Tag Archives: 2014-15 college basketball season

Big Ten Basketball Woes

Even Tom Izzo had to admit the top of the Big Ten isn’t all that strong. “This year, there’s no question that it’s been Wisconsin and the rest,” he told me yesterday. “Maryland is now proving to be in that class. But the strength at the top isn’t as good as last year or some of the other conferences.” For that reason, the conference as a whole has dipped considerably this season.

For a more in-depth look at the league’s struggles, read my latest for CBS Local.

Yawn in 60 Seconds

When do 60 seconds last 10 minutes? Unfortunately, this isn’t a riddle. The answer is “the end of a close college basketball game.” A parade of replay reviews, timeouts, and free throws can turn what should be an exciting finish into a mind-numbing crawl. The game needs fixing, but coaches don’t recognize that it’s broken.

I spoke with more than 10 coaches this past week about the final minute of close games and found a near-unanimous approval of the status quo as it relates to replay reviews and timeouts. Only one voiced dissent about replays (perhaps not coincidentally, the lone assistant interviewed) and just one other would be in favor of fewer timeouts.

Read the rest of the story on CBS Local: San Francisco.

Pac-12 Basketball Coverage

Visit this page for regular updates on the Pac-12 conference, which I’m covering for CBS Local San Francisco and Sacramento.

Who are the conference’s top NBA prospects?

How do the league’s coaches stack up against coaches in other leagues? (Hint: Not well.)

Plus, read about my latest Rising Star, an under-appreciated Pac-12 player on the verge of breaking out.

Scoop and Score: Championship Week

Steve and I talk about the final “meaningless” rankings: How in the heck is Florida State No. 4? Which teams are still alive for a playoff spot? How will championship week play out? The podcast is packed with everything you’ll want to know before this weekend’s games. If you mention the show on Twitter or Facebook, or send me a question or comment via email, you’ll get a special shoutout on the next podcast.

I also want to share a couple of college basketball stories I’ve written. One is a feature on Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, which was published in the latest issue of Basketball Times. You probably remember his name from the résumé scandal last spring. I spoke to Masiello, his current and former players, several of the school’s administrators, and others outside of the program who are familiar with the situation to get an idea of how Manhattan went about taking him back and what it means for the school. The other story is much shorter, though it deals with tall players: Kentucky’s basketball team, which may be the tallest in college hoops history and can match up with any NBA team. It appeared in The Wall Street Journal last week.

You can find most all of my freelance work on my website. As always, thanks so much for reading. Without you, I’d simply be a diarist.

Scoop and Score: College Hoops Season Preview

Brian Kahn, 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 watch in 2014-15. As we’ve done for many years, we share our Final Four predictions.

Scoop and Score: Week 12 Recap

Steve and I 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.

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.

Continue reading Scoop and Score: Week 12 Recap

The Replacements

Creighton is struggling in its first season without superstar Doug McDermott. Can the program bounce back? To find out, I talked to coaches and ADs at various schools that once had a transcendent player, like Davidson (Steph Curry) and St. Joe’s (Jameer Nelson).

The story was published in Basketball Times, a print publication.