Game Theory with Sam Vecenie: College Basketball | NBA Draft | NCAA Podcast

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Dec 30, 2016
In this episode, I chat with Reags over at Barstool to finish the second part of our conference play preview with the ACC, Pac-12, and SEC.The questions asked are best team, league player of the year, most surprising team, most disappointing team, and what teams make the NCAA Tournament. Overall, a relatively in-depth discussion about what’s happening around the college basketball world. You can follow Reags over at @BarstoolReags on Twitter. Follow his work over at And subscribe to his podcast, the Storm The Court Podcast over on all providers.
Dec 29, 2016
In this episode, I chat with Reags over at Barstool about where the conferences stand after non-league play and before conference season begins. This time, we chat about the Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East in that order. The questions asked are best team, league player of the year, most surprising team, most disappointing team, and what teams make the NCAA Tournament. You can follow Reags over at @BarstoolReags on Twitter. Follow his work over at And subscribe to his podcast, the Storm The Court Podcast over on all providers.
Dec 28, 2016
In this episode, I chat with Danny Leroux about how the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement affects college basketball. Will the one-and-done rule eventually change? Does the new D-League structure affect college hoops? Will the extra roster spots and how they're used affect the NBA Draft? We also chatted quickly about how irrational actors in the NBA make it incredibly difficult to predict. A wide variety of topics are discussed here with Danny, who you can follow over at @DannyLeroux on Twitter. You can also read his work at The Athletic, Sporting News, and RealGM, as well as listen to him regularly on the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast, the Locked on Warriors podcast, and the RealGM Podcast.
Dec 23, 2016
In this episode, I get with NBC Sports' college hoops writer Rob Dauster and talk about the most underrated players in college basketball, including a few players from the SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac-12. Also, we chat about how Fran McCaffery keeps being angry for some reason. Oh, and my cat knocked over the Christmas tree about 30 seconds into recording, which was terrific timing. You can follow Rob over at NBC Sports, and follow him on Twitter over at @RobDauster.
Dec 22, 2016
In this episode, I bring on Aaron Torres to talk about the night in hoops, including a terrific game of basketball between Louisville and Kentucky, Duke's Grayson Allen' trippin' dudes again against Elon, and Syracuse somehow setting a new bar for futility under Jim Boeheim by losing by 33 to St. John's. Overall, just a wild, weird night in college basketball that needed recapped as soon as possible.
Dec 21, 2016
In this episode, I chat with C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report about a wide variety of things within the Big 12, including Kansas, how good Josh Jackson and Frank Mason have been, our lord and savior Svisus, Baylor and Johnathan Motley, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Lauri Markkanen, and a bit of Duke at the end, even. You can follow CJ over at @CJMooreBR, where he's the site's lead college basketball writer.
Dec 19, 2016
In this episode, I get with SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell to break down a wild weekend of college basketball, where Malik Monk went for 47 points, Kentucky got a huge win against North Carolina, the Big East dominated, and a lot of teams picked up quality wins. The rundown: -UK-UNC/Malik Monk -Crossroads Classic -UCLA beats Ohio State -Arizona picks up wild win over Texas A&M -Big East dominance with Georgetown, Xavier, Creighton wins -Rest of the country, including Jawun Evans, Northwestern, Texas, Illinois, Utah, South Carolina
Dec 16, 2016
In this episode, I discuss my recently updated 2017 NBA Draft Big Board at Sporting News, why certain players are ranked where with DraftExpress's Josh Riddell. Particularly, there's a longer discussion on Jonathan Isaac, De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith, Lauri Markkanen, Bam Adebayo, Grayson Allen, Arnoldas Kulboka, T.J. Leaf, Josh Hart, and Tony Bradley. You can follow Josh on Twitter over at @Joshua_Riddell.
Dec 15, 2016
In this episode, Jeff Eisenberg and I talk about what is currently the biggest story in college basketball, the UCLA Bruins. Then, Jeff tells me about his story on the origins behind West Virginia's press, and we chat about transfers in the first semester of college hoops. Finally, we chatted about how few mid-majors have a chance at an at-large bid already at this early stage of the season. Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffEisenberg, and follow his work over at Yahoo! Sports.
Dec 14, 2016
In this edition, Reags from Barstool Sports and I chat about the Sean Woods incident; rule changes like six fouls, quarters vs. halves, and banning the charge; Josh Hart as national player of the year so far; and unpopular non-political opinions. Follow Reags over at Barstool, and over on Twitter at @BarstoolReags.
Dec 13, 2016
In this episode -- the first one back in a somewhat college basketball capacity -- NBC Sports' Rob Dauster comes on to discuss the early season excellence of the freshman class in college basketball, Duke's potential as the season progresses, the struggles of St. John's, and what would happen in a 351-coach battle royale featuring all of them in college basketball.
Jun 30, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, I chat with Cole Zwicker about the NBA's impending free agency period, how we're going to see a robust market for restricted free agency, the push and pull of short term deals versus long-term deals, and run through all of the potential outcomes for NBA free agents. I also give a quick note at the top about my employment situation -- or lack thereof -- at CBS.
Jun 21, 2016
In this edition, Ricky O'Donnell from SB Nation comes on to chat about his hometown Chicago Bulls. What should the team do this summer after its disappointing season? Why haven't they shot down every Jimmy Butler trade rumor immediately? What call do you make with Derrick Rose? Who else do you build around? What do they look for in the draft? It's a tough offseason.
Jun 20, 2016
In this edition of the podcast, I chat with Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune about the Utah Jazz's upcoming offseason and NBA Draft. It's a big summer for the Jazz, who will obviously have a lot of big decisions around Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, and Dante Exum, plus have a choice at No. 12 that could become a contributor to their roster. That and more on the team this time around.
Jun 17, 2016
In this edition, Jonathan Tjarks comes on to discuss the Orlando Magic's roster briefly, followed by some of the more interesting prospects in the 2016 NBA Draft. We hit on long-term injury concerns, Deyonta Davis, Marquese Chriss, Skal Labissiere, and how the difference of the college game can affect the perception of some specific prospects.
Jun 16, 2016
In this edition, we dive deep into the Milwaukee Bucks with Frank Madden, managing editor over at Will the Bucks be able to get Giannis to agree to an extension this offseason? Who should they look at in the draft? What kind of players should they look to bring in during the free agency? How have the Michael Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe things failed and why?
Jun 15, 2016
In this edition, I chat with Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic, who discusses with me his thoughts on what the Raptors should do with DeMar DeRozan, whether or not Bismack Biyombo will be back with the team next season, and how close they are to contending. Also, we chat about the draft and what the team should do at No. 9 and later in the first round.
Jun 14, 2016
In this edition, I talk about the Sacramento Kings offseason and draft with Greg Wissinger of Sactown Royalty. We talked about the never-ending DeMarcus Cousins rumors, whether or not they hold any water, how the Kings should undergo an overhaul this season on the roster, and what the team should look for at No. 8 in the 2016 NBA Draft. Plus, we note how well the Dave Joerger hire really might work out here.
Jun 13, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, Nate Timmons comes on to discuss the Denver Nuggets and what they should do this offseason and NBA Draft. The Nuggets are the sole team with three top 20 selections, and could really shape the direction of the entire draft with their decisions. Also, the team has tough decisions with which core pieces to build around, and which veterans to consider moving in the offseason. A lot of tough choices for Tim Connelly and company upcoming.
Jun 10, 2016
In this edition, we talk to Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate to discuss what exactly the Pelicans should do in the draft and how they should go from here as an organization building around Anthony Davis. Do they do anything in free agency? What do they do in the backcourt? How did this thing get so off the rails so quickly? Lot of questions, and a lot of answers here.
Jun 9, 2016
In this edition, I chat with Steve McPherson, writer for Rolling Stone and Vice and former contributor to Grantland, about the Minnesota Timberwolves. Steve has been covering the team for a few years now, and has some pretty strong insight into how the team performed this season, how the coaching change to Tom Thibodeau could affect the team, and the growth of the young players and what the team needs moving forward to become a contender.
Jun 8, 2016
I chat with old pal Bryan Gibberman, who writes for a few different places on the internet from down in Arizona, about the Suns, who have an interesting draft and offseason coming up. The team has three first round picks, clear holes on the roster, and a glut in the backcourt. How does he propose that be fixed? Find out here.
Jun 7, 2016
In this NBA Draft/Offseason preview, we talk to Kevin O'Connor of SB Nation, Sporting News, and CelticsBlog about what direction the Boston Celtics should go with their insane number of selections in the 2016 draft. They have eight selections, which comprise about 13 percent of the draft, so there is no team that will shape the course of the draft quite like the Celtics this season, as they could go with a variety of different directions in order to fill those picks -- including making trades.
Jun 6, 2016
The Los Angeles Lakers have an interesting draft ahead of them in that a lot of it seems like a foregone conclusion. However, the team still has already had an interesting offseason and should have a fascinating one after the draft. So I got with Darius Soriano of Forum Blue and Gold fame to talk about all of the movement that could happen with the team this offseason.
Jun 6, 2016
In the Game Theory Podcast's well overdue return, we get with Derek Bodner to talk about the Philadelphia 76ers, the No. 1 overall pick, the later first round picks they have, and all of the rumors and speculation that have engulfed the franchise over the course of the last few weeks. Obivously, there's a lot to discuss in there.
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