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Mar 29, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Michael Pina of Vice Sports about the mess that is the Eastern Conference. What do we think of the Cavaliers, and the problem that is the fact that they haven't played a ton together yet? Does their dysfunction make the Raptors the favorite?  Should the Raptors be worried about the fact they get an inordinate production from their bench? Should they be worried about the Bucks in the first round if they get matched up against Giannis?

Then they move on to the Celtics. What do they think of the Marcus Morris resurgence? Is Terry Rozier the god or only for real? Also, how do the Celtics fare in the playoffs offensively without Kyrie Irving? Finally, how far can the Sixers go? Can Markelle Fultz help in the playoffs, and how big of a matchup problem for the rest of the Eastern Conference is Joel Embiid? 

Finally, I ask Pina to give an opinion on how the Eastern Conference Playoffs end. 

Mar 27, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with good friend of the program Cole Zwicker in a super-sized episode featuring a variety of topics. First, the two of them discuss Markelle Fultz's return to action with the 76ers, and what he looked like on Monday night against Denver in dropping a solid 10-point, eight-assist, four-rebound night versus only one turnover. 

Then, they chat about the NBA injuries that could end up shaping the course of the regular season. What do they make of the Warriors being down a few key guys right now, including Stephen Curry for the start of the playoffs? What about the Celtics, who could be missing Kyrie Irving (and Marcus Smart) for that first round series, too? What would the Spurs look like with Kawhi if he was to return? 

Finally, they go over some of the more interesting NBA Draft decisions that have been made, and some of the more interesting NBA Draft performances of the NCAA Tournament. Those include Zhaire Smith, Daniel Gafford, Kevin Knox, Jevon Carter, Robert Williams, Moe Wagner, Devonte Graham, Malik Newman, and many more in a rapid-fire session. 

Mar 21, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about what we saw in the NCAA Tournament, and what we expect to see going forward. First though, we chat about gambling on the Tournament, and the mess that was the opening weekend from that perspective. 

Then we chat about some of the funnier moments we saw from the weekend, some of the biggest news from this past weekend. Then we jump into some discussion on who the best players, best matchups, and best NBA Draft Prospects remaining in the NCAA Tournament. We chat about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Marvin Bagley, Wendell Carter, Mikal Bridges, Robert Williams and more. 

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Mar 17, 2018

In this episode, I chat with friend of the program Cole Zwicker to break down all of the important action of the first round in the NCAA Tournament. First, we chat about what I saw out in San Diego (not much, other than Jon Elmore exploding into our minds and hearts). Then, we get into the big stories, including:

VIRGINIA BECOMES THE FIRST NO. 1 SEED TO LOSE

Arizona also cops a pretty bad ass-kicking to Buffalo

Michael Porter and Trae Young likely play their last college games

Kentucky beats a tough Davidson behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox

Mohamed Bamba continues to ride the roller coaster in his play

Collin Sexton carries Alabama late

Plus, a rapid-fire breakdown, including thoughts on Rob Gray, D'Marcus Simonds, Miles Bridges, Ohio State, Lonnie Walker's bad final two minutes, and more!

Mar 12, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Chris Stone from over at FanSided, where they break down -- in pain-staking detail -- every NBA prospect matchup in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and all of their potential favorite matchups that could happen later in the Tournament. 

They start in the South, where Virginia, Kentucky, and Arizona are the standout teams to watch. Then, they move to the West, which seems to be the weakest NBA Draft region. Then, they chat about the East, where Villanova looks to be in for some fun, athletic matchups. Finally, they move to the midwest, where Michigan State-Duke awaits in the Sweet 16. 

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Mar 9, 2018

In this episode, Sam chats with Cole Zwicker about the NBA MVP race, which is heating up quickly. They go in detail on James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and discuss each of their cases for the top-five. 

Then, they deep dive on some of the players Sam has gotten a chance to see on his trip to Las Vegas for conference tournament week. Some in-depth breakdowns on Killian Tillie, Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown, Allonzo Trier, and Aaron Holiday. Then, they go in detail on Cole's article scouting NBA defense, particularly as it refers to team defense and help defense, using some underrated prospects and the elite prospects as examples. 

Mar 4, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Jared Weiss from over at CelticsWire about the terrific Celtics-Rockets game on Saturday night. What makes the Rockets such a tough guard night-in, night-out, particularly when they close games? How does Clint Capela make such an impact even on a night where he doesn't score? What did we think of the Celtics' play last night? How does the Celtics' lack of bad players help them? Also, how great is it that Terry Rozier is actually good now? 

Then, Trevor Lane from over at Lakers Nation joins the show, and they chat about the Lakers young core. They deep dive on Lonzo Ball, what he's done so far, and what there is to be even slightly concerned about. Then they chat about Brandon Ingram, who has been terrific over the last two months. What has he done that has helped him take the next step? How great has Julius Randle been? And then why has Kyle Kuzma hit a bit of a slump? Then, finally, putting it into context and whether or not we'd rather have their situation or Phoenix's?

Mar 1, 2018

In this episode, friend of the program Cole Zwicker joins the show to chat about a few NBA topics as well as a few Draft topics. First, they chat about the Philadelphia 76ers asset management over the last couple of years. Has Bryan Colangelo done anything to inspire 76ers fans with the way he's handled their roster since taking over for Sam Hinkie? 

Then, they chat about the Wizards, winners of eight of their last 11 without John Wall in the lineup? Is there anything to take away from their ball movement heavy alignment? How good has Tomas Satoransky been since taking over as the starting point guard? What do they like about how this team has operated with Wall, and do how do they think he'll be integrated back into the fold? 

Finally, they chat about the NBA Draft. What do they make of Collin Sexton's recent play? Is he still a no-doubt top-10 prospect? Then the majority of the time is spent talking about Arkansas big man Daniel Gafford. What makes Gafford a potential lottery pick despite being outside of the top-40 in his high school class? Then they bounce around a bit, and specifically chat about DeAndre Hunter and Zhaire Smith as long-term prospects at the end. 

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