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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:08

Big NBA Draft Decisions in Focus

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Reags from over at Barstool about some of the important offseason moves of the last week in college basketball, including Miles Bridges and Allonzo Trier deciding to return to school, and how they hope that it doesn't adversely affect their earning potential in the future. They also chat about Michigan State particularly in-depth, talking about what they think will be their best lineups in the 2017-18 season.  Then they chat about Sean Miller and Arizona setting up for a big year, and where exactly he ranks in comparison to other elite coaches. They also chat about Patrick Ewing and Georgetown, and how we don't know how that entire thing is going to go down. Finally, they chat about who they think the five best players returning to college basketball are right now.  You can follow Sam @Sam_Vecenie, and Reags over at @BarstoolReags. Follow his podcast by searching Fundamentally Sound on iTunes, and follow it at @FundamentallySD on Twitter. Finally, remember to rate, review and subscribe to this podcast!

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Monday, 10 April 2017 13:56

The Best Transfers in College Basketball

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Raphielle Johnson of FanRag Sports about the so-called "transfer epidemic," the most infuriating topic in college sports.  First though, they chat about the national title game briefly, and how they struggle to connect at all with this North Carolina championship team. Then, they get into transfers, and how ridiculous it is to call out the idea of student-athlete transfers as a bad thing. Then, they chat about the best transfers on the market, including Dedric and K.J. Lawson, Cam Johnson, Carlton Bragg, Chase Jeter, Marcus Evans, and others. Within that, they talk about some of the more problematic program situations in the country, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, and potentially Connecticut.  Finally, they bring it full circle and chat a bit more about how people are really getting enraged about like 25 significant difference-makers changing teams.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 05:24

The Most Exciting Matchups in the Sweet 16

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with good friend of the program Matt Norlander about the Sweet 16. Who wins the Kentucky-UCLA game? What games are most exciting this weekend? The sponsors today are MyBookie, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow Sam over at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Matt Norlander over at @MattNorlander.

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In this Game Theory podcast, Sam chats with Reags from over at Barstool about the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Sam is a little bit worried that Duke won't be able to come back from its loss to South Carolina in time to make the Final Four, for one. Also, they chat about Villanova getting a tough draw and losing to Wisconsin, the rest of a wild East region that is now wide open, some really bad officiating, bad NBA Draft takes, and a few words on every Sweet 16 team.  GT sponsors today are MyBookie, where you can get a 50% first time deposit bonus by using the promo code "THEORY", and SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in the settings tab. You can follow Sam over at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Reags over at @BarstoolReags. Look out for his new podcast this week with Ben Brust.

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In this Game Theory episode, Reags from over at Barstool hops on with Sam Vecenie just minutes after the Selection Sunday bracket was revealed to show the path to the NCAA Tournament. They break down every game and make Final Four picks.

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In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Mark Titus from over at The Ringer about a variety of topics related to college basketball heading into the NCAA Tournament.  First, they talk about Frank Mason, and the important release of BIFM 2 by RedHead. Also, do they know more about our favorite basketball players because of the social media era?  Second, they talk about the state of Ohio State basketball? Neither of them are in favor of getting rid of Thad Matta, but then again they're not exactly biased. More than that though, how good is this program? What can be done to change its fortunes? How far away is Ohio State from making the NCAA Tournament again?  Then, they ask the question that is taking college basketball by storm: IS DUKE BACK? Really, then they chat about how this Duke basketball season has possibly been the most interesting of any college basketball season in the last decade. Finally, they chat about how insufferable the NBA vs. college basketball fan argument can be, as well as give their picks for the most likely teams to make the Final Four as well as the teams we like more than most other people do.  You can use the promo code "GAMETHEORY" to get a $20 rebate from Seat Geek. Also, you can follow Mark over at @clubtrillion.

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Sam Vecenie chats with Reags at Barstool about the six high-major leagues conference tournaments (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12, SEC, in that order). But before that, they discuss LaVar Ball and the ridiculousness of the conversation surrounding him, as well as trying to fix mid-major conference tournaments by rigging the system for conference champions.  This episode is sponsored by Seat Geek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY" in settings tab. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 06:53

College Basketball All-Conference Awards

Rob Dauster at NBC Sports joins Sam Vecenie on Game Theory to hand out some personal all-conference awards after drinking mimosas on a Sunday afternoon. Your full list of winners:  Big Ten POY: Caleb Swanigan; DPOY: Ethan Happ; COY: Chris Collins; FOY: Bridges; All-BIG Ten Team: Swanigan, Ethan Happ, Bridges, Melo Trimble, Malcolm Hill Pac-12: POY: Lonzo Ball; DPOY: Jordan Bell; COY: Sean Miller; FOY: Ball; All-PAC-12: Ball, Dillon Brooks, Lauri Markkanen, Markelle Fultz, Derrick White Big-12 POY: Frank Mason; DPOY: Jo Lual-Acuil; COY: Scott Drew; FOY: Josh Jackson; All-Big 12: Mason, Johnathan Motley, Jackson, Jawun Evans, Monte Morris ACC: POY: Luke Kennard; DPOY: Ben Lammers; COY: Mike Brey; FOY: Dennis Smith; All-ACC: Kennard, Justin Jackson, John Collins, Donovan Mitchell, Smith Big East POY: Josh Hart; DPOY: Khyri Thomas, Creighton; FOY: Shamorie Ponds; COY: Ed Cooley; All-Big East: Hart, Angel Delgado, Jalen Brunson, Rodney Pryor, Trevon Bluiett SEC POY: Malik Monk; DPOY: Sindarius Thornwell; FOY: Monk; COY: Mike White; All-SEC: Monk, De'Aaron Fox, Thornwell, Yante Maten, Moses Kingsley. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by SeatGeek. Use the promo code Game Theory to get a $20 rebate after your first purchase!

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 21:04

Celtics Beat w/ Ann Meyers Drysdale 3/5/17

199: Ann Meyers Drysdale | NCAA Prospects w/ Sam Vecenie | Boston Celtics @ Phoenix Suns PreGame

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In this Game Theory podcast, Sam chats with Andy Bottoms of Assembly Call, who over the last five years has statistically been rated as the top bracketologist in his field. Within this discussion, they chat about No. 1 seeds, how weak the bubble is, the Wichita State conundrum, and then we break down all of the bubble. How safe should teams like VCU, Providence, Arkansas, Seton Hall, and Marquette feel? How can Wake Forest, Illinois, TCU, and Kansas State work their way into the field? They really get into the nitty gritty of teams' resumes, and how they're all just a jumbled mess right now. Finally, Sam makes Andy answer the question that matters above all others in college basketball this season: IS DUKE BACK? This episode is sponsored by SeatGeek, where you can get a $20 rebate by using the promo code "GAMETHEORY". You can follow Andy's work at AssemblyCall.com, and follow him on Twitter at @AndyBottoms.

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