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Coach 1K: CHD interviews Duke radio legend Bob Harris about Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski has accomplished so much in his coaching career that it is worth a few moments to reflect on a few of his many numbers: 13 ACC tourney titles, 6-time national COY, four NCAA titles, and two Olympic gold medals.  However, after a win over Pitt on Monday night he is now on the cusp of his biggest number ever: 1000 career wins as a head coach.  Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is in hot pursuit, so his record is far from unbreakable, but it is still one of the most impressive coaching accomplishments ever.  CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Bob Harris (the “Voice of the Blue Devils”) about spending the past four decades sharing the success of the legendary Coach K on the radio.

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Coach Krzyzewski was captain of the basketball team at Army under Coach Bobby Knight in the late-1960s: how did he like playing for Knight, and what made Knight such a great coach? Mike and Bobby got together at just the right time in Mike’s life. Mike was not sure about whether to go to Army but his mother insisted that he take advantage of the opportunity. Coach Knight always chewed him out, but Mike’s mom said, “At least he is talking to you!” Continue Reading

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Best basketball conference in the country? CHD interviews ACC Commissioner John Swofford

John Swofford won the 1971 ACC football title as a player at North Carolina, became athletic director at his alma mater in 1980, and was named ACC Commissioner in 1997. He twice served as the chairman of the college football Bowl Championship Series and has overseen the expansion of the ACC to reach its current 15-school membership. The ACC has won 5 NCAA men’s basketball titles on his watch and had 3 women’s basketball teams represented at the 2006 Women’s Final 4. CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Mr. Swofford at the NCAA annual convention last weekend to discuss a variety of cutting-edge topics.

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What do you think is the short-term and/or long-term impact of the recent autonomy discussions? In the short-term this is an excellent start both as to process and result, and it was critical to pass a resolution to cover the full cost of a college education. We also set the foundation to give us some long-term direction. It was also helpful to get comments from the student athletes who now have voting power: they did not agree with all of the proposals, but that is not a bad thing. Continue Reading

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Bracketology 2015: March Madness Bracket Projections (Version 3.0)

Last year CHD’s Jon Teitel correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams that made the tourney, including 61 right on the money or within one spot of their actual seed.

Selection Sunday is less than 2 months away, so we will spend the next 8 weeks predicting which 68 teams will hear their name called, with new updates each week. See below for our list of who would make the cut if they picked the field today, and let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments section. To compare how we stack up with other websites, check out: www.bracketmatrix.com.

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*Teams in bold are new to this week’s bracket:

SEED TEAM (CONFERENCE)
1 Kentucky (SEC)
1 Virginia (ACC)
1 Duke (ACC)
1 Villanova (Big East)

2 Wisconsin (Big 10)
2 Iowa State (Big 12)
2 Gonzaga (WCC)
2 Arizona (Pac-12)

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Evansville Sinks Missouri State Late

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In a back-and-forth game in Springfield, Evansville’s DJ Balentine dropped in a tough layup with 5.8 seconds left to give the Aces a 56-54 win over Missouri State. Balentine, the Missouri Valley’s leading scorer at over 21 points per game, had a season-low seven points on just 2-12 shooting, but was able to make the biggest shot of the night. Continue Reading

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Bracketology 2015: March Madness Bracket Projections (Version 2.0)

Last year CHD’s Jon Teitel correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams that made the tourney, including 61 right on the money or within one spot of their actual seed.

We will spend the next 9 weeks predicting which 68 teams will hear their name called on Selection Sunday, with new updates each week. See below for our list of who would make the cut if they picked the field today, and let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments section. To compare how we stack up with other websites, check out: www.bracketmatrix.com.

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*Teams in bold are new to this week’s bracket:

SEED TEAM (CONFERENCE)
1 Kentucky (SEC)
1 Virginia (ACC)
1 Duke (ACC)
1 Villanova (Big East)

2 Wisconsin (Big 10)
2 Louisville (ACC)
2 Gonzaga (WCC)
2 Utah (Pac-12) Continue Reading

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The Eyes of Texas are upon him: CHD interviews Longhorns coach Rick Barnes

Rick Barnes has been a head coach since 1987 and is now only a few games away from his 600th career win.  The 4-time Big 12 COY has his team highly ranked yet again as he attempts to make it to postseason play for the 23rd year in a row.  With all the hoopla surrounding Coach K’s march to 1000 career wins, it is worth spending a few moments to  reflect on a coach who is better than ever at age 60.  CHD’s Jon Teitel spoke to Dan Gavitt, VP of Men’s Basketball Championships for the NCAA and a former assistant to Barnes at Providence, about his old boss and what makes him such a great coach. 

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Coach Barnes worked as an assistant for several legendary coaches (including Eddie Biedenbach/Wimp Sanderson/Gary Williams): which coach had the greatest impact on him either on or off the court? I would not single out any specific one, as he learned something from all of them, including Joe Harrington at George Mason. Continue Reading

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Bracketology 2015: March Madness Bracket Projections (Version 1.0)

Welcome back to another year of NCAA tourney projections. Last year CHD’s Jon Teitel correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams that made the tourney, including 61 right on the money or within one spot of their actual seed. We will spend the next 10 weeks predicting which 68 teams will hear their name called on Selection Sunday, with new updates each week. See below for our list of who would make the cut if they picked the field today, and let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments section. To compare how we stack up with other websites, check out: www.bracketmatrix.com.

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SEED TEAM (CONFERENCE)
1 Kentucky (SEC)
1 Duke (ACC)
1 Virginia (ACC)
1 Wisconsin (Big 10) Continue Reading

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Handing out the hardware: CHD’s picks for the conference players of 2014 (Part 2 of 2)

Now that we have reached 2015, it is time to reflect on 2014. CHD has reviewed the entire non-conference season and is ready to announce our picks for the best players from every single conference in the country. Jon Teitel has ranked the five best players from each conference based on their stats. Players are listed in a traditional 5-position lineup (G-G-F-F-C) whenever possible, with several exceptions. If you think he has overlooked anyone, feel free to post your feedback in the comments section below.

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MAAC
G: AJ English (Iona)
G: Zaid Hearst (Quinnipiac)
G: Marquis Wright (Siena)
F: David Laury (Iona)
F: Ousmane Drame (Quinnipiac)
Player of 2014: AJ English (Iona)

MAC
G: Julius Brown (Toledo)
G: Shannon Evans (Buffalo)
F: Justin Moss (Buffalo)
F: Richaun Holmes (Bowling Green)
C: Karrington Ward (Eastern Michigan)
Player of 2014: Justin Moss (Buffalo) Continue Reading