The RTC Podblast: SEC Preseason Edition

Posted by rtmsf on October 31st, 2013

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We’re just a little over a week from the start of games across this fair nation, and that means it’s time to preview each of the major seven basketball conferences on the RTC Podcast. This week we’ll unveil previews for the Big East (Tuesday), Big Ten (Wednesday), SEC (Thursday) and Pac-12 (Friday), with the AAC, ACC and Big 12 to come next week. As always, Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) is our talented and engaging host, leading the group through a series of topics and questions related to the upcoming season. For this podblast, we invited RTC SEC microsite correspondent Brian Joyce (@bjoyce_hoops) to the program, as he helped us consider whether this year’s league will be another version of Kentucky & Everyone Else.

Make sure to add the RTC Podcast to your iTunes lineup so that you’ll automatically upload it on your listening device after we record. And don’t forget to check out our 2013-14 Preseason Podcast, the National Edition, and feel free to contact us through Twitter or email — we’re listening.

The rundown is below if you’d like to skip around.

  • 0:00-10:04 – Is This Kentucky Team More Like 2012 or 2013?
  • 10:04-14:44 – Florida as a Contender
  • 14:44-21:00 – Anyone Else in the SEC Going to be Good?
  • 21:00-23:16 – Randy Rejects Tennessee as a Potential Favorite Team
  • 23:16-24:48 – MARSHALL HENDERSON!
  • 24:48-29:24 – Other SEC Stars
  • 29:24-30:33 – Underrated SEC Players
  • 30:33-33:41 – Impact of Frank Haith’s Suspension on Mizzou and the Rest of the SEC
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The RTC Podblast: Big Ten Preseason Edition

Posted by rtmsf on October 30th, 2013

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We’re just a little over a week from the start of games across this fair nation, and that means it’s time to preview each of the major seven basketball conferences on the RTC Podcast. This week we’ll unveil previews for the Big East (Tuesday), Big Ten (Wednesday), SEC (Thursday) and Pac-12 (Friday), with the AAC, ACC and Big 12 to come next week. As always, Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) is our talented and engaging host, leading the group through a series of topics and questions related to the upcoming season. On this podblast, we invited RTC Big Ten microsite correspondent Deepak Jayanti (@dee_b1g) to the program, as he helped us determine if the depth of the Big Ten means that this is still the best basketball league in America.

Make sure to add the RTC Podcast to your iTunes lineup so that you’ll automatically upload it on your listening device after we record. And don’t forget to check out our 2013-14 Preseason Podcast, the National Edition, and feel free to contact us through Twitter or email — we’re listening.

The rundown is below if you’d like to skip around.

  • 0:00-4:43 – Is Michigan State a Title Contender?
  • 4:43-10:12 – Spartan’s Challengers (Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana, Wisconsin)
  • 10:12-12:23 – Surprise Teams (Northwestern, Purdue)
  • 12:23-13:54 – Can Iowa Justify the Preseason Buzz?
  • 13:54-16:22 – Randy’s New Favorite Team – Big Ten Style
  • 16:22-18:11 – Big Ten Player of the Year Discussion
  • 18:11-19:18 – Players Ready to Make the Leap
  • 19:18-20:47 – Players Set to Disappoint
  • 20:47-22:40 – Under the Radar Stars
  • 22:40-23:34 – Wolverine State Rivalry
  • 23:34-25:29 – Is the Big Ten Still King?
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The RTC Podblast: Big East Preseason Edition

Posted by rtmsf on October 29th, 2013

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We’re just a little over a week from the start of games across this fair nation, and that means it’s time to preview each of the major seven basketball conferences on the RTC Podcast. This week we’ll unveil previews for the Big East (Tuesday), Big Ten (Wednesday), SEC (Thursday) and Pac-12 (Friday), with the AAC, ACC and Big 12 to come next week. As always, Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) is our talented and engaging host, leading the group through a series of topics and questions related to the upcoming season. For this podblast, we invited longtime RTC correspondent and Big East aficianado Brian Otskey (@botskey) to the program, as he helped us navigate through what to expect from a Big East Conference that looks quite a bit different from what we’ve gotten accustomed to.

Make sure to add the RTC Podcast to your iTunes lineup so that you’ll automatically upload it on your listening device after we record. And don’t forget to check out our 2013-14 Preseason Podcast, the National Edition, and feel free to contact us through Twitter or email — we’re listening.

The rundown is below if you’d like to skip around.

  • 0:00-6:06 – Marquette Finally Gets Preseason Love
  • 6:06-9:55 – Best of the Rest in the Big East (Creighton, Georgetown)
  • 9:55-13:46 – Big East Middle Tier and the former A-10 teams (St. John’s, Providence, Villanova, Butler, Xavier)
  • 13:46-15:08 – Team Set to Disappoint (Providence, St. John’s)
  • 15:08-16:40 – Randy’s New Favorite Team – Big East Style
  • 16:40-18:45 – Battle for Big East’s Second Best Player
  • 18:45-20:16 – Player Key For His Team to Take a Leap
  • 20:16-21:47 – Player That May Fall Short of Expectations
  • 21:47-25:07 – Perception of the New Big East
  • 25:07-27:02 – Big East Bold Predictions
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The RTC Podblasts: East and West Regions

Posted by rtmsf on March 27th, 2013

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Happy Sweet Sixteen, everyone. The RTC Podcast crew is back with several of our NCAA Tournament Region correspondents this week to break down what we saw over the weekend and what to expect in the coming one. As always, Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) is our host, with Brian Otskey (@BOtskey) and Drew Murawa (@AMurawa) joining us to discuss the East and West Regions, respectively. If you missed them earlier, we also published the South and Midwest Region podblasts today. Enjoy the Sweet Sixteen!

East Region

  • 0:00-2:22 – Marquette Barely Makes Our Upset Pick Look Bad
  • 2:22-8:17 – Timeout and Flagrant Foul Rule Changes
  • 8:17-10:36 – Marquette’s Other Close Call
  • 10:36-13:20 – Miami Survives a Close Call of Their Own
  • 13:20-16:00 – What Does Indiana’s Round of 32 Scare Mean For the Hoosiers
  • 16:00-20:04 – Syracuse, Finally a Good Team Without a Close Game
  • 20:04-25:14 – Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Predictions
  • 25:14-29:12 – Reactions to the Latest Breaking Conference Realignment News

 

West Region

  • 0:00-3:54 – Gonzaga the First #1 Seed to Fall
  • 3:54-6:12 – Wichita State Deserves Credit
  • 6:12-9:57 – La Salle’s Under the Radar Cinderella Run
  • 9:57-16:48 – Examining the Other West Region Upsets
  • 16:48-20:49 – Mountain West March Sadness
  • 20:49-22:23 - Arizona Looking to Recapture Top 10 Form
  • 22:23-25:57 – Arizona Comes Into Elite Eight Off Blowouts, Ohio State Off a Buzzer Beater
  • 25:57-30:27 – Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Predictions
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The RTC Podblasts: South and Midwest Regions

Posted by rtmsf on March 27th, 2013

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Happy Sweet Sixteen, everyone. The RTC Podcast crew is back with several of our NCAA Tournament Region correspondents this week to break down what we saw over the weekend and what to expect in the coming one. As always, Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) is our host, with Kevin Doyle (@KLDoyle11) and Bennet Hayes (@HoopsTraveler) joining us to discuss the South and Midwest Regions, respectively. We’ll have our podblasts for the other two regions up a bit later today, so be sure to watch for those as well. Enjoy the Sweet Sixteen!

South Region

  • 0:00-6:47 – DUNK CITY!
  • 6:47-11:41 – FGCU Chances Against In-State “Rival” Florida
  • 11:41-16:18 – Kansas Under the Radar Struggles
  • 16:18-20:04 – Michigan Looking Good Again (With Kevin’s Florida Love Mixed In)
  • 20:04-25:11 – Previewing a Hypothetical Florida-Michigan Game
  • 25:11-33:35 – Minnesota-UCLA Battle of the Walking Dead Coaches

 

Midwest Region

  • 0:00-3:30 – Oregon’s Proving the Committee Wrong
  • 3:30-7:22 – Louisville Proving the Committee Right
  • 7:22-11:13 – Clash of the Coaching Titans in Duke-Michigan State
  • 11:13-13:53 – Final Four Picks
  • 13:53-17:20 – Favorite Game of the Region
  • 17:20-20:15 – Surprises of the Opening Weekend
  • 20:15-24:40 – Opening Weekend MVPs and More Oregon TAlke
  • 24:40-27:00 – Opening Weekend LVPs
  • 27:00-31:22 – Coaches That Deserve Ben Howland-Tubby Smith Treatment
  • 31:22- 34:50 – Hedge Your Bets Predictions
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The RTC Podblast: Big Ten Tournament Edition

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2013

The Big Ten Tournament gets under way Thursday, so the RTC Podcast guys invited Big Ten microsite writer Deepak Jayanti (@dee_b1galong for the discussion. In this podblast, the trio breaks down what we see as the key storylines and possible outcomes from an event where the tourney semifinals could be as good or better than the Final Four in a few weeks. Feel free to hop around to your areas of concern using the handy outline below, and make sure to check back frequently this week as we’ll be rolling out a new podblast for each of the six major conference tourneys.

  • 0:00-5:02 – Indiana Claims Outright Big 10 Title With Thrilling Win in Ann Arbor
  • 5:02-8:45 – Post Season Award Discussion
  • 8:45-10:25 -Brutal Big 10 Cause For Concern at the End of the Season?
  • 10:25-13:30 Indiana Outright Champ, But Not Outright Favorite
  • 13:30-14:55 Minnesota and Iowa Looking to Win Their Way Off the Bubble
  • 14:55-17:25 Seed Possibilities for the Top Teams
  • 17:25-19:05 – Dark Horse Team
  • 19:05-21:26 – Tournament’s Breakout Star
  • 21:26-23:23 – Player You Don’t Want to Say Goodbye to
  • 22:23-25:53 – Dream Match Up
  • 25:53-28:08 – Big 10 Team That Last the Longest in March/Wrap
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The RTC Podblast: ACC Tournament Edition

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2013

The ACC Tournament, 12-team edition, gets under way tomorrow, so the RTC Podcast guys invited ACC microsite writer Matt Patton (@rise_and_fire) along for the discussion. In this podblast, we question whether this is simply a coronation for Coach K en route to his 14th ACC crown (most ever), or if teams like Miami (FL), Virginia and/or North Carolina can cause the Blue Devils problems. Feel free to hop around to your areas of concern using the handy outline below, and make sure to check back frequently this week as we’ll be rolling out a new podblast for each of the six major conference tourneys.

  • 0:00-3:08 – Miami’s Surprise Championship Season
  • 3:08-11:05 – ACC POY and Award Discussion
  • 11:05-13:51 – Duke the Favorites With Ryan Kelly
  • 13:51-16:16 – Third Time the Charm for UNC Over Duke?
  • 16:16-19:21 - Virginia the Only ACC Team Still on the Bubble
  • 19:21-23:44 - ACC Seed Predictions
  • 23:44-26:29 – Dark Horse Team
  • 26:29-28:16 – ACC Tournament breakout star
  • 28:16-30:48 – ACC Swan Songs
  • 30:48-32:05 – Marquee Match-ups We’re Hoping to See
  • 32:05-33:40 – ACC NCAA Tournament Predictions
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The RTC Podblast: SEC Tournament Edition

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2013

The SEC Tournament begins tonight, presumably in front of dozens of people with the #11-#14 seeds in action, but that won’t stop us on the RTC Podcast. We invited SEC microsite writer Brian Joyce (@bjoyce_hoops) along for the discussion. The group breaks down a fairly wide open field, and wonders whether Florida is going to roll through this tournament or run into some additional problems. Feel free to hop around to your areas of concern using the handy outline below, and make sure to check back frequently this week as we’ll be rolling out a new podblast for each of the six major conference tourneys.

  • 0:00-3:55 – Florida Wins the SEC Because of Their Talent or Everyone Else’s Lack of Talent?
  • 3:55-6:13 – Non-Gator Favorites in the SEC Tournament
  • 6:13-15:36 – SEC Teams Trying to Win Their Way into the NCAA Tournament in Nashville
  • 15:36-17:42 – SEC Player Poised for a Breakout
  • 17:42-18:48 – Players We’ll Miss in the SEC
  • 18:48-20:14 – Best Potential Match-ups
  • 20:14-22:46 - NCAA Prediction for Florida/Wrap
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The RTC Podblast: Big 12 Tournament Edition

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2013

There’s no Missouri or Texas A&M this year, but the RTC Podcast guys persevered regardless and invited Big 12 microsite writer Danny Spewak (@dspewak) along for the discussion. In this Big 12 Tournament podblast, the trio questions whether Kansas is destined for another championship or if some other team is poised to establish their postseason chops. Feel free to hop around to your areas of concern using the handy outline below, and make sure to check back frequently this week as we’ll be rolling out a new podblast for each of the six major conference tourneys.

  • 0:00-2:56 – Kansas Continues Their Big 12 Dominance
  • 2:56-5:38 – Big 12 1st Team and Award Talk
  • 5:38-8:43 – Can Kansas Carry Their Regular Season Crown Over to the Tournament?
  • 8:43-14:05 Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma Try to Win Their Way Off the Bubble
  • 14:05-16:30 – Which Team Actually Wins the Big 12 Tournament?
  • 16:30-19:06 - Bottom Four Seed With Potential For a Run?
  • 19:06-21:10 - Big 12 Tournament Breakout star
  • 21:10-22:50 - Players Waving Goodbye to the Big 12
  • 22:50-24:57 – Match-up We Want To See Again in KC
  • 24:57-28:00 Big 12 NCAA Tournament Predictions/Wrap
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The RTC Podblast: Pac-12 Tournament Edition

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2013

With the start of the Pac-12 Tournament just hours away in Las Vegas, the RTC Podcast guys invited Pac-12 microsite writer Andrew Murawa (@amurawa) along for the discussion. In a rapid-fire half-hour podblast, the trio breaks down what we see as the key storylines and possible outcomes from an event as wide open as any power conference tournament in the country. Feel free to hop around to your areas of concern using the handy outline below, and make sure to check back frequently this week as we’ll be rolling out a new podblast for each of the six major conference tourneys.

  • 0:00-3:10 – UCLA’s Long Winding Road to the #1 Seed
  • 3:10-5:37 – Arizona’s Equally Up and Down Year
  • 5:37-9:35- Pac-12 Award Discussion
  • 9:35-12:14 The New and Improved Pac-12
  • 12:14-15:21 – Big Story Lines and Pac-12 Dark Horses
  • 15:21-20:12 Who is the Actual Favorite?
  • 20:12-21:05 - Not Much of a Bubble in the Pac-12
  • 21:05-22:19 - Team Capable of Screwing Up the Selection Committee
  • 22:19-23:57 - Pac-12 Tournament’s Breakout Star
  • 23:57-25:13 – Player You Don’t Want to Say Goodbye to
  • 25:13-26:16 – Game We Want to See
  • 26:16-29:32 Pac-12 Team Poised For a Deep Run in the Big Dance/Wrap

 

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The RTC Podblast: Big East Tournament Edition

Posted by rtmsf on March 12th, 2013

With the start of the final Big East Tournament as we know it on Tuesday night, the RTC Podcast guys invited Big East microsite writer Mike Lemaire (@rtcbigeast) along for the discussion. In a rapid-fire half-hour podblast, the trio breaks down what we see as the key storylines and possible outcomes from an event fraught with interesting possibilities. Feel free to hop around to your areas of concern using the handy outline below, and make sure to check back frequently this week as we’ll be rolling out a new podblast for each of the six major conference tourneys.

  • 0:00-5:00 – Georgetown Wraps Up The Regular Season Title in Emphatic Style Over Syracuse
  • 5:00-7:58 – First Team All-Big East Discussion
  • 7:58-13:07 – Future of the League(s) and End of an Era
  • 13:07-16:06 – Things to Watch In the Opening Rounds
  • 16:06-18:10 – Georgetown’s the #1 Seed, But Not the Favorite
  • 18:10-22:03 - Can Syracuse Turn Around The Season?
  • 22:03-24:45 – Bubble Teams Looking to Lock Up Bids
  • 24:45-25:45 – Dark Horse Team
  • 25:45-26:56 – Tournament’s Breakout Star
  • 26:56-28:38 – Player You Don’t Want to Say Goodbye To
  • 28:38-29:38 – Dream Match-Up
  • 29:38-31:48 – Big East Team Poised for the Best NCAA Tournament Run/Wrap
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The RTC Podblast: Episode 13.5

Posted by rtmsf on February 15th, 2013

Welcome to this week’s RTC Podblast, hosted by Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114). It was a week of big rivalry games from Michigan-Michigan State to Duke-North Carolina to Kentucky-Florida and UConn-Syracuse. We hit on a few of these during this week’s podblast, while also finding some time to discuss the MVC and Creighton and looking ahead to what can only be described as a fairly miserable lineup of games over the weekend. Oh well, there’s always next week… this week’s outline is below.

  • 0:00-7:45 – Sparty Establishes Itself as the State’s Best Team
  • 7:45-10:20 – Syracuse Drops Last Big East Game vs UConn
  • 10:20-12:45 – Creighton Struggling in MVC Play
  • 12:45-15:44 – Thoughts on Randy’s NorCal Night (UCLA-Cal/Gonzaga-St. Mary’s)
  • 15:44-18:55 – There Should Be More Games to Preview This Weekend
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