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Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:10 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Podcast: Midseason awards; Syracuse is overrated

By Matt Norlander

We're in the throes of conference play now, so the podcast takes this opportunity to share the best and worst of the college hoops season so far. How can Syracuse be overrated? Parrish tells you how. To be clear: this is the opinion of Gary Parrish and Gary Parrish only.

I think this is a top-two or top-three podcast we've recorded. Just a good energy and pace and dialogue. Plus, I can't get enough of the way Parrish says "dribbler." If only I could share with you the things that didn't make the cut. Today's podcast was interrupted by profanity, a mailman and a bad Internet connection. It was also delayed in going to publishing. But we're here, and you should love this one. 

Today:
  • From the beginning: Parrish will be on TV tonight. Goodman will not. Parrish compares himself to Jude Law.
  • 1:52: Michigan State, Wisconsin and that clock controversy that should have never been. We start with Wisconsin. Should we trust them still?
  • 5:22: On Michigan State, a team with 14 straight wins and angling at a No. 2 seed right now.
  • 9:04: A "Falling Down" reference, which means this podcast rules.
  • 9:12: Who's the best point guard in the country right now?
  • 11:49: The Joe Jackson situation which almost became a massive issue at Memphis over the weekend.
  • 17:39: We transition to Jarnell Stokes, who could be playing for Tennessee soon after transferring there. Parrish and Goodman make the case he should wait until next fall.
  • 22:04: Our midseason awards will be up on the blog tomorrow, so we tease each other and basically insult each other's selections at the end of the podcast.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Podcast: College hoops road trip!

By Matt Norlander

The cross-country American road trip. A staple of how our nation's citizens and families find unfamiliar ways to bond -- and loathe. Rob Dauster and Troy Machir, the fellas who run Ballin' is a Habit, will embark on a three-week gallivant from D.C. to Indiana to Missouri to Wisconsin to Kansas to Utah and about six other states as well.

It's the BIAH Road Trip, and good God am I jealous. Rob and Troy will traverse across the country and catch more than a dozen games in January. Historic buildings and tiny gyms. It's going to be epic -- how could it not? And so I brought them on the podcast in advance of their departure later this week.

Help the guys out and donate them a few dollars. To track their travels in real-time, follow Rob and Troy on Twitter. Let's get to the podcast.

Mapping it out:
  • From the beginning: All the teams, states, arenas and details of the trip. I'd break down individual conversations, but hearing them go through this trip is great. They're prepared ... but not totally.
  • 13:50: The venue they're most looking forward to seeing.
  • 20:18: Getting to hoops talk. Primarily, Indiana.
  • 22:39: Ironic that the "let's talk about Indiana more" has led to further shadowing of two-loss Michigan State. Classic Izzo.
  • 24:42: Who's that over there? ... Ah! It's No. 4 Duke. Sneaky little kids.
  • 26:30: I ask Rob which team he thinks has been the most overshadowed, and you can hear him typing on his laptop to prepare a response. Hahaha.
  • 29:35: Podcast gets closed up with a few lingering storylines and how these two will entertain themselves by spending days upon days in a car. They're going to get very familiar with each other.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?



By Gary Parrish


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Terrence Jones was the Preseason SEC Player of the Year.

Anthony Davis will be the No. 1 pick in next June's NBA Draft.

But is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky's best player?

It's a fair question to ask after the freshman wing got 24 points and 19 rebounds in the third-ranked Wildcats' 69-62 victory over No. 4 Louisville here at Rupp Arena. Because though there were better prospects (Davis) and bigger stars (Jay Z and Ashley Judd) in the building on Saturday, there wasn't a more important college basketball player on the court than the kid with the hyphenated name on the back of his jersey who dominated this rivalry game from the opening tip till the final buzzer.

He was terrific.

The Camden native had 16 points and nine rebounds at the half, and his motor never stopped. Kidd-Gilchrist continued to defend like crazy on one end of the court and make winning plays on the other, none of which were bigger than his offensive rebound and putback with 3:41 remaining. Louisville's Kyle Kuric fouled Kidd-Gilchrist on the shot but the ball still went in. As it fell though the net, Kidd-Gilchrist, with his back to the rim, stood and flexed. He then made the ensuing free throw, Kentucky led 61-50 and Louisville never got closer than seven points again.

So now Kentucky is 13-1 and Louisville is 12-2.

Bragging rights belong in Lexington for at least another year.

Credit Kidd-Gilchrist as the main reason why.

Photo: US PRESSWIRE
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:06 am
 

Podcast: Full-fledged Louisvile-Kentucky preview

By Matt Norlander

On Saturday at noon on CBS, one of college basketball's best rivalries -- some, including today's guest, say it's the best -- will be renewed when Louisville heads into Rupp Arena to face Kentucky. Plenty aren't giving U of L much of a chance. Is that fair? Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones joins me to discuss how this week has been down in the Bluegrass State.

Jones, a former writer here at the blog, is based out of Louisville and has become the fan's voice for UK hoops. We did some podcast collaboration last season, and with this big game upcoming, it felt right to wrap up 2011 by getting him back on. Good news Louisville fans: he doesn't totally mock you or your team! Surprising how reserved he was, in fact.

We resolve to discuss:
  • From the beginning: Jones did used to write for the blog, so we get reacquainted to start things off, then talk about how much Kentucky fans hate Goodman and Parrish.
  • 6:01: It's pretty fair to say Kentucky is not playing as completely as it could be. Why is that? How are the fans reacting to this season so far? They seem balanced, surprisingly.
  • 10:50: What's up with Terrence Jones?
  • 14:39: Talking U of L-UK, and so much of it is Pitino vs. Calipari. The two purely hate each other. Jones offers up some anecdotes.
  • 18:00: Normally, the UK players get up for this game, but it's not something that consumes them. This year, that doesn't seem to be the case.
  • 23:58: Talking national hoops with Jones. There's a group of 11 he sees as the most likely to make the Final Four. Beyond that, it's a big drop-off in terms of New Orleans expectations.
  • 29:52: Wrapping it up with some NYE talk and the Duke-UNC/UK-Louisville rivalry comparison.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Podcast: Doug McDermott vs. Barnes debate begins

By Matt Norlander

It's that soft spot between Christmas and New Year's, but lots of good basketball is about to get going thanks to conference play starting in earnest. Goodman, Parrish and I have our weekly Wednesday podcast here to discuss: Jordan Taylor's somehow underrated play this year; Creighton's Doug McDermott is about to explode on the national college hoops landscape; Rick Pitino can't be trusted; and this week is so huge for Louisville. The next three games, really: Wednesday vs. Georgetown; Saturday at Kentucky; Jan. 3 against St. John's.
 
We mix in some other things, too, particularly at the beginning, when I learn Parrish was once a pizza delivery boy.

Menu:
  • From the beginning: Some weekend wrap-up/catchup chatter. Sometimes this is the best parts of the podcast. It wanders into talking about Seth Greenberg, because of course.
  • 9:00: As for the here and now, it starts with Jordan Taylor, who Goodman saw in person last night. He's not having a down year, you know.
  • 16:29: Now we get to Doug McDermott, who's having an insane year, a First Team All America-level year so far. We've been on McDermott since the summer, but it feels like the coming weeks will finally bring widespread pub and love to a player who's doing much better so far this season than a guy named Jimmer last season.
  • 20:50: This conversation/debate could gain traction if McDermott continues to play so well, but we touch on Harrison Barnes vs. McDermott as college players (the two were high school teammates).
  • 24:09: Why we do not believe Rick Pitino.
  • 27:56: Podcast comes to a close with a nine-minute discussion on the next three games for U of L: Georgetown, Kentucky, St. John's (yes, St. John's). I think it's the most critical non-postseason three-game stretch the Cards have this season.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Want to watch UK practice? Today you can

By Gary Parrish

Ever wanted to watch John Calipari run a basketball practice?

If so, today is your lucky day.

Because the Kentucky Wildcats will take the court at around 5:30 p.m. ET, and the entire practice will be streamed live at this link. To my knowledge, no other high-major program has ever done such a thing on a random December day, but it should surprise nobody that Calipari is doing it. The man is always trying to come up with new ways to market and promote his program, and this is merely the latest example. He'll have recruits all over the country on the internet looking in why the AP's third-ranked team practices at the Craft Center, and those recruits will see all those banners representing national championships while they're watching. It's almost like an unofficial visit without the expenses. It's innovative and wise.

Will it be like a real Calipari practice?

Honestly, I doubt it.

I spent four years sitting in on pretty much every practice Calipari conducted at Memphis as his beat writer at The Commercial Appeal, and there's two things I learned while doing it. One is that he's a way better coach than most realize. The other is that virgin ears should be kept away. So my guess is that Calipari will tone down the language and run a simple practice designed to do nothing more than get his players moving around a little post-Christmas break. But it'll still be worth checking out, you know, just in case Terrence Jones starts being kinda selfish.
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Stokes picks Tennessee

By Gary Parrish

MEMPHIS -- Jarnell Stokes publicly committed to Tennessee on Thursday.

He plans to enroll in Knoxville in January and play this season.

Stokes' announcement ended a long and intense recruitment that featured other programs such as Kentucky, Connecticut, Florida, Arkansas and Memphis vying for his services. The 6-foot-8 forward spent months interacting with followers on Twitter and greatly increased his profile with fans, and the recruitment took a turn in recent weeks when the TSSAA ruled the Memphis native ineligible to play high school basketball this season because of a transfer from Central High to Southwind High. Once that happened, Stokes decided to graduate early and enroll in college mid-semester. Sources told CBSSports.com he settled on Tennessee in recent days and stuck to that choice despite late pushes from various coaching staffs.

This is big for first-year UT coach Cuonzo Martin.

CBSSports.com ranks Stokes as the 16th-best prospect in the Class of 2012. He represents the first elite-level recruit to leave the city of Memphis for Tennessee since Tony Harris signed with the Vols before the 1997-98 season. Stokes is also the first primary target within the city that Memphis coach Josh Pastner has missed on since he replaced John Calipari in April 2009, though it should be noted that Pastner signed Shaq Goodwin out of Georgia last month.

CBSSports.com ranks Goodwin as the 21st-best prospect in the Class of 2012.

He plays the same position as Stokes.

Tennessee is 4-6 heading into Friday's game against East Tennessee State.

The Vols play at Memphis on Jan. 4.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 9:54 pm
 

CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF UK'S TRANSITION OFFENSE

By Matt Norlander

When looking at some of the more complex offensive and defensive schemes in college basketball, it's paramount to pay attention to Kentucky, which is one of the more athletic teams in the country. Rumor has it a few of these guys may play in the NBA one day, but I'll let the screencaps be the judge of that. After all, we're breaking down film here, which I am unquestionably qualified to do.

Let's examine how Kentucky can score its points, since scoring points is something done frequently in the game of basketball. We'll go with the sequence depicted below, which happened early in the first half of the Wildcats' game against Samford Tuesday night. To avoid confusion about what you should be reading where, below each frame, the explanation for the often-confusing confluence events is laid out for you in reference to the picture above it.



Samford's Devin McNeil has the ball about 27 feet from the hoop. Everyone else is sort of just standing around because it's early in the game and the news Ashley Judd wouldn't be showing up kind of put a damper on the night. In the paint, you'll notice Kentucky's Anthony Davis appears to be burdened by an invisible 60-pound book bag.



I'm now ready to use the first of what will be many arrows in order to help illustrate just how easy this stuff can be to see with the untrained, DVR-accessible eye. By the way, McNeil just dribbled the ball off his foot. Kentucky's Marquis Teague reacts like every basketball player in the world would: he reaches for the basketball. Davis is the only other player to react.



Teague now has the basketball, evidenced by the left arrow pointing directly at it. Teague opts to do the right thing: run toward the other hoop. Meanwhile, my svelte arrow to the right picks up on the fact the baseline referee is still humming Carol of the Bells to himself and is slow to move his roller-skates.



After what must have been tough deliberation, Teague begins to take off down the floor. The baseline ref is now out of the picture, which is completely explainable, but we'll save the strategy behind that for when you're ready to interpret things at a higher level. Oh, the yellow circle? I just did that because I can.



The green arrow means go. It also means I can use Photoshop at an above-third-grade level. Teague's now on the run, and it appears he's looking directly at the Samford bench. He would not get whistled for a technical foul. Teague is able to dribble straight ahead and look to his right at the same time because he's an elite, top-level college basketball player.



A critical part of the play's sequence, and perhaps this will truly help you understand who Kentucky is and what it does. I've opted to go with the circular rainbow effect in an effort to veil my limited coachspeak and basketball knowledge with a flair for graphic manipulation in Photoshop. Quite the ruse. This is so easy. Look, that ref's about to crush that star.



You'll notice Teague's now decided to go for the gold. Two points are probably on its way, but McNeil still has ... well, you see what he's mulling over. By the way, these two players are the only ones in the frame because they're arguably the two fastest guys on the floor. I hope my encircled graphic helped make the clear to you.



McNeil chooses not to foul, because look at the time and score, and so Teague goes up for the layup. I thought you might need some help understanding what was happening at this point of the play, so I slung a few more arrows into the screencap just to help ya out. In no time you'll be digesting all of this great tape evaluation and wanting to take a crack of your own. I highly encourage it!



The ball is through the hoop as you can see (if you can't, look for the yellow circle) and although the ESPN television producers are slow to recognize it, the score is now in fact 6-0. Anthony Davis has essentially wasted his time taking a trip down the floor, and everyone needs to hustle back. I thought about tossing one more arrow into the graphic here, but I think you've come far enough. Two is educational without being patronizing.

Now, let's watch the play in real time to truly take in what we just went over.



And that's pretty much it. I hope you've got a good understanding of how Kentucky's transition offense works, because understanding this stuff makes you the smarter, better basketball person. By the way, no one asked me to do this, and I don't really have much precedent with it, but I went ahead appointed myself as an expert, since this was something the Internet absolutely needed.

                                                                                                       ***

Now that our lesson is through, do this for me. Follow Sebastian Pruiti on Twitter, read his work and understand he's the godfather of tape evaluation and everyone else just feeling the fabric of his coattails. The man has spawned a legion of imitators, and it's been hilariously impressive to watch.

And a special thanks is in order to the ever-reliable Timothy Burke for the screencaps.
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