Welp. It happened. It actually happened. No NCAA tournament so naturally we discuss Coronavirus and how abrupt this ending really is. We give you a glimpse of what is to come with TICH in the offseason. Then we chat with NBA draft analyst, former NBA agent and former Arizona Wildcat, Matt Babcock. He gives us a fantastic look inside the draft evaluation process, his time at a big agency and thoughts on Sean Miller. We end the season with Where Am I? and Hugs. Thanks for the support all year, gang.
You know how at the end of every show we give out hugs? Well, TICH might be in need of a hug. With the news of fans not being allowed to enter stadiums during March Madness, the boys are downtrodden, hurt, befuddled, confused but most of all sad. We try to make sense of it all and try to identify if there are any silver linings in this. How will this impact your bracket? How will this impact your viewing habits? How will this impact your overall satisfaction with life? Hopefully we gave you some guidance. Then, we cheer up a bit as we welcome first timer and former Wisconsin basketball player, JD Wise, to the program to share some stories about his playing days and his thoughts on this current Wisconsin team. We cap it off with TWIT and Hugs.
The Pac-12 truly embodied the craziness that was the 2019-20 College Basketball season. Their best team has looked as good as anyone at times…
Here at The Barn we’ve got you covered and have what you need to know about each of the teams fighting to hoist the AAC championship banner.
The ACC has been the most dominant conference in college basketball since they expanded to 15 teams in 2014. Over that time we’ve consistently seen 8 or 9 teams make the NCAA Tournament, a concept that would’ve been unheard of 15 years ago. However this year’s iteration may feature the weakest ACC field yet. The middle of the pack teams have been below average at best (pun intended NC State), and even the top teams aren’t showing their typical dominance. I hate to call any March hoops boring, but don’t expect to see your typical classic tournament in Greensboro.
We’re barreling into Selection Sunday but first, Taylor and Subbi revisit their preseason predictions. Some conferences were terrible, some weren’t so bad. Then, we make our Jerome Week 2 picks. This is when the big dogs come to play. Power conferences plus a lil LeVelle Moton. Also, have any of you heard the Christmas jingle, Dominick The Donkey? If not, take a listen and then once you have it in your head replace the name with Davide Moretti. Finally, we end the program with Where Am I? and Hugs
The crew gets together to talk about the Grizzlies historic back-to-back wins over Atlanta and Brooklyn on the road, why the loss to Dallas was expected, and the Chief goes on another epic rant. Zak has some interesting stats on the team since Jaren’s injury and Mase is given a few minutes to toot the horn of Josh Jackson. Also, the bench unit is still really, really good.
It may not be what it once was, but this year’s Big East tournament should offer plenty of excitement. The conference truly embodies the parity that was the 2019-20 College Basketball season. Eight of the ten teams finished with an overall record above .500, while Georgetown and DePaul currently sit at 15-16. Add in the MSG atmosphere and we should be in for another classic tournament. So without further ado, let’s break down the upcoming week at the Mecca.
It has been a while, but if you would like a refresher, here is my Central and Atlantic Division lookbacks. The Southeast had plenty of moves, and tons at the trade deadline too. This is just a lookback at the offseason, but the other moves gives us a better understanding of what truly happened.
Big show ahead as The Shark has his cloggin’ shoes on after the Vols came back in Rupp. Can the Barnes boys hear their name come Gumbel time? Then we discuss some news and notes including an apology to Providence, Andy Kennedy’s molasses mouth and a “Vili” off. We need an Illinois/Seton Hall tournament game so that we get the Bezhanishvili/Mamukelashvili matchup we’ve all been craving. With March Madness comes absurd slogans and one liners on warm up shirts. We discuss the best of the past then Subbi quizzes the Shark to see if he can differentiate those slogans between a Lil Jon/EDM song. We also bring on the BarnBurner’s latest addition, Matt Alameda, who breaks down his college basketball fandom, his writing history and the state of college basketball in New Jersey. Finally, we bury the show with Where Am I? and Hugs