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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The RTC Podblast: Episode 5.5

Posted by rtmsf on December 14th, 2012

We’re back this Friday with a slightly longer-form RTC Podblast, as Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) hosts a discussion regarding the Catholic Seven’s breaking away from the Big East and many of the corresponding feelings we have about it. We also look forward to a jam-packed and presumably very entertaining Saturday worth of games.

Remember that our full podcasts (roughly 45 minutes to an hour long) will publish on Tuesdays during the season, while our shorter (~15-20 minutes) podblasts will drop on Fridays with a quick look at the intervening week’s worth of news and action. Feel free to jump around using the outline below.

  • 0-12:50 – Big East crumbling
  • 12:50-15:10 – Crossroads Classic preview
  • 15:10-18:06 – West coast teams looking to bounce back from tough losses at home (Creighton @ Cal, K-State @ Gonzaga)
  • 18:06-19:14 – Coaches vs former teams (Alabama @ VCU, Michigan vs West Virginia – WARNING: Nothing is wrong with the audio, Randy actually passed on a chance to hype the Wolverines)
  • 19:14-20:37 – Louisville @ Memphis
  • 20:37-24:07 – Florida @ Arizona

We welcome any and all feedback on these podcasts including topics for future discussion or if you want to send us any questions for our “May Not Be From Actual Listeners” segment. Hit us up at rushthecourt@yahoo.com or @rushthecourt on Twitter.

Also make sure to add the RTC Podcast to your iTunes lineup so that you’ll automatically upload it on your listening device after each recording. Thanks!

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The RTC Podblast: Episode 1.5

Posted by rtmsf on November 16th, 2012

Just as we did last year, each Friday during the season we’ll be bringing you The RTC Podblast, the quick-hitting version of our weekly podcast. Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) hosts as we take a quick look back at the Champions Classic games from Tuesday night, discuss the impressive victory of Florida over Wisconsin on Wednesday, and talk about several teams that may or may not be pressing the panic button at this early juncture of the season.

Remember that our full podcasts (roughly 45 minutes to an hour long) will publish on Tuesdays during the season, while our shorter (~15-20 minutes) podblasts will drop on Fridays with a quick look at the intervening week’s worth of news and action. Feel free to jump around using the outline below.

  • Start-2:15 – Michigan State Rebounds in Atlanta.
  • 2:15-3:10 – Kansas: Any Cause For Concern?
  • 3:10-7:10 – Duke vs. Kentucky Breakdown.
  • 7:10- 10:40 – Calipari vs. Coach K on Flopping.
  • 10:40-13:05 – Florida vs. Wisconsin Takeaways.
  • 13:05-16:58 – Panic Meter: Worries About Wisconsin, Miami (FL), Drexel, VCU, Butler, Washington.
  • 16:58-19:30 – Looking Ahead to Weekend Tournaments.

We welcome any and all feedback on these podcasts including topics for future discussion or if you want to send us any questions for our “May Not Be From Actual Listeners” segment. Hit us up atrushthecourt@yahoo.com or @rushthecourt on Twitter.

Also make sure to add the RTC Podcast to your iTunes lineup so that you’ll automatically upload it on your listening device after each recording. Thanks!

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The RTC Podblast: Big Ten Preseason Review

Posted by rtmsf on October 24th, 2012

It’s time to start running down each of the power conference previews on the RTC Podblast, so we’ll be rolling one of these out every few days until we’ve got all six in the books. We hope to also knock out an Other 26 podblast along the way at some point. We begin with our good friends Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) and Big Ten microsite correspondent Deepak Jayanti breaking down the 2012-13 version of the Big Ten Conference.

We welcome any and all feedback on these podcasts including topics for future discussion or if you want to send us any questions for our “May Not Be From Actual Listeners” segment. Hit us up at rushthecourt@yahoo.com or @rushthecourt on Twitter. For now, enjoy the listen and feel free to jump around to the areas you’re most interested in by using the below outline.

Make sure to add the RTC Podcast to your iTunes lineup so that you’ll automatically upload it on your listening device after each recording.

RTC Podblast: Big Ten Preseason Review
  • 1:00 – Indiana Not as Perfect as Portrayed?
  • 3:45 – Ohio State and Michigan as Challengers
  • 8:45 – Conference strength and Expectations
  • 12:33 – Michigan State Discussion
  • 15:23 – Wisconsin Discussion
  • 19:03 – Surprise Teams in the Big Ten
  • 23:08 – Can Northwestern Finally Make It?
  • 24:27 – All Big Ten Candidates
  • 26:00 – Breakout Players
  • 27:20 – Big Ten Predictions

 

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