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Mar 31, 2017

It has become an annual event, one of the most listened to Dishin & Swishin podcasts each year.

For the fifth consecutive, DePaul University head coach and former USA Basketball assistant coach Doug Bruno joins Dishin & Swishin to talk about all that's going on around the Final Four, and then to break down the games.

It is certainly a nice change from last year, when the Final Four was dominated by stories about if UConn dominance is good for the game and the idea of lowering the rims.

This year's tournament still has its flaws, but at least they tend to be about the tournament and games themselves. These include the committee's seedings and placements, the wrap around coverage (or in some cases, lack thereof) on ESPN, the failure to include the women's tournament on the NCAA March Madness app, and the poor attendance at most of the regional sites.

Most of the conversation though seems to be geared toward the performance of teams like Oregon and players like Mississippi State's Morgan William. Which is a drastic improvement.

Coach Bruno's Blue Demons played UConn and Mississippi State this year, being eliminated by the Bulldogs in the second round. With his role as a leader in the WBCA, participation in USA Basketball, and years of experience, he is a leader in the women's basketball world, and every time he appears on Dishin & Swishin, we come away with new knowledge and information (no he does not reveal the WBCA All-American team).

Set aside some time, because this podcast is truly worth listening to!

Topics covered include:

  • DePaul's season in review, and the injury bug continually biting his teams
  • The job the selection committee did this year and the difficulty involved with seedings and placements
  • Bruno's idea for game sites and moving the regionals' sites, where and why it would work (hello, Debbie Antonelli)!
  • The moving of the tournament schedule this year, and the results in terms of attention, if not attendance
  • Thoughts on each of the Final Four teams, the good and the bad
  • Players to look out for on each team
  • What needs to happen for each team to win their respective semifiinals and the final
  • Why Mississippi State was able to sit most of their regular season starters and still not only survive, but thrive offensively
  • Has Geno been pulling our leg or telling the truth about never knowing what he'd get each game from his team
  • How South Carolina has adjusted to the loss of Alaina Coates, and the difficulty in replacing an All-American level player in a short period of time
  • The flexibility and diversity in Stanford's players, how Tara gets them to be so successful almost every year
  • Who will cut down the nets on Sunday night?

Doug Bruno has one of the great basketball minds of this generation. His success at DePaul, his work with USA Basketball all point to his tremendous commitment to his craft, and again we thank Coach Bruno for taking time during the NCAA tournament week to break things down for us.

I have no doubts you will enjoy this podcast, and I would be shocked if you did not come away learning something new, too.