NCAA Tournament Interview: Iowa State's Royce White

March 12th, 2012
Royce White and the Cyclones had reason to celebrate

Recently CHN writer Jon Teitel was able to spend some time talking with Iowa State point forward Royce White, one of the best players in America. The Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, White runs the point for the Cyclones despite bing 6'9", 270 pounds. Iowa State takes on Connecticut in the 8/9 matchup in the South Region. 

Jon Teitel: You transferred from Minnesota to Iowa State. Why did you decide to transfer, and how close did you come to going to Kentucky (ISU's possible opponent in the round of 32)?

New Mexico State Pre-Tournament Teleconference Notes

March 12th, 2012
New Mexico State earned the WAC's automatic bid

On Monday CHN writer Jon Teitel took part in New Mexico State's pre-tournament teleconference. Marvin Menzies' Aggies, winners of the WAC tournament, take on four-seed Indiana in a South Region matchup in Portland on Thursday. Keep an eye on Wendell McKines, one of the best players not talked about nationally on a daily basis. 

New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies

Big 12 Pre-Tournament Teleconference Notes

March 12th, 2012
Frank Haith's Tigers rolled to the CBE Classic crown

With the Big 12 holding it's pre-tournament teleconference on Monday morning, CHN writer Jon Teitel took some notes of what a few coaches had to say about their teams and matchups. Below are Baylor's Scott Drew, Missouri's Frank Haith and Kansas State's Frank Martin. 

Baylor's Scott Drew (3-seed, South Region)

On the role league played in their preparation: "The Big 12 tournament helps us prepare for the NCAA tournament. I joke that the new uniforms are helping us win because now we know who we are passing to!"

Tommy Amaker Pre-Tournament Teleconference Notes

March 12th, 2012
Harvard's first NCAA bid since 1946

On Monday morning the Ivy League champion Harvard Crimson held a teleconference ahead of their NCAA tournament matchup with Vanderbilt, the five-seed in the East Region. Led by forwards Kyle Casey and Keith Wright, Tommy Amaker's Crimson are making the school's first NCAA appearance since 1946. 

Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker

On being a part of the field: "We are incredibly excited and honored to represent our great conference."

Iona Pre-Tournament Teleconference Notes

March 12th, 2012
Scott Machado and Iona have something to prove

On Sunday the Iona Gaels were a surprise addition to the field of 68, earning a 14-seed in the West Region and a date with BYU on Tuesday in Dayton. The winner plays three-seed Marquette on Thursday afternoon in Dayton, and with the school holding a teleconference on Sunday night CHN writer Jon Teitel took notes of their comments. 

Four Factors to NCAA Tournament Success

March 12th, 2012
VCU returns to the NCAA Tournament

As every basketball junkie knows, is a treasure trove of college basketball information. I pored through the data to find four key factors that propelled recent Final Four teams to success, and teams that excel at those factors this year:


Tourney Tidbits: Obscure Facts to Help you Pick Your Bracket

March 12th, 2012
Billy Donovan's Gators look to remain in first place in SEC East
Every bit of information can help you win pick a better bracket. As part of his Bracket Tactics series, here are seven random factoids by Jon Teitel and how they can help you pick your bracket. Happy Picking!




NCAA Tournament: 10 Potential First Round Upsets

March 12th, 2012
Casper Ware led Long Beach State with a career-high 28

Top 10 Most Likely Upsets

March is no time to play it safe. When you fill in your brackets over the next few days, here are the 10 most likely First Round upsets to focus on:


Henson's Wrist Will Shape Carolina's Journey: Midwest Region Thoughts

March 12th, 2012
How effective will Henson be?

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How the Midwest Region shakes out will ultimately be determined by the John Henson's left wrist, which he injured on a hard fall in their quarterfinal win over Maryland on Friday. North Carolina has said that the junior big man is ready to go this week, and to be fair it was better to give Henson the two days to heal as opposed to put him at risk to reinjury.