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

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Apr 26, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about his bachelor party and reminisce deeply about college. 

Then, we get into what we really wanted to talk about, which is the hypocrisy of getting angry about NBA Draft early entry decisions. Why do people decide this is the one thing they need to get so salty about when it isn't their lives? We examine. 

Then we chat about some of the more important decisions coming up in the process, which will be ongoing through May 24, the pull-out date for NCAA prospects to retain eligibility. 

You can follow Reags on Twitter over at @BarstoolReags, follow his podcast with Ben Brust at @FundamentallySD, and you can follow me @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast!

Apr 24, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ricky O'Donnell of SB Nation about the NBA playoffs. We start with the Bulls, their point guard issues, how the front office essentially gave away three rotation pieces for nothing, Fred Hoiberg hitting #PEAKCAUCASITY, and if they can win this series.

Then, we move on briefly to talk about Utah and the Clippers, and how disjointed this series has been due to injury. next, we chat about Milwaukee and Toronto, particularly spending some time on Thon Maker and how he's been able to make an impact so early in his NBA career. Then we move on to John Wall's dominant play, and how he's probably been the best player so far in the playoffs not named LeBron James. Finally, we chat about Paul George and what we think happens with him and the Pacers this offseason. Then, to cap things off, we chat about Hamidou Diallo, an elite Kentucky freshman that has declared for the draft despite never playing a game for the Wildcats. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Ricky over at @SBN_Ricky on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Apr 21, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Jared Dubin about what we've seen thus far in the NBA playoffs. The first half of the podcast is devoted to what's going on with Boston. How are the Bulls doing this? What problems do the Celtics currently have? Can they be fixed? And most importantly, did they make a mistake not pushing in at the trade deadline (I argue resoundingly that they did not)? 

Then, we chat about Russell Westbrook's performance on Wednesday night, and how to assess such a monstrous yet problematic player. Then we chat briefly about a few other series, as well as discuss the Big Bowl of Chili explanation in a Texas court of law that has taken the country by storm. 

You can follow Jared over at @JADubin5 on Twitter, as well as follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show! 

Apr 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker from over at The Step Back on FanSided about a variety of topics, including some of the standouts over at Nike Hoop Summit in Portland this season. Then, we move into this year's draft topics, including Grayson Allen's decision to stay at Duke (IS DUKE BACK?), what we think of Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, and Lonzo Ball, and then talk about Miles Bridges and what we thought of where he'd end up in this draft. Finally, we chat about some of the players we think are overrated or underrated by what we see as the consensus opinion right now. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Cole's work over at @colezwicker, and you can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. 

Apr 18, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about some of the important offseason moves of the last week in college basketball, including Miles Bridges and Allonzo Trier deciding to return to school, and how we hope that it doesn't adversely affect their earning potential in the future. We also chat about Michigan State particularly in-depth, talking about what we think will be their best lineups in the 2017-18 season. 

Then we chat about Sean Miller and Arizona setting up for a big year, and where exactly he ranks in comparison to other elite coaches. We also chat about Patrick Ewing and Georgetown, and how we don't know how that entire thing is going to go down. Finally, we chat about who we think the five best players returning to college basketball are right now. 

You can follow me @Sam_Vecenie, and Reags over at @BarstoolReags. Follow his podcast by searching Fundamentally Sound on iTunes, and follow it at @FundamentallySD on Twitter. Finally, remember to rate, review and subscribe to this podcast! 

Apr 14, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach from over at Fox Sports about NBA Awards. Who should win MVP between Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James? Is Draymond Green Defensive Player of the year, or is it Rudy Gobert? What should we do with Joel Embiid and the NBA Rookie of the Year race? 

We also chat about All-NBA, All-Rookie, and All-Defense in this episode, as well as the intensity of playoff hockey and my dog's tendency to decide to poop inside. Finally, Dieter gives us an upset to look out for in the NBA Playoffs' first round. 

You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and Dieter over at @dkurtenbach on Twitter. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show if you enjoy it! 

Apr 12, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Chris Stone from over at FanSided to chat about my updated 2017 NBA Draft Big Board. Particularly, we chat about the way we go about looking at each prospect as something of an expected value equation, and how we believe people often minimize the potential low-end outcomes of prospects.

Then, we chat about how that affects Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball particularly. Further, we talk about why I'm higher on Miles Bridges than most people are, and then discuss two prospects who officially entered the NBA Draft for good on Tuesday evening: Zach Collins and Jarrett Allen. Finally, we talk about some of the senior points guards of the class, particularly why I'm high on Monte Morris and Frank Mason. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show if you enjoy it, and please give Chris a follow over at @cstonehoops. He does a great job scouting and rating prospects over at FanSided. 

Apr 10, 2017

In this episode I chat with Raphielle Johnson of FanRag Sports about the so-called "transfer epidemic," the most infuriating topic in college sports. 

First though, we chat about the national title game briefly, and how I struggle to connect at all with this North Carolina championship team. Then, we get into transfers, and how ridiculous it is to call out the idea of student-athlete transfers as a bad thing. Then, we chat about the best transfers on the market, including Dedric and K.J. Lawson, Cam Johnson, Carlton Bragg, Chase Jeter, Marcus Evans, and others. Within that, we talk about some of the more problematic program situations in the country, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, and potentially Connecticut. 

Finally, we bring it full circle and chat a bit more about how people are really getting enraged about like 25 significant difference-makers changing teams.