The RTC Podcast: Upset Weekend Edition

Posted by rtmsf on March 4th, 2014

What a crazy weekend of college basketball. After more than enough upsets and upheavals to shake your fist at, the RTC Podcast is here to attempt to make some sense of all the early March Madness. To help us navigate through some of the morass, we asked ESPN analyst Andy Katz to join us for this week’s Rush the Take, and he was gracious enough to spend some time with us discussing the likes of Oklahoma State, the notion of talent vs. seed level, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, and what he’s looking forward to in terms of the bubble over the next week. It’s excellent stuff, and will more than get you ready for the week before Championship Week. Hosted by Shane Connolly, the guys also spend time talking over the miraculous ascent of Virginia, the equally miraculous descent of Kentucky, and everything in-between. Join us for a listen!

We’re going to be dropping podcasts/podblasts like crazy over the next five weeks of action, so make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes so that you’ll get all of the episodes immediately downloaded to your listening device.

  • 0:00-7:39 – Virginia Sits Alone Atop the ACC
  • 7:39-9:38 – Upsets Abound This Weekend
  • 9:38-14:11 – Kentucky’s Season Spirals Downwards
  • 14:11-16:43 – Least Concerning Upsets
  • 16:43-20:43 – Most Encouraging Win
  • 20:43-28:16 – Rush The Take With ESPN’s Andy Katz
  • 28:16-31:58 – Future of Rushing the Court
  • 31:58-35:15 – Ranking New Mexico
  • 35:15-45:13 – Week Preview
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The RTC Podcast: Jim Boeheim Meme Edition

Posted by rtmsf on February 25th, 2014

One week until the first conference championship tips off (Patriot League), two weeks until Championship Week begins, and three weeks from Selection Sunday… it’s time to get serious about college basketball. Or something like that, which is probably why we spent the first 10 minutes of this week’s RTC Podcast talking about the inanity and insanity of Jim Boeheim, Jim Boeheim memes, and the magic of Tobacco Road. We also found time to discuss the sport’s most loved and hated players this season, what it means to “peak” at the right time, and preview our special NCAA Tournament Prognostication Top 25 (due out a bit later today). As always, Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) hosts the proceedings. Have a listen.

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  • 0:00-12:26 – Questionable Call and Boeheim Freak Out Loses the Game (But Wins the Internet)
  • 12:25-16:15 – What’s Next for Syracuse
  • 16:15-20:28 – Big Weekend in the Big Ten
  • 20:28-22:21 – What It Means to Peak at the “Right Time”
  • 22:21-26:01 – Crucial Games in the American
  • 26:01-28:25 – Other Notables From a Busy Weekend
  • 28:25-32:50 – Concern Level for San Diego State
  • 32:50-33:21 – Brief Congratulatory Interlude for Kansas
  • 33:21-38:26 – Most Liked and Disliked Players in College Basketball
  • 38:26-45:07 – Previewing the NCAA Tournament Prognostication Top 25
  • 45:07-50:03 Week Preview/Wrap
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The RTC Podcast: Fried Gator Humble Pie Edition

Posted by rtmsf on February 18th, 2014

It’s a little hard to believe, but the regular season is slipping away from us. Some of the small conference tournaments begin in a mere two weeks, and a few teams are running out of time to make a positive impression on the NCAA Selection Committee. One team that has made quite the recent impression is Florida, which has parlayed a two-win week over SEC rivals Tennessee and Kentucky into a #2 national and RTC25 ranking. The guys discuss the ascent of the Gators, the descent of the Wildcats (both Kentucky and Arizona), and a good number of other things in this week’s RTC Podcast, hosted by Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114). We also welcomed in RTC national columnist Bennet Hayes (@hoopstraveler) as he pushes into week two of his #rushthetrip covering the western half of the country. He shares some stories from the road, riffs on his favorite venues, and talks about what he’s looking forward to (other than his own bed) as he finishes up things later this week.

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  • 0:00-6:52 – Randy Eats Humble Pie on Florida
  • 6:52-11:06 – What a Home Loss Means for Kentucky
  • 11:09-16:54 – The Pac-12 Version of Struggling Wildcats
  • 16:54-18:02 – What the Win Over Arizona Means for Arizona State
  • 18:02-24:06 – WTF Sunday in the Big Ten
  • 24:06-27:00 – Other Weekend Notes
  • 27:00-40:37 – RTT: Bennet Hayes #rushthetrip
  • 40:37-45:19 – Rivalries Fit for a Documentary
  • 45:19-51:47 – Creighton Pounds Villanova… Again
  • 51:47-56:11 – This Week’s Preview
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The RTC Podcast: #cheerfortheears Edition

Posted by rtmsf on February 11th, 2014

The RTC Podcast is back in action, and there was plenty to talk about this week as unbeaten Wichita State got through its mathematically toughest set of games remaining on its schedule. Can the Shockers run the table? Is it time to #cheerfortheears? We brought on CBSSports.com‘s Matt Norlander to discuss the bet and a bunch of other relevant things in this week’s podcast. The full rundown is below.

  • 0:00-6:00 – #CheerForTheEars Origin Story
  • 6:00-13:46 – Chances Wichita State Actually Goes Undefeated
  • 13:46-25:13 Marcus Smart Fall Out (you did drop another Markel Starks, but I deleted it haha)
  • 25:13-29:50 – Notable Games Around the Country
  • 29:50-32:55 – Overanalyzed Teams
  • 32:55-37:04 – Shaky Top of the Rankings
  • 37:04-46:17 – More Norlander Predictions
  • 46:17-53:58 – Week Preview
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The RTC Podcast: No Team is Safe Edition

Posted by rtmsf on February 4th, 2014

Another weekend down means another RTC Podcast. In this week’s edition, the guys were pleased to welcome Sports Illustrated columnist and all-around good guy, Luke Winn, who regaled us with stories about some of his favorite pieces over the past few years, a couple of teams that he believes might be overlooked according to the national polls, and his favorite graphic that he’s created in the always-entertaining and informative Power Rankings column. Aside from Luke’s visit, we also found time to run down what was a simply ridiculous weekend of college basketball — Super Saturday, instead — and examine the week’s most compelling upcoming games. As always, Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) hosts the proceedings.

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  • 0:00-5:51 – Arizona Loses In More Ways Than One
  • 5:51-12:34 – Duke-Syracuse Lives Up To The Hype
  • 12:34-20:42 – Slew of Other Top 10s Fall (And in OK St’s Case Fall Again)
  • 20:42-33:05 – Rush The Takes: Luke Winn
  • 33:05-37:32 – Kentucky Takes a Tumble in the Ranks
  • 37:32-41:55 – Randy Overrating Cincinnati???
  • 41:55-47:08 – Ohio State And Wisconsin – Someone Technically Won
  • 47:08-51:06 – Virginia Leaps Ahead of Pitt in ACC Power Rankings
  • 51:06-58:47 – Week Preview
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The RTC Podcast: Undefeated Chances Edition

Posted by rtmsf on January 28th, 2014

Welcome back to this week’s RTC Podcast. It wasn’t the best weekend of college basketball we’ve ever seen, but there were at least a few interesting games that led to some key takeaways for the guys as we reach the last gasp of January. Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) hosts us as we walked through thoughts on the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC races, take a look at some of the most underrated conferences this season, and discuss why Florida is so high in everyone’s polls (including the RTC25) and Louisville is so low. It’s a fun ramble, as always, and we hope you enjoy.

  • 0:00-8:53 – Michigan Proves Shane Wrong
  • 8:53-11:35 – Texas and Baylor Going in Opposite Directions
  • 11:35-15:56 – Bedlam Shows Power Shift in the Sooner State
  • 15:56-22:12 – Duke Lays Claim to #2 Spot in the ACC with Win at Pitt
  • 22:12-26:53 – A-10 and Underrated Conferences
  • 26:53-30:26 – Chances Arizona or Syracuse Can Go Undefeated?
  • 30:26-36:05 – Florida vs. Louisville in the Rankings
  • 36:05-45:13 – Week Preview/Wrap
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The RTC Podcast: Rankings vs. Resume Edition

Posted by rtmsf on January 22nd, 2014

We’re a bit later this week because of some issues involving Richard Sherman, MLK Day and a snowstorm named Janus (seriously?), we’re back with this week’s RTC Podcast. Of course, if you were already an iTunes subscriber, you would have already listened to the recording because it dropped much earlier on Wednesday over there. We highly suggest that you make it a part of your regular podcast rotation by subscribing on iTunes. What’s the worst that could happen?

In this week’s edition, hosted by the inimitable Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114), we forgo the Rush the Takes segment in favor of really digging into the key midseason question of distinguishing between a team’s ranking and a team’s resume. And never the twain shall meet. We go back and forth on this during a discussion of several teams, and as always, have a great time doing it. The full rundown is below.

  • 0:00-7:52 – Kansas and the End of the Big 12 Title Race
  • 7:52-18:22 – Fallout From Creighton’s Three-Point Shooting Clinic in Philly
  • 18:22-23:50 – Syracuse and Pitt Have a Classic Big East Battle (in the ACC)
  • 23:50-28:59 – #RootForTheSuit and #CheerForTheEars in the Rankings
  • 28:59-33:50 – Concern for Struggling Teams
  • 33:50-38:54 – You, Me and the AP (Florida)
  • 38:54-44:13 – You, Me and the AP (Louisville)
  • 44:13-47:33 – Week Preview
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The RTC Podcast: Midseason Reset Edition

Posted by rtmsf on January 7th, 2014

Happy conference season, everyone! Here’s hoping that you’re staying warm out there, wherever you are, avoiding the crushing chill of the polar vortex and all that. While it’s been beyond freezing outside, it’s stayed hot on the court, with a number of interesting upsets getting us through the weekend. Since we’re at the midpoint of the season — more or less — we thought it was the right time to do some resets, analyzing some of the surprises and disappointments of the first half of the season, while digging a bit deeper into each of the power conferences to determine which teams will win their leagues. As always, Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114) hosts us through all the discussion, so be sure to check the below outline to jump around if you like.

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 feel free to contact us through Twitter or email — we’re listening.

  • 0:00-3:02 – Upsets Galore This Weekend
  • 3:02-6:19 – Notre Dame Opens ACC Play With a Big Win Over Duke
  • 6:19-10:41 – Upsets With Long Lasting Impact
  • 10:41-12:15 – Shoutouts to Randy and Wisky
  • 12:15-14:12 – #RootForTheSuit
  • 14:12-16:35 – Surprise Team in the Non-Conference
  • 16:35-18:27 – Disappointments in Non-Conference Play
  • 18:27-20:06 – Still Ain’t Buyin’
  • 20:06-21:19 – PreSeason Picks We Want Back
  • 21:19-22:34 – Preseason Picks That Make Us Feel Better About Ourselves
  • 22:34-26:19 – Conferences We’re Excited For
  • 26:19-28:10 – Toughest Conference to Call
  • 28:10-37:17 – Re-evaluating Each Conference
  • 37:17-40:14 – Seriously UNC, WTF?
  • 40:14-51:04 – Preview The Week
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The RTC Podcast: Finals Week Edition

Posted by rtmsf on December 17th, 2013

It was a slower than slow week last week around College Basketball Land, but we were rewarded for our wait with an exciting weekend of early-season blockbusters. In this week’s RTC Podcast, hosted by Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114), the guys break down all the big games of the weekend, starting with Arizona’s comeback win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, and work our way through all the compelling action from last weekend. We also discussed our favorite players to watch in the entire college hoops landscape this season, and were honored to have ESPN analyst Jay Bilas join us for this week’s Rush the Take, where he extolled on some of the teams he’s seen recently, talks some Jimmy V (the coach and the event), and reflects on his longtime nemesis, the NCAA. It’s great stuff, and you should definitely have a listen.

Jay Bilas Joined Us This Week to Talk Some Hoops

Jay Bilas Joined Us This Week to Talk Some Hoops

The complete rundown is below. 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 feel free to contact us through Twitter or email — we’re listening.

  • 0:00-4:43 – Arizona Reinforces Its #1 Ranking
  • 4:43-8:56 – UNC Notches Another Big Win…
  • 8:56-14:16 – …and Kentucky Notches Another Disappointing Loss
  • 14:16-17:33 – CyHawk Rivalry Produces Some Hilton Magic on Friday Night
  • 17:33-19:11 – Other Weekend Highlights
  • 19:11-32:15 – Rush the Take With Jay Bilas
  • 32:15-38:26 – Favorite Players To Watch
  • 38:26-47:01 – Previewing This Week
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The RTC Podcast: Quarter-Season Review Edition

Posted by rtmsf on December 10th, 2013

As we head into finals week at many schools across the nation, it’s time to take a step back and look at some of the superlatives from the “first quarter” of the regular season. In this week’s RTC Podcast, we also welcome CBS Sports‘ analyst Doug Gottlieb to the show, where he gives us his takes on some of the early surprises and disappointments of the young season. As always, Shane Connolly is your host (@sconnolly114), and feel free to jump around the 47-minute program using the rundown below. And don’t forget to check back on Fridays for our weekly RTC Podblast, a shorter-and-sweeter quick takes review of the week’s games and a look forward to the weekends.

Doug Gottlieb Gives Us His Takes on the First Quarter of the Season

Doug Gottlieb Gives Us His Takes on the First Quarter of the Season

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  • o0:00-6:07 – Colorado’s Well-Deserved RTC
  • 6:07-8:44 – Kansas’ Long Term Prospects
  • 8:44-13:53 – Kentucky Solves Shooting Woes for One Game, Loses Anyway
  • 13:53-15:49 – Things Don’t Get Easier for Kansas and Kentucky
  • 15:49-18:01 – Talking Baylor’s Ceiling
  • 18:01-28:58 – Rush The Takes With Doug Gottlieb
  • 28:58-33:00 – Player of the Year Discussion
  • 33:00-36:09 – Coach of the Year Discussion
  • 36:09-41:04 – Re-evaluating the Resumes of Iowa State and Baylor
  • 41:04- Preview This Week/Wrap
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The RTC Podcast: Feast Week Hangover Edition

Posted by rtmsf on December 3rd, 2013

Here’s hoping everyone out there in College Basketball Nation had a tryptophantastic Feast Week of hoops, hops and holiday cheer (please, take the keyboard away from us now). With so much great action around the western hemisphere last week, the RTC Podcast crew (hosted by Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114)) had a lot to catch up on this week. We think we did our best, as you can see below with the long laundry list of topics that we tried to cover.

Dan Dakich Joins Us on This Week's RTC Podcast

ESPN Analyst Dan Dakich Joins Us on This Week’s RTC Podcast

We also welcomed ESPN analyst Dan Dakich to the Rush the Takes segment of the show this week, as he gave us some takes on Feast Week as well as some of the upcoming Big Ten/ACC Challenge match-ups set to tip off later tonight (he’ll be in Syracuse for the Orange and Hoosiers). The rundown is below if you’d like to skip around to the most interesting parts. 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 feel free to contact us through Twitter or email — we’re listening.

  • 0:00-4:10 – UConn Beats Florida/Feast Week Excitement
  • 4:10-5:41 – Villanova wins the Battle 4 Atlantis
  • 5:41-6:42 – Arizona Downs Duke At the Garden
  • 6:42-7:46 – Syracuse Validates Their Rank in Maui
  • 7:46-8:35 – Wichita State Wins Pulls Some Quality Under The Radar Wins
  • 8:35-9:42 – Memphis Gets Revenge
  • 9:42-10:31 – Dayton Makes a Statement in Maui
  • 10:31-11:21 – UMass Still Getting Love For Early Tournament Win
  • 11:21-12:35 – San Diego State: The Only Winner in a Messy Wooden Legacy
  • 12:35-14:05 – Creighton Lets Down After Good Start In Anaheim
  • 14:05-15:11 – Marquette Still Can’t Score
  • 15:11-16:41 – Arizona State Goes From Good to Bad to Worse
  • 16:41-17:44 – Oklahoma State’s Flaws Finally Show
  • 17:44-18:47 – Gonzaga’s Missed Opportunity in Maui
  • 18:47-20:39 – Kansas and Andrew Wiggins Backlash Part 2
  • 20:39-22:14 – Duke Can’t Get Their Statement Win
  • 22:14-32:27 – Rush The Takes With Dan Dakich
  • 32:27-34:18 – Memphis Wants Randy’s Respect
  • 34:18-36:47 – UNC????
  • 36:47-38:49 – Atmosphere In Early Games
  • 38:49-41:19 – Ranking Villanova After Their Great Week
  • 41:19-46:27 – Big 10/ACC Challenge Preview/Wrap
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The RTC Podcast: Wiggins vs. Randle vs. Parker Edition

Posted by rtmsf on November 19th, 2013

We’re now 10 days into the regular season and fully focused on college basketball. Not previewing college basketball or anticipating college basketball or even faking college basketball. Actual college basketball. So as we approach the start of Feast Week in a few days, the RTC Podcast is back this week to start to dig into some of the early impressions of the young season. Shane Connolly (@sconnolly114), is your gracious host, and he leads the guys through a 50-minute smorgasbord of hoops discussion ranging from “The Randy Bowl” between Michigan and Iowa State, the Wiggins vs. Randle vs. Parker debate from our Rush the Takes guest, ESPN insider Jeff Goodman, and a closer look at the disappointment of North Carolina, the dominance of Louisville, and the shakiness of Syracuse. Have a listen.

Jeff Goodman Joins Us on This Week's Rush the Takes to Talk Super Freshmen .(Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

Jeff Goodman Joins Us on This Week’s Rush the Takes to Talk Super Freshmen .(Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

The rundown is below if you’d like to skip around to the most interesting parts. 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 feel free to contact us through Twitter or email — we’re listening.

  • 0:00-8:42 – Iowa State Wins “The Randy Bowl”
  • 8:42-14:26 – Ohio State Knocks Out Marquette in Ugly Slugfest
  • 14:26-25:32 – Rush the Take With Jeff Goodman
  • 25:32-31:32 – Recruiting Reactions
  • 31:32-37:50 – ACC, UNC Disappointing Early
  • 37:50-40:02 – Louisville at #1
  • 40:02-41:30 – Syracuse Looking Shaky
  • 41:30-45:11 – Oklahoma State vs. Memphis Preview
  • 45:11-46:42 – Other Games to Watch/Wrap
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