Eye On College Basketball

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.

Eye On College Basketball

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.
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  • 06/29: Emoni Bates—WAY ahead of schedule—announces his intention to play for Michigan State. And we think he will.

    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.

Episodes of This Show

  • 06/24: Cade Cunningham sticking with Oklahoma State is an abnormally loyal player decision that deserves huge praise

    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.

  • 06/15: Huge college sports news on Monday, so let's not waste any time and get right to it

    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/

  • 06/11: Zion Williamson’s ex-agent is hell-bent on trying to expose Zion, Nike and Duke

    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.

  • ?The NCAA shocks Oklahoma State with a one-year postseason ban and a litany of other sanctions

    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/

  • 06/04: How the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests have created a positive stir for change in college basketball

    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/

  • 05/27: Mac McClung picks Texas Tech, but will he be eligible? Plus: Pissed off Bobby Hurley, and remembering Eddie Sutton's HOF career

    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/

  • 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

    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/

  • 05/13: The Zion Williamson story that have plenty of Duke haters hoping the NCAA will somehow manage to punish Coach K's program

    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/

  • 05/04: Next up in the NCAA's notice of allegations assembly line: The Louisville Cardinals

    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/

  • ?We have a replacement for Danny Manning at Wake Forest: It's East Tennessee State coach Steve Forbes (04/30 Emergency Podcast)

    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/

  • 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

    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/

  • ?Wake Forest has fired Danny Manning (04/25 Emergency Podcast)

    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/

  • 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

    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/

  • 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

    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/

  • 04/13: History suggests that Kentucky and Creighton's national title chances for 2021 are now in danger

    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/

  • 04/08: The greatest games in NCAA Tournament history; the biggest draft and transfer decisions in the past week in college basketball

    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/

  • 04/03: It is time to reveal and debate the 2019-20 National Players of the Year in college basketball

    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/

  • 04/02: Unveiling college basketball's 2019-20 winners for National Coach of the Year

    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/

  • 04/01: The winners for the 2019-20 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year

    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/

  • 03/31: Are Will Wade and Sean Miller's jobs in any more jeopardy after the leaked wiretaps were played on HBO's documentary?

    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/

  • 03/26: The biggest concerns and crises now facing college sports, plus a few more strolls down NCAA Tournament memory lane

    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/

  • 03/24: Coronavirus ain't stopping us: Here are the top 25 (and one) teams in college basketball heading into next season

    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. 

  • 03/19: Kansas should not be recognized in any way as the 2020 national champion; this isn't college football

    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/

  • 03/16: Amid coronavirus situation, NCAA says no bracket is coming; we reveal our All-Americans, Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year

    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/

  • ?Rick Pitino has pulled off a return to college basketball: Iona! (3.14 Emergency Podcast)

    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/

  • 03/12: March 12, 2020 will forever be remembered as the day the NCAA Tournament died

    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. 

  • ? What now for NCAA Tournament after Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus/NBA suspends season? (3/11 Emergency Podcast)

    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/

  • ? The 2020 NCAA Tournament will not allow fans to attend any of the games (3/11 Emergency Podcast)

    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.

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  • 03/11: It's time to seriously talk about how big of a threat the coronavirus is to the NCAA Tournament

    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!

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  • 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

    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.

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  • 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

    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! 

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  • 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

    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.


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  • 03/01: The greatest month ever invented is officially back. HELLO, MARCH!

    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. 

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  • 02/28: UCLA beats Arizona State, USC beats Arizona, which means .... five-bid Pac-12?

    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! 

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  • 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

    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.

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  • 02/23: Kansas beats Baylor, becomes universal No. 1; Baylor, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Maryland all have huge streaks snapped

    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!


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  • 02/21: Live from Waco, a preview of the biggest game so far this season: Kansas at Baylor

    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? 

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  • 02/19: John Beilein and Cavaliers' breakup has college basketball's coaching carousel ready start spinning; Creighton a Final Four dark horse

    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.

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  • 02/16: The Maryland Terrapins have their best team since winning the 2001-02 national championship

    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?!

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  • 02/14: In which Norlander and Parrish tear down the storyline that college basketball lacks great teams this season

    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.

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  • 02/12: Penn State is red hot and chasing the best season in school history; listener mailbag!

    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.


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  • 02/09: The Dean Dome Double Buzzer-Beater; Bob Knight returns to Indiana; takeaways from Saturday's bracket reveal

    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).

  • 02/07: Why John Calipari and Gary Parrish are both connected to job openings with the New York Knicks

    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.


  • 02/05: Devan Downey, camel fighting and Leaky Black

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 01/30: Wisconsin's got huge issues; Coach K scolds the Crazies; our predictions for the four 1 seeds come March

    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!


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  • 01/26: The news of Kobe Bryant's death envelops the basketball world, the sports world — and beyond

    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.

  • 01/24: How can the Big Ten be the best conference in America when it doesn't have a verifiable national title contender?

    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.

  • 01/22: Kansas' Silvio De Sousa indefinitely suspended, plus UVA's chances of missing the NCAAs and Illinois' surge back to relevance

    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).

  • ? K-State/Kansas fight that will surely lead to significant suspensions and fallout — Emergency Podcast (1.21)

    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.

  • ? K-State/Kansas fight that will surely lead to significant suspensions and fallout — Emergency Podcast (1.21)

    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.

  • 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

    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?

  • 01/17: Shoutout to Devan Downey and shoutout to Chester, South Carolina. The Gamecocks beat Kentucky -- again.

    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.

  • 01/15: Clemson just beat UNC and Duke in consecutive games for the first time in 30 years. Plus: mailbag!

    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.

  • 01/12: Rush to judgement? Who is the best team in college basketball: Gonzaga, Duke or Baylor

    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.


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    And the magic music makes your morning mood

    (Listen closely for the subtle Rush references throughout this episode. And rest in peace, Neil Peart.)

  • 01/09: Norlander explains why he ranks Kansas lower than everyone else; Final Four + 1 picks led by big Baylor-KU CBS game

    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.

  • 01/08: So, we're gonna start things off by talking about R U T G E R S

    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.