Faces in New Places

Last offseason, Shaka Smart went from VCU to Texas, Rick Barnes went from Texas to Tennessee, and Ben Howland went from part-time TV analyst to Mississippi State. They were three of the 10 coaches to start with a new power conference program this season. How have they fared? Find out in my latest story for CBS Local.

Scoop and Score: College Basketball Roundtable

If a 16 seed added LeBron James to its roster, would it win the national championship? My older brother Brian Kahn and friend Lee Joffe join me to debate that scenario. We share our Final Four favorites and I amaze them with the statistical anomaly that is Oakland’s Max Hooper. Subscribe and rate on iTunes!

NCAA Basketball Midseason Update

With the college football season now complete, I know a lot of you have turned your attention to hoops. Allow me to bring you up to speed by taking a look at the college basketball teams and players that have made the most noise so far.

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Concussion Movie

One of Hollywood’s leading actors stars in a major motion picture about…concussion research? It would not have been fathomable 10 years ago. I used the film, which I saw last weekend, as a jumping off point to discuss the latest research into head trauma, concussions, and CTE in a blog post for the Dana Foundation.

A Sports Break, Sort Of

Sports bring people together. I’ve written, said, and thought this often. Taking interest in the performance of athletic teams automatically gives you potential connections to millions of people all over the world. During my recent honeymoon, this was reaffirmed yet again.

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The Warriors vs the ’95 Bulls

Charles Barkley went on the radio yesterday and said the 2015 Golden State Warriors would have no chance against the 1995 Chicago Bulls. “That Bulls team would kill this little team,” he said. More specifically, he said, Michael Jordan would score a bunch of points, Dennis Robinson would grab a bunch of rebounds, and Scottie Pippen would be a matchup nightmare.* Whether he’s right or wrong, there is no surprise the 52-year-old Barkley prefers the team from 20 years ago. Far more often than not, fans side with players and teams from their era over the current one.

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Keenan Reynolds’ Heisman Snub

Davidson College will not retire Stephen Curry’s jersey. It has nothing to do with basketball accomplishments, obviously. Curry took the small North Carolina school to athletic heights it had never reached. As you may have heard, his NBA career has also been successful. From a hoops standpoint, if Curry’s jersey were not worthy of retirement than there is no sense in hanging jerseys anywhere.

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