Greetings everyone. Hope you had the season as much as I did.
Dana awesome coverage during the tourney, and great article "Kemba Walker serves title-winning dish"!! Do you think that Jim Calhoun will retire..going out a winner?
Chris: If he does, I don't think it will be anytime soon. He strikes me as the type who will wait and ensure that Kevin Ollie is his replacement.
Im tired of all this talk about UConn not deserving their championship! it may have been ugly but the won it on the floor, while higher ranked teams LOST. do you recall any other teams that actually won the tourney, and have had to face the same criticisma?
Roy: I was thinking that today. Kinda stinks that all anyone is talking about how bad the game was. They won, fair and square, at the risk of sounding like a 9 year old.
Hi Dana, which incoming freshmen do you think will make the most impact in the upcoming season? Do you think a freshman will be part of the All American team like Sullinger was this year?
Joe: I'd imagine Michael Gilchrist could make that list. Ditto Austin Rivers. Should be an exciting freshman class.
Which Players from Either Connecticut or Butler will be in the NBA Next Year?
Chris: Gotta think Shelvin Mack has a chance and certainly Kemba.
Why would Sydney Johnson leave Princeton for Fairfield? Just money? Seems like a lateral move at best, and surprising considering that Princeton just went to the NCAA tourney and Johnson is an alumnus.
Steve: I think money, to an extent. But also opportunity. MAAC offers more of a chance for him to move up more quickly. But I was surprised.
Hi Dana met you at MSG and seen you on court after Championship. Can you give your summary on Kemba Walker's season and where it stands in recent history? Also Im disappointed in these POY votings?
Kevin: Kemba's run one of the most amazing in recent memory. Absolutely unbelievable effort, will and skill. As for POY, I voted Kemba on a late swictheroo. Thought more would follow that run. Jimmer isn't a bad choice, though.
What happened to 'Nova at the end of the season? Did player's ego's get in the way? They certainly had the talent, but there must have been other factors contributing to that horrendous collapse.
Tim: I think ego to an extent but also think they were running a pro offense for players who weren't quit yet pros. Just a bad finish.
Dana, True or False: Brad Stevens will be the next coach at Indiana (within next 3 years)?
Jon: If he jumps anywhere, that would be the logical choice. Although I still believe Crean can get things turned around.
Hey Dana? Do you think Jeremy Lamb will consider entering the NBA Draft or is he a lock to come back next year?
Russell: I suspect he'll be back. Great player, but with the lockout situation, kind of hard year to jump when you're not certain.
Do you think Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones will enter the NBA draft this year?
MIke: I would be stunned if they didn't.
Every time a college sports program gets penalized for improper conduct it takes the NCAA a few years to actually hand down penalties. By the time the penalties are handed down most of the players and coaches have left the program. If you were in charge of the NCAA, how would you change the process to penalize the people that actually broke the rules?
I think the penalties need to come harder at the coaches. The suspensions they are handing out now are a good first step. Until the coaches,the constants in the program and the ones who direct the decisions, are impacted, it will continue to happen.
Why didn't Kyrie Irving stayed in Duke and establish something special with Austin Rivers as perhaps the best backcourt in the country? Where would Duke be ranked in the preseason had Irving stayed?
Freddy: Because guys like Jared Sullinger are the exception. Most guys who are first-round draft picks, go. And that's not a crime. I can't blame them for it.
Cutest mascot in the NCAA?
I used to fancy Otto the Orange, but I'm all about Blue now.
What do you think of the Memphis Tigers for next year? Will they make another run at the ncaa tourney? Will the return of Will Barton and Wesley Witherspoon given he can stay healthy and out of trouble and the addition of Adonis Thomas can they make a run at the NCAA Title? your thoughts on Josh Pastner. I think he is a younger version of John Calipari.
Charles: Certainly all sorts of reasons to be optimistic about Memphis. Tons of talent but need to kind of get their heads screwed on more tightly this season.
What are the odds Harrison Barnes returns for a title run?
Travis: Dunno. He's a different kid and with Zeller and Henson staying, maybe he's more apt to stay.
Hey Dana, Just to let you in on a little secret, Xavier will be very good next year and maybe good enough to make the Final Four but will again not be preseason ranked like usual.
John: Thanks for the tip and if this season hasn't taught us preseason rankings don't matter, nothing will.
Do you think pre-season rankings are over-hyped? After all, UConn won the national championship and wasn't even ranked to begin the season. Also who do you think has a legitimate chance to be this year's Butler?
Raphael: Sure they are, but you have to start somewhere, don't you? As for this year's Butler, I honestly haven't thought about it yet. Could Butler be Butler again? If Shelvin Mack stays, could be.
Would Calipari seriously entertain a potential move back to NBA with the Anaheim Royals to coach Cousins and Evans again, or is he likley stay in Lexington until he wins a national title?
Freddy I'd be awfully surprised if he left given the gobs of talent he has coming to Kentucky this season. I've heard the NBA still intrigues him but I don't know if that's true and again, I'd be really surprised.
Were the rims at Reliant as stiff and unforgiving as they sounded on tv or did the teams at the Final Four forget how to shoot (or just run into spectacular defenses)?
Ann: Combo platter. Unforgiving rims to an extent, great defense to a bigger extent and just some really bad shooting. I contend the great defense gave Butler a case of the yips a little bit. Expecting the pressure, they may have hiccuped early.
How long before Sean Miller takes Arizona back to a Final Four?
Todd: Good things definitely brewing again at Arizona. Of course replacing Derrick Williams will be a tall order.
What are your thoughts on Debbie Yow accusing Gary Williams of "sabotaging" the NCST coaching search. They seem absurd to me and does not seem like a ringing endorsement of the man they hired in Mark Gottfreid.
Jason: Yeah that was just bad form all around. Basically Debbie Yow is saying if he didn't sabotage our search, we get a better coach. Not exactly what you want to hear and honestly, not necessarily. Be a professional. If you have a problem, go to the ACC commissioner, go to the Maryland AD but don't air your dirty laundry out for all to see, especially on a day that's supposed to be about your future.
How different would this tournament have been if Old Dominion beat Butler?
Russell: Wow. Who knows? Or what if Gilbert Brown makes a free throw? That's the beauty of the tourney. One play changes everything.
Will i get drafted
Kalin: Probably but not terribly early.
You say Barnes is a different kid. So is Brandon Knight - probably even more so. He's a great student and actually enjoys school.
Toby: True enough.
Dana, I felt so bad for Brad Stevens that his team lost TWO years in a row because, as a mid-major, it's gonna be hard for him to get back again. What do you think his oddds are of getting another shot?
Aaron: I wouldn't ever count Brad Stevens out. Maybe it won't be this year, but I'd say they could be back. You gotta think the name-branding will attract some high caliber recruits and his coaching isn't going anywhere. It will be awfully hard to follow up on this run but I'm not about to count Butler out.
I think all the griping about UConn is that the ugly game shows, quite clearly, that they are not the best team in the country and it bursts the bubble of those who believe that is what the NCAA tourney determines. UConn was the best team in that tournament, that is all and it should be enough.
Patrick: Well, I suppose but I think the tourney awards teams that are playing their best basketball now as opposed to say in December. Let's face it, no one was hotter than UConn from March thru April. They earned that title - 5 games in 5 nights in NYC, a decently difficult path through the NCAA Tourney. They didn't just trip to it.
Hey Dana. Syracuse has a pretty good class coming in this year, will Rakeem Christmas be more "game ready" than Fab Melo? And what do you think of Scoop Jardine? I think he has become a polarizing figure for the cuse.
Ryan: Have not seen Rakeem myself but have heard he's the real deal. Gotta think this will be another very good Syracuse team. I hadn't thought of Scoop as polarizing, though. How so?
I was kind of taking back by articles coming out claiming that it was only fitting for a team that is on violations (Uconn) wins the championship. Do they writers realize that the kids on Uconn had nothing to do with the violations and that they happened 3 years ago? It almost takes away from what they did and its unfair to them.
Mark: I get your point but the reality is, this is a team on probation and Auburn won the BCS while being investigated. You can't ignore the facts and the facts are pretty painful for an NCAA under a great deal of scrutiny right now. In the big picture, that is all relevant.
Dana: what is your take on Mike Adras's vote? Seems to me he was dissing both UCONN and the NCAA Tourney.
Chris: Sounds like he was interested in being a conscientious objector. I don't agree with the rationale, myself. UConn earned that title and was, at the end, the best team. If Ohio State had lost in the Final Four, I might have bought the argument a little bit.
BYU tied up Rose for another five years, but is heading to a weaker WCC and losing Jimmer. Buying or selling BYU in the next couple of seasons?
Jon: Gonna be some strange transitions for BYU, for certain. Lose a lot of luster, I think, leaving the Mountain West. But Dave Rose has been very good for a long time, so I guess in the WCC, I'm still buying BYU.
I feel many fans see him (Scoop) as the reason they were successful this year after losing so much talent, and just as many blame him for their woes.
Ryan: Huh. Hadn't heard that one. He can't be your reason for success and reason for failure. I'd argue Syracuse would be a lot worse off without Scoop.
Did this tournament provide CBS/Turner with the kind of initial results they were hoping for with their massive new tv deal?
I gotta think they're happy. From what I've heard, ratings were up. There were great upsets and drama, huge performances from Kemba and Jimmer.
Its assumed Derrick Williams is leaving, But he appears to be a grounded person with a strong support system in his mom. The looming NBA lockout could land him 1 more year and if he comes back, the final 4 could be sooner than later, right?
Jon: The lockout could muddy a lot of situations, no doubt. I still would be stunned if Derrick came back. He's a potential top 10 pick and for guys like that, I'd imagine more go than stay. It's the marginal guys, I think, who would be more affected by the lockout. But to answer your other question, if he stays, the quick look top 25s will have to change.
With the announcement of zeller and henson coming back along with the possibility of barnes coming back, do u feel the Tar Heels are a legitimate tiltle contender ?
Derrick: How can you not like their chances, especially adding in Kendall Marshall? Team got so much better as the season progressed. Seemed like a real team, too, not the disjointed mess it had been previously.
How good do you see Gtown being after the lose 3 seniors?
Ray: Awful lot to replace for a team that seemed to lose its way at the end of the season.
With all that talent in Kentucky, do you think anyone can compete with them within the SEC?
Mike: Kentucky will be the prohibitive favorite in a walkover, no doubt. But someone will make them antsy. Maybe Florida again?
Dana, how does the MAAC provide a better opportunity to move up? 2 of the last 3 Princeton coaches left directly for BCS jobs.
Charles: Well one of those BCS jobs was at Northwestern, 0 and forever for the NCAA Tourney and one was because JT3 succeeded his papa, which paved the road a little more easily. I'm not saying it can't happen via Princeton because it can, but if you succeed in the MAAC big jobs will open quickly.
Lots of criticism in Columbia. Personally, I think Mizzou could have done better than a coach who has made 1 NCAA tourney in 7 years.
Patrick: Let's put it this way, I was out with a Mizzou alum when the news of the hiring broke and said alum was not happy. That's being kind. I like Frank Haith but that's an awful big job jump for him. Don't get it at all.
Are you hearing anything about Villanova football moving up to the Big East? Any impact on Big East basketball?
Tom: Haven't heard anything but I haven't been home much either. If anything, it helps hoops. Secures their spot going forward and gets more $$$ in their pockets.
With the incoming freshman classes for Indiana, what do you forecast for them in the near and distant future.
Brandon Well it's gotta get better, right? Seriously if the Hoosiers don't move up significantly in the Big Ten standings this year, there will be trouble afoot.
You did a story a few years ago on former Baylor assistant Abar Rouse, the guy who recorded those conversations with Dave Bliss. Has he had any other coaching opportunities since your story? If not, do you think he ever will?
Adam: So far as I know he has not. I haven't kept in touch with him, so not 100 percent certain but haven't heard otherwise.
Will The Longhorns move Cory Joseph to SG since they have the #2 PG coming in this season???
Christian: Sounds plausible but can't say I've had that discussion with Rick Barnes.
I know the spartans are losing kalin lucas and durrell summers and are coming off a rough year but do you think they will get it back for next year?
Jimbo: Wow, I don't know. I'd say yes with authority typically but this Spartan season has left me so confused. Now they've got to replace guys and re-invent themselves.
Pac-10 (12) going to better or worse next year?
JJ: Well Colorado's nice run adds some juice. Lot of work to do at Utah. and then it depends on who goes - Derrick Williams, Isaiah Thomas among the top. Suspect UCLA will continue to improve.
With TCU joining the big east, how many teams is too many? Pretty tough for some of those bottom dwellers to gain ground with 10-11 solid teams ahead of you.
Ryan: Oh I think we're at the point of maximum saturation. I just don't see how DePaul, South Florida and TCU can really get better. Where's the recruiting base (save maybe DePaul in that one)?
Which hire was worse: Haith at Mizzou, Gregory at G-Tech, or Gottfried at NC State? Can you remember a time when three major programs (albeit not the most storied) had such trouble hiring a good coach??
Patrick: Two of the three have reasons. Ga Tech owes a king's ransom to Paul Hewitt so that limited the pool and recruiting at NC State is a nightmare, so you either need a hot young coach willing to work his tail off and when said hot, young coach (shaka) says no, you need someone who needs a job. Missouri makes no sense.
Can we just skip ahead to November and the start of next season, I don't want to hear anymore stories on ESPN about the football program here in Buckeye-land.
David: Yeah I gotta think that Jim Tressel and Gene Smith were among the most disappointed people in the world when Ohio State lost. Spotlight on now.
Dana: What is your forecast for the UCONN Huskies next year, assuming only Kemba leaves?
Chris: Hard to think they'll be pretty good. Lamb matured so much this year. Ditto Napier. Oriakhi got tougher. Roscoe Smith contributed. Replacing Kemba is impossible so they all need to do it.
Does anyone really believe that Jared Sullinger is going to return to Ohio State?
Nick: Sounded pretty serious when he told me after the Kentucky game. And his father has since reiterated it. I admit to being a skeptic and I was one at first but the longer he says nothign else, the more I believe him.
Will Kris Joseph go pro, or will he stay with the Orange for another season?
Brian: I don't see what he'd be basing going pro on. Not exactly an eye-popping season.
What should we expect of Texas with Tristan Thompson, Jordan Hamilton, and Cory Joseph returning? And not to forget the incoming freshman Myck Kabongo.
Chris: Heckuva roster for the Longhorns. I've heard all sorts of good things about Kabongo.
Should we stay or should we go?
Marcus: Later, Gator.
Marcus: Later, Gator.
How good of a hire was Texas Tech landing Billy Gillispie?
Freddy: Perfect fit. Gillispie knows the recruiting bed there as well as anyone. He doesn't have to live in the unforgiving spotlight like he did at Kentucky.
Should Texas be considered a legitimate title contender next season?
John: Will be in the mix, certainly. So much talent. But then again they had an awful lot of talent this year.
what do you see as the key to Indiana's turn-around next year -- the incoming freshmen class or healthy upper class players?
Pete: Ideally you get both, but I think this freshman class ought to be the difference makers.
Am I the only one that remembers that the Lakers shot around 30-35% from the field in Game 7 and won the tournament. Why is it so terrible that UCONN did the same?
Mike: Thank you! Was saying on my podcast today that the NBA fans casting stones ought to look at the product it rolls out every night. It was great defense in the first half, bad offense in the second. So what?
How are we going to survive next year without Kemba?
Will: Make a statue?
do you really think d.liggins and d. lamb will go to the nba?
Chris: I'd be surprised but then again I was surprised when Orton and Bledsoe left and they were right to go. I was hearing at the FInal Four that both were, but who knows if that's accurate?
For the question about Sullinger staying in college, I see him on the bus 3 times a week going to class.
Neil: Well there ya go.
And seriously, if Jared Sullinger is on campus, he's staying. Most guys bolt to work out wherever their agents want them to go by now.
If you replayed the tournament, who would be your final four picks. Don't cop out and say Kentucky, UConn, VCU, & Butler.
Patrick: Who knows? You could replay it 20 times and get 20 different Final Fours. That's why I love it. It's not predictable.
When stacking up basketball teams/programs that have demonstrated integrity, "student" first, class-act, where do you rate Butler?
Ben: I was gonna say right after the Ivy Leagues but then I remembered Harvard's problems. So top 10.
At what point will the NCAA model radically change in order to compensate players?
By what Mark Emmert said, not happening anytime soon.
So after blowing away yet another chance at a final four, what's next for Pitt?
Greg Still expect a very good team from Pitt next year. Lose a lot of heart with Brown and Wanamaker, but have some very good players remaining.
Dana, In N out or Five guys and a burger?
In 'n Out.
Dana: If we had the same tournament format for college football, do you think we would have the same surprises? Seems football is more settled to me.
Chris: Ask TCU that question. Or Boise a year ago. At least in college hoops, those who deserve to play for the title get a chance to play for it. You can't guarantee they will win it, nor should you. Look at the NFL an the NBA and MLB and the NHL. You have a playoff and whoever emerges, emerges but only those who earned it during the regular season get in. Same with hoops.
And that, my friends, is my season-ending soapbox stump. I appreciate all the questions all season. I'll be checking back now and again during the off season. Thanks for a great year.