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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. 

Mar 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Gary Parrish from over at CBS Sports. First, we chat about real estate in California, then move onto what it was like for him to be on the CBS Selection Show this year for the first time. Next, we move to a discussion of LaVar Ball, who both of us have gotten to know a little bit (hint: we're both pro-LaVar Ball for reasons discussed here).

Then we get into the NCAA Tournament bracket. First, we hit on Wichita State being in the field, on why he's picking UCLA to win the tournament, why we both want Gonzaga to make the Final Four, and then finally why it's not insane to see a circumstance where zero ACC teams make the Final Four. We also chat about our favorites in the field, and what storylines we're most looking forward to. 

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 Gary over at @GaryParrishCBS. See him on TV this coming week on all of the CBS/Turner channels, as well as follow his work at the dot com site. 

Mar 14, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Mike Rutherford about a wide variety of topics. First, we talk about our favorite NCAA Tournament memories, both of which have occurred in the last four years. Then, we go reasonably in-depth on Louisville, one of the most interesting teams in the NCAA Tournament due to their defensive talent, athleticism, and the matchup problems they can pose. Next, we get into an in-depth breakdown of some Cinderellas, including UNC-Wilmington, Middle Tennessee, Winthrop, East Tennessee State, and others. What do you need to know before picking upsets in your bracket pool? Finally, we close by noting how there have been fewer buzzer beaters this year than last, hoping for that to change as soon as possible. 

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 Mike at @CardChronicle. Read his work at SBNation.com, as well as listen to his show over at 93.9 The Ville in Louisville. 

Mar 13, 2017

In this episode, Reags from over at Barstool hops on just minutes after the Selection Sunday bracket was revealed to show the path to the NCAA Tournament. We break down every single game in some capacity, with our favorites including Nevada-Iowa State, Oklahoma State-Michigan, and Wichita State-Dayton. We also chat about some of the problems we found with seeding in this bracket, how the committee needs to figure out a better way to get the bracket right and make it more advantageous for winning teams. Finally we also give preliminary Final Four picks.

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 Reags over at @BarstoolReags. 

Mar 10, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Mark Titus from over at The Ringer about a variety of topics related to college basketball heading into the NCAA Tournament. 

First, we talk about Frank Mason, and the important release of BIFM 2 by RedHead. Also, do we know more about our favorite basketball players because of the social media era? 

Second, we talk about the state of Ohio State basketball? Neither of us are in favor of getting rid of Thad Matta, but then again we're not exactly biased. More than that though, how good is this program? What can be done to change its fortunes? How far away is Ohio State from making the NCAA Tournament again? 

Then, we ask the question that is taking college basketball by storm: IS DUKE BACK? Really, then we chat about how this Duke basketball season has possibly been the most interesting of any college basketball season in the last decade.

Finally, we chat about how insufferable the NBA vs. college basketball fan argument can be, as well as give our picks for the most likely teams to make the Final Four as well as the teams we like more than most other people do. 

You can use the promo code "GAMETHEORY" to get a $20 rebate from Seat Geek. Also, you can follow Mark over at @clubtrillion. 

Mar 8, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags at Barstool about the six high-major leagues conference tournaments (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12, SEC, in that order). But before that, I chat with him about LaVar Ball and the ridiculousness of the conversation surrounding him, as well as trying to fix mid-major conference tournaments by rigging the system for conference champions. 

This episode is sponsored by Seat Geek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in settings tab. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags. 

Mar 6, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Rob Dauster at NBC Sports and hand out some personal all-conference awards after drinking mimosas on a Sunday afternoon. Your full list of winners: 

Big Ten POY: Caleb Swanigan; DPOY: Ethan Happ; COY: Chris Collins; FOY: Bridges; All-BIG Ten Team: Swanigan, Ethan Happ, Bridges, Melo Trimble, Malcolm Hill

Pac-12: POY: Lonzo Ball; DPOY: Jordan Bell; COY: Sean Miller; FOY: Ball; All-PAC-12: Ball, Dillon Brooks, Lauri Markkanen, Markelle Fultz, Derrick White

Big-12 POY: Frank Mason; DPOY: Jo Lual-Acuil; COY: Scott Drew; FOY: Josh Jackson; All-Big 12: Mason, Johnathan Motley, Jackson, Jawun Evans, Monte Morris

ACC: POY: Luke Kennard; DPOY: Ben Lammers; COY: Mike Brey; FOY: Dennis Smith; All-ACC: Kennard, Justin Jackson, John Collins, Donovan Mitchell, Smith

Big East POY: Josh Hart; DPOY: Khyri Thomas, Creighton; FOY: Shamorie Ponds; COY: Ed Cooley; All-Big East: Hart, Angel Delgado, Jalen Brunson, Rodney Pryor, Trevon Bluiett

SEC POY: Malik Monk; DPOY: Sindarius Thornwell; FOY: Monk; COY: Mike White; All-SEC: Monk, De'Aaron Fox, Thornwell, Yante Maten, Moses Kingsley

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by SeatGeek. Use the promo code Game Theory to get a $20 rebate after your first purchase!

Mar 3, 2017

Today's show is a two-part episode. The first half of the episode features Danny Leroux and I talking about recent NBA injuries. First, we chat quickly about Kevin Durant, then pretty extensively about Kyle Lowry. Finally, we chat about Joel Embiid's injury and what it means for the Sixers going forward. 

Then, I bring on Reags from over at Barstool, where we chat about the difficulty of going on TV and the New York Knicks disaster. Then, we chat about how ridiculous it is to think any normal human could average two points per game in the NBA if guaranteed 15 minutes per game. Do we even think Terrell Owens, future Hall of Fame football player and former college basketball player, could do it? We then chat about the best gambling season of the year -- college basketball tournament season -- then finish up with our answers for what the greatest what-if is in the last 20 years of college basketball. 

This episode is sponsored by SeatGeek. Use the promo code "GAMETHEORY" to get $20 back after your first purchase. You can follow Danny at @DannyLeroux and Reags at @BarstoolReags. 

Mar 1, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Andy Bottoms of Assembly Call, who over the last five years has statistically been rated as the top bracketologist in his field. Within this discussion, we chat about No. 1 seeds, how weak the bubble is, the Wichita State conundrum, and then we break down all of the bubble. How safe should teams like VCU, Providence, Arkansas, Seton Hall, and Marquette feel? How can Wake Forest, Illinois, TCU, and Kansas State work their way into the field? We really get into the nitty gritty of teams' resumes, and how they're all just a jumbled mess right now. Finally, I make Andy answer the question that matters above all others in college basketball this season: IS DUKE BACK?

This episode is sponsored by SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY". You can follow Andy's work at AssemblyCall.com, and follow him on Twitter at @AndyBottoms. 

Feb 27, 2017

In this episode, Raphielle Johnson and I chat about a wild weekend in college basketball, where Gonzaga suffered its first loss of the season, UCLA picked up a huge win over Arizona, and Kentucky took control of the SEC with a win over Florida. 

Specifically, I discuss why I'm still buying Gonzaga as one of the favorites to get to the Final Four, how Malik Monk impressed me with versatility this weekend, Iowa State and Monte Morris have been really rolling recently, how Jeffrey Carroll is the most improved player in all of college basketball, how Maryland is tailspinning, how we need to stop talking about Clemson, start talking about Providence and Minnesota, and whether or not North Carolina might be the best team in college hoops. Also, I make Raph answer the most important question in all of college basketball: is Duke back?

This episode is sponsored by SeatGeek, where you can enter the promo code GAMETHEORY and get a $20 rebate off of your first purchase. You can follow Raph at @raphiellej on Twitter, and read his work at FanRag Sports. 

Feb 24, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Jared Dubin from all over the internet, including VICE Sports about the NBA Trade Deadline. What do we make of the Celtics inaction? I explain why I like the Nerlens Noel deal more for the 76ers than most do. What the heck are the Bulls doing? What other moves happened that people should be excited about, including the Lou Williams and Bojan Bogdanovic deals. 

Feb 23, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Alex Bozich of Inside The Hall about the state of Indiana Basketball. What issues have befallen the program at this point? How did OG Anunoby's injury affect the team? But most importantly, what should be the fate of Tom Crean? Should he be retained as head coach? Has he lost the fanbase? What are some of his persistent issues as the school's coach? Have the positives outweighed the negatives enough to where he should get another season? And if he does get another season, how exactly should that be handled by the administration? Thanks to Alex for coming on, and you can follow his work at @insidethehall on Twitter, and at insidethehall.com online.

Feb 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Eric Pincus about the Lakers and Howard Megdal about the NBA first. First, it's Eric and I chatting about Magic Johnson taking over basketball operations with the Lakers. How can the team go about being successful with him in charge? What do we make of Rob Pelinka taking over as general manager? Then, we break down the Lou Williams-to-Houston trade, with the Lakers picking up Corey Brewer's contract and a first rounder. 

In the second part, Howard and I chat about some NBA Draft prospects. What do we like about Markelle Fultz? How crazy impressive is Lonzo Ball's passing ability? Is Justin Jackson an underrated prospect? How much do we like Robert Williams? Is Tacko Fall a real NBA prospect? How much do we like Johnathan Motley as an NBA big man? 

Feb 20, 2017

EMERGENCY DEMARCUS COUSINS TRADE EDITION. In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach from over at Fox Sports about the preposterous DeMarcus Cousins trade that saw the big man go from Sacramento to New Orleans for a package headlined by Buddy Hield. I am confused, so I tried to sort out my feelings about how the Kings could possibly make a move like this. 

Discussed are the values of Buddy Hield and Cousins, the way Cousins could work in New Orleans, and other tangential effects from this deal. Hope you enjoy!

Feb 20, 2017

In this episode, I get with good friend of the program Reags from over at Barstool to chat about potential DeMarcus Cousins trade partners to start. Then, we move to how bad the NBA Dunk Contest was. 

We move from their to college basketball, to chat about the Mark Gottfried firing and just how valuable the NC State job is. How good is D'Angelo Russell compared to this crop of point guards? Do you keep ketchup in the refrigerator? What do we make of LaVar Ball? 

Feb 17, 2017

In this episode, I chat with UCLA's Bryce Alford about what has been a pretty long, winding career at UCLA. He opens up a bit about what it's like to be a polarizing college athlete even among his the Bruin fanbase, about the situation this summer with his dad, growing up in the shadow of his dad, carving his own trail, and how crazy it is that he's likely to enter the top-10 in UCLA scoring all-time this coming week. We also chat about the UCLA team, playing with Lonzo Ball, and attempting to visualize a national championship as a player. 

In the second part of the episode, I bring on SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell to chat about the NBA Draft prospects we consider to be most fun in this class. Specifically, we talk about Malik Monk's penchant for blowing up, Miles Bridges throwing down, potential fits for De'Aaron Fox, how big a fan of Robert Williams I am, and some of the prospects we're generally higher or lower because of just how fun they are, including Donovan Mitchell, Justin Jackson, Luke Kennard, and others. It's a fun, free-flowing conversation. 

Feb 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Blake Murphy from Raptors Republic about the Serge Ibaka deal and Aaron Torres from Fox Sports about college hoops. First, Blake and I chat about the specifics in the Ibaka deal. It was probably the best deal the team could do this deadline, but just how much will it actually help them? Blake is excited while I'm a bit more questionable. 

Then Torres and I chat about college hoops, particularly in regard to the ACC. Are there any elite teams? Who is the favorite to win the league? We also break down Louisville in a bit more depth. Finally, we also play a game in regard to which four teams we would take over the field in the NCAA Tournament. 

You can follow Aaron on Twitter at @Aaron_Torres, and you can follow Blake at @BlakeMurphyODC.

Feb 13, 2017

Two-part episode this time. In the first section, I chat with Reags over at Barstool about the committee releasing its top-16 teams for the NCAA Tournament so far (2:00-29:30), Gonzaga and Saint Mary's (29:30-40:30), and then finally the New York Knicks dumpster fire (46:45). 

Then, for the rest of the episode, I chat with Adam Mares from over at Denver Stiffs, Locked On Nuggets, and Vice Sports about the Jusuf Nurkic-Mason Plumlee trade that was agreed to on Sunday. First, we chat about why he believes this deal makes sense for the Nuggets despite my skepticism. Then, we chat about how the Portland side, and try to understand why they would trade away the third-best player on a playoff contender for future value. Overall, a fun conversation about trying to build a team, and what matters within these discussions. 

You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags on Twitter, and you can follow Adam at @Adam_Mares. 

Feb 10, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Zach Harper of FanRag Sports about the new TV pilot he's working on, and then we break down the 2016-17 NBA rookie class. Oh, and at the end we talk about John Wick 2, and how excited we are for John Wick 2. Seriously, you should all see John Wick 2. 

Slightly less importantly though, we chat about how Joel Embiid is already a top-30 NBA player, how the Pelicans may regret taking Buddy Hield over Jamal Murray, the flashes we've seen from Brandon Ingram, the lack of excitement we share over Marquese Chriss, and many other rookies. We also chat about Malik Monk at the top, and seriously, John Wick, the greatest action movie in the history of action movies. 

Feb 8, 2017

In this edition, I chat with friend of the program Rob Dauster about a fun article he runs every year over at NBC Sports. Imagine if college basketball had a trade deadline just like in the NBA, and teams could gear up for an NCAA Tournament run. How would your team do it, and what players would realistically be available?

Where would Markelle Fultz end up? What about fellow potential one-and-done Robert Williams? How would Duke address its point guard issue? Could Creighton reestablish its footing as a potential Final Four team by replacing Mo Watson with another point guard? Can Kentucky pick up a big wing to fix some of its defensive issues? Could Indiana salvage its season?

All of this and more in one of the more fun podcasts of the year. 

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