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NCAA Tournament Interviews: Loyola (MD) Justin Drummond

March 9th, 2012
Loyola makes their long-awaited return to the Big DanceAs part of his NCAA Tournament interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with Loyola (MD) guard Justin Drummond, a key cog in the Greyhound attack as they make their first tournament appearance since 1994. Drummond, who scored eight points in Loyola's 48-44 win over Fairfield in the MAAC tournament final, was named MAAC 6th Man of the Year by the conference last week.

Jon Teitel: During your senior year at Riverdale Baptist High School you played center despite weighing less than 200 pounds. How on earth were you able to survive down in the post?

NCAA Tournament Interviews: South Dakota State's Scott Nagy

March 8th, 2012
Scott Nagy's Jackrabbits making their 1st NCAA appearanceAs part of his NCAA Tournament interview series CHN writer caught up with South Dakota State head coach Scott Nagy, whose Jackrabbits will be making the first NCAA appearance in school history. Led by point guard Nate Wolters and lone senior Griffan Callahan, the Jackrabbits finished second in the regular season and then won three straight in Sioux Falls to grab the automatic bid.

Jon Teitel: You made the 1989 Final Four with Illinois as a graduate assistant to Lou Henson (who remains one of the 20 winningest coaches in NCAA history).

NCAA Tournament Interviews: Davidson's Jake Cohen and J.P. Kuhlman

March 8th, 2012
Davidson will be a tough out next week

Just days after their win in the SoCon tournament final, CHN writer Jon Teitel was able to catch up with Davidson forward Jake Cohen and guard JP Kulhman. Along with De'Mon Brooks these two have been integral parts of Bob McKillop's team, which also won the SoCon regular season title. 

Jon Teitel: You brother Josh played football at Dartmouth. Who is the best athlete in the family?

Jake Cohen: That is a tough question. Josh is good at almost every sport he plays, so I guess he is the best.

NCAA Tournament Interviews: Murray State's Steve Prohm

March 7th, 2012
Steve Prohm's Racers dropped just one gameCHN writer Jon Teitel was able to catch up with Murray State head coach Steve Prohm as part of his NCAA Tournament interview series, following up on the Racers' OVC tournament title and automatic bid. Prohm's Racers are 30-1 in his first season at the helm, and this veteran group has the potential to go a long way in the Big Dance.

Jon Teitel: You spent five years as an assistant to Billy Kennedy at Murray State. What makes Kennedy such a good coach, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him?

NCAA Tournament Interviews: Belmont's Kerron Johnson

March 7th, 2012
Belmont guard Kerron JohnsonCHN writer Jon Teitel continues with his NCAA Tournament interviews, this time catching up with Belmont guard Kerron Johnson. The Bruins will be making the second consecutive NCAA tournament appearence as winners of the Atlantic Sun, knocking off FGCU in Saturday's title game. Belmont lost to four-seed Wisconsin in last year's tournament appearance.

Jon Teitel: You were an AAU teammate of Jon Hood, who is recovering from a torn ACL on the bench of top-ranked Kentucky. Have you talked to him at all during his rehab from surgery?

NCAA Tournament Interviews: Creighton's Doug McDermott

March 7th, 2012
Doug McDermott won MVC Player of the YearWith the NCAA Tournament right around the corner, CHN writer Jon Teitel is catching up with some of the players and coaches you'll need to know before Selection Sunday (if you don't know them by now). First up is Creighton forward Doug McDermott, who led the Bluejays to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title last weekend. McDermott, who was a First Team All-MVC selection as a freshman, followed that up with MVC Player of the Year honors this season and is one of the toughest matchups in the country.

Jon Teitel Catches Up With Creighton Head Coach Greg McDermott

March 6th, 2012
Greg McDermott's Bluejays will be a tough out

One of the teams to watch in the upcoming NCAA tournament are the Creighton Bluejays, who on Sunday won the MVC tournament to wrap up an automatic bid. CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Creighton head coach Greg McDermott, talking with McDermott about his time as a player and a head coach. 

Jon Teitel: As a 6'8" high school player in Iowa you were fourth team all-state and MVP of the 1983 Dr. Pepper All-Star game. How good a player were you back then?

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Ohio State's Fred Taylor

March 5th, 2012
Fred Taylor led Ohio State to a national title

In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Nikki Kelley, the daughter of the late Fred Taylor. Taylor, who also played at Ohio State, returned to the school and helped lead the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournament appearances and a national title in 1960. 

Jon Teitel: Your dad served in the Air Force from 1943-1946. What impact did his military service have on his role as a father?

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends": Kent State's Trevor Huffman

March 5th, 2012
Kent State great Trevor Huffman

In the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with Kent State great Trevor Huffman, who is still the school's all-time leading scorer. Huffman scored 1,820 points in his four seasons at Kent State, helping to lead the Golden Flashes to three NCAA tournament appearances and an Elite 8 in 2002. Huffman has since played professionally in five different countries as well as the CBA.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Drake's Maury John

February 22nd, 2012
Maury John won 211 games at Drake

In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer spoke with two players of late Drake head coach Maury John, Dolph Pulliam and Dan Callahan. During his time at Drake, John won 211 games and led the Bulldogs to four conference titles, three NCAA appearances and a Final Four as well.  

Jon Teitel: Coach John was known for his "belly-button" defense (man-to-man defense with an emphasis on total ball denial and weak-side help). How did he come up with that?