This Week in the BIG EAST - Weekly Overview of NCAA College Basketball's Top Conference

John Rooke & Kevin McNamara

Now in its 10th season, This Week In The BIG EAST, hosted by Kevin McNamara and John Rooke, is the official podcast of BIG EAST basketball. Kevin, radio host, columnist and author, and John, a longtime play-by-play broadcaster, have combined to cover BIG EAST basketball for over 60 years. The show is a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America, welcoming guests from around the league. #TWITBE also brings sounds of the games – past and present – through @BIGEASTmbb game audio highlights from Butler, UConn, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. Each episode, John (@JRbroadcaster) and Kevin (@KevinMcNamara33) recap the latest news in the BIG EAST and preview what’s to come. Tweet questions to John and Kevin while tagging #TWITBE.

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#TWITBE Ep. 10.8 - Guests Cam Spencer, Ed Cooley and Andy Katz
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#TWITBE Ep. 10.8 - Guests Cam Spencer, Ed Cooley and Andy Katz
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continued its 10th season with guests UConn graduate guard Cam Spencer, Georgetown’s head coach Ed Cooley and NCAA.com and TNT Basketball Analyst Andy Katz.The eighth episode of This Week in the BIG EAST (TWITBE) takes a look ahead as the league enters the final week of regular season action prior to the 2024 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by JEEP. UConn heads into the final three games with a two-game lead over Marquette for the top-seed at Madison Square Garden. With a win over the weekend against Seton Hall, Creighton has leap-frogged the Pirates back into third, while Providence and Villanova will play Saturday to break a current tiebreaker for fifth. The BIG EAST Focus shines on UConn graduate guard Cam Spencer. The Huskies have looked the part of not just a BIG EAST Champion, but a potential back-to-back National Champion this season with only a few minor bumps in the road. Spencer has added important depth and experience to an already loaded UConn roster as they look towards March Madness. Spencer leads the conference and ranks fourth nationally this season in 3-point percentage (0.446). He is also tied for the team-high with 15.2 points per game. The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Georgetown head coach Ed Cooley. Georgetown has had a great measure of success as one of the BIG EAST Conference’s founding members, including a National Championship in 1984. Wrapping up his first year as the Hoya lead man, Cooley is looking to restore Georgetown men’s basketball to national prominence but understands there is a long road ahead. NCAA.com and TNT basketball analyst Andy Katz gives a view on the national perspective. Katz takes the time to discuss which teams across the country he feels could make some real noise at the NCAA Tournament. He also provides an in-depth look at the BIG EAST resumes ahead of the Big Dance.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past.” Turning the clock back to 2006, the last time UConn clinched at least a share of a BIG EAST regular season title. It was the first week in March, when the Huskies were led by senior Denham Brown who scored 17 points to help secure an 84-80 win over Louisville on senior day.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sirius 162 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Creighton men’s basketball broadcast of Marquette @ Creighton.
#TWITBE Ep. 10.7 - Guests Quincy Olivari, Kim English and Seth Davis
Feb 23 2024
#TWITBE Ep. 10.7 - Guests Quincy Olivari, Kim English and Seth Davis
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continued its 10th season with guests Xavier graduate guard Quincy Olivari, Providence’s head coach Kim English and CBS and Turner Sports basketball analyst Seth DavisThe seventh episode of This Week in the BIG EAST (TWITBE) takes a look back at Tuesday’s top-15 matchup, with No. 15 Creighton (20-7, 11-5 BIG EAST) knocking off No. 1 UConn (24-3, 14-2 BE), 85-66. Despite the loss, the Huskies still hold a 2.5 game lead on second place and seventh-ranked Marquette (20-6, 11-4 BE), with Creighton and Seton Hall closely behind in third and fourth place, respectively.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Xavier graduate guard Quincy Olivari. Olivari talks about an upcoming milestone, as he enters Saturday’s game against Marquette just 16 points shy of 2,000. Olivari has scored 1,984 points in his collegiate career, including his totals at Rice and Xavier. On the year, he ranks second in the BIG EAST in scoring with 19.1 ppg. Also in the episode, he takes the time talking about the team’s mindset heading into the final couple weeks of regular season action, as well as the goal’s set in place for the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Providence head coach Kim English. English joins the show for the very first time during his first year as the Friars’ lead man and gives his impressions on his team’s performance thus far as well as what it’s been like coaching in the BIG EAST. Under his leadership, the Friars (18-9, 9-7 BE) are making a push back into the national landscape riding a three game winning streak and now sit two games over .500 in league play.CBS and Turner Sports basketball analyst Seth Davis gives a view on the national perspective. Davis has been a long-time studio analyst for both outlets during March Madness and talks about the midweek ramifications for both UConn and Creighton following Tuesday’s result. In addition, he gives an in depth look at the NCAA Tournament bubble from a BIG EAST perspective breaking down the resumes of hopeful bubble teams.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past.” Turning the clock back eight years to 2016, when No. 5 Xavier defeated No. 1 Villanova, 90-83, at the Cintas Center. It marked the first matchup between two national top-five conference teams in the new configuration of the BIG EAST. Xavier freshman J.P. Macura came off the bench to score 19 points to fuel the home team’s victory.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. ET on Sirius 162 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Georgetown men’s basketball broadcast of Georgetown @ DePaul.
#TWITBE Ep. 10.6 - Guests Eric Dixon, Josh Oduro and Jason Benetti
Feb 16 2024
#TWITBE Ep. 10.6 - Guests Eric Dixon, Josh Oduro and Jason Benetti
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continued its 10th season with guests Villanova senior forward Eric Dixon, Providence’s graduate student forward Josh Oduro and FOX Sports Play-by-Play announcer Jason Benetti.The sixth episode of This Week in the BIG EAST (TWITBE) takes a look at the league as a whole. Entering the final weeks of the BIG EAST regular season, UConn (22-2, 13-1 BIG EAST) holds a steady lead in the conference standings and maintains the pole position in the national landscape. No. 4 Marquette sits closely behind at 10-3 in conference play, with a top-5 matchup between the two looming on Saturday. Seton Hall and No. 17 Creighton sit in a tie for third at 9-5.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Providence graduate guard Josh Oduro. Playing all over the front court, Oduro’s versatility allows him to see action at both the center and forward positions. Stepping up in a big way following an early season injury to Bryce Hopkins, Oduro ranks fourth in the league play with 18.4 points per game, in addition to sixth in BIG EAST games with 7.8 rebounds. In his two most recent outings, wins over Creighton and St. John’s, Oduro averaged 30.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. Oduro missed Saturday’s close loss to Butler, as he and his wife welcomed their first child into the Friar family.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Villanova senior forward Eric Dixon. Beginning his collegiate career with a redshirt freshman season, Dixon has developed into one of the premier big men in both the BIG EAST and the country. He has greatly improved his outside shot since arriving on the Main Line and credits the “Villanova Way” in contributing to his personal and team success. Dixon leads the Wildcats offense with 15.8 points per game, while also anchoring a defense that ranks second in the conference allowing just 66.5 points per game.Fox Sports Play-by-Play announcer Jason Benetti gives a view on the national perspective. Benetti provides his insights into BIG EAST play thus far having seen the conference’s best teams in action recently. He also breaks down which teams are built for March, which players are having standout seasons and who from the middle of the pack could make a run in both the BIG EAST and NCAA Tournaments.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past.” With the Huskies and Golden Eagles putting their win streaks to the test on Saturday in a top-five showdown, TWITBE turns back the clock to a season ago when Marquette and Connecticut played three bruising contests in a matter of few weeks heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles beat the Huskies by six at home. UConn returned the favor in February, winning by 15 on their home floor. The teams then met for a third time in the quarterfinal matchup of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden which was ultimately won by Marquette.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11:30 a.m. ET on Sirius 137 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Creighton men’s basketball broadcast of No. 17 Creighton @ Butler.
#TWITBE Ep. 10.5 - Guests Tyler Kolek, Daniss Jenkins and Joe Lunardi
Feb 9 2024
#TWITBE Ep. 10.5 - Guests Tyler Kolek, Daniss Jenkins and Joe Lunardi
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continued its 10th season with guests Marquette senior guard Tyler Kolek, St. John’s graduate student guard Daniss Jenkins and ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi.The fifth episode of This Week in the BIG EAST (TWITBE) takes a look at the league as a whole. Past the midway point of the BIG EAST season, UConn (20-2, 11-1 BIG EAST) holds a steady lead in the conference standings and maintains the pole position in the national landscape. No. 7 Marquette sits closely behind at 8-3 in conference play, while Seton Hall is in third at 8-4. Overall, nine BIG EAST teams remain in the top-66 of the NET, including six in the top-50. The BIG EAST Focus shines on St. John’s guard Daniss Jenkins. A graduate transfer who played under head coach Rick Pitino at Iona a season ago, Jenkins made the move this summer to spearhead Pitino’s St. John’s team that looks to build toward the BIG EAST and NCAA Tournaments. Averaging 15.5 points and 4.8 assists per league contest, Jenkins has the Johnnies tied for sixth in the BIG EAST at 6-6, just one game back from Creighton and Xavier for fourth. The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Marquette senior guard Tyler Kolek. The reigning BIG EAST Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the 2023 BIG EAST Tournament is heating up and has led the Golden Eagles on a six-game winning streak. Over the last six contests, the senior guard has averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. Overall, he is totaling 15.1 points and a BIG EAST leading 7.2 assists per contest. As a team, Marquette enters the weekend at 17-5 overall and holds its highest position in both national polls since Jan. 1. ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi gives a view on the national perspective. As the person who helped put the madness in March, “Joey Brackets” is entering the busiest and most chaotic time of year. Lunardi breaks down where the BIG EAST stands nationally and gives his viewpoints on how many BIG EAST teams could enter the NCAA Tournament.    The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past.” Turning the clock back 34 years to 1990, when the Pittsburgh Panthers set the single-game scoring record in the league by racking up 117 points in a 117-102 win over Providence. Brian Shorter led the way for Pitt with 34 points in the outing. To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show.  Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts. This will air Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m. ET on Sirius 138 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Creighton men’s basketball broadcast of No. 19 Creighton @ Xavier.
#TWITBE Ep. 10.4 - Guests Trey Alexander, Thad Matta and Wayne Norman
Feb 2 2024
#TWITBE Ep. 10.4 - Guests Trey Alexander, Thad Matta and Wayne Norman
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continued its 10th season with guests Creighton junior guard Trey Alexander, Butler head coach Thad Matta and long-time Connecticut radio analyst Wayne Norman.The fourth episode of This Week in the BIG EAST (TWITBE) takes a look at the league as a whole. At the midway point of the BIG EAST season, UConn (18-2, 9-1 BIG EAST) holds the pole position in both the national landscape and conference play, followed closely behind by Creighton (7-3), Marquette (7-3) and Seton Hall (7-4). In a four-way tie for fifth place, Butler, Providence, St. John’s and Xavier are each 5-5. The BIG EAST Focus shines on Creighton junior guard Trey Alexander, fresh off winning BIG EAST Player of the Week as the Bluejays enter the weekend winners of seven of the last eight games. Averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, Alexander is a Top-10 finalist for the national Jerry West Award as the nation’s premier shooting guard.   The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Butler head coach Thad Matta. An offseason that welcomed 11 new student-athletes to the locker room, there has been a shift in the Bulldogs offensive prowess with 10 games already surpassing the 80-point plateau compared to just six games total a year ago. At 14-7 on the season, and in the thick of the battle for an opening round bye in the BIG EAST Tournament, Matta discusses the impact transfer additions Posh Alexander, DJ Davis and Pierre Brooks have had. Long-time Connecticut radio analyst Wayne Norman gives a view on the national perspective. Norman discusses the Huskies’ dominant start to the 2023-24 season in defense of their National Championship. He also talks about where last season’s team ranks among all the Connecticut championship teams, and gives insight as to where he thinks this year’s team could finish come March Madness.   The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past.” For a third consecutive season, the BIG EAST Conference will celebrate Black History month by renewing its partnership with the Black Fives Foundation, a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to inspire excellence by preserving, teaching and honoring the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball. “Who’s Got Next?” takes a look at the upcoming schedule, highlighting the big matchups.  To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show.  Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts. This will air Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 139 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the UConn men’s basketball broadcast of No. 1 UConn @ St. John’s.
#TWITBE Ep. 10.3 - Guests Jayden Epps, Dan Hurley and Rich Chvotkin
Jan 26 2024
#TWITBE Ep. 10.3 - Guests Jayden Epps, Dan Hurley and Rich Chvotkin
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continued its 10th season with guests Georgetown sophomore guard Jayden Epps, Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley and legendary play-by-play announcer Rich Chvotkin.The third episode of This Week in the BIG EAST (TWITBE) takes a look at the league as a whole. Depth is a strength this season for the league with nine of the 11 teams ranked among the top 62 in KenPom metrics and seven listed among the top-50 of the NET rankings.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Georgetown sophomore guard Jayden Epps, who discusses joining head coach Ed Cooley and the Hoyas after transferring from Illinois. Epps goes in depth on the overall pros and cons of the transfer portal, including the positive impact it has had on him personally. Epps also talks about the BIG EAST, with his favorite aspect being how competitive it is and the challenges each opponent brings night in and night out.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on UConn head coach Dan Hurley. After capturing the fifth national title in program history this past April, the Huskies are once again taking the bull by the horns as they maintain the top-ranking in both the AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Rankings with a 17-2 (7-1 BIG EAST) overall mark. Hurley discusses the great expectations for his team as the Huskies head toward March, and how his team has continued to battle all season long.  Georgetown’s legendary play-by-play announcer Rich Chvotkin, celebrating 50-years as the Voice of the Georgetown Hoyas, gives a view on the national perspective. Chvotkin discusses the start of his career with the Hoyas in 1974 and the journey he has been on over the past 50 years. Opening the interview sharing some of his fondest BIG EAST memories, Chvotkin also gives his thoughts on the current state of the Hoyas and the impact he already sees Cooley having on the program.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 1994, when Providence’s Michael Smith pounded Syracuse on the glass for a BIG EAST record 26 rebounds. Smith’s rebounding record still stands today, and his 11.66 career rebounds per game still ranks first among the BIG EAST all-time leaders. “Who’s Got Next?” takes a look at the upcoming schedule, highlighting the big matchups. To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Jan. 27 at 12 p.m. ET on Sirius 160 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Marquette men’s basketball broadcast of Seton Hall @ No. 14 Marquette.
#TWITBE Ep. 10.2 - Guests Shaka Smart, Dan Leibovitz and Adam Zagoria
Jan 19 2024
#TWITBE Ep. 10.2 - Guests Shaka Smart, Dan Leibovitz and Adam Zagoria
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continued its 10th season with guests Marquette head coach Shaka Smart, BIG EAST Senior Associate Commissioner Dan Leibovitz and basketball insider Adam Zagoria.The second episode of This Week in the BIG EAST (TWITBE) takes a look at Seton Hall and UConn’s fast starts to conference play, as well as how each BIG EAST team has fared on the road.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Marquette head coach Shaka Smart. Picked first in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll fresh off their 2022-23 BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles, the Golden Eagles (12-5, 3-3 BIG EAST) understand they have a target on their backs and are going into each game with a mindset to continue to grow as a team and fight through adversity. The BIG EAST Focus shines on BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Senior Associate Commissioner Dan Leibovitz, who joined the conference in May after spending the past decade working in a similar role at the American Athletic Conference and Southeastern Conference. Leibovitz discusses his role at the conference, as well as where his career began and how it led him to where he is today. College basketball insider Adam Zagoria gives a view on the national perspective. Stationed in the tri-state area, Zagoria talks about the buzz behind Seton Hall and St. John’s in New York and New Jersey and the positive impact he sees it having on the BIG EAST. The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 1994, when UConn legend Donyell Marshall scored 42 points against St. John’s in an 85-81 win at a sold out put Madison Square Garden. At that point, Marshall’s 42 points set a BIG EAST scoring record, while his 20-for-20 performance at the free-throw line still stands as the best mark in league history. “Who’s Got Next?” takes a look at the upcoming schedule, highlighting the big matchups. To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 139 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Creighton men’s basketball broadcast of No. 18 Creighton @ Seton Hall.
#TWITBE Ep. 10.1 - Guests Kadary Richmond, Kyle Neptune and Donny Marshall
Jan 12 2024
#TWITBE Ep. 10.1 - Guests Kadary Richmond, Kyle Neptune and Donny Marshall
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, begins its 10th season with guests Seton Hall senior guard Kadary Richmond, Villanova head coach Kyle Neptune and FOX Sports National NCAA Basketball Color Analyst Donny Marshall.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode. Two weeks into the New Year, the first episode of TWITBE takes a look at the jumpstart of conference play, while taking a look at the landscape of BIG EAST Basketball, including a look back on UConn’s national championship run in 2023. The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Seton Hall guard Kadary Richmond, who discusses the role the transfer portal has played in the landscape of college basketball over the past couple seasons. Transferring from Syracuse, Richmond discusses his first year in the BIG EAST and what it’s been like to help lead Seton Hall to a red-hot start. At 4-1 and tied for first in league play, The Hall has defeated a trio of top-25 teams and are riding a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s road contest against Butler. The reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week leads the Pirates in scoring with 15.9 points per game, while also averaging 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. The BIG EAST Focus shines on Villanova head coach Kyle Neptune. Back at the helm for the Wildcats, Neptune has Villanova (10-5, 3-1 BIG EAST) once again in the national spotlight. The Wildcats have shown balance, defensive prowess, athleticism and experience under Neptune’s leadership. Neptune takes the time to discuss the team’s current mindset, as well as the future with the impact the transfer portal has had on recruiting. FOX Sports Basketball Color Analyst Donny Marshall gives a view on the national perspective. A four-year standout at UConn (1991-95) Marshall touches on the outstanding performances thus far by Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova, as well as what he views as the biggest surprises at the start of conference play.  The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 1987, reliving Providence’s Cinderella run to the Final Four under its former head coach and current St. John’s head coach Rick Pitino. “Who’s Got Next?” takes a look at the upcoming schedule, highlighting the big matchups.  To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show.  Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts. This will air Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. ET on Sirius 161 XM 203 Online 966 leading into the UConn women’s basketball broadcast of No. 13 Connecticut @ St. John’s.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.9 - Guests Val Ackerman, Ed Cooley and Bill Raftery
Mar 3 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.9 - Guests Val Ackerman, Ed Cooley and Bill Raftery
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continues its ninth season with guests BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman, Providence head coach Ed Cooley and CBS and FOX Sports analyst Bill Raftery.The ninth episode of TWITBE reviews the past week of BIG EAST basketball, taking a deep dive into the Marquette Golden Eagles regular season crown. Picked ninth in the preseason poll, Marquette earned the program’s first outright BIG EAST regular season title following a win at Butler on Tuesday and will enter the tournament as the top overall seed. In addition, Villanova is scorching at the right time, winning six of its last seven games and will enter the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 6 seed.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman, who gives her thoughts on the state of the conference. In a decade since realignment, Ackerman provides insight into the success of the conference and the teams who comprise it. From consistently rising attendance figures, to multiple teams in the national polls, the BIG EAST is poised for March Madness.  The BIG EAST Focus shines on Providence head coach Ed Cooley. Cooley won BIG EAST Coach of the Year Honors and Naismith Coach of the Year honors last season as Providence made a run to the Sweet 16. After an offseason of activity in the transfer portal, the Friars are back near the top of the BIG EAST standings and poised to make noise not just in the BIG EAST Tournament, but the NCAA Tournament as well.CBS and FOX Sports Analyst Bill Raftery gives a view on the national perspective. Raftery discusses his excitement about the prospects of a wide-open tournament that any number of teams could win. The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 2013. Marquette clinched the BIG EAST regular season title on Tuesday with a win at Butler almost ten years to the day after clinching a share of the regular season conference crown with Louisville and Georgetown. The Golden Eagles wound up advancing to the East Regional Final that season.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 134 XM 201 Online 964.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.8 - Guests Tyler Kolek, Greg McDermott and Steve Lappas
Feb 24 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.8 - Guests Tyler Kolek, Greg McDermott and Steve Lappas
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continues its ninth season with guests Marquette junior guard Tyler Kolek, Creighton head coach Greg McDermott and CBS Sports Analyst Steve Lappas.The eighth episode of TWITBE reviews the past week of BIG EAST basketball, taking a deep dive into the league’s top contenders for the regular season title. Heading into the final stretch of the regular season, Marquette is in a position of claiming the regular season title and top seed for the BIG EAST Tournament, following its latest win over Creighton on Tuesday.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Marquette guard Tyler Kolek, who is leading Shaka Smart’s Golden Eagles squad toward a BIG EAST regular season championship. Kolek discusses the leadership role he took on ahead of the season, and the success Marquette has had throughout the season.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Creighton head coach Greg McDermott. After a difficult midweek home loss to Marquette, the Bluejays are still in prime position to not only make a run in the BIG EAST Tournament, but the NCAA Tournament as well. Creighton endured a difficult early season six-game losing streak and is now poised for postseason competition thanks in large part to the leadership of McDermott.CBIS Sports Analyst Steve Lappas gives a view on the national perspective. Lappas joins the show to break down the BIG EAST race. The top five teams have likely reserved their places in March Madness, but Lappas gives his perspective on how many teams might advance out of the league.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 1985. The infamous “Sweater Game” with Georgetown coach John Thompson wearing a replica of St. John’s Louie Carnesecca’s sweat before the game. Patrick Ewing had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Hoyas defeated St. John’s 85-69.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 133 XM 201 Online 964.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.7 - Guests Ryan Kalkbrenner, Stu Jackson and Mike DeCourcy
Feb 17 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.7 - Guests Ryan Kalkbrenner, Stu Jackson and Mike DeCourcy
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continues its ninth season with guests Creighton junior center Ryan Kalkbrenner, BIG EAST Executive Associate Commissioner Stu Jackson and FOX Sports and Sporting News Analyst Mike DeCourcy.The seventh episode of TWITBE reviews the past week of BIG EAST basketball, taking a deep dive into the league’s top contenders for the regular season title. As the home teams continue to dominate, the top four teams in the standings–Marquette, Xavier, Providence and Creighton–are currently 10-0 against each other on their home floors, in addition to being a perfect 30-0 combined at home in overall conference action. The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Creighton center Ryan Kalkbrenner, who entered the year along with his team with high expectations as the reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. After an early season illness threatened to derail those expectations, Kalkbrenner and the Bluejays have stormed back into the BIG EAST and national spotlight. In the thick of the BIG EAST regular season title run, Creighton is No. 18/19 in the national polls winning eight of its last nine games.The BIG EAST Focus shines on BIG EAST Executive Associate Commissioner Stu Jackson, who discusses how the race to the top of the BIG EAST standings is tighter than ever with only two weeks to go in the regular season. Also, with changes across collegiate athletics within the transfer portal and NIL taking center stage, the BIG EAST is constantly improving and evolving. Jackson takes the time to discuss these changes and the effects they have on college basketball.FOX & Sporting News Analyst Mike DeCourcy gives a view on the national perspective. With conference play rapidly coming to a close, and conference tournaments right around the corner, DeCourcy talks about the pleasant surprises across the NCAA, as well as a few teams that have disappointed based off preseason projections.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 2011. A dozen years ago next week, before the new version of the BIG EAST came into being, Providence’s Marshon Brooks dropped 52 points on Notre Dame. It was the most points ever scored in a BIG EAST game until Markus Howard of Marquette scored 53 points against Creighton during the 2019 season.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 134 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Connecticut broadcast of Seton Hall @ UConn.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.6 - Guests Souley Boum, Mike Anderson and Andy Katz
Feb 10 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.6 - Guests Souley Boum, Mike Anderson and Andy Katz
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continues its ninth season with guests Xavier graduate guard Souley Boum, St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson and FOX Sports Analyst Andy Katz.The sixth episode of TWITBE reviews the past week of BIG EAST basketball, taking a deep dive into the league’s top contenders for the regular season title. As the home teams continue to dominate, the top four teams in the standings–Marquette, Xavier, Providence and Creighton–are currently 8-0 against each other on their home floors, in addition to being a perfect 27-0 combined at home in overall conference action. The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Xavier guard Souley Boum, who runs the point for the BIG EAST leading Musketeers. Ranking at the top of the BIG EAST with a 4.6 assist-turnover ratio in league play, tied-for-second at 5.7 assists per game and seventh with 15.7 points per game, Boum discusses his growth from starting his career at San Francisco, competing at UTEP and now leading the charge at Xavier. With the ability to defend, dish, drive, and shoot, Boum is drawing well deserved national notoriety.The BIG EAST Focus shines on St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson, ahead of the Red Storm’s showdown with No. 20 Providence at Madison Square Garden Saturday at Noon ET on FOX. Outside the everyday tasks of teaching and coaching, there are many outside factors affecting coaches these days. Recruiting, the transfer portal and NIL are making the profession more challenging by the day. Anderson provides his take on his team and the day-to-day life of being a BIG EAST head coach.FOX Analyst Andy Katz gives a view on the national perspective. March Madness is officially just around the corner, but there is still much to decide in terms of regular season and conference tournament champions. In addition, the process of seeding the NCAA Tournament field will be particularly difficult this season with the strengths of conferences such as the BIG EAST, Big 12 and Big 10. Katz takes the time to break down the top conferences and teams with an eye toward the Big Dance. The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to just a season ago, February 15th, 2022. Villanova’s do-everything guard Collin Gillespie went off for a career best 33 points in an 89-84 win at Providence. The win paved the way to a strong end of the year finish for the Wildcats and Gillespie, with the latter earning BIG EAST Player of the Year, the Dave Gavitt Trophy winner as Most Outstanding Player in the BIG EAST Tournament, as well as a Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 138 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the St. John’s broadcast of Providence @ St. John’s.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.5 - Guests Jordan Hawkins, Thad Matta and Jon Rothstein
Feb 3 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.5 - Guests Jordan Hawkins, Thad Matta and Jon Rothstein
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continues its ninth season with guests Connecticut sophomore guard Jordan Hawkins, Butler head coach Thad Matta and CBS Sports Network analyst Jon Rothstein.The fifth episode of TWITBE reviews the past week of BIG EAST basketball, taking a deep dive into the league past the halfway point. As the home teams continue to dominate, the top four teams in the standings–Marquette, Xavier, Providence and Creighton–are currently 8-0 against each other on their home floors. On Wednesday, the 16th-ranked Musketeers protected their home court in overtime against No. 17 Providence, despite losing Zach Freemantle to an injury. On the same night, No. 14 Marquette came back to secure a home win over Villanova.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on UConn guard Jordan Hawkins, who discusses the growth in his game in his sophomore season with the Huskies. Ranking second on the squad with 16.6 points per game, in addition to knocking down a team high 61 shots from deep on a .399 clip, Hawkins explains how his confidence is through the roof compared to his freshman year. He also mentions how the game has slowed down for him and how he is making better decisions on both ends of the court. The BIG EAST Focus shines on Butler head coach Thad Matta, ahead of the Bulldogs’ showdown with Marquette Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on FS1. Returning to the Butler sidelines after taking some time away from coaching, it has been a rollercoaster first season for Matta and the Bulldogs, but one they look to build upon as the program looks to regain national prominence.CBS Sports Network analyst Jon Rothstein gives a view on the national perspective. Rothstein points out the outstanding seasons both Providence and Marquette are putting together, despite low expectations by outsiders prior to the season. With Providence, Rothstein discusses how the Friars lost all five starters a season ago, but have replenished the lineup and now are in position to get back to the NCAA Tournament with a quality seed. As for Marquette, he explains how this is the best offensive team Shaka Smart has coached, comparing to his 2012 VCU team, as well as how Marquette looks the part of a team that can win multiple games in the tournament.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to just a season ago, February 2nd, 2022. Marquette beat Villanova 83-73 at Fiserv Forum. Coupled with their win over the Wildcats in December, the Golden Eagles became the first BIG EAST team to take down Villanova four straight times since the league’s reconfiguration 10 years ago.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 134 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Georgetown broadcast of UConn @ Georgetown.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.4 - Guests Tyrese Samuel, Shaka Smart and Dana O’Neil
Jan 27 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.4 - Guests Tyrese Samuel, Shaka Smart and Dana O’Neil
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continues its ninth season with guests Seton Hall senior forward Tyrese Samuel, Marquette head coach Shaka Smart and The Athletic senior writer and author Dana O’Neil. The fourth episode of TWITBE reviews the past week of BIG EAST basketball, taking a deep dive into the league at the halfway point. As the league begins to stabilize, four teams have emerged as title contenders with Xavier, Marquette, Providence and Creighton all jockeying for the top position. The middle portion of the league also has eyes on post-season play as NCAA Tournament resumes begin to solidify themselves heading into February. The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Seton Hall forward Tyrese Samuel, who reflects on his four-year career at Seton Hall. Despite the rise of the transfer portal in college basketball and a new coach at the helm for the Pirates, Samuel was excited to get to work with head coach Shaheen Holloway. He also talks about the rugged BIG EAST, in addition to Seton Hall’s recent good play and how the team is starting to gel. The BIG EAST Focus shines on Marquette head coach Shaka Smart, ahead of the Golden Eagles’ showdown with DePaul at Wintrust Arena Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. Despite being picked ninth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Golden Eagles enter the midway point of league play tied for second with a 16-5 overall and 8-2 conference record. Winning seven of its last eight games, Marquette ranks 16th in the nation, while boasting the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week, Kam Jones. The Athletic senior writer and BIG EAST author Dana O’Neil gives a view on the national perspective. Discussing the challenges Villanova has faced at the midway point, O’Neil also touches on Xavier and Marquette and how they continue to impress. She also breaks down how the BIG EAST stacks up nationally, including how the top half of the league has the ability to make a push into the top echelon of the NCAA come March. The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 1989. On Jan. 28, Sherman Douglas dazzled at point guard for Syracuse. “The General” set the BIG EAST single-game record dishing out 22 assists in a 100-96 win over Providence. The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode. To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show.  Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts. This will air Saturday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 134 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Creighton broadcast of Xavier @ Creighton.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.3 - Guests Joel Soriano, Kyle Neptune and Jason Benetti
Jan 20 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.3 - Guests Joel Soriano, Kyle Neptune and Jason Benetti
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continues its ninth season with guests St. John’s senior forward Joel Soriano, Villanova head coach Kyle Neptune and FOX Sports play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti.The third episode of TWITBE reviews the past week of BIG EAST basketball, taking a deep dive into how home teams continue to prevail in conference play boasting a 31-15 mark.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on St. John’s forward Joel Soriano, who discusses his growth from being a role player for the Red Storm a season ago, to now being placed in the national spotlight. Most recently named Naismith National Player of the Week. After a 2-0 week with wins over Butler and Connecticut, Soriano and the Johnnies return to action against Villanova Friday at Madison Square Garden. Individually, Soriano leads the nation with 16 double-doubles, while averaging 16.5 points and a BIG EAST leading 12.1 rebounds per game.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Villanova head coach Kyle Neptune, ahead of the Wildcats showdown with St. John’s at MSG. Just the sixth coach to lead Villanova since 1936, Neptune’s Wildcats are poised to blaze their own trail through the BIG EAST. Neptune takes some time to talk about freshman sensation Cam Whitmore, returnees Caleb Daniels, Eric Dixon and Brandon Slater, as well as the recovery stage for Justin Moore.FOX Sports play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti gives a view on the national perspective. Benetti has a front row seat to the BIG EAST as well as many of the nation’s top conferences as he calls games across the country for FOX Sports. He breaks down the different tiers of the BIG EAST and discusses where the league stacks up nationally.  The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 1994. On Jan. 25, Michael Smith of Providence pulled down a BIG EAST single-game record 26 rebounds against Syracuse. Overall, Smith set the BIG EAST record for career rebounding average at 11.67 rebounds per game in his three seasons as a Friar and was named the BIG EAST Conference most outstanding player in 1994, taking home the Dave Gavitt Trophy. “Who’s Got Next?” takes a look at the upcoming schedule, highlighting the big matchups. The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 133 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Xavier broadcast of Georgetown @ Xavier.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.2 - Guests Bryce Hopkins, Tony Stubblefield and Jeff Goodman
Jan 13 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.2 - Guests Bryce Hopkins, Tony Stubblefield and Jeff Goodman
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, continued its ninth season with guests Providence sophomore forward Bryce Hopkins, DePaul head coach Tony Stubblefield and Field of 68 NCAA Basketball Analyst Jeff Goodman.The second episode of TWITBE takes a look at Marquette, Providence and Xavier’s fast starts to conference play, as well as the incredible matchups already played in the opening month of BIG EAST competition.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Providence forward Bryce Hopkins, who discusses his transfer from Kentucky to Providence and the impact head coach Ed Cooley has had on rebuilding his confidence. Hopkins talks about how a back injury early in his freshman season at Kentucky limited his time on the court, but since transferring to Providence coach Cooley and “Friartown” have  welcomed him with open arms and have helped him feel like himself again. Leading the Friars with 16.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game at the halfway point of the 2022-23 campaign, Hopkins talks about how he is excited for the rest of the season and having the opportunity in March to play at Madison Square Garden in the BIG EAST Tournament.The BIG EAST Focus shines on DePaul head coach Tony Stubblefield, fresh off the Blue Demons first victory over Villanova in 15 years. Stubblefield takes note of the milestone for his team, but explains how he immediately shifted the focus to Seton Hall Saturday at Noon ET, as his team continues to progress during conference play.Stadium.com and Field of 68 Basketball Analyst Jeff Goodman gives a view on the national perspective. Goodman touches on the outstanding performances thus far throughout the BIG EAST, including the impressive start by Xavier under the direction of Sean Miller. He also discusses the national focus and how the BIG EAST matches up with the rest of the NCAA.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 2019, reliving a historic game for former DePaul superstar Max Strus when he scored a BIG EAST single-game school record 43 points on senior night to help the Blue Demons defeat St. John’s. With DePaul trailing by nine points at the half, Strus willed the Blue Demons to victory with 36 of his 43 points falling in the second half. “Who’s Got Next?” takes a look at the upcoming schedule, highlighting the big matchups. The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 134 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the DePaul broadcast of Seton Hall @ DePaul.
#TWITBE Ep. 9.1 - Guests Baylor Scheierman, Sean Miller and Donny Marshall
Jan 6 2023
#TWITBE Ep. 9.1 - Guests Baylor Scheierman, Sean Miller and Donny Marshall
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, begins its ninth season with guests Creighton senior forward Baylor Scheierman, Xavier head coach Sean Miller and FOX Sports National NCAA Basketball Color Analyst Donny Marshall.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.With the start of a New Year, the first episode of TWITBE takes a look at the jumpstart of conference play, while taking a look at the new landscape of BIG EAST Basketball with four new head coaches welcomed into the league over the offseason.The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Creighton forward Baylor Scheierman, who discusses the role the transfer portal has played in the landscape of college basketball over the past couple seasons. Transferring from South Dakota State, the 2022 Summit League Player of the Year is one of five Bluejays averaging double figures with 12.4 points per game. The native of Aurora, Neb., talks about what it is like being a part of the BIG EAST and how he looks forward to continuing to showcase his skillset to NBA Scouts on the national stage.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Xavier head coach Sean Miller. Back at the helm for the Musketeers, Miller has Xavier (12-3, 4-0 BIG EAST) once again in the national spotlight. Ranked 18th in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls, the Musketeers have shown balance, explosiveness, athleticism and experience under Miller’s leadership, opening the conference season 4-0 for the first time in program historyFOX Sports Basketball Color Analyst Donny Marshall gives a view on the national perspective. A four-year standout at UConn (1991-95) Marshall touches on the outstanding performances thus far by Connecticut, Providence, Xavier and Marquette, while also noting that Villanova may be starting to round into form.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, rewinding the tape to 2006, reliving Marquette’s first league game since joining the BIG EAST Conference, a 94-79 win over UConn. “Who’s Got Next?” takes a look at the upcoming schedule, highlighting the big matchups. To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show.  Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.This will air Saturday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 134 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the UConn broadcast of Creighton @ Connecticut.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.10 - Guests Collin Gillespie, Ed Cooley, Greg McDermott
Mar 11 2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.10 - Guests Collin Gillespie, Ed Cooley, Greg McDermott
NEW YORK – This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One wraps its eighth season with BIG EAST Coach of the Year Ed Cooley, two-time BIG EAST Player of the Year, Collin Gillespie, and Creighton head coach Greg McDermott, There is a tournament title to be won at The World’s Most Famous Arena and an NCAA Tournament on the horizon as the final episode of TWITBE takes a quick look back on the year and the accomplishments of the league for finishing the regular season. The BIG EAST Focus lens is on Providence head coach Ed Cooley, who led the Friars to their first BIG EAST regular season title and the top overall seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.The BIG EAST Spotlight shines on Villanova’s Collin Gillespie. Having suffered a major knee injury a year ago, Gillespie’s triumphant return comes full circle by collecting BIG EAST Player of the Year honors and leading the Wildcats to Friday night’s semifinal contest against Connecticut. Back in the semifinals for the fourth time at the helm of Creighton, head coach Greg McDermott gives his national perspective on using the transfer portal as a major recruiting tool. He also takes some time to discuss the evolution of his team over the course of the season and the expectations the Bluejays have for the rest of 2022.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.  The show will air on Friday, March 11 at 5:15 p.m. ET on Sirius 138, XM 206 and Online 969, leading into the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.9 - Guests Val Ackerman, Javon Freeman-Liberty and Tim Welsh
Mar 4 2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.9 - Guests Val Ackerman, Javon Freeman-Liberty and Tim Welsh
NEW YORK – This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One is in its eighth season as the official podcast of BIG EAST basketball. The ninth episode of the season welcomes DePaul senior guard Javon Freeman-Liberty, BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman and former Providence coach and current ESPN College Basketball analyst Tim Welsh.TWITBE welcomes DePaul guard Javon Freeman-Liberty in the BIG EAST Spotlight, ahead of Saturday’s regular season finale against No. 18 UConn. Despite an injury sidelining the all-around guard for a month, including seven conference games, Freeman-Liberty is back in the starting lineup lighting up the scoreboard. Leading the BIG EAST with 21.9 ppg over the course of his 22 regular season games, as well as averaging 22.7 in 12 league games, he has led the Blue Demons (15-14, 6-13 BE) back over .500 while riding a three-game winning streak. Averaging 28.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 3.3 spg in his last four outings, paving the way to league wins over Georgetown, St. John’s and Marquette. BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman is on TWITBE bringing this week’s focus on the upcoming conference tournament. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the BIG EAST Conference staging its men’s basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden, with the excitement surrounding the return of fans to the World’s Most Famous Arena. Ackerman also takes some time to discuss the Women’s Basketball Tournament tipping off Friday morning, the Black Fives initiative and the impacts NIL and transfers have had and will continue to have on collegiate sports.ESPN College Basketball analyst Tim Welsh gives a view on the national perspective. Welsh joins the show to give his insights on the upcoming conference tournaments across the NCAA and the impacts they will have on selection Sunday (March 13).The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment continues to feature “Blast from the Past” a segment reliving the greatest moments of 40 years at Madison Square Garden. This week, return to the semifinals of the 2018 BIG EAST Tournament, where No. 5 seed Providence led a furious comeback against top-seeded Xavier, to force overtime and advance to the BIG EAST Championship game against Villanova.The returning hosts for This Week In The BIG EAST (#TWITBE) are John Rooke, a longtime BIG EAST play-by-play voice, and Kevin McNamara, BIG EAST radio host, columnist and author. Rooke and McNamara give a comprehensive look at the teams, coaches, players and storied tradition of the top basketball conference in America in each episode.To join the conversation and send questions to Rooke (@JRbroadcaster) and McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33), use #TWITBE on Twitter. Fans may submit questions to be featured on the show. Please subscribe, rate and review to keep #TWITBE top of the podcast charts.  The show will air on Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 138, XM 201 and Online 964, leading into the Villanova broadcast of Villanova at Butler.