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Special 2021 NBA Mock Draft podcast episode: Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Evan Mobley, Jalen Green are the top four picks
Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish are joined by CBS Sports draft expert Kyle Boone on this 70-minute episode dedicated to live-mocking the entire first round -- that's 30 picks -- of the 2021 NBA Draft. It's a three-person pod special! A great way to prep for next Thursday's draft, which will be extensively covered on CBS Sports HQ and on the CBS Sports app. Boone's latest big board and mock draft are linked below.
Big board: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/draft/prospect-rankings/
Boone mock: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2021-nba-mock-draft-8-0-jalen-green-no-2-evan-mobley-no-3-if-picks-based-on-highest-upside/
Episodes of This Show
EYBL takeaways; Jalen Duren might play in college this fall; Emoni Bates didn't deserve to be overhyped (College Basketball 07/20)
Norlander and Parrish are back after an excursion to North Augusta to take in some of the best high school talent in the country. They lead on Norlander's report that Jalen Duren could well be playing college come THIS fall. Then the guys touch on Emoni Bates and the problematic nature of overhyping players from far too young an age. From there, thoughts on 10-12 players who stood out at the Nike EYBL event, and some interesting insight from coaches on how recruiting has changed forever due to the major landscape changes to college sports in the past few weeks. Highly informative pod with a lot of anecdotes and details. We think you'll really enjoy this one. Norlander's takeaways piece is below.
LIVE! from Augusta we're talking top recruits, major transfers and Tom Crean's obsession with Little Caesar's (College Basketball 07/16)
Parrish and Norlander are on site at the Nike EYBL’s major grassroots event for the first time in two years. They open the pod by talking about the No. 1 player in the class, Jalen Duren, in addition to Emoni Bates and what coaches are talking about on the ground here at the site of the Peach Jam. The back end of the pod discusses Kevin Obanor going to Texas Tech, Kofi Cockburn staying at Illinois, and the potential for Marcus Carr to go to Texas. The pod wraps with the most important news of the week: Tom Crean’s love of Little Caesar’s pizza.
NBA Draft profiles: A deeper examination of a player with elite offensive upside: UConn's James Bouknight
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss the potential of former UConn shooting guard James Bouknight, who could be picked as high as No. 6 ... or potentially fall to the back end of the lottery.
CBS Sports Presents - The 'Attacking Third' Podcast
'Attacking Third' a new tri-weekly podcast from CBS Sports is available now. Download and follow now on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and whenever else podcasts are found to get episodes as soon as they are released.
A soccer podcast from CBS Sports covering the NWSL, US Women's National Team and more. Attacking Third will bring you insider analysis, commentary, preview & recaps while tackling the biggest news stories from the sport you love. Hosts Sandra Herrera and Lisa Roman welcome a rotating cast of guests from former and current players for interviews and analysis. This is your podcast for the latest news and stories from the world of soccer.
Johnny Juzang, Hunter Dickinson, Kofi Cockburn all coming back: Winners, losers from NBA Draft deadline (College Basketball 07/08)
College hoops is going to be loaded next season. A lot of big names and really good players decided in the past week to take their names out of the NBA draft pool and head back to school. The most notable among them is UCLA’s Johnny Juzang. His pick to play for the Bruins again next season leads the pod, but Norlander and Parrish also touch on nearly 20 other notable decisions from the past few days, including Hunter Dickinson returning to Michigan, Kofi Cockburn returning to college (but transferring?), Marcus Bagley returning to Arizona State, EJ Lidell returning to Ohio State, Ochai Agbaji returning to Kansas, Max Abmas returning to Oral Roberts and many more.
NBA Draft profiles: Davion Mitchell was the star of Baylor's national title run. Is his NBA stock overvalued because of that?
We hope you had a safe-but-lively Fourth of July weekend. Fear not, another draft-profile episode awaits you. This week's appetizer-portioned podcast on a prospect focuses on Davion Mitchell, last seen leading Baylor's men's team to its first national championship. He was the best defender in the sport last season. He could be an immediate role player of impact on a good team. But is his value overstated at this point? Stats and cases for, and against, therein.
NIL era officially arrives; Penny stays at Memphis; five big roster decisions this week (College Basketball 07/01)
July 1, 2021, truly signals a watershed day for college athletes. Now every NCAA athlete can profit off their name, image and likeness, as the NCAA officially pushed through a temporary rule that enables all schools to determine (unless their state laws mandate otherwise) how student-athletes can legally make money while still in college. It's a huge day, and we've got a long conversation on that. The interesting, the funny, the fallout and more. That's the first 36 minutes of this podcast. Then Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get to Penny Hardaway (38:00) staying at Memphis, despite recently interviewing for the Orlando Magic job, and hiring 80-year-old Larry Brown to his staff in the process. The guys close with some news and notes from this week on important players (51:00) staying or going with top 25-level programs.
NBA Draft profiles: Scottie Barnes has top-three upside and would be a good-to-great fit with almost any team in the top 10
Norlander loves Scottie Barnes, placing him at No. 3 on his big board. Parrish slots him No. 6 to Oklahoma City in his latest mock draft. It seems the most likely landing spot for Barnes will fall between No. 5 and No. 8. But what's there to love? Well, almost everything about his game — except the one thing that matters most. Therein lies the rub. Listen to learn more.
NBA Draft profiles: The Orlando Magic have the No. 5 pick. Will they trade it, or will they use it to draft Jonathan Kuminga?
He didn't play college basketball, and he's not a top-tier prospect in this year's draft. But is Jonathan Kuminga for sure the best option at No. 5? What will the Magic do with that pick? Norlander doesn't regard Kuminga as a top-10 pick in this year's field, while Parrish slots him No. 5 in his latest mock draft, which you can scroll through here as you listen to the pod.
The Supreme Court rules 9-0 against the NCAA in one of the most significant college cases ever (College Basketball 06/21)
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander offer their insights and opinions on what Monday's huge news means. The Supreme Court returned its opinion on the NCAA v. Alston case, ruling 9-0 in favor of Alston, which equates to a win for college athletes everywhere. While the case did not tie to paying players, the Court did send a message to the NCAA that its current definition of amateurism falls outside of antitrust laws. It's a huge day for the future of collegiate athletics.
NBA Draft Profiles: Jalen Green spent the past nine months in the G League. Here's why he's a lock to go in the top four (College Basketball 06/14)
This is episode No. 4 of our NBA Draft profiles, and it's the first one that features a player who didn't spend last season in college basketball. Jalen Green was once considered the top prospect in his class. He's a guarantee to go in the top four of this year's draft. Today's ep explains why, with an interesting player comp from Gary Parrish included.
Predicting which new coach will be best next season, and the most likely first-time nationa (College Basketball 06/11)
We’ve got a fun, thought-provoking offseason ep for you here. Gary Parrish hopped on the horn with Chris Beard earlier this week -- you can read that story here -- and so GP and Norlander discuss a few things tied to the column. No. 1: Of the 60 hirings made in men’s college basketball this year, is Beard most likely to be the best hire? No. 2: Is it Beard or someone else most likely to have the best first season in 2021-22? No. 3: Predicting the five-or-so coaches most likely to win a national championship that have yet to do so. Norlander has a few fun dark horses, while Parrish breaks ‘em down into different categories.
NBA Draft profiles: It is borderline impossible not to love Jalen Suggs' game and NBA ceiling (College Basketball 06/07)
There's still a chance Jalen Suggs could go No. 1 overall in July's NBA Draft. If that happens, it's going to be for the reasons detailed on this 25-minute podcast that evaluates Suggs' story, stats at Gonzaga and NBA projection. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander lay out the case for Suggs to be as immediately impactful as Ja Morant and potentially as valuable as Donovan Mitchell.
🚨COME ON, DUKE: Mike Krzyzewski is retiring after the 2021-22 season (Emergency Podcast 06/02)
Maybe the biggest news story of the week dropped out of nowhere on Wednesday afternoon when it was reported by multiple outlets -- including CBS -- that Mike Krzyzewski plans to coach one more season, then retire in 2022. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have instant reaction to college basketball's biggest headline of the offseason yet.
NBA Draft profiles: USC's Evan Mobley is the best big in the 2021 Draft. If he hits his ceiling, Anthony Davis is the ideal comp
We continue our weekly, up-to-the-draft specialized episodes on the top prospects by focusing on 4/5 hybrid big Evan Mobley, who was the Pac-12's Player, Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year last season. Mobley has been touted as a potential No. 1 pick for more than three years now. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander evaluate his case, with some thoughts from USC coach Andy Enfield included. As for the best comp, there's a name aside from Anthony Davis (and Kevin Durant, silly as that is) to consider.
NBA Draft profiles: Cade Cunningham is currently the most likely candidate to be taken with the No. 1 pick in July
The 2021 NBA Draft will be held July 29 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Being that we're a little more than two months out, it's time to bring back our appetizer-sized prospect episodes. We are opening with Oklahoma State one-and-doner Cade Cunningham, who is most likely to be taken with the No. 1 pick. These draft profile episodes will publish once per week through the end of July. Enjoy!
Overtime Elite swoops in and pays a couple of prospects more than $1 million; the absurd/sad extortion story at Louisville (College Basketball 05/21)
Friday's news: a couple of highly rated, five-star prospects in the class of 2023 will commit to playing for Overtime Elite, a fledgling league backed financially by the likes of Kevin Durant, Drake and Jeff Bezos. GP and Norlander open with thoughts on that and explain the difference between the viability of a league like this and why it barely affects college basketball. The second half of the podcast (27:30) focuses on the wild story from earlier in the week: former Louisville assistant Dino Gaudio was charged with extortion after he made threats to his boss, Chris Mack, after Mack did not renew Gaudio's contract. Again: WILD STORY.
We've never seen a Kentucky team like this; Gonzaga will again be No. 1; active coaches next up for Hall of Fame (College Basketball 05/17)
Kentucky received two significant backcourt commitments in recent days: five-star point guard TyTy Washington and Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler, who led the SEC in assists last season. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on Kentucky’s newest ranking and why this team looks different from any other ever under John Calipari. And while UK should be good, Gonzaga (12:00) will be great. The Bulldogs received a commitment from a point guard that only reinforces why the Zags will open the season ranked first. To wrap, the guys talk Jay Wright (22:00) making the class for the 2021 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, and Norlander peppers Parrish with 12 active coaching candidates’ cases to eventually get in.
Top-five prospect Pat Baldwin Jr. picks Milwaukee (!) over Duke and Georgetown (College Basketball 05/12)
Patrick Baldwin Jr., the No. 4-ranked prospect in the class of 2021, committed to play for his father at Milwaukee next season. He picked the Panthers over Duke and Georgetown. GP and Norlander hopped on the horn for a quick 20 to discuss the commitment.
Programming alert! We will begin doing offseason mailbag episodes later this month, so please head to Apple Reviews and leave your questions and comments so the guys can read them on the show.
That's funny: Mark Emmert now asking NCAA to put name, imagine and likeness rules on the books ASAP (College Basketball 05/11)
Mark Emmert told The New York Times over the weekend that he wants the NCAA to have name, image and likeness rules on the books by July 1. Why July 1? That's when five states will have their own rules go live. It's a sticky situation, and change of tune, for the president of the NCAA. This is a story with a few layers, and we continue to follow and keep you up to speed on it because it's a huge story -- the biggest -- in college athletics this spring and summer. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander also touch on Hartford (20:30), fresh off its first NCAA Tournament in school history, heading to D-III ... unless something can be changed in the next couple of months.
Here is Dennis Dodd's story on NIL that's referenced in the pod:
Should college basketball go to six fouls? And quarters? Plus: Gonzaga-UCLA rematch imminent, and Kentucky loads up (College Basketball 05/06)
GP’s feeling a little froggy, so beware! The guys are back to discuss three topics: the rules changes that could be coming to college basketball next season, Gonzaga-UCLA (23:40) closing in on playing each other and why other top-20 programs should be trying to do the same right now, and Iowa’s CJ Fredrick committing to Kentucky (42:00), bolstering the Wildcats’ desperate need for 3-point shooting. The end has some fun housekeeping notes as well. Terry Teagle … no longer a legend?
With almost no justification for doing so, the NCAA stupidly but unsurprisingly extends Mark Emmert's contract (College Basketball 04/28)
The NCAA quietly announced late Tuesday night that president Mark Emmert had his contracted extended through 2025. It's baffling, and it's why we open this week's pod on the topic. Then Norlander and Parrish get to Loyola Chicago (22:00) hiring the youngest coach in D-I basketball -- while somehow keeping the roster almost entirely in tact. Pretty impressive. The pod closes with some thoughts on Texas (35:45) and then a Trivia Time! for you, the listener!
Here is the Trivia Time! Name the 17 coaches in the past 25 seasons to get their first head-coaching job while simultaneously inheriting a program that made at least the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament the season prior.
Parrish's column on Emmert: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/mark-emmert-receiving-contract-extension-as-ncaa-president-should-draw-disappointment-but-not-surprise/
Norlander's column on Drew Valentine: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/loyola-chicago-hired-29-year-old-drew-valentine-to-take-over-a-top-mid-major-and-then-things-got-even-better/
No. 1 prospect Chet Holmgren is going to Gonzaga, giving Mark Few his best class in school history (College Basketball 04/19)
Gonzaga is reloading. On Monday the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2021, Chet Holmgren, announced he'd be playing next season in Spokane. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss whether or not this will move Gonzaga to No. 1 in the preseason rankings, and give insight into Holmgren's unique game/build and how he'll play alongside Drew Timme ... if Timme does indeed return for his junior season.
🚨Tommy Lloyd is the next coach at Arizona, Wes Miller is the next coach at Cincinnati (Emergency Pod 04/14)
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.
Villanova jumps to No. 3 in way-too-early offseason Top 25 rankings thank to two big decisions (College Basketball 04/13)
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!
Coaching carousel: Who will replace Sean Miller at Arizona; reaction to UNC hiring Hubert Davis, Oklahoma tapping Porter Moser (College Basketball 04/09)
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.
NCAA title game reaction pod: Baylor stuns by dominantly ending Gonzaga's undefeated dream season (College Basketball 04/06)
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.
NCAA Tournament title game picks + preview: Gonzaga-Baylor is statistically and practically one of the best title games of the past 40 years
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.
Final Four reaction: Gonzaga 93, UCLA 90 is one of the 3-5 greatest games in NCAA Tournament history (College Basketball 04/04)
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.
Final Four preview: Parrish and Norlander make their picks for Baylor-Houston, Gonzaga-UCLA (College Basketball 04/02)
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.
🚨Roy Williams retires at North Carolina; Texas hires Chris Beard (Emergency Podcast 04/01)
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.
Elite Eight recap: #SandtheCourt, #NellCanStay, Mick Cronin has taken UCLA to the Final Four ... to face mighty Gonzaga (College Basketball 03/31)
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.
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)
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.
March Madness recap: Sweet 16 Sunday had a great game and big upset: UCLA, Gonzaga, Michigan, USC into the Eight (College Basketball 03/29)
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.
March Madness recap: Sweet 16 Saturday has Baylor, Arkansas, Oregon State, Houston make Elite Eight (College Basketball 03/28)
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.
🚨Shaka Smart bails on Texas to take the Marquette job (Emergency Podcast)
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.
March Madness Sweet 16 betting picks and game previews for Saturday and Sunday on CBS and TBS (College Basketball 03/25)
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.
March Madness recap: With Sweet 16 set, we pick our top storylines and moments from the first two rounds (College Basketball 03/23)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
March Madness recap: Thoughts on the first day of the first round of the NCAA Tournament (College Basketball 03/20)
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.
Best bets for 2021 NCAA Tournament: Our five favorite first-round picks against the spread (College Basketball 03/17)
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/
Coaching carousel scuttlebutt: Iowa St., Minnesota, DePaul, Penn St., Boston College, New Mexico all make headlines (College Basketball 03/16)
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.
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Region Breakdown, Picks, Predictions (College Basketball 3/15)
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.
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: South Region Breakdown, Picks, Predictions (College Basketball 3/15)
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.
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: East Region Breakdown, Picks, Predictions (College Basketball 3/15)
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.
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: West Region Breakdown, Picks, Predictions (College Basketball 3/15)
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
🚨Archie Miller fired at Indiana (Emergency Podcast 03/15)
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.
IT'S BEEN TWO YEARS. SELECTION SUNDAY NCAA TOURNAMENT MARCH MADNESS REACTION SHOW (College Basketball 03/14)
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.
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)
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.
🚨Duke has a COVID-19 positive, is eliminated from ACC tournament; Blue Devils' NCAA Tournament streak set to end (Emergency Podcast)
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.
Gonzaga gets the test it desperately needed, the bubble resume worth examining, and the Big East's voting system MUST change! (03/10)
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/
One week until Selection Sunday: let's talk Big Ten, Drake, Loyola Chicago, Houston-Memphis, UConn and so much more (College Basketball 03/07)
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.
Villanova's Final Four chances take a huge hit, Creighton suspends Greg McDermott, and NCAA Tournament bids coming this weekend (College Basketball 03/05)
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.
MARCH. IS. BACK. Baylor-West Virginia, Illinois-Michigan, and an amazing Tuesday night in college hoops (College Basketball 03/03)
You know what's coming.
It all starts here.
Whatever it takes.
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Kansas ends Baylor's unbeaten season; Iowa-Ohio State; Big Ten; bubble reaction galore as we turn to March (College Basketball 02/28)
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:
NCAA Tournament bracket backup plans, Michigan State is now IN THE FIELD, Final Four + 1 weekend preview (College Basketball 02/26)
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.
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)
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.
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