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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 277 - Ohio State's Chris Holtmann

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes are top team in the country but know they must refine a few things as they get ready to head into March. What did they learn from a hard fought loss to Michigan? Competing in the gauntlet that is the Big 10 conference. Developing talent. Staying present in the moment. The keys to playing during COVID-19. And how the Buckeyes could make a deep run in the tournament. Plus, Duke an underdog? And why it's must win time in the Big East.


Episode 276 - Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser

Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser has a respectful confidence about his team this year and is ready to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament. How they continue to improve and become multi-dimensional. Does he think about the 2018 Final Four? The importance of being able to pivot with the craziness of this year's schedule. The Missouri Valley Conference... is it a multi bid league? Why defending and rebounding are the major keys to advancing deep into tournament play. And the importance of...


Episode 275 - UCLA's Mick Cronin

UCLA's Mick Cronin is amazed by their quality of play despite the lack of an off-season. What has been the key to the Bruins overall success so far this season? How they plan to bounce back after a tough loss to USC. Their no excuses mind set. How to get more exposure for the Pac-12. Developing culture for the long term. And why he's concerned about playing in a conference tournament if a bid to he big dance is already locked up. Plus, Illinois' time is now. And the gap between Gonzaga,...


Episode 274 - Florida State's Leonard Hamilton

Florida State's Leonard Hamilton has the Seminoles playing some great ball but knows they have some fine tuning to do for the home stretch of the season. What has been behind the program's success over these past five or so seasons? Earning respect. How often does he think about the Final Four? Should the Conference Tournaments be held? Coaching during Covid-19. And why the focus and intensity needs to be ratcheted up when being the "hunted". Plus, can Baylor go undefeated? And is Villanova...


Episode 273 - Alabama's Nate Oats

Alabama's Nate Oats has the Crimson Tide on a roll and emerging as a top team in the country. What has been behind their hot play of late? How they turned their season around after a loss to Western Kentucky. Herb Jones' endless skill set. The X-Factor that is Josh Primo. Discussing the coaching pedigree in the SEC. Playing with a bullseye on your back. And the biggest key for them to be playing into early April. Plus, why you won't want to panic about Michigan's Covid pause. And is Florida...


Episode 272 - Seton Hall's Kevin Willard

Seton Hall's Kevin Willard has the Pirates hitting their stride as they get set for a huge matchup against Villanova. How mental health is playing a key role in this season. Developing chemistry with out a traditional preseason. Figuring out the best ways to utilize his players. Why he loves their balance but knows they need to tighten up their defensive play. And why he believes seeding the NCAA tournament should be based on more than just the metrics this year. Plus, Virginia with a...


Episode 271 - Virginia Tech's Mike Young

Virginia Tech's Mike Young has the Hokies off to a fast start and possibly in early position to make the NCAA Tournament. What has been behind the quick start? What the Villanova win taught him about his squad? Why you need to trust your eyes while recruiting. The importance of moving without the ball. Coaching against the legends of the ACC. His love for Wofford College. And why a little popcorn before a game never hurt anybody. Plus, don't sleep on the Pac-12. Is a season to remember...


Episode 270 - Boise State's Leon Rice

Boise State's Leon Rice has the Broncos making noise this year in the Mountain West, is this year's squad the best he's coached? Why following the Gonzaga formula has turned Boise State into a top non power five conference team. The development of Derrick Alston Jr. Why chemistry and tough defense will be key to their success. The challenges of scheduling. The uniqueness of playing the same team back-to-back in the same location. The key to finding good transfers that fit your program. And...


Episode 269 - Missouri's Cuonzo Martin

Missouri's Cuonzo Martin was confident heading into the season but knew he has a special team when they defeated Oregon early on in the year. Has the team surpassed his early expectations with a 6-0 start? How their team chemistry and connection with one another will be key moving forward. Thoughts on where the sports is heading with potential rule changes on the horizon. Taking on Tennessee in their SEC opener. And why he believes there are more important things in life than just...


Episode 268 - Houston's Kelvin Sampson

Houston's Kelvin Sampson is missing some of the atmosphere that normally surrounds college basketball but knows it's all about adapting and overcoming! What he likes so far from his 5-0 Cougars. The keys to building and sustaining culture within a program. Thoughts on rule changes. Why the winning is great but the process of getting there is more satisfying. Where this year's squad ranks among some of the best he's ever coached. And why he's always learning from others. Plus, was there...


Episode 267 - Ohio State's Chris Holtmann

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann has the Buckeyes out to a 5-0 start but knows the key to their success is the back court. The need to grow their bench production. Thoughts on starting up Big Ten play this week. Has he been apart of a more talented conference? Playing without EJ Liddell. Expectations for Seth Towns. Why are his teams so good in close games? And the coaching mindset amidst the covid-19 pandemic. Plus, did Kentucky over-schedule? And our thoughts and prayers are with Florida Gators...


Episode 266 - Rutgers' Steve Pikiell

Rutgers' Steve Pikiell and the Scarlet Knights are happy to be playing basketball. What's been behind their 3-0 start? The keys to building a program up in a "power conference". Facing Syracuse and his respect for Coach Boeheim. The mindset of being the hunted versus being the hunter. Expectations at home games, where the RAC was one of the great home court advantages, with no fans allowed. Why they need to keep evolving on the defensive side of the ball. Why its "all iron", every night in...


Episode 265 - Illinois' Brad Underwood

Illinois' Brad Underwood is pleased with the chemistry being created in their early season games. He's also happy that the Illini are shooting the ball better than a year ago. Why he's excited about his freshman. Creating more room and space for Ayo Dusunmu who has gotten more physical. His thoughts on playing Baylor and Duke. The grueling gauntlet that is the Big Ten conference. How they're dealing with the Covid-19 protocols and testing. And after a lot of hard work to get the program back...


Episode 264 - Indiana's Archie Miller

Indiana's Archie Miller is excited to get the season started but knows it will be full of different emotions. What's been the toughest part about not having a pre-season or scrimmage games? How many Final Four contenders do he see in the Big Ten? Discussing the makeup of his team... why he likes the blend of talent. Why he believes the rigorous testing protocols in place in Big Ten will ensure a successful season. And why every player on the roster will need to be ready to play. Plus, it's...


Episode 263 - Tennessee's Rick Barnes

Tennessee's Rick Barnes has put the Volunteers back on the map in college basketball and he knows this years team has a chance to be really special. Why he believes they can be elite on the defensively. Why depth is created through results and understanding a role. Who expects to make the biggest jump this season. Newcomers to watch. Why the Final Four is always on his mind. Dealing with Covid-19 this season. And the biggest difference between coaching in the SEC and the Big 12. Plus, we...


Episode 262 - Michigan State's Tom Izzo

Michigan State's Tom Izzo is looking to solidify the Point Guard and Center positions ahead of the new season... Who will step up and fill the big shoes left by Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman? How is Josh Langford's health? What will the addition of transfer Joey Hauser bring to the team? Why coach is worried about the "unintended consequences" of the new transfer and N.I.L rules. Why he believes the Big Ten Conference is, "the best it's been!" And why he's approaching this season as a...


Episode 261 - West Virginia's Bob Huggins

West Virginia's Bob Huggins is all for safety but knows his team wants to play. It's simple... follow protocol or you don't play! What's his initial prognosis of the Mountaineers? Thoughts on where the sport is heading. Why redshirting isn't such a bad thing. Discussing the deep Big 12. And the biggest keys for West Virginia to have a successful season. Plus, is the sports crown jewel, the NCAA Tournament, headed to a bubble?


Episode 260 - Virginia's Tony Bennett

Virginia's Tony Bennett would love to recapture the momentum gained at the end of last season where the Cavaliers won 11 of their final 12 games. What will be the key to doing that? What transfer Sam Hauser brings to the team. Replacing Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key.... Who steps up? Can they once again be defensive stalwarts? Why strength through numbers will be the theme. Managing transfers and red shirts. And what will be the biggest key for Virginia's success this season? Plus, Jon...


Episode 259 - Villanova's Jay Wright

Villanova's Jay Wright knows developing depth will be a key to the Wildcats success this season. Who will step up to fill in the gaps of his veteran led team? What does the addition of UConn do for the Big East brand? Players that will make an impact this year. And how's scheduling coming along? Plus, Jon hit the road this past week and has updates from: UMass, URI and UConn. And the return of 5-Good-Nuggets!


Episode 258 - Oregon's Dana Altman/PAC-12 Preseason Preview

Oregon's Dana Altman is anxious to get started as he believes the core of his team is strong, deep and long. The Pac-12 was a little late to the November start date idea, where does Oregon's schedule stand? Replacing Payton Pritchard. Thoughts on improving the Pac-12 brand nationally. Do coaches ever think about tough losses from prior seasons? And why the seasons success might hinge on their ability to play strong defense. Plus, a full PAC-12 preseason preview! UCLA is loaded. Could the...