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College Hoops Today with Jon Rothstein

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Get the inside take on College Hoops. Jon lives and breathes college basketball providing him access to breaking news and insights. Every week the podcast will deliver compelling story lines of college basketball along with interviews, game picks, and scoops!

Get the inside take on College Hoops. Jon lives and breathes college basketball providing him access to breaking news and insights. Every week the podcast will deliver compelling story lines of college basketball along with interviews, game picks, and scoops!


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Compass Media


Get the inside take on College Hoops. Jon lives and breathes college basketball providing him access to breaking news and insights. Every week the podcast will deliver compelling story lines of college basketball along with interviews, game picks, and scoops!




Episode 223 - West Virginia's Bob Huggins

West Virginia's Bob Huggins knows winning comes down to making shots and that's something his Mountaineers are not doing. How can they fix that and be more productive around the rim? What's the biggest difference in coaching now versus when he was at Cincinnati? Players heading to the pros too early and how to remedy it. Is over saturation of games the reason for lower TV ratings this year? And what they must do to be successful in March. Plus, Jon's big picture thoughts from the weekend...


Episode 222 - Gonzaga's Mark Few

Gonzaga's Mark Few has seen the WCC get tougher but the Bulldogs are still an impressive 23-1 heading into February. What does he hope to learn after a pair of tough road conference games? What it's like to get everyone's best shot. The importance of player relationships. Why this year's team shows exceptional chemistry and culture. And how they have bounced back after loosing so much talent last year and not missed a beat. Plus, the hidden All-American at San Diego State and the Big East...


Episode 221 - Baylor's Scott Drew

Baylor's Scott Drew has the Bears atop the rankings with tough, physical perimeter play. Is this year's team one of his best yet? Why they emphasize character and work ethic. Is wining the Big 12 regular season title on their mind? And why he focuses on controlling what he can control. Plus, beware of cannibalization in top leagues with no clear cut dominate teams...


Episode 220 - Michigan's Juwan Howard

Michigan's Juwan Howard is having a lot of fun in first season as the head coach at his alma mater. Why he loves coaching his players and how they are growing game by game. The challenges of playing in a deep and talented Big Ten conference. His coaching influences. Recruiting. The return of the 5 man. And the key factors for the Wolverines to make a deep run into March. Plus, is Seton Hall's Myles Powell the best player in the country?


Episode 219 - Auburn's Bruce Pearl

Auburn's Bruce Pearl and the Tigers have been one of the major surprises of the season so far. What has been behind their undefeated record? Where are the areas still needing improvement? How they are adjusting and replacing firepower from last season. Knowing their identity and sticking to it. And the keys to getting back to the Final Four? Plus, is Baylor starting to separate itself from the pack?


Episode 218 - Florida State's Leonard Hamilton

Florida State's Leonard Hamilton loves the balance of his team. Why he believes in the concept of team and playing together as opposed to having a "go to guy". What was behind their impressive win at Louisville? Discussing the current NBA draft process. Is this the year they can win the ACC out right? And why there's so much more to the game than winning... Plus, is there a mid-major out there with Final Four dreams?


Episode 217 - Butler's Lavall Jordan

Butler's Lavall Jordan knows consistency will be the key to a deep run into March. What has been behind their stellar defensive play? The importance of getting Kamar Baldwin back on track. Defining the "Butler Way". Preparing for their Big East opener against St. John's. Why they must stick to sound principles. And why defense and ball security are always top of mind. Plus, is it a down year for the ACC and SEC?


Episode 216 - Ohio State's Chris Holtmann

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann feels the Buckeyes have the perfect blend of young and veteran talent... Is he surprised by their 11-1 start? Why has the team been successful so far? Is this the most balanced team he has coached? His journey to head coaching. His reverence for Butler. And the keys for Ohio State to reach a Final Four. Plus, why this year is as wide open as it has ever been in College Hoops.


Episode 215 - San Diego State's Brian Dutcher

San Diego State's Brian Dutcher is a little surprised by the Aztecs 10-0 start due to the tough road games they had early... What does he like most about this year's team? How they are building "equity" with their non-conference wins. Why the Mountain West Conference should NOT go to 20 league games. And why building out a program with transfers is now a necessity. Plus, why rankings mean nothing and tournament seeding is everything.


Episode 214 - UCONN's Dan Hurley

UCONN's Dan Hurley has the Huskies sitting at 6-2 ahead of a big game against Indiana. What will be the biggest keys for their success this season? His journey to coaching and why he is more comfortable as a leader. Discussing the loss to St. Joe's and how they can grow from it. How Christian Vital has emerged and how he wants to change the narrative around their older players. And with the program leaving for the Big East next year, does he feel like there is some unfinished business in...


Episode 213 - Indiana's Archie Miller

Indiana's Archie Miller knows his squad has a lot of room to grow but loves the upside. What was the thought process behind their tough schedule? The adjustment of playing league games in December. Preparing to play Florida State on Tuesday. The versatility of Trayce Jackson-Davis. And why it's all about the team and not one guy. Plus, could Maryland challenge for a National Title? And the rise of Juwan Howard at Michigan.


Episode 212 - Penn State's Pat Chambers

Penn State's Pat Chambers hopes to continue building off the undefeated start the Nittany Lions are off to. Why he loves his team depth and ability to play multiple line ups. How the power of social media has helped raise the profile of the hoops program. Who would he compare Lamar Stevens to? And the biggest keys to a break out season. How he balances work and family life, especially during this holiday season. Plus, is Baylor poised for a Final Four run? And Virginia may be elite on...


Episode 211 - Texas' Shaka Smart

Texas' Shaka Smart is thrilled with a 4-0 start but believes they are a work in progress still. Where can they improve? His comfort level with playing "small ball". Andrew Jones' amazing journey. Competing in the gauntlet that is the Big 12. What he hopes to learn from their games in New York this week. And could this be his best team yet at Texas? Plus, Virginia is playing insane defense and you won't want to miss 5-Good Nuggets!


Episode 210 - Seton Hall's Kevin Willard

Seton Hall's Kevin Willard likes the defensive progression but hopes to see the offense pick up as the they get set to face off against Michigan State. An update on injured star Myles Powell. Why he loves the length and depth of this team and why the focus will be playing physical. Playing in a deep Big East conference. And the importance of player development. Plus, what a first week in the sport! Cole Anthony dominates for UNC. Texas with the best win of week one and Arizona makes a...


Episode 209 - Michigan State's Tom Izzo

Michigan State's Tom Izzo wants the Spartans to embrace the pressure this season. What will it be like for the Hall of Fame coach to start the season as the top ranked team? Who needs to step up with Josh Langford out? The importance of Cassius Winston. What he hopes to learn about the squad at the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. And surviving the grueling opening stretch of games to start the season. Plus, how college basketball has raised the bar with the level of games on...


Episode 208 - Villanova's Jay Wright

Villanova's Jay Wright knows the line between talent and experience is a thin one. How will he manage it this year with his young team? Size vs Skill... what is more important? Competing in a deep Big East conference. And biggest keys for the Wildcats to have a successful season. Plus, we are only one week away from the start of the season... Jon brings you his Big Picture Themes!


Episode 207 - Illinois' Brad Underwood

Illinois' Brad Underwood has a more experienced squad looking to make some noise in the Big Ten. How they can capitalize on momentum seized at the end of last season. Kofi Cockburn's skill set. And what are realistic expectations for this season? Is a return to the NCAA tournament in the cards? Plus, why you should take preseason and exhibition results with a grain of salt and where's the respect for Liberty?


Episode 206 - LSU's Will Wade

LSU's Will Wade led the Tigers to a SEC regular season title last year, he was then suspended and reinstated by the school. What does the future hold for Coach Wade and the Tigers basketball program? Why he believes they must develop toughness, grit and attention to detail. Why consistency will be key. And does he have the best returning back court in the SEC? Plus, why Maryland could be a Final four team.


Episode 205 - Memphis' Penny Hardaway

Memphis' Penny Hardaway is hungry to put Tigers basketball back on the map. What to expect out of his talented class of incoming freshman. Who's the hidden gem of the bunch? How the team is gelling and building chemistry daily. Is Memphis the new destination for one and doners? Who are his coaching influences? And why his experience in basketball can help guide a youthful team to a title. Plus, Jon's observations from the road as we are just 4 weeks out from the start of the season!


Episode 204 - Virginia's Tony Bennett

As we inch closer to the start of the new season we check in with the defending National Champs! Virginia's Tony Bennett joins the podcast to discuss their title run last year. Plus, what the outlook is for the Cavaliers in 19-20. What to make of California's new bill... How it will impact amateurism. And don't miss Jon's observations from the road!