March Madness 365 with Andy Katz
Summary: Covering the newsmakers in college basketball all year long
The court at North Carolina's Smith Center will now have Coach Roy Williams' name on it, and you'll hear how he feels about that honor! Roy's also breaking down his current roster, including what he expects Luke Maye, Nassir Little, Coby White, and Garrison Brooks to contribute to the team, along with how he plans to improve his players' ability to defend and score close to the basket. Plus, Roy speaks of his time in Kansas, and why it was such a huge gamble at the time for him to be hired to coach that program.
Illinois Head Coach Brad Underwood is building a solid foundation with his current roster that includes 7 players who know the system well. He's talking Da'Monte Williams, Andres Feliz, Trent Frazier, and Giorgi Bezhanishvili (but can he spell Giorgi's last name)? And Coach Underwood expresses gratitude to Coach Bob Huggins, who gave him the opportunity that ultimately landed Brad in Illinois. Then Coach Huggins joins to define West Virginia's identity and culture, and weigh in on Jevon Carter and what it's going to take to replace him.
Butler Head Coach LaVall Jordan defines "The Butler Way," shares some of what he learned from Michigan Coach John Beilein and how he applies it to his own staff and culture at Butler, discusses the return of Kamar Baldwin, and explains what it was like having to leave Milwaukee after just one season. Then Brad Brownell from Clemson weighs in on his recent contract extension, discusses the program's brand new facility and the long, hard 22-months it took to get there, and explains why the Clemson football program's success of the last few years is a great thing for Clemson basketball, and the college itself.
TCU Head Coach Jamie Dixon has an update on Jaylen Fisher's health issues and his expected return to play. He also breaks down the similarities and differences between this TCU team and some of his former teams at Pitt, and he weighs in on what the Big 12 needs to do to get more teams to the NCAA Tournament. And then Pac 12 Coach Of The Year, Mike Hopkins of Washington, joins to assess his first year running Washington's program, and how his current roster of talent is shaping up for season 2. He expresses hopes and goals for returning Defensive Player of The Year Matisse Thybulle, breaks down his incoming 8 players, and explains why being an interim head coach was a lot like driving a Tesla.
The next set of Final Four destinations was just announced and Andy Katz spoke with NCAA Sr. VP of Basketball, Dan Gavitt, and outgoing Chair of the NCAA Selection Committee, Bruce Rasmussen, about how a Final Four city is chosen, and why Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Indianapolis were all awarded spots in this latest round. They also explain why Detroit, Los Angeles, and North Texas did not make the selection this time around. Then UCF Head Coach Johnny Dawkins joins to update the status of last year's injured players Tacko Fall, B.J. Taylor, and his son, Aubrey. He also speaks to what he learned from playing with former great Manute Bol and Shawn Bradley on the Philadelphia 76'ers, and how those lessons are aiding him in coaching and guiding center Tacko Fall.
New Rhode Island Head Coach David Cox speaks to the importance of maintaining and building upon the culture set by former coach Dan Hurley, returning players Jeff Dowtin and Cyril Langevine, losing the Nevada game from their upcoming schedule, and why he aspires to be like Gonzaga. Marquette Deputy Athletic Director Mike Broeker provides a verbal tour of their brand new, state-of-the-art arena, and what it's been like scheduling games around the Milwaukee Bucks. And Marquette Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski talks about the competitive Big East, his young but experienced team, and how he plans to make Marquette an NCAA tournament team for years to come.
Jeff Capel is the new head coach at Pitt, and he's got plans for rebuilding the Pitt brand of basketball, and making his team competitive despite their smaller size. He shares the valuable lessons he learned as an assistant at Duke under Coach Krzyzewski, and what he hopes his Pitt team learned during a recent trip to Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History And Culture in Washington DC. And Andy talks to South Carolina head coach Frank Martin about Chris Silva's return to school, Summer recruiting, preparing players for the NBA, and his team's upcoming schedule of games.
Wake Forest Head Coach Danny Manning and UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies weigh in on the NBA draft rule that currently prohibits players who declare and go undrafted from returning to college. Coach Manning also shares stories from his Gold Medal Olympic team, what he learned from Bill Self, and how he feels about his roster this upcoming season. And Coach Menzies shares thoughts on Brandon McCoy, the Mountain West Conference, and why he wants to emulate Villanova. Plus, Davidson Head Coach Bob McKillop checks in on his team's incredible trip to Auschwitz, and why it's so important for them to make this non-basketball related journey.
Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart checks in with an update on Andrew Jones leukemia battle, and his plans to return to school and basketball. Shaka also has a theory on Kansas' success, why Texas' Kerwin Roach has the opportunity to be one of the best two-way players in the country, and details on the Longhorns' upcoming season schedule. And Nebraska head coach Tim Miles gives Andy a tour of the campus and basketball facilities, including some of the high tech amenities available to players, and discusses his returning lineup of players, how they hope to contend in the Big 10 regular season, and makes a valiant effort to spell player Thorir Thorbjarnarson's name.
John Beilein is staying at Michigan, and plans to retire there! He explains the decision that involved him turning down an NBA offer from the Detroit Pistons. He also speaks to Charles Matthews' NBA draft process experience and subsequent return to Michigan, and the skill development goals he's set for his returning roster of players. Then St. John's coach Chris Mullin checks in with thoughts on his roster for the upcoming season which includes incoming transfers and true freshman. He also talks about Shamorie Ponds withdrawal from the NBA draft, St. John's schedule of games, and the dynasty that is the Golden State Warriors.
Gonzaga is #1 on Andy's pre-season Power 36, and head coach Mark Few has more than a few thoughts about that! Mark also updates Killian Tillie and Josh Perkins' respective injury recovery statuses, and speaks to the development of Rui Hachimura. Then Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino discusses Jordan Murphy sitting out the NBA draft, Dupree McBrayer's potential impact next season, and how he feels about the Big 10 going to 20 conference games.
USC Head Coach Andy Enfield speaks candidly about USC's absence from the NCAA Tournament, the health and return of Bennie Boatwright, next season's roster size and talent level, and how he feels about the possible change to the draft rule that would allow players to return to college if they go undrafted. And Auburn Head Coach Bruce Pearl runs through the NBA draft probability for four of his players including Austin Wiley and Mustapha Heron, and updates Anfernee Mclemore's injury status, and Danjel Purifoy's suspension.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks next season's roster, losing 4 starters, new recruits, why K State could win it all, and the Supreme Court's recent decision to open sports betting on a State-by-State basis. Andy also talks to Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli about the renaissance of Catholic School basketball programs, his team's crushing victory over Rhode Island last season, and Jameer Nelson's current return to Saint Joseph to get this degree. And John Fanta, host of the "Big East Shoot Around" on the Big East Digital Network , was at the NBA combine and runs down winners and losers like Omari Spellman, Dante DiVincenzo, and Kevin Huerter, and shares thoughts on who should stay in the draft and who should consider returning to school.
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.