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Join the Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean every week as they deep dive into all your favorite teams and favorite student-athletes from the Conference of Champions.

Inside Pac-12 Men's Basketball Pac-12 Networks

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    • 4.9, 96 Ratings

Join the Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean every week as they deep dive into all your favorite teams and favorite student-athletes from the Conference of Champions.

    McKinley Wright IV Interview

    McKinley Wright IV Interview

    Pac-12 Network’s Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV. They talk about the abrupt ending to the season, and McKinley describes how he reacted to learning the NCAA Tournament was cancelled (1:45). He lays out the areas Colorado needs to improve for next season (6:00), and talks about the parts of his game that he will concentrate on this offseason. Mike and Don ask McKinley how he tries to instill confidence into his teammates (10:45), and he reveals the unique approaches he takes with many different personalities on the team. McKinley describes the determining factors for whether or not he returns for his senior season in Boulder (14:40), and talks about a meaningful conversation with his Dad shortly after the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament (18:05).

    • 26 min
    Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments Cancelled + Best Stories of the Season

    Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments Cancelled + Best Stories of the Season

    Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean react to the cancellation of the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments and tell the story of how they found out about the news (2:45). They discuss the tremendous season of Payton Pritchard (11:35), and lament that he and other Pac-12 seniors will not end their careers in the NCAA Tournament. Mike and Don look back at some of the big storylines from the season (16:45), and relive the exciting finish of Oregon State's win over Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament (18:22). They also look ahead to next season, and discuss some of the early favorites to win the conference (23:20). On “Storytime with Don MacLean” Don also wonders if the absence of an NCAA Tournament might convince more players to stay in school instead of declaring for the NBA Draft (25:50).

    Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer Jamie Zaninovich joins the podcast (28:30), and explains how the decision was made to cancel the Pac-12 tournament. Jamie discusses the coaches' reaction to the cancellation of the tournament (36:00), and also gives an update on the likelihood of winter and spring athletes receiving an extra year of eligibility (37:30).

    • 44 min
    Earl Watson Interview

    Earl Watson Interview

    Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview former UCLA star and current Pac-12 Networks analyst Earl Watson. Earl tells stories about his time as a player and coach in the NBA (3:07), and remembers a special moment he shared with Gregg Popovich early in his coaching career. He recounts watching multiple future NBA All-Stars work out at the UCLA gym (9:15), and states he would not have had a long NBA career if he did not attend UCLA. Don and Earl emphasize the importance of young players knowing their role when making the jump to the NBA (22:47), and share stories that underscore how well they knew their own strengths and weaknesses. Earl shares the close relationship he has with his former teammate Baron Davis (26:30), and tells an incredible story of Kobe Bryant facing off against Davis while he was at UCLA. Finally, Earl gives his prediction for the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament (31:00).

    • 39 min
    Pac-12 Tournament Preview

    Pac-12 Tournament Preview

    Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean preview the Pac-12 Tournament, and analyze each team heading to Las Vegas. They preview Oregon State and Utah facing off in the first round (4:15), and show why the Beavers’ three point shooting is the key to their success in the tournament. They explain why Arizona versus Washington is one of the hardest 5-seed vs 12-seed matchups to predict in recent history (7:53), and both praise the recent play of Jaden McDaniels for the Huskies. Mike & Don take a closer look at Stanford facing Cal (13:48), and debate if the Cardinal need one or two wins in Las Vegas to feel good about their NCAA Tournament chances. They also examine Colorado looking to get back on track against Washington State (17:05), and break down the game plan the Buffaloes must employ against CJ Elleby and Isaac Bonton.

    Mike and Don congratulate Oregon for winning the Pac-12 regular season championship, and explain why the Ducks are the favorites to win the Pac-12 Tournament as well (22:20). They chat about USC’s great balance on offense and defense (24:10) and explain why UCLA should not worry heading into the tournament with a loss (25:10). Mike and Don break down Arizona State’s chances to make a tournament run (28:16), and highlight the importance of Rob Edwards for the Sun Devils.

    On “Storytime with Don MacLean, Don reminisces about facing Magic Johnson at the UCLA gym (31:16), and explains why Magic never lost a game there. Finally Don analyzes the pro potential of Oregon State’s Kylor Kelley (35:59), and breaks down how his defense might translate to the next level.

    • 42 min
    Jonah Mathews Interview

    Jonah Mathews Interview

    Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview USC guard Jonah Mathews. The Trojans’ senior captain reveals who on the team is paying the most attention to NCAA Tournament Bracketology (5:08), and explains why he is desperate to make the most of his final collegiate season. Mathews praises the energy that freshmen Ethan Anderson and Onyeka Okongwu have brought to the team (10:00), and describes the relationship Okongwu has developed with Nick Rakocevic (14:52). Mike and Don ask Mathews about the resiliency of USC this season (15:50), and the offensive freedom he enjoys while playing under Andy Enfield’s (17:09). Mathews previews the Trojan’s upcoming game against UCLA, and praises the job Mick Cronin has done in Westwood this season (21:00). Finally, Mathews gives a review of the music played at the Galen Center on game day (24:35).

    • 33 min
    UCLA, USC & Stanford Make Strong Cases for NCAA Tournament

    UCLA, USC & Stanford Make Strong Cases for NCAA Tournament

    Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the impressive performances by the conference's bubble teams this past weekend (4:34), and take a closer look at the 7 Pac-12 squads currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament. Mike and Don discuss UCLA's impressive sweep of the Arizona schools (6:00), and preview their enormous game against USC at the Galen Center. They talk about N’Dante Faly’s return to the court (9:32), and determine what type of impact he will have on Oregon the rest of the season. They also discuss the recent struggles of Colorado, Arizona & Arizona State, and pick which team they are most concerned about moving forward (11:52).

    Mike and Don discuss Stanford’s ability to bounce back this season, and praise Jerod Haase’s lack of panic while coaching his team (20:45). They also list some of the top candidates for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, including Tyler Bey and Bryce Wills (26:26). Finally, Don breaks down the NBA potential of Oscar Da Silva (29:50), and explains how his versatility on offense and defense will translate well to the next level.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

Chadwick227 ,

Good chemistry

It’s plainly the best insight and commentary of PAC-12 basketball. Don’s great, and the P12 network needs to keep Mike Yam as long as possible.

TucsonSmells ,

A must listen for Pac12 hoop fans

Yam and the Snake Killer do a great job breaking down the conference. Could listen to Don talk hoop for hours. Crossing my fingers Walton makes a guest appearance at some point.

DUXWIN ,

Former Pac12 players still playing

Every now and then I’d like to hear how former Pac12 players are doing in the NBA.
Maybe a rundown by school. I saw Chris Boucher of Oregon is with Toronto.
Also, who is in the G league, who is playing overseas.

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