This college basketball season has been particularly peculiar, with schools like Harvard, Murray State, and St. Mary’s making unexpected pushes high in the rankings. To seek out the real contenders, we call on Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.
This time last year, Erik Anderson of KPBS profiled the 6th-ranked San Diego State basketball team, which was outperforming expectations. After losing a number of key players, you might think the team would be struggling this season. You’d be wrong.
With a 400-year history of academic excellence, Harvard University is used to fame and attention. But this year, eyes are focused on an unexpected part of the school – the nationally-ranked men’s basketball team. Bill Littlefield has the story.
North Carolina basketball has a long and illustrious history, both on the men’s and women’s side. But there’s a third Tar Heel basketball team. North Carolina Public Radio’s Dave DeWitt has the story from Chapel Hill.
Florida State football gets plenty of press, but ACC basketball power is reserved for Duke and North Carolina. This season, however, FSU has a conference-best 5-1 record, including upset wins over the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. Palm Beach Post writer Tom D’Angelo joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the Seminoles’ new status in the ACC.
The Missouri Tigers aren’t exactly household names in the world of men’s college basketball. This season, however, the team finds itself sitting behind only Kentucky in the ratings. Bill speaks with Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
The start of the NBA season is stalled in labor negotiations, but mens’ college hoops are getting started right on time. UNC is back on top in the pre-season polls, and even UCONN, minus a few scholarships, is expected to make a good run. Bill Littlefield speaks with Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.
The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are coming to a close and there are plenty of surprises. On the men’s side, no number one seeds made the Final Four, and 11-seed VCU managed to crash the party. On the women’s side, Baylor and Tennessee both made early exits. Bill previews the grand finales of March Madness.
College basketball isn’t just a game anymore. It has become a big business worth millions of dollars. Schools, television networks and the NCAA benefit from the money, but the players do not. Bill talks with PBS Frontline reporter Lowell Bergman about his documentary Money + March Madness, premiering next week.
Your bracket is in good shape and the team you picked to win it all is still in the NCAA tournament. So, you must be a college basketball guru, right? Wrong. Like Bill Littlefield, you’re probably just lucky.