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Jan 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller about the day that was in college basketball, including in-depth breakdowns on UCLA-Arizona, Miami-Duke, Florida State-Louisville, Marquette-Creighton, Kansas State-West Virginia, and then going through some rapid fire results of the weekend, including discussions on Villanova, Kansas, Texas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oregon, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Indiana, the Big Ten being bad, and the SEC somehow being worse. 

Jan 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Derek Bodner of DraftExpress, USA Today, and Philly Mag fame about the Philadelphia 76ers. First, we talk about how ridiculous Joel Embiid has been, how Robert Covington has not been as bad as many think, how the team continues to acquire interesting long-term assets, and the conundrum facing them with Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. 

Then, we talk about what the 76ers could look to do in the NBA Draft this upcoming season, particularly if they end up getting both their own pick and the Lakers pick. Should the team take Markelle Fultz if they get No. 1? Who would be next on their board? Is Lonzo Ball, Malik Monk, or Jonathan Isaac a good fit? That and plenty more about what the team should do in what will be an extremely important offseason in 2017. 

Jan 18, 2017

In this episode, I chat with 247Sports' Jerry Meyer to get an update on some of the elite recruits of the 2017 recruiting class following Hoophall in New England and McDonald's All-American selections. 

Has Michael Porter established himself as the top recruit in the class? Does DeAndre Ayton still have the highest ceiling? What to make of Trevon Duval and Mohammed Bamba? How is the wing depth in the class?

Then finally, we chat about some of the overlooked skills in recruiting. Is there something that the best evaluators look past when rating prospects? 

Jan 16, 2017

In this episode, I chat about all of the college basketball that happened this weekend with our good buddy over at NBC Sports Rob Dauster, who was a bit tired after traveling back from a Pakistani wedding. 

Our order of operations? What's wrong with Duke after the team lost to Louisville? How good is North Carolina after it beat Florida State? Can Gonzaga go unbeaten? What's up with the Big 12? How about Butler's win over Xavier, and what can the Musketeers do to start getting some quality wins? UCLA becomes the fourth team to sweep the mountain schools on the road in the Pac-12. The rest of the ACC, including Clemson losing its fourth in a row and Notre Dame winning its fifth in a row. The Big Ten is a mess and bad. The A-10 is a mess and bad. The Missouri Valley is a mess and bad. Finally, the situation with Emmanuel Omogbo and Terrence Rencher is a mess and bad. 

You can get the show on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Android, Google Play and other places. We are powered by CLNS Radio. You can follow Rob's work over at NBC Sports and follow him on Twitter at @RobDauster. 

Jan 13, 2017

In this episode, I chat with my good buddy Reid Forgrave about his story in GQ on Zac Easter and about concussions in football, which I firmly believe will be one of the best stories written in sports journalism this year.

Then, we chatted about his main love, college basketball. What's up in the Big East? How cool is the Hamidou Diallo situation? Some quick mention of Harry Giles and some other draft prospects later, then also chat about how Reid is going ice fishing in the middle of a Minnesota lake this weekend.

Jan 12, 2017

In this episode, we have three parts. First, I chat with Stephen Schramm of the Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina, who covers Duke and the ACC on a day-to-day basis. What is it like covering the Grayson Allen situation? Are there any parallels? What is this Duke team like?

Second, I chat with Eric Bossi about a different issue with Duke, specifically about what is going on with Harry Giles. Should he be playing? What were his options coming out of high school? What did you like about him coming out of high school? Then we also break down some of the stud players in the freshman class that aren't necessarily getting the publicity they deserve. 

Finally, I get my girlfriend Laura to help me out with a mailbag. Readers ask questions about Gonzaga's Zach Collins, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Florida, Bam Adebayo, and NCAA Tournament sleepers. 

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Jan 10, 2017

In this episode, it's a reunion of the old Eye on College Basketball Podcast as I chat with good friend of the program Matt Norlander about what we've seen in college basketball to this point. Need to catch up on the college hoops season after college football has just ended? This will act as a nice catch-all for you, including a quick little recap of what we think has been important so far, whether or not we think this is the most talented college basketball has been in the last decade, if the rule changes have helped, and finally hand out some awards to the superlative players that we've seen so far. 

You can follow Matt's work at, where he covers college hoops at large. You can also follow him on Twitter at @MattNorlander. 

Jan 9, 2017
In this episode, I chat with The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks about the 2017 NBA Draft's elite NBA prospects. We get super nerdy and break down Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jonathan Isaac, Jayson Tatum, and others in-depth.
Jan 6, 2017
In this edition, I chat with Kyle Tucker from over at about just how fun this Kentucky basketball team is to cover on a day-to-day basis. We chat about the team's uptempo nature, the unsung hero that Isaiah Briscoe, the potential weakness of the team, as well as the excellence of Malik Monk. Then, I chat with Terrence Payne about the night in college basketball on Thursday from Pauley Pavilion, where I saw UCLA beat Cal 81-71. We chat about that game, Ivan Rabb vs. T.J. Leaf, Purdue beating Ohio State, Minnesota and Nebraska's surprising Big Ten starts, and close with a few thoughts on Villanova's loss to Butler and Justin Patton's awesomeness.
Jan 5, 2017
In this edition, the podcast actually has segments! In the first segment, Reags from over at Barstool and I GET SUPER SERIOUS about the Grayson Allen situation. Because it's the most important thing in the world and not hilarious in any way. Then, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach over at Fox Sports about his alma mater, the Missouri Tigers, and the basketball program there after the administration had to release a statement saying that Kim Anderson will be evaluated at the end of the year and not before then. Then to close, I answer some reader questions with some help from my girlfriend Laura, who makes a brief appearance asking about national coach of the year, Markelle Fultz, and Justin Patton.
Jan 3, 2017
In this episode, I chat with Jeff Eisenberg about the weekend that happened in college hoops. But first, we go over some news and notes, including Coach K being out for the next month and South Florida moving on from Orlando Antigua. Then we chat about Villanova-Creighton, Louisvilla-Indiana, Duke-Virginia Tech, Boston College-Syracuse, and North Carolina-Georgia Tech, among other interesting games of note.
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.
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