Big Dance

"Big Dance" Interviews: Boston University head coach Patrick Chambers

March 14th, 2011
Patrick Chambers led the Terriers to their first NCAA bid since 2002

Earlier Sunday CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Boston University head coach Patrick Chambers, who led the Terriers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002 with a 56-54 win over Stony Brook in the America East title game. Boston University avoided the first round in Dayton but they did not avoid the 16-line as they will face Kansas on Friday in Tulsa.  

"Big Dance" Interviews: Oakland head coach Greg Kampe

March 14th, 2011
Greg Kampe's Golden Grizzlies are back in the Big Dance

As part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Oakland head coach Greg Kampe as his Golden Grizzlies will make their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Coach Kampe's Golden Grizzlies dominated the Summit League, losing just one of their 18 league games to go along with a solid showing in their non-conference slate. Oakland drew a 13-seed with Texas being their first round matchup this week.  

"Big Dance" Interviews: Oakland center Keith Benson

March 13th, 2011
Keith Benson helped lead Oakland to a 2nd straight Summit League crownAs part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Oakland senior center Keith Benson, who helped lead the Golden Grizzlies to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Oakland drew Texas in the first round, which should provide a nice challenge for all involved given the NBA-level big men that will be on display (Benson and Texas' Tristan Thompson).

Jon Teitel: Your father Keith Sr. and uncle Hilton both played basketball in college, and your uncle Manny played 6 years in the ABA and NBA.

"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?

Jon Teitel's "Big Dance" Interviews: Saint Peter's forward Jeron Belin

March 11th, 2011
Saint Peter's last went to the NCAA Tournament in 1995

Earlier today CHN writer spent a few minutes with Saint Peter's senior forward Jeron Belin as part of his "Big Dance" interview series. Belin, along with Ryan Bacon, Wesley Jenkins and Nick Leon, have been rewarded for buying into head coach John Dunne's program. The Peacocks last made the NCAA Tournament in 1995. 

Jon Teitel: In 2009 you were named a First Team NJCAA Division II All-American. What did it mean to you to win such an outstanding honor?

"Big Dance" Interviews: Old Dominion's Frank Hassell and Kent Bazemore

March 11th, 2011
Old Dominion is headed back to the NCAA TournamentEarlier today CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with two of the key players for the CAA Tournament champion Old Dominion Monarchs, guard Kent Bazemore and forward Frank Hassell. Hassell was named Most Valuable Player of the conference tournament while Bazemore is the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, and they hope to surpass last year's second-round showing in the NCAA Tournament.

Jon Teitel: Your nickname is "Tank". Who gave you the nickname and how do you like it?

Jon Teitel's "Big Dance" Interviews: LIU head coach Jim Ferry

March 11th, 2011
Jim Ferry's Blackbirds have won 13 straight gamesEarlier today CHN writer Jon Teitel spent a few minutes with LIU head coach Jim Ferry, whose Blackbirds beat Robert Morris 85-82 in overtime to win the Northeast Conference title. 27-5 on the season, LIU has the depth to be a problem and they rank among the best teams in America when it comes to getting to the foul line. Forwards Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere are two of the key cogs up front, and the first-year point guard tandem of freshman Jason Brickman and South Alabama transfer C.J. Garner has paid off as well.

"Big Dance" Interviews: Morehead State's Kenneth Faried & Demonte Harper

March 11th, 2011
Morehead State last went to the Big Dance in 2009Recently CHN writer Jon Teitel spoke with two key members of the OVC champion Morehead State Eagles, forward/center Kenneth Faried and shooting guard Demonte Harper. Faried has won both the Player and Defensive Player awards in the OVC the last two seasons, and all Harper did last week was win the tournament MVP for his play in three Morehead State wins. Look for the Eagles to be a tough matchup for anyone they draw next week.

Jon Teitel: You declared for the draft last spring before returning to school. Why did you decide to declare, and why did you decide to return?

Jon Teitel's "Big Dance" Interviews: UALR's Solomon Bozeman & Joe Kleine

March 9th, 2011
Solomon Bozeman punched UALR's ticket with this shotIn the latest installment in his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer spent some time with the hero of Arkansas-Little Rock's comeback win over North Texas in yesterday's Sun Belt title game (guard Solomon Bozeman) along with assistant coach Joe Kleine. Both names are quite familiar to basketball fans, even before last night, due to Bozeman beginning his career at USF before transferring and Coach Kleine's playing career in both college and the NBA.

Jon Teitel: You transferred from USF in 2008.

Jon Teitel's "Big Dance" Interviews: UNC Asheville's Eddie Biedenbach

March 8th, 2011
Big South champion UNC AshevilleIn the latest interview in his new "Big Dance" series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with UNC Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach. Coach Biedenbach's Bulldogs won the Big South Tournament last week, winning all three games by double-digit margins including the final at regular season champion Coastal Carolina. Coach Biedenbach has plenty of experience coaching in the NCAA Tournament as both an assistant and a head coach, and in 2003 his Bulldogs made their most recent appearance in the tournament.