2020-21 Season

Subscriber Ask Me Anything: April 2020

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  1. umhoops

    Love John Gasaway, he is the guy who inspired me to start this site way back when.

    I also read anything that Jordan Sperber writes at Hoop Vision. I learn a lot about the game and new ways to think about it from his stories but they are definitely coach-centric in a way.

    I don’t think there’s a better features writer who lives and breathes college hoops than Brendan.

    I’m a really big fan of Jesse Newell, who covers Kansas for the KC Star. He combines analytics with traditional beat reporting as well as just about anyone I’ve seen.

    Podcast wise, Three Man Weave is my favorite. They go in-depth on so many different teams in a way that I appreciate.

    The funny thing about college hoops is that there are just so many writers who are almost part of the product from what they do to cover the game. Eamonn’s Bubble Watch or Lunardi’s Bracketology or Seth Davis asking anonymous coaches for scouting reports of every team. Even Rothstein’s schtick n Twitter. I feel like they all kind of make college hoops what it is.

  2. umhoops

    I can’t do Bill Walton, might be controversial but it is the truth.

    I preferred Dakich more when he was with Tirico. I feel like he’s leaned a bit into the caricature of Dakich more than just being a good announcer since.

    Raftery is as great as Brando was awful this year.

    I don’t watch a ton of West coast games but I’ve always liked Farnham when he’s been on Dauster’s podcast.

  3. umhoops

    Big fan of Hummel. He does a great job with Benneti. I feel like they may have even referenced things from the pod and/or this site at times.

  4. umhoops

    I’ll just go with three: UCLA, Duke and Minnesota games in 2008-09

    I think those games were the validation that Beilein was going to work in Ann Arbor. Bigger wins, better seasons, higher stakes, all of that came later but those games were the foundation to the program.

  5. umhoops

    It is hard to say without seeing practice. I would say that people probably read far too much into making 4-of-7 threes in mop up duty over the course of the season.

    I love his potential as a long wing with secondary playmaking ability but you have to remember that he didn’t play anything close to this level of basketball in high school. He played at a small school in Washington and didn’t play on any of the three major shoe circuits.

    Between that physical and mental transition, it isn’t really that surprising that he wasn’t ready to play as a freshman.

    I still love his potential but it is too bad that he didn’t get a full summer of Camp Sanderson.

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