Chat with Fran Fraschilla
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla will drop by to take your questions.
Fraschilla spent 23 years on the sidelines as a college basketball coach before joining ESPN as an broadcast analyst. He guided both Manhattan (1993, 1995) and St. John's (1998) to the NCAA Tournament in his nine seasons as a Division I head coach, leaving New Mexico following the end of the 2001-02 season.
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Fran Fraschilla (4:01 PM)
Good afternoon everybody! I just left the famous Hinkle Fieldhouse home of the Butler Bulldogs. I'm here for a great Bracket Buster game with Siena tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2. Here is a couple of fact about Hinkle, it's where they filmed Hoosiers, the great Jesse Owens set a 60 yard World Record here, the Indiana State high school tournament was player here from 1928-1971 and one last thing, the great John Wooden played at Hinkle in the state tournament his senior year in 1928.
Fran, After Another horrid Gonzaga loss I have to wonder if Mark Few's in game coaching and inability to make adjustments at half and down the stretch is the reason this young team keeps losing to .500 teams. Is there any truth to that?
Fran Fraschilla (4:09 PM)
Brock it sounds like you're a disgusted Zags fan. All I can tell you is that every single game Gonzaga plays, they have a target on their back. It is the biggest game of their opponent's season. I'm surprised of how well Gonzaga has played most of the season considering the players they lost to the NBA and graduation. You don't think that Roy Williams, Ben Callin, and Jim Calhoun got dumb over night do you? The Zags are in pretty good shape. By the way LMU, already has 14 wins including one at Notre Dame in December.
Coach K. (Durham, N.C.)
Fran, now that I'm staying at Duke (like I would go anywhere), do you think my team has a chance this year?
Fran Fraschilla (4:12 PM)
Yes! Coach K nice job with the Olympic team by the way. I like your experience in the backcourt, your x-factor Kyle Singler and the bruisers up front Zoubek and the Plumlees. Keep Scheyer and Nolan Smith healthy and I think you can get to the Elite 8. You should be OK; you've done it a few times before.
Fran, who is you POY in ACC right now?
Fran Fraschilla (4:16 PM)
That's a good question. Jon Scheyer is at the top of the list but two guys that should get consideration are VA Tech's Malcolm Delaney, Maryland's Greivis Vasquez, and Wake's Al-Farouq Aminu has put up impressive numbers as well. Clemson's Trevor Booker gets a lifetime achievement award for being so consistent over four seasons.
Hi Fran, what do you think it takes for Uconn to make the tourney?
Fran Fraschilla (4:18 PM)
Wins! They have some quote on quote opportunity games against teams that are ranked. For example, a win against West Virginia on Monday night would look great on their tourney resume. They are very dangerous because their big three are as good as any in the Big East. And of course, their Hall of Fame coach is back. Something tells me they will play their way into the field of 65.
Is Texas A&M Sweet 16 material?
Fran Fraschilla (4:21 PM)
They a capable Mike but they have no margin of error without the injured Derrick Roland. I love their grit and tenacity and they are hard to bear at home. As you know, they are one of very few teams that have won their first round tournament games in the past four seasons, so the Sweet 16 is possible.
Eric (Siena College)
dont let my location bias the answer. totally 100% your true opinion.Siena or Butler? Who you got and by how many?
Fran Fraschilla (4:22 PM)
I like Butler on it's home court. Although in what might be good news for you, the last two Butler games I've called at Hinkle Fieldhouse the opponent has won. This should be a great game between two evenly matched teams and I'm glad I'm hear for it.
Adam (New Mexico)
Hey Fran,What do you think of your Lobos? Do they have what it takes to make a deep run in the tournament?
Fran Fraschilla (4:25 PM)
I've been really impressed with the Lobo's all season long. Having played in a very competitive Mountain West will help them in March. I like that college basketball fans are finding out about Darington Hobson but my glue guy is El Paso's own Roman Martinez. Glad to see that The Pit is rocking again.
T.T. (St. Louis)
What's your predicted order of finish #1-5 in the Big 12?
Fran Fraschilla (4:27 PM)
Oh boy! Do you think I'm Moreland the Magician? Without having the schedule in front of me, I would say the best five teams are Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Missouri, A
Rob (Springfield, MO)
MVC question. Assume UNI is a lock. WSU finishes strong but loses to a spoiler team in the title game of the MVC tourney. WSU in or out at 26-7?
Fran Fraschilla (4:29 PM)
In a vacuum I would say yes but remember their resume will be matched up with 20 other teams. The bottom line will not be their overall record but if someone on the committee thinks they are one of the best 34 at large teams. Let's put it this way, Gregg Marshall will be sweating for six days.
nagleliscious (deuce one duece)
On the Big 10 Network postagme interview the other night, Jon Crispin said people should watch out now that PSU has momentum. Your thought son a torrid PSU and their 1 game Win streak?
Fran Fraschilla (4:32 PM)
I've always been a Talor Battle fan but I don't know if they are capable of sustaining long term success this season. Asking them to win three or four games in the Big 10 Tournament is a bit much as well. I loved them in the NIT last year and think that Coach D has built a nice program.
Fran Fraschilla (4:34 PM)
Keep an eye on the Old Dominion/Northern Iowa and George Mason-Charleston games. All four are capable of busting a bracket in a couple of weeks.