Hoops lovers worldwide get to revel in the madness that encompasses this time of year, a stretch of non-stop college games laced with the win-or-go-home premise that captivates us all. Toss in the NBA’s version of March Madness, the playoff chase intensifies over the next month for any team dreaming of postseason berths and championship chases, and you have a festival of hoops that satisfies the most voracious of appetites.
The complaint box at the hideout doesn’t even have any entries these days, the clearest indication of all that the next month represents a sort of basketball nirvana that we have come cherish.
That’s why we outdid ourselves on Episode 48 of the Hang Time Podcast, the March Madness Special.
We went into the vault to chat with former Georgia Tech and NBA star Kenny Anderson about his experiences in the NCAA Tournament as well as his impressions of the current game. If you’ve still got time to fill out your bracket, you need to listen to our chat with Chris Dortch, editor the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the bible of college hoops. He broke things down for us and gave us a region by region report on the draft prospects to watch, including HT fave Kemba Walker of Connecticut. Dortch also serves as the college hoops/draft guru for NBA.com and NBA TV, so you can expect to see him around these parts much more often in the coming weeks.
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In an effort to make sure we captured the whole experience we dug a little bit deeper this week, snagging a little time with recent NCAA Tournament stars who have graduated to the pro game.
Evan Turner of the 76ers, and formerly of Ohio State. A year ago Turner was in the midst of the college madness and now he’s locked in with his 76ers teammates as they attempt to crash the NBA’s big dance. Turner speaks candidly about the ups and down of his rookie season in addition to giving his take on this year’s NCAA field. Take a wild guess about his pick to win it all:
TURNER TALKS BUCKEYES, SIXERS AND WOLVERINES:
We wrapped things up with a man whose connections to the college game run deep. Pacers power forward and former North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough won a title as a Tar Heel in 2009 and now he’ll watch his baby brother, Big East Player of the Year and Notre Dame star Ben Hansbrough, try to do the same with with the Fighting Irish. Big brother didn’t hold back in his assessment of his season, to this point, which includes his career-high 29-point outburst on the Knicks Sunday:
HANSBROUGH TALKS IRISH, TAR HEELS AND PACERS:
As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our super producer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.