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College Hoops Saturday Recap: UConn Makes History

March 13th, 2011
UConn won five games in five days to win the Big EastFew people thought it could be done: winning five games in five days had never happened in the history of conference tournaments, and no team in the history of the expanded Big East Championship had gone from playing on Tuesday to the tile game. That all changed when Preston Knowles' attempt to tie the game at the buzzer hit the back iron, giving Connecticut the 69-66 win and their seventh Big East Championship title (first since 2004). MVP Kemba Walker scored 19 points, making the game-winning play on an assist after scoring a tournament-record 130 points through five games.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Pacific Great Ron Cornelius

January 26th, 2011
Ron Cornelius is the all-time leading scorer in Pacific historyIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Pacific's all-time leading scorer, Ron Cornelius. Cornelius, a two-time All-American at Pacific, helped lead the Tigers to the 1979 NCAA Tournament. After spending a decade overseas playing basketball, Cornelius now works for Konica Minolta while also helping coach a high school basketball team.

Belmont's Balance Key Factor in Success

January 19th, 2011
Belmont's success a product of depth, balanceIn this era of the BCS and multi-million dollar television contracts it takes quite a bit to receive proper respect (and attention) if your conference flies under the radar. It's safe to say that Rick Byrd's Belmont Bruins, 8-0 in Atlantic Sun play and 16-3 overall, have served notice this season that they've got the ability to not only get to the NCAA Tournament but also take someone out once in the field.

College Hoops Tuesday Recap: Badgers Hold Serve at Home

December 29th, 2010
Jordan Taylor's 21 points and 7 assists lead WisconsinIf there was one area of concern for Wisconsin going into their game against Minnesota on Tuesday night it would have been rebounding given the Golden Gophers' size up front. And sure enough Minnesota won the battle convincingly, out-rebounding the Badgers 42-24 and scoring 16 second-chance points (34-12 edge in points in the paint) on the night. But the Gophers also shot just 39% from the field, and with Wisconsin turning the ball over just two times (and going 17-18 from the foul line) it proved to be too much for the visitors at the Kohl Center.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: UCSB Great Carrick DeHart

October 9th, 2010
Carrick DeHart is one of UCSB's greatest players

Of all the teams you could guess that would hand UNLV their only loss in a 55-game stretch that included the 1990 national title, UCSB likely wouldn't be at the top of the list. But the Gauchos were a more than worthy competitor thanks in large part to Carrick Dehart, who to this day remains one of the best players in school history. During DeHart's time at UCSB the Gauchos made two NCAA Tournament appearances (beating Houston in 1990) and an NIT appearance in between.

Jon Teitel's Coaches Interview Series: Cal-State Fullerton's Bob Burton

August 28th, 2010
Cal-State Fullerton head coach Bob Burton

In the latest installment of his Greatest Coaches interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with current Cal-State Fullerton head coach Bob Burton, who has won 123 games and made one trip to the NCAA Tournament since taking the job in 2003. Coach Burton has been a head coach for forty years and shares the honor of being a member of the California Community Colleges Coaches Hall of Fame with the likes of Jerry Tarkanian and Lute Olson. The task for Burton and his staff going into 2010-11 is to replace four starters from last year's team (16-15, 8-8 Big West; t-3rd). 

Jon Teitel's Interview Series: Cal Poly's Mike Wozniak

June 10th, 2010
Cal Poly Mustangs

CHN writer Jon Teitel recently spent some time with Cal Poly great Mike Wozniak, catching up with the sharpshooter on both his career at Cal Poly and some of the things on his plate today. Second on his school's all-time scoring list, Wozniak remains the school's all-time leader in three pointers made. 

Jon Teitel: You grew up in Texas and Indiana. How did you end up at Cal Poly?