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BYU's Mark Pope can't believe he's entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Cougars! How have they been able to be so successful over the last two seasons? Explaining their recent success over Gonzaga. Discussing their passionate and supportive fan base. Why they will be a smaller, more agile team. Non-conference scheduling. And why it's all about the buy in of the players. Plus, a full West Coast Conference preseason preview!
Washington State's Kyle Smith has the Cougars poised to be a dark horse NCAA tournament team. What's it like to have expectations placed upon the program? Getting top recruits to come to Pullman. Why he loves the experience level of his team. Addressing ball handling and depth. How the Pac-12's run in the NCAA tournament gave everyone in the conference a boost. And how their new alliance with the ACC and Big 10 will help them with their non-conference scheduling. Plus, a full PAC-12 preseason preview!
Auburn's Bruce Pearl is re-charged and ready to go for the season! Could this be the nation's top front court? Can they be a Final Four team this season? Who will step up and solidify the point guard position? Why it's a great sign when your best player is your hardest working player. Can the SEC send more teams to the NCAA tournament? Any why they're keeping it simple... Plus, a full SEC preseason preview!
Oklahoma State's Mike Boynton is excited about his returning nucleus of players and knows they will be a deep and athletic team. Why they are hungry to prove they're much more than just Cade Cunningham. Who steps up to be the leader? The importance of having a full summer work out schedule. Navigating the transfer portal. Where they stand with the NCAA. Avery Anderson and Isaac Likekele's ceiling. Dealing with expectations. The ultra-competitive Big 12. And why coach believes their experience sets them apart. Plus, a full Big 12 preseason preview!
Notre Dame's Mike Brey knows this is an important year for the Fighting Irish as they look to get back to the NCAA Tournament. Why they're hungry and playing with a chip on their shoulder. Having a veteran team. Off-season priorities: tightening up the defense. Coach K's last go-around. And why the ACC is up for grabs this season. Plus, a full ACC preseason preview!
Illinois' Brad Underwood and the Fighting Illini have some unfinished business from last season. What bringing back Kofi Cockburn does for the program. The emergence of Andre Curbelo. Who steps up to fill the big shoes left by Ayo Dosunmu? The mystery man that is Austin Hutcherson. And why establishing chemistry is priority number one over the summer. Plus, a full Big Ten Conference preseason preview!
Colorado State's Niko Medved wants to take it up a notch this season and be a lock for the NCAA Tournament. Why their veteran team gives them a leg up on the rest of the Mountain West. The importance of getting their home court advantage back with the return of fans. Fighting the Mid-Major narrative. The uniqueness of David Roddy's skills and game. And could the league get up to 5 teams into the tournament? Plus, a full Mountain West Conference preseason preview!
St. John's Mike Anderson enters year 3 with high expectations for the Red Storm. Why the time is now to take that next step and win an NCAA Tournament game. Blending new pieces with an establish core. Why Posh Alexander and Julian Champagnie are poised for huge seasons. Competing in a grueling Big East. The importance of a challenging non-conference schedule. And why it's all about building up to March. Plus, a full Big East preseason preview!
Houston's Kelvin Sampson is excited to show the world what they can do for an encore after a special Final Four run. What will their identity be this season? Who will step up to be the point guard? How to get the new guys to buy into the team philosophy? Blocking out the outside noise. What is the key to gain more respect? Discussing a non-conference schedule that isn't for the faint of heart! And can the American get four teams into the NCAA Tournament this year? Plus, a full American Athletic Conference preseason preview!
St. Bonaventure is set to return all five of their double digit scorers from last year and head coach, Mark Schmidt, couldn't me more excited. What is the ceiling for the Bonnies this season? Managing and dealing with high expectations. Why filling out their bench will be key. How a tough non-conference schedule should have them ready for a grueling A-10. And why it's time for the program to take the next step and make a NCAA tournament run. Plus, a full Atlantic 10 preseason preview!
Boston College's Earl Grant ushers in a new era for the Eagles as the ACC is in transition. The BC faithful should be excited about coach's phase one approach as he hopes to instill a competitive spirit, toughness and pride back to the program. How his ties to the Boston area might lend to landing top local talent. The importance of evaluating talent and trusting your eyes in the process. And how can he get the program back to the NCAA Tournament? Plus, some keys players around the country opt to stay in school and forego the NBA Draft... Find out who's staying and who's going!
Penn State's Micah Shrewsberry is eager to push the program forward and compete night in, night out in the talented Big 10. What are his biggest goals in year with the Nittany Lions? Applying lessons and philosophies learned from Matt Painter and Brad Stevens. Bringing back experience. The importance of recruiting Philadelphia. Staying calm and collected on the sideline. And why he's appreciative of the opportunity to be a first time head coach in a power conference. Plus, why the Kentucky Wildcats better prepared to claw!
Minnesota's Ben Johnson welcomes the challenge of being a first time head coach in one of the nations top basketball conferences. What are realistic goals in year one? How can he bring the program back to national prominence? Why recruiting local isn't always a sure thing nor the right fit. Will they rely heavily on the transfer portal? How his love and passion for state, school and game landed him the job. And the importance of setting a foundation early. Plus, why it's important to understand that just because someone isn't invited to the NBA Draft combine or the G League Combine doesn't mean that they're going back to school.
Iowa State's T.J. Otzelberger didn't come to rebuild the prideful Cyclones program. Rather, he came to win now! How does he plan to accomplish that in the mighty Big 12? Why it's an honor for him to step up in weight class. The special environment Hilton Coliseum provides. The biggest lessons learned from mentors and why it's important to be "your own man". Thoughts on his roster. Emphasizing blue collar guys who can shoot and be a physical presence. The importance of being able to score in multiple ways. And why daily work habits are key to success. Plus, why Rutgers is two decisions away from being an NCAA Tournament team.
DePaul's Tony Stubblefield is ready to make a splash in the Big East. Hear what the first time head coach took away from his time spent under the likes of Mick Cronin and Dana Altman. The genesis of getting the job at DePaul. How to get the program back on track? Recruiting the plethora of talent in the Chicago area. The key to keeping that talent local. Rounding out the roster. Why there are no off nights in the proud Big East. And why he believes they can be competitive in year one. Plus, a changing of the guard in NCAA basketball? Coach K set to retire after this coming season.
Cincinnati's Wes Miller has a ton of energy heading into his first year as the head coach of the Bearcats. Why he loves the high standards and expectations the program sets for itself. Discussing the magnitude of basketball on the Cincinnati campus. The rivalry with Xavier. Getting the program back to where it was. How did he do such a good job putting the roster back together? Bob Huggins and Mick Cronin dialogue. Paying it forward. Having a true home-court advantage. And what are the goals for year one? Plus, a potential Final 4 rematch looming?
Our new coaches series continues with Oklahoma's Porter Moser! How's he settling into Norman after leaving Loyola-Chicago? Why change is always weird. What made Oklahoma the right fit for him? Stepping up and competing in the Big 12 conference. Being intentional in the process. Building trust within a team. Why scheduling has gotten a lot easier for him. And what are realistic expectations in year one? Plus, why the SEC is far more than a football conference.
Marquette's new head basketball coach, Shaka Smart, is excited for the opportunity to compete in the Big East and lead a program with a rich basketball tradition. Why setting the culture is crucial in year one with the Golden Eagles. Early impressions of the roster. Realistic expectations. Quickly building relationships. Balancing team goals with individual goals. Billy Donovan's influence. And the importance of living in the moment. Plus, Gonzaga continues to load up for next season.
Arizona basketball starts a fresh chapter with their newly minted head coach, Tommy Lloyd. What are realistic expectations in year one for the first time head coach? What he learned in 20 plus years under Mark Few at Gonzaga. Discussing the team he inherits. The importance of holding high standards and not relenting on them. Future scheduling. Style of play. His international flair. Coaching in the Pac-12. And why immediate success hinders on returning players and their development. Plus, Kentucky continues to add transfers.
It's May but we're not sleeping yet! The new coaches series rolls along with North Carolina's Hubert Davis. The former Tar Heels player and assistant takes us through the hiring process on how he became the head man at the university he deeply loves. His respect for Coach Roy Williams. Finding a rhythm and routine. Becoming the decision maker. The importance of utilizing versatile big men. His coaching philosophy and style of play explained. And embracing the pressure. Plus, Kentucky gets a decommitment... but is help on the way? And teams joining in on the transfer portal fun!
The new coaches series continues with Texas' Chris Beard! Jon and coach discuss his move from Texas Tech to Texas. Is it strange to move within conference? How the process all went down. Why the move was right for him. What are the goals in year one? How to best push the Texas brand and build off of Shaka Smart's success. The balance between winning and personal success. Schedule. His all-star coaching staff. And the keys to getting a team to gel.
New coaches series... NCAA passes one-time transfer exemption. EMBRACE THE CHANGE. More opportunities for players... Stability is coming... Jon welcomes Utah's Craig Smith...Following a chaotic coaching cycle, 74-24 in three years at Utah State. How did you do it? Made Utah State a perennial NCAA Tournament contender in the MWC. How do you do the same with Utah in the Pac-12? #WESLEEPINMAY
Indiana's Mike Woodson is excited to take over at his Alma Mater but took the job for one reason; get the program back to its winning ways. How has it been navigating the transfer portal? And what's the sales pitch for the payers he's trying to keep in the program? What pieces do they still need to add? The importance of having a coach with a connection to the Indiana program. And the influence of Bob Knight. Plus, discussing some of the dominate themes this off-season... Including: Transfer Mania!
Texas Tech's Mark Adams is excited about the opportunity to lead the Red Raiders and not just maintain but thrive! The whirl-wind that led to his hiring. How he has grown as a coach. The status of players possibly returning for next year. His recruiting and transfer philosophy. How he hopes to play fast, aggressive and tough man-to-man defense. Coaching in the prestigious Big 12. And how the rivalry with Texas has ratcheted up. Plus, celebrating the Baylor Bears Championship. And ready set off-season!
Baylor's Scott Drew believes he has a tough, mature bunch heading into Tournament season but knows in March, anything can happen! What are the biggest keys for their success in March and beyond? What was it not playing for so long due to a COVID pause? How the culture of their program allows them to develop young talent. Can the Big 12 have multiple teams in this year's Final Four? And is a showdown with Gonzaga looming? Plus, we are only six days away from selection Sunday! Who should the top 4 seeds be?
This is March! Illinois' Brad Underwood has the Illini in prime position for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. What are the biggest keys to making noise deep into the tournament? Why the connectivity his team shares this season is something special. The Andre Curbelo factor. The advantages and disadvantages of playing the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament in the same locations. The Covid-19 factor during tournament time. The impact of Ayo Dosunmu. And why its always important to enjoy the journey. Plus, Iowa with a statement win. And cause for concern at Baylor?
Ohio State's Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes are top team in the country but know they must refine a few things as they get ready to head into March. What did they learn from a hard fought loss to Michigan? Competing in the gauntlet that is the Big 10 conference. Developing talent. Staying present in the moment. The keys to playing during COVID-19. And how the Buckeyes could make a deep run in the tournament. Plus, Duke an underdog? And why it's must win time in the Big East.
Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser has a respectful confidence about his team this year and is ready to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament. How they continue to improve and become multi-dimensional. Does he think about the 2018 Final Four? The importance of being able to pivot with the craziness of this year's schedule. The Missouri Valley Conference... is it a multi bid league? Why defending and rebounding are the major keys to advancing deep into tournament play. And the importance of seniors and upperclassman passing down winning ways. Plus, Jon's big picture thoughts coming out of the weekend. And just how good is Virginia?
UCLA's Mick Cronin is amazed by their quality of play despite the lack of an off-season. What has been the key to the Bruins overall success so far this season? How they plan to bounce back after a tough loss to USC. Their no excuses mind set. How to get more exposure for the Pac-12. Developing culture for the long term. And why he's concerned about playing in a conference tournament if a bid to he big dance is already locked up. Plus, Illinois' time is now. And the gap between Gonzaga, Baylor and the rest of the field feels wider than ever.
Florida State's Leonard Hamilton has the Seminoles playing some great ball but knows they have some fine tuning to do for the home stretch of the season. What has been behind the program's success over these past five or so seasons? Earning respect. How often does he think about the Final Four? Should the Conference Tournaments be held? Coaching during Covid-19. And why the focus and intensity needs to be ratcheted up when being the "hunted". Plus, can Baylor go undefeated? And is Villanova underrated?
Alabama's Nate Oats has the Crimson Tide on a roll and emerging as a top team in the country. What has been behind their hot play of late? How they turned their season around after a loss to Western Kentucky. Herb Jones' endless skill set. The X-Factor that is Josh Primo. Discussing the coaching pedigree in the SEC. Playing with a bullseye on your back. And the biggest key for them to be playing into early April. Plus, why you won't want to panic about Michigan's Covid pause. And is Florida State just scratching the surface?
Seton Hall's Kevin Willard has the Pirates hitting their stride as they get set for a huge matchup against Villanova. How mental health is playing a key role in this season. Developing chemistry with out a traditional preseason. Figuring out the best ways to utilize his players. Why he loves their balance but knows they need to tighten up their defensive play. And why he believes seeding the NCAA tournament should be based on more than just the metrics this year. Plus, Virginia with a statement win. Is Iowa underrated nationally? And why Gonzaga and Baylor are separating from the pack.
Virginia Tech's Mike Young has the Hokies off to a fast start and possibly in early position to make the NCAA Tournament. What has been behind the quick start? What the Villanova win taught him about his squad? Why you need to trust your eyes while recruiting. The importance of moving without the ball. Coaching against the legends of the ACC. His love for Wofford College. And why a little popcorn before a game never hurt anybody. Plus, don't sleep on the Pac-12. Is a season to remember forming for the Texas Longhorns? And don't look now, but here comes Kentucky!
Boise State's Leon Rice has the Broncos making noise this year in the Mountain West, is this year's squad the best he's coached? Why following the Gonzaga formula has turned Boise State into a top non power five conference team. The development of Derrick Alston Jr. Why chemistry and tough defense will be key to their success. The challenges of scheduling. The uniqueness of playing the same team back-to-back in the same location. The key to finding good transfers that fit your program. And why its all about player development. Plus, the NCAA announces that March Madness will happen in a bubble in Indiana. Texas with a statement win. And is this the year of the outlier?
Missouri's Cuonzo Martin was confident heading into the season but knew he has a special team when they defeated Oregon early on in the year. Has the team surpassed his early expectations with a 6-0 start? How their team chemistry and connection with one another will be key moving forward. Thoughts on where the sports is heading with potential rule changes on the horizon. Taking on Tennessee in their SEC opener. And why he believes there are more important things in life than just basketball. Plus, the Big Ten continues to look impressive. And Gonzaga looks a cut above the rest.
Houston's Kelvin Sampson is missing some of the atmosphere that normally surrounds college basketball but knows it's all about adapting and overcoming! What he likes so far from his 5-0 Cougars. The keys to building and sustaining culture within a program. Thoughts on rule changes. Why the winning is great but the process of getting there is more satisfying. Where this year's squad ranks among some of the best he's ever coached. And why he's always learning from others. Plus, was there tangible growth in a loss for Kentucky? Ron Harper Jr and Rutgers are legit. And the Big Ten has no bottom!
Ohio State's Chris Holtmann has the Buckeyes out to a 5-0 start but knows the key to their success is the back court. The need to grow their bench production. Thoughts on starting up Big Ten play this week. Has he been apart of a more talented conference? Playing without EJ Liddell. Expectations for Seth Towns. Why are his teams so good in close games? And the coaching mindset amidst the covid-19 pandemic. Plus, did Kentucky over-schedule? And our thoughts and prayers are with Florida Gators stand out, Keyontae Johnson.
Rutgers' Steve Pikiell and the Scarlet Knights are happy to be playing basketball. What's been behind their 3-0 start? The keys to building a program up in a "power conference". Facing Syracuse and his respect for Coach Boeheim. The mindset of being the hunted versus being the hunter. Expectations at home games, where the RAC was one of the great home court advantages, with no fans allowed. Why they need to keep evolving on the defensive side of the ball. Why its "all iron", every night in the Big Ten. And why staying safe and healthy will be a huge key to the overall success of the season... Hard to start and stop all season long and be successful...Plus, with the exception of Villanova, many blue-bloods have holes in appears... Is this the year of the outlier?
Illinois' Brad Underwood is pleased with the chemistry being created in their early season games. He's also happy that the Illini are shooting the ball better than a year ago. Why he's excited about his freshman. Creating more room and space for Ayo Dusunmu who has gotten more physical. His thoughts on playing Baylor and Duke. The grueling gauntlet that is the Big Ten conference. How they're dealing with the Covid-19 protocols and testing. And after a lot of hard work to get the program back to national prominence... What are the keys for continued develop? Plus, we have games to talk about! Jon breaks it all down right here...
Indiana's Archie Miller is excited to get the season started but knows it will be full of different emotions. What's been the toughest part about not having a pre-season or scrimmage games? How many Final Four contenders do he see in the Big Ten? Discussing the makeup of his team... why he likes the blend of talent. Why he believes the rigorous testing protocols in place in Big Ten will ensure a successful season. And why every player on the roster will need to be ready to play. Plus, it's Opening Week! Jon gives you his games to watch...
Tennessee's Rick Barnes has put the Volunteers back on the map in college basketball and he knows this years team has a chance to be really special. Why he believes they can be elite on the defensively. Why depth is created through results and understanding a role. Who expects to make the biggest jump this season. Newcomers to watch. Why the Final Four is always on his mind. Dealing with Covid-19 this season. And the biggest difference between coaching in the SEC and the Big 12. Plus, we know it's going to be a wild season, things will be canceled... But look on the bright side, we will have a season!
Michigan State's Tom Izzo is looking to solidify the Point Guard and Center positions ahead of the new season... Who will step up and fill the big shoes left by Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman? How is Josh Langford's health? What will the addition of transfer Joey Hauser bring to the team? Why coach is worried about the "unintended consequences" of the new transfer and N.I.L rules. Why he believes the Big Ten Conference is, "the best it's been!" And why he's approaching this season as a one off. Plus, Kentucky's tough opening schedule is something to discuss.
West Virginia's Bob Huggins is all for safety but knows his team wants to play. It's simple... follow protocol or you don't play! What's his initial prognosis of the Mountaineers? Thoughts on where the sport is heading. Why redshirting isn't such a bad thing. Discussing the deep Big 12. And the biggest keys for West Virginia to have a successful season. Plus, is the sports crown jewel, the NCAA Tournament, headed to a bubble?
Virginia's Tony Bennett would love to recapture the momentum gained at the end of last season where the Cavaliers won 11 of their final 12 games. What will be the key to doing that? What transfer Sam Hauser brings to the team. Replacing Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key.... Who steps up? Can they once again be defensive stalwarts? Why strength through numbers will be the theme. Managing transfers and red shirts. And what will be the biggest key for Virginia's success this season? Plus, Jon breaks down some of the hurdles to get through a full season.
Villanova's Jay Wright knows developing depth will be a key to the Wildcats success this season. Who will step up to fill in the gaps of his veteran led team? What does the addition of UConn do for the Big East brand? Players that will make an impact this year. And how's scheduling coming along? Plus, Jon hit the road this past week and has updates from: UMass, URI and UConn. And the return of 5-Good-Nuggets!
Oregon's Dana Altman is anxious to get started as he believes the core of his team is strong, deep and long. The Pac-12 was a little late to the November start date idea, where does Oregon's schedule stand? Replacing Payton Pritchard. Thoughts on improving the Pac-12 brand nationally. Do coaches ever think about tough losses from prior seasons? And why the seasons success might hinge on their ability to play strong defense. Plus, a full PAC-12 preseason preview! UCLA is loaded. Could the conference see as many as seven teams make the NCAA Tournament?
South Carolina's Frank Martin returns an experienced and deep team and has his sights set on the NCAA Tournament. What must be done in order for the Gamecocks to return to a Final 4? A broader conversation about life and where our country as a whole is. The value of the College experience. His battle with Covid-19. Breaking down some of his talented roster and grueling SEC conference. And he knows they have the makeup to win but can they navigate the adversity the season will surely throw at them? Plus, a full SEC preseason preview!