Josh Solomon, a senior writer with the GW Hatchet, chats with Matty D. about the upcoming basketball season. George Washington narrowly missed the NCAA tournament last season and returns a lot of talent. Visit http://collegebasketballeyetest.com for hoops content. Tweet @CBBEyeTest to share your eyewitness reports.
As a college basketball fanatic, I am counting down until games tip off once again.
Today I celebrate the 100 day countdown until the Champions Classic.
The Champions Classic will be the (un)official start to the college basketball season, as a yearly rotation of powers Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Duke square off.
Matty D., yours truly, wanted to mark the countdown by getting insight from three of last season’s tournament teams. I spoke with beat reporters who know these teams best. Like most young basketball teams, all these programs are experiencing some transition this summer. Watch then join the conversation by tweeting @CBBEyeTest or finding College Basketball Eye Test on Facebook and Instagram.
Last season’s Indiana Hoosiers ball-club was many top 25 teams I was able to witness in person. Watching them lead Georgetown at halftime at Madison Square Garden, I saw flashes of brilliance from their back-court.
I already knew about Yogi Ferrell, but was blown away by watching James Blackmon Jr.’s ability to score in a variety of ways. Troy Williams’s athleticism was also a sight to see.
With the obligatory rumors about Tom Crean’s job security floating around, I check in with beat reporter Tyler Smith to talk Hoosiers basketball. Here is my interview and some insight on Indiana’s summer:
The Cowboys were one of my favorite teams to watch in 2014-15. After watching Wyoming crush Colorado in a November game, I knew this squad was for real. The Cowboys cracked the top 25, but then had their hardships. They persevered and made the NCAA Tournament with a dramatic conference championship.
Knowing team “Go Pokes” lost a load of talent this summer, most notably Larry Nance Jr. to the NBA, I checked in with Robert Gagliardi to see how their summer is going. Here is my interview with the WyoSports.net beat reporter, who covers the Cowboys: