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Eye On College Basketball

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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 at least three times per week with commentary, reporting, insider information and statistical analysis throughout college basketball all year long.

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If you are hoping for a certain something, you will need to wait just a little longer. The final episode of February is smash-loaded with so much great college hoops talk and some absurd tangents peppered throughout. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with Baylor’s undefeated season coming to an end. Someone’s getting pizza! The guys pivot to Iowa-Ohio State (21:30) and Iowa having a 2 seed-level resume, with Ohio State also sharing a spot on the 2 line now. An extensive and informative whiparound (33:00) that touches on just about every single bubble team with a game on Saturday and Sunday. The listener reviews are something else too, and those wrap the show right around the 64-minute mark. Here's Norlander's column on Kansas ending Baylor's unbeaten season: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/baylor-is-unbeaten-no-more-and-now-the-question-becomes-will-bears-be-able-to-return-to-their-dominant-form/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The NCAA has revealed (most) of its plans for bracket contingencies for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish open with a detailed synopsis of what you need to know and offer up a few more tweaks the NCAA should have ultimately decided to go with. The second segment is tied to Michigan State (18:15) now vaulting itself into the field thanks to its win over Ohio State on Thursday. Plus, Michigan beat Iowa in a top-10 affair, and at this point three of the four No. 1 seeds are locked up. The Final Four + 1 (31:00) has Norlander disrespecting the Drews, Parrish disrespecting a Mountain West team and -- get this -- these two disagreeing on every game this weekend. Shouts to David Lighty! Shouts to remote mines in the caves. Let's go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Baylor flirted with the biggest upset loss of the season Tuesday night before pulling away from 2-17 Iowa State. The guys open on that, then get into everything tied to Big 12 (12:00) from Monday and Tuesday, including results and the restructuring of the league schedule. There's a lot to get to. At the 33-minute mark, disagreement on which team has the better at-large resume right now, Duke or Michigan State. Norlander still believes both will miss the NCAA Tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michigan’s win at Ohio State on Sunday might have been the most enjoyable game so far this season. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander obviously open with that and share their thoughts on both teams and whether Michigan is right there with Gonzaga and Baylor. Then: uh-oh. Duke’s not dead yet. The Blue Devils (20:50) got their best win of the season by hanging on vs. Virginia. Let’s objectively evaluate the resume and determine their chances of dancing. The weekend whiparound begins at the 35-minute mark with some entertaining takeaways and commentary, and then our listener mailbag closes the show as it does every Sunday (55:00). As teased on the show, here is Norlander’s column on Michigan-Ohio State: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/as-the-ncaa-tournament-looms-ahead-michigan-vs-ohio-state-arrived-at-perfect-time-for-college-basketball/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wichita State’s home win Thursday night over top-10 Houston was good enough to finally catapult the Shockers into the NCAA Tournament conversation. Parrish and Norlander disagree at this point about if they should be in, though. Another Q: Should Isaac Brown be promoted from interim to full-time head coach, or is an NCAA Tournament appearance necessary to make that jump? After that, the guys touch on Friday’s notable news: The NCAA allowing for 25% capacity in all NCAA Tournament venues this season (14:45). From there, the curious cases of Belmont and Winthrop (22:15) and why the selection committee should give them more slack this season. You can read Norlander’s story on this below as well. The pod wraps, as it does every Friday, with the Final Four + 1 (31:15). Norlander shouts out a number of listeners who came through with that Arkansas Sweet 16 stat, so stick around! https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/court-report-selection-committee-chair-mitch-barnhart-explains-new-ncaa-tournament-bracketing-process/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu is college basketball’s premier closer at this point, or so one high-major coach who texted Norlander said. The pod opens on the Illini before getting to the most controversial story of the week, Jalen Johnson leaving Duke (11:30). GP and Norlander make some time to talk about Florida State and Arkansas (24:00) working their way into the top two spots in their respective conference races and then ask the important question: Who would you rather have an edible with, Leonard Hamilton or Eric Musselman? The pod closes on Boston College (40:00) deciding to fire Jim Christian in the middle of February. What’s the point? And is it a better job than, say, Penn State, which also will have to fill an opening in the next 6-8 weeks? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We are now under a month away from the Selection Sunday’s bracket reveal. Strap in! Our Sunday evening ep opens with Michigan’s come-from-behind beatdown on Wisconsin. The selection committee said Michigan had the No. 3 profile on Saturday morning, and the guys agree. Segment No. 2 (11:30) focuses on Ohio State, Oklahoma and Alabama, three current top 10 teams that were not projected by any stretch to be in this spot back in November. All three won this weekend. The weekend whiparound (22:15) touches on Illinois, Creighton, Virginia,, Arkansas, Iowa, Loyola Chicago-Drake, UConn, VCU and more. Our Sunday night mailbag (40:00) includes the latest grammar grievance from the guys! Here’s Norlander’s weekend takeaways piece as well:   https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-scores-weekend-takeaways-bracket-facts-big-wins-ayo-vs-luka-creightons-statement/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One of the more enjoyable episodes this season, we do think. The guys start with an array of thoughts on the Pac-12 … but there is an off-the-rails discussion mixed in, so be prepared. OK, maybe a couple. And then GP’s thoughts on why Duke could be the No. 1 team next preseason (29:00) with a good Trivia Time! tossed in. A lengthy, entertaining weekend preview starts right around the 36:30 mark. As promised on the pod, here are links to Parrish’s column and Norlander’s Court Report. Read as ya listen: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/duke-will-rise-again-and-it-all-starts-with-the-recruiting-class-the-blue-devils-are-expected-to-enroll/ https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/court-report-cameron-krutwigs-harmonica-has-loyola-chicago-humming-along-as-it-tunes-up-for-run-at-big-dance/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should UNC have had to forfeit its home game Tuesday vs. Miami in light of video surfacing showing players partying without masks? No. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander get into why. Then the guys touch on one of the bigger stories of the offseason (13:00) that went absolutely nowhere this season. What is it? Listen to find out. And about Duke and Kentucky (27:00), which lost again on Tuesday night — do we think these teams will be able to regain their top-10 form next season? For one, yes. For the other, not so much. And finally, Chris Beard (37:00) and his epic end-of-game meltdown from Tuesday night. Would you believe that’s Beard’s first technical foul at Texas Tech? At the end of the pod, Norlander shares some news on the NCAA Tournament. Here’s the story about it, which includes the TV schedule for the 2021 Big Dance. You can read more here: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/ncaa-tournament-2021-march-madness-tv-schedule-tip-off-times-and-selection-sunday-announced/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Our Sunday evening podcast was recorded in the early afternoon, before the Super Bowl. The guys open with Kansas’ fifth loss in seven games. Hard to justify ranking KU at this point. They then turn to Texas and Alabama (14:00) losing as road favorites and get into those games. The always-lively weekend whiparound (29:00) touches on essentially every outcome of note — UNC over Duke, USC over UCLA, Illinois over Wisconsin, the quagmire in the A-10, but with an emphasis on Iowa losing for the fourth time in five games and being swept by Indiana. As always, the end of the Sunday ep gets into some listener reviews (52:00), including a story about someone running into GP for a change!  Here’s Norlander’s column from Saturday night, easy to read as you listen to the show. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/uncs-win-at-duke-delivers-excitement-even-without-rankings-or-fans-in-the-sports-best-rivalry/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ohio State got its seventh Quad 1 win by virtue of beating Iowa on Thursday night, so the guys open with that and spent about 15 minutes on the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes, including some chatter on how more experienced teams are atop the rankings almost universally this season. Then it’s the upset-laden Wednesday (15:45), which was statistically the nuttiest day of the season so far. And if it’s a Friday, it’s Final Four + 1 time (40:30), in addition to Norlander’s usual viewing guide on the other matchups to watch. If you want more “Let’s go!” Coach K drops, this episode will not disappoint. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show open: No. 2 Baylor’s 83-69 win at No. 6 Texas, which prompts a discussion about Parrish deciding to keep Gonzaga at No. 1 in his rankings. (Norlander prefers BU at this point by a narrow margin.) There’s a lot more to dig into as well, including on the Texas side, so come on in. After that, the guys get to Duke and North Carolina (23:30) both losing in recent days, setting up a highly urgent and historic Heels-Devils game this weekend. We've got a dash of Drake/Loyola Chicago love (35:00) and a then quick tour of other noteworthy Tuesday results, plus a good Final Four hypothetical GP asks Norlander. Happy Wednesday, all, and remember: you can play CBS Sports’ Super Bowl Props Pick 'Em game for free. Check it out: https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/games/props-pickem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The death of John Chaney on Friday is still lingering as the biggest story in college hoops as we exit the weekend. The guys have a long discussion on Chaney in the back end of the podcast you won’t want to miss. But before that, an extensive tour around the weekend’s results. The pod opens with thoughts on five games featuring ranked teams falling to unranked or less-ranked opponents. Oklahoma and Florida are the biggest winners. Then GP and Norlander get to other notable outcomes (18:45) and touch on more than 10 games from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Chaney talk starts around the 33-minute mark, and then the listener mailbag -- with a ranking of some of the best bits and moments on the pod in the past 12 months -- concludes the final 20 minutes of the pod. Links below that Norlander references in the episode: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/temple-coach-john-chaney-a-naismith-hall-of-famer-who-led-the-owls-to-17-ncaa-tournaments-dies-at-89/ https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/weekend-takeaways-secbig-12-challenge-proves-need-for-more-nonconference-games-later-in-regular-season/ https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/games/props-pickem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen, we’ve got some random stuff in this podcast, but you wouldn’t want it any other way! And as always, the majority of the talk is on college hoops. Here’s how it starts: Gonzaga and Baylor continue to steamroll. If Baylor doesn’t lose, it’s going to get the No. 1 overall seed. GP and Norlander lead with that, then get to Rutgers winning for the first time ever (16:00) over a Michigan State team that’s now not likely to make the NCAA Tournament. The guys make their weeknd picks (28:30), including Alabama-Oklahoma, Villanova-Seton Hall and Virginia-Virginia Tech. Bimbo Coles, hello. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How are ya doing today? We hope we find you feeling healthy. The pod opens with Alabama over Kentucky and Auburn over Missouri from Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide have the SEC practically locked up at this point. Then it’s the Big 12 (18:15), focused on WVU beating Texas Tech and Oklahoma upsetting Texas. The guys make time for Drake (31:00) coming back from pause to remain unbeaten, with some two-bid MVC curiosity. Plus: Billikens (40:00)! They  could not do the same, plus some A-10 talk. As usual, there’s a Trivia Time! Mixed in along with goofy unexpected commentary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We didn’t have a blockbuster weekend, but there are a few scores and plot lines to dive into. The pod opens with Kansas and Duke’s three-game losing streaks. How many times, ever, have these two blue bloods had three-game losing streaks at the same time? Then the guys get into Coach K’s viral moment with a student reporter (16:10) and discuss why some of the reaction was overblown. The weekend whiparound starts around the 32-minute mark, and then the mailbag (42:00) is bookended with Norlander having a little rapid-fire Q&A with GP for his 48th birthday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Let’s have some fun. Today’s episode opens with Indiana’s highly significant upset at Iowa from Thursday night, and so there will be crow to eat. At the 14:30 mark, the guys then get to Norlander’s piece (link below) from Thursday that details the potentially messy situation awaiting college basketball in March: should conference tournaments be played? Norlander polled more than 40 coaches, and more than a quarter of them believe they should not be. There’s a lot to unpack here; we think you’ll enjoy this back-and-forth. The Final Four + 1 picks (43:45) are all Saturday games, with a quick tour on another five or six to be aware of beyond the ones the guys make picks on. https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/more-than-one-out-of-every-four-coaches-surveyed-say-conference-tournaments-should-not-be-held-this-season/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with Alabama's record-breaking win at LSU on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide are a top-10 team at the moment, so let's get into it. After that, a few words on Pitt's win over Duke (16:30) and a quick tour of some other results from Tuesday night, like Purdue, Oregon State and Florida all getting Ws (24:00). On Tuesday, the NCAA announced the schedule for all rounds of the 2021 NCAA Tournament (28:30) and Norlander has more information to report, in addition to some rants about what could have been changed with the format this year. The guys wrap with a quick heads-up on a few Thursday evening games to keep an eye on (48:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We know our Friday preview ep was shorter than usual, so we made up for it with our Sunday recap one. The guys open on Virginia, which had the most impressive win of the weekend. Then they get to Illinois (11:45) and try to answer why it’s falling short of expectations. The weekend whiparound (25:15) includes thoughts on Creighton, Pac-12, Gonzaga, Baylor, UNC, Louisville and more, and then the guys — probably for the last time this season — dedicate a little time to what John Calipari (40:40) said on Saturday. And a special elongated mailbag segment (50:20) this week, which includes interesting questions, fake stories and some D-I college hoops connections. As Norlander references on the pod, here’s a link to his weekend takeaways column, which you can read while you listen. Enjoy! https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-scores-takeaways-virginia-romps-michigan-fine-despite-loss-illinois-weirdly-unreliable/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The weekend is here. GP and Norlander open with some lingering thoughts from Texas Tech’s nice win at Texas, then touch on Indiana’s problematic home loss to Purdue on Thursday night (8:30) and discuss the NCAA’s one-year-only modification to the bracketing process (12:15), which is an improvement. And since it’s Friday, you know it: Final Four + 1 picks (19:00) for our favorite games.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (10)

Timothy Warren

I have loved this podcast, but am getting driven away by the constant dive into political arguments. If I want to listen to politics I’ll subscribe to another show. Please quit ruining your show.

Jun 18th
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Jeff Ledford

believe you all made a mistake on returnees for Kentucky. Brooks has announced that he is coming back.

Apr 13th
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m parker

They will be recognized for being the no.1 team for the regular season per their AD.

Mar 25th
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Thundertoad

Parrish has succeeded in driving me away from what can be a great podcast with his incessant arrogance.

Mar 3rd
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stevelumenti@hotmail.com

Parrish, has finally jumped the shark wasting over 20 min. on Kentucky coach, you are not a credible journalist, but a gossip girl mench ! wait til playing is over to waste the listeners time !!!!

Apr 4th
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stevelumenti@hotmail.com

in the midsts of 100's of important games, the 2 so called professionals, you, are droning on over Zion like everyother stupid scab ! But dude, " It means instant Hits, right ". Boo, lame, March Bla ....less !

Mar 15th
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Thomas Bronico

Really enjoyed your podcast up until today. I did not subscribe to hear your opinion on national anthem protests.

Feb 26th
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Mark A

go back to the old music intro. new one stinks

Jan 18th
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