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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!


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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 435 - Purdue's Matt Painter

Purdue's Matt Painter knows ball security is paramount this time of year but what else should the Boilermakers be focused on as they set their sites on a Final Four run? Why better three-point shooting makes this year's team different than last year's. What has it been like watching Zach Edey develop? Is there any chance he comes back next season? How Braden Smith has been surgical of late. What made coach take a transfer like Lance Jones? How Fletcher Loyer can play through a tough stretch. And why Mason Gillis changes floor spacing. How do we fix the current transfer and N.I.L. system? And why it's all about locking in and displaying strong mental focus. Plus, with less than three weeks until selection Sunday, we are starting to get some clarity as to who the top seeds will be!


Episode 434 - Marquette's Shaka Smart

Marquette's Shaka Smart has the Golden Eagles right back in the mix for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament this season but is stressing the importance of staying in the current moment. How much different is this year's team versus last year's? How do you deal with the Final Four or bust question? Is UConn better than last year? How much fun is it to play in the challenging Big East? Why Marquette must continue to build championship habits. Why it's so important to peak at the right time of the year. The art of player retention. Why it comes down to if players enjoy playing with other players. And is there anything better than playing for a conference championship at Madison Square Garden? Plus, the Mountain West Conference continues to impress. Purdue fans preparing for a Final Four or bust situation? And a Duke Freshman puts on a show.


Episode 433 - Houston's Kelvin Sampson

Houston's Kelvin Sampson has the 3rd ranked Cougars atop the Big 12 standings in their first season in the conference and looking to make a deep run into March. Just how tough has Big 12 conference play been in their first season? Why loosing road games has been a part of the learning process. Has playing in the Big 12 invigorated coach? The evolution of Jamal Shead into a leader. Is this the best backcourt he's had at Houston? Discussing the modern program and the best approaches to building and sustaining one with current N.I.L. rules. Why the key to Big 12 play is winning your home games. And does tough league play prepare you more for the NCAA Tournament? Plus, explaining the differences in "Quad" wins.


Episode 432 - New Mexico's Richard Pitino

New Mexico's Richard Pitino is looking to get the Lobos back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014! Why he's extremely happy with the Lobos' 18-4 start but also knows there's a lot of basketball left to be played. Are they the best in the Mountain West? How the next few weeks will truly define their season. Why the fan basses in the Mountain West are second to none. Why the Mountain West must take over the West with the Pac-12 dissolving. Just how good is the backcourt of Mashburn Jr., House, and Dent? Why it's all about consistency and building stability. What are the biggest keys for this team to have postseason success? And why future non-conference schedules will be challenging to fill out. Plus, UConn continues to separate itself from the field. Where's the defense, Kentucky? And Big Ten blues?


Episode 431 - South Carolina's Lamont Paris

South Carolina's Lamont Paris is making headlines leading the Gamecocks' to a 17-3 start in his second year as head coach. How his cool, calm and collected demeanor has lead to success in a power conference. Why experience and maturity have been key factors. Why he wants to keep a good balance of transfers and home grown talent to sustain program success. How program culture factors into winning basketball. The influence Bo Ryan has on his coaching philosophy and style. Previewing a tough matchup with Tennessee. And why staying the course and keeping a chip on their shoulder is paramount to a possible NCAA Tournament bid. Plus, we are starting to see separation at the top of the sport. Discussing an exciting slate of games this week. And is there a real possibility the ACC only gets two teams in the NCAA Tournament if Clemson does not finish strong?


Episode 430 - Wisconsin's Greg Gard

Wisconsin's Greg Gard has the Badgers off to a 14-4 start and they are scoring in a variety of ways. What has been the "secret sauce"? Why he believes they can get even better if they tighten up the defense. How experience has been a big factor along with a deep and balanced bench. How a loss to Providence in mid-November has helped propel them to where they are today. Discussing his philosophy on using the portal versus bringing in high school talent to develop. What type of "guardrails" does he think the sport needs around transferring? Why hasn't the Big Ten performed better in the NCAA Tournament of late? Thoughts on the Big Ten becoming a national conference. And why it's always about health coming down the stretch. Plus, Kentucky continues to stand out. North Carolina on a heater. And Purdue's Zach Edey continues to put up video game type numbers... Is he a lock for back-to-back National Player of the Year honors?


Episode 429 - Auburn's Bruce Pearl

Auburn's Bruce Pearl has the Tigers off to a tremendous 14-2 start but knows the next two weeks will tell him a lot about his team. How efficiency, defense, and rebounding have been the backbone of their success. With his team being so deep this year, how will he decide who plays in crunch time? Discussing how the transfer rules have become unclear and why it's a "flee not fight" mentality now. Coach is closing in on becoming the winningest head coach at Auburn... Does he think about that? Is getting to a Final Four the true measure of a successful season? And does he believe this team have the requisites to make a deep run in March? Plus, eight of last week's AP top 10 teams all lost to unranked opponents! Could we have a new number one? And freshman is starting to emerge for Kansas.


Episode 428 - Kansas' Bill Self

Kansas' Bill Self describes the Jayhawks' 13-1 start as "good, but not great". What must improve for them to make a deep run into March? He discusses his time away from the team last spring and how it has renewed his sense of gratefulness to coach. Why does Hunter Dickinson look so effortless on offense? Could Kevin McCullar be an All-American this year? The power of the Covid Senior and transfer portal... How it has changed the recruiting dynamic. How often does coach think about winning a third National Championship? Does he think UConn could repeat as National Champs? Why the Big-12 schedule is a "Monster". And why players relish tight games and big-time moments. Plus, Purdue is starting to separate itself from the field. UConn continues to win without Donovan Clingan. And why the SEC is intriguing to Jon. Don't miss this episode of College Hoops Today with Jon Rothstein!


Episode 427 - BYU's Mark Pope

BYU's Mark Pope has the Cougars off to an impressive 12-1 start as they are set to play in their first Big-12 Conference game this week. How's he feeling about entering the gauntlet that is Big-12 hoops? Just how have they gotten off to such a solid start? Why it's rewarding to build something and watch it grow. Why he loves his team's balanced scoring and how it provides security knowing they have plenty of options. The luxury of having your top scorer coming off the bench. And why coach believes the key to this season will be staying true to their style of play no matter how much adversity they face. Plus, Jon gives you the 411 on conference play starting this week!


Episode 426 - Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg

Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg has the Huskers off to a 10-2 start and is handling business in the non-conference portion of their schedule. What are the biggest keys to sustaining this success? Why he loves the chemistry of this year's team. Can they make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014? How about the possibility of winning a NCAA Tournament game for the first time in school history? The confidence and swagger of Keisei Tominaga. The rebounding power of Juwan Gary. A Rienk Mast update. How Pinnacle Bank Arena has become a massive home court advantage. And why defense and rebounding are always the key. Plus, parity continues to reign supreme in the sport. And find out which non-power conference teams are threatening this season.


Episode 425 - Oklahoma's Porter Moser

Oklahoma's Porter Moser has the Sooners off to a 10-0 start and ready for a primetime matchup with North Carolina. How was he able to re-tool the program so quickly? The importance of taking it one game at a time. Why you must continue to get better as the season progresses. Thoughts on joining the SEC next season. The biggest difference from being the head coach at Oklahoma versus at Loyola Chicago? And why selling development is so important in college athletics. Plus, Kentucky's Aaron Bradshaw is a game changer. Could Kansas have two first-team All-Americans? Michigan State makes a statement. And Big East conference play beings this week!


Episode 424 - Ohio State's Chris Holtmann

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann has the Buckeyes off to an 8-2 start and feels good about his group and the balance between transfers and home-grown talent. Is it hard for him to believe he's been the head coach at Ohio State for seven seasons now? Why winning road league games is tough! Their back-court evolution and why it might be one of the best in the country. Can Purdue be challenged in the Big Ten? Thoughts on the Big Ten becoming a cross country conference. How hard was it to not be in the NCAA Tournament last season? And why it's all about how you perform in March. Plus, parity rules again! Jon brings you his college hoops headlines!


Episode 423 - Tennessee's Rick Barnes

Tennessee's Rick Barnes wants to see more discipline, toughness, and consistency from the Volunteers after their first seven games. Why he believes their grueling non-conference schedule will benefit them at the end of the season. Getting back to full strength will be a key moving forward. Why coach is not big on complacency. Why you must get better and getting better. How much longer does he see himself coaching? Why he loves the fans in Tennessee. Could he see himself doing something other than coaching? And do they have enough to get back to the Final Four? Plus, parity reigns supreme. No dominate team has emerged and that makes for a fun season!


Episode 422 - Miami's Jim Larranaga

Miami's Jim Larranaga likes the Hurricanes early season scoring but would like to see the rebounding and defense improve. His thoughts on Kentucky ahead of their big matchup Tuesday night. What did he learn about his team after the Baha Mar Tournament? The reality of getting every teams best shot and why coach looks forward to that. Wooga Poplar... has he exceeded expectations so far? And as the games start to get tougher, can they keep their mental and emotional poise? Plus, Jon's takeaways from Feast Week!


Episode 421 - Arizona's Tommy Lloyd

Arizona's Tommy Lloyd gives us his thoughts on the Wildcats' first five games. Is he surprised by how in sync they've been with so many new players? Discussing the big win at Duke. Why he loves the balance of this year's team. Finding balance with Love. Why he enjoys the challenge of the non-conference schedule. Previewing their matchup with Michigan State. And why you don't get bitter, you get better! Plus, Jon's giving thanks for the amazing spread of college basketball games this week! And is this the best Maui Invitational field ever?


Episode 420 - Illinois' Brad Underwood

Illinois' Brad Underwood and the Illini are gearing up and preparing for an early season test against Marquette. Coach breaks down this heavily anticipated matchup. He also discusses the importance of early season "buy" games and exhibitions. Terrence Shannon Jr is their go-to guy but who are the candidates to emerge as other primary scorers? His assessment of their point guard play. Why he likes his team depth. Thoughts on possibly going to a 20 + league game schedule. And what are the biggest keys for the Illini to have a successful season? Plus, week one is in the books! Arizona with a monumental win at Duke. Previewing the Gavitt Games and Champions Classic.


Episode 419 - Virginia's Tony Bennett

Virginia's Tony Bennett enters the season with a new look team and a ton of excitement. But how good will they be defensively and what goes into finding that identity? Was it harder to build Virginia up to a national championship contender or keep it among the nation's elite after winning it all in 2019? Breaking down his team - Who steps up as a returner and who makes the biggest impact out of the incoming players? How can the ACC get more teams into the NCAA tournament this season? How much separation is there really between conferences? And will taking the underdog approach be the key to a successful season? Plus, College Basketball games are finally here! Jon's four big questions heading into the season. Plus, the return of games to watch!


Episode 418 - Purdue's Matt Painter

Purdue's Matt Painter is humbled by the Boilermakers back-to-back early NCAA tournament exits and has taken a deep dive into why that has happened. How has his team been so dominate in the regular season and not been able to find success in the NCAA Tournament? But why is a teams' success only measured by their NCAA Tournament performance? Is the NCAA not listening to the coaches? His thoughts on the current NCAA system. With the core nucleus in tack for this season the expectations are sky high... What is the biggest key to getting back to the tournament? Why he's thankful for an exhibition against Arkansas. How Zach Edey continues to learn and grow as a player. The hardest part about losing to Fairleigh Dickinson as the one seed in the NCAA Tournament? And has he figured out who will get frontcourt minutes with the plethora of talent on the team? Plus, only one week away from the start of the 2023-24 NCAA Basketball season! Why Jon's impressed by Tennessee. And can Ty Berry be the X-factor for Northwestern?


Episode 417 - North Carolina's Hubert Davis

North Carolina's Hubert Davis enters his third season as the Tar Heels head coach and wants to bring their vintage pace back to the forefront. Will filling the court with multiple playmakers accomplish that? Why he loves this year's mix of veterans and incoming freshman... Armando Bacot and RJ Davis are back and there is major buzz around freshman Elliot Cadeau and his playmaking ability. But can they sure up their defense this season and become dominant again in the rebounding department? Discussing the necessity of blocking out the outside noise. Reflecting on last season and why they didn't get the results they wanted. And why it's all about teaching life lessons through basketball. Plus, only two weeks away from games starting up! Is Marquette the Big East Favorite? A dark horse Final Four contender lurking in the SEC? And find out who is shining in Tennessee, Alabama, and USC practices!


Episode 416 - UConn's Dan Hurley

UConn's Dan Hurley is coming off a National Championship season and believes this year's team has tremendous potential to repeat. Why the development of the bench is of the upmost importance. Which freshman will be able to produce? A Donovan Clingan update. Why he believes UConn is the college basketball Capital of the world. His emotions when UConn was being mentioned as a possible target for the Big 12? Why the Beg East is a beast. Why they have earned the right to play in big time non-conference games. And how has his life changed since wining it all? Plus, Jon is feeling good as we are just 3 weeks away from college basketball! Cincinnati and Xavier updates.