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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!


New York, NY


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 288 - North Carolina's Hubert Davis

It's May but we're not sleeping yet! The new coaches series rolls along with North Carolina's Hubert Davis. The former Tar Heels player and assistant takes us through the hiring process on how he became the head man at the university he deeply loves. His respect for Coach Roy Williams. Finding a rhythm and routine. Becoming the decision maker. The importance of utilizing versatile big men. His coaching philosophy and style of play explained. And embracing the pressure. Plus, Kentucky gets a...


Episode 287 - Texas' Chris Beard

The new coaches series continues with Texas' Chris Beard! Jon and coach discuss his move from Texas Tech to Texas. Is it strange to move within conference? How the process all went down. Why the move was right for him. What are the goals in year one? How to best push the Texas brand and build off of Shaka Smart's success. The balance between winning and personal success. Schedule. His all-star coaching staff. And the keys to getting a team to gel.


Episode 286 - Utah's Craig Smith

New coaches series... NCAA passes one-time transfer exemption. EMBRACE THE CHANGE. More opportunities for players... Stability is coming... Jon welcomes Utah's Craig Smith...Following a chaotic coaching cycle, 74-24 in three years at Utah State. How did you do it? Made Utah State a perennial NCAA Tournament contender in the MWC. How do you do the same with Utah in the Pac-12? #WESLEEPINMAY


Episode 285 - Indiana's Mike Woodson

Indiana's Mike Woodson is excited to take over at his Alma Mater but took the job for one reason; get the program back to its winning ways. How has it been navigating the transfer portal? And what's the sales pitch for the payers he's trying to keep in the program? What pieces do they still need to add? The importance of having a coach with a connection to the Indiana program. And the influence of Bob Knight. Plus, discussing some of the dominate themes this off-season... Including: Transfer...


Episode 284 - Texas Tech's Mark Adams

Texas Tech's Mark Adams is excited about the opportunity to lead the Red Raiders and not just maintain but thrive! The whirl-wind that led to his hiring. How he has grown as a coach. The status of players possibly returning for next year. His recruiting and transfer philosophy. How he hopes to play fast, aggressive and tough man-to-man defense. Coaching in the prestigious Big 12. And how the rivalry with Texas has ratcheted up. Plus, celebrating the Baylor Bears Championship. And ready set...



A much anticipated matchup between Gonzaga and Baylor in this year's National Championship Game! Jon previews it right here!



Jon provides analysis and perspective into the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Talking Final Four and potential Championship Game match ups. Plus, transfer portal thoughts and monitoring coaching moves.



Jon provides analysis and perspective into the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Talking Sweet 16 and potential Elite 8 match ups.



Jon's 2021 NCAA Tournament Picks & Break Down!


Episode 279 - Baylor's Scott Drew

Baylor's Scott Drew believes he has a tough, mature bunch heading into Tournament season but knows in March, anything can happen! What are the biggest keys for their success in March and beyond? What was it not playing for so long due to a COVID pause? How the culture of their program allows them to develop young talent. Can the Big 12 have multiple teams in this year's Final Four? And is a showdown with Gonzaga looming? Plus, we are only six days away from selection Sunday! Who should the...


Episode 278 - Illinois' Brad Underwood

This is March! Illinois' Brad Underwood has the Illini in prime position for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. What are the biggest keys to making noise deep into the tournament? Why the connectivity his team shares this season is something special. The Andre Curbelo factor. The advantages and disadvantages of playing the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament in the same locations. The Covid-19 factor during tournament time. The impact of Ayo Dosunmu. And why its always important to...


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...