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A college basketball podcast hosted by Jordan Sperber focused on analytics, coaching, strategy, and x's and o's. Guests include college coaches, players, and media.

A college basketball podcast hosted by Jordan Sperber focused on analytics, coaching, strategy, and x's and o's. Guests include college coaches, players, and media.
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United States

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A college basketball podcast hosted by Jordan Sperber focused on analytics, coaching, strategy, and x's and o's. Guests include college coaches, players, and media.

Language:

English

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5186055502


Episodes

Episode #16 - Sam Vecenie, The Athletic

1/14/2019
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Sam Vecenie, Senior Writer for The Athletic, joins for episode #16. Similar to episode #9, this episode is based around a draft. Sam and I drafted and discussed our top players in college basketball this season that are currently outside of Sam's top 100 NBA draft prospects. For more info on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:01:12:23

Episode #15 - Neil Johnson, ESPN Analytics

1/7/2019
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Neil Johnson, Sports Analytics Developer at ESPN, joins for episode #15. Neil has done a lot of work on using EYBL and other AAU stats to predict college performance. The episode revolves around that work, the traditional evaluation process, JUCO stats, and other basketball analytics and coaching topics. For more info on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:50:14

Episode #14 - Andy Schmitt, North Texas

12/31/2018
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Andy Schmitt, director of basketball operations at North Texas, joins for #14. The episode looks at the role of the "ops guy" on staff with a behind the scenes look at the logistics that go into a college basketball road trip. We also discussed in-game responsibilities and different stats that we have charted during games. For more info on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:56:00

Episode #13 - The Transfer "Epidemic" (Ft. Leland King, UCSB)

12/24/2018
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This episode revolves around the supposed "transfer epidemic". The pod includes a conversation with Leland King. Leland started his career at Brown before transferring to Nevada and then UCSB. We talked about the circumstances behind that and advice Leland would have for others. I also gave background on why so many transfer and looked at the NCAA's transfer data to get a better picture of what's really happening. For more info on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter...

Duration:00:27:33

Episode #12 - Jesse Bopp, FIU

12/17/2018
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Jesse Bopp, assistant coach at FIU, joins for #12. The episode revolves around 3 topics: 1) Analytics vs Eye Test in evaluating recruits. We talked about a real debate from working together at NMSU about a recruit 2) FIU's style of play. In their 1st year on the job, they rank #2 in the country in pace. 3) Ball screen defense. We got technical on the pros/cons of coverages and what NCAA coaches do relative to NBA. For more info on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter...

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #11 - Jesse Newell, KC Star

12/10/2018
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Jesse Newell, a KU beat writer for the Kansas City Star, joins for episode 11. The episode is about Jesse's job as a beat writer and how he incorporates analytics and X's and O's into his writing. We also talk about the relationship between head coaches and beat/national writers and whether or not coaches read articles about their teams/opponents. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:49:32

Episode #10 - John Gasaway, ESPN

12/3/2018
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John Gasaway, a college basketball writer for ESPN, joins for episode 10. The topic of the episode is the new NET rating and the NCAA selection process as a whole. John describes how the selection process would operate if he was NCAA commissioner and we discuss the NET and if the early season criticism is warranted. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:54:30

Episode #9 - Gibson Pyper, @HalfCourtHoops

11/26/2018
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Gibson Pyper, assistant coach at Cary Academy, joins for episode nine. The episode is based around the following scenario: In April, the NCAA switches rosters and randomly assigns players to each school. Coaches have until November to implement their styles in their new players. Given that hypothetical, Gibson and I each drafted our top 5 coaches -- with in depth x's and o's talk on those coaches. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:01:04:51

Episode #8 - Zak Boisvert, Army

11/19/2018
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Zak Boisvert, assistant coach at Army, joins the podcast for episode eight. A week ago, Army played Duke at Cameron Indoor immediately following Duke's 34-point demolition of Kentucky. Zak went into detail on the scout and gameplan for that game vs. Duke -- as well as his general scouting framework. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:44:46

Episode #7 - Kyle Smith, San Francisco

11/12/2018
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Kyle Smith, head coach of the University of San Francisco Dons, joins the podcast for episode seven. The three main topics covered were: 1) Recruiting. We went in depth on recruiting inefficiencies at various school -- Saint Mary's, Michigan, San Francisco, New Mexico State, etc. 2) Coaching the Princeton Offense. We talked about why the offense is still so popular today and different ways to tweak it based on personnel. 3) Coach Smith's Hustle Stats. A player efficiency system the staff...

Duration:00:56:21

Episode #6 - Rob Dauster, NBC Sports

11/5/2018
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Rob Dauster, Lead Writer and Managing Editor for College Basketball Talk, joins the podcast for episode six. Topics covered include: Transitioning from D3 player to blogger to national writer, pick-up scouting reports for other national writers, skill ball vs small ball, #DausterMath, and a deep dive (starting at 24:00) into both Kentucky and Duke before their big opening night matchup. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:59:15

Episode #5 - Working in College Basketball

10/29/2018
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The number one question we've received since starting the podcast is: "How do I get started working for a college basketball team?" In this episode, we answered that question. The pod starts with Jordan's personal story from starting a blog to being hired by Nevada and NMSU. Then Rafi Goldman (graduate assistant at Tulane University) and Justin Tabor (assistant coach at Coffeyville Community College) joined to talk about their experiences as D1 student managers and their respective career...

Duration:00:34:45

Episode #4 - Jordan Caroline, Nevada

10/22/2018
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Jordan Caroline, a senior forward for Nevada basketball, joins the podcast for episode four. Topics covered include: Playing in high school with Ben Simmons and D'Angelo Russell, transferring from Southern Illinois to Nevada, the Scout Team, developing his three-point shot, defending Mo Bamba in the NCAA tournament, this year's loaded Nevada team, and more. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:27:01

Episode #3 - Chris Jans, New Mexico State

10/15/2018
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Chris Jans, the head coach of New Mexico State men's basketball, joins Jordan for episode three. Topics covered include: The 1998 NJCAA national title and how Jans' coaching style has evolved since, Wichita State stories from the Final 4 run, the use of analytics in Jans' program, coaching and emphasizing rebounding, "Jans-isms", and more. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:49:30

Episode #2 - Kory Alford, UCLA MBB

10/8/2018
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Kory Alford, UCLA men's basketball video and analytics coordinator, joins Jordan for episode two. Topics covered include: Kory's transition from a player to an analytics role, communicating analytics with coaches (including his dad) and players, UCLA and Lonzo Ball's historic 2017 offensive season, Thomas Welsh's three-point shooting development, in-game strategy, and more. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:00:38:00

Episode #1 - Ken Pomeroy, kenpom.com

9/25/2018
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In the opening episode, Ken Pomeroy comes on as "Coach Pomeroy" to build out his coaching philosophy as if he was running a Division 1 program. Some topics discussed include: Recruiting, Style of Play, Scheduling, Scouting, In-Game Strategy, and Post-Game Stats. For more information on Solving Basketball and Jordan Sperber, follow on Twitter @hoopvision68.

Duration:01:13:09