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 TheWall Street Journal last week.
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).
Breanna Stewart is only a sophomore but she’s already been named MVP of the Final Four and claimed five gold medals for USA basketball. Can she be the best women’s basketball player of all time? A story I wrote for Sports On Earth attempts to answer that question.
After covering a UConn game in which Stewart’s coach, Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma, said she was unlike any other player he’d coached, I talked to her teammates, parents, high school coaches, and USA basketball coaches to get a better idea of her potential. Their praise for Stewart’s basketball abilities was matched only by their glowing reviews of her as a person.