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May 24, 2017

In this episode, we get into NBA Draft/Offseason previews for teams. We're going to try and do -- for the most part -- one lottery and one non-lottery team per episode (and hope they don't go as long as this one did). We kick things off by starting with Denver and Atlanta.

First, we chat with Adam Mares of DenverStiffs.com/Locked on Nuggets to talk about what the Nuggets will do this offseason in what has to be one of the most interesting ones in the entire NBA as the team sits on the precipice of making a leap toward the playoffs. What will they do with Danilo Gallinari and Mason Plumlee? Is this team ripe for a trade up in the NBA Draft to target some specific players? 

Then, we talk to Brad Rowland of Uproxx Sports about the Hawks. Is this team that has stayed with the status quo seemingly for a decade ready to move on and start anew with a new front office? What will they do with Paul Millsap? Will they look to do anything in particular with their three draft picks? Also, we even saved the Dwight Howard discussion until the end!

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Adam at @Adam_Mares, you can follow Brad at @BTRowland, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie -- where I will undoubtedly be tweeting angrily about hockey. 

May 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker from The Step Back about six topics. First, we break down Game 3 of Cavs-Celtics, which the Celtics surprisingly won. Do the Celtics have a chance to win the series?

Then, for most of the episode, we do a deep dive into the prospects ranked No. 6 through No. 10 on my 2017 NBA Draft Big Board. First, we talk De'Aaron Fox, who Cole and I differ somewhat wildly on. Then, we chat about Dennis Smith, who Cole has at No. 2 on his board due to the immense upside of his game. Third, we chat about Malik Monk, who is volcanic in terms of scoring ability, but questionable in the rest of his game. Fourth, we chat about Frank Ntilikina, who can do a lot of interesting things with the ball but may not necessarily be enough of an athlete to play point guard yet. Finally, we chat about Lauri Markkanen, who is an incredibly divisive prospect due to his scoring prowess yet obvious deficiencies. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can find Cole at @colezwicker on Twitter, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about a variety of topics. First, we chat about the official All-NBA selections. Did the voters get it right? Were there snubs? Also, what do we think about the media voting on it? I also give an explainer on an idea to reform voting to make all parties happy. 

Then, we chat about the NBA Draft lottery, which leads into a bit of a longer discussion on LaVar Ball's most recent FS1 appearance. We then also chat about the Sixers, about De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, and about the Knicks and how the draft will somehow screw them in the end. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show on iTuners. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 17, 2017

In this episode that occurred immediately after the lottery, I chat with Chris Stone from over at The Step Back where we break down the lottery's results. What is the most important thing to happen from the lottery? What do we think the Sixers will do at No. 3? What do we think of the lottery process in general? What do we think of lottery night?

Then, we go fully into a mock draft of the lottery, where we break down an initial, quick reaction to what we see on the board in the top-14. The key here is that Philadelphia holds all of the cards on draft night. What they do will shape the entire event. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. A quick heads up: the first minute of audio gets rough, then is perfect the rest of the way. 

May 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ricky O'Donnell from over at SB Nation about the NBA Draft Combine. What happened at the event? We talk at length at the top about the usefulness of the combine, and how valuable the event is for NBA teams and the public at large?

Then we get into speaking about specific players. We chat at length about Hamidou Diallo, Frank Jackson, Jordan Bell, all of the big men in the middle of the first round right now, Semi Ojeleye, Terrance Ferguson, Justin Patton, Jonathan Jeanne and ball-dominant scoring guards. All of that and far more in a wide-ranging, hour-long conversation from two people who covered the event.

As always, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Ricky at @SBN_Ricky on Twitter, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 10, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Chris Stone over at FanSided about my updated 2017 NBA Draft Big Board over at Sporting News. Specifically, we go in-depth on Jonathan Isaac, Lauri Markkanen, Zach Collins, John Collins, Jawun Evans, Harry Giles, Hamidou Diallo, Ike Anigbogu, and a few of the second round prospects we like. 

Within that discussion, we also touched on some NBA Draft Combine stuff before I head there on Thursday, such as who has the most to gain/lose from the combine, who will be the best player in the five-on-five competition, how we judge combine athletic testing and what matters, and discuss some of the important players who will be testing the waters. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 8, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about three different topics in the NBA/NBA Draft. First, we chat about the Cavaliers dominance. How insane has LeBron been this playoffs? How awesome has David Griffin been at building this team around him? Will they meet the Warriors? 

Second, we chat about the team they just swept, Toronto. The Raptors have what has to be the most complicated offseason upcoming in the NBA. Do they re-sign Kyle Lowry? Do they re-sign Serge Ibaka? Should they bring back Dwane Casey? Blow it up? Keep the status quo? A lot of huge decisions upcoming, and we break them down. 

Finally, we chat deep sleeper NBA Draft prospects. Who are the draft prospects that we think could go undrafted this season, but end up making a roster by the time training camp ends? We break down some names that we're fans of. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Cole at @colezwicker, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 5, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about a few different topics. First, we talk about Lonzo Ball's signature sneaker release. Do we like the shoes? How outrageous is the price point? Do we think Lavar is secretly a genius? How risky is this for Lonzo?

Then, we chat about some cross-racial NBA Draft comparisons, and how we should be better about who we compare NBA Draft prospects to. Included is Luke Kennard, Ivan Rabb, and a few others. Also, we then just compare a few of the elite NBA Draft prospects to their counterparts currently playing in the NBA. 

You can follow Reags' work over at @BarstoolReags and at BarstoolSports.com, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! 

May 3, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Derek Bodner about the 76ers and about the NBA Draft. First, we talk about the Nerlens Noel trade and how it looks for the 76ers right now. Then, we get into talking about the NBA Draft. What makes Markelle Fultz such a ridiculous prospect? What are the holes that Lonzo Ball has in his game? Does Josh Jackson fit with the 76ers? Who are some of the prospects Derek finds to be underrated? What second-round prospects should the 76ers look at? 

You can follow Derek at @DerekBodnerNBA, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast! 

May 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Scott Phillips from NBC Sports about some recruiting. First, we chat about Duke's recruiting classes, including the Jordan Goldwire decision. Then we talk about where Scott believes the elite recruits remaining without a commitment in the 2017 class will end up, including Trevon Duval, Kevin Knox, Mohammed Bamba, Brian Bowen and M.J. Walker. 

Then, we chat about the 2018 class. Should Jontay Porter reclassify? Is Marvin Bagley the best NBA prospect in high school basketball? What do we think of Zion Williamson and Romeo Langford? How has Bol Bol become the breakout prospect of the Spring Recruiting Period? What do we think of the point guards in the class?

Finally, we chat about some of the 2017 NBA Draft one-and-done prospects who have made the biggest leaps over the last year. 

You can follow Scott at @phillipshoops on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show!

 

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. 

Mar 29, 2017

In this episode, I chat with CJ Moore from over at Bleacher Report about a couple of different topics. First, we chat about some of the more interesting NBA Draft decisions over the last few days, including Harry Giles, Edmond Sumner, Jarrett Allen, Semi Ojeleye, John Collins, Donovan Mitchell, Ivan Rabb, Dwayne Bacon, and Jawun Evans. 

Then, we break down the Final Four matchups, including some of the advantages North Carolina and Oregon will look to employ against each other, as well as some of the matchups South Carolina will have to utilize in order to slow down Gonzaga's attack (and vice versa). 

Our sponsors today are MyBookie.ag, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow CJ over at @CJMooreBR. 

Mar 28, 2017

In this episode, good friend of the program Jeff Eisenberg stops by to discuss two topics. First, we chat about the Final Four, and start with Gonzaga. Jeff wrote an awesome story over at Yahoo Sports about the road Gonzaga has taken over the last 30 years to get to this Final Four, and we talk about that as well as some other interesting nuggets about the Zags. Second, we chat about Oregon, and about just how they have gotten to this point. 

In the second half of the show, Jeff and I discuss how we'll be voting for Player of the Year this campaign. Jeff has a Wooden Award vote, and I have a Naismith vote, so you can hear how two voters basically went about making their decisions in terms of their vote for player of the year. We also chat briefly about coach of the year, and what factors go into voting the best coach in all of college basketball, an admittedly ridiculous and futile exercise for writers to undertake. 

Our sponsors today are MyBookie.ag, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Jeff over at @JeffEisenberg.

Mar 27, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Aaron Torres over at Fox Sports about the Final Four being set, as well as some coaching news. We start with the wild North Carolina win over Kentucky where Luke Maye became the stuff of legends in Chapel Hill. Also, we talk about how Roy Williams has done a great job coaching this team, and how remarkable their development has been throughout the season.

Then we move on to the rest of the Final Four discussion, where we chat about Oregon moving into the Final Four for the first time in 70-plus years, and then about South Carolina and Gonzaga's maiden voyages into college basketball's biggest stage. We also bust myths about the ridiculous "Gonzaga hasn't beaten anyone" narrative, and try to figure out whether or not South Carolina is just hot, or if they're actually markedly better offensively now. 

Finally, we close on the coaching carousel, talking about Indiana hiring Archie Miller instead of Steve Alford. Then, we also chat quickly about Cal and Oklahoma State elevating assistants to the top job. 

Our sponsors today are MyBookie.ag, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Aaron over at @Aaron_Torres. 

Mar 23, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Matt Norlander about the Sweet 16. Who do we think wins the Kentucky-UCLA game? What games are we most excited for this weekend? What Elite 8 matchup do we most want to see? What are we most looking forward to when we get down to Phoenix for the Final Four? Apologies on the occasionally spotty audio quality on Norlander's side. 

Our sponsors today are MyBookie, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Matt Norlander over at @MattNorlander. 

Mar 21, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Rob Dauster and hop aboard the NCAA Coaching Carousel. But first, we chat about a potential Ed Orgeron-Tom Crean Buddy Cop Reality Show that unfortunately died after Will Wade took the LSU job as this podcast was being recorded. Then, we spend a good 20-plus minutes talking about the Indiana job. Should the Hoosiers be zeroed in on Steve Alford? Should he take the job if offered it? Is Indiana still a top-10 job in the country? What would we do if we were in charge?

Then we move around the country? How much do we love the Brad Underwood hire at Illinois? How should Oklahoma State look to fill his vacancy? What do we think of the Missouri hiring of Cuonzo Martin? How should Cal proceed with its coaching search? What do we make of the Mike Hopkins hire at Washington? Is Kevin Keatts the right move for NC State? All this and more as Rob and I run through the machinations of the coaching search. 

Our sponsors today are MyBookie, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Rob over at @RobDauster on Twitter, and subscribe to the College Basketball Talk Podcast today. 

Mar 20, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. I'm a little bit worried that Duke won't be able to come back from its loss to South Carolina in time to make the Final Four, for one. Also, we chat about Villanova getting a tough draw and losing to Wisconsin, the rest of a wild East region that is now wide open, some really bad officiating, bad NBA Draft takes, and a few words on every Sweet 16 team. 

Our sponsors today are MyBookie, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Reags over at @BarstoolReags. Look out for his new podcast this week with Ben Brust. 

Mar 16, 2017

In this episode, I chat with two guests. First, I bring on my colleague over at The Sporting News Mike DeCourcy to talk about NCAA Tournament seeding/analytics, the first round games he's most excited to see, then who his favorite title contenders are. 

Then, I bring on Nick Fasulo from over at SB Nation to chat about gambling on the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. We chat about some quick strategies we like to employ when sitting on the couch all day. Then we break down the games we like by playing a simple game: Stay away, or picks? Every non-1v16 or 2v15 game gets a quick word, including some of our favorite bets of the afternoons that we expect to play. Finally, we chat about some NCAA Tournament futures that we like. 

Our sponsors today are MyBookie, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, follow Mike at @tsnmike, and follow Nick at @nickbfasulo. 

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