|Bruce Weber and Illinois are not a best coach or a hot team, but they are subject to debate on today's pod. (Getty Images)|
By Matt Norlander
After months of waiting, it was time. One of the smart, creative basketball minds who'd never appeared on this podcast finally has. He's Dan Hanner, and he's a treat. Hanner formerly ran Yet Another Basketball Blog, but these days, when he's not economizing things as an economist, he's providing insightful information over at RealGM.com. Today's podcast touches on a few of his recent articles. Read this and this to get a good background of what we delve into. It's not all stats, though, as you'll see listen.
And please, follow Dan on Twitter.
- From the beginning: Introducing Dan.
- 1:48: Being an Illinois grad, what's that like? Only Dan can tell us. And then we feel sorry for Bruce Weber because, these days, it's the thing to do.
- 5:40: The Selection Committee no longer values final 12 games at all. Shouldn't it? Dan makes the case, and I agree.
- 7:31: Recruiting and development. Here's where we get a bit wonky, as there are ways to chart how a coach recruits his classes and uses them. Who's getting the most out of their players? John Calipari tops the list, but Ben Howland is actually doing quite well, too.
- 15:55: As we slam into Championship Week, which teams have been trending up/down since February began? There are a few surprises.
- 19:30: Time to get gooey about our early memories of college basketball, specifically this month. I wrote about that yesterday, too.
- 28:07: Pod wrap-up relates to how teams change over the course of a season and why injuries and their effects are sometimes overblown.
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