Big Dance

"Big Dance" Interviews: Butler forward Matt Howard

March 21st, 2011
Matt Howard has been one of the heroes of the Big Dance thus farTo say the least this subject of CHN writer Jon Teitel's "Big Dance" interview series had a good opening weekend. Butler forward Matt Howard scored the game-winning points in both of Butler's win, scoring on a offensive rebound in the second round win over Old Dominion and following that up with a free throw with 0.8 seconds remaining in their win over top-seed Pittsburgh. Howard's had quite the career in Indianapolis, and he and his teammates aren't done yet. Butler takes on Wisconsin in a Southeast Region semifinal on Thursday night.

"Big Dance" Interviews: Hampton head coach Ed Joyner

March 16th, 2011
Hampton head coach Edward Joyner, Jr.Earlier today CHN writer Jon Teitel spent a few minutes with Hampton head coach Ed Joyner, whose Pirates won the MEAC conference tournament to earn an automatic bid. The 16-seed in the West Region, Hampton will take on top-seed Duke in a second round matchup on Friday in Charlotte.

Jon Teitel: Your father and uncle are both Division II coaches. Who is the best coach in the family?

Ed Joyner: Right now I think my little cousin Steven is the best. He is the woman's coach Winston Salem State, and he just gets to sit around and talk to all of us!

"Big Dance" Interviews: Texas-San Antonio head coach Brooks Thompson

March 15th, 2011
Texas-San Antonio head coach Brooks ThompsonAs part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Texas-San Antonio head coach Brooks Thompson, whose Roadrunners will make their first NCAA appearance since 2004 when they lost to top-seeded Stanford in the first round. UTSA takes on Alabama State on Wednesday night in the "First Four", with the winner advancing to take on East top-seed Ohio State on Friday in Cleveland.

Jon Teitel: You started your college career at Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma State, where you later became a grad assistant under Eddie Sutton.

"Big Dance" Interviews: Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott

March 15th, 2011
Carleton Scott has been a key factor in Notre Dame's successAs part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer spent a few moments with Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott, one of the key cogs for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame struggled when he was out with a hamstring injury in January, taking off upon his return. The two-seed in the Southwest, Notre Dame opens with Akron on Friday in Chicago.

Jon Teitel: You missed all of your freshman season after breaking your foot and four games in January after tearing your hamstring.

"Big Dance" Interviews: George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga

March 15th, 2011
Jim Larranaga's Colonials won 16 straight at one point this seasonEarlier today CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga as part of his "Big Dance" interview series. Coach Larranaga's Patriots won the CAA regular season title by two games but were bounced in the CAA semis by eventual runner-up VCU. George Mason is the eight-seed in the East and will take on Villanova Friday in Cleveland.

Jon Teitel: You became a household name during your magical run to the Final Four in 2006. What did you learn from that experience about what it takes to succeed in March?

"Big Dance" Interviews: Alabama State head coach Lewis Jackson

March 15th, 2011
Lewis Jackson's Hornets last danced in 2009Recently CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with Alabama State head coach Lewis Jackson, whose Hornets take on Texas-San Antonio in a "First Four" matchup on Wednesday night with the winner getting East top seed Ohio State on Friday in Cleveland. In addition to his accomplishments as head coach, Jackson is one of the greatest players in the history of Alabama State basketball.

Jon Teitel: You are the fourth all-time leading scorer in Alabama State history with 2,203 points and your #33 is retired.

"Big Dance" Interviews: Cincinnati assistant coach Darren Savino

March 15th, 2011
Darren Savino was a high school teammate of Bobby Hurley'sAs part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Cincinnati assistant coach Darren Savino, who is in his first season with the program after spending the prior four season as an assistant at Rutgers. Coach Savino has coached at all three New York metropolitan area Big East schools at one point or another in his career, and in high school he was a part of the 1989 national champions at St. Anthony HS in Jersey City. The Bearcats open with 11-seed Missouri on Thursday. 

Jon Teitel: You won a high school national championship at St.

"Big Dance" Interviews: Bucknell Postseason Teleconference

March 15th, 2011
Bucknell makes their first NCAA appearance since 2006Yesterday CHN writer Jon Teitel took part in the postseason teleconference for the Patriot League champion Bucknell Bison. The Bison lost just one league game during the regular season, and big man Mike Muscala was named Patriot League Player of the Year. Although experienced, Bucknell last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2006.

Center Mike Muscala

"Big Dance" Interviews: Akron Postseason Teleconference

March 15th, 2011
Keith Dambrot's Zips are back in the Big DanceYesterday CHN writer Jon Teitel participated in MAC champion Akron's postseason teleconference in advance of their second round matchup with two-seed Notre Dame. Keith Dambrot's Zips were last in the NCAA Tournament in 2009, losing to Gonzaga in the first round.

Senior small forward Brett McKnight

"Big Dance" Interviews: Princeton Postseason Teleconference

March 15th, 2011
Princeton looks to force a one-game playoff in the IvyOn Monday CHN writer Jon Teitel took part in the Ivy League Postseason Teleconference, which featured NCAA Tournament representative Princeton. The Tigers won their one-game playoff with Harvard on a Douglas Davis shot as time expired, and they will play four-seed Kentucky in their first NCAA appearance since 2004.

Forward Kareem Maddox

On winning Ivy Defensive Player of the Year: "I cannot take credit for the conference Defensive Player of the Year award without the help of my team on the defensive end."