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October 22, 2019
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander waste little time getting into this week's big news in college hoops: rankings releases. On Sunday, KenPom's list came out. On Monday, the preseason AP poll was released. Tuesday morning brought the unveiling of Norlander's 1-353. The majority of the episode is dedicated to discussing teams, the overrated and underrated ones, and the most disputed. The guys also touch on big news out of Michigan State, as Josh Langford will be out until at least January (4:25) and give thanks and praise for the return of the Border War (46:00) between Kansas and Missouri. Huzzah! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 16, 2019
Hosts Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander unveil the 2019-20 CBS Sports preseason All-America teams. Fifteen players from 14 schools, and acknowledgement of the players who DIDN'T make the list but are most likely to wind up to be All-Americans come March. It's a wide-ranging discussion that occupies the first 36 minutes of the podcast. At 37:45, the guys lay out the seven coaches in tight spots heading into the season, and explain why coaches such as Bill Self, Sean Miller, Will Wade and others are in a separate category. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 9, 2019
The biggest news of the week came Tuesday in Charlotte, where Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the NCAA was lagging and had acted with its head in the sand for too long when it comes to rule changes and player empowerment. It was a significant statement for K to make. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open the pod by going over what he said, in addition to what other coaches at ACC Media Day said in support or opposition of Krzyzewski. From there, some ACC predictions and league chatter (16:40) and then an entertaining evaluation of Snoop Dogg's Late Night in the Phog (27:00) performance, resplendent with money guns and acrobatic dancers. Kansas said it didn't know THAT was going to happen. Snoop Dogg replied, "When you pay for Snoop Dogg, you gonna get Snoop Dogg." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 4, 2019
It's been a fascinating week of college sports, as California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law SB206, which will allow California college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness beginning in 2023. College presidents, athletic directors and NCAA president Mark Emmert are scurrying and trying to stop the oncoming wave. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander cover all of what you might have missed, and what to expect next in this critical month of October. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 24, 2019
The NCAA has formally accused the University of Kansas of five Level I violations. Most of those are connected to the men's basketball program and its head coach, Bill Self. This podcast exclusively discusses the details of the case and lays out the specifics you need to know to better understand what the NCAA is trying to pin on Self. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander also make early predictions on the kinds of punishments Self and KU basketball will ultimately be hit with -- and explain why nothing is going to happen to Kansas for the 2019-20 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 19, 2019
A fun episode awaits you, as Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this one by tossing out theories as to why exactly Duke and Kentucky almost every year for nearly a decade have been the top two recruiting destinations. Beyond the coaches, what are the reasons? From there, Norlander tosses out this question (15:00): Who can do in college hoops what Clemson's done as of late in college football? That is: go from proud-but-underachieving program to competing with UK and Duke in recruiting. After that, the guys get into why more top 100-ish prospects who would academically qualify don't seriously consider playing for an Ivy League program (26:00), touch on Tony Bennett refusing a raise (44:00) and giving back $500,000 to the university. They wrap with the unexpected news of Rick Pitino actually agreeing to $0 in his settlement (53:00) with Louisville. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 12, 2019
The only thing that awaits California college athletes the inalienable right to make money off their name, image and likeness -- and not face the threat of losing eligibility or a scholarship -- is the signature of state governor Gavin Newsom. It's led to a fascinating showdown between California and the NCAA. There are big-picture consequences that could alter the pillars of amateurism. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish spend the first 40 minutes of the podcast explaining the actual law at stake, what the NCAA has said, what it can do and how things will play out in the years to come because of all of this. From there, they discuss Wednesday's report (40:20) that former Arizona assistant Book Richardson was willing to pay $40,000 to have a former Arizona player's high school transcript falsified to get him into school. They wrap with the somehow-still-ongoing recruiting of No. 2 2020 recruit Cade Cunningham (56:00). Oklahoma State hired his brother months ago, yet he's still being courted by Kentucky, UNC, Florida and Washington. Uh-oh? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 5, 2019
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander provide one of their strongest episodes of the offseason with long discussions on why coaches want more mid-majors, and transparency, and consistency, with the NCAA Tournament selection committee (1:00). From there, they lay out the surprising results from their Candid Coaches poll regarding players being able to profit off their name, image and likeness (27:30) and lay out an enticing, if not controversial, environment that would come to college basketball when such things would be allowed. The podcast closes with thoughts on Michigan State (46:30) being the overwhelming pick by coaches as the best team in the sport for 2019-20. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 28, 2019
Every summer, Parrish and Norlander poll 100-plus coaches to get insight into a number of topics inside and outside college basketball. Today's podcast starts with some thoughts on foreign tours that some teams are taking, but then exclusively gets into the results of five questions they've asked so far in their Candid Coaches series:Would you visit Donald Trump's White House if you won the national title? (6:45)Who was the best head-coaching hire of 2019? (18:40)What is the most underrated head-coaching job in college basketball? (30:30)Which league has the best stable of coaches, top to bottom? (39:00)Who is the toughest coach to prepare for and/or adjust to? (46:05)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 15, 2019
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get going on today's episode by revealing how a man who does not play tennis winds up with tennis elbow -- in both arms. You already know which of the two this happened to. Then, they get to the curious story involving famed attorney Michael Avenatti, who is facing multiple serious charges in multiple cases, but nonetheless has become the figure at the center of allegations toward Nike for allegedly paying multiple high-profile high school prospects (11:30). Family members or representatives tied to Deandre Ayton, Bol Bol, Zion Williamson and Romeo Langford have been named in a federal complaint. This also leads to a quick conversation (30:00) on when the NCAA is going to drop those expected NOAs on big programs. Then it's a fun convo on KenPom's historic rankings of every program since 1996-97 (34:30). Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UNC and Arizona round out the top five. The guys close on the repeal of the "Rich Paul Rule," (46:00) which saw the NCAA acting faster than it usually does to make change.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 7, 2019
On Tuesday, news leaked that the NCAA made major alterations to its rules regarding which agents could represent players in the pre-draft process. The rule modifications have been widely panned, most notably by LeBron James, who dubbed it #TheRichPaulRule, though the guys explain why that's not true at all. The podcast opens with a 25-minute conversation on this, then gets to Evan Mobley (26:45), the No. 1 prospect in 2020, finally committing to where his father and brother already are: USC. Now we wait on the No. 2 prospect, who has a family member employed at Oklahoma State, to commit. Cade Cunningham, what's the hold-up? The pod wraps with a cool story on a D-III player with NBA connections who wound up committing to Illinois this week (48:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 29, 2019
Hello from Colorado Springs! Parrish and Norlander have another from-the-hotel-room pod to share, this time with a recap of July's recruiting calendar, with commentary on many of the top prospects. They start with thoughts on USA Basketball, then get to stories, quotes and anecdotes on what the NCAA hath wrought with July (6:50). After a long conversation there -- including Norlander's story from UConn -- some highlights on the players to know in 2020, 2021 and 2022 (50:00) and BJ Boston's commitment to Kentucky (57:00). Oh, and some TRIVIA TIME! too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 13, 2019
Straight from Norlander's hotel room, it's another face-to-face episode of the pod. Parrish and Norlander open with some unanticipated thoughts on things tangentially related to the Nike Peach Jam -- including a fun blind item about a coach -- then get into why coaches are still not satisfied with the current recruiting calendar (16:00) and what won't be done about it. From there, Norlander gets into the story of 15-year-old Emoni Bates (39:00), who is regarded by many as the most talented player in high school, regardless of age, and yet only has scholarship offers from Michigan State and Florida State. Will he ever play in college? Turns out, it's completely plausible. The guys close on NC State receiving its Notice of Allegations (58:00) earlier in the week, and discuss which school should be next and what punishment the NCAA could fairly dole out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 2, 2019
On Tuesday, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions levied a three-year show-cause against former UConn coach Kevin Ollie. The university was spared any meaningful/significant penalties. Norlander and Parrish open the ep by discussing that, the fallout, Dan Hurley's contract and more. After that, the duo gets on to UConn leaving the American to join the Big East (16:45) and debate that team's standing in college basketball going forward, in addition to weighing the options for the American in the coming years. Finally, the most significant transfer decision of the offseason, potentially, happened Friday (44:30). They close the pod with that -- and some #USWNT talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 21, 2019
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander go face-to-face for an in-person, late-night podcast to discuss the most interesting things to come out of Thursday night. This is going to be a memorable draft for a lot of reasons, many of them having to do with guys picked after first, second and third.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 13, 2019
CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported a major story on Wednesday: an NCAA official told Dodd that six men's basketball programs would receive notices of allegations this summer, including two high-profile schools that would be notified by early July. The timing is surprising. So who will the schools be, and should any punishment be expected for the 2019-20 season? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander spend the first 30 minutes of the pod discussing that, then get to their NBA mock drafts (30:00), and lay out their predictions for the careers of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett and more. They also discuss the players they have the most disagreement on in the first round, and touch on the diverging NBA paths of Darius Garland and Romeo Langford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 7, 2019
On Thursday, Book Richardson was sentenced to three months in federal prison. It was a history-making decision by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos. Matt Norlander was in the courtroom, as he has been throughout both trials, and brings perspective and details from Thursday and beyond. He and Gary Parrish spend the first 40 minutes of the podcast discussing Richardson's sentence, Arizona's next steps, the NCAA's unfolding investigation and why Richardson said he didn't believe Sean Miller paid for players. After that, the guys touch on the new NCAA rules for 2019-2020 (48:30), most notably the extended 3-point line. They wrap by hitting on the 10-15 teams with the best odds to win the 2020 national title (58:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
Nearly 90 underclassmen opted to stay in the 2019 NBA draft pool. And nearly 90 decided to come back. Which schools benefitted most or were hurt significantly? This pod opens on that, then gets to a discussion (12:00) on the growing trend in college basketball to have more and more guys leaving early, even when they're not expected to be drafted. The guys zero in on Kansas (28:00) and R.J. Hampton's decision to bypass college and play in New Zealand. The pod wraps with a look at Parrish and Norlander's respective top fives (54:00) heading into the heart of the offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2019
On Wednesday, Michigan officially hired alumnus Juwan Howard to coach its men's basketball program. The first 20 minutes of this podcast are dedicated to that decision, with Parrish and Norlander bringing some deeper context into why this decision was made and why it's different from the Penny Hardaway hiring at Memphis. Then the guys get to notable five-star commitments within the past week (20:00): Precious Achiuwa to Memphis; Jaden McDaniels to Washington; Trendon Watford to LSU. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2019
The basketball world woke up to surprising news Monday morning: John Beilein was walking on Michigan to take a job with the shaky Cleveland Cavaliers organization. This episodes goes heavy on that, including why Beilein doing this should -- or maybe shouldn't -- be that surprising, in addition to evaluating Michigan's program in the greater hierarchy of college basketball (20:00) and trying to establish which candidates actually make sense at the early stage of UM's search. From there, GP and Norlander get to Kentucky taking back its standing with the No. 1-rated recruiting class (40:00), followed close behind by -- well, well! -- Memphis (49:00) and the apparent monster Penny Hardaway has assembled for 2019-20. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 9, 2019
Our final podcast dedicated to the second college basketball federal trial opens on what the government set out to do, and failed. Then Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander take a tour of the schools that were hurt the most in all of this, and what might come next. Plus, Christian Dawkins, who again was found guilty by a federal jury, provided some helpful-yet-damning quotes once more in relation to Arizona coach Sean Miller after the trial ended Wednesday. Ultimately, the legacy and effects of this case will rest on the shoulders of the NCAA, which has a monumental challenge awaiting its enforcement division, effective immediately. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 2, 2019
College basketball has maybe never been as newsy and buzzy on the first day of May as it is this. That's because the second of three scheduled federal trials is providing a lot of allegations, evidence and more against prominent names and schools. But nothing's hit as hard as the stuff attached to Arizona. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode by discussing what the trial is really getting at and what the government is trying to prove, then move on to Sean Miller and the pivotal calls played in court Wednesday (8:30) that have his former assistant, Book Richardson, alleging Miller was paying Deandre Ayton and Rawle Alkins. Norlander and GP close out the pod by hitting on Texas Tech ponying up huge money to pay Chris Beard (41:15) and get into some of the leftover stuff reported this week about UCLA's search. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 25, 2019
Sean Miller's name is in headlines again thanks to the second college basketball corruption trial, which on Wednesday turned its attention the Arizona program due to video wiretaps that were played in court. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander spend the first 40 minutes of this episode catching you up on the case, the implications for Miller, why Dawkins is to be believed and what else has happened this week in lower Manhattan. The final 15 minutes of the podcast are dedicated to North Carolina landing a commitment from elite 2019 guard Cole Anthony, Duke again securing the No. 1 class in college basketball and a new top 10 from Parrish for 2019-20. The Blue Devils aren't No. 1, but they're close. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 16, 2019
Minutes before the season premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones started Sunday night, LSU announced Will Wade had been reinstated to his post. So Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander start there, then lay out how this could still go wrong -- or, in a long shot, right -- for LSU and Wade. From there, the guys talk the shocking transfer decisions from Sam and Joey Hauser (23:00), who are leaving Marquette and thus tanking the Golden Eagles' 2019-20 stock. The guys get some trivia time in, look back on their preseason player rankings, then talk about Cincinnati hiring John Brannen (41:00) over Nick Van Exel and Darren Savino.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 10, 2019
Norlander was right: Virginia won the national title. It did so in a great game, probably one of the 10 best in NCAA Tournament title game history. Texas Tech had it! Until it didn't. So it went for every team UVA played in the NCAAs. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander give a lot of time to the title game, to Tony Bennett, to the Cavaliers' biggest plays from the NCAA Tournament, to all you want to hear about in the wake of the end of the 2019 season. From there, some news away from the tourney, including UCLA hiring Mick Cronin (42:00), Chris Mullin stepping down at St. John's (53:00), and a flurry of early NBA drafts decisions (58:00) -- but two huge ones that involve players coming back to college. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 7, 2019
For the first time in 40 years, a national championship game will feature two schools that have never before made it this far. But first, GP and Norlander pick apart and set the scene for Virginia's inexplicable escape over Auburn in the Final Four. That was one of the wilder endings imaginable on the biggest stage in college hoops. From there, they get into Texas Tech's 61-51 win over Michigan State (23:00) and Izzo's 3-7 record in the Final Four. They close, naturally, with their thoughts and predictions (36:00) on what Monday night's title game will bring -- and they disagree on who wins and who covers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 6, 2019
Who will play for the national championship on Monday night? It should be a pretty interesting Saturday on the way to finding out. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode -- in the same room, recording face to face; a podcast rarity! -- by discussing why Minneapolis is such a solid Final Four city. First impression, funny stories, all of it. Then, it's on to discussing Virginia vs. Auburn (18:00) and Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (29:45). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 3, 2019
Don't worry, we've got some Final Four chatter for you on this pod, but the episode starts with the biggest college hoops news of the past 24 hours: Kentucky and John Calipari have agreed to a lifetime deal for the coach, meaning he'll be there for essentially as long as he wants as coach -- and then will be an advisor/emeritus whenever he decides to retire. This is all in the wake of UCLA pursuing/botching its courting of Cal to Westwood. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with thoughts on that, thoughts on what UCLA was doing -- or not -- and recap Cal's first decade with UK. From there, they talk Tom Izzo and Michigan State (23:00) and whether a second title is needed to validate his Hall of Fame career. The guys then run the gamut on Final Four storylines (30:00), including which is the best, and close with Norlander giving honor to the great Rick Byrd (36:00), who retired this week after winning more than 800 games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 1, 2019
Here's a Final Four almost no one had: Virginia, Michigan State, Auburn and Texas Tech. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with their initial thoughts on the national semifinalists, then gush and give their reactions to arguably the best Elite Eight in history. They start with where Norlander was at -- Louisville -- with Virginia's comeback/OT win over Purdue (10:00), then move on to Auburn beating Kentucky (28:00), Texas Tech beating Gonzaga (37:15) and Michigan State beating Duke (45:00) and ending the college careers of Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and, almost certainly, Tre Jones.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 30, 2019
To start, Parrish and Norlander open with Duke barely escaping -- again -- thanks to a bunny missed at the buzzer. Virginia Tech almost had it. But you know who's to thank for Duke moving on? Tre Jones. From there, the guys preview Duke-Michigan State (8:45), then talk the West/Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech (13:20), the South/Virginia-Purdue (21:00) and the Midwest/Kentucky vs. Auburn (33:40).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 27, 2019
Tuesday got the college hoops coaching carousel whizzing, so before Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander resume their NCAA tourney convo, they open by talking the biggest jobs that are available and the ones that have closed or will close in the coming days. They touch on Nebraska, BYU, Arkansas, Iowa State, UCLA, Alabama and more. Then it's onto the predictions and previews for every regional semifinal, starting with the games in the West (24:30), then the South (33:30), the East (41:00) and the Midwest (47:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 25, 2019
A chalky run of results in the first two rounds of the NCAAs have Parrish and Norlander recapping and reflecting on the best, and most overlooked, moments of the first weekend. The guys start with their thoughts on the first two rounds, then move along region by region. They start with the East (11:00), which of course leads on Duke's escape from UCF. From there, it's to the West (22:00), then the South (32:00) and they close with the Midwest (42:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 23, 2019
OK, we had a fun but not insane first couple of days of the Big Dance. So will the weekend make up for it? It's quite possible. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander go region by region and recap the biggest games, stories and moments for Thursday and Friday. They open with the West, because that's where Norlander saw Murray State's Ja Morant in person in Hartford on Thursday. After that, it's onto reflections and predictions in the East (21:30), the South (34:00) and, to wrap the pod, the Midwest (46:00).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 20, 2019
A one-off episode that's different from the usual Eye on College Basketball ep. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with some thoughts on Rick Byrd and Belmont, which won over Fran Dunphy and Temple to move on in the First Four on Tuesday night. And from there, beginning at the 11:40 mark, the guys go through all 32 first round games and make their picks for which teams win and which teams cover. It's an entertaining episode with a lot of insight. No better way to gear up for the start of the first round than this, we promise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 18, 2019
No teases needed. THIS EPISODE IS THE GOODS. Complete NCAA Tournament reaction, analysis and everything you want for the morning after Selection Sunday. Here's how Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander sort through the bracket on this episode: the opening is first impressions about what the committee did and anything that stands out in a major way. The nitpicking is next (16:00), and then comes the region-by-region analysis. East is first (26:15), then West (36:30), then South (43:00), then Midwest (56:30). The pod wraps with Final Four and title picks (1 hour, 7 minutes). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 15, 2019
Zion Williamson's return to Duke was probably the best return from injury in a single game in college basketball history. He went 13-of-13 from the field and put on maybe the best statistical performance by a Duke player since Christian Laettner. The guys open on that, then get to talking Duke-UNC predictions and the 1 seed situation that's at stake Friday and Saturday (11:00). From there, a quick chat on the Big 12, Texas and West Virginia (21:30), and a wrap-up on the bubble, the Big East and why St. John's fans have to feel uncertain (28:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 13, 2019
Saint Mary's stunned Gonzaga Tuesday night to win the WCC Tournament. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on that, Gonzaga's standing on the 1 line and Saint Mary's run to, potentially a 12 seed. From there, Norlander makes a case for UNC Greensboro (16:00) and then the guys take a look and make their predictions as to who will be the four 1 seeds on Selection Sunday (20:00). There's some small-conference tourney chatter (26:00) before a discussion of the reported incoming vacancy at Texas A&M (36:30). Will Buzz Williams be the man to replace Billy Kennedy in College Station? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 11, 2019
This extensive episode leads on making the case for Belmont to be in the field. Matt Norlander brings the evidence, and Gary Parrish has some supporting thoughts. Plus, Furman and Lipscomb cannot receive auto bids, so how realistic are their chances? That's the first 27 minutes of this podcast (we love you, mid-majors) then it's on to a scenic tour of the seven major conferences in advance of those tourneys starting this week: the Big Ten (27:30), the Big 12 (33:55), the ACC (38:30), the SEC (44:45), the Big East (57:55), the American (1 hour, 2 minutes), the Pac-12 (1 hour, 7 minutes). Within those convos, there's bubble talk, 1 seed talk, suspension talk, Sean Miller talk and a ton more. Enjoy!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 8, 2019
Today's episode opens with Gary Parrish flying solo for the first segment, talking the huge news: LSU indefinitely suspending Will Wade. Then Norlander hops in and the guys get to the SEC race wrapping and the big games in that league (13:00) this weekend. From there, it's on to a deep discussion on the American Athletic Conference (22:00), followed by a preview of Duke-UNC (35:00) with some seriously botched Trivia Time! in the process. The podcast wraps with a look at Michigan-Michigan State (43:30) and a debate over who should win Coach of the Year in that conference, plus a heads-up on the four leagues handing out NCAA Tournament tickets this weekend (47:00).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 6, 2019
For the first time since 2004, Kansas will not finish atop the Big 12 standings. The greatest streak in college hoops history is done. Parrish and Norlander open on that, then get to Texas Tech and Kansas State (11:00) fighting out the top of the league, in addition to a discussion on whether or not Chris Beard is a top-five (or top-10) coach in college hoops. Meantime, Duke (23:45) barely won at home vs. Wake Forest on Tuesday night. What? So with that, and with Zion unlikely to play at UNC on Saturday, Norlander poses the questions: Did Duke handle the initial timeline for Zion correctly and is he vulnerable to losing NPOY to his teammate? The guys close with thoughts on the sentencing that came down Tuesday (37:45) for the three men charged in the college basketball corruption case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 4, 2019
That gift off the top -- that's for you, listeners. Thank you for subscribing. Please, if you could, rate the pod five stars and leave an good comment! On this episode, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with the wild scene at Utah State over the weekend, in which Nevada got beat by the Aggies and then a fracas in the hallway behind the scenes went viral. From there, the guys get to Tennessee throttling UK (22:45), and also talk LSU and its No. 1 seed chances. This week's special segment is a throwback to the early part of the season, when Norlander promised Wofford would be a good (44:00). It's an absolute must-listen. Then, it's time for some WIDE-RANGING bubble talk (61:00) as the guy touch on almost every team's results from the weekend that had bubble impact and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 1, 2019
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has been suspended two games for accusing an official of being crooked. GP and Norlander open that, then get to St. John's not-good loss to Xavier on Thursday night (7:00), which leads the guys to a greater conversation about the bubble and the Big East this season. From there, a lot to get to with the weekend's games: Kentucky-Tennessee (20:15), UCF-Houston (32:00), Nevada-Utah State (38:45), Gonzaga-Saint Mary's (43:00), bubble chatter (52:00) and Maryland-Michigan (54:30). Also, the end of the pod veers into the odd: Parrish slept in his car before he recorded this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 27, 2019
Duke lost its second game without Zion Williamson, dropping to 24-4 in the process and losing its spot as the No. 1 overall seed, according to Jerry Palm. Parrish and Norlander open Duke and get in some classic trivia time segments in the process. They also clear up a matter with the selection process. Then it's on to Iowa's Fran McCaffery (16:30), who was reportedly caught accusing an official of cheating on Tuesday night. Norlander argues that McCaffery should be suspended, if what was reported is true. Arizona coach Sean Miller (30:00) had a less-noisy interaction on Tuesday, but it was bad for his image as well. The guys close with a preview of Marquette-Villanova (42:00) and touch on the weird dichotomy of this year's Big East. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 25, 2019
Another rewarding, and interesting, weekend of college basketball has GP and Norlander opening with Texas Tech's dominant revenge win over Kansas. From there, the guys get to Duke-Syracuse (7:25), which includes another edition of Trivia Time. Early Saturday, LSU won in overtime at home vs. Tennessee (20:00), so the guys are not short of topics to touch on there. Sunday's biggest result was Michigan State beating Michigan on the road (28:30), Sparty now asserting itself once more as the best team in the Big Ten. In closing, Parrish waxes on the public protest made by Ole Miss players Saturday (38:00) in response to pro-confederacy demonstrations made on Mississippi's campus on Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 22, 2019
Zion Williamson's shoe-busting, knee-spraining spectacle less than a minute into the UNC game was the perfect storm of content creation for national discourse about Zion, Duke, the amateurism model and the NBA. But Parrish and Norlander do their best to cut through the obviousness and get to the things you might not have heard addressed. But also: Parrish got into a Twitter spat with Trae Young (23:00)! The guys also get into Norlander's powerful story about LSU succeeding despite losing a player to murder in the preseason (35:45) and wrap with a preview of six big games (42:05): Virginia-Louisville; Tennessee-LSU; Florida State-UNC; Duke-Syracuse; Kansas-Texas Tech; and Michigan State-Michigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 20, 2019
The greatest rivalry in sports renews on Wednesday night, so Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander prep you for what to expect in Durham. But first, the duo opens on Indiana hitting a new low -- but offering hope for Hoosier fans. Then it's time to, finally, talk some VCU (12:00) and A-10. Meanwhile, Kentucky (20:00) got an easy win but also bad news on Tuesday: Reid Travis has a sprained right knee. How long will he be out, and is UK's SEC title chance at risk: The UNC-Duke chatter, which is wide-ranging and features fun tangents, starts at 24:30. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 17, 2019
Matt Norlander attended Tennessee-Kentucky on Saturday, then wound up stuck at the Indianapolis airport for more than seven hours. So this is the first podcast in our history to record from an airport. The opening starts with that, and of course, UK over UT. From there, Gary Parrish explains why he doesn't have Duke No. 1 or Kentucky ahead of Michigan in his Top 25 and 1 (14:00). Gonzaga is also worth discussion in light of its winning streak (20:30). The Big 12 race is now entering its endgame (28:00), and since we're talking Big 12, Chris Beard's freakout over a walk-on dunking in a blowout (36:15) needs discussing. That's not all. The guys touch on two wild buzzer-beaters and Chris Clemons -- Fighting Camel! -- reaching 3,000 points (40:00) before wrapping with some of the games to watch Monday and Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 15, 2019
We love our listeners, and so that's why we've made sure to start this Valentine's Day episode with a little love chatter at the top before getting to the game of the weekend (6:00): Tennessee-Kentucky. Then, it's on to Iowa State and Kansas State (17:00) in the biggest game in the Big 12 this weekend. We also touch on Maryland-Michigan (25:05) before wrapping with thoughts around the sport and games to keep an eye on. Also, Norlander's got a weird theory on why the Big 12 is like Avengers: Infinity War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 13, 2019
Tuesday night was wild in college basketball. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on Louisville's epic collapse vs. Duke, then get to the controversial ending between LSU and Kentucky (17:30), before wrapping (30:00) on K-State, Michigan, the Big Ten and .... Smashing Pumpkins. #HawksbeatLakersLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 11, 2019
This Monday episode is loaded with tons from the weekend, plus has a preview of the big Monday and Tuesday night games, with Norlander on site in Chapel Hill. The guys open with Duke-Virginia and then get to Virginia-UNC. From there, they talk the selection committee's choices for the top 16 (21:00), which were broadcast on Saturday. At 28:15, some chatter on Nevada -- Parrish was there over the weekend -- and a little on Gonzaga, before the previews and picks (35:30) for three big games on Tuesday: Purdue-Maryland, LSU-Kentucky, MSU-Wisconsin. Norlander has some odds and ends from the weekend to get to (41:00) before the episode closes on Tom Crean and Georgia landing the No. 1 college basketball prospect in 2019 (47:00) and beating Kentucky in the process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 8, 2019
The latest episode of your favorite college hoops pod starts with Kansas announcing Lagerald Vick is out indefinitely due to a personal matter. From there, Norlander and Parrish preview Duke-Virginia (8:45), talk Nevada and Gonzaga (13:45), preview Villanova-Marquette (21:30), get to Wisconsin-Michigan (30:00) and then take a breezy tour of Saturday's schedule (35:00), including making note of the poor Pac-12. Then, it's some talk about the NET (44:00) in advance of the CBS top-16 bracket reveal on Saturday, a look at Sunday's Houston-Cincinnati game (48:00) and the pod wraps by asking the question: Will Sean Miller be the coach at Arizona at the start of next season (53:30)?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 6, 2019
Parrish and Norlander take a diverse tour through college hoops, touching on a bunch of teams they normally don't get a chance to chat about. It starts with Michigan State's loss against Illinois, then onto St. John's beating Marquette (7:30) before touching on K-State leading the Big 12 (15:45) thanks to its convincing win over Kansas. From there, a tour around college hoops (22:40), including Syracuse, Duke, Utah State, Kentucky, Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee, which is still sort of underappreciated. The guys close (37:15) with love for the Wofford-East Tennessee State game on Thursday, and talk mid-major NCAA Tournament chances in general. This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 3, 2019
It was a noisy weekend in college basketball, starting with the NCAA's two-year suspension on Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa. Parrish and Norlander open on that -- and get into a deep discussion on what is and isn't fair, what is and isn't known, and how this could be a harbinger for other punishments to come. From there, the guys get into what happened over the weekend, starting with Michigan and Michigan State going down/Indiana and Iowa winning (31:15), NC State's ridiculous 24-point game (38:30). Kentucky, North Carolina and Baylor also continued their winning ways (46:45), so the guys get to that as well before making their Super Bowl picks (54:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 1, 2019
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode by discussing Villanova's nine-game winning streak and getting into why it's happened. From there, the weekend preview gets going with UNC-Louisville (11:00), Kentucky-Florida (18:00), Texas Tech-Kansas (22:45), Indiana-Michigan State (26:00) and some expanded trivia time (35:00). Norlander also calls for Michigan to lose on Friday night at Iowa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 30, 2019
Kansas' loss at Texas has many wondering if the Jayhawks will fail to finish atop the Big 12's regular season standings for the first time in a decade and a half. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander start on that, then get to the eligibility case of Silvio De Sousa (11:00), which is expected to be resolved in the coming days. From there, the guys touch on Baylor's surprising January (16:50), make the cases for Grant Williams and Ethan Happ to challenge Zion Williamson for NPOY (23:00) and lay out the problems with Chris Mullin at St. John's (32:30). At the end, there's a Trivia Time session that goes a little sideways too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 27, 2019
The biggest game of the weekend was Kentucky beating Kansas, so this ep opens on UK, then gets to Kansas' glaring issues (9:50). From there, Parrish and Norlander give Purdue some love (21:30) and pass on fretting about Michigan State. In the SEC, LSU is making a charge for Tennessee and Kentucky (25:30), while the Big East is tracking for -- maybe -- its worst season since it went to 10 teams (32:45). The podcast has recaps and thoughts on Iowa State, Houston, Cincinnati, Baylor and Nebraska (39:00), which probably was the biggest loser of the weekend; Norlander explains why. The guys wrap with some Vegas talk and make their predictions for Tuesday's two biggest games (47:40).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 25, 2019
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open up on Tennessee's win over Vandy to get to 17-1, then eventually touch on Grant Williams' (11:11) campaign for NPOY. From there, the guys preview Kansas-Kentucky (19:35), Auburn-Mississippi State (26:15), Iowa State-Mississippi (30:00) and Michigan State-Purdue (32:15). They also mix in some birthday talk, as Parrish turns 49, or is it 53? OK, maybe 43. The answer is on this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 23, 2019
Parrish and Norlander open with Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Auburn hitting the skids on Tuesday, then touch on Indiana (8:35), which has now lost five straight and is approaching a crisis. There's also Duke and Virginia (15:00) to get to, as those teams rolled. The guys have a few good games to mull over on Thursday (20:00), primarily Michigan State-Iowa and NC State-Louisville. They make their way back for Wednesday's pair of interesting games (28:30): Tennessee-Vanderbilt and Purdue-Ohio State. This episode is sponsored by www.ZipRecruiter.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 21, 2019
Saturday represented the busiest day of college basketball on the 2018-19 calender: the 150 games played were the most in one day of any this season. From that, 7-10 outcomes stood out most. Parrish and Norlander touch on those, leading with an in-depth discussion on Duke's win over Virginia at the top. From there, the guys get to Kentucky's road win at Auburn (28:00), go into the notable Big 12 upsets (37:00) and preview the big games coming Monday night (42:00), including Maryland-Michigan State, Virginia Tech-UNC and Iowa State-Kansas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 18, 2019
Before the guys look ahead, Norlander and Parrish check in on Kansas State and the Big 12 at the top of this episode. Plus, Iowa State and TCU (7:10) have had notable weeks. That league is seemingly set to get more unpredictable by the week. The big topic on this episode, of course, is Virginia at Duke (12:00). The guys also touch on what became a debate topic this week: the idea that Zion Williamson should quit playing at Duke to preserve his draft stock (25:20). From there, the fellas get to UK-Auburn (32:40) and Michigan-Wisconsin (36:20).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 15, 2019
Monday night brought the unexpected: not just a Duke loss to Syracuse, but Tre Jones' troubling shoulder injury that is expected to keep him out for a while. Parrish and Norlander open this episode by discussing the game and the injury, then get to Indiana (20:45) losing at home to Nebraska. With a tough schedule upcoming, could the Hoosiers go from comfortable NCAA Tournament team to the NIT? The guys also touch on Pitt (29:15), which is doing well in its first year under Jeff Capel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 14, 2019
North Carolina continued its bipolar ways this weekend. Just five days after winning at NC State, the Tar Heels lost 83-62 at home to Louisville. GP and MN open with that, then get to Cam Reddish (15:27), who buried a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Duke past Florida State on Saturday. Ohio State (28:51) has gone from 12-1 to 12-4, and the Big Ten has 10 teams thinking NCAA tourney. In the SEC, Ole Miss (29:38) is 13-2 overall, 3-0 in the SEC. Gonzaga (38:16) beat a better-than-you-realize San Francisco team on the road late Saturday to improve to 16-2. Will Gonzaga not lose again until March? And finally, previewing Virginia Tech-Virginia (50:32), which takes place Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 11, 2019
Markus Howard became the first Division I player in the past 20 years to have multiple 50-point games when he got 53 in Wednesday's win at Creighton. So Parrish and Norlander open this episode with that (and camels). From there Murray State's Ja Morant destroyed a UT Martin Skyhawk on Thursday (12:31); a loaded weekend preview (16:09), including No. 3 Tennessee at Florida, No. 4 Virginia at Clemson, No. 5 Gonzaga at San Francisco, No. 6 Michigan State at Penn State, No. 7 Kansas at Baylor, No. 8 Texas Tech at Texas, No. 10 Nevada at Fresno State, No. 16 Ohio State at Iowa and No. 22 Indiana at Maryland). The big game No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State (25:53). And also, CBS' big game on Saturday (31:40): Ole Miss at No. 14 Mississippi State. This episode is sponsored by www.ZipRecruiter.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 9, 2019
Zion Williamson finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Tuesday's 87-65 win at Wake Forest. So he's now the first freshman in Duke history to hit each of those numbers in the same game. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on that. And then it's to Tennessee (7:17), UNC's win over NC State (13:23) in addition to the possibility the Tar Heels finish atop the ACC. As for Nova (21:07), is it going to win the Big East in the same season it lost to Furman and Penn? The guys wrap (29:01) talking Wednesday night's schedule" No. 11 Auburn at Ole Miss, No. 17 Houston at Temple and No. 21 Marquette at Creighton. Which ranked team will get picked off on the road?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 7, 2019
Matt Norlander's Chicago Bears lost a playoff game to the Philadelphia Eagles in the worst possible way, so he and Gary Parrish open this episode on that, with Norlander just trying to talk through the aftershock. But there's plenty of hoops to get to. First up is Nevada (11:34) losing its undefeated season. Then the guys touch on whether Virginia, Michigan or Houston will be the final unbeaten team (17:05). Bad news came down twice for Kansas (21:32) over the weekend, an Kentucky (28:43) didn't emerge with a win either. Meantime, Virginia Tech (35:03) is highlighted for the first time this season on the podcast. The guys close with a preview of Tuesday's big game (39:34): UNC at NC State.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 4, 2019
A big weekend for Big Ten hoops awaits. On this episode, GP and Norlander open with a note on Michigan, then get into the bad Bol Bol news (6:00). From there, an extensive rundown on their picks to win each of the seven major conferences: the Pac-12 (12:00), the Big 12 (15:30), the ACC (17:00), the SEC (18:07), the Big Ten (22:29), the Big East (26:31) and the American (28:30). The guys wrap with a preview of the four biggest games (32:40) of the weekend: Michigan State-Ohio State, Florida State-Virginia, Kansas-Iowa State and Indiana-Michigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 31, 2018
Early Monday morning, UCLA fired Steve Alford midway through his sixth season. That called for an emergency podcast from Parrish and Norlander. The guys start on the news, then discuss the problems with the expectations of what the UCLA job is (and isn't). From there, there go deep into the candidate pool (20:40) and lay out a lot of names. Then, it's time to preview some good games this week. In order: Marquettte-St. John's (38:02), Nebraska-Maryland (40:40), Texas Tech-West Virginia (43:35), Oklahoma-Kansas (45:20) and Minnesota-Wisconsin (47:35). Happy New Year, everyone, and thanks for subscribing. If you haven't already, please rate the podcast well and leave a nice review!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 31, 2018
UCLA fell 73-58 (!) at home (!!) to Liberty (!!!!) on Saturday. Bruins coach Steve Alford does not seem long for that job now. Parrish and Norlander open on that and go back in time to the reactions from multiple media members in 2013, when Alford was hired by UCLA. Then they get into who could replace Alford in 2019 (20:10) before moving on to the dumpster fire that is the Pac-12 (35:05), which looks to be a two-bid league ... if that. Elsewhere, Kentucky rounded closer to its best form by beating Louisville (44:15) and St. John's (51:30) got jobbed in a loss against Seton Hall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 28, 2018
When you take into account everything of consequence that happened in 2018, it's not that hard to make the argument that the sport won't see another year like this any time soon. Vacated national titles, federal convictions, a 98-year-old nun becoming the biggest thing in sports, a 16 beating a 1, Zion Williamson, scandals, a change in how the sport is operated. Big year. So GP and Norlander get to that, but first open with Kentucky at Louisville, the game of the weekend in college basketball. From there, they run down six more games of note (15:45), including Nevada-Utah, Davidson-UNC, Wisconsin-Western Kentucky and Belmont-Purdue. Then it's on to St. John's (21:25) and it's big game in the Big East opener at Seton Hall. But for the bulk of the discussion on this pod, it's a look back at 2018 (30:20). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 26, 2018
Today's day-after-Christmas podcast opens with some holiday cheer (well, sort of!), then gets to Parrish and Norlander's top-three picks for National Player of the Year (6:15) as conference play is set to begin in earnest in the coming week. Then it's Coach of the Year nominees (14:45), followed by the biggest surprises in college hoops (19:50) through November and December. As for disappointments (30:55), Parrish has a laundry list, while Norlander's pick is outside the box. The guys close with their updated national title picks (38:20), both of which have changed from who they took in the preseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 24, 2018
A fun audio stuffing stocker of sorts for our loyal listeners, as Parrish and Norlander didn't let the weekend wrap before getting a good episode in to look back at the weekend and reflect on what went down in Chicago. The guys open -- briefly! -- on deep dish pizza before getting to Kansas' loss at Arizona State (4:20) and how that opens up a debate over who should be No. 1. Additionally, there's Kentucky (14:40) and its statement win over UNC ... and the issue now nagging at Roy Williams' heels (24:10). Ohio State (30:45) has Chris Holtmann one win away from the best start of his career, while UCLA has Steve Alford (35:05) and his job status beyond this season very much in doubt. Merry Christmas from us to you, and thank you for being loyal to the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 21, 2018
This Friday episode of the Eye on College Basketball Podcast opens with Duke's comeback win on a quality Texas Tech team that showed some ways in how the Blue Devils can, and eventually may, be defeated. From there, the guys get into NC State's 10-1 start (9:45) after it beat No. 7 Auburn, preview Ohio State-UCLA (20:50) and Kentucky-UNC (24:10) in this Saturday's big CBS Sports Classic, and wrap with Kansas' tricky road test at Arizona State (29:50). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 19, 2018
The Memphis-Tennessee rivalry is back on in a huge way, with Penny Hardaway telling Rick Barnes to "get the f--- out of here." Parrish and Norlander open on all that fire, with Norlander pointing out why this could ultimately be a bad thing. From there, the guys get to talking 11-0 Buffalo (20:25), which won at Syracuse on Tuesday night. Wednesday's most critical game (29:30) could wind up being UCLA at Cincinnati. The fellas wrap by previewing Duke vs. Texas Tech (35:45), a top-tier matchup playing out on Thursday night at MSG,Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 17, 2018
Kansas is 9-0 and ranked No. 1. But the Jayhawks haven’t looked so great much of the season. Is this team overrated? Norlander and GP open on that, then get to Gonzaga (7:45), which lost its second straight on Saturday. Elsewhere, Indiana (18:06) provided the best ending of the weekend. Not good: the Pac-12 (23:27), which is now neck-and-neck with the American Athletic Conference in competing with the worst of the seven biggest leagues in college hoops. And if you missed it, Kentucky (34:02) honored its 1993 Final Four team, coached by Rick Pitino, on Saturday at Rupp Arena. But Pitino was not in attendance, despite John Calipari inviting him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 14, 2018
Quade Green has transferred out of Kentucky. Are the Wildcats losing a bit of their grip -- or is Calipari losing his touch? Parrish and Norlander start there, then give Crossroads Classic preview (14:24), as Notre Dame-Purdue and Butler-Indiana play on Saturday on CBS. There are loads of good games this weekend, including UNC-Gonzaga (19:00) and Nova-Kansas (24:05). Plus, Norlander tips you on teams on upset watch (29:33), in addition to a brief Sunday preview of games (39:15).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 12, 2018
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode by discussing Villanova's worst nonconference performance since 2013, with a focus on the drama surrounding freshman point guard Jahvon Quinerly. From there, the guys discuss Norlander's report about the Big East having been approach by multiple schools about expansion (20:02) and Mark Few's reiterated criticism of NCAA president Mark Emmert (29:03).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 10, 2018
Tennessee upset Gonzaga 76-73 on Sunday afternoon. Incredible game. Parrish and Norlander open on that and touch on a whole bunch with both teams, then get to Kentucky (16:09) dropping out of Parrish's Top 25 and 1 rankings. The new No. 1? Kansas (27:44). It had to rally this weekend to beat New Mexico State 63-60 in Kansas City. Elsewhere, there were a couple of good one-point games this weekend between currently unranked, but still big-time, basketball programs. Indiana beat Louisville 68-67 (37:32) and Syracuse beat Georgetown 72-71. The guys close on Villanova (42:51) and Bill Walton's polarizing nature as a color commentator (45:58). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 7, 2018
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander look ahead to a stacked weekend of good college hoops, but start at the top with Duke landing Vernon Carey Jr., the No. 2 prospect in the class of 2019. From there, predictions and chatter on undefeated Nevada playing undefeated Arizona State late Friday night (6:49). And on Saturday, Kentucky-Seton Hall (15:20) leads off a loaded day slate. Also going down Louisville-Indiana and Wisconsin-Marquette's big games (18:20) and the CBS noon tip on Saturday of Michigan State-Florida (20:20). And yes, Buffalo -- unbeaten! -- gets some shine (23:50). The big game on Sunday is Gonzaga-Tennessee (26:35), but there's something the guys have to address with Texas (33:15), which has a big game vs. Purdue.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 5, 2018
Matt Norlander was at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night for a doubleheader featuring Oklahoma-Notre Dame and Florida-West Virginia. This episode opens on that, and specifically: Is Oklahoma better without Trae Young? Florida (6:17) beat West Virginia, but pro prospect Jalen Hudson is oddly a non-factor. It's weird. In injury news, Kansas (10:30) big man Udoka Azubuike suffered a right ankle injury in Tuesday's win over Wofford that's expected to sideline him for a significant amount of time. The Miami Hurricanes (13:22) have lost four straight games for the first time under Jim Larranaga. How did the Hurricanes go from 5-0 to 5-4 with losses to Seton Hall, Rutgers, Yale and Penn? The pod closes with a discussion about the Chicago Bulls firing Fred Hoiberg (19:13). Is a return to college basketball inevitable? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 3, 2018
There were no major upsets this weekend. But a handful of good teams -- No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Kansas, No. 20 Texas Tech, etc., -- were pushed by unranked opponents. The pod opens on that, then gets to Lagerald Vick and Kansas (3:09) and Nevada's 8-0 start (12:43). On Sunday, Arizona got to 6-2 (20:17). Is Sean Miller going to get the Wildcats back to the NCAA Tournament even though most predicted he wouldn't? As for UConn (24:45), Akok Akok committed, which is big. Then the fun begins. Norlander has Parrish play "Guess the Celebrity" (28:31) and the guys wrap with a wide-ranging conversation on the College Football Playoff and how it compares to the NCAA Tournament process (37:10). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 30, 2018
Michigan is 7-0 with blowout wins over the past two national champions. And the Wolverines are, once again, excellent defensively thanks to John Beilein's hiring of Luke Yaklich. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish open this episode by discussing what appears to be the Big Ten's best team.After that, the conversation went like this:7:03: Roy Williams said North Carolina stinks. Is he right?11:52: The Bob Knight 30 For 30 -- "The Last Days of Knight" -- made its television debut on Thursday. The guys spent a few minutes discussing the controversial coaching icon. There's also a bacon story from Parrish.24:50: Weekend preview, including Gonzaga-Creighton, Nevada-USC, Arizona-UConn and Oregon-Houston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 28, 2018
Chris Mack got his first signature win as Louisville's coach Tuesday night when the Cardinals upset Michigan State in overtime. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on that, then get to a lot going on with Duke and its win over Indiana (13:04), including Coach K's jacket-throwing technique and why Duke team managers run like Usain Bolt at the end of each half. Elsewhere, Nevada had no issues with Loyola-Chicago (26:09). Unfortunately, Vanderbilt's NCAA tourney chances could be doomed with Darius Garland likely out fot the year (33:33). The pod wraps with a lively discussion about the NCAA's NET rankings making their debut this week (41:05). GP and Norlander closed on whether college basketball fans should really be concerned about the algorithm and what the NCAA should've done differently to avoid yet another public relations nightmare.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 26, 2018
Villanova got its first quality win of the season by beating Florida State 66-60 on Sunday in the title game of the AdvoCare Invitational. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander start this episode by discussing a lingering curiosity with Villanova, then get to Oklahoma State (10:02), which is off to a nice, under-the-radar start. From there, predictions and thoughts on the ACC-Big Ten Challenge (17:29), Duke thoughts (22:42) and a discussion on the best mid-major game of the week, Nevada vs. Loyola Chicago (30:14). and I opened this episode of the Eye On College Basketball by discussing the reigning national champs and Quinerly's disappointing start.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 24, 2018
Parrish and Norlander were all over the country this week, covering top-five matchups in person and reporting on them for CBS Sports. This special Saturday episode leads with Kansas beating Tennessee late Friday night at Barclays Center. From there, the guys get to Virginia's 6-0 start (10:03) and what happened in Vegas with Michigan State, Texas, UNC and UCLA (13:06). On the other side of things, Florida's off to a ragged 3-3 start (16:16). Arizona State (20:28) is doing well for itself again after last year's good start. Bad news: Vanderbilt's Darius Garland has a torn meniscus (23:00). A look ahead to Sunday's big game between Villanova and Florida State (29:40).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 22, 2018
The undefeated talk is over. Duke didn't make it past Thanksgiving without a loss. No. 3 Gonzaga beat No. 1 Duke 89-87 in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander lead this Thanksgiving podcast with that -- and give their thanks to the listeners, of course. From there, the guys got into what worked for Gonzaga and evaluated Duke's freshmen both on Wednesday and overall in Maui. Also, James Wiseman (23:30), the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2019, is going to Memphis. How big is that for Penny Hardaway? How bad is that for John Calipari? And did you know that Friday will bring another top-five matchup? No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 5 Tennessee (38:07) is on tap. Predictions included. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 19, 2018
At the top, Norlander and Parrish open on Hawaii. Then it's on to Villanova (12:42), which lost again on Saturday — to Furman. Also 2-2: Syracuse (20:49). The Orange lost to UConn and Oregon at Madison Square Garden. Which team is more disappointing at this stage? Speaking of disappointing losses, Indiana let one get away at Arkansas on Sunday (26:07). How about the 3-ball this season (31:18): teams continue to bomb away more than ever before. The episode closes with a wide-ranging preview and set of predictions on the Maui Invitational (36:05). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 16, 2018
Friday's episode leads on arguably the most shocking result of the season so far: Michigan's 73-46 win at Villanova on Wednesday night. From there, Parrish and Norlander touch how good Tennessee's looked to star the year (16:30), get into Zion Williamson's hilariously ridiculous statistical pace so far (17:45), and move on to Ohio State (24:40), which has the best two road wins of any team in college hoops at this point. The guys also highlight the Big Ten (31:15), which has the best record of any conference 10 days into the season. Of course, there's also the matter of UConn upsetting Syracuse (38:06), which included a viral moment from Dan Hurley and an inexplicable jersey mishap regarding Buddy Boeheim. The guys wrap by discussing a 3-point oddity that happened on back-to-back nights earlier this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 14, 2018
Georgetown went in and got a road win at Illinois on Tuesday night, doing so behind the entertaining play of freshmen duo James Akinjo and Mac McClung (:50). It's been a long time since the pod talked about the Hoyas. Parrish and Norlander also get into the Big Ten's quality start (16:30) before transitioning to Thursday night's key game between Syracuse and UConn (21:48). Also at MSG on Thursday night: Oregon and freshman center Bol Bol (27:00). The pod wraps with some thoughts about Duke's nonconference schedule and its contrast with UNC being willing to play opponents on the road in November and December (34:32). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 12, 2018
After a weekend with a few notable upsets, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with West Virginia being the only ranked team to drop a game to an unranked team. Then it's onto Auburn (8:20), which looked great Friday night in an 88-66 win over Washington. Oh, and Duke freshman Zion Williamson (13:01) got 27 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks and four assists in Sunday's 94-72 win over Army. Just an absolute monster. Who should be ranked No. 1 right now -- Duke or Kansas? (20:00), and what about North Carolina (23:12)? 2-0 with two road wins -- one at Wofford, the other at Elon. Norlander said that amounts to the best resume in the nation right now. The pod wraps with a lookahead to the best games of Tuesday and Wednesday (31:48).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 9, 2018
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander address, for the first and likely only time this season, some of the absurd early talking points already bubbling up around Duke. They open with the reaction to the reaction of Duke's debut, then get into some unexpected trivia about starting lineups on past Final Four teams. From there, they touch on the Justice Department giving the go-ahead to the NCAA to start investigating some schools brought up during the first federal trial, which ended in October. The podcast wraps with a preview of the games to watch this weekend. Washington at Auburn, two top 25 teams, highlights the slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 7, 2018
No. 4 Duke's 118-84 win over No. 2 Kentucky was record-setting in many ways. The Blue Devils' freshmen showed up, showed out and exceeded the hype. And now Duke should probably be No. 1 in every legitimate poll out there. For Kentucky, yikes. How concerned should John Calipari be? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander provide immediate reaction from Indianapolis after they watched Duke go supernatural and Kansas looked flawed but still dangerously good in its win over Michigan State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 5, 2018
College basketball has finally wised up and made the adjustment to its schedule that benefits the sport best. For the first time in the modern era, college hoops will start its season on a Tuesday night. The Champions Classic is the big event -- but there are four other really good games happening elsewhere. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander offer up their thoughts and predictions on Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, Nevada, Florida, Washington and more. Welcome to the 2018-19 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 2, 2018
You need this episode, college hoops fans. It's the final piece of wide-ranging preseason college basketball content to hold you over the final weekend without college basketball until April. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish get into some of the big and small predictions that they expect to see as early as next week and as far off as the national title game. The season is ALMOST HERE!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 30, 2018
Is the R.J. Barrett love overstated heading into the season? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this episode by discussing the CBS Sports All-America teams and focus on Barrett's widespread recognition as a preseason national player of the year. They get into their picks, look at the POYs in years past and also try to identify the one player not on the A-A list who has the best shot at being a First Team guy come March. They also pick apart the teams that made last year's NCAA Tournament but don't seem built for a return this season. Arizona, Wichita State, Texas A&M, Creighton and Oklahoma included.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 26, 2018
Now it's time for hoops hoops hoops. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get into what we can expect for 2018-19, and they start by discussing Final Four darling Loyola-Chicago. Ramblers overrated? Not here. Norlander has them at 63 in his 1-353 ranking of every team in the sport. The guys also ask: Which preseason top 15 team is most likely to miss the NCAAs? Which team outside the top 20 is best suited to make a Final Four run? And which highly regarded player could wind up being a disappointment? And a whole lot more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 25, 2018
A shock wave was sent through college basketball on Wednesday when Jim Gatto, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins were all found guilty on seven total counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Matt Norlander has been covering the trial from Manhattan, and he and Gary Parrish react to the verdicts and also lay out why this case was tipped in the government's favor from the get-go. Do those three men really deserve to be going to prison? Parrish and Norlander make arguments why this feels surreal and unnecessary. They also touch on what the NCAA now stands to do, and how coaches like Bill Self and programs like Kansas remain a high point of interest.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 19, 2018
There is a boatload of new information to get to -- and we've got some on-court preview content as well. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open this week's episode by extensively discussing and picking apart just what happened in federal court during week three of the college hoops corruption trial. it was troubling for Kansas and LSU especially -- but Duke is suddenly a part of this story, too. Zion Williamson's recruitment has been brought into question. So what comes next for him, Duke and the NCAA? And is Bill Self and his assistant's job in trouble? The guys also explain why the new NBA rule that allows G League players to earn as much as $125,000 coming right out of high school will have almost no impact on college basketball. They wrap with a discussion of the best players in college hoops; CBS Sports published its list of the top 100 (and one) guys in college basketball earlier this week.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 12, 2018
Two critical government witnesses took the stand this week in the case of US vs. Gatto et al., which is the massive trial that has college basketball collectively curious, if not nervous. Matt Norlander was in New York City all week to watch and report what happened. On this podcast, he and Gary Parrish discuss the biggest statements and evidence brought to light this week. In short: it wasn't good for Kansas, Arizona, NC State, Creighton, DePaul and Louisville. Plus, Norlander provides a lot of quotes and scenes -- including wiretapped phone calls -- from the trial.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 3, 2018
It's been a few weeks -- but the guys are back! Matt Norlander had a second child, so the podcast went on a brief hiatus, but he and Gary Parrish are in typical rhythm as they catch you up on the start of the highly anticipated federal trial in connection to college basketball corruption. Oregon was named, as were others like Arizona and NC State. The start of this trial brings up interesting plot lines to dissect; the guys do just that. They also touch on Mike White's success on the recruiting trail: Florida landed five-star prospect Scottie Lewis, who picked the Gators over Kentucky and St. John's. White is proving to be an ideal successor to Billy Donovan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 5, 2018
On this episode, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander dive into some details with Rick Pitino's new book and debate over what it really accomplishes. They also touch on the dilemma surrounding Loyola-Chicago. Final Four darlings from last season, the Ramblers had a hard time scheduling in the non-conference for 2018-19. Most big-time programs wouldn't play them. Is this a reality we should just accept, or can the selection committee and new evaluation criteria change the way coaches think when it comes to scheduling good mid-major teams?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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