63 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
66: Knicks Therapy Session With Clem
Reags gets together with Clem for this episode to have a therapy session about their beloved New York Knicks. The season is over, but as everyone knows it's officially Knicks SZN as they attempt to find a new head coach, have a star going through a torn ACL injury and have a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft. This episode goes all over the place. The guys talk about the Jeff Hornacek firing and what they made of his era before getting into potential candidates for the open position. There's a trip down memory lane as they talk about the 90s teams and the Allan Houston free agency signing. After that they talk about the draft and who they'd like to see the Knicks pick before talking themselves into getting Kawhi Leonard. It's truly off the rails as there is depression, tears, laughter and flat out therapy.
28 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
65: Villanova Wins The National Championship
Villanova has won the 2018 national championship with a 79-62 victory over Michigan, which of course means we had to recap it right away. Reags was joined by Ben Brust for the episode to talk about the game, but more importantly Villanova as a whole. This is now the second title in three years to go with 4 Big East titles in five years. The story was obviously Donte DiVincenzo going off for 31 points as the sixth man. Brust and Reags talk about his performance, Jalen Brunson's career through three years at Villanova and the development of the other players on the squad. They also get into the historical standpoint of this team when we heard all along there wasn't a scary team in the country.
66 minutes | Mar 26, 2018
64: The Final Four Is Set
The Final Four is set as we know Loyola Chicago, Michigan, Villanova and Kansas will all be heading to the Final Four. The first two weeks of the NCAA Tournament have been highly entertaining with a bunch of close games and obvious upsets. So with that said, there's a massive show here as Reags is joined by four guests - one associated with each school - to talk about the Final Four. He is joined by former Villanova player Ryan Arcidiacono, former Michigan player Zack Novak, Scott Phillips of NBC Sports and NBC Sports Chicago and Chris Stone of Sporting News to recap the Elite Eight games, talk about their respective teams and preview the Final Four games. This show is brought to you by 19nine - the absolute best place to find retro college basketball gear. Check them out at 19nine.com and use FUNDAMENTALS at checkout for 10% off.
48 minutes | Mar 19, 2018
63: Recapping The NCAA Tournament's Opening Weekend With Ben Brust
Reags is joined in this episode with former Wisconsin guard Ben Brust to recap the absolutely wild start to the NCAA Tournament. It started with upsets to Arizona and Wichita State before we saw a No. 16 team beat a No. 1 seed for the first time. Then there were crazy comebacks in Nashville that took out both Cincinnati schools. Oh, there was also Syracuse shocking Michigan State and impressive victories by Duke, Villanova and Kentucky. They recap all the crazy events to get you caught up. With how wild college basketball has been all season, was this something that we could have saw coming? Finally, they talk about the 16 teams left and what matchups they are looking forward to in the second weekend. This show is brought to you by 19nine - the absolute best place to find retro college basketball gear. Check them out at 19nine.com and use FUNDAMENTALS at checkout for 10% off. After that, go to Mybookie.ag and sign up with promo code SOUND for a 50% bonus.
69 minutes | Mar 12, 2018
62: NCAA Tournament Bracket Reveal With Mike Rutherford
Reags is joined by SB Nation's Mike Rutherford on Selection Sunday to breakdown the bracket. The two get started with general takeaways with the bracket, but of course there's the ultimate question. Would you rather watch that bracket reveal show every year or Jennifer Hudson's version of One Shining Moment? After that they go into game breakdowns. Who are the teams that they think can pull off upsets or make a deep run? What are the best conspiracy theories out there? What teams got snubbed/didn't deserve to get in? They naturally get off the rails talking about a new tournament idea for some of the worst teams in the country. This show is brought to you by 19nine - the absolute best place to find retro college basketball gear. Check them out at 19nine.com and use FUNDAMENTALS at checkout for 10% off. After that, go to Mybookie.ag and sign up with promo code SOUND for a 50% bonus.
81 minutes | Mar 7, 2018
61: Previewing the SEC, AAC and Pac-12 Tournaments
A big time preview show today as Reags is joined by Sam Vecenie of the Athletic, Bearcat Journal's Chad Brendel and Aaron Torres of the Athletic and KSR. It's conference tournament week, so what else would they all be talking about besides previewing the tournaments this week. Vecenie starts the show to talk about the Pac-12\. Is Arizona State really in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament? Who is the one team that you should keep an eye on as a possible bubble team that we aren't talking about and what to make of Arizona. After that, Brendel joins the show to talk about the Cincinnati/Wichita State game from Sunday before getting into the AAC Tournament. Who would be matchups in the NCAA Tournament that Wichita/Cincinnati would and wouldn't want to see? Finally, Aaron joins Reags to talk about the SEC Tournament, which is arguably the most wide open conference tournament this year. Plus, will Michael Porter Jr., actually play? This show is brought to you by 19nine - the absolute best place to find retro college basketball gear. Check them out at 19nine.com and use FUNDAMENTALS at checkout for 10% off.
47 minutes | Mar 5, 2018
60: ESPN's Fran Fraschilla and Xavier Assistant Coach Travis Steele
Reags is joined this episode by ESPN's Fran Fraschilla to talk about the Big 12 and preview the Big 12 Tournament. However, the show starts with Xavier assistant coach Travis Steele to talk about the Big East. Steele talks about the depth of the Big East and how tough it was to go from celebrating at home after the win over Providence to play DePaul for the outright Big East title. Along with that Steele talks about what makes Villanova so good and how Xavier goes about recruiting with that in mind. After that Reags and Fran talk about the Big 12 and if there's a legit chance that nine teams could get into the NCAA Tournament. Because it's the Big 12 there's of course Trae Young and Oklahoma talk. Who is the real Trae Young? Is it the one we saw to start the year or is it the one from the last five weeks? They also discuss West Virginia's inconsistency and what makes Chris Beard so special at Texas Tech. This show is brought to you by 19nine - the absolute best place to find retro college basketball gear. Check them out at 19nine.com and use FUNDAMENTALS at checkout for 10% off.
40 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
59: Previewing the Big 10 Tournament With Ben Brust
Former Wisconsin guard and current Big 10 Network analyst Ben Brust joins Reags for this episode to preview the Big 10 Tournament. This year it's obviously a week earlier than normal out at Madison Square Garden. What do the guys think of that and how would they set up the venues for the future? They then get into taking a look at odds and if any value plays stand out. From there they spend some time talking a lot about Michigan vs Nebraska. That's set up to be the most intriguing quarterfinal game if Michigan beats Iowa. Can Nebraska be the fifth team in the NCAA Tournament and just how many games do they need to win to feel comfortable? Then there's a discussion about whether this tournament will be chalk or crazy. Finally, predictions!
66 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
58: Discussing the Sean Miller $100,000 Phone Call Report With Brian Snow
Reags is joined by 247's Brian Snow for this episode. Right before they recorded, Snow and the rest of the crew at 247 published a story reporting essentially that the timeline didn't match up from the ESPN report that Sean Miller discussed a $100,000 payment for Deandre Ayton with Christian Dawkins. After that they get into what's going on around the country with games on the court. Who are their title contenders? Who is the top seed that is most matchup dependent when it comes to the NCAA Tournament?
37 minutes | Feb 23, 2018
57: Chicago Bulls and former Villanova Guard Ryan Arcidiacono
Reags is joined this episode by current Chicago Bulls and former Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono to talk about his career and time at Villanova. Arcidiacono is a current two-way player and talks about what the life is like to be a part of two different locker rooms and how tough it can be travel wise to play multiple games in a matter of days. He also shares an absolutely hilarious story involving him, DeMarcus Cousins, a possible nickname and fouling. Ryan opens up about the differences in the college game and the NBA game. After that he talks about his time at Villanova and what the moment was like leading up to the final play to win the 2016 National Championship. He talks about how Jay Wright has turned Villanova into a national title contender nearly every year and if he saw the signs of Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges being stars back when they were freshmen.
62 minutes | Feb 21, 2018
56: Vermont Head Coach John Becker and Former Wisconsin Guard Ben Brust
Reags starts the episode with Vermont head coach John Becker to talk about the Catamounts. UVM is one of the most consistent teams in the country, what's the reasoning behind that? Becker talks about recruiting strategies and how he's had to adapt to the movement of the small ball era and emphasis on the 3-point line. After that he talks about scheduling and some of the problems the Catamounts ran into this year with a loaded nonconference schedule. Finally he talks about getting ready to play in a win or go home conference tournament and whether a coach is okay with losing a game to snap a long streak. After that Ben Brust joins the show to talk about the Louisville news. Why is vacating wins the dumbest penalty the NCAA can hand out? Brust then talks about Frank Kaminsky's jersey retirement night and shares stories from being in Madison for that before talking about the difference of Final Four contenders and title contenders. What teams fall in what category for both Reags and Brust. Finally the guys draft teams for an NCAA All-Star game. They do a snake draft to come up with the teams and want to hear what team would be favored.
36 minutes | Feb 16, 2018
55: Previewing a Huge Basketball Weekend in Cincinnati with Mo Egger
Mo Egger of ESPN 1530 and The Athletic Cincinnati joins Reags for the episode to preview the biggest basketball weekend arguably ever in the city of Cincinnati. On Saturday the Big East regular season title is essentially up for grabs as Villanova comes to town to play Xavier. Then on Sunday, Cincinnati gets a chance for a marquee victory over Wichita State in the first matchup of the season for the two programs. They start the podcast talking about the Bearcats, who just suffered a loss at Houston, snapping a 16-game win streak. In the game, the offense got stuck in the mud, what feels off with the offense this year? After that they get to Xavier and why it's okay to consider the Musketeers lucky this year. What's the one thing to keep an eye on in order for Xavier to beat Villanova for just the second time since the new Big East started?
91 minutes | Feb 11, 2018
54: Reactions from the NCAA Tournament Top-16 Reveal with Sam Vecenie
Reags is joined by Sam Vecenie of The Athletic for this episode of the Fundamentally Sound Podcast. The two start the show talking about the big news of the day - the NCAA Tournament top-16 reveal. What did the committee get right? What were some egregious mistakes? Does it really matter at all? Throughout the conversation, they go off on different tangents including what's the fear for both Purdue and Xavier as national title contenders? Is Cincinnati a legit national title contender? Where does Trevon Bluiett and Keita Bates-Diop fall for All-American honors? Then they really get off the rails and talk about possible open coaching jobs, the success of Vermont, how many coaches in America are true blueblood coaching options and of course the ridiculousness of the old Big East vs new Big East debate.
49 minutes | Feb 8, 2018
53: Are There Any Fixes for Kentucky and Kansas, Plus UNC/Duke Preview
In this episode Reags is joined by both Chris Stone of Sporting News and Fansided and Adam Rowe from 247Sports. Reags starts the show with Chris and immediately get off track and with a hot take. Find out what day really upsets Chris and how they'd possibly go about fixing some schedules and if they like nonconference games happening in January. After the random talk, they finally get into what people want to know about. What's the one fix Reags has for Kentucky that could help its season going forward? Is there roster concern for Kansas? What's the one team you trust the most to show up night and night out? They also ask the question that was from @3x3uhoops - with a tie game who is the one player you want to take the game-winner? After that Reags is joined by Adam to preview the Duke/UNC game on Thursday night. Where are the mismatches, what's the storyline to watch and how important is this game in the grand scheme of things?
25 minutes | Feb 5, 2018
52: Announcement of 3x3U Hoops Details at the Final Four with Drew Russell
Reags is joined by Drew Russell in this episode to talk about the 3x3 at the Final Four this year. Drew is the Vice President of Sports Properties for Intersport and one the masterminds behind the creation of the 3x3 event. Drew discusses how the $100,000 prize will be paid out among the teams. How will voting be done to make up the 32 different teams and what will the schedule look like in San Antonio? With the announcement of Dos Equis as the title sponsor and how the event will be broadcasted to the country it's truly an intriguing listen. You can buy tickets for the event at 3x3uhoops.com
41 minutes | Feb 2, 2018
51: Coaching at the mid-major level with Nevada assistant coach Anthony Ruta
Reags is joined in this episode with Nevada basketball's assistant coach Anthony Ruta to discuss coaching at the mid-major level in college hoops. They start the show talking about Nevada's early season and just how good is this Texas Tech team - a team that Nevada lost to in overtime on the road. Along with that what sort of thought process goes into scheduling nonconference games for a program like Nevada?After that they get into transfers in college basketball. Over the last couple of years Nevada has taken in a good amount of transfers, especially those from the high-major level. What's the recruiting process like for transfers? What's the advantage for a program like Nevada to take on transfers? Finally they talk about this year's Wolf Pack team and how they use positionless basketball and an NBA-style offense to their advantage. Do coaches pay attention to Bracketology at all? What are the strengths of this team and what can fans expect when watching them.
53 minutes | Jan 29, 2018
Discussing the Michigan State allegations and weekend in college basketball with Ben Brust
Jan 28, 8:28 PM Reags is joined by former Wisconsin guard Ben Brust to talk about a serious issue going on in college basketball and really college as a whole right now. They spend the early portion of the podcast talking about their thoughts and reaction to the OTL report on Michigan State, especially when it comes to Tom Izzo and the Spartans basketball team. After that, they recap the weekend in college basketball including their main takeaway from the Virginia win over Duke. Did the win at West Virginia change their thoughts about Kentucky possibly being a Final Four team? Trae Young has been the favorite to win National Player of the Year, but how much has Jalen Brunson closed the gap? Finally they end the podcast by talking about Wisconsin basketball. It has been a rough year, but as a former player and now fan Brust discusses when he expects Wisconsin to be good again and what's the important thing to watch for the program. Remember to please rate, review and subscribe.
53 minutes | Jan 29, 2018
50: Discussing the Michigan State allegations and weekend in college basketball with Ben Brust
Reags is joined by former Wisconsin guard Ben Brust to talk about a serious issue going on in college basketball and really college as a whole right now. They spend the early portion of the podcast talking about their thoughts and reaction to the OTL report on Michigan State, especially when it comes to Tom Izzo and the Spartans basketball team. After that, they recap the weekend in college basketball including their main takeaway from the Virginia win over Duke. Did the win at West Virginia change their thoughts about Kentucky possibly being a Final Four team? Trae Young has been the favorite to win National Player of the Year, but how much has Jalen Brunson closed the gap? Finally they end the podcast by talking about Wisconsin basketball. It has been a rough year, but as a former player and now fan Brust discusses when he expects Wisconsin to be good again and what's the important thing to watch for the program. Remember to please rate, review and subscribe.
40 minutes | Jan 24, 2018
Fundamentally Sound Ep. 49 - Gary Parrish
Reags is joined by Gary Parrish of CBS Sports in this episode. The two start the show talking about Gary's time covering John Calipari at Memphis before getting what's the biggest storyline of the college basketball season. Hint: It's Trae Young. Would Young be THE Trae Young if he was somewhere else other than Oklahoma? After that they start to talk about the new Duke/Kentucky rivalry on the recruiting trail. Is there anyone at the age of 70 doing what K is doing right now? They then get into if there are truly any great teams this year and who they are. Is there a difference between a scary team and a national title contender? After that they talk about the polls and why it's important that they are around. Finally the show ends with Gary talking about the most memorable game he's ever covered in person and a must-listen story about the 2004-05 Memphis basketball team.
47 minutes | Jan 22, 2018
Fundamentally Sound Ep. 48 - Mark Titus
Reags is joined by Mark Titus of the Ringer and One Shining Podcast in Episode 48. The two start the episode by talking about a common experience - talking with Purdue fans. They talk about just how good this team is and the one reason to be wary of them as a national title contender. After that Titus and Reags go to the other Big 10 teams and talk Ohio State and the conference as a whole. Is there a reason the conference is down this year again? They then go around the country to talk about just how many true national title contenders there are and what makes a team a national title contender? Finally, they discuss their favorite 3v3 teams and how Gonzaga is a hipster college basketball team. It's a must-listen, so make sure you listen, rate, review and subscribe.