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Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Western Illinois' Jack Margenthaler

July 25th, 2012
Jack Margenthaler led WIU to three conference titlesIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Western Illinois head coach Jack Margenthaler. In fifteen seasons at the school, Margenthaler led the Leathernecks to 221 victories, three conference titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. Both of Margenthaler's sons are currently college assistants, and one-time pupil Scott Nagy led South Dakota State to their first-ever tournament appearance back in March.

Jon Teitel: You were a two-time All-State basketball player at Pinckneyville High School.

NCAA Tournament Interviews: South Dakota State's Scott Nagy

March 8th, 2012
Scott Nagy's Jackrabbits making their 1st NCAA appearanceAs part of his NCAA Tournament interview series CHN writer caught up with South Dakota State head coach Scott Nagy, whose Jackrabbits will be making the first NCAA appearance in school history. Led by point guard Nate Wolters and lone senior Griffan Callahan, the Jackrabbits finished second in the regular season and then won three straight in Sioux Falls to grab the automatic bid.

Jon Teitel: You made the 1989 Final Four with Illinois as a graduate assistant to Lou Henson (who remains one of the 20 winningest coaches in NCAA history).

Tuesday's Conference Tournament Primer

March 6th, 2012
Penn's Jerome Allen and Zack Rosen

While there's plenty of conference tournament action on Tuesday's schedule, and three bids to be distributed, there's also a huge game in the Ivy League as Penn (19-11, 11-2) visits rival Princeton (18-11, 9-4). What's on the line for the Quakers? A share of the Ivy League title with Harvard, which would force a one-game playoff between the two teams at a site to be determined.

Saturday's Conference Tournament Primer

March 3rd, 2012
Isaiah Canaan looks to lead Murray State to the OVC crown

Three tickets to the NCAA tournament will be punched on Saturday, beginning with the Big South title game matching seven-seed VMI and regular season champion UNC Asheville. Eddie Biedenbach's Bulldogs have avoided the turmoil on the opposite side of the bracket, which saw both Coastal Carolina and Campbell fall in the quarterfinals. Duggar Baucom's Keydets were the ones who knocked off CCU, as they shot an impressive 14-for-28 from three in their 85-68 win over the Chanticleers.

Jon Teitel's All-Conference Teams, Part One

February 27th, 2012
Iona's Scott Machado leads the nation in assistsIt's that time of the year again. With conference tournament action beginning today, it was a perfect time for Jon Teitel to present's All-Conference Teams. Part one focuses on the teams who will enter conference tournament play this week, and the rest of the conferences will be posted next week. Player of the Year selections are in italics.  



Conference Tournament Schedules, Week 1

February 26th, 2012
Stony Brook looks to back up regular season crown

It may feel like it was only yesterday when college basketball fans were excited about the prospect of playing a game on an aircraft carrier, but the most important time of the season is here. Championship "Week" ("Fortnight" sounds more appropriate) begins on Monday, February 27th and won't end until Selection Sunday on March 11th.