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Eye On College Basketball

CBS Sports’ official college basketball podcast is the most entertaining and informative of its kind. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander bring the sport into your ears at least three times per week with commentary, reporting, insider information and statistical analysis throughout college basketball all year long.

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12/21/15: Valentine's injury; Izzo HOF?; Monmouth's top 25 case; huge Tuesday

Gary Parrish is joined by Matt Norlander and Sam Vecenie for this episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast. They discuss Denzel Valentine's injury, Tom Izzo's nomination for induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame, Kentucky's struggles, Monmouth's Top 25 resume, Butler's amazing offense and Tuesday night's interesting schedule of games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

21 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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06/02: Why John Calipari is wrong; the strangest potential lottery picks

Does John Calipari really want to move the SEC Tournament to November? Would that actually fix any of the SEC's issues? And is former Washington player Marquese Chriss about to be a top-five pick? Gary Parrish talks about these things and more with Matt Norlander and Sam Vecenie on this episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

2 Jun 2016

Rank #2

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09/30: Virginia follows Colin Kaepernick's lead; the motive behind GW's new coaching hire

Is that picture of the entire Virginia basketball team kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick's protest indicative of what we're going to see once the season begins? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss that at the top of this episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast. They then talk about George Washington's decision to name Maurice Joseph its interim coach, Parrish's story on New Mexico transfer Cullen Neal, and the state of American Athletic Conference recruiting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

30 Sep 2016

Rank #3

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12/26: College vs. NBA officiating; we visit our preseason predictions and see what we got right (and wrong)

NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy took a shot at college basketball officials during Sunday's Cavaliers-Warriors broadcast and referenced how often foul trouble affects college basketball games. Does he have a point? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss that at the top of this episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast, which leads to a conversation about the thankless job of officiating in general. After that, Parrish and Norlander revisit their preseason picks for the nation's best leagues. Would they stick with what they picked or switch? They went through each league and discussed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

26 Dec 2016

Rank #4

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03/17: MEGA NCAA TOURNAMENT BREAKDOWN, PREDICTIONS, ANALYSIS PODCAST

No teases needed. THIS EPISODE IS THE GOODS. Complete NCAA Tournament reaction, analysis and everything you want for the morning after Selection Sunday. Here's how Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander sort through the bracket on this episode: the opening is first impressions about what the committee did and anything that stands out in a major way. The nitpicking is next (16:00), and then comes the region-by-region analysis. East is first (26:15), then West (36:30), then South (43:00), then Midwest (56:30). The pod wraps with Final Four and title picks (1 hour, 7 minutes).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 19mins

18 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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03/20: First weekend recap, coaching carousel latest, Baylor-South Carolina on tap!

After a riveting first weekend of the NCAAs, Parrish and Norlander are enthralled with the Eye on College Basketball Podcast Sweet 16 special: Baylor vs. South Carolina. Shoutout to Terry Teagle, shoutout to Devan Downey! And yes, they cover the entire bracket with a look back at so much that went down over the weekend. Plus, the coaching carousel is spinning fast and the knock down some myths about the Syracuse and Indiana situations. It's one of the longest episodes of the season, and there's a lot to get to, so dive in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 11mins

20 Mar 2017

Rank #6

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01/12: Rush to judgement? Who is the best team in college basketball: Gonzaga, Duke or Baylor

This episode opens with Norlander's playful revenge on Parrish, after Baylor proved him correct by winning at Kansas for the first time in school history. Oh, there is a roll call. The guys then get to discussing the compelling debate between Gonzaga, Baylor and Duke for No. 1 status. From there, of course a few words on Clemson (22:00) ending the streak and beating UNC at UNC for the first time in program history. Also, a curious and helpless exercise: GP and Norlander attempt to predict how the Big Ten (32:00) will finish 1-14. They agree on only three teams' ultimate placement. There is also movie chatter. And a listener review special.Begin the day / With a friendly voice / A companion, unobtrusive / Plays a podcast that's so elusiveAnd the magic music makes your morning mood(Listen closely for the subtle Rush references throughout this episode. And rest in peace, Neil Peart.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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08/11: Talking about our Candid Coaches series and Gregg Marshall's outburst in Canada

Should the NCAA take NCAA Tournament games out of North Carolina if the HB2 bill isn't amended or eradicated? Who's the one player in college basketball college coaches would take above all others? And what in the world got into Wichita State's Gregg Marshall during the Shockers' trip to Canada? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss all of that on the latest episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

11 Aug 2016

Rank #8

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01/13: What's wrong with UNC; how Duke escaped at Florida State; the Big Ten has 10 teams in play for the NCAAs

North Carolina continued its bipolar ways this weekend. Just five days after winning at NC State, the Tar Heels lost 83-62 at home to Louisville. GP and MN open with that, then get to Cam Reddish (15:27), who buried a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Duke past Florida State on Saturday. Ohio State (28:51) has gone from 12-1 to 12-4, and the Big Ten has 10 teams thinking NCAA tourney. In the SEC, Ole Miss (29:38) is 13-2 overall, 3-0 in the SEC. Gonzaga (38:16) beat a better-than-you-realize San Francisco team on the road late Saturday to improve to 16-2. Will Gonzaga not lose again until March? And finally, previewing Virginia Tech-Virginia (50:32), which takes place Tuesday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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01/09: Norlander explains why he ranks Kansas lower than everyone else; Final Four + 1 picks led by big Baylor-KU CBS game

On Thursday, Matt Norlander revealed his latest power rankings, and to the surprise of many a confused Kansas fan, he put the Jayhawks seventh. Gary Parrish most definitely does not approve. So what gives? Norlander explains, then the guys get to North Carolina's nosedive (15:00) into one of the worst seasons in school history and Cole Anthony's future with the Heels. What's more, they touch on Zion Williamson's admission this week (21:00) that he wanted to be at Duke right now, playing as a sophomore. Then it's time for the Final Four + 1, which sees the guys agreeing on two games and splitting on three others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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12/20: Why Memphis might have itself to blame for losing James Wiseman. Plus: Danger zone for Kentucky and five best bets for the weekend

We’ve got a loaded weekend pod for you. The first 25 minutes are an even deeper dive on James Wiseman’s decision to leave Memphis, and then it’s on to Kentucky (28:30) — but also Both Gach! Then Parrish and Norlander touch on Michigan State losing Josh Langford (41:00) and Seton Hall’s ugly but needed home win over Maryland before laying out exactly why Norlander could not travel to Vegas. Send him your stretching tips; the man is in serious pain. The Friday pod wraps as usual with the Final Four + 1 (58:00), which is highlighted by these five games: Kansas-Nova; Purdue-Butler; Ohio State-Kentucky; Colorado-Dayton; and UNC-UCLA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 13mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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With the future of the July recruiting period hanging in the balance, how will the NCAA vote? (7.17)

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander spent the week in North Augusta, S.C. and took in their annual viewing of the Peach Jam. There is speculation and real concern from virtually every coach they spoke to that the NCAA is going to overhaul July recruiting to the point where coaches are no longer allowed to attend tournament events that are held by apparel companies.What's the NCAA up to, and will they change their plan close to the 11th hour? Parrish wrote a column that sparked a lot of discussion at Peach Jam, and Norlander reported out a story with sources close to the vote who went on the record about where things stand.Overall, the future of recruiting hasn't been this foggy in as long as many can remember. There's a lot to unpack, and a lot to cover with all that happened at Peach Jam and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 1min

17 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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12/27: Speculation increases that Cole Anthony might not play again in college; final four + 1 picks

College basketball has a solid schedule on a weekend that will be highlighted by the college football playoff and the final week of the NFL's regular season. On today's ep, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with some extended thoughts on their year-in-review ep from earlier this week, then get to a report that has some NBA personnel believing Cole Anthony (11:00) has played his last game in college. From there, the guys make their picks for the weekend in the Final Four + 1 (21:00), including Louisville-Kentucky, Kansas-Stanford and West Virginia-Ohio State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

58mins

27 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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11/03: Previewing a historic, unprecedented opening night in college basketball: Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 will face off in the same building

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are back with three episodes per week for the entire 2019-20 college basketball season. Excited? Oh, yeah, Here we go: Sunday night episodes BACK. This one opens with some random college hoops talk to loosen the muscles before getting into Champions Classic. Duke-Kansas talk (10:00) and then Michigan State-Kentucky (26:00), as those are by far the two biggest games to open the season Tuesday. From there, some big-picture predictions: Best value bets to win the national title (51:30) and picking the over/under win total (56:00) for 14 of the most prominent teams in the sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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01/01: Happy New Year, listeners! Here's a question to ponder: Who is the best one-loss team in college basketball?

The first episode of 2020 of the Eye on College Basketball Podcast leads with a little NYE chatter, then gets into Butler and the Big East (5:00), which might be the best league in America and certainly enters the new year set up to get at least five bids for the NCAA Tournament. The guys also discuss a most unlikely to close out 2019 (16:00) and get to three interesting mailbag questions (23:00), as usual for the Wednesday eps.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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The players we love, ones we like, and who we're most dismissive of in the 2018 NBA Draft (6.14)

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander have a 56-minute podcast entirely dedicated to the 2018 NBA Draft, including an opening debate about what is happening with Michael Porter Jr. Is a hip issue now affecting his stock? Norlander says he wouldn't draft him. Parrish is torn. They get into Deandre Ayton's case (is it so convincing?) as the top prospect, and try to predict two top-10 projected picks who will flame out. They also label the players slotted later in the draft who have the best chance to wind up as top 20 pros in this year's crop. That includes a couple of players who went from being lowly ranked in high school to becoming first round draft picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

14 Jun 2018

Rank #16

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Elite Eight recaps and first impressions of a pretty awesome Final Four field (3.26)

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are both back at home, and before they head out to San Antonio, they touch on the regional final results that have given us a Final Four of Loyola-Chicago, Michigan, Villanova and Kansas. There's also a discussion of whether or not Duke's season could fairly be labeled as an underachieving one. Plus: Will Barack Obama get down to San Antonio to watch the Ramblers? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

26 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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Re-ranking the top teams, game picks for this weekend, and why Trae Young's the best frosh (12.8)

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander try to figure out what's gone wacky with college basketball this week. There have been bizarre upsets, which has led to an upside-down version of Parrish's Top 25 (and one). The duo also previews and makes predictions on seven big games coming this weekend, including Friday night's tripleheader at Staples Center.Also on this pod: Norlander goes behind the scenes with his feature on Oklahoma star Trae Young, who's putting up huge numbers and could become the Freshman of the Year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

8 Dec 2017

Rank #18

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12/08: Ohio State has college hoops' best resume and really might be the best team in the sport right now

You're in for a very fun, very informative episode here. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander open with Ohio State murdering another projected NCAA Tournament team by 25-plus points, then get to Baylor's nice win over Arizona (17:00). Virginia beating UNC for a fifth straight time (26:30) precedes a discussion about Gonzaga beating Washington (38:00) for a sixth straight time. Then it's on to Xavier coach Travis Steele with a boss move (44:00) bringing his family to a local college bar and paying for drinks for everyone in the place. And the best is for last: camel fighting (58:00), podcast basketball tournaments -- and Norlander losing it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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What in the world has happened to Arizona; Norlander from Portland on PK80 (11.25)

What in the world is going on with Arizona?Sean Miller's Wildcats are now 3-3. They finished last in the Battle 4 Atlantis. It's one of the worst early-season three-game efforts from a team ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll in college basketball history.Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish discussed all of that at the top. Then, at the 17:14 mark: PK80-Phil Knight Invitational talk. Chris Holtmann vs. Butler: 25:06 mark.PK80 title game previews start at 35:06. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

25 Nov 2017

Rank #20