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Season preview: CHD interviews Old Dominion PF Richard Ross

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Old Dominion forward Richard Ross about being one of the best shot-blockers in CUSA.

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You grew up in Texas: what made you choose ODU? Initially we had a coach named Blaine Taylor who my high school coach had played for, and I just thought it would be a good fit for me.

You play for Coach Jeff Jones: what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him? It is hard to pick one particular thing because I have learned so much, but one thing I will always remember is that he taught me to always stick to my words: if I say I am going to do something, then I have to go do it. If I have any problems I can always go talk to him: it is nice to have someone I am comfortable being around when I am so far from home.

In the 2012 CIT you scored 19 points (8-9 FG) off the bench including the final five of the game for your team in a 2-point win over Coastal Carolina: where does that game rank among the highlights of your career? It was definitely one of the highlights to come in as a freshman and have the seniors tell me how well I played. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Colorado coach Tad Boyle

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Colorado coach Tad Boyle about having the best winning percentage in school history.

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Since becoming head coach at Colorado in 2010 your .648 winning percentage is the best in school history: does your track record of winning more than 20 games each year give you more pressure or confidence or other? I feel good about what we have done, especially relative to where we were when I first took the job and the history of the job. We are proud to have been in three straight NCAA tourneys but in no way does that guarantee the future. There is a big difference in being proud vs. being satisfied.

Your team has also won 60 of 69 games at home: how much of a home-court advantage do you have in Boulder? The home-court advantage is great, but I think the nine losses is nine too many. It starts with our student and the members of our community, but we cannot take for granted that we will win just because we are playing at home. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Northern Colorado G Tevin Svihovec

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Northern Colorado guard Tevin Svihovec about making the transition from points guard to shooting guard.

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You grew up in Texas: what made you choose Northern Colorado? I wanted to branch out in high school and get away from what I used to, and Colorado seemed like a cool place to go.

You play for Coach BJ Hill: what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him? He never lets us not give our best effort. We want to make the NCAA tourney and he is thinking about that every day. Continue Reading

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CHD Q&A: Derrin Hansen and the Best Offense You’ve Never Heard Of

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To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Omaha coach Derrin Hansen about having one of the best offenses in the country.

You played basketball at Nebraska Wesleyan: how good a player were you back in the day, and how did you get into coaching? I was not very good but really enjoyed it and had a good experience. I got to help out as a student assistant after my playing career ended and that just led me into coaching.

In 2011 your program made the leap to Division One: what is the biggest difference between D-2 and D-1? The size, length and athleticism of the players on the floor. There is also a lot of depth due to the number of scholarships available for D-1 programs. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Iowa State F Dustin Hogue

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue about having the game of his life against the eventual champs (while breaking out a sweet haircut!).

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You grew up in New York: why did you choose Iowa State?
I went to Indian Hills Junior College for a couple of years, which was a bit of a culture shock for me, and after that I figured it would be better to stay in a smaller town like Ames to finish out my college career.

You play for Coach Fred Hoiberg: what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him?
He gives his players a huge amount of confidence. He can get us on a bit, but treats us like adults and does not put a leash on us. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Old Dominion PG Aaron Bacote

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Old Dominion Aaron Bacote about leading his team in scoring and passing.

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You play for Coach Jeff Jones: what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him? He is definitely a players’ coach and someone we can relate to because he played at the D-1 level.

Last year your program switched from the CAA to the CUSA: what is the hardest part of changing conferences? We did not know what it was going to be like: we just got thrown into it. CUSA has a lot of older guys so you have to compete every night, but we handled it pretty well. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews San Francisco coach Rex Walters

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with San Francisco coach Rex Walters about being in 1 of the most famous basketball movies ever.

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In the 2011 CIT as coach at San Francisco you had a 3-point win over Hawaii: how on earth did you overcome a 7-point deficit in the final 90 seconds? It is very difficult to win at Hawaii: there are a lot of distractions out there! A lot of guys want to go on spring break after not making the NCAA tourney, but the guys who stepped onto the court for us against Hawaii wanted to win. I remember calling out a lot of guys at halftime about their effort and use some [Pat] Riley-isms, and they were tough enough to handle that. Continue Reading

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Season preview: Princeton’s Hans Brase and the Tigers Look Toward the Tourney

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Princeton forward Hans Brase about spending his summers in Germany.

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You grew up in South Carolina: what made you choose Princeton? I moved around a lot as a kid due to my dad’s job, but from 4th grade on I lived in South Carolina on the North Carolina/South Carolina border. I went to a boarding school outside of Philly as a junior in high school and got to know the Princeton coaching staff and campus. I also like the entire Princeton basketball tradition.

You play for Coach Mitch Henderson: what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing that you ever learned from him? He is by far my favorite coach that I have ever had. He went to Princeton as well so he can relate to us about the harsh academics. He is very demanding but very understanding: he always wants us to get better and he holds us accountable, which is what he learned from Coach Pete Carril. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy about coaching one of the best tight ends in NFL history.

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Last March in the SEC tourney you had an 8-point 2-overtime loss to Missouri: what did your team learn from that loss that you think can help you this year? I think we learned the importance of all the little things at the end of the game: making free throws, boxing out, finishing strong. That will let us take the next step. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Missouri State coach Paul Lusk

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Missouri State coach Paul Lusk about almost ruining Wichita State’s undefeated regular season last January.

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You became head coach at Missouri State in 2011: why did you take the job, and did you get any advice from the guy you replaced (Cuonzo Martin)? Zo and I are lifelong friends so we talk about everything from basketball to our kids. I am a Valley guy who played in this league so I knew what a great situation they had at Missouri State.

After losing a school-record 22 games in year number two with one of the youngest teams in the nation, you bounced back last year by winning 20 games: how were you able to turn things around in only one year? We have taken a slow process by taking a lot of high school kids. It got even tougher when Jarmar Gulley went down, but the young guys were very coachable and we finally turned the corner in year 3 and are now heading in the right direction. Continue Reading