Eye On College Basketball

CBS Sports' official college basketball podcast is the most entertaining and informative of its kind. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander bring the sport into your ears three times per week with commentary, reporting, insider information and statistical analysis throughout college basketball all year long.

Eye On College Basketball

CBS Sports' official college basketball podcast is the most entertaining and informative of its kind. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander bring the sport into your ears three times per week with commentary, reporting, insider information and statistical analysis throughout college basketball all year long.

Most Recent Episode

  • League preview, predictions, picks: The Big East (College Basketball 10/22)

    We're back into the swing of our conference previews, with the Big East getting today's spotlight. It's Villanova at the top, and then Xavier and UConn in a battle for No. 2. Will this be a four-bid league? Five? The guys go through the best players, projected order of finish and the five biggest storylines for the 11-team league that ... might be looking to expand with one more team.

Episodes of This Show

  • 🏀🏀The 2021-22 CBS Sports big preseason awards and three All-America teams (College Basketball 10/21)

    Our picks for All-America teams, player of the year, freshman of the year and coach of the year published at CBSSports.com -- and on the CBS Sports app -- this week. Today's episode reveals who won out, plus Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander reveal each of their individual ballots.

    Read more about the CBS Sports 2021-22 preseason A-A teams here.

  • League preview, predictions, picks: The ACC (College Basketball 10/20)

    Our league previews continue with a dive into the largest conference of them all: the 15-team ACC. Norlander and GP open with a riff on Coach K’s send-off season, then get into projected league order, talk Paolo Banchero as the best freshman and likely player in the ACC, but also discuss if there’s a true national championship contender in this conference, the five biggest storylines heading in, and every player of note to know. And as mentioned in the episode, a shoutout thanks to Reddit user UMD_Terps for tracking all of Trivia Time! last season and providing these graphs to show who came out on top. We love our listeners.



  • League preview, predictions, picks: The American Athletic Conference (College Basketball 10/19)

    We're again loading up our preseason podcast schedule by delivering you episodes almost every weekday from now up until the opening day of the season. The first of our league previews is on the American, which has two Final Four contenders (Houston, Memphis), three more NCAA Tournament hopefuls (Wichita State, SMU, UCF) and then a drop-off in the bottom half of the league. Norlander and Parrish spend the first half of the episode discussing the top two, then get into the need-to-knows with the other teams. A fun unexpected music discussion wraps this episode, spurred by a controversial ranking from Norlander that has nothing to do with basketball teams.

  • Parrish and Norlander give quick reaction and analysis of the 2021-22 preseason AP Top 25 poll (College Basketball 10/18)

    Monday brought about the latest bit of news that has us geeked for the season to get going: the release of the preseason AP Top 25. GP and Norlander detail who made the rankings, what surprises -- if any -- and give some time to St. Bonaventure, which finds itself with an AP ranking next to its name for the first time since 1971! The guy also discuss the KenPom rankings getting released over the weekend, and at the end of the pod, make their picks for unranked team most likely to break into the top 10 and ranked teams most likely to miss the NCAA Tournament.

  • College hoops preseason spectacular: Diving in and debating Norlander's 1-358 ranking of college basketball teams (10/14)

    This week CBS Sports published Matt Norlander's annual ranking of every team in men's college basketball. Today's episode goes deep into those rankings, with a comparison of his top teams vs. where Gary Parrish has his Top 25 And 1. It's official. The preseason is here. Read along with the rankings as you listen to the podcast below. The guys also touch on Michigan adding none other than Juwan Howard's son for next season. Who knew!

    The rankings:

    1-68

    69-200

    201-358

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  • Coaches dish on cheating in college hoops, best new hire and who replaces Coach K as the biggest coach in the sport (10/07)

    Welcome to the the final slow news week for college basketball until the middle of April. Parrish & Norlander take you inside more of their exclusive conversations with coaches by discussing the results of their Candid Coaches series, which is wrapping this week. Links to the stories are posted below. The ep opens with coaches’ belief that Oklahoma and Texas leaving for the SEC is bad for college basketball. Then: Why is cheating clearly increasing (14:10) even though NIL is now a fabric of the sport? Topic No. 3: Will the G League Unite program and Overtime Elite (32:00) appreciably impact the viability and appeal of college hoops? Best new hire (46:15) was a blowout; Texas’ Chris Beard won big. And with Coach K leaving, who will become the most prominent face of college basketball (54:00) going forward?


    Best coaching hire?

    Is cheating getting worse in the age of NIL?

    Will G League and Overtime meaningfully worsen college hoops?

    Oklahoma and Texas leaving the Big 12: good or bad for the sport?

  • Duke after K or UNC after Roy—who will be better? Plus: men's + women's F4s in same city, vaccine rates in CBB (College Basketball 09/30)

    GP and Norlander open this episode on the potential for future men’s and women’s Final Fours to be played in the same city. Then the guys get to their Candid Coaches (9:30) stories from this week (links below), starting with who will be the best player in college basketball. Then: the variety of responses regarding vaccination rates and forfeits (20:00). And from Thursday: Why 71% of college basketball coaches think Duke will be better than North Carolina five years from now (45:00). The pod wraps with some reaction and analysis of Belmont’s big move from the OVC to the Missouri Valley.


    Here are the other Candid Coaches pieces:

    Best player this season?

    What are CBB's vaccination rates?

    Should there be forfeits this season?

  • Duke lands huge get in 5-star Dereck Lively Jr.; with JJ Redick retiring, we rank the 10 most famous college basketball players from this century (09/21)

    READ: Parrish's column on Jon Scheyer | Norlander's column on 50 things to know 50 days before the season starts

    Just who are the 10 most famous men’s college players of the past 20 years? We answer that question on this episode, and it’s because JJ Redick — who is certainly one of the 10 — announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday. But before that, other Duke news: the Blue Devils landed five-star big man Dereck Lively Jr. Monday night, a huge coup for Jon Scheyer. Parrish and Norlander lead on that, then get ranking the biggest names in the sport, and wrap with Norlander talking the season ahead.

  • You asked, we answered: Our special listener mailbag episode is back! Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke, Georgetown and more (College Basketball 09/16)

    Kentucky landed five-star prospect Chris Livingston Wednesday evening, cementing John Calipari with the No. 1 class in 2022. GP and Norlander lead on that, then spend the rest of the episode going through listener questions for another special mailbag episode. Does it venture into the bizarre? Of course it does. Thank you for your questions, and keep them coming for future episodes!

  • Kentucky moving toward No. 1 '22 class; Mark Few cited for drunk driving; sizing up new Big 12 with BYU, Houston, Cincy, UCF (College Basketball 09/08)

    Welcome to September. Football season has arrived -- and yet there's no shortage of basketball news to get to. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on Kentucky landing Shaedon Sharpe, its highest-ranked recruit since ... well that part's tricky. Then they discuss Gonzaga coach Mark Few (12:00) being cited for drunk driving on Monday. The Big 12 is poised to add BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF (22:15) come 2023. Why not Memphis? The guys chat the realignment from a football angle in addition to basketball, of course, and lay out how strong the league will be going forward. The pod wraps with some significant injury news (47:30) at Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn.

  • Louisville suspends Chris Mack for six games; grading skeds for Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Gonzaga, Michigan, Kansas, UNC (College Basketball 08/31)

    Chris Mack will not coach his Louisville Cardinals for the first few weeks/six games of the season. What more is there to the story? Matt Norlander and Kyle Boone open with that, then get to nonconference schedules (17:50) for arguably seven of the most relevant programs heading into the season: Duke, Kentucky, Gonzaga, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina and Michigan. Who did best? Worst? Did Norlander delete his Coach K impression from this episode or foolishly opt to keep it in? Listen and discover.

  • 🚨5-star recruit Emoni Bates commits to Memphis Tigers - Emergency Podcast (College Basketball 8/25)

    Gary Parrish is joined by Kyle Boone to offer their immediate reactions to Emoni Bates committing to Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers. The guys break down why Bates chose Memphis over other options and what the next few years hold for the Tigers. 

  • Where will Emoni Bates go: Memphis, Michigan State, Oregon or the G League? (College Basketball 08/18)

    A big decision awaits in the coming days/weeks for one of the most famous high school prospects of the past 15 years. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander offer the latest on Emoni Bates, who is taking visits to Memphis and Oregon this week/weekend. A decision in the next week or two is expected. Norlander puts percentages on each option, and then Parrish explains why Overtime Elite -- and not the G League -- has emerged as a more immediate challenger to plucking players away from the college game. Did you know: A player ranked in the 40s in the class of 2023 was just paid north of $1 million to join OTE?

  • Special mailbag show! Big 12's future, Gonzaga in Pac-12, 2022 title dark horse, Big Ten tourney teams (College Basketball 08/11)

    We are in the thick of the summer, so what better time to finally introduce a long-overdue mailbag ep? Parrish and Norlander take a lengthy stroll through your questions. Have a question you’d like answered on a future mailbag special? Head to our Apple Podcasts page and leave your Q in the review section.

  • CBS Sports Presents - The 'Fantasy Football Today DFS' Podcast

    *Fantasy Football Today DFS is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and wherever else podcasts are found*

    Want to dominate DFS this year? The Fantasy Football Today DFS crew will get you ready to crush Daily Fantasy Football. Join host Frank Stampfl alongside DFS analysts Mike McClure and Sia Nejad twice a week for the most well-rounded analysis in the industry. On Tuesdays the crew will focus on optimized lineups, pricing, stacks and more. On Thursdays they’ll deep-dive each game, focusing on perceived ownership, leverage plays, matchups, and updated lineups.

  • No. 1 prospect Jalen Duren reclassifies and picks Memphis over Kentucky, Miami and the G League. Here's why. (College Basketball 08/06)

    Well, this is going to be interesting for the podcast: Jalen Duren, the previous No. 1 player in the class of 2022, who on Friday announced he is reclassifying to 2021, is going to play for the Memphis Tigers. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander react to Friday's late news, share their intel, look at Memphis for next season and project where Duren will be (top 10? Top 20? Top 50?) as an overall college basketball talent.

  • How Big 12 can save itself, why Texas and Oklahoma leaving for the SEC is terrible, and Duke lands big gets for post-K era

    The podcast hasn't had a chance yet to touch on this SEC expansion, with Texas and Oklahoma set to leave the Big 12 at some point in the next 1-5 years. So the guys open with what the Big 12 can do to save itself, then offer commentary on why this decision by OU and UT is bad for college sports. They also get into Duke (21:40) getting two prospects in less than a week's time, and why is that notable? They're the first players to commit to playing for the Blue Devils under future head coach Jon Scheyer.

  • 2021 NBA Draft Recap: Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes & Jalen Suggs picked in Top 5 (College Basketball 7/30)

    Gary Parrish is joined by Kyle Boone to recap an eventual 2021 NBA Draft. The guys cover the top 3 picks but recognize the night truly started at #4 with Scottie Barnes going a slot above Jalen Suggs. A couple more surprises included Ziaire Williams going #10 to the Grizzlies and Josh Primo going to #12 to the Spurs. Gary and Kyle name their steals of the 1st round, 2nd-round slips, while also looking back at their mocks and pre-draft analysis to see how they fared on Thursday. Lastly, is it too early to start looking at the 2022 Draft?

  • Special 2021 NBA Mock Draft podcast episode: Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Evan Mobley, Jalen Green are the top four picks

    Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish are joined by CBS Sports draft expert Kyle Boone on this 70-minute episode dedicated to live-mocking the entire first round -- that's 30 picks -- of the 2021 NBA Draft. It's a three-person pod special! A great way to prep for next Thursday's draft, which will be extensively covered on CBS Sports HQ and on the CBS Sports app. Boone's latest big board and mock draft are linked below.

    Big board: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/draft/prospect-rankings/

    Boone mock: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2021-nba-mock-draft-8-0-jalen-green-no-2-evan-mobley-no-3-if-picks-based-on-highest-upside/

  • EYBL takeaways; Jalen Duren might play in college this fall; Emoni Bates didn't deserve to be overhyped (College Basketball 07/20)

    Norlander and Parrish are back after an excursion to North Augusta to take in some of the best high school talent in the country. They lead on Norlander's report that Jalen Duren could well be playing college come THIS fall. Then the guys touch on Emoni Bates and the problematic nature of overhyping players from far too young an age. From there, thoughts on 10-12 players who stood out at the Nike EYBL event, and some interesting insight from coaches on how recruiting has changed forever due to the major landscape changes to college sports in the past few weeks. Highly informative pod with a lot of anecdotes and details. We think you'll really enjoy this one. Norlander's takeaways piece is below.

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/lebron-james-watches-bronny-emoni-bates-may-have-been-overhyped-and-other-takeaways-from-nike-eybl/

  • LIVE! from Augusta we're talking top recruits, major transfers and Tom Crean's obsession with Little Caesar's (College Basketball 07/16)

    Parrish and Norlander are on site at the Nike EYBL’s major grassroots event for the first time in two years. They open the pod by talking about the No. 1 player in the class, Jalen Duren, in addition to Emoni Bates and what coaches are talking about on the ground here at the site of the Peach Jam. The back end of the pod discusses Kevin Obanor going to Texas Tech, Kofi Cockburn staying at Illinois, and the potential for Marcus Carr to go to Texas. The pod wraps with the most important news of the week: Tom Crean’s love of Little Caesar’s pizza. 

  • NBA Draft profiles: A deeper examination of a player with elite offensive upside: UConn's James Bouknight

    Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss the potential of former UConn shooting guard James Bouknight, who could be picked as high as No. 6 ... or potentially fall to the back end of the lottery.

  • CBS Sports Presents - The 'Attacking Third' Podcast

    'Attacking Third' a new tri-weekly podcast from CBS Sports is available now. Download and follow now on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and whenever else podcasts are found to get episodes as soon as they are released.

    A soccer podcast from CBS Sports covering the NWSL, US Women's National Team and more. Attacking Third will bring you insider analysis, commentary, preview & recaps while tackling the biggest news stories from the sport you love. Hosts Sandra Herrera and Lisa Roman welcome a rotating cast of guests from former and current players for interviews and analysis. This is your podcast for the latest news and stories from the world of soccer.

  • Johnny Juzang, Hunter Dickinson, Kofi Cockburn all coming back: Winners, losers from NBA Draft deadline (College Basketball 07/08)

    College hoops is going to be loaded next season. A lot of big names and really good players decided in the past week to take their names out of the NBA draft pool and head back to school. The most notable among them is UCLA’s Johnny Juzang. His pick to play for the Bruins again next season leads the pod, but Norlander and Parrish also touch on nearly 20 other notable decisions from the past few days, including Hunter Dickinson returning to Michigan, Kofi Cockburn returning to college (but transferring?), Marcus Bagley returning to Arizona State, EJ Lidell returning to Ohio State, Ochai Agbaji returning to Kansas, Max Abmas returning to Oral Roberts and many more.

  • NBA Draft profiles: Davion Mitchell was the star of Baylor's national title run. Is his NBA stock overvalued because of that?

    We hope you had a safe-but-lively Fourth of July weekend. Fear not, another draft-profile episode awaits you. This week's appetizer-portioned podcast on a prospect focuses on Davion Mitchell, last seen leading Baylor's men's team to its first national championship. He was the best defender in the sport last season. He could be an immediate role player of impact on a good team. But is his value overstated at this point? Stats and cases for, and against, therein.

  • NIL era officially arrives; Penny stays at Memphis; five big roster decisions this week (College Basketball 07/01)

    July 1, 2021, truly signals a watershed day for college athletes. Now every NCAA athlete can profit off their name, image and likeness, as the NCAA officially pushed through a temporary rule that enables all schools to determine (unless their state laws mandate otherwise) how student-athletes can legally make money while still in college. It's a huge day, and we've got a long conversation on that. The interesting, the funny, the fallout and more. That's the first 36 minutes of this podcast. Then Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get to Penny Hardaway (38:00) staying at Memphis, despite recently interviewing for the Orlando Magic job, and hiring 80-year-old Larry Brown to his staff in the process. The guys close with some news and notes from this week on important players (51:00) staying or going with top 25-level programs.

  • NBA Draft profiles: Scottie Barnes has top-three upside and would be a good-to-great fit with almost any team in the top 10

    Norlander loves Scottie Barnes, placing him at No. 3 on his big board. Parrish slots him No. 6 to Oklahoma City in his latest mock draft. It seems the most likely landing spot for Barnes will fall between No. 5 and No. 8. But what's there to love? Well, almost everything about his game — except the one thing that matters most. Therein lies the rub. Listen to learn more.

  • NBA Draft profiles: The Orlando Magic have the No. 5 pick. Will they trade it, or will they use it to draft Jonathan Kuminga?

    He didn't play college basketball, and he's not a top-tier prospect in this year's draft. But is Jonathan Kuminga for sure the best option at No. 5? What will the Magic do with that pick? Norlander doesn't regard Kuminga as a top-10 pick in this year's field, while Parrish slots him No. 5 in his latest mock draft, which you can scroll through here as you listen to the pod.


    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-mock-draft-2021-cade-cunningham-goes-to-the-lottery-winning-pistons-at-no-1-jalen-suggs-to-rockets/

  • The Supreme Court rules 9-0 against the NCAA in one of the most significant college cases ever (College Basketball 06/21)

    Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander offer their insights and opinions on what Monday's huge news means. The Supreme Court returned its opinion on the NCAA v. Alston case, ruling 9-0 in favor of Alston, which equates to a win for college athletes everywhere. While the case did not tie to paying players, the Court did send a message to the NCAA that its current definition of amateurism falls outside of antitrust laws. It's a huge day for the future of collegiate athletics.

  • NBA Draft Profiles: Jalen Green spent the past nine months in the G League. Here's why he's a lock to go in the top four (College Basketball 06/14)

    This is episode No. 4 of our NBA Draft profiles, and it's the first one that features a player who didn't spend last season in college basketball. Jalen Green was once considered the top prospect in his class. He's a guarantee to go in the top four of this year's draft. Today's ep explains why, with an interesting player comp from Gary Parrish included.

  • Predicting which new coach will be best next season, and the most likely first-time nationa (College Basketball 06/11)

    We’ve got a fun, thought-provoking offseason ep for you here. Gary Parrish hopped on the horn with Chris Beard earlier this week -- you can read that story here -- and so GP and Norlander discuss a few things tied to the column. No. 1: Of the 60 hirings made in men’s college basketball this year, is Beard most likely to be the best hire? No. 2: Is it Beard or someone else most likely to have the best first season in 2021-22? No. 3: Predicting the five-or-so coaches most likely to win a national championship that have yet to do so. Norlander has a few fun dark horses, while Parrish breaks ‘em down into different categories.

  • NBA Draft profiles: It is borderline impossible not to love Jalen Suggs' game and NBA ceiling (College Basketball 06/07)

    There's still a chance Jalen Suggs could go No. 1 overall in July's NBA Draft. If that happens, it's going to be for the reasons detailed on this 25-minute podcast that evaluates Suggs' story, stats at Gonzaga and NBA projection. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander lay out the case for Suggs to be as immediately impactful as Ja Morant and potentially as valuable as Donovan Mitchell.

  • 🚨COME ON, DUKE: Mike Krzyzewski is retiring after the 2021-22 season (Emergency Podcast 06/02)

    Maybe the biggest news story of the week dropped out of nowhere on Wednesday afternoon when it was reported by multiple outlets -- including CBS -- that Mike Krzyzewski plans to coach one more season, then retire in 2022. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have instant reaction to college basketball's biggest headline of the offseason yet.

  • NBA Draft profiles: USC's Evan Mobley is the best big in the 2021 Draft. If he hits his ceiling, Anthony Davis is the ideal comp

    We continue our weekly, up-to-the-draft specialized episodes on the top prospects by focusing on 4/5 hybrid big Evan Mobley, who was the Pac-12's Player, Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year last season. Mobley has been touted as a potential No. 1 pick for more than three years now. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander evaluate his case, with some thoughts from USC coach Andy Enfield included. As for the best comp, there's a name aside from Anthony Davis (and Kevin Durant, silly as that is) to consider.

  • NBA Draft profiles: Cade Cunningham is currently the most likely candidate to be taken with the No. 1 pick in July

    The 2021 NBA Draft will be held July 29 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Being that we're a little more than two months out, it's time to bring back our appetizer-sized prospect episodes. We are opening with Oklahoma State one-and-doner Cade Cunningham, who is most likely to be taken with the No. 1 pick. These draft profile episodes will publish once per week through the end of July. Enjoy!

  • Overtime Elite swoops in and pays a couple of prospects more than $1 million; the absurd/sad extortion story at Louisville (College Basketball 05/21)

    Friday's news: a couple of highly rated, five-star prospects in the class of 2023 will commit to playing for Overtime Elite, a fledgling league backed financially by the likes of Kevin Durant, Drake and Jeff Bezos. GP and Norlander open with thoughts on that and explain the difference between the viability of a league like this and why it barely affects college basketball. The second half of the podcast (27:30) focuses on the wild story from earlier in the week: former Louisville assistant Dino Gaudio was charged with extortion after he made threats to his boss, Chris Mack, after Mack did not renew Gaudio's contract. Again: WILD STORY.

  • We've never seen a Kentucky team like this; Gonzaga will again be No. 1; active coaches next up for Hall of Fame (College Basketball 05/17)

    Kentucky received two significant backcourt commitments in recent days: five-star point guard TyTy Washington and Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler, who led the SEC in assists last season. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open on Kentucky’s newest ranking and why this team looks different from any other ever under John Calipari. And while UK should be good, Gonzaga (12:00) will be great. The Bulldogs received a commitment from a point guard that only reinforces why the Zags will open the season ranked first. To wrap, the guys talk Jay Wright (22:00) making the class for the 2021 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, and Norlander peppers Parrish with 12 active coaching candidates’ cases to eventually get in. 

  • Top-five prospect Pat Baldwin Jr. picks Milwaukee (!) over Duke and Georgetown (College Basketball 05/12)

    Patrick Baldwin Jr., the No. 4-ranked prospect in the class of 2021, committed to play for his father at Milwaukee next season. He picked the Panthers over Duke and Georgetown. GP and Norlander hopped on the horn for a quick 20 to discuss the commitment.


    Programming alert! We will begin doing offseason mailbag episodes later this month, so please head to Apple Reviews and leave your questions and comments so the guys can read them on the show.


    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eye-on-college-basketball/id268800565

  • That's funny: Mark Emmert now asking NCAA to put name, imagine and likeness rules on the books ASAP (College Basketball 05/11)

    Mark Emmert told The New York Times over the weekend that he wants the NCAA to have name, image and likeness rules on the books by July 1. Why July 1? That's when five states will have their own rules go live. It's a sticky situation, and change of tune, for the president of the NCAA. This is a story with a few layers, and we continue to follow and keep you up to speed on it because it's a huge story -- the biggest -- in college athletics this spring and summer. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander also touch on Hartford (20:30), fresh off its first NCAA Tournament in school history, heading to D-III ... unless something can be changed in the next couple of months.

    Here is Dennis Dodd's story on NIL that's referenced in the pod:

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ncaa-rushing-a-name-image-likeness-rule-as-its-power-over-college-athletics-is-quickly-diminishing/

  • Should college basketball go to six fouls? And quarters? Plus: Gonzaga-UCLA rematch imminent, and Kentucky loads up (College Basketball 05/06)

    GP’s feeling a little froggy, so beware! The guys are back to discuss three topics: the rules changes that could be coming to college basketball next season, Gonzaga-UCLA (23:40) closing in on playing each other and why other top-20 programs should be trying to do the same right now, and Iowa’s CJ Fredrick committing to Kentucky (42:00), bolstering the Wildcats’ desperate need for 3-point shooting. The end has some fun housekeeping notes as well. Terry Teagle … no longer a legend?

  • With almost no justification for doing so, the NCAA stupidly but unsurprisingly extends Mark Emmert's contract (College Basketball 04/28)

    The NCAA quietly announced late Tuesday night that president Mark Emmert had his contracted extended through 2025. It's baffling, and it's why we open this week's pod on the topic. Then Norlander and Parrish get to Loyola Chicago (22:00) hiring the youngest coach in D-I basketball -- while somehow keeping the roster almost entirely in tact. Pretty impressive. The pod closes with some thoughts on Texas (35:45) and then a Trivia Time! for you, the listener!

    Here is the Trivia Time! Name the 17 coaches in the past 25 seasons to get their first head-coaching job while simultaneously inheriting a program that made at least the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament the season prior. 

    Parrish's column on Emmert: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/mark-emmert-receiving-contract-extension-as-ncaa-president-should-draw-disappointment-but-not-surprise/

    Norlander's column on Drew Valentine: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/loyola-chicago-hired-29-year-old-drew-valentine-to-take-over-a-top-mid-major-and-then-things-got-even-better/

  • No. 1 prospect Chet Holmgren is going to Gonzaga, giving Mark Few his best class in school history (College Basketball 04/19)

    Gonzaga is reloading. On Monday the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2021, Chet Holmgren, announced he'd be playing next season in Spokane. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss whether or not this will move Gonzaga to No. 1 in the preseason rankings, and give insight into Holmgren's unique game/build and how he'll play alongside Drew Timme ... if Timme does indeed return for his junior season.

  • 🚨Tommy Lloyd is the next coach at Arizona, Wes Miller is the next coach at Cincinnati (Emergency Pod 04/14)

    Two big news drops hit Wednesday, prompting an emergency pod, The final two major-conference jobs have filled. We open with Tommy Lloyd leaving Gonzaga to take over Arizona, and all the details from behind the scenes in the past week that led to this moment. Then, at the 22-minute mark, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander share their thoughts on Wes Miller leaving UNC Greensboro after 10 seasons to be the next coach at Cincinnati. The podcast's final few minutes touch on the power-conference hiring from the past month-or-so that GP and Norlander each think will go down as the best one years from now.

  • Villanova jumps to No. 3 in way-too-early offseason Top 25 rankings thank to two big decisions (College Basketball 04/13)

    Villanova announced a double dose of good news Monday night: Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels will use their bonus free season of eligibility to return. That makes VU a national title contender; it also opens the pod. The guys also discuss Parrish putting Auburn into his way-too-early offseason Top 25 + 1 due to UNC transfer Walker Kessler committing to Bruce Pearl. And at the end of this Tuesday episode: shoutouts to those who finished atop our Bracket Games NCAA Tournament podcast. Our thanks to the Supreme Court!

  • Coaching carousel: Who will replace Sean Miller at Arizona; reaction to UNC hiring Hubert Davis, Oklahoma tapping Porter Moser (College Basketball 04/09)

    Arizona fired Sean Miller Wednesday. Weird timing. Norlander explains more as to why it happened the way it did. And Parrish's column on this can be read in the description below. The guys open on the Arizona opening, including the candidate list, before moving on to talk North Carolina (23:30) hiring Hubert Davis to replace Roy Williams. The pod closes around the 32-minute mark with some thoughts on Texas Tech promoting Mark Adams to replace Chris Beard and Oklahoma hiring Porter Moser.

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/arizona-fires-sean-miller-but-it-would-have-made-more-sense-for-everybody-if-this-had-been-done-much-sooner/

  • NCAA title game reaction pod: Baylor stuns by dominantly ending Gonzaga's undefeated dream season (College Basketball 04/06)

    Baylor's 86-70 win Monday night over Gonzaga was fairly shocking. Nobody had the Bears winning by more than 15 points. Nobody. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish open with their thoughts on what BU did to demolish Gonzaga. And as for the Zags, this team is probably now out of the all-time-great conversation (23:00) because of how poor it looked against Baylor. What's next for these two? Parrish reveals where he's ranking both teams (41:00) in his early look at the 2021-22 offseason Top 25 + 1.

    Here is Norlander's championship-night column from Lucas Oil.

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/baylors-scott-drew-never-let-others-change-his-story-path-or-program-and-with-a-title-is-really-happy-now/

  • NCAA Tournament title game picks + preview: Gonzaga-Baylor is statistically and practically one of the best title games of the past 40 years

    The stakes of Monday night's title game are as big as they could possibly be. Undefeated Gonzaga. No. 1 vs. No. 2. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander set the table and make their picks. Did you know: Gonzaga and Baylor combine for two losses, which ties for the fewest ever by two teams entering a title game. The stats, storylines and everything to set the table for a game we've been waiting for months to see.

  • Final Four reaction: Gonzaga 93, UCLA 90 is one of the 3-5 greatest games in NCAA Tournament history (College Basketball 04/04)

    The NCAA Tournament is the best event in sports. What a magical night we had. An epic of all epics to close out the national semis on Saturday. Jalen Suggs' deeeeep, banked-in 3-pointer to win in OT and keep Gonzaga undefeated is a highlight for the ages. The top of the podcast features audio cuts from CBS, Gonzaga Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, and arena sound via CBS/Turner. The guys go long on Zags-Bruins, then touch on Baylor's convincing performance vs. Houston (36:00), which sets up the best title game in a very long time. Here are Norlander and Parrish's columns from Saturday night as well.

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/gonzagas-jalen-suggs-calmly-took-three-dribbles-then-made-one-of-the-biggest-shots-in-march-madness-history/

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/gonzagas-jalen-suggs-calmly-took-three-dribbles-then-made-one-of-the-biggest-shots-in-march-madness-history/

  • Final Four preview: Parrish and Norlander make their picks for Baylor-Houston, Gonzaga-UCLA (College Basketball 04/02)

    With the Final Four a day away, it's our promised preview episode. GP and Norlander open with some thoughts on Indy and overarching takeaways on the scene there, then preview Baylor-Houston (10:15) and Gonzaga-UCLA (25:00). As referenced, here is Norlander's must-read story on the Baylor staff, who is war vet and who donated a kidney to save a life last year.


    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/a-life-saving-story-behind-baylors-final-four-run-how-a-kidney-donor-on-bears-staff-helped-a-friend-in-need/

  • 🚨Roy Williams retires at North Carolina; Texas hires Chris Beard (Emergency Podcast 04/01)

    Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish reflect on Roy Williams' career, name their candidates for the UNC opening, talk Chris Beard's fit at Texas and toss out a few names for the Texas Tech job as well.

  • Elite Eight recap: #SandtheCourt, #NellCanStay, Mick Cronin has taken UCLA to the Final Four ... to face mighty Gonzaga (College Basketball 03/31)

    The podcast must have some sort of karmic power. Because first it was Baylor, and now it’s Mick Cronin and UCLA. The Bruins upset Michigan, and in the process locked up the most upset-riddled tournament in history. Gonzaga casually destroyed USC to continue their run toward history. Parrish and Norlander look back on Tuesday night’s regional finals, setting the table for Saturday’s Final Four. 

  • Elite Eight recap: Shouts to Bill Henderson! Shouts to Terry MF'in Teagle! Baylor is in the Final Four alongside Houston (College Basketball 03/30)

    Houston beat Oregon State. Baylor beat Arkansas. Half the Final Four is set, and we have you covered with overnight reaction to Monday's regional semifinals. Baylor. Terry MF'in Teagle. Bill Henderson. Vinnie Johnson. LaceDarius Dunn. You know all the names. Back in the Final Four for the first time in 71 years. As Norlander alludes to on the podcast, here is his column from Lucas Oil Stadium on Kelvin Sampson's late-stage revival and return to the Final Four after 19 years since his first trip there.

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/how-kelvin-sampson-repaired-his-career-at-houston-and-resurrected-the-cougars-who-are-back-in-the-final-four/

  • March Madness recap: Sweet 16 Sunday had a great game and big upset: UCLA, Gonzaga, Michigan, USC into the Eight (College Basketball 03/29)

    The Pac-12, for the second time in league history, has three teams in the Elite Eight. UCLA’s upset of second-seeded Alabama was the best game of the day and leads our Sunday reaction pod. GP and Norlander open with that, then go game-by-game with reactions and a basketful of nuggets and stats to know. In order: UCLA over Bama, Michigan over Florida State, Gonzaga over Creighton, USC over Oregon. The final seven minutes of the podcast are reserved for picks and predictions of Tuesday’s Elite Eight games. Enjoy! And here’s Norlander’s re-seed of the teams still left standing. 

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/march-madness-2021-re-seeding-the-teams-in-the-elite-eight-of-the-ncaa-tournament/

  • March Madness recap: Sweet 16 Saturday has Baylor, Arkansas, Oregon State, Houston make Elite Eight (College Basketball 03/28)

    Your early Sunday AM episode is a recap of everything that happened Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, with some quickie previews of Monday's two Elite Eight games. Plus: a bonus. In honor of Baylor winning in the Sweet 16, the very end of this podcast has a "hidden track" throwback to one of the highlights in this pod's history from a few year's back. If you never heard it, be sure to stick around.

  • 🚨Shaka Smart bails on Texas to take the Marquette job (Emergency Podcast)

    Friday emergency podcast, how's your life? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander react to Shaka Smart leaving Texas to take the Marquette job, in addition to offering up a little more coaching carousel scuttlebutt at the tail end of the pod. As always: these guys got you. Enjoy.

  • March Madness Sweet 16 betting picks and game previews for Saturday and Sunday on CBS and TBS (College Basketball 03/25)

    After a 12-plus hour drive, Norlander has arrived in Indianapolis,. Our Thursday episode opens with some informal how-you-dos from the guys, and then it's a Sweet 16-stocked preview -- including game picks vs. the spread -- for the eight tips that will be played Saturday and Sunday.

  • March Madness recap: With Sweet 16 set, we pick our top storylines and moments from the first two rounds (College Basketball 03/23)

    Monday was objectively the least exciting day of the first four days of the opening two rounds, but it nonetheless did provide another toppling of a top-two seed in addition to securing what is statistically the most unpredictable opening weekend in tournament history. GP and Norlander scan through the top storylines and go game-by-game Monday, picking out their key takeaways. Turns out, we've got a little of both: some bracket chaos but still plenty of good teams AND familiar teams that have made multiple Sweet 16s in recent years. Don't let anyone tell you this is an underwhelming or random Sweet 16 -- that's hardly the case.

  • March Madness recap: With one day to go until the Sweet 16 is decided, the NCAA Tournament is off to a historic, upset-riddled start (College Basketball 03/22)

    Here were Sunday's upsets:

    No. 15 Oral Roberts beat No. 7 Florida to become the second 15 in history to make the Sweet 16.

    No. 12 Oregon State upset No. 4 Oklahoma State to reach its first Sweet 16 since 1982.

    No. 11 Syracuse upset No. 3 West Virginia, improving the program's record to 9-2 in the tournament as a double-digit seed, the best win percentage in history.

    No. 8 Loyola Chicago upset No. 1 Illinois in the first game of the day.

    Beyond that: Baylor and Villanova took care of business, Arkansas reached its first Sweet 16 since 1996 and Houston ripped away a win from Rutgers in devastating fashion. GP and Norlander touch on all of that, and preview Monday's eight games, right now.

  • March Madness recap: COVID kicks VCU out, Abilene Christian stuns Texas, a history made in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (College Basketball 03/21)

    We've got an even longer episode for you here than yesterday, because Saturday brought on a couple of major headlines in addition to tournament results. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander lead with VCU being removed from the NCAA Tournament, then dive into Abilene Christian's upset over Texas and run down everything from Saturday before tying a bow on the pod with a preview of Sunday's second round slate.