Season in Review: The Best of RTC

Posted by rtmsf on April 13th, 2011

It’s been a great season here at RTC, our Year the Fourth covering this great sport, and before we pack up the boxes and head to our summer hideaways in the Hamptons, Aspen and Santa Barbara, respectively, we wanted to share a little bit of our “best of” for the 2010-11 season.

Some RTC Season Highlights

RTC Live

Through our network of correspondents from coast to coast, we were able to cover a grand total of 295 games at 82 different venues this year.  We saw every single NCAA Tournament team at least once, and 78 other schools just for kicks.  We witnessed the Final Four quartet of Connecticut, Butler, Kentucky and VCU a total of 56 times, and we sat courtside at every one of UConn’s unprecedented 14-0 neutral site victories this season — from Maui to New York, then Washington to Anaheim, ultimately culminating in Houston.  Perhaps most proudly, we managed to send someone to each of the fourteen NCAA Tournament sites this year, an accomplishment we hope is merely the first in a long line of such successes.

We put together a short video encompassing some of the photos we took along the way.  See you on the road next season!

Special thanks are due to the following RTC Live correspondents: Joe Dzuback, Brian Goodman, Kellen Carpenter, Collin Sherwin, Danny Spewak, Rob Dauster, Drew Murawa, Eli Linton, David Ely, Frank Barrows, Greg Waddell, Jonathan Lintner, Jason Prziborowski, John Templon, JL Weill, Kenny Ocker, Kevin Doyle, Kraig Williams, Matt Patton, Matt Poindexter, Brian Otskey, Owen Kemp, Patrick Marshall, Jared Quillen, Steve Coulter, Tae Andrews, Travis Miller, Trevor Chipman, Michael Vernetti, Walker Carey, Zach Hayes, and Dave Zeitlin.

Some of Our Columnists’ Best

  • In his Past Imperfect series, a column taking a look back at some of the more interesting stories of the last few decades, JL Weill introduced us to Doughnut Man, a/k/a Steve Lavin, during his formative coaching years at UCLA.
  • Drew Murawa spent the better part of two months releasing his In Their Words series, a detailed mash-up of interviews taken from coaches, SIDs, assistants and others at the mid-major level of college basketball.
  • Kellen Carpenter’s Behind the Numbers column each week asked us to challenge our conventional thinking by postulating that the metrics sometimes tell a different story than the mainstream viewpoint, as in this stellar piece analyzing the influence of alpha dogs on college basketball.
  • It’s a Love/Hate Relationship by Jesse Baumgartner delved into five things each week that he loved and hated, and from the response on these columns, many of you agreed with his sometimes controversial positions!
  • We don’t want to forget some of our other regular columnists:  Zach Hayes with his superb Ten Tuesday Scribbles musing about the week’s top analytical trends within the game; David Ely’s The Week That Was, comprehensively reviewing the entire sport from top to bottom in his typically humorous style; and, Kevin Doyle’s The Other 26 column, meticulously keeping tabs on the leagues that comprise over 80% of the sport but receive about 10% of the attention.

Closing Things Out

  • In Case You Were In a Coma.   Let’s say you missed the entire season or just recently awakened to the sport.  Here were the top 15 storylines from the 2010-11 year, which is almost the same as seeing it all live.
  • What About Next Year? Well, here’s our Way Too Early Top 25 for the 2011-12 season, which is already somewhat outdated becaue it didn’t take into account quite a few players returning and/or leaving.  But it’s a start.  We’ll have another version as soon as the draft entry deadline passes.

Additional Credits

  • Brian Goodman for his yeoman’s work all season editing all of the conference correspondent submissions.
  • Brian Otskey for his nightly work authoring the Set Your Tivo series.
  • Walker Carey for his daily research keeping the editing team apprised of the goings-on in the sport.
  • Zach Hayes and Drew Murawa for their timely and excellent posts on any- and everything needed.

We’d also like to recognize each of our conference correspondents as well, the guys who provide the foundation at the conference level for what we try to do at the national level.  A hefty thanks to every one of these fellas…  Howard Hochman (Ivy), Matthew McKillip (America East), Ryan ZumMallen (Big West), Alex Varone (MAC), Eli Linton (Summit), Ray Floriani (MAAC & NEC), Mark Bryant (Big South), Kevin Doyle (Patriot), Bucky Dent (Atlantic Sun), Danny Spewak (Sun Belt), Patrick Marshall (MVC), Nick Camarotta (CAA), Steve Coulter (CUSA), Owen Kemp (Big 12), Clark Williams (SoCon), Rob Dauster (Big East), Matt Patton (ACC), John Templon (Big Ten), Drew Murawa (Mountain West & Pac-10), Jared Quillen (SEC), Jimmy Lemke (Horizon), Joe Dzuback (Atlantic 10), Sam Wasson (WAC), Michael Vernetti (WCC).

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