Get the inside take on College Hoops. Jon lives and breathes college basketball providing him access to breaking news and insights. Every week the podcast will deliver compelling story lines of college basketball along with interviews, game picks, and scoops!
Episode 312 - Virginia's Tony Bennett
Virginia's Tony Bennett starts on the journey to build continuity amongst his new team. Thoughts on not returning a double digit scorer. Keys to regaining defensive stinginess. Navigating the new landscape in college basketball. Why you need results now from transfers. The passing of the coaching guard in the ACC. And why you can't let the quest for a national championship consume you. Plus, Jon's travel updates.
Episode 311 - Baylor's Scott Drew
Baylor's Scott Drew is seeing a few more smiles and Baylor jerseys around town after leading the Bears to a National Championship. What will they do for an encore? Why being efficient and effective is key to dominance. Does he feel any different after winning the title? Being the hunted vs the hunter. Why he's excited about what could be with this year's team. And why injuries, chemistry and leadership are factors for success. Plus, why it's business as usual for Villanova. Boeheim's in the back court at Syracuse? And why the St. John's role players could determine their ceiling.
Episode 310 - Villanova's Jay Wright
Villanova's Jay Wright has had a great summer. Winning a Gold medal with Team USA Basketball and being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Is the two-time National Champion head coach thinking about a third? Why his veteran lead team may help him, and Villanova do just that. But they will have to get through a grueling non-conference schedule first... And then there is the Big East. Could they see up to 6 teams in the tournament? How will he balance minutes with 5th year seniors Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels with the Justin Moore's ascension? How much longer does he plan to coach? And is it imperative his eventual successor be from the Villanova family? Plus, Jon reports back form his Mid-West adventures. And why Las Vegas, Nevada will be the College Basketball epicenter in late November.
Episode 309 - UCLA's Mick Cronin
UCLA's Mick Cronin is blocking out all outside noise as the Bruins enter the new season with high expectations. Why he believes they could be better than they were last year. The importance of a full offseason regiment. Winning in a variety of ways. Managing a talented and deep rotation. How to get more eyes on the ultra-competitive and talented Pac-12. And does he give any thought to a potential #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament? Plus, we're talking about practice?! The preseason is officially here as teams begin workouts and practice... Jon gives you his quick hits.
Episode 308 - Purdue's Matt Painter
Purdue's Matt Painter could have one of his deepest teams ever as he gets set to lead the Boilermakers into a new season. How high are expectations? How many players does he see in his rotation? Newcomers to watch? The tough Big Ten. The key to player retention. And why overcoming cold shooting nights to grind out wins will be a major key to success. Plus, Jon hit the West Coast and shares his thoughts on UCLA, USC, UCSB and Loyola Marymount.
Episode 307 - BYU's Mark Pope/West Coast Conference Preseason Preview
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!
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“Y’know Mike you didn’t have obviously face time obviously during obviously the last calendar year obviously.”
-Jon Rothstein (real quote)
A once proud podcast has reached an all-time low. (Just like Rothstein, I didn’t do enough research before I declared this) :0)