Podcast: It's our Blue Ribbon preview

Your humble podcast host gets way too excited even looking at this. (Blue Ribbon Yearbook)

If you consider yourself a loveable and knowledgeable college basketball fan, it means you do three things.

1) You religiously read CBSSports.com.

2) You're a beautiful and loyal subscriber to this very podcast.

3) You've already ordered the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

And if that third note isn't right, then correct it immediately. The pod brings on the editor of the sport's very best, thickest, most objective preseason "magazine," only this isn't a magazine. It's an annual bible of sorts. Chris Dortch is knowledgeable on all things hoops, but especially the SEC, and a good portion of today's podcast focuses on that league in particular, which means Kentucky hoops is, of course, addressed.


  • From the beginning: The history of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. This is admittedly a podcast for hoops diehards. I try to spread the pod's content out across a lot of platforms with college basketball, but today's is undeniably for the passionate, old-school sect.
  • 7:05: How the book actually gets put together when so many schools are on their own timelines/deadlines for putting out official rosters and schedules.
  • 12:00: Dortch has every single edition of the Yearbook -- except the first one. We need to get this man that rarity. Apparently we need to rob Bob Ley.
  • 15:15: Moving on to talk about the season ahead -- what the Yearbook covers so thoroughly -- and we start with why Dortch is big on the Big Ten and enjoys the Atlantic 10's new arrangement.
  • 18:30: As I mention above, Dortch lives in SEC territory and specializes/writes about that league more than any other, so we go deep into the state of the league now and for the future.
  • 29:30: Which SEC teams are going to the tournament and what seeds are they getting?

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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