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Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Saint Mary's Randy Bennett

October 16th, 2011
Randy Bennett has taken Saint Mary's to new heightsIn the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett, who has won 208 games and led the Gaels to three NCAA appearances during his time in Moraga. Under Bennett's watch the Gaels have become a perennial contender in the West Coast Conference, with the high point being their Sweet 16 appearance in 2010.

Jon Teitel: Before becoming team captain at UCSD in the 1980s you played basketball at Mesa Community College for your father Tom (who never had a losing season in 19 years).

Akron Takes First Step Towards Repeat

August 20th, 2011
Keith Dambrot's Zips are back in the Big DanceNote: To make sure there is no confusion here is the link to the piece written by Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com on Thursday.

While many teams across the country look to begin the process of building towards an NCAA Tournament berth with trips outside of the country in the summer, not everyone has the same set of circumstances to deal with once the season begins.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Saint Mary's Tom Meschery

July 31st, 2011
Tom Meschery remains one of SMC's greatest playersIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Saint Mary's great Tom Meschery. In addition to his career at the California school Meschery went on to have an outstanding career in the NBA. Despite the Gaels' recent string of success Meschery is still considered by many to be the school's greatest player.

Jon Teitel: Some of your nicknames were the "Mad Russian" and the "Renaissance Man". How did you get those nicknames, and which one did you like the most? 

Ten Non-NCAA Teams to Watch in 2011-12

April 13th, 2011
Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide may need an automatic bid to danceWhile many tend to ignore the "other" postseason tournaments in March due to the overwhelming popularity of the NCAA Tournament, there's an awful lot to be gained from said events especially if a team has a lot due back the following season. So similar to those bowl games outside of the BCS in college football, teams gain valuable practice and game experience. Below are ten teams (in alphabetical order) who fit the mold, including one that didn't play in the postseason at all, and could make some noise in 2011-12.

(1) Alabama (25-12, 12-4 SEC)

Southeast Region Final Thoughts: What's in Store for 2011-12?

April 7th, 2011
Butler makes a return trip to the Final Four

Next up is the Southeast region, which contributed to the craziness of the NCAA Tournament beginning with Butler knocking off top-seed Pittsburgh in the third round. The question now is what's next for the entire region beginning with the Panthers, who welcome a solid recruiting class while also waiting to see what Ashton Gibbs' decision in regards to staying in the NBA Draft will be.  

Second Round Thursday: Your Commentary

March 17th, 2011
Jacob Pullen scored 20 points in Kansas State's winThe true fun that is the NCAA Tournament tips off on Thursday, beginning with Clemson taking on West Virginia in Tampa (no disrespect to the "First Four"). Sixteen games across the nation will captivate the country with thrilling finishes and routine blowouts being the order of the day. Below is the schedule breakdown by region by tip time, with one game from each quadrant being featured.

By the time Thursday's schedule is finished millions of brackets will be ruined, which should come as no surprise given the regular season.

College Hoops Monday Recap: Four More Tickets Punched

March 8th, 2011
Gonzaga wins another WCC Tournament titleThe NCAA Tournament field is now up to seven confirmed members thanks to Monday's results. The two games with the bigger impact on who fills out the field from an at-large standpoint were the CAA and West Coast title games. Out in Las Vegas, Gonzaga regained the crown by beating Saint Mary's behind a balanced effort that saw four players score in double figures. Steven Gray, who had to leave the game in the first half to receive stitches for a cut above his left eye, scored 15 and Robert Sacre added 12 points and eight rebounds (knocking down some crucial free throws late as well).