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CBB Central

Brad Cavallaro and Kevin Sweeney

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A pair of college basketball writers and fans who met through the all-powerful world that is college basketball Twitter, Kevin and Brad have established the best show for the 365-day-a-year hoops fan. The show focuses on analyzing the game at a high level and breaking down the biggest news in the college basketball world. Kevin's work can be found on Twitter at @CBB_Central and online on his website CBBCentral.com. Brad can be found on Twitter at @BradCav2.
 
Adam Hipsky and Patrick Dallahan co-host CBB 365, an It Means History podcast centered around the ever-changing world of college basketball. From the recruiting stages to the bright lights of March Madness, CBB 365 is the #1 podcast for all things college hoops.
 
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On Episode 44 of CBB 365, Adam Hipsky and Patrick Dallahan go team by team through the Big Ten, looking ahead at each squad's outlook for the 2021 season. They're also joined by Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery (21:30) to reflect on his 2020-21 team, look ahead to this year, and to discuss many of college sports' hot topics like NIL and the …
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor break down the preseason AP top 25 that was released on Monday. Who is ranked too high and who is ranked too low? UCLA, Illinois, and Maryland's respective rankings lead that discussion. Then they get into previewing both the West Coast Conference and Mountain West Conference. Gonzaga - pres…
 
On this week's episode of CBB Central, Brad and Kevin break down the Big Ten as the season inches closer. Kevin is back from Big Ten media days with plenty of takes from the coaches and players he spoke to, so the guys go deep on every single team and their outlook for this season and beyond. Plus, thoughts on number of bids the league will get and…
 
On this week's episode of the podcast, Brad and Kevin dive deep into the Big East with in-depth breakdowns of every single team in the league. New coaches at DePaul and Marquette might bring some hope after things stagnated under their predecessors, while Travis Steele enters year four needing to win with a talented roster. Plus, the guys break dow…
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Connor is joined by Lukas Harkins to discuss their takes on the Big East in the next edition of the conference preview series. Topped, as always, by Villanova, how many teams in the Big East have legitimate NCAA Tournament dreams? And who do Lukas and Connor view as the other Top 25 caliber squads? Listen to…
 
It's mid-major week! After touching on what Dereck Lively's commitment to Duke over Kentucky means for recruiting in 2022, the guys dive into the AAC, the A10, and then all the one-bid leagues. The previews of the AAC and A10 are a bit more in-depth, with thoughts on every team and a sense of where the league stands as a whole, while the one-bid le…
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor take on the SEC in the next edition of their conference preview series. Led by a Kentucky resurgence, could be SEC be the best conference in the sport in 2021-22? They both have the Wildcats as the favorite, but there is no shortage of contenders. Then they get into their projected standings…
 
The guys celebrate being eight weeks out from college basketball season with the beginning of conference previews! Brad and Kevin break down the WCC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley and C-USA, with thoughts on every team and how many bids each mid-major power could earn. Plus, they go through Brad's list of his 25 teams he can't wait to watch, with …
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor take on the Big 12 in the next edition of their conference preview series. The two discuss the pending realignment within the Big 12 and why it might actually make the conference better on the basketball side. Then they get into their projected standings and break down all 10 teams before gi…
 
We're nine weeks away from college basketball, and the guys continue to prep you for the season with another episode of the pod. They talk through the top 100 players in college basketball, comparing Brad's preliminary rankings with Three Man Weave's strong effort at a ranking of their own to break down some macro trends about the sport and where t…
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor take a look at the Big Ten, which is expected to be perhaps the nation's best conference again. They discuss why Michigan is the favorite, identify the biggest challengers to the Wolverines, and project how many teams will make the NCAA Tournament. Hope & Rauf then break down why the Big Ten…
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor break down all things basketball in the American Athletic Conference, starting with the news of Emoni Bates' commitment to Memphis. They discuss how he and fellow five-star freshman Jalen Duren will fit and what it means for Penny Hardaway and the Tigers. Hope & Rauf then dissect Houston, br…
 
It was a big week in recruiting for both 2021 and 2022, so the guys spend much of the pod diving into that. Jalen Duren's commitment to Memphis and reclass decision to join the fray in 2021 is one of the biggest moves of the offseason, providing the Tigers with a low-post force for what should be a top 20 team. They also touched on Emoni Bates offi…
 
Player movement has slowed down, but there's still plenty to discuss on this week's episode of the podcast. First, Kevin breaks down what he saw at the Under Armour Finals in Indianapolis this past weekend and paints a picture of what a big recruiting event looks like. Then, the guys discuss the impending death of the Big 12, what it means for coll…
 
It's top 25 time! Almost all the big transfer and recruiting moves are complete (looking at you, Jaden Shackelford and Jalen Duren), and that means Kevin and Brad can officially take you through their too-early top 25's after breaking down commitments from Kofi Cockburn, Kevin Obanor, and Marcus Carr. Both Brad and Kevin take Gonzaga at No. 1, but …
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor recap a crazy weekend in the transfer market that saw Marcus Carr choose Texas, Kofi Cockburn return to Illinois, and Kevin Obanor move to Texas Tech. Who will have the biggest impact of the three? Then, the duo discusses their updated top 25 rankings, which are broken down into four tiers. …
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor are joined by Dan Oppenheimer to discuss the 2021 NBA Draft early withdrawal deadline. Which teams are the biggest winners by returning their star players? Who are the biggest losers that saw key contributors unexpectedly leave? Plus, the trio discuss the impact of NIL rules on key draft dec…
 
The transfer portal's second wave is here! High-profile names like Kofi Cockburn, Marcus Carr, Jaden Shackelford, Dawson Garcia and several others have taken their names out of NBA consideration and are looking for a new college home, so Brad and Kevin dive into where they could land and the impact it could have on college basketball. They also bre…
 
On this week's episode of CBB Central, Kevin is joined by new Portland head coach Shantay Legans (36:30-1:00:00)! They discuss Legans' player development philosophy, what drew him to Portland, how he wants to build his rosters, and Black coaches getting more head coaching opportunities. Brad and Kevin also break down the Penny Hardaway NBA rumors a…
 
Brian and Connor are back to kick off Season 2 of Hope & Rauf presented by HeatCheckCBB! The duo break down some of the most important pending NBA Draft early entry decisions and take an early look at some of the most intriguing teams heading into the 2021-22 college basketball season. Plus, they discuss the most important question - what team will…
 
On this week's episode of CBB Central, Brad and Kevin break down the scariest programs to recruit against in CBB, prognosticate the ACC after Trey Murphy's draft decision, and much more. They get into who to buy stock in from the ACC's crowded middle, then break down the G League Elite Camp and some of the key draft decisions to come from that even…
 
An action-packed offseason podcast! First, the guys break down Coach K's retirement announcement, how the hire of Jon Scheyer could fare, and what it means for college basketball long-term to lose the likes of Roy and K. Brad and Kevin also break down several key transfer additions, including Jacob Young popping to Oregon, a pair of additions at Ut…
 
Recruiting is back! With the dead period over after nearly 500 days, Brad and Kevin give you a brief inside look at what recruiting on campus might look like as coaches finally can host prospects, then update you all on the major happenings in the portal (with an emphasis on mid-majors like Louisiana-Lafayette, Colorado State, Nevada and BYU). Then…
 
Another week, another podcast! Brad and Kevin open the show with some commitment analysis on the latest transfers, including thoughts on Quincy Guerrier's fit with Dana Altman at Oregon, the big signing of KD Johnson for Auburn, and Rocket Watts helping Ben Howland continue to load up in Starkville. Then, the guys spend the second half of the podca…
 
On this week's episode of the show, Brad and Kevin catch up on two weeks of transfer portal and recruiting action. They begin with Kansas, where the commitment of Remy Martin changes the trajectory for the 2021-22 Jayhawks. They also get to Kentucky's big point guard additions with Sahvir Wheeler and TyTy Washington, Creighton getting it right on t…
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor are back to recap what has been a crazy first month of the college basketball offseason. With so many players having entered the transfer portal, who will end up making the biggest impact for their new team next season? The duo gives the guys they're keeping an eye on. Plus, Brian and Connor…
 
On this week's episode, Brad and Kevin step away from the transfer portal for a week to grade every coaching hire this offseason. They spend the first hour of the show on the high-majors, breaking down why they love the Chris Beard, Porter Moser, Shaka Smart and Craig Smith hires and why they don't love some of the others. The second hour speeds th…
 
The portal isn't sleeping in May, so neither are we! Brad and Kevin bring you part three of our portal breakdowns, updating you on the latest key commitments of the last week and how they'll impact next college basketball season. We break down Adam Miller's fit with a reloading LSU club, Michigan finding its point guard in Coastal Carolina's DeVant…
 
The pod is back with more transfer talk as the guys react to the biggest news in the portal of late. They break down what adding Dylan Disu means for Chris Beard and Texas, how much of an impact De'Vion Harmon will make at Oregon and Rutgers finally making an addition with the signing of Aundre Hyatt. They also dive deep into some mid-major classes…
 
After a bit of a break to digest the end of the season, Brad and Kevin are back with a LOADED episode about all things transfer portal. First is our new "bad gets" section -- where we talk about a few of the transfer additions we didn't like so far to push back on the "good get" culture on Twitter. Then, we go conference-by-conference through the h…
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor are back to recap Baylor's dominant win on Gonzaga in the national championship game. What is Baylor's legacy now, and how does the loss effect Gonzaga's? The duo also project how both programs will perform next year and set expectations. Finally, the wrap up by breaking down the teams proje…
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor are back to break down the Final Four! The duo recaps the Elite Eight games and dissect how Gonzaga, UCLA, Baylor, and Houston got to this point. They also break down the matchups and determine what each team has to do to cut down the nets. Then, Brian and Connor discuss what it would mean f…
 
Hope & Rauf presented by Heat Check CBB: Brian and Connor are joined by Tristan Freeman of Busting Brackets to recap a crazy first weekend of March Madness! The trio gives their biggest takeaways before going into a full Sweet 16 preview, providing breakdowns and analysis on every matchup. Finally, they wrap by making their picks and crowing a revi…
 
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