March Madness 365 with Andy Katz
Summary: Covering the newsmakers in college basketball all year long
New Georgia head coach Tom Crean relays what he learned from his year behind the mic for ESPN that will help his coaching skills, why he's not a fan of the term "culture," how he plans to approach the Kentucky factor in the coming season, and the difference between winning each and every game and winning the league. And Nevada's Eric Musselman checks in regarding the NBA draft and combine and how that will possibly affect the Nevada roster, the recruits and transfers he's tapped to potentially fill some holes, and his team's upcoming schedule of games and tournaments.
Penny Hardaway is the new head coach of the Memphis Tigers, his own alma mater and son's current college! Penny talks about the decision to take the Memphis job, coaching his son, the culture he hopes to instill in the program, his philosophy on recruiting, and the vision he has for the Tigers for the upcoming season. Then former Memphis head coach Tubby Smith joins Andy to shed some light on his decision to return home to coach the High Point University Panthers, why he's opting not to take a break after 45 years of coaching, what he hopes to bring to High Point, and why it's so important to leave good players and cultures behind when you leave a program.
Andy's joined by Porter Moser, Loyola of Chicago's head coach who took the Ramblers on that incredible run to the Final Four. Porter discusses the reasons he stayed at Loyola, the need they have to raise the win column and the infrastructure to operate like a top program, what recruiting and scheduling has been like since their incredible tournament performance, and throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field. Then ESPN College Basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla joins to talk about the Commission on College Basketball and do a little breakdown on which players should enter the NBA draft, and which should go back to school.
Andy's joined by the two head coaches of the National Championship game - Villanova's Jay Wright and Michigan's John Beilein. Jay discusses the impact of Jalen Brunson on the team's championship win, and how Jalen is preparing for the NBA draft. He also weighs in on the recommendations that he hopes Condoleezza Rice and the commission make on Wednesday. Michigan's John Beilein talks "remodeling versus rebuilding," Mo Wagner, assessing next year's teams, and why shooting hurt Michigan the most during the NCAA tournament run.
Dan Hurley is the new head coach at UCONN, and he's discussing the difficult decision to leave Rhode Island on March Madness 365. He tells Andy what his goals are for UCONN on and off the court, how he plans to change the culture, advice he's already received from legendary Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, and why recruiting in New England is critical for the program. Dan's also talking about Rhode Island's recent tournament experience, his Selection Sunday agony and joy, and how he really felt when he saw Duke early in the schedule.
New Xavier head coach Travis Steele says there's always room for improvement when it comes to culture and recruiting! He also explains how his coaching philosophy is different from Chris Mack, what he's learned from Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, how he plans to beat Villanova in the coming season, and why he believes his returning team has the chance to be one of the best defensive teams in college basketball. And former Xavier head coach Chris Mack is Louisville's new head coach and talks about the opportunity that was just "too good to pass up," how he plans to bring the competitiveness and intensity to his new program, the great Louisville-Kentucky rivalry, and his current relationship with former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.
It's Michigan vs Villanova in the NCAA Championship game, and Andy Katz is speaking with both coaches on the eve of this momentous event! Michigan's John Beilein explains how growing up with 8 siblings on a farm near Lake Ontario taught him a lot about teamwork, and how he uses music to stay attuned to his players. Villanova's Jay Wright comments on Jalen Brunson's basketball IQ and development, Omari Spellman's growth in the second half of this season, and why he was never concerned about the team's lack of "one and done" players.
And then there were four... and all four are represented right here on March Madness 365 with Andy Katz! Clayton Custer from Loyola of Chicago talks about leaving Iowa State for Loyola, what it means to the team to be in the Final Four, and what he hopes others learn from Loyola's tournament success. Moritz "Mo" Wagner says Michigan owes their tournament success to the way Coach Beilein prepares them, and weighs in on his moment with Corey Davis. Omari Spellman from Villanova has thoughts on appreciating every game, maturing, and what it really means to leave it all out on the floor. And Malik Newman from the Kansas Jayhawks has plenty to say about knocking out Duke in overtime, and what it's going to take against Villanova.
The Sweet Sixteen is here, and if you're surprised by some of the teams who've advanced in the bracket, imagine how Nevada, Loyola of Chicago, and Texas A&M are feeling! Nevada head coach Eric Musselman talks about the strategy Nevada followed throughout the season to get to this point, what it took to mount that 32-8 run over Cincinnati to advance, and how they plan to handle Loyola of Chicago's defense. Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy credits his team's commitment for overcoming the injury and suspension challenges of the season to make it to the tournament, and how he feels about President Bush picking the Aggies to go all the way! And Kansas State's Bruce Weber and his team are studying tape to formulate a game plan for beating Kentucky, who are playing their best basketball right now when it matters most). And Andy ranks the Sweet Sixteen.
Andy fills out his bracket and chooses the NCAA Tournament Champ! Plus, he talks to Alabama head coach Avery Johnson about their first match-up against Virginia Tech, Donta Hall's status, and Collin Sexton's incredible freshman year. And Syracuse Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim shares thoughts on being the last team selected for the tournament, what beating Louisville and Miami on the road during regular season play did for his team, and how he plans to handle ASU's tremendous offense.
Villanova head coach Jay Wright shares thoughts on Jalen Brunson, Xavier, playing at the Garden, and why, next to the NCAA Tournament, there's no better basketball event in the country than The Big East Tournament. Loyola of Chicago head coach Porter Moser's team is going to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 33 years, and he explains what it's taken to get there, their "pace and space" philosophy, and how he plans to make his program more consistent. And Andy's March Madness cohost, Tony Delk, joins to break down the upcoming SEC Tournament and analyze which teams may find themselves with a seed on selection Sunday.
Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson says it's all about practice and player development, and why he knew this might be Houston's year to make it to the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey talks the return of Bonzie Coulson and Matt Farrell to the Irish lineup, why he's excited to be at Barclays this coming weekend, and his seniors and team showed him about leadership under crisis. Plus, Xavier's Chris Mack on the Big East title, Trevon Bluiett, and the importance of being the number seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Big 10 Tournament starts next week, so Andy's talking to Nebraska coach Tim Miles about his team's tournament strategy, their hopes for the NCAA tournament, and the development of Isaac Copeland. And Kansas head coach Bill Self joins to talk about the importance of consistency, playing tough schedules, and why the best teams are really the ones where the youngest players are the best players. Finally, Danny Hurley of Rhode Island checks in to talk St. Bonaventure, Arizona, and why this is a good year to be a good team as far as the NCAA tournament goes!
Coach Kevin Keatts is first-up with Andy Katz to relive NC State's victory at Syracuse earlier this week, what it means for the team, and how that whole ice cream for wins program got started. Then Coach Chris Mullin from St. John's discusses the challenge of consecutive losses, his philosophy for turning things around, and his team's two most satisfying wins (against Duke and Villanova). Plus, Coach Brad Brownell from Clemson on overcoming adversity, his unique 8 years at Clemson, and what it takes to build a true basketball culture.
Andy Katz welcomes Tennessee Volunteers head coach Rick Barnes to talk about his success in Knoxville, making the move from Texas to Tennessee, and what it's taken to rebuild the Vols basketball program. And Washington Coach Mike Hopkins breaks down the keys to playing good zone, what he learned from Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, his personal coaching philosophy, and the "three Ps" that brought him to Washington. Plus, South Florida's Tom Herrion is raising autism awareness with an incredible program he started with Towsen head coach Pat Skerry! Discover what "Coaches Powering Forward for Autism" has planned for this weekend's slate of games, and what you can do to help.