College Basketball Season Preview Podcast

In case you missed it, I published a college basketball podcast yesterday. My guests, Brian Kahn and Lee Joffe, and I preview the season with a discussion of what makes college hoops great, how it could be improved, and which teams to look out for in 2014-15. As we’ve done for many years, we share our Final Four predictions. Check it out!

New Podcast, Freelance Stories, Awards

Hello, readers (and listeners)! Steve and I recorded another college football podcast, which is available below. In this episode, we recap Saturday’s big games, including Mississippi State’s first loss, Melvin Gordon’s huge day (and pro potential), and the effectiveness of icing the kicker. Smokey, Tennessee’s mascot, is also discussed. All the previous podcasts are now hosted on a new website and can be downloaded.

Forward Progress: November 19

Tomorrow, be on the lookout for a college basketball podcast in which my guests and I discuss last night’s Champions Classic and make our predictions for the season. It should be a fun and informative listen. Speaking of college hoops, I wrote a story yesterday for CBS Local on Kentucky’s chances of an undefeated season and whether they could beat an NBA team. My sources include coaches who have worked at both the college and pro levels.

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UConn’s Improbable March to the Final Four

While both the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball teams reached the Final Four, the word “improbable” in the title should make it clear which one I’m referring to. After sitting out the postseason last year because of an academics-related ban, the men’s squad finished third in the American Athletic Conference this season, three games behind the co-leaders. They were placed in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region as the 7 seed and needed a late comeback and overtime to beat St. Joe’s in Round One.

Two days later they upset Villanova to reach the Sweet 16 in Madison Square Garden. Once there, the Huskies fed off a pro-UConn crowd—and a defense now ranked 10th in the country according to KenPom.com—to beat Iowa State and Michigan State to advance to the Final Four. They will face top overall seed Florida on Saturday in Dallas.

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