular season for 2020-21. This episode leads with Norlander's scoop on Few and Drew's coup, and gets into a lot of the scenarios and scuttlebutt Parrish and Norlander have heard from coaches in the past week. We also got news as of late: the NCAA is officially embracing using bubbles and we know college basketball will have a definitive word on its schedule start time and details by mid-September. Eye on College Basketball is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: James Wiseman played three games in college. He's still in the mix to go No. 1. Is it justifiable?
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This week's prospect analysis looks at all of the off- and on-court attributes and setbacks that make James Wiseman a fascinating case. Wiseman is our fourth profile so far, and he's the final player with a realistic chance of being selected No. 1 overall in October. The biggest question we have: Will the fact he quit Memphis in December impact where he's selected two months from now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
The Pac-12 cancels all basketball games until January. Are all other conferences destined to soon make the same decision?
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What was mostly expected Tuesday: the Big Ten and Pac-12 announcing they were pushing football to the spring. What wasn't? The Pac-12 also announcing it will not have any sports of any kind played before January. So 12 Pac-12 men's basketball programs just had more than 100 nonconference games taken out from underneath them. Truth is, the rest of the sport is probably going to follow suit, but those decisions aren't expected until September. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this pod by discussing the Pac-12, and then they get to speculating and building out what college basketball and the NCAA needs to do in order to best ensure college hoops doesn't end up like college football (21:50). Parrish reveals his template for holding college basketball's regular season and NCAA Tournament in 2021, while Norlander reveals some of his details on a 2021 NCAA Tournament that would be hosted and played in one state and mostly one city: Indianapolis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: Why Anthony Edwards is going to be the toughest yes-or-no decision for any team drafting in the top three
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The NBA Draft lottery is two weeks away. Whatever teams land in the No. 1, 2 and 3 spots of that lottery will heavily weigh selecting Georgia's Anthony Edwards. He's a lock to go in the top five. But his one-and-done season with the Dawgs was hit-or-miss. Is his floor lower than most are acknowledging? Are analysts doomed to refer to him in the next few months as a "poor man's James Harden"? Hopefully not. Our latest prospect profile episode is here. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2020
NBA Draft deadline decision day arrives and who are the biggest winners? Iowa and Illinois! Full recap ⬇️ (08/03)
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Monday was the NCAA's deadline for college players to declare whether they would remain in the draft pool or return to school. There were less than 10 meaningful and noteworthy decisions that came down in the 48 hours leading up to the deadline; this pod discusses all of those stay-or-leave calls, led by Illinois benefitting as much or more than any other school. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander give a full rundown, including some Trivia Time! Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
MaCio Teague returning to Baylor: Are the Bears the Big 12/national preseason favorites? (College Basketball 7/31)
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The NCAA’s deadline to withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft isn’t until next week — but Baylor’s MaCio Teague went ahead and made a decision (1:20). He’ll be back at Baylor. And now, provided Jared Butler also withdraws from the draft, Scott Drew’s Bears look like they’ll be the preseason favorite in the Big 12. So Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone opened this episode of the Eye On College Basketball podcast by discussing Baylor (and the Big 12 in general) before reacting to news that conferences are largely turning toward league-only football schedules (18:30). What, if anything, does that mean for college basketball? And is it even possible to play college football and college basketball outside of a bubble given that Major League Baseball is hitting one bump after another? It’s a fair question to ask. Nominate Eye on College Basketball for the People's Choice Podcast Awards:  http://podcastawards.com/app/signup/ Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2020
NBA Draft Profiles: Why isn't Obi Toppin in the conversation to be the No. 1 pick?
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In the lead-up to October's NBA Draft, the podcast will be adding more episodes to your weekly feed that include breezy but knowledgeable discussions on the biggest and best prospects in the 2020 draft pool. Our second episode of this variety focuses on Obi Toppin, who led Dayton to its best season in school history. Norlander believes Toppin will be the best pro of any player in the 2020 draft, while Parrish is nearly as high on the 22-year-old. And on the topic of his age, it's there that we find the biggest reason for why Toppin isn't regarded as a No. 1 pick by most. Is that justifiable? Nominate Eye on College Basketball for the People's Choice Podcast Awards:  http://podcastawards.com/app/signup/ Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2020
NBA Draft Prospect Profiles: Why Parrish and Norlander disagree so much on LaMelo Ball's draft stock
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In the lead-up to October's NBA Draft, the podcast will be adding more episodes to your weekly feed that include breezy but knowledgeable discussions on the biggest and best prospects in the 2020 draft pool. This is the first of those episodes, and LaMelo Ball is the subject because Gary Parrish has him slotted atop his mock draft. We hope you enjoy some bonus pod content in addition to the regularly scheduled episodes. Nominate Eye on College Basketball for the People's Choice Podcast Awards:  http://podcastawards.com/app/signup/ Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2020
Gonzaga lost its best player Monday. Here's why Mark Few's program can now be compared to Duke and Kentucky (college basketball 07/20)
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Rather significant headline popped Monday: Gonzaga’s best player bolted on the team and didn’t tell them in advance. Filip Petrusev would’ve been a First Team A-A pick in the preseason had he opted to return, but that’s not the case. Parrish and Norlander react to the news and differ on where they’d slot the Zags heading into the fall. Some behind-the-scenes intel is shared as well, plus a preview of Gonzaga for next season on the whole. There’s more news: Baylor has the No. 1-rated class for 2021 at the moment (22:30). Scott Drew is ushering in what looks to be the golden age of Baylor hoops, and that’s saying something. Remember, there were the Terry Teagle years! Stick around until the end: Norlander’s got some coach/school name marriages to consider.  Nominate Eye on College Basketball for the People's Choice Podcast Awards:  http://podcastawards.com/app/signup/ Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2020
Two big commitments Wednesday: Moussa Cisse is going to Memphis and Jonathan Kuminga is going to the G League (College Basketball 07/15)
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Penny Hardaway and Memphis got a commitment Wednesday from 2020 five-star center Moussa Cisse. Surely nothing will go wrong in the next few months, right? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander give you the particulars of what to know about the situation surrounding Cisse, and then they get to Jonathan Kuminga's Thursday evening announcement (22:30) that he will be playing in the G League pathway program. That makes for five players who have said no to college and yes to the G League. And then a most interesting discussion on one coach's idea to play a shortened 2020-21 season (30:30) and potential one-year configurations for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Nominate Eye on College Basketball for the People's Choice Podcast Awards: http://podcastawards.com/app/signup/ Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
What Ivy League's fall-sports cancellation means to college basketball; Makur Maker picks Howard (College Basketball 07/09))
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On Wednesday, the Ivy League made significant news in college sports when it announced all organized sports within the league would not be permitted through the end of the fall semester. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with thoughts on basketball -- and football -- and how these issues are interconnected and why college hoops' season is already impacted. The guys also discuss Makur Maker's commitment to Howard (29:40). Will he even get to play for the Bison? Will others follow? And the podcast wraps with the story of Rasir Bolton and Pat Chambers (44:00). The former PSU player went public this week, prompting Chambers to issue a formal statement and apologize. Nominate Eye on College Basketball for the People's Choice Podcast Awards: http://podcastawards.com/app/signup/ Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
06/29: Emoni Bates—WAY ahead of schedule—announces his intention to play for Michigan State. And we think he will.
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For the second straight Monday, a No. 1-rated basketball recruit has proven skeptics wrong and announced a commitment to playing college basketball over more lucrative alternatives. On Monday, Emoni Bates made his choice to play for Michigan State, if and when he's eligible to do so. Bates is in the class of 2022 and has made no clear intention of reclassifying to 2021. Bates, 16, regarded as one of the two or three best prospects this century. Will he wind up playing for Tom Izzo? Norlander and Parrish both say yes and present the evidence and indications as to why. The second half of the pod is dedicated to the Big East and UConn (28:00), a reunion which will become official on Wednesday. With UConn going to the Big East, the guys power-rank every program, 1 through 11, and project the hierarchy of the league over the next five seasons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
06/24: Cade Cunningham sticking with Oklahoma State is an abnormally loyal player decision that deserves huge praise
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Big-time college hoops news got the week going on Monday. No. 1-rated 2020 recruit Cade Cunningham announced he will stay at Oklahoma State for next season, despite the 2021 postseason ban the NCAA handed the school. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open the podcast with perspective and reaction, then get into the Big East's 21 minority assistants coming together to rally for social justice (24:00), led by their goal to get Black Lives Matter patches on uniforms for all of next season. And what about Luka Garza (41:00)? Parrish caught up with him last week. Norlander poses a question: has college basketball ever had a player facing the scenario Garza is right now? Listen in to understand -- then stick around at the end for another Trivia Time! and a 90-degree day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2020
06/15: Huge college sports news on Monday, so let's not waste any time and get right to it
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And no, we're not talking about Leaky Black's 21st birthday, but that's big too and we want to acknowledge it as well. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2020
06/11: Zion Williamson’s ex-agent is hell-bent on trying to expose Zion, Nike and Duke
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If you thought the countersuit against Zion Williamson would fade away, you'd be wrong. This week, attorneys representing Gina Ford, Williamson's ex-agent, filed a new suit for consideration and cited text-message evidence and allegations regarding a wealthy home, and multiple luxury vehicles, both tied to the Williamson family during his time at Duke. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander spend the first half this podcast discussing the matter. Then they turn to Norlander's story from this week about new head coaches adjusting to the job during pandemic (33:00) and move on to top-rated prospect Jonathan Kuminga (52:00), who is expected to announce next week a reclassification to the class of 2020, plus the implied likelihood he heads for the G League. Also, just a brutal Trivia Time! showing by Norlander wraps the pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
🚨The NCAA shocks Oklahoma State with a one-year postseason ban and a litany of other sanctions
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Friday brought a real NCAA bombshell: Oklahoma State was served a one-year postseason ban for 2021 among a laundry list of other impactful charges, including fines, a loss of recruiting days and scholarships. Gary Parrish flies solo for this emergency episode, giving you quick analysis to what became the biggest story in college sports heading into the weekend. You can read Matt Norlander's news story on the sanctions here. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2020
06/04: How the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests have created a positive stir for change in college basketball
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A tragedy in Minneapolis -- the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer -- has catalyzed and sparked worldwide protest efforts to weed out systemic racism. College basketball and its leaders can be agents for true, overdue change in this country. Today's podcast focuses on the conversations Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have had with coaches and players in college basketball this week. They touch on first-hand accounts from black coaches and the systemic racism they've encountered at the hands of law enforcement in the past. Parrish wrote this week about Rhode Island coach David Cox. In New Mexico, a team came together to protest peacefully. Norlander at one point references this story, first published at CBS Sports in 2016, where coaches shared their stories of encounters with law enforcement. There is also a movement afoot, sparked by Georgia Tech assistant Eric Reveno (31:00), who tweeted earlier this week that the NCAA should make November's Election Day a mandatory day off for all of college athletics in order to afford players and coaches alike the opportunity and time to vote Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2020
05/27: Mac McClung picks Texas Tech, but will he be eligible? Plus: Pissed off Bobby Hurley, and remembering Eddie Sutton's HOF career
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How about this: we’ve got a six-topic college hoops pod for you in late May in the middle of a pandemic. And it’s 70-plus minutes at that. Dive in. The pod opens with GP and Norlander discussing Mac McClung’s commitment to Texas Tech and offer up their thoughts on if he’ll be eligible next season or will sit until 2021. Then the guys touch on Patrick Ewing and Georgetown for a moment before getting into a transfer waiver that was approved: Johnny Juzang will be immediately eligible at UCLA (16:40). His situation sheds light on why a few players might win on these decisions this offseason. From there, a discussion about Bobby Hurley (26:00) standing up for his wife and going after his athletic director. We want to alert our listeners that the Hurley portion of the podcast includes the topic of sexual assault, and the discussion and descriptions therein could be sensitive for some. From there, a recognition of the life and Hall of Fame career of Eddie Sutton (37:10), the late news Wednesday on no July recruiting (52:00) and more binge-watching TV musings from the guys (66:00).  Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2020
05/21: Finally, some good news tied to sports and coronavirus: College players given the OK to return to campus for workouts starting June 1
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We have encouraging news to pass along: many college basketball and college football players will be permitted to return to campus for social distance-aware workouts starting in early June. But first: the pod opens with the most urgent news of all. Both Gach is in the transfer portal. Then Parrish and Norlander get to discussing the first significant step in trying to get college sports on schedule (8:15), followed by a chat on the NCAA kicking the transfer-rule can into 2021 (30:15) and wrapping with some discussion on a top-10 team losing a player to the NBA process (44:00) and a tantalizing Trivia Time!  Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2020
05/13: The Zion Williamson story that have plenty of Duke haters hoping the NCAA will somehow manage to punish Coach K's program
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College basketball's had some interesting headlines the past few days, huh? A pandemic isn't slowing talking points or salaciousness in this sport, no way. Today's ep opens up with some quarantine catchup, which then segues into Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discussing a question Parrish asked this week: if professors aged 60-and-up are being advised to not return for in-person teaching on campuses in the fall, then where does that leave the many college coaches of that age? From there, the guys get into the buzzed-about situation with Zion Williamson's (38:15) former marketing agent, who is countersuing against Williamson and agency CAA, and with that, there have been some leading questions -- but not allegations -- in what could eventually bring about depositions. The guys blend this topic with Kansas (58:00) and its battle with the NCAA, then somehow get into a bizarre basketball colloquialism of GP's. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2020
05/04: Next up in the NCAA's notice of allegations assembly line: The Louisville Cardinals
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Monday brought yet another big headline for college basketball. It's the offseason, coronavirus is still very much a threat to the United States, but the news cycle in college hoops will now slow. Louisville announced it had received its notice of allegations from the NCAA. There is one Level I allegation and a few more Level II charges, including a notable one against former coach Rick Pitino. This episode gets into the news and provides a bit more clarity on what's to come for Louisville and why this case is different from every other one under the broader umbrella of NCAA infractions cases tied to the Department of Justice's probe into college hoops recruiting. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2020
🚨We have a replacement for Danny Manning at Wake Forest: It's East Tennessee State coach Steve Forbes (04/30 Emergency Podcast)
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Podcasts on back-to-back days because we love ya that much. On Thursday Wake Forest completed its five-day coaching-search process by deciding that ETSU caoch Steve Forbes will be the one to replace Danny Manning. This emergency pod is dedicated almost entirely to that, in addition to a potentially messy situation that awaits Wake Forest. It appears that the school is going to try and not pay Manning his $15 million buyout. Obviously Manning wants his money. As for Forbes, he amassed a 130-43 record with the Buccaneers and guided ETSU to the 2017 and NCAA Tournament. The team would have gone back this year if not for COVID-19 cancelling the Big Dance. Get informed on what could be the only major-conference coaching change of 2020 in college sports. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
04/29: NCAA rubber-stamps that college players will be allowed to make money off their name, image and likeness beginning in 2021 -- but here's the catch
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Wednesday was a historic day in NCAA history. The organization, through the power of its Board of Governors, announced that name, image and likeness legislation has been approved, with the vote going into action come January of 2021. There are obviously issues and criticisms, two of which stab at the heart of all of this, so Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander make it much clearer in the first 30 minutes just how much still needs to be done and where the NCAA is going to find itself in some trouble. There's some basketball to discuss as well. After Sunday's NBA Draft decision deadline (34:20), Norlander lists the eight biggest stay-or-go decisions that remain, plus five other really good players in the draft pool he thinks will inevitably return to college basketball. The podcast definitely loses the plot around the 52-minute mark, so you've got that to look forward to as well. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2020
🚨Wake Forest has fired Danny Manning (04/25 Emergency Podcast)
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Saturday morning brought a shock wave to college basketball: Wake Forest fired Danny Manning. We fired up the podcast machine to get an emergency episode to you. The show opens with reactions to Manning getting canned after six years, including an outrageous buyout that’s reportedly north of $15 million. Then Parrish and Norlander get to the four candidates (16:30) most likely to replace Manning. That’s not all. We had big recruiting news on Friday afternoon when Greg Brown (34:30) said no to $400,000 and the G League and opted to play for Shaka Smart and Texas.  Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2020
04/23: BYU beats Kentucky and Texas Tech for the best transfer on the market; sizing up the best first-year coaches from 2019-20
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We're now in a time that features a second-year coach of a WCC program beating out the likes of John Calipari and Chris Beard for the most coveted transfer on the market. Your Thursday Eye on College Basketball Podcast opens with Matt Haarms choosing BYU, then the guys get into Norlander's ranking of the 12 most impressive first-year coaches (10:15) from the 2019-20 season. This is a BYU kind of episode: Cougars coach Mark Pope is No. 1, but Parrish has huge issues with the coach at No. 6. The pod closes with thoughts on whether Gonzaga can retain Filip Petrusev and/or Corey Kispert in advance of Sunday's draft declaration deadline. And to end the episode, a special thanks and sincere shoutout to a specific faction of our listenership, who we need to address directly and with profound gratitude. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2020
04/16: Why top 2020 prospect Jalen Green choosing the G League over the college basketball says a lot more about the NBA than the NCAA
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Jalen Green, who is almost universally regarded as a top-three prospect in the class of 2020, announced Thursday that he'll be skipping college and instead plans on playing in the G League next season (whenever next season arrives). He'll be paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000 to do so. It's the most aggressive move the NBA has made to entice highly ranked prospects to skip college, or other professional opportunities, and stay in the States on the way to ideally becoming an NBA player. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander lay out their opinions on what this decision means and why it's far from doomsday for college hoops. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2020
04/13: History suggests that Kentucky and Creighton's national title chances for 2021 are now in danger
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Two projected top-five teams lost players to NBA draft declarations in the past couple of days: Creighton with Ty-Shon Alexander and Kentucky with Immanuel Quickley. Neither is a stunner, but both are expected to remain in the draft pool, which easily pokes both out of Parrish's way-too-early rankings. This pod opens up with some chatter on those decisions, and then at the 11:40 mark an exploration into what it means for teams with national championship aspirations to have top-60 prospects opt to return to school. From there, how about this: Stanford just beat out blue bloods and got its highest-ranked commitment from a player in more than 15 years (20:10). A nice change of pace. To wrap the pod, Norlander has the tallies in (28:00): the final standings on our against-the-spread picks from the season AND our preseason picks for over/under totals for 14 teams. Who won? What were the biggest misses? Enjoy -- and we wish the best for you and your families. Our continued thanks, gratitude and awe to those who work on the front lines -- be it in hospitals, in delivery, at grocery stores, and all other essential matters -- we thank you. We cannot thank you enough. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2020
04/08: The greatest games in NCAA Tournament history; the biggest draft and transfer decisions in the past week in college basketball
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On Monday, CBSSports.com published Norlander's exhaustive look at the 101 best NCAA Tournament games since 1985, when the bracket expanded to 64 teams. This episode -- after some latest life updates to start -- gets into how the list was made, some favorite games, and some memories from GP. Hey, the season would have ended Monday night, so consider this your once-and-for-all bow on 2019-20. From there, the guys talk about Scottie Lewis' somewhat-surprising decision (30:30) to return to Florida -- a good thing -- and touch on three other big transactional decisions in the past few days in college hoops: Matt Haarms surprising exodus from Purdue, 20-point-scorer Carlik Jones committing to Louisville (36:00), and Cassius Stanley saying see-ya to Duke. The pod ends with some emerging curiosities on what "testing the waters" even means this year, and why college basketball could benefit from an NBA problem. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2020
04/03: It is time to reveal and debate the 2019-20 National Players of the Year in college basketball
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Our final awards episode discusses the winners for the Naismith Player of the Year in men's and women's basketball. There's a lot more as well, including an extended segment of Trivia Time! and thoughts on why a few draft-bound college studs might regrettably be taken lower than they should be. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2020
04/02: Unveiling college basketball's 2019-20 winners for National Coach of the Year
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On Thursday, the winners in men's and women's basketball for Naismith Coach of the Year were announced. This Thursday podcast with Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander has a discussion on the winners -- with a few Trivia Time! segments thrown in. The finalists for men's: Scott Drew (Baylor), Brian Dutcher (San Diego State), Anthony Grant (Dayton), Leonard Hamilton (Florida State). On the women's side, Adia Barnes (Arizona), Kelly Graves (Oregon), Joe McKeown (Northwestern), Dawn Staley (South Carolina). Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2020
04/01: The winners for the 2019-20 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year
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CBS Sports has exclusively teamed up with the Atlanta Tipoff Club to announce its biggest college basketball awards. On this episode, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander reveal the winners in men's and women's college basketball for Defensive Player of the Year. You can see the winners unveiled for Coach of the Year and Player of the Year on Thursday and Friday respectively, at noon ET, on CBS Sports HQ. CBS Sports HQ can be found on CBSSports.com or on the CBS Sports App on all your streaming devices. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2020
03/31: Are Will Wade and Sean Miller's jobs in any more jeopardy after the leaked wiretaps were played on HBO's documentary?
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On Tuesday, the anticipated HBO documentary "The Scheme" premiered. It included wiretaps of Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade discussing pay-for-play schemes with former runner, and convicted felon, Christian Dawkins. There are many other aspects to the documentary that were interesting as well. This podcast is primarily dedicated to reacting to what the documentary provides, where it succeeds and where it fails, and how coaches have been reacting privately to it. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2020
03/26: The biggest concerns and crises now facing college sports, plus a few more strolls down NCAA Tournament memory lane
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As you continue to quarantine, we continue to give you loaded podcasts to help you get through your days and nights. This episode opens with an admission from Parrish, and then an unexpected digression from he and Norlander about more past experiences and memories from the NCAA Tournament. It's 30 minutes of distraction we think you'll like, and then the guys get to Norlander's deep dive into the biggest concerns and problems facing college basketball/college sports (31:00) right now. We don't have answers, but things could get really problematic later this year. Be sure to read Norlander's story at CBSSports.com or on the CBS Sports app as well. This mid-week pod wraps with a listener mailbag (57:20) that touches on the coaching carousel, job security and, well, just listen. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2020
03/24: Coronavirus ain't stopping us: Here are the top 25 (and one) teams in college basketball heading into next season
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Did ya miss us? Don’t worry, we’ve got another beefed-up pod to help you get through your days as we all continue to adjust to life in this historic time. This ep opens with some anecdotal personal touches from Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander, then a few quick headlines on what’s going on in the sport (11:30) before a complete dissection of Parrish’s first offseason edition of the Top 25 + 1 (15:50). Who’s in the top 10? Norlander makes his guesses and gets eight out of 10 correct. After that, the guys take a walk down memory lane and share some of their favorite memories from past NCAA Tournament (46:00), including games they covered, or what they remember about watching from home or, in GP’s case, strangely not remembering weeklong stretches of his life.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2020
03/19: Kansas should not be recognized in any way as the 2020 national champion; this isn't college football
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Yes, we're dreaming of what could be, just like you. This was supposed to be one of the best days of the year: the start of the first round of the tournament. The noon tips, dinnertime buzz and late-night almost- or sure-fire upsets. Alas. But the Eye on Pod is here for you. This episode opens with some quarantine updates -- and tourney thoughts -- before getting to the matter of why Kansas can't and won't be labeled as the 2020 champs (13:35). Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander also float back into the Luka Garza vs. Obi Toppin NPOY discussion, with some Trivia Time! thrown in. There's also a mailbag (34:50) to get to, which includes Norlander explaining why he'd love to see. nothing but old tournament games on TV as often as possible this weekend -- and next. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
03/16: Amid coronavirus situation, NCAA says no bracket is coming; we reveal our All-Americans, Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year
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We hope you’re holding up well, and safely, amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. This podcast isn’t going anywhere. This ep opens with some general chatter from Parrish and Norlander about what home life has been like since the NCAA Tournament was canceled, and then they get to some college hoops chatter. After leaving a slight crack of the door open for building and revealing an official 2020 NCAA Tournament bracket (18:10), the NCAA announced on what was supposed to be Selection Sunday that there would definitively not be one. The guys weigh the pros and cons and share whether they agree with the call. Then, there are awards to announce. First: Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year (38:00). This is your moment, Dayton. Then, the 15 players selected to CBS Sports’ three All-America teams (49:00). We encourage you to listen to the podcast in the safety of your car, residence or, if you’re out, amid some undeniable social distancing.  Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
🚨Rick Pitino has pulled off a return to college basketball: Iona! (3.14 Emergency Podcast)
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College basketball got a jolt in the arm after its season dramatically was cut short earlier this week. On Saturday afternoon, Matt Norlander broke the news that Rick Pitino would be heading back to college basketball. Less than two hours later, Iona officially named Pitino as its next coach. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2020
03/12: March 12, 2020 will forever be remembered as the day the NCAA Tournament died
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Thursday, March 12, 2020. A day that will live in college sports infamy due to the necessary/unprecedented action of canceling not only the Divions I men’s basketball tournament, but all NCAA-sanctioned events for the remainder of the academic year. Sports as we know it are on hiatus for at least a month. It is an odd time. There is so much to discuss. And suddenly this is the season-ending episode of the Eye on pod. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander spend the first 80% of this episode discussing the dozens of takeaways from what’s happened in college basketball in the past 48 hours, but also giving shoutout after shoutout to so many of the great stories, players and angles to this season — and how they were all vaporized on Thursday. The final part of the podcast we will keep a surprise. For those who wish there were games, still brackets to fill out, still March to get mad over, we think you’ll enjoy a little fun and alternate-universe exploring.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2020
🚨 What now for NCAA Tournament after Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus/NBA suspends season? (3/11 Emergency Podcast)
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Another emergency podcast in your feeds to keep you updated on all the latest with how the coronavirus virus is severely affecting the sports world. This is a solo show from Gary Parrish, recorded after the NBA decided to suspended its season following Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19. We've seen the pros course of action, how will the NCAA proceed after these developments? Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
🚨 The 2020 NCAA Tournament will not allow fans to attend any of the games (3/11 Emergency Podcast)
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Your Wednesday night emergency podcast deals exclusively with the news that the NCAA has decided to not allow fans to attend its NCAA tournaments for men's and women's basketball. Will we see sites moved? Will it affect how the bracket is seeded? All of that and much more is covered. NOTE: This podcast was recorded and published before the NBA season was suspended. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
03/11: It's time to seriously talk about how big of a threat the coronavirus is to the NCAA Tournament
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Will the coronavirus, and concerns surrounding the widespread disease, cause more conference tournaments to ban fans -- and are we headed for the NCAA Tournament without paying customers in the stands? Parrish and Norlander explain why they believe the answer to that question is yes. This episode begins with a lengthy discussion on the questions, frustrations, need-to-knows and still-to-knows about the biggest story in the world and how it's impacting college basketball. From there, the guys give love to the small schools who've received auto bids (39:00) and Norlander details his powerful story on Vermont's Anthony Lamb (55:00), who has battled depression and suicidal thoughts on his way to becoming maybe the best player in UVM history. The guys close with an enjoyable mailbag segment (68:00). Shouts to Charles Jenkins! Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2020
Welcome to the 'Eye on College Basketball' Podcast
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CBS Sports’ official college basketball podcast is the most entertaining and informative of its kind. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander bring the sport into your ears three times per week with commentary, reporting, insider information and statistical analysis throughout college basketball all year long. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2020
03/08: Everything — and we mean everything — you need to know from Saturday, which was the best day of the season so far in college basketball
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College basketball's final Saturday of the regular season was led with the first two of what will be 68 teams into the NCAA Tournament. Congrats to Utah State and Belmont for officially earning their way in. This special Sunday morning podcast touches on 20-plus games/results on a loaded Saturday, the first 45 minutes of which involve Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander zipping around the country and giving their thoughts on the biggest wins, worst losses, seed shifts, bubble movement. If the game was interesting or meant something, it's mentioned in the first 45 minutes. After that, the guys talk No. 1 seeds (48:45) and close up with a discussion on Archie Miller (59:30) putting on a rant against bracketologists, which was misguided and ripe for criticism, but did have at least one positive takeaway. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2020
03/05: Captivating races -- and our predictions -- for the regular-season wrap-ups in the Big East, SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12
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We’re giving you a little early present for the weekend: the Friday pod late on a Thursday night. This ep opens with Big East chatter and predictions for the weekend, then heads right for Kansas (14:20) and its formal response to the NCAA for its notice of allegations. Parrish and Norlander turn their attention to the SEC, how many bids and where those teams will be seeded (29:30) before an always-entertaining Final Four + 1 (36:45) picks segment that as always takes some unexpected turns. Last weekend of the regular season, folks. Enjoy it!  Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2020
03/04: Kentucky blows it, Michigan State comes together, Maryland comes apart, and two amazing stories: UVM's Josh Speidel and Jackson State's "Snacks" Lee
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It's a special loaded hump day edition of the pod. Tuesday night brought a litany of interesting stories, big results and major talking points. The ep leads with Kentucky folding shockingly against Tennessee, then delves into all things Big Ten (11:15), including Rutgers' ever-intriguing NCAA Tournament case after it beat Maryland. The Terps are in a four-way tie in the loss column atop the league, now sharing space with Michigan State (24:30) and Norlander has a scoop on a meeting between Tom Izzo and Cassius Winston that may change Sparty's season. Earlier this week, Coach k (38:15) made headlines again because of some postgame comments. And there are the two wonderful stories that bookended Tuesday (49:20): the rotund Jackson State manager who cashed a 3 and won SWAC Player of the Week, and Vermont's Josh Spiedel, who played his first minutes of his college career on senior night and scored Vermont's first points. Incredible stuff, and the pod covers all that and plenty more, because there's also the weekly listener mailbag to wrap this ep. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
03/01: The greatest month ever invented is officially back. HELLO, MARCH!
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More than 10 ranked teams fell over the weekend, including Maryland’s first home loss of the season, which came to Michigan State. Since Norlander as on the scene, he and Parrish open on that and have a hefty discussion on the teams before moving on to Kentucky (26:30) beating Auburn, UCLA (36:30) continuing one of the most unpredictable in-season turnarounds ever and all those top-10 teams losing (49:30), led by Duke, which is somehow still refusing to fall in multiple metrics. There’s a lot more sprinkled into one of the longest podcasts of the season. A lot happened, and of course, check the calendar.  It’s here.  It’s back.  Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2020
02/28: UCLA beats Arizona State, USC beats Arizona, which means .... five-bid Pac-12?
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UCLA’s last-second win vs. Arizona State was a great thing that capped off a good night for the Pac-12. You bet the weekend-preview pod starts with some West Coast love. The guys touch on the Bruins, Mick Cronin quickly catching up to John Wooden and USC getting past Arizona before moving on to Big Ten (20:40), which includes Maryland’s come-from-behind win at Minnesota that led to Mark Turgeon taking issue with a late tip time, and sparking a rivalry between Turgeon and … Chris Holtmann?! Then it’s on to Wisconsin (32:20), which has a shot at the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tourney and has been a top-10 team in the past month. The weekend picks start around the 41-minute mark and include some unexpected player-arena names. Enjoy; this is the last podcast before March arrives!  Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2020
02/26: Duke's chances at a No. 1 seed are (likely) done; the story behind the Big Ten becoming the best league in college hoops
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Duke has now taken losses to at least three teams, and maybe four, that will not make the NCAA Tournament. Tuesday night's L to Wake Forest probably eliminated the Blue Devils' chances at 1 seeds in back-to-back years. The pod opens on that, and Wake, and then gets to Norlander's story and reporting on how the Big Ten (20:00) went from just-OK to the best conference in college hoops. It's in an interesting inside look on the change to 20-game schedules. From there, Pac-12 (35:00) chatter. Specifically, Arizona State-UCLA becoming one of the biggest games of the week, an recognition of the best player in college basketball, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu. The pod wraps with the listener mailbag (49:30), leading with which senior will become the best NBA player. Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Bullhorn and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
02/23: Kansas beats Baylor, becomes universal No. 1; Baylor, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Maryland all have huge streaks snapped
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No. 3 Kansas will become No. 1 Kansas when the polls update Monday. Norlander, back from Waco, recaps the scene and details with Parrish the good from a huge matchup just about matching the hype. The guys have plenty to discuss after that weekend, though, so BYU, Gonzaga and Maryland (29:20) all get some run before it’s time to discuss San Diego State (44:45) having its undefeated season end … OR DID IT? There has to be some bubble talk as well, so shouts to Indiana, Providence, Memphis, Cincinnati and UCLA (57:00) for grabbing significant wins. And if you found yourself laughing during the intro — and we suspect you did — if you haven’t already, do rate and review the pod ASAP. Five stars and nice comments! 'Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2020
02/21: Live from Waco, a preview of the biggest game so far this season: Kansas at Baylor
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Matt Norlander is in Waco for No. 3 Kansas at No. 1 Baylor. The Friday preview pod opens with GP and Norlander looking at Duke’s chances of still getting a No. 1 seed despite losing at NC State — with some NC State thoughts too! — before moving on to give a hearty, reported-out preview of KU-Baylor (21:30). The guys close with a long look ahead to the weekend (39:00) by making their picks for the Final Four + 1. Did you realize you have to win at least six games to win the NCAA Tournament?  'Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2020
02/19: John Beilein and Cavaliers' breakup has college basketball's coaching carousel ready start spinning; Creighton a Final Four dark horse
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John Beilein has parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report late Tuesday night from ESPN. Obviously Beilein becomes the No. 1 coaching target in college, but what are the chances he wants to return to choops? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with their theories on that, then get to some of the biggest items from Tuesday night: Creighton beating Marquette (21:00), Baylor setting a Big 12 record (29:00) along with some talk of Kansas, and some quick love to Dayton and Maryland. The guys wrap with the listener mailbag (33:00), which includes questions about NC State, UNC and college hoops TV scheduling. 'Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2020
02/16: The Maryland Terrapins have their best team since winning the 2001-02 national championship
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We are less than four weeks away from Selection Sunday. It’s going to be here before you know it, so this episode looks both at where we are now and where things could stand in a month. Parrish and Norlander open with an extended discussion on Maryland, Michigan State, the Big Ten and Anthony Cowan being a former D-III recruit. From there, well, why does it seem like Baylor (24:15) is still not being discussed as a national title frontrunner? The Bears destroyed another ranked team over the weekend. And then the guys pick out teams with the most interesting and unpredictable bubble resumes (41:00) and forthcoming schedules. There are no shortage of candidates. The episode wraps with a couple of podcast reviews (53:30), including a negative. WHAT?! 'Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2020
02/14: In which Norlander and Parrish tear down the storyline that college basketball lacks great teams this season
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A lovely Friday podcast for you starts with a little Valentine’s talk from Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander, and then a deeper dive into the top of college basketball. No great teams this season? We could easily find out that's not the case. Check the stats. Then it's time to talk: BYU! (23:10). The Cougars have been cruising as a top-20 KenPom team -- might they beat Gonzaga next week? Our usual Final Four + 1 (40:30) picks three Saturday and two Sunday games, and there's a viewer's guide to five big bubble games for Saturday. 'Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2020
02/12: Penn State is red hot and chasing the best season in school history; listener mailbag!
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The Nittany Lions are 19-5, second in the Big Ten and on track for a No. 4 seed. Yes, the pod opens with Pat Chambers' guys after their seventh straight win came Tuesday night. There is some Big Ten chatter and NCAA Tournament forecasting mixed in (10:00) before an examination of the top freshmen in college hoops (20:00) and how that lack of talent corresponds to many teams slipping or underachieving this season. The ep wraps with the Wednesday mailbag (31:00) and leads with a Trivia Time and Markus Howard chatter. 'Eye on College Basketball' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS, @MattNorlander For more college basketball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2020
02/09: The Dean Dome Double Buzzer-Beater; Bob Knight returns to Indiana; takeaways from Saturday's bracket reveal
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Duke's 98-96 overtime win at North Carolina on Saturday night was one of the wildest conclusions to one of the most memorable games of this season and obviously in the 100-year history of that rivalry. We can start nowhere but there -- but hey, we hope you love that intro Norlander put together. After a lot of Duke-UNC talk, Parrish and Norlander get to Bob Knight's ballyhooed return to Indiana (29:30) and then discuss two of the four best teams in the sport (48:00), San Diego State and Gonzaga, throttling yet again. The pod closes out with thoughts on the top 16 reveal from Saturday on CBS (59:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2020
02/07: Why John Calipari and Gary Parrish are both connected to job openings with the New York Knicks
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The New York Knicks hiring two men closely associated with John Calipari has inevitably brought back discussion over whether this means Cal could really -- for real this time -- leave Kentucky for the NBA. But the question most aren't asking is: what about Gary Parrish to the Knicks? The latest information is addressed at the top of the pod, then the guys get to Zavier Simpson's car troubles (17:00) and preview the weekend (33:30) by picking these games: LSU-Auburn; SHU-Nova; Duke-Carolina; Gonzaga-SMC; and Butler-Marquette. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2020
02/05: Devan Downey, camel fighting and Leaky Black
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Michigan State's second straight loss, which came Tuesday night, has Spartans fans pressing. This ep opens with assessing MSU's biggest issues and gets into the Big Ten race. From there, the guys discuss Norlander's piece on college players who wear No. 24 because of Kobe Bryant (20:30), including an explanation as to why no one wears No. 8. Do you know Mason Jones (30:00? He might be the best player you haven't ever heard of. Devan Downey, come on back in. And there are your questions to get to. The mailbag section starts around 36 minutes in, fresh with some renewed camel fighting chatter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2020
02/02: Is Bruce Pearl still not getting the respect he should? In the Big East, history made. In the AAC, big tears and a big bite.
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Auburn beat Kentucky, boosting its credentials in the process. The ep opens with a litany of thoughts on those Tigers and Cats, and Bruce Pearl, and then moves along to the Big East (21:00) having three ranked teams lost at home to unranked teams on the same day for the first time ever. The guys mix in a good Trivia Time (shouts to Kyle Boone) at 35:00, then move along to much discussion regarding the Big Ten's stacked weekend (38:30). The podcast wraps with must-hear audio after Tulsa gave us the most heartwarming moment of the weekend (48:30), plus we had a player bite another player -- leading Parrish to question Norlander about his biting tendencies. Chomp, chomp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2020
01/31: Ohio State's D.J. Carton takes a hiatus to better his mental health; the Pac-12 is eating itself alive; best bets
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Ohio State's D.J. Carton announced Thursday that he was taking time away from basketball to improve his mental well-being. The episode starts with Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander applauding his decision, and making the distinction between what happened here vs. the Kobe King sever at Wisconsin. You can't accuse this podcast of bias against the West Coast: the Pac-12 (20:00) gets discussion up and down the standings after a noisy Thursday night in the league. Amid some tangents and digressions, the guys also have a the Final Four + 1 (36:00). They agree on three of the five games -- and also make their Super Bowl LIV pick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2020
01/30: Wisconsin's got huge issues; Coach K scolds the Crazies; our predictions for the four 1 seeds come March
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Wisconsin just had one starter quit the team and another get suspended for a crotch punch. That's how the pod opens. Then Parrish and Norlander get to Coach K going ballistic (22:30) on the Cameron Crazies, and a theory as to why he did -- and then some amusement at Krzyzewski's suggestions for some new chants for the students to use. There is also the Dayton Flyers (40:00) to discuss, as Norlander reported on them for CBSSports.com this week. The Dayton chat leads GP and Norlander to make impromptu predictions on who the four No. 1 seeds will be, and then the mailbag (53:00) comes with both long-overdue Iowa talk and a tremendously tough user-submitted Trivia Time! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, GARY! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2020
01/26: The news of Kobe Bryant's death envelops the basketball world, the sports world — and beyond
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There is college hoops to discuss, but we can only start with our shock and reaction Kobe Bryant, his daughters and others dying in a helicopter crash. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open the podcast with a somber but direct discussion, reacting in real time to the near-unbelievable news that came about on Sunday. There is plenty of college hoops talk here as well, starting with Kentucky, Baylor and Maryland (29:00): who had the best road win of the weekend? The guys also discuss Shaka Smart and the likelihood he's still at Texas (47:30) next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2020
01/24: How can the Big Ten be the best conference in America when it doesn't have a verifiable national title contender?
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Come on in. This Friday ep starts with some discussion on Indiana beating Michigan State in a gripper on Thursday night, and wanders into some larger Big Ten discussion. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander then assess their level of concern over three slumping teams (15:30): Butler, Memphis and Ohio State. Suspensions were handed down for Kansas and Kansas State players (31:00); the guys share their thoughts on whether the disciplines were rational. And as always on Friday, it's the Final Four + 1 (35:00), which features four Saturday tilts and one Sunday game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2020
01/22: Kansas' Silvio De Sousa indefinitely suspended, plus UVA's chances of missing the NCAAs and Illinois' surge back to relevance
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A carryover conversation from Tuesday's overnight emergency pod, this episode extends the conversation with many thoughts from Parrish on the K-State/Kansas fight. NOTE: this podcast was recorded shortly before Bill Self announced Silvio De Sousa was indefinitely suspended, so there is no direct reference to that. After the K-State/Kansas discussion, Parrish and Norlander differ on whether they think Virginia (20:00) will miss the NCAA Tournament. Who won't miss it? Illinois (26:00). Norlander discusses his conversation with Illini coach Brad Underwood. And since this is a Wednesday ep, we've got your listener mailbag (33:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2020
🚨 K-State/Kansas fight that will surely lead to significant suspensions and fallout — Emergency Podcast (1.21)
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On Tuesday night, Kansas State and Kansas players were involved in a donnybrook that spilled into the stands and provided an ugly look for college basketball. Suspensions are forthcoming, but reaction is now. Here's a quickie pod to hold you over before the regular Wednesday edition publishes later in the day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2020
01/19: Do not curb your enthusiasm: We just had an eventful weekend, so here's loads of thoughts on more than a dozen games
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Eight ranked teams took losses over the weekend. This podcast is stacked with a look at the landscape of the sport, starting with Louisville dishing Duke its second straight loss. From there, where else to go but Rutgers and the Big Ten (14:00)? We've got some Trivia Time! to get to as well. Speaking off: Vanderbilt (30:30) had its 1,080-game streak of made 3s snapped. And at the 35:00-minute mark, Norlander takes you on a 20-minute tour of nearly a dozen games of note from Saturday. The pod wraps with some miscellaneous chatter that we think you'll enjoy. Does this podcast make you RANDY, baby, does it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2020
01/17: Shoutout to Devan Downey and shoutout to Chester, South Carolina. The Gamecocks beat Kentucky -- again.
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On Wednesday night, South Carolina beat Kentucky at the buzzer, paying homage once more to Gamecock legend Devan Downey. There is no other place we could start then there. What's more, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander touch on Gonzaga (11:00) for a quick minute before getting to Cole Anthony essentially promising he'll soon return to play for UNC (19:00). The final 15 minutes of the podcast gives you a tour of arguably the best weekend yet for college hoops slates. GP and Norlander make their picks (26:00) in the Final Four + 1 and only have agreement on one game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2020
01/15: Clemson just beat UNC and Duke in consecutive games for the first time in 30 years. Plus: mailbag!
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Hump day edition of the pod opens with Clemson's win over Duke, combined with some thoughts on why predictive metrics still have the Blue Devils at No. 1 and how that runs counter to proper ranking protocol. From there, the guys get to discussing the ethical matters of whether it's right to fire a coach midseason (21:00), then get to mailbag questions (35:00), which include Norlander poorly attempting to speak in a British accent, a parallel universe for Virginia and whether Mark Emmert should be fired. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2020
01/12: Rush to judgement? Who is the best team in college basketball: Gonzaga, Duke or Baylor
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This episode opens with Norlander's playful revenge on Parrish, after Baylor proved him correct by winning at Kansas for the first time in school history. Oh, there is a roll call. The guys then get to discussing the compelling debate between Gonzaga, Baylor and Duke for No. 1 status. From there, of course a few words on Clemson (22:00) ending the streak and beating UNC at UNC for the first time in program history. Also, a curious and helpless exercise: GP and Norlander attempt to predict how the Big Ten (32:00) will finish 1-14. They agree on only three teams' ultimate placement. There is also movie chatter. And a listener review special. Begin the day / With a friendly voice / A companion, unobtrusive / Plays a podcast that's so elusive And the magic music makes your morning mood (Listen closely for the subtle Rush references throughout this episode. And rest in peace, Neil Peart.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2020
01/09: Norlander explains why he ranks Kansas lower than everyone else; Final Four + 1 picks led by big Baylor-KU CBS game
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On Thursday, Matt Norlander revealed his latest power rankings, and to the surprise of many a confused Kansas fan, he put the Jayhawks seventh. Gary Parrish most definitely does not approve. So what gives? Norlander explains, then the guys get to North Carolina's nosedive (15:00) into one of the worst seasons in school history and Cole Anthony's future with the Heels. What's more, they touch on Zion Williamson's admission this week (21:00) that he wanted to be at Duke right now, playing as a sophomore. Then it's time for the Final Four + 1, which sees the guys agreeing on two games and splitting on three others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2020
01/08: So, we're gonna start things off by talking about R U T G E R S
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Rutgers basketball is on the loose. The Scarlet Knights have their best start in four-plus decades and could make the NCAA tourney for the first time in almost 30 years. Why not start there? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander then get to some other weirdness: Boston College over Virginia (9:30) and springboard that convo to one about the stinky ACC overall. The guys touch on Ohio State's swoon (19:00) and Baylor's nice win at Texas Tech (22:00), which sets up a big game this weekend at Kansas. And it's a fun mailbag (28:00) episode with some creative questions that get GP and Norlander going. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2020
01/05: Gonzaga. vs. Duke vs. Kansas for the best team in college basketball. Who you got?
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On Sunday, Michigan State got a career-high 32 points from Cassius Winston en route to a dominating and convincing win over Michigan. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on that game with extended thoughts on Sparty and Winston. Then they get to some stats and chatter about the two unbeaten teams still standing (12:00), 13-0 Auburn and 15-0 San Diego State. Amid some other passing thoughts on a few results from the weekend, the guys wrap with a debate on the No. 1 team in the country (23:50). Parrish says Gonzaga. Norlander says Duke. At the end, the return of 2-year-old Tony Hinkle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2020
01/03: The Pac-12 is better, but really how much better? Plus: why we think Bill Self is Kansas' coach for the longterm
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On Thursday night, the Pac-12 had centerstage in college hoops. Colorado beat Oregon and UCLA won at Washington. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on those games, then get into a Trivia Time! that goes sideways in a hurry. They also touch on Bill Self (18:30) commenting on Seth Greenberg's "bold prediction" that Self will leave Kansas for San Antonio. The Final Four + 1 includes picks for Michigan-Michigan State, West Virginia-Kansas and Creighton-Butler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2020
01/01: Happy New Year, listeners! Here's a question to ponder: Who is the best one-loss team in college basketball?
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The first episode of 2020 of the Eye on College Basketball Podcast leads with a little NYE chatter, then gets into Butler and the Big East (5:00), which might be the best league in America and certainly enters the new year set up to get at least five bids for the NCAA Tournament. The guys also discuss a most unlikely to close out 2019 (16:00) and get to three interesting mailbag questions (23:00), as usual for the Wednesday eps.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 01, 2020
12/29: Kentucky finds its groove, UCLA finds its worse loss in maybe ever, and welcome to the party, WVU!
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The guys have a loaded pod, as always. It starts with some UCLA talk off the top; did you realize the Bruins took their worst loss of the KenPom era over the weekend? Also on tap: Kentucky over Louisville (16:30), West Virginia’s return thanks to its win over Ohio State (24:00), some chiding of Stanford (36:00) after it failed to show vs. Kansas — and a detour to talk about Kansas making it back to San Jose safely after engine failure on its flight out of the Bay Area. The pod wraps with Arkansas (49:00) winning at Indiana, and our listener review of the week. Plus: GP one-ups Norlander by revealing he’s previously had appendicitis.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2019
12/27: Speculation increases that Cole Anthony might not play again in college; final four + 1 picks
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College basketball has a solid schedule on a weekend that will be highlighted by the college football playoff and the final week of the NFL's regular season. On today's ep, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with some extended thoughts on their year-in-review ep from earlier this week, then get to a report that has some NBA personnel believing Cole Anthony (11:00) has played his last game in college. From there, the guys make their picks for the weekend in the Final Four + 1 (21:00), including Louisville-Kentucky, Kansas-Stanford and West Virginia-Ohio State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2019
12/24: Our holiday gift to you, a special podcast: The top 10 stories/events of college basketball in 2019
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We won't spoil the list. You've got to tune in to listen and find out. Plus: we've got mailbag questions as well. And, given the time of year, a nice bed of holiday tunes to keep you cozy throughout one of our three longest episodes of 2019. Come in from the cold for awhile, cozy up with Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander and relive much of what made this an unforgettable year in college hoops. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2019
12/22: If the NCAA tourney started now, UNC and UK wouldn't be in. Butler and Baylor would be 1 seeds. Season's drunk.
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Is it actually true that college hoops has no great-great players this season? Bill Self and Jay Wright think so. This hour-long ep opens with some empirical evidence -- and an engaging discussion -- why that is the case but why this shouldn't be the new normal for college hoops. Then Parrish gets to Ohio State beating Kentucky (23:00) in the CBS Sports Classic, with a focus on why this could be a bottom-three team Calipari's had at UK (but a caution on that topic, too). After that, Norlander challenges GP that Ohio State deserves No. 1 over Gonzaga (34:00) -- while also noting that undefeated San Diego State has top-three credentials. From there, Norlander gives love to Colorado-Dayton, which was an OT thriller (46:30) and finished with Colorado winning at the horn. And what about Butler? The Bulldogs (53:00) should be a No. 1 seed in every bracketology forecast as of now. Amid all this, the guys have some funny off-topic tangents and gags that we promise you will make our pre-Christmas angst lower, even for a bit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2019
12/20: Why Memphis might have itself to blame for losing James Wiseman. Plus: Danger zone for Kentucky and five best bets for the weekend
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We’ve got a loaded weekend pod for you. The first 25 minutes are an even deeper dive on James Wiseman’s decision to leave Memphis, and then it’s on to Kentucky (28:30) — but also Both Gach! Then Parrish and Norlander touch on Michigan State losing Josh Langford (41:00) and Seton Hall’s ugly but needed home win over Maryland before laying out exactly why Norlander could not travel to Vegas. Send him your stretching tips; the man is in serious pain. The Friday pod wraps as usual with the Final Four + 1 (58:00), which is highlighted by these five games: Kansas-Nova; Purdue-Butler; Ohio State-Kentucky; Colorado-Dayton; and UNC-UCLA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2019
12/19: 🚨🚨EMERGENCY PODCAST: James Wiseman just left college basketball
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Two emergency pods in one week for you. Because we love you, listeners. James Wiseman left college basketball and the University of Memphis on Thursday. This episode features Matt Norlander riffing in real time for 20 minutes as the news filters out. But fear not: He and Gary Parrish will lock up again on the next episode and further dissect this story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2019
12/18: Who's the best in the SEC: Auburn or Kentucky? Plus: debut of the listener mailbag!
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Kentucky's been off the national radar the past three weeks, but with UK playing its next two games in Las Vegas, it's time to circle back on the Wildcats an offer a mid-December assessment. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander talk Cats and then Tigers -- Auburn -- (15:00) before breaking into the listener mailbag (27:00), which is ideally informative and unquestionably entertaining. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
12/17: 🚨Emergency pod: Without Cole Anthony for the next 4-6 weeks, are UNC'S NCAA Tournament hopes already done?
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North Carolina announced Tuesday, less than 30 hours before its game at Gonzaga, that Cole Anthony had surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. He'll be out 4-6 weeks. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss how this affects UNC in the short-term and longterm, including the real possibility that UNC will miss the NCAAs for just the second time under Roy Williams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2019
12/15: Who had the best weekend: Gonzaga, Oregon, Memphis -- or Rutgers? (Rutgers???)
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What a busy weekend we had. Norlander was in Tucson, so the episode opens with Parrish and him talking about Gonzaga's win at Arizona, with some reporting about both schools, including what makes Gonzaga's run to 11-1 all the more impressive. From there, GP lays out Oregon's OT win at Michigan (21:30), then an appreciation of Memphis (30:00) outpacing all expectations by winning at Tennessee to remain undefeated without James Wiseman. Did you see what Jim Boeheim (46:30) said about former Georgetown point guard James Akinjo? Wow. And also: Wofford beat UNC for the second time in three seasons (54:00). The guys close out by talking Rutgers over Seton Hall (1:01:00; for real) and guess what teams will be the top five in the NET when it debuts Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2019
12/13: Looks like the Big Ten is going to be the best conference in college basketball for the time since 2013
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If you're reading this, we want your mailbag questions. Here's how to do it: submit your questions -- and a five-star rating -- in the Apple Podcasts review section. Every Wednesday, we'll have a mailbag-themed segment. Be funny, inquisitive, curious, ask whatever you'd like. You'll get shouts on the pod, too! Today's ep opens with thoughts on whether or not college basketball is in the throes of a problematic or underwhelming season. Data suggests it could be. Then it's on to the Big Ten (13:40). Norlander says which nine teams will be in the 2020 NCAA Tournament. From there, the Final Four + 1 (28:00) with picks and an elongated discussion on the games this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2019
12/11: A bearded, crowd-surfing walk-on was the biggest reason Texas Tech beat No. 1 Louisville and flipped the rankings AGAIN
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College basketball got a great story on Tuesday when unranked Texas Tech knocked off Louisville by 13 points, thanks in no small part to a player named Avery Benson. The TTU walk-on got the postgame TV treatment and has a FANTASTIC back story that Norlander provides on the pod. This ep starts with Parrish and Norlander talking Tech, Louisville and Chris Beard. Then they get to Indiana beating UConn () and finish with the irrefutable case for Ohio State as not just the best team in the country, but the only great team in the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2019
12/08: Ohio State has college hoops' best resume and really might be the best team in the sport right now
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You're in for a very fun, very informative episode here. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with Ohio State murdering another projected NCAA Tournament team by 25-plus points, then get to Baylor's nice win over Arizona (17:00). Virginia beating UNC for a fifth straight time (26:30) precedes a discussion about Gonzaga beating Washington (38:00) for a sixth straight time. Then it's on to Xavier coach Travis Steele with a boss move (44:00) bringing his family to a local college bar and paying for drinks for everyone in the place. And the best is for last: camel fighting (58:00), podcast basketball tournaments -- and Norlander losing it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
12/06: It's taken more than 30 years, but the undefeated DePaul Blue Demons are back, baby
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Norlander woke up with a dead deer in his yard. Perhaps it's an omen for end times, as in related news: DePaul is 9-0 and off to its best start in 30-plus years. The guys open on that, then talk Purdue kicking the crap out of Virginia (18:15) and Ohio State knocking the tar out of North Carolina (23:30). Big week for the big Ten. In between some other quickie hoops topics, the guys close out with the Final Four + 1 (32:30), by picking these five games: Arizona-Baylor; Colorado-Kansas; Dayton-Saint Mary's; Gonzaga-Washington; and Florida-Butler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2019
12/04: Michigan State was expected by almost everyone to be the best team in college basketball. No: that's Louisville
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Your hump day edition of the pod has Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander opening on Michigan State getting de-pantsed by Duke. The convo opens on avoiding groupthink and assessing MSU's season now, then the guys get to Vernon Care Jr. (12:00), the Duke freshman who's been the second-best first-year player in the country this season. As for Louisville (16:30), well, Cards fans are going to love this segment. Indiana (27:30), we see you, too. The Hoosiers haven't left home yet, but an 8-0 start is worth spending some words on. The pod wraps on a serious topic: Georgetown (33:40). Two players have transferred, but three players have been accused of sexual violence, sexual harassment and burglary. Norlander provides some reporting and details; Parrish provides some questions that deserve answers, but answers Georgetown is yet to offer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
12/01: Maryland is 8-0; is it one of the three best teams right now in college hoops? Plus: ACC-Big Ten Challenge preview, picks
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Give credit to Maryland: it's having its best start under Mark Turgeon. So how good are the Terps, though? Top-three good? Top-five good? Certainly top-10 good. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open the show by talking Maryland-Marquette, including Markus Howard going from scoring 51 points on Friday to only six on Sunday. Then, how about Florida State (16:00): the Noles are 7-1 and breaking through to make a case that the ACC has five on its top shelf, not four. The final segment is the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (30:00), which is highlighted Tuesday by Michigan-Louisville and Duke-Michigan State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2019
11/29: The Michigan Wolverines are 7-0 and poised to go from unranked to the top 10 come Monday afternoon
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Hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend so far. This Friday episode leads on Michigan's outstanding run to the Battle 4 Atlantis title. The Wolverines beat Iowa State, UNC and Gonzaga to get to 7-0. Best resume in America -- best team in America? Parrish and Norlander open on that, then get to who should be the No. 1 team (21:00) in the country, or if not that, who looks like the best team out there. Take a peek at Parrish's latest top 10 and you might be surprised at what teams sit where. They close on the Final Four And 1: the five best bets (32:00) for a thinner weekend slate, but there's a great one set up for Sunday afternoon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2019
11/27: Stephen F. Austin's buzzer-beating win at Duke is one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history
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What a Thanksgiving treat: Stephen F. Austin's Nathan Bain provided an all-time memorable moment when his foot-race layup that beat the clock by 0.1 seconds lifted SFA over Duke 85-83 in OT, giving Duke its first nonconference defeat in almost 20 years. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have about 48 things to talk about from this game and these programs and they cover it all in the first 31 minutes of the podcast before getting to the great story coming out of Hawaii (32:00): Obi Toppin and the Dayton Flyers, who are a win from Kansas away from taking the Maui Invitational. The guys close with thoughts on the Battle 4 Atlantic, specifically Wednesday's fantastic quarterfinal matchup of Oregon-Seton Hall (45:00). Opening bumper credit to ACC Network and its affiliates; shouts to Eric Collins, who was on the mic for the terrific call. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2019
11/24: Nothing brings in those Thanksgiving vibes like the start of the Maui Invitational
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Matt Norlander was at the 48-45 Virginia win over Arizona State on Sunday. UVA's holding opponents to fewer than 43 points per game. So this pod opens with Gary Parrish and Norlander peeling back some of the layers on an interesting and sure-to-be polarizing UVA team. From there, the guys talk Baylor (18:00) beating Villanova to win the Myrtle Beach tournament, and move on to talking top freshmen (28:00) three weeks into the season. But the ep closes with Maui Invitationa (36:00) chatter and picks -- and one of the great TRIVIA TIME! segments in this pod's history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
11/22: Is Georgetown ready for a return to national relevance?
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It'll be Patrick Ewing's Hoyas vs. Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Norlander will be there, but first, he and Gary Parrish chat Duke, Georgetown and Texas in light of what happened Thursday and what they are looking forward to Friday. From there, thoughts on Tom Izzo (20:00) quitting the NABC Board of Directors over the denial of Joey Hauser's appeal for immediate eligibility at Michigan State. And since this is a Friday ep, the #FavFive is back (35:00), with the guys making their picks on five intriguing games this weekend -- including three on Friday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2019
EMERGENCY POD: NCAA rules Memphis freshman James Wiseman ineligible for 12 games
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander give you two podcasts in one day. This episode is solely dedicated to the NCAA's decision to suspended James Wiseman for a total of 12 games and all the fallout surrounding the ruling, plus speculation on whether Memphis can successfully appeal that suspension down a few games before Wiseman is scheduled to return to action on Jan. 12. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2019
11/20: The best mid-major team in America, some outrageous stats on Duke -- and Gonzaga's Final Four chances strengthen
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Gonzaga brought back Killian Tillie on Tuesday night, which is huge news for the Zags, who are beating opponents by 30 points per game and figure to still be a Final Four hopeful. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on the Bulldogs, then get to Vermont (10:00) and its star, Anthony Lamb, who almost got the Catamounts a win at Virginia on Tuesday. They close with some thoughts on Texas, Georgetown and Duke (22:00), all of which will be playing in New York City on Thursday and Friday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2019
11/17: The most overrated team through the first two weeks of the season is the Florida Gators
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Fresh off watching UConn manage to give Florida its second loss of the season already, Matt Norlander talks with Gary Parrish about why the Gators were wrongly pegged as a top 10 team in the preseason. And what of UConn (14:00)? Well, it's the Huskies' first win at Gampel vs. a ranked opponent in almost six seasons. The guys then discuss a glorious moment from Friday night (22:00) in which a bench player from a mid-major team stole the show. The guys wrap with Tennessee's double-digit win over Washington (32:00); the Vols might be the best team in the SEC right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
11/15: Michigan State-Seton Hall best game of season so far; Memphis folds to NCAA; top five picks of the weekend
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Myles Powell's 37 points weren't enough to get Seton Hall a win over Michigan State Thursday night, but they were enough to make Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander wonder if he was ever even hurt in the first place. The guys open on that great game, then get to Memphis and the NCAA seemingly coming to a behind-closed-doors agreement (25:00) on James Wiseman’s ineligibility case. Then, it’s the second week of the #FavFive: Norlander and Parrish make their picks for five games this weekend (42:30), and the choices are as random as they are fun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
11/13: Evansville's win at Kentucky was statistically and historically one of the biggest upsets in regular-season college hoops history
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Prior to Tuesday night, the last time a mid-major program won on the road against a No. 1 team in men's D-I hoops was in 1993. (Who did it? Listen to find out.) Then Evansville, which won all of 11 games last season, knocked off No. 1 Kentucky 67-64 at Rupp Arena, giving the Wildcats the worst loss of any team so far this season -- and giving Evansville its biggest win in program history. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on that, then get to two five-star commitments in the Big 12 from Tuesday: Bryce Thompson picking Kansas, Nimari Burnett picking Texas Tech (20:45). The guys close by looking ahead to the best ranked matchup of the week (35:00): Michigan State at Seton Hall on Thursday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2019
11/10: Memphis is giving the middle finger to the NCAA over James Wiseman's eligibility; top wins from opening weekend
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The James Wiseman story at Memphis went from surprising to surreal in a hurry on Friday night. Fear not: Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have an extensive discussion on the details, ethics and issues with how Memphis got here and what it will or won't do next. That's the first 44 minutes of the podcast. We highly recommend it. From there, the guys talk Myles Powell's injury (46:00), the three biggest wins over the weekend (52:15) and the tragic news of Cassius Winston losing his brother on Saturday (1:06:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2019
11/08: Jim Boeheim hates playing Virginia, Cole Anthony unleashes the hype and our five favorite bets for this weekend's games
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How did Virginia look in its first game after winning a national title? Oh, just Tony Bennett one-upping himself by holding Syracuse to its lowest point total since World War II. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on the 48-34 Cavaliers win, then get into Jim Boeheim accusing his conference of taking a "money grab" to schedule UVA-Syracuse to open the season (13:00). After that, the guys chat Cole Anthony (26:00), who did something in UNC's opener that's only been two by two other players (care to guess?) in the past 15 years. And the pod closes with the #FavFive, a picks segment on this quintet of games: Auburn-Davidson, Colorado State-Duke, Baylor-Washington, Texas-Purdue and Boise State-Oregon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2019
11/06: LIVE from Madison Square Garden, a Champions Classic recap!
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander, as promised, give you an immediate-reaction podcast from Madison Square Garden at 2 a.m. in the wake of Duke upsetting Kansas and Kentucky upsetting Michigan State. It's fun, informative, reported out -- and of course just a little bit goofy. We love our listeners. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2019
11/03: Previewing a historic, unprecedented opening night in college basketball: Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 will face off in the same building
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are back with three episodes per week for the entire 2019-20 college basketball season. Excited? Oh, yeah, Here we go: Sunday night episodes BACK. This one opens with some random college hoops talk to loosen the muscles before getting into Champions Classic. Duke-Kansas talk (10:00) and then Michigan State-Kentucky (26:00), as those are by far the two biggest games to open the season Tuesday. From there, some big-picture predictions: Best value bets to win the national title (51:30) and picking the over/under win total (56:00) for 14 of the most prominent teams in the sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2019
10/27: The NCAA tries to take a step into the future, but stumbles and throws up on itself a little anyway
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So, the NCAA is now open to allowing college athletes to "benefit" off their name, image and likeness. But are they, really? What did Tuesday bring us? A statement with no action or specifics on what new NCAA rules would entail. Matt Norlander has good news for why that ultimately won't matter, while Gary Parrish loads up and tears down some of the ridiculousness surrounding what happened Tuesday in Atlanta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2019
10/22: It's our preseason college basketball rankings spectacular!
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander waste little time getting into this week's big news in college hoops: rankings releases. On Sunday, KenPom's list came out. On Monday, the preseason AP poll was released. Tuesday morning brought the unveiling of Norlander's 1-353. The majority of the episode is dedicated to discussing teams, the overrated and underrated ones, and the most disputed. The guys also touch on big news out of Michigan State, as Josh Langford will be out until at least January (4:25) and give thanks and praise for the return of the Border War (46:00) between Kansas and Missouri. Huzzah! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
10/16: 2019-20 CBS Preseason All-America selections; the seven college hoops coaches whose jobs are most in danger (non-FBI division)
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Hosts Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander unveil the 2019-20 CBS Sports preseason All-America teams. Fifteen players from 14 schools, and acknowledgement of the players who DIDN'T make the list but are most likely to wind up to be All-Americans come March. It's a wide-ranging discussion that occupies the first 36 minutes of the podcast. At 37:45, the guys lay out the seven coaches in tight spots heading into the season, and explain why coaches such as Bill Self, Sean Miller, Will Wade and others are in a separate category. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
10/09: Mike Krzyzewski tells the NCAA to get its act together; Kansas in horror as Snoop Dogg breaks out the stripper poles
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The biggest news of the week came Tuesday in Charlotte, where Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the NCAA was lagging and had acted with its head in the sand for too long when it comes to rule changes and player empowerment. It was a significant statement for K to make. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open the pod by going over what he said, in addition to what other coaches at ACC Media Day said in support or opposition of Krzyzewski. From there, some ACC predictions and league chatter (16:40) and then an entertaining evaluation of Snoop Dogg's Late Night in the Phog (27:00) performance, resplendent with money guns and acrobatic dancers. Kansas said it didn't know THAT was going to happen. Snoop Dogg replied, "When you pay for Snoop Dogg, you gonna get Snoop Dogg."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2019
10/04: The NCAA is waging a losing fight against paying players for what they empirically deserve
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It's been a fascinating week of college sports, as California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law SB206, which will allow California college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness beginning in 2023. College presidents, athletic directors and NCAA president Mark Emmert are scurrying and trying to stop the oncoming wave. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander cover all of what you might have missed, and what to expect next in this critical month of October.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2019
09/24: The NCAA comes hard after Kansas and Bill Self -- and Self is ready to fight back. Here's what to expect
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The NCAA has formally accused the University of Kansas of five Level I violations. Most of those are connected to the men's basketball program and its head coach, Bill Self. This podcast exclusively discusses the details of the case and lays out the specifics you need to know to better understand what the NCAA is trying to pin on Self. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander also make early predictions on the kinds of punishments Self and KU basketball will ultimately be hit with -- and explain why nothing is going to happen to Kansas for the 2019-20 season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2019
09/18: Clemson went from just-OK to college football juggernaut in a little over a half-decade. Which college basketball program is set up to do something similar?
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A fun episode awaits you, as Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this one by tossing out theories as to why exactly Duke and Kentucky almost every year for nearly a decade have been the top two recruiting destinations. Beyond the coaches, what are the reasons? From there, Norlander tosses out this question (15:00): Who can do in college hoops what Clemson's done as of late in college football? That is: go from proud-but-underachieving program to competing with UK and Duke in recruiting. After that, the guys get into why more top 100-ish prospects who would academically qualify don't seriously consider playing for an Ivy League program (26:00), touch on Tony Bennett refusing a raise (44:00) and giving back $500,000 to the university. They wrap with the unexpected news of Rick Pitino actually agreeing to $0 in his settlement (53:00) with Louisville.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2019
09/12: California is one step away from allowing players to be paid. The NCAA is threatening to eliminate state schools from championship competition
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The only thing that awaits California college athletes the inalienable right to make money off their name, image and likeness -- and not face the threat of losing eligibility or a scholarship -- is the signature of state governor Gavin Newsom. It's led to a fascinating showdown between California and the NCAA. There are big-picture consequences that could alter the pillars of amateurism. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish spend the first 40 minutes of the podcast explaining the actual law at stake, what the NCAA has said, what it can do and how things will play out in the years to come because of all of this. From there, they discuss Wednesday's report (40:20) that former Arizona assistant Book Richardson was willing to pay $40,000 to have a former Arizona player's high school transcript falsified to get him into school. They wrap with the somehow-still-ongoing recruiting of No. 2 2020 recruit Cade Cunningham (56:00). Oklahoma State hired his brother months ago, yet he's still being courted by Kentucky, UNC, Florida and Washington. Uh-oh?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2019
09/05: Most coaches want more mid-majors in the NCAA Tournament and for their players to have a right to be paid
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander provide one of their strongest episodes of the offseason with long discussions on why coaches want more mid-majors, and transparency, and consistency, with the NCAA Tournament selection committee (1:00). From there, they lay out the surprising results from their Candid Coaches poll regarding players being able to profit off their name, image and likeness (27:30) and lay out an enticing, if not controversial, environment that would come to college basketball when such things would be allowed. The podcast closes with thoughts on Michigan State (46:30) being the overwhelming pick by coaches as the best team in the sport for 2019-20.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2019
08/28: Coaches spill their guts on the top league, most underrated jobs and toughest guys to scheme against in college hoops
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Every summer, Parrish and Norlander poll 100-plus coaches to get insight into a number of topics inside and outside college basketball. Today's podcast starts with some thoughts on foreign tours that some teams are taking, but then exclusively gets into the results of five questions they've asked so far in their Candid Coaches series: Would you visit Donald Trump's White House if you won the national title? (6:45) Who was the best head-coaching hire of 2019? (18:40) What is the most underrated head-coaching job in college basketball? (30:30) Which league has the best stable of coaches, top to bottom? (39:00) Who is the toughest coach to prepare for and/or adjust to? (46:05) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2019
08/14: Nike gets accused in federal complaint of paying elite college athletes; Ken Pomeroy ranks every program in college hoops
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get going on today's episode by revealing how a man who does not play tennis winds up with tennis elbow -- in both arms. You already know which of the two this happened to. Then, they get to the curious story involving famed attorney Michael Avenatti, who is facing multiple serious charges in multiple cases, but nonetheless has become the figure at the center of allegations toward Nike for allegedly paying multiple high-profile high school prospects (11:30). Family members or representatives tied to Deandre Ayton, Bol Bol, Zion Williamson and Romeo Langford have been named in a federal complaint. This also leads to a quick conversation (30:00) on when the NCAA is going to drop those expected NOAs on big programs. Then it's a fun convo on KenPom's historic rankings of every program since 1996-97 (34:30). Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UNC and Arizona round out the top five. The guys close on the repeal of the "Rich Paul Rule," (46:00) which saw the NCAA acting faster than it usually does to make change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2019
08/07: The NCAA wrongly changed its player-agent rule, angering LeBron James and presidential candidates in the process
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On Tuesday, news leaked that the NCAA made major alterations to its rules regarding which agents could represent players in the pre-draft process. The rule modifications have been widely panned, most notably by LeBron James, who dubbed it #TheRichPaulRule, though the guys explain why that's not true at all. The podcast opens with a 25-minute conversation on this, then gets to Evan Mobley (26:45), the No. 1 prospect in 2020, finally committing to where his father and brother already are: USC. Now we wait on the No. 2 prospect, who has a family member employed at Oklahoma State, to commit. Cade Cunningham, what's the hold-up? The pod wraps with a cool story on a D-III player with NBA connections who wound up committing to Illinois this week (48:00).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2019
07/29: Colorado Springs podcast! On USA Basketball, recruiting's latest and Kentucky's key weekend commitment
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Hello from Colorado Springs! Parrish and Norlander have another from-the-hotel-room pod to share, this time with a recap of July's recruiting calendar, with commentary on many of the top prospects. They start with thoughts on USA Basketball, then get to stories, quotes and anecdotes on what the NCAA hath wrought with July (6:50). After a long conversation there -- including Norlander's story from UConn -- some highlights on the players to know in 2020, 2021 and 2022 (50:00) and BJ Boston's commitment to Kentucky (57:00). Oh, and some TRIVIA TIME! too.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2019
07/13: LIVE! from the Peach Jam: Will 15-year-old phenom Emoni Bates ever play in college, and is this new recruiting calendar doomed to fail?
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Straight from Norlander's hotel room, it's another face-to-face episode of the pod. Parrish and Norlander open with some unanticipated thoughts on things tangentially related to the Nike Peach Jam -- including a fun blind item about a coach -- then get into why coaches are still not satisfied with the current recruiting calendar (16:00) and what won't be done about it. From there, Norlander gets into the story of 15-year-old Emoni Bates (39:00), who is regarded by many as the most talented player in high school, regardless of age, and yet only has scholarship offers from Michigan State and Florida State. Will he ever play in college? Turns out, it's completely plausible. The guys close on NC State receiving its Notice of Allegations (58:00) earlier in the week, and discuss which school should be next and what punishment the NCAA could fairly dole out.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2019
07/02: The NCAA slams Kevin Ollie, and UConn doesn't care because it's going to the Big East next year anyway
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On Tuesday, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions levied a three-year show-cause against former UConn coach Kevin Ollie. The university was spared any meaningful/significant penalties. Norlander and Parrish open the ep by discussing that, the fallout, Dan Hurley's contract and more. After that, the duo gets on to UConn leaving the American to join the Big East (16:45) and debate that team's standing in college basketball going forward, in addition to weighing the options for the American in the coming years. Finally, the most significant transfer decision of the offseason, potentially, happened Friday (44:30). They close the pod with that -- and some #USWNT talk.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2019
6/21: Late-night emergency podcast: NBA Draft recap, reactions, biggest takeaways
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander go face-to-face for an in-person, late-night podcast to discuss the most interesting things to come out of Thursday night. This is going to be a memorable draft for a lot of reasons, many of them having to do with guys picked after first, second and third. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2019
06/13: Let's guess which six schools the NCAA is going to hit with Level I infractions in the coming weeks
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CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported a major story on Wednesday: an NCAA official told Dodd that six men's basketball programs would receive notices of allegations this summer, including two high-profile schools that would be notified by early July. The timing is surprising. So who will the schools be, and should any punishment be expected for the 2019-20 season? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander spend the first 30 minutes of the pod discussing that, then get to their NBA mock drafts (30:00), and lay out their predictions for the careers of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett and more. They also discuss the players they have the most disagreement on in the first round, and touch on the diverging NBA paths of Darius Garland and Romeo Langford.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2019
06/06: Book Richardson receives prison sentence, and more college coaches are likely to get the same
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On Thursday, Book Richardson was sentenced to three months in federal prison. It was a history-making decision by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos. Matt Norlander was in the courtroom, as he has been throughout both trials, and brings perspective and details from Thursday and beyond. He and Gary Parrish spend the first 40 minutes of the podcast discussing Richardson's sentence, Arizona's next steps, the NCAA's unfolding investigation and why Richardson said he didn't believe Sean Miller paid for players. After that, the guys touch on the new NCAA rules for 2019-2020 (48:30), most notably the extended 3-point line. They wrap by hitting on the 10-15 teams with the best odds to win the 2020 national title (58:30).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2019
05/30: Winners + losers from NBA Draft deadline decisions; Kansas' flurry of roster ups and downs; college basketball's talent drain
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Nearly 90 underclassmen opted to stay in the 2019 NBA draft pool. And nearly 90 decided to come back. Which schools benefitted most or were hurt significantly? This pod opens on that, then gets to a discussion (12:00) on the growing trend in college basketball to have more and more guys leaving early, even when they're not expected to be drafted. The guys zero in on Kansas (28:00) and R.J. Hampton's decision to bypass college and play in New Zealand. The pod wraps with a look at Parrish and Norlander's respective top fives (54:00) heading into the heart of the offseason.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
05/22: Michigan gets its best realistic replacement for John Beilein by hiring Juwan Howard
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On Wednesday, Michigan officially hired alumnus Juwan Howard to coach its men's basketball program. The first 20 minutes of this podcast are dedicated to that decision, with Parrish and Norlander bringing some deeper context into why this decision was made and why it's different from the Penny Hardaway hiring at Memphis. Then the guys get to notable five-star commitments within the past week (20:00): Precious Achiuwa to Memphis; Jaden McDaniels to Washington; Trendon Watford to LSU.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2019
05/13: John Beilein stuns college basketball by leaving Michigan to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers
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The basketball world woke up to surprising news Monday morning: John Beilein was walking on Michigan to take a job with the shaky Cleveland Cavaliers organization. This episodes goes heavy on that, including why Beilein doing this should -- or maybe shouldn't -- be that surprising, in addition to evaluating Michigan's program in the greater hierarchy of college basketball (20:00) and trying to establish which candidates actually make sense at the early stage of UM's search. From there, GP and Norlander get to Kentucky taking back its standing with the No. 1-rated recruiting class (40:00), followed close behind by -- well, well! -- Memphis (49:00) and the apparent monster Penny Hardaway has assembled for 2019-20.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2019
With the second trial over, and more guilty verdicts delivered, which schools were hurt the most -- and what will the NCAA do now?
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Our final podcast dedicated to the second college basketball federal trial opens on what the government set out to do, and failed. Then Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander take a tour of the schools that were hurt the most in all of this, and what might come next. Plus, Christian Dawkins, who again was found guilty by a federal jury, provided some helpful-yet-damning quotes once more in relation to Arizona coach Sean Miller after the trial ended Wednesday. Ultimately, the legacy and effects of this case will rest on the shoulders of the NCAA, which has a monumental challenge awaiting its enforcement division, effective immediately.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2019
05/01: The federal trial has been worse for Arizona than maybe everyone was expecting
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College basketball has maybe never been as newsy and buzzy on the first day of May as it is this. That's because the second of three scheduled federal trials is providing a lot of allegations, evidence and more against prominent names and schools. But nothing's hit as hard as the stuff attached to Arizona. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode by discussing what the trial is really getting at and what the government is trying to prove, then move on to Sean Miller and the pivotal calls played in court Wednesday (8:30) that have his former assistant, Book Richardson, alleging Miller was paying Deandre Ayton and Rawle Alkins. Norlander and GP close out the pod by hitting on Texas Tech ponying up huge money to pay Chris Beard (41:15) and get into some of the leftover stuff reported this week about UCLA's search.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2019
04/24: The second federal trial has Christian Dawkins on video accusing Arizona coach Sean Miller of cheating to get players
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Sean Miller's name is in headlines again thanks to the second college basketball corruption trial, which on Wednesday turned its attention the Arizona program due to video wiretaps that were played in court. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander spend the first 40 minutes of this episode catching you up on the case, the implications for Miller, why Dawkins is to be believed and what else has happened this week in lower Manhattan. The final 15 minutes of the podcast are dedicated to North Carolina landing a commitment from elite 2019 guard Cole Anthony, Duke again securing the No. 1 class in college basketball and a new top 10 from Parrish for 2019-20. The Blue Devils aren't No. 1, but they're close.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2019
04/16: LSU shocks the college hoops world and reinstates Will Wade; the Hauser brothers shock Marquette and leave the program
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Minutes before the season premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones started Sunday night, LSU announced Will Wade had been reinstated to his post. So Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander start there, then lay out how this could still go wrong -- or, in a long shot, right -- for LSU and Wade. From there, the guys talk the shocking transfer decisions from Sam and Joey Hauser (23:00), who are leaving Marquette and thus tanking the Golden Eagles' 2019-20 stock. The guys get some trivia time in, look back on their preseason player rankings, then talk about Cincinnati hiring John Brannen (41:00) over Nick Van Exel and Darren Savino. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2019
04/09: Virginia beats Texas Tech and completes one of the all-time incredible stories in college basketball history
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Norlander was right: Virginia won the national title. It did so in a great game, probably one of the 10 best in NCAA Tournament title game history. Texas Tech had it! Until it didn't. So it went for every team UVA played in the NCAAs. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander give a lot of time to the title game, to Tony Bennett, to the Cavaliers' biggest plays from the NCAA Tournament, to all you want to hear about in the wake of the end of the 2019 season. From there, some news away from the tourney, including UCLA hiring Mick Cronin (42:00), Chris Mullin stepping down at St. John's (53:00), and a flurry of early NBA drafts decisions (58:00) -- but two huge ones that involve players coming back to college.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2019
04/07: Virginia-Auburn insanity, Texas Tech throttles through again, and now we have an epic defensive title game matchup
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For the first time in 40 years, a national championship game will feature two schools that have never before made it this far. But first, GP and Norlander pick apart and set the scene for Virginia's inexplicable escape over Auburn in the Final Four. That was one of the wilder endings imaginable on the biggest stage in college hoops. From there, they get into Texas Tech's 61-51 win over Michigan State (23:00) and Izzo's 3-7 record in the Final Four. They close, naturally, with their thoughts and predictions (36:00) on what Monday night's title game will bring -- and they disagree on who wins and who covers.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2019
04/07: LIVE! from Minneapolis -- Parrish and Norlander preview and pick Saturday's Final Four games
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Who will play for the national championship on Monday night? It should be a pretty interesting Saturday on the way to finding out. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode -- in the same room, recording face to face; a podcast rarity! -- by discussing why Minneapolis is such a solid Final Four city. First impression, funny stories, all of it. Then, it's on to discussing Virginia vs. Auburn (18:00) and Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (29:45).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2019
04/02: Kentucky gives John Calipari a lifetime contract; Tom Izzo says he needs to win another title; top Final Four storylines
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Don't worry, we've got some Final Four chatter for you on this pod, but the episode starts with the biggest college hoops news of the past 24 hours: Kentucky and John Calipari have agreed to a lifetime deal for the coach, meaning he'll be there for essentially as long as he wants as coach -- and then will be an advisor/emeritus whenever he decides to retire. This is all in the wake of UCLA pursuing/botching its courting of Cal to Westwood. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with thoughts on that, thoughts on what UCLA was doing -- or not -- and recap Cal's first decade with UK. From there, they talk Tom Izzo and Michigan State (23:00) and whether a second title is needed to validate his Hall of Fame career. The guys then run the gamut on Final Four storylines (30:00), including which is the best, and close with Norlander giving honor to the great Rick Byrd (36:00), who retired this week after winning more than 800 games.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2019
03/31: That was probably the best Elite Eight in NCAA Tournament history, and it includes the end of Zion Williamson's Duke career
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Here's a Final Four almost no one had: Virginia, Michigan State, Auburn and Texas Tech. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with their initial thoughts on the national semifinalists, then gush and give their reactions to arguably the best Elite Eight in history. They start with where Norlander was at -- Louisville -- with Virginia's comeback/OT win over Purdue (10:00), then move on to Auburn beating Kentucky (28:00), Texas Tech beating Gonzaga (37:15) and Michigan State beating Duke (45:00) and ending the college careers of Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and, almost certainly, Tre Jones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2019
03/30: Duke's getting lucky, sure, but let's also get into how enjoyable that Sweet 16 was
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To start, Parrish and Norlander open with Duke barely escaping -- again -- thanks to a bunny missed at the buzzer. Virginia Tech almost had it. But you know who's to thank for Duke moving on? Tre Jones. From there, the guys preview Duke-Michigan State (8:45), then talk the West/Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech (13:20), the South/Virginia-Purdue (21:00) and the Midwest/Kentucky vs. Auburn (33:40). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2019
03/27: Our picks — straight up and vs. the spread — for the Sweet 16 games; coaching carousel hirings, firings and rumors
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Tuesday got the college hoops coaching carousel whizzing, so before Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander resume their NCAA tourney convo, they open by talking the biggest jobs that are available and the ones that have closed or will close in the coming days. They touch on Nebraska, BYU, Arkansas, Iowa State, UCLA, Alabama and more. Then it's onto the predictions and previews for every regional semifinal, starting with the games in the West (24:30), then the South (33:30), the East (41:00) and the Midwest (47:00).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2019
03/25: See ya, Cinderella; this is the strongest Sweet 16 field in NCAA Tournament history
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A chalky run of results in the first two rounds of the NCAAs have Parrish and Norlander recapping and reflecting on the best, and most overlooked, moments of the first weekend. The guys start with their thoughts on the first two rounds, then move along region by region. They start with the East (11:00), which of course leads on Duke's escape from UCF. From there, it's to the West (22:00), then the South (32:00) and they close with the Midwest (42:00).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2019
03/23: NCAA Tournament whiparound: First round breakdown, second round previews and picks
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OK, we had a fun but not insane first couple of days of the Big Dance. So will the weekend make up for it? It's quite possible. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander go region by region and recap the biggest games, stories and moments for Thursday and Friday. They open with the West, because that's where Norlander saw Murray State's Ja Morant in person in Hartford on Thursday. After that, it's onto reflections and predictions in the East (21:30), the South (34:00) and, to wrap the pod, the Midwest (46:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2019
03/20: Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish pick every first round NCAA Tournament game straight up and against the spread
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A one-off episode that's different from the usual Eye on College Basketball ep. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with some thoughts on Rick Byrd and Belmont, which won over Fran Dunphy and Temple to move on in the First Four on Tuesday night. And from there, beginning at the 11:40 mark, the guys go through all 32 first round games and make their picks for which teams win and which teams cover. It's an entertaining episode with a lot of insight. No better way to gear up for the start of the first round than this, we promise.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2019
03/17: MEGA NCAA TOURNAMENT BREAKDOWN, PREDICTIONS, ANALYSIS PODCAST
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No teases needed. THIS EPISODE IS THE GOODS. Complete NCAA Tournament reaction, analysis and everything you want for the morning after Selection Sunday. Here's how Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander sort through the bracket on this episode: the opening is first impressions about what the committee did and anything that stands out in a major way. The nitpicking is next (16:00), and then comes the region-by-region analysis. East is first (26:15), then West (36:30), then South (43:00), then Midwest (56:30). The pod wraps with Final Four and title picks (1 hour, 7 minutes).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2019
03/15: Zion Williamson is destroying every expectation we have for him; setting the table for Selection Sunday
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Zion Williamson's return to Duke was probably the best return from injury in a single game in college basketball history. He went 13-of-13 from the field and put on maybe the best statistical performance by a Duke player since Christian Laettner. The guys open on that, then get to talking Duke-UNC predictions and the 1 seed situation that's at stake Friday and Saturday (11:00). From there, a quick chat on the Big 12, Texas and West Virginia (21:30), and a wrap-up on the bubble, the Big East and why St. John's fans have to feel uncertain (28:00).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2019
03/13: In light of Gonzaga losing in the WCC title game, who will be the four 1 seeds on Selection Sunday?
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Saint Mary's stunned Gonzaga Tuesday night to win the WCC Tournament. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on that, Gonzaga's standing on the 1 line and Saint Mary's run to, potentially a 12 seed. From there, Norlander makes a case for UNC Greensboro (16:00) and then the guys take a look and make their predictions as to who will be the four 1 seeds on Selection Sunday (20:00). There's some small-conference tourney chatter (26:00) before a discussion of the reported incoming vacancy at Texas A&M (36:30). Will Buzz Williams be the man to replace Billy Kennedy in College Station?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2019
03/10: Championship Week is here, so it's time to get fired up over mid-major bubble squads and major-conference trash teams
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This extensive episode leads on making the case for Belmont to be in the field. Matt Norlander brings the evidence, and Gary Parrish has some supporting thoughts. Plus, Furman and Lipscomb cannot receive auto bids, so how realistic are their chances? That's the first 27 minutes of this podcast (we love you, mid-majors) then it's on to a scenic tour of the seven major conferences in advance of those tourneys starting this week: the Big Ten (27:30), the Big 12 (33:55), the ACC (38:30), the SEC (44:45), the Big East (57:55), the American (1 hour, 2 minutes), the Pac-12 (1 hour, 7 minutes). Within those convos, there's bubble talk, 1 seed talk, suspension talk, Sean Miller talk and a ton more. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2019
03/08: LSU indefinitely suspends Will Wade, UNC become a 1 seed, and a huge preview of the weekend
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Today's episode opens with Gary Parrish flying solo for the first segment, talking the huge news: LSU indefinitely suspending Will Wade. Then Norlander hops in and the guys get to the SEC race wrapping and the big games in that league (13:00) this weekend. From there, it's on to a deep discussion on the American Athletic Conference (22:00), followed by a preview of Duke-UNC (35:00) with some seriously botched Trivia Time! in the process. The podcast wraps with a look at Michigan-Michigan State (43:30) and a debate over who should win Coach of the Year in that conference, plus a heads-up on the four leagues handing out NCAA Tournament tickets this weekend (47:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2019
03/06: R.I.P. to Kansas streak; with Zion Williamson out yet again, might RJ Barrett overtake him for National Player of the Year?
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For the first time since 2004, Kansas will not finish atop the Big 12 standings. The greatest streak in college hoops history is done. Parrish and Norlander open on that, then get to Texas Tech and Kansas State (11:00) fighting out the top of the league, in addition to a discussion on whether or not Chris Beard is a top-five (or top-10) coach in college hoops. Meantime, Duke (23:45) barely won at home vs. Wake Forest on Tuesday night. What? So with that, and with Zion unlikely to play at UNC on Saturday, Norlander poses the questions: Did Duke handle the initial timeline for Zion correctly and is he vulnerable to losing NPOY to his teammate? The guys close with thoughts on the sentencing that came down Tuesday (37:45) for the three men charged in the college basketball corruption case.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2019
03/03: THIS. IS. MARCH.
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That gift off the top -- that's for you, listeners. Thank you for subscribing. Please, if you could, rate the pod five stars and leave an good comment!  On this episode, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with the wild scene at Utah State over the weekend, in which Nevada got beat by the Aggies and then a fracas in the hallway behind the scenes went viral. From there, the guys get to Tennessee throttling UK (22:45), and also talk LSU and its No. 1 seed chances. This week's special segment is a throwback to the early part of the season, when Norlander promised Wofford would be a good (44:00). It's an absolute must-listen. Then, it's time for some WIDE-RANGING bubble talk (61:00) as the guy touch on almost every team's results from the weekend that had bubble impact and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2019
02/28: The bad Big East, a big bubble weekend ahead, and the must-watch games to build Saturday around
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Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has been suspended two games for accusing an official of being crooked. GP and Norlander open that, then get to St. John's not-good loss to Xavier on Thursday night (7:00), which leads the guys to a greater conversation about the bubble and the Big East this season. From there, a lot to get to with the weekend's games: Kentucky-Tennessee (20:15), UCF-Houston (32:00), Nevada-Utah State (38:45), Gonzaga-Saint Mary's (43:00), bubble chatter (52:00) and Maryland-Michigan (54:30). Also, the end of the pod veers into the odd: Parrish slept in his car before he recorded this episode.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2019
02/27: Which coach came off worse on Tuesday: Iowa's Fran McCaffery or Arizona's Sean Miller?
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Duke lost its second game without Zion Williamson, dropping to 24-4 in the process and losing its spot as the No. 1 overall seed, according to Jerry Palm. Parrish and Norlander open Duke and get in some classic trivia time segments in the process. They also clear up a matter with the selection process. Then it's on to Iowa's Fran McCaffery (16:30), who was reportedly caught accusing an official of cheating on Tuesday night. Norlander argues that McCaffery should be suspended, if what was reported is true. Arizona coach Sean Miller (30:00) had a less-noisy interaction on Tuesday, but it was bad for his image as well. The guys close with a preview of Marquette-Villanova (42:00) and touch on the weird dichotomy of this year's Big East.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2019
02/24: Texas Tech obliterates Kansas; Duke's dandy without Zion; Ole Miss players take a knee during the national anthem
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Another rewarding, and interesting, weekend of college basketball has GP and Norlander opening with Texas Tech's dominant revenge win over Kansas. From there, the guys get to Duke-Syracuse (7:25), which includes another edition of Trivia Time. Early Saturday, LSU won in overtime at home vs. Tennessee (20:00), so the guys are not short of topics to touch on there. Sunday's biggest result was Michigan State beating Michigan on the road (28:30), Sparty now asserting itself once more as the best team in the Big Ten. In closing, Parrish waxes on the public protest made by Ole Miss players Saturday (38:00) in response to pro-confederacy demonstrations made on Mississippi's campus on Saturday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2019
02/21: Zion Williamson's knee injury was not as bad as initially feared, but it nevertheless ignited a national debate
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Zion Williamson's shoe-busting, knee-spraining spectacle less than a minute into the UNC game was the perfect storm of content creation for national discourse about Zion, Duke, the amateurism model and the NBA. But Parrish and Norlander do their best to cut through the obviousness and get to the things you might not have heard addressed. But also: Parrish got into a Twitter spat with Trae Young (23:00)! The guys also get into Norlander's powerful story about LSU succeeding despite losing a player to murder in the preseason (35:45) and wrap with a preview of six big games (42:05): Virginia-Louisville; Tennessee-LSU; Florida State-UNC; Duke-Syracuse; Kansas-Texas Tech; and Michigan State-Michigan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2019
02/20: The UNC-Duke preview you crave, plus Kentucky's worrisome injury and VCU as the cream of the A-10
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The greatest rivalry in sports renews on Wednesday night, so Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander prep you for what to expect in Durham. But first, the duo opens on Indiana hitting a new low -- but offering hope for Hoosier fans. Then it's time to, finally, talk some VCU (12:00) and A-10. Meanwhile, Kentucky (20:00) got an easy win but also bad news on Tuesday: Reid Travis has a sprained right knee. How long will he be out, and is UK's SEC title chance at risk: The UNC-Duke chatter, which is wide-ranging and features fun tangents, starts at 24:30.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2019
02/17: Kentucky's win over Tennessee doesn't mean the Vols were overrated, and the same is true of Gonzaga now
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Matt Norlander attended Tennessee-Kentucky on Saturday, then wound up stuck at the Indianapolis airport for more than seven hours. So this is the first podcast in our history to record from an airport. The opening starts with that, and of course, UK over UT. From there, Gary Parrish explains why he doesn't have Duke No. 1 or Kentucky ahead of Michigan in his Top 25 and 1 (14:00). Gonzaga is also worth discussion in light of its winning streak (20:30). The Big 12 race is now entering its endgame (28:00), and since we're talking Big 12, Chris Beard's freakout over a walk-on dunking in a blowout (36:15) needs discussing. That's not all. The guys touch on two wild buzzer-beaters and Chris Clemons -- Fighting Camel! -- reaching 3,000 points (40:00) before wrapping with some of the games to watch Monday and Tuesday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2019
02/14: A lovingly fun Valentine's Day episode that previews what's sure to be a sweet weekend in college hoops
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We love our listeners, and so that's why we've made sure to start this Valentine's Day episode with a little love chatter at the top before getting to the game of the weekend (6:00): Tennessee-Kentucky. Then, it's on to Iowa State and Kansas State (17:00) in the biggest game in the Big 12 this weekend. We also touch on Maryland-Michigan (25:05) before wrapping with thoughts around the sport and games to keep an eye on. Also, Norlander's got a weird theory on why the Big 12 is like Avengers: Infinity War.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2019
02/13: Louisville blows it vs. Duke; did Kentucky get jobbed vs. LSU?; and how did John Beilein get ejected?
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Tuesday night was wild in college basketball. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on Louisville's epic collapse vs. Duke, then get to the controversial ending between LSU and Kentucky (17:30), before wrapping (30:00) on K-State, Michigan, the Big Ten and .... Smashing Pumpkins. #HawksbeatLakers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2019
02/11: Duke dominates Virginia; UVA-UNC lookahead; recapping selection committee's top 16; Georgia lands No. 1 player
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This Monday episode is loaded with tons from the weekend, plus has a preview of the big Monday and Tuesday night games, with Norlander on site in Chapel Hill. The guys open with Duke-Virginia and then get to Virginia-UNC. From there, they talk the selection committee's choices for the top 16 (21:00), which were broadcast on Saturday. At 28:15, some chatter on Nevada -- Parrish was there over the weekend -- and a little on Gonzaga, before the previews and picks (35:30) for three big games on Tuesday: Purdue-Maryland, LSU-Kentucky, MSU-Wisconsin. Norlander has some odds and ends from the weekend to get to (41:00) before the episode closes on Tom Crean and Georgia landing the No. 1 college basketball prospect in 2019 (47:00) and beating Kentucky in the process.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2019
02/07: Kansas loses another player, Arizona loses another assistant, and it's a beautifully loaded weekend
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The latest episode of your favorite college hoops pod starts with Kansas announcing Lagerald Vick is out indefinitely due to a personal matter. From there, Norlander and Parrish preview Duke-Virginia (8:45), talk Nevada and Gonzaga (13:45), preview Villanova-Marquette (21:30), get to Wisconsin-Michigan (30:00) and then take a breezy tour of Saturday's schedule (35:00), including making note of the poor Pac-12. Then, it's some talk about the NET (44:00) in advance of the CBS top-16 bracket reveal on Saturday, a look at Sunday's Houston-Cincinnati game (48:00) and the pod wraps by asking the question: Will Sean Miller be the coach at Arizona at the start of next season (53:30)? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2019
02/06: MSU, Marquette and KU all take different kinds of bad losses; love for Tennessee, shouts to mid-majors
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Parrish and Norlander take a diverse tour through college hoops, touching on a bunch of teams they normally don't get a chance to chat about. It starts with Michigan State's loss against Illinois, then onto St. John's beating Marquette (7:30) before touching on K-State leading the Big 12 (15:45) thanks to its convincing win over Kansas. From there, a tour around college hoops (22:40), including Syracuse, Duke, Utah State, Kentucky, Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee, which is still sort of underappreciated. The guys close (37:15) with love for the Wofford-East Tennessee State game on Thursday, and talk mid-major NCAA Tournament chances in general. This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2019
02/03: NCAA bans Kansas' Silvio De Sousa for two years; Michigan schools get upset; NC State scored only 24 points (?!)
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It was a noisy weekend in college basketball, starting with the NCAA's two-year suspension on Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa. Parrish and Norlander open on that -- and get into a deep discussion on what is and isn't fair, what is and isn't known, and how this could be a harbinger for other punishments to come. From there, the guys get into what happened over the weekend, starting with Michigan and Michigan State going down/Indiana and Iowa winning (31:15), NC State's ridiculous 24-point game (38:30). Kentucky, North Carolina and Baylor also continued their winning ways (46:45), so the guys get to that as well before making their Super Bowl picks (54:00).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2019
02/01: Villanova is 3-point-shooting its way back into title contention; your weekend preview, bold picks included
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode by discussing Villanova's nine-game winning streak and getting into why it's happened. From there, the weekend preview gets going with UNC-Louisville (11:00), Kentucky-Florida (18:00), Texas Tech-Kansas (22:45), Indiana-Michigan State (26:00) and some expanded trivia time (35:00). Norlander also calls for Michigan to lose on Friday night at Iowa.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2019
01/30: Kansas is 1-5 on the road and might be broken for good; Ethan Happ and Grant Williams' cases vs. Zion for POY
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Kansas' loss at Texas has many wondering if the Jayhawks will fail to finish atop the Big 12's regular season standings for the first time in a decade and a half. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander start on that, then get to the eligibility case of Silvio De Sousa (11:00), which is expected to be resolved in the coming days. From there, the guys touch on Baylor's surprising January (16:50), make the cases for Grant Williams and Ethan Happ to challenge Zion Williamson for NPOY (23:00) and lay out the problems with Chris Mullin at St. John's (32:30). At the end, there's a Trivia Time session that goes a little sideways too.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2019
01/27: Kentucky in title form, Kansas is flawed, Purdue snaps Michigan State, Big East is a bunch of mush
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The biggest game of the weekend was Kentucky beating Kansas, so this ep opens on UK, then gets to Kansas' glaring issues (9:50). From there, Parrish and Norlander give Purdue some love (21:30) and pass on fretting about Michigan State. In the SEC, LSU is making a charge for Tennessee and Kentucky (25:30), while the Big East is tracking for -- maybe -- its worst season since it went to 10 teams (32:45). The podcast has recaps and thoughts on Iowa State, Houston, Cincinnati, Baylor and Nebraska (39:00), which probably was the biggest loser of the weekend; Norlander explains why. The guys wrap with some Vegas talk and make their predictions for Tuesday's two biggest games (47:40). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2019
01/24: Tennessee wins close again, but was the controversial call all that controversial?
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open up on Tennessee's win over Vandy to get to 17-1, then eventually touch on Grant Williams' (11:11) campaign for NPOY. From there, the guys preview Kansas-Kentucky (19:35), Auburn-Mississippi State (26:15), Iowa State-Mississippi (30:00) and Michigan State-Purdue (32:15). They also mix in some birthday talk, as Parrish turns 49, or is it 53? OK, maybe 43. The answer is on this episode.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2019
01/23: The SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 have a bunch of teams swiping and slipping in opposite directions
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Parrish and Norlander open with Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Auburn hitting the skids on Tuesday, then touch on Indiana (8:35), which has now lost five straight and is approaching a crisis. There's also Duke and Virginia (15:00) to get to, as those teams rolled. The guys have a few good games to mull over on Thursday (20:00), primarily Michigan State-Iowa and NC State-Louisville. They make their way back for Wednesday's pair of interesting games (28:30): Tennessee-Vanderbilt and Purdue-Ohio State. This episode is sponsored by www.ZipRecruiter.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2019
01/20: Down goes Virginia! Down goes Michigan! No undefeated teams remain, So who is No. 1 now?
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Saturday represented the busiest day of college basketball on the 2018-19 calender: the 150 games played were the most in one day of any this season. From that, 7-10 outcomes stood out most. Parrish and Norlander touch on those, leading with an in-depth discussion on Duke's win over Virginia at the top. From there, the guys get to Kentucky's road win at Auburn (28:00), go into the notable Big 12 upsets (37:00) and preview the big games coming Monday night (42:00), including Maryland-Michigan State, Virginia Tech-UNC and Iowa State-Kansas.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2019
01/18: Weekend preview: Virginia at Duke sets up as the best game of 2019 so far; will the final two unbeatens fall?
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Before the guys look ahead, Norlander and Parrish check in on Kansas State and the Big 12 at the top of this episode. Plus, Iowa State and TCU (7:10) have had notable weeks. That league is seemingly set to get more unpredictable by the week. The big topic on this episode, of course, is Virginia at Duke (12:00). The guys also touch on what became a debate topic this week: the idea that Zion Williamson should quit playing at Duke to preserve his draft stock (25:20). From there, the fellas get to UK-Auburn (32:40) and Michigan-Wisconsin (36:20). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2019
01/15: Syracuse stuns Duke, which loses Tre Jones to a shoulder injury; Indiana hits a troubling skid
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Monday night brought the unexpected: not just a Duke loss to Syracuse, but Tre Jones' troubling shoulder injury that is expected to keep him out for a while. Parrish and Norlander open this episode by discussing the game and the injury, then get to Indiana (20:45) losing at home to Nebraska. With a tough schedule upcoming, could the Hoosiers go from comfortable NCAA Tournament team to the NIT? The guys also touch on Pitt (29:15), which is doing well in its first year under Jeff Capel.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2019
01/13: What's wrong with UNC; how Duke escaped at Florida State; the Big Ten has 10 teams in play for the NCAAs
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North Carolina continued its bipolar ways this weekend. Just five days after winning at NC State, the Tar Heels lost 83-62 at home to Louisville. GP and MN open with that, then get to Cam Reddish (15:27), who buried a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Duke past Florida State on Saturday. Ohio State (28:51) has gone from 12-1 to 12-4, and the Big Ten has 10 teams thinking NCAA tourney. In the SEC, Ole Miss (29:38) is 13-2 overall, 3-0 in the SEC. Gonzaga (38:16) beat a better-than-you-realize San Francisco team on the road late Saturday to improve to 16-2. Will Gonzaga not lose again until March? And finally, previewing Virginia Tech-Virginia (50:32), which takes place Tuesday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2019
01/11: Markus Howard challenging Zion for POY; big, extended weekend preview
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Markus Howard became the first Division I player in the past 20 years to have multiple 50-point games when he got 53 in Wednesday's win at Creighton. So Parrish and Norlander open this episode with that (and camels). From there Murray State's Ja Morant destroyed a UT Martin Skyhawk on Thursday (12:31); a loaded weekend preview (16:09), including No. 3 Tennessee at Florida, No. 4 Virginia at Clemson, No. 5 Gonzaga at San Francisco, No. 6 Michigan State at Penn State, No. 7 Kansas at Baylor, No. 8 Texas Tech at Texas, No. 10 Nevada at Fresno State, No. 16 Ohio State at Iowa and No. 22 Indiana at Maryland). The big game No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State (25:53). And also, CBS' big game on Saturday (31:40): Ole Miss at No. 14 Mississippi State. This episode is sponsored by www.ZipRecruiter.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2019
01/09: Explaining why Zion Williamson is, no exaggeration, tracking to be the best freshman in Duke history
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Zion Williamson finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Tuesday's 87-65 win at Wake Forest. So he's now the first freshman in Duke history to hit each of those numbers in the same game. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on that. And then it's to Tennessee (7:17), UNC's win over NC State (13:23) in addition to the possibility the Tar Heels finish atop the ACC. As for Nova (21:07), is it going to win the Big East in the same season it lost to Furman and Penn? The guys wrap (29:01) talking Wednesday night's schedule" No. 11 Auburn at Ole Miss, No. 17 Houston at Temple and No. 21 Marquette at Creighton. Which ranked team will get picked off on the road? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2019
01/06: Who will be the last undefeated team -- Virginia, Michigan or Houston?
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Matt Norlander's Chicago Bears lost a playoff game to the Philadelphia Eagles in the worst possible way, so he and Gary Parrish open this episode on that, with Norlander just trying to talk through the aftershock. But there's plenty of hoops to get to. First up is Nevada (11:34) losing its undefeated season. Then the guys touch on whether Virginia, Michigan or Houston will be the final unbeaten team (17:05). Bad news came down twice for Kansas (21:32) over the weekend, an Kentucky (28:43) didn't emerge with a win either. Meantime, Virginia Tech (35:03) is highlighted for the first time this season on the podcast. The guys close with a preview of Tuesday's big game (39:34): UNC at NC State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2019
01/04: Mid-season picks to win all the big leagues; Bol Bol's college career apparently over; previewing the four big games
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A big weekend for Big Ten hoops awaits. On this episode, GP and Norlander open with a note on Michigan, then get into the bad Bol Bol news (6:00). From there, an extensive rundown on their picks to win each of the seven major conferences: the Pac-12 (12:00), the Big 12 (15:30), the ACC (17:00), the SEC (18:07), the Big Ten (22:29), the Big East (26:31) and the American (28:30). The guys wrap with a preview of the four biggest games (32:40) of the weekend: Michigan State-Ohio State, Florida State-Virginia, Kansas-Iowa State and Indiana-Michigan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2019
12/31: Surprise podcast! Steve Alford was fired, so now UCLA is ringing in 2019 without a head coach
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Early Monday morning, UCLA fired Steve Alford midway through his sixth season. That called for an emergency podcast from Parrish and Norlander. The guys start on the news, then discuss the problems with the expectations of what the UCLA job is (and isn't). From there, there go deep into the candidate pool (20:40) and lay out a lot of names. Then, it's time to preview some good games this week. In order: Marquettte-St. John's (38:02), Nebraska-Maryland (40:40), Texas Tech-West Virginia (43:35), Oklahoma-Kansas (45:20) and Minnesota-Wisconsin (47:35).  Happy New Year, everyone, and thanks for subscribing. If you haven't already, please rate the podcast well and leave a nice review! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2018
12/30: UCLA lost to Liberty. Bruins are now 7-6. Is Steve Alford going to get fired before the season ends?
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UCLA fell 73-58 (!) at home (!!) to Liberty (!!!!) on Saturday. Bruins coach Steve Alford does not seem long for that job now. Parrish and Norlander open on that and go back in time to the reactions from multiple media members in 2013, when Alford was hired by UCLA. Then they get into who could replace Alford in 2019 (20:10) before moving on to the dumpster fire that is the Pac-12 (35:05), which looks to be a two-bid league ... if that. Elsewhere, Kentucky rounded closer to its best form by beating Louisville (44:15) and St. John's (51:30) got jobbed in a loss against Seton Hall.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2018
12/28: College basketball 2018 Year in Review
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When you take into account everything of consequence that happened in 2018, it's not that hard to make the argument that the sport won't see another year like this any time soon. Vacated national titles, federal convictions, a 98-year-old nun becoming the biggest thing in sports, a 16 beating a 1, Zion Williamson, scandals, a change in how the sport is operated. Big year.  So GP and Norlander get to that, but first open with Kentucky at Louisville, the game of the weekend in college basketball. From there, they run down six more games of note (15:45), including Nevada-Utah, Davidson-UNC, Wisconsin-Western Kentucky and Belmont-Purdue. Then it's on to St. John's (21:25) and it's big game in the Big East opener at Seton Hall. But for the bulk of the discussion on this pod, it's a look back at 2018 (30:20).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2018
12/26: The 2018-19 Almost-Midseason Awards, including updated picks for who will win the national title
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Today's day-after-Christmas podcast opens with some holiday cheer (well, sort of!), then gets to Parrish and Norlander's top-three picks for National Player of the Year (6:15) as conference play is set to begin in earnest in the coming week. Then it's Coach of the Year nominees (14:45), followed by the biggest surprises in college hoops (19:50) through November and December. As for disappointments (30:55), Parrish has a laundry list, while Norlander's pick is outside the box. The guys close with their updated national title picks (38:20), both of which have changed from who they took in the preseason.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 26, 2018
12/24: Who should be No. 1: Tennessee, Duke, Michigan -- or someone else? Plus, a full recap of a headline-making CBS Sports Classic
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A fun audio stuffing stocker of sorts for our loyal listeners, as Parrish and Norlander didn't let the weekend wrap before getting a good episode in to look back at the weekend and reflect on what went down in Chicago. The guys open -- briefly! -- on deep dish pizza before getting to Kansas' loss at Arizona State (4:20) and how that opens up a debate over who should be No. 1. Additionally, there's Kentucky (14:40) and its statement win over UNC ... and the issue now nagging at Roy Williams' heels (24:10). Ohio State (30:45) has Chris Holtmann one win away from the best start of his career, while UCLA has Steve Alford (35:05) and his job status beyond this season very much in doubt. Merry Christmas from us to you, and thank you for being loyal to the podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2018
12/21: Duke-Texas Tech reaction, Kevin Keatts' great start at NC State, and a big preview of the CBS Sports Classic
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This Friday episode of the Eye on College Basketball Podcast opens with Duke's comeback win on a quality Texas Tech team that showed some ways in how the Blue Devils can, and eventually may, be defeated. From there, the guys get into NC State's 10-1 start (9:45) after it beat No. 7 Auburn, preview Ohio State-UCLA (20:50) and Kentucky-UNC (24:10) in this Saturday's big CBS Sports Classic, and wrap with Kansas' tricky road test at Arizona State (29:50).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2018
12/19: Penny Hardaway and Rick Barnes already don't like each other; Duke-Texas Tech preview; Buffalo's awesome 11-0 start
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The Memphis-Tennessee rivalry is back on in a huge way, with Penny Hardaway telling Rick Barnes to "get the f--- out of here." Parrish and Norlander open on all that fire, with Norlander pointing out why this could ultimately be a bad thing. From there, the guys get to talking 11-0 Buffalo (20:25), which won at Syracuse on Tuesday night. Wednesday's most critical game (29:30) could wind up being UCLA at Cincinnati. The fellas wrap by previewing Duke vs. Texas Tech (35:45), a top-tier matchup playing out on Thursday night at MSG, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2018
12/16: Kansas is No. 1 but doesn't look like it; Gonzaga's hopes for a 1 seed aren't lost; will Big Blue Nation forgive Rick Pitino?
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Kansas is 9-0 and ranked No. 1. But the Jayhawks haven’t looked so great much of the season. Is this team overrated? Norlander and GP open on that, then get to Gonzaga (7:45), which lost its second straight on Saturday. Elsewhere, Indiana (18:06) provided the best ending of the weekend. Not good: the Pac-12 (23:27), which is now neck-and-neck with the American Athletic Conference in competing with the worst of the seven biggest leagues in college hoops. And if you missed it, Kentucky (34:02) honored its 1993 Final Four team, coached by Rick Pitino, on Saturday at Rupp Arena. But Pitino was not in attendance, despite John Calipari inviting him.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2018
12/14: Is Kentucky slipping under John Calipari? And a huge weekend awaits with loads of great games
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Quade Green has transferred out of Kentucky. Are the Wildcats losing a bit of their grip -- or is Calipari losing his touch? Parrish and Norlander start there, then give Crossroads Classic preview (14:24), as Notre Dame-Purdue and Butler-Indiana play on Saturday on CBS. There are loads of good games this weekend, including UNC-Gonzaga (19:00) and Nova-Kansas (24:05). Plus, Norlander tips you on teams on upset watch (29:33), in addition to a brief Sunday preview of games (39:15). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2018
12/12: Villanova is cracking; the Big East is open to expansion chatter; Mark Few takes aim at Mark Emmert
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode by discussing Villanova's worst nonconference performance since 2013, with a focus on the drama surrounding freshman point guard Jahvon Quinerly. From there, the guys discuss Norlander's report about the Big East having been approach by multiple schools about expansion (20:02) and Mark Few's reiterated criticism of NCAA president Mark Emmert (29:03). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2018
12/09: Tennessee proves it's a legit national title contender; Kansas is now No. 1; Kentucky isn't top-25 material
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Tennessee upset Gonzaga 76-73 on Sunday afternoon. Incredible game. Parrish and Norlander open on that and touch on a whole bunch with both teams, then get to Kentucky (16:09) dropping out of Parrish's Top 25 and 1 rankings. The new No. 1? Kansas (27:44). It had to rally this weekend to beat New Mexico State 63-60 in Kansas City. Elsewhere, there were a couple of good one-point games this weekend between currently unranked, but still big-time, basketball programs. Indiana beat Louisville 68-67 (37:32) and Syracuse beat Georgetown 72-71. The guys close on Villanova (42:51) and Bill Walton's polarizing nature as a color commentator (45:58).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2018
12/07: Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura might be the POY so far -- and here comes a huge test vs. Tennessee this weekend
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander look ahead to a stacked weekend of good college hoops, but start at the top with Duke landing Vernon Carey Jr., the No. 2 prospect in the class of 2019. From there, predictions and chatter on undefeated Nevada playing undefeated Arizona State late Friday night (6:49). And on Saturday, Kentucky-Seton Hall (15:20) leads off a loaded day slate. Also going down Louisville-Indiana and Wisconsin-Marquette's big games (18:20) and the CBS noon tip on Saturday of Michigan State-Florida (20:20). And yes, Buffalo -- unbeaten! -- gets some shine (23:50). The big game on Sunday is Gonzaga-Tennessee (26:35), but there's something the guys have to address with Texas (33:15), which has a big game vs. Purdue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2018
12/05: Oklahoma seems like it's better without Trae Young; Kansas' big injury; Fred Hoiberg's chances of returning to college
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Matt Norlander was at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night for a doubleheader featuring Oklahoma-Notre Dame and Florida-West Virginia. This episode opens on that, and specifically: Is Oklahoma better without Trae Young? Florida (6:17) beat West Virginia, but pro prospect Jalen Hudson is oddly a non-factor. It's weird. In injury news, Kansas (10:30) big man Udoka Azubuike suffered a right ankle injury in Tuesday's win over Wofford that's expected to sideline him for a significant amount of time. The Miami Hurricanes (13:22) have lost four straight games for the first time under Jim Larranaga. How did the Hurricanes go from 5-0 to 5-4 with losses to Seton Hall, Rutgers, Yale and Penn? The pod closes with a discussion about the Chicago Bulls firing Fred Hoiberg (19:13). Is a return to college basketball inevitable?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2018
12/02: Lagerald Vick saves Kansas; Nevada exceeding the hype; comparing the CFP to the NCAA Tournament
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There were no major upsets this weekend. But a handful of good teams -- No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Kansas, No. 20 Texas Tech, etc., -- were pushed by unranked opponents. The pod opens on that, then gets to Lagerald Vick and Kansas (3:09) and Nevada's 8-0 start (12:43). On Sunday, Arizona got to 6-2 (20:17). Is Sean Miller going to get the Wildcats back to the NCAA Tournament even though most predicted he wouldn't? As for UConn (24:45), Akok Akok committed, which is big. Then the fun begins. Norlander has Parrish play "Guess the Celebrity" (28:31) and the guys wrap with a wide-ranging conversation on the College Football Playoff and how it compares to the NCAA Tournament process (37:10).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2018
11/30: Michigan looks as good as any team in college hoops; Bob Knight documentary; weekend rundown
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Michigan is 7-0 with blowout wins over the past two national champions. And the Wolverines are, once again, excellent defensively thanks to John Beilein's hiring of Luke Yaklich. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish open this episode by discussing what appears to be the Big Ten's best team. After that, the conversation went like this: 7:03: Roy Williams said North Carolina stinks. Is he right? 11:52: The Bob Knight 30 For 30 -- "The Last Days of Knight" -- made its television debut on Thursday. The guys spent a few minutes discussing the controversial coaching icon. There's also a bacon story from Parrish. 24:50: Weekend preview, including Gonzaga-Creighton, Nevada-USC, Arizona-UConn and Oregon-Houston.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2018
11/28: Louisville tops MSU, Duke throttles Indiana, Coach K throttles his jacket, and early thoughts on the NET
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Chris Mack got his first signature win as Louisville's coach Tuesday night when the Cardinals upset Michigan State in overtime. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on that, then get to a lot going on with Duke and its win over Indiana (13:04), including Coach K's jacket-throwing technique and why Duke team managers run like Usain Bolt at the end of each half. Elsewhere, Nevada had no issues with Loyola-Chicago (26:09). Unfortunately, Vanderbilt's NCAA tourney chances could be doomed with Darius Garland likely out fot the year (33:33). The pod wraps with a lively discussion about the NCAA's NET rankings making their debut this week (41:05). GP and Norlander closed on whether college basketball fans should really be concerned about the algorithm and what the NCAA should've done differently to avoid yet another public relations nightmare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2018
11/25: Villanova clicking again, but something's still amiss; Big Ten-ACC Challenge picks and preview
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Villanova got its first quality win of the season by beating Florida State 66-60 on Sunday in the title game of the AdvoCare Invitational. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander start this episode by discussing a lingering curiosity with Villanova, then get to Oklahoma State (10:02), which is off to a nice, under-the-radar start. From there, predictions and thoughts on the ACC-Big Ten Challenge (17:29), Duke thoughts (22:42) and a discussion on the best mid-major game of the week, Nevada vs. Loyola Chicago (30:14). and I opened this episode of the Eye On College Basketball by discussing the reigning national champs and Quinerly's disappointing start. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2018
11/24: Kansas should be ranked ahead of Gonzaga at No. 1; tourney takes from throughout Thanksgiving week
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Parrish and Norlander were all over the country this week, covering top-five matchups in person and reporting on them for CBS Sports. This special Saturday episode leads with Kansas beating Tennessee late Friday night at Barclays Center. From there, the guys get to Virginia's 6-0 start (10:03) and what happened in Vegas with Michigan State, Texas, UNC and UCLA (13:06). On the other side of things, Florida's off to a ragged 3-3 start (16:16). Arizona State (20:28) is doing well for itself again after last year's good start. Bad news: Vanderbilt's Darius Garland has a torn meniscus (23:00). A look ahead to Sunday's big game between Villanova and Florida State (29:40). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2018
11/22: Gonzaga puts an end to all that premature Duke-undefeated talk; No. 1 prospect James Wiseman picks Memphis over Kentucky
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The undefeated talk is over. Duke didn't make it past Thanksgiving without a loss. No. 3 Gonzaga beat No. 1 Duke 89-87 in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander lead this Thanksgiving podcast with that -- and give their thanks to the listeners, of course. From there, the guys got into what worked for Gonzaga and evaluated Duke's freshmen both on Wednesday and overall in Maui. Also,  James Wiseman (23:30), the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2019, is going to Memphis. How big is that for Penny Hardaway? How bad is that for John Calipari? And did you know that Friday will bring another top-five matchup? No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 5 Tennessee (38:07) is on tap. Predictions included.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2018
11/18: Villanova and Syracuse plummet; a full-blown preview of the stacked Maui Invitational
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At the top, Norlander and Parrish open on Hawaii. Then it's on to Villanova (12:42), which lost again on Saturday — to Furman. Also 2-2: Syracuse (20:49). The Orange lost to UConn and Oregon at Madison Square Garden. Which team is more disappointing at this stage? Speaking of disappointing losses, Indiana let one get away at Arkansas on Sunday (26:07). How about the 3-ball this season (31:18): teams continue to bomb away more than ever before. The episode closes with a wide-ranging preview and set of predictions on the Maui Invitational (36:05).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2018
11/16: Michigan's stunner at Nova; UConn's great start under Dan Hurley; Big Ten is the best league to start the season
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Friday's episode leads on arguably the most shocking result of the season so far: Michigan's 73-46 win at Villanova on Wednesday night. From there, Parrish and Norlander touch how good Tennessee's looked to star the year (16:30), get into Zion Williamson's hilariously ridiculous statistical pace so far (17:45), and move on to Ohio State (24:40), which has the best two road wins of any team in college hoops at this point. The guys also highlight the Big Ten (31:15), which has the best record of any conference 10 days into the season. Of course, there's also the matter of UConn upsetting Syracuse (38:06), which included a viral moment from Dan Hurley and an inexplicable jersey mishap regarding Buddy Boeheim. The guys wrap by discussing a 3-point oddity that happened on back-to-back nights earlier this week.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2018
11/14: Georgetown's Mac McClung is a dunking cult hero; the Big Ten's good start; Cuse-UConn preview
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Georgetown went in and got a road win at Illinois on Tuesday night, doing so behind the entertaining play of freshmen duo James Akinjo and Mac McClung (:50). It's been a long time since the pod talked about the Hoyas. Parrish and Norlander also get into the Big Ten's quality start (16:30) before transitioning to Thursday night's key game between Syracuse and UConn (21:48). Also at MSG on Thursday night: Oregon and freshman center Bol Bol (27:00). The pod wraps with some thoughts about Duke's nonconference schedule and its contrast with UNC being willing to play opponents on the road in November and December (34:32).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2018
11/11: A whiparound wrapup of college hoops' first weekend of 2018-19, with a debate over who has the best resume one week into the season
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After a weekend with a few notable upsets, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with West Virginia being the only ranked team to drop a game to an unranked team. Then it's onto Auburn (8:20), which looked great Friday night in an 88-66 win over Washington. Oh, and Duke freshman Zion Williamson (13:01) got 27 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks and four assists in Sunday's 94-72 win over Army. Just an absolute monster. Who should be ranked No. 1 right now -- Duke or Kansas? (20:00), and what about North Carolina (23:12)? 2-0 with two road wins -- one at Wofford, the other at Elon. Norlander said that amounts to the best resume in the nation right now. The pod wraps with a lookahead to the best games of Tuesday and Wednesday (31:48). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2018
11/09: No, Michigan's Fab Five wasn't definitely better—and certainly not more talented—than Duke's current freshman class
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander address, for the first and likely only time this season, some of the absurd early talking points already bubbling up around Duke. They open with the reaction to the reaction of Duke's debut, then get into some unexpected trivia about starting lineups on past Final Four teams. From there, they touch on the Justice Department giving the go-ahead to the NCAA to start investigating some schools brought up during the first federal trial, which ended in October.  The podcast wraps with a preview of the games to watch this weekend. Washington at Auburn, two top 25 teams, highlights the slate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2018
11/07: On-site Champions Classic reactions: Did Duke just pull off the greatest season-opening win in history?
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No. 4 Duke's 118-84 win over No. 2 Kentucky was record-setting in many ways. The Blue Devils' freshmen showed up, showed out and exceeded the hype. And now Duke should probably be No. 1 in every legitimate poll out there. For Kentucky, yikes. How concerned should John Calipari be? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander provide immediate reaction from Indianapolis after they watched Duke go supernatural and Kansas looked flawed but still dangerously good in its win over Michigan State.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2018
11/04: The season is HERE. Let's preview everything great about opening night (college basketball podcast)
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College basketball has finally wised up and made the adjustment to its schedule that benefits the sport best. For the first time in the modern era, college hoops will start its season on a Tuesday night. The Champions Classic is the big event -- but there are four other really good games happening elsewhere. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander offer up their thoughts and predictions on Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, Nevada, Florida, Washington and more. Welcome to the 2018-19 season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2018
11/02: Big—and potentially crazy—predictions for the 2018-19 college basketball season (College Basketball Podcast)
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You need this episode, college hoops fans. It's the final piece of wide-ranging preseason college basketball content to hold you over the final weekend without college basketball until April. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish get into some of the big and small predictions that they expect to see as early as next week and as far off as the national title game. The season is ALMOST HERE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2018
Our All-America selections and picks at which 2018 NCAA tourney teams won't make in back in 2019 (10.30)
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Is the R.J. Barrett love overstated heading into the season? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode by discussing the CBS Sports All-America teams and focus on Barrett's widespread recognition as a preseason national player of the year. They get into their picks, look at the POYs in years past and also try to identify the one player not on the A-A list who has the best shot at being a First Team guy come March. They also pick apart the teams that made last year's NCAA Tournament but don't seem built for a return this season. Arizona, Wichita State, Texas A&M, Creighton and Oklahoma included. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2018
Let's talk BASKETBALL! A wide-ranging preseason predictions conversation (10.26)
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Now it's time for hoops hoops hoops. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get into what we can expect for 2018-19, and they start by discussing Final Four darling Loyola-Chicago. Ramblers overrated? Not here. Norlander has them at 63 in his 1-353 ranking of every team in the sport. The guys also ask: Which preseason top 15 team is most likely to miss the NCAAs? Which team outside the top 20 is best suited to make a Final Four run? And which highly regarded player could wind up being a disappointment? And a whole lot more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2018
Guilty verdicts across the board make for a historic, landmark day in college sports -- and not for the better (10.24)
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A shock wave was sent through college basketball on Wednesday when Jim Gatto, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins were all found guilty on seven total counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Matt Norlander has been covering the trial from Manhattan, and he and Gary Parrish react to the verdicts and also lay out why this case was tipped in the government's favor from the get-go. Do those three men really deserve to be going to prison? Parrish and Norlander make arguments why this feels surreal and unnecessary. They also touch on what the NCAA now stands to do, and how coaches like Bill Self and programs like Kansas remain a high point of interest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2018
Kansas, Duke, LSU face the federal fire; Zion Williamson's name attached to case; best players in college hoops (10.19)
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There is a boatload of new information to get to -- and we've got some on-court preview content as well. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this week's episode by extensively discussing and picking apart just what happened in federal court during week three of the college hoops corruption trial. it was troubling for Kansas and LSU especially -- but Duke is suddenly a part of this story, too. Zion Williamson's recruitment has been brought into question. So what comes next for him, Duke and the NCAA? And is Bill Self and his assistant's job in trouble? The guys also explain why the new NBA rule that allows G League players to earn as much as $125,000 coming right out of high school will have almost no impact on college basketball. They wrap with a discussion of the best players in college hoops; CBS Sports published its list of the top 100 (and one) guys in college basketball earlier this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2018
Taking you inside a contentious courtroom after a huge week in the federal corruption trial (10.12)
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Two critical government witnesses took the stand this week in the case of US vs. Gatto et al., which is the massive trial that has college basketball collectively curious, if not nervous. Matt Norlander was in New York City all week to watch and report what happened. On this podcast, he and Gary Parrish discuss the biggest statements and evidence brought to light this week. In short: it wasn't good for Kansas, Arizona, NC State, Creighton, DePaul and Louisville. Plus, Norlander provides a lot of quotes and scenes -- including wiretapped phone calls -- from the trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2018
College basketball's federal trial gets underway with some big opening statements (10.3)
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It's been a few weeks -- but the guys are back! Matt Norlander had a second child, so the podcast went on a brief hiatus, but he and Gary Parrish are in typical rhythm as they catch you up on the start of the highly anticipated federal trial in connection to college basketball corruption. Oregon was named, as were others like Arizona and NC State. The start of this trial brings up interesting plot lines to dissect; the guys do just that. They also touch on Mike White's success on the recruiting trail: Florida landed five-star prospect Scottie Lewis, who picked the Gators over Kentucky and St. John's. White is proving to be an ideal successor to Billy Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2018
Loyola-Chicago's non-con schedule shows why college hoops is still a rigged game (9.5)
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On this episode, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander dive into some details with Rick Pitino's new book and debate over what it really accomplishes. They also touch on the dilemma surrounding Loyola-Chicago. Final Four darlings from last season, the Ramblers had a hard time scheduling in the non-conference for 2018-19. Most big-time programs wouldn't play them. Is this a reality we should just accept, or can the selection committee and new evaluation criteria change the way coaches think when it comes to scheduling good mid-major teams? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2018
We polled 100-plus coaches on the biggest issues in college basketball; here's what they said (8.31)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have a fun-loaded, nearly hour-long podcast heading into Labor Day Weekend that touches on a number of topics. In recent weeks, the duo has published their annual Candid Coaches series over at CBSSports.com. It touched on the FBI investigation, Rick Pitino's next job (in coaching?), the new NCAA rules, the best coaching hire of 2018, and who coaches pick in the Jordan-vs.-LeBron debate. The guys go behind the scenes on these questions -- and make their picks for them as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2018
The RPI is officially dead; long live the new and improved NCAA Tournament (8.22)
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On Wednesday, the NCAA officially announced the end of the RPI era. The Division I men's basketball selection committee will now use a new metric, known as NET, to rank and sort teams for inclusion to the Big Dance. So what is NET, why is it better, and where did the NCAA still come up short? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander give you a detailed but easy-to-understand overview of what awaits for March of 2019. They also get into some of the surprising revelations in the first few installments of their annual Candid Coaches series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2018
A conversation about Kentucky in the Bahamas and Duke in Canada (8.16)
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It's a pretty slow time in college basketball right now. No coaches are on administrative leave. No notable players have been arrested. There's not much going on. But Kentucky just wrapped a four-game trip to the Bahamas. And Duke is in the middle of a three-game trip in Canada. So Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish had no problem getting 20-plus minutes out of those two things. Some fun developments occurring with both teams, and for different reasons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2018
Parrish and Norlander give instant reaction to major/controversial NCAA rule changes (8.8)
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The NCAA on Wednesday announced sweeping changes to college basketball's bylaws and recruiting calendar -- and new legislation that gives more entitlements to student-athletes. But how much will it matter? Will it solve any problems within sport? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander answered those questions in this episode. The announcements created some nice headlines that'll possibly fool the uninformed. But here's the truth: All of this is an undeniable reaction to what the ongoing FBI investigation has exposed. But none of these announced changes actually address the issues that the FBI investigation exposed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2018
With the future of the July recruiting period hanging in the balance, how will the NCAA vote? (7.17)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander spent the week in North Augusta, S.C. and took in their annual viewing of the Peach Jam. There is speculation and real concern from virtually every coach they spoke to that the NCAA is going to overhaul July recruiting to the point where coaches are no longer allowed to attend tournament events that are held by apparel companies. What's the NCAA up to, and will they change their plan close to the 11th hour? Parrish wrote a column that sparked a lot of discussion at Peach Jam, and Norlander reported out a story with sources close to the vote who went on the record about where things stand. Overall, the future of recruiting hasn't been this foggy in as long as many can remember. There's a lot to unpack, and a lot to cover with all that happened at Peach Jam and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2018
Kansas or Kentucky for No. 1? Or ... Gonzaga? (7.6)
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Welcome back to the pod. On this episode, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander try to get to the bottom of who should be No. 1 heading into the season. Kansas has a good case, but Kentucky's could be better. And why not Gonzaga, though? The Bulldogs just added a coveted transfer for next season. The guys get into all of that, plus have a discussion on college stars who are stumbling to start Summer League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2018
Should Wendell Carter's mom really be 'pissed' at Coach K? Should Kevin Ollie lose millions? (6.27)
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Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish open with discussing Wendell Carter Jr.'s mother's comments about how she was "pissed" when Marvin Bagley III reclassified, enrolled at Duke and caused her son to play a secondary role. After that, the guys discuss ... 18:45: Thanks to the late additions of Reid Travis and Ashton Hagans, Parrish has Kentucky ranked No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). 24:20: And now there seems to be mounting pressure on John Calipari to deliver another championship to Kentucky. What's reasonable, and unreasonable, for fans to expect of coaches. 37:28: This UConn-Kevin Ollie situation isn't a good look for anybody. School officials are doing real damage to their reputation and the reputation of an alum who won them a championship in 2014. But will it save them millions of dollars? Yes, perhaps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2018
The players we love, ones we like, and who we're most dismissive of in the 2018 NBA Draft (6.14)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have a 56-minute podcast entirely dedicated to the 2018 NBA Draft, including an opening debate about what is happening with Michael Porter Jr. Is a hip issue now affecting his stock? Norlander says he wouldn't draft him. Parrish is torn. They get into Deandre Ayton's case (is it so convincing?) as the top prospect, and try to predict two top-10 projected picks who will flame out. They also label the players slotted later in the draft who have the best chance to wind up as top 20 pros in this year's crop. That includes a couple of players who went from being lowly ranked in high school to becoming first round draft picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2018
John Beilein is staying at Michigan and Bruce Pearl gets extended at Auburn (6.8)
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John Beilein will probably retire at Michigan. The 65-year-old announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would be continuing to coach the Wolverines. So, no Detroit Pistons future there. At Auburn, Bruce Pearl was rewarded with a contract extension. During the season, many believed he wouldn't be able to keep his job. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss both of those coaching situations on today's episode, and they wrap up by bringing attention to a somewhat surprising move: Detroit Mercy hiring Mike Davis, who once took Indiana to the national championship game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2018
The Pistons would be wise to hire John Beilein; fallout from the final NBA Draft decisions (6.2)
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It's a special Saturday offseason podcast, as Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have in-depth discussions about the two most interesting developments in college hoops in recent days: John Beilein interviewing for the Detroit Pistons job, and the teams who benefited or were substantially hurt by players who left or stayed in the NBA Draft pool. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2018
Why we've got Tennessee at No. 3; top two draft sleepers; multiple universe theory (5.24)
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A slow week in college basketball has Matt Norlander trying to explain to Gary Parrish what multiple universe theory is, and why this very podcast might be part of a simulation of what we perceive to be reality. (You can thank NBA draft prospect Lonnie Walker for this, as the podcast explains.) The duo starts at the top of the episode by looking at potential preseason All-America choices for 2018-19. From there, the guys put Tennessee?s No. 3 ranking in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) into perspective. Weird to see Tennessee so high, but the Vols are a valid pick in the 3 spot. Norlander also provides his two NBA Draft sleeper picks, one of which is Lonnie Walker, which then opens up the conversation on, well, you?ll just have to listen to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2018
Coaches are lobbying to expand the NCAA Tournament again; will it work? (5.18)
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Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get into an issue that bothers both fo them: the idea that a 72-team NCAA Tournament is superior to a 68-team NCAA Tournament. But that's the proposal put forth by the ACC coaches. Will it catch steam? The guys give reasons for why it could die a quick death -- or gain steam. They also get into some results from this week's NBA combine, focusing their discussions on Donte DiVincenzo, Marvin Bagley III, Michael Porter Jr. and Jaren Jackson Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2018
Kentucky gets better, and somehow, so does Arizona; plus, a curious hire tied to FBI