Radio Appearance: Pac-12 Tourney Preview

Yesterday I wrote about the Pac-12 Tournament. Today, I hopped on FOX Sports radio in Seattle to talk about it. It’s possible that by the time you listen to this, my dark horse pick has already been eliminated. Listen below:

The Unmatched Intensity of Conference Tournaments

At the MAAC Tournament, seniors cry when they lose. That’s because a loss means their season is over. In conferences that send their tournament winner, and no one else, to the Big Dance, the intensity is unmatched.

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Weekend Recap: Ready to Dance

The NCAA Tournament field is starting to take shape, as four schools have received their conference’s automatic bid. Three more will punch tickets tonight. Check out my recap of last weekend’s action for CBS Local.

Scoop and Score: Vin Parise, Jerry Palm

Vin Parise is a college basketball analyst for SNY, NBC Sports, FOX Sports, and others. As the NCAA Tournament approaches, he and I discuss the Big East, A-10, and MAAC. Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com bracketologist, starting at the 10:25 mark, explains how the Tournament field is assembled.

Scoop and Score: Mark Adams, John Gasaway

Two ESPN college basketball experts join the podcast. Mark Adams, who provides color commentary for the biggest midmajor games across the country, talks about Wichita State and other small conference programs to watch as the NCAA Tournament approaches. Writer John Gasaway, whose appearance starts at the 11:45 mark, talks about the analytics revolution in college hoops and what stats matter most when assessing the top teams.

Three Point Contest Preview

Looking for a winner in tonight’s NBA All Star three-point contest? How about reading my preview for Vice Sports? I used Vantage Sports’ incredible statistical database to assess the field. Instead of just regular shooting percentages, I looked at the numbers for wide-open attempts, which better approximate the shooting that will take place tonight.

Dean Smith, Coaching Legend, Dies at 83

Dean Smith was an innovator. From having his players huddle before free throws to starting five seniors on Senior Day to calculating points per possession, the former North Carolina basketball coach was ahead of his time. He died at the age of 83 on Saturday. While many college coaches are praised for being more than just a coach, Smith, a civil rights pioneer, really was. Read my tribute to him on CBS Local.

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