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Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: NAU's Andre Spencer

November 6th, 2011
NAU was led to its first postseason appearance by Andre SpencerIn the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Northern Arizona great Andre Spencer, who helped lead the Lumberjacks to their first-ever postseason appearance (1986 NIT). Spencer's scoring average jumped nearly ten points from his junior to senior season, and he went on to play professionally in the NBA, CBA and multiple foreign countries.

Jon Teitel: You began your college career at Bakersfield CC. Why did you decide to go there?

Jon Teitel's All-Conference Picks, Part One

October 24th, 2011
Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 21 points and seven assistsIn the latest installment in our 2011-12 preview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel took some time selecting his preseason all-conference selections for 31 conferences as well as the Independents. Below are the picks, which should be interesting to look back on come March.

America East
G: Darryl Partin (Boston University)
G: Chris De La Rosa (UMBC)
G: Gerald McLemore (Maine)
F: Ferg Myrick (New Hampshire)
F: Brian Voelkel (Vermont)
 
Atlantic 10
G: Tu Holloway (Xavier)
G: Ramone Moore (Temple)

Thirty-Two Impact Freshmen, Part One

October 20th, 2011
LeBryan Nash (dunking) and Adonis Thomas among the top newcomersAfter going over the teams expected to win their regular season titles, we move on to talking about the top freshmen in each conference. Will all automatically take over and become the stars of their respective teams and leagues? It's tough to say at this point in the season, but that doesn't mean that we can't discuss it. Below are the picks for each of the 32 conferences.

America East: James Kennedy (Boston University)

Thirty-Two Regular Season Champions, Part One

October 14th, 2011
Rick Byrd's Belmont Bruins have won 30 gamesWith the college basketball season finally on the horizon, the game that's been overlooked by many in conference realignment will once again have the center stage. Perennial contenders will once again make a run at a national title while some new faces will pop up as well. The first four-part preview will focus on the conferences, and more specifically who will win each of the 32 leagues.

America East: Albany

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Northern Colorado's George Sage

October 5th, 2011
Dr. George Sage was also a great baseball player at UNCIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Northern Colorado head coach Dr. George Sage. In five seasons in Greeley Dr. Sage went 95-36 and led the Bears to four conference titles. Dr. Sage also played baseball and basketball at UNC, with one of his achievements being a win in the 1955 College World Series over USC.

Jon Teitel: You played basketball and baseball at UNC (including a 6-hitter in a 2-1 win over USC in the 1955 College World Series).

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)

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

April 9th, 2011
Jim Calhoun's team capped an improbable March in HoustonThe final region is the West, which is where Connecticut began their run to the national title. While some of the departures in this region will steal the majority of the ink there are a number of teams who should feel good about their prospects in 2011-12. Below is a quick breakdown of each of the 16 teams.

(1) Duke: lost to Arizona in the Sweet 16

San Diego St vs Northern Colorado: Preview & Prediction

March 15th, 2011
(2) San Diego State vs. (15) Northern Colorado

West Region - Tucson

March 17 - 4:40 TNT
 

"Big Dance" Interviews: Northern Colorado's Devon Beitzel & B.J. Hill

March 13th, 2011
Head coach B.J. Hill led the Bears to their first NCAA TournamentRecently CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with two important pieces to the puzzle for the Big Sky champion Northern Colorado Bears, head coach B.J. Hill and guard Devon Beitzel. Beitzel was named Big Sky Player of the Year and also was MVP of the conference tournament, with the Bears beating Montana 65-50 in the title game. Northern Colorado will make their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance this week.

JT: Your scoring went up during each of your four years at Northern Colorado. How have you been able to improve from year to year?