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

John Rooke & Kevin McNamara

Now in its ninth 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 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. read less

#TWITBE Ep. 9.4 - Guests Tyrese Samuel, Shaka Smart and Dana O’Neil
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#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
20-01-2023
#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
13-01-2023
#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
06-01-2023
#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
11-03-2022
#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
04-03-2022
#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.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.8 - Guests Dan Hurley, Jared Rhoden and Mike DeCourcy
25-02-2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.8 - Guests Dan Hurley, Jared Rhoden and Mike DeCourcy
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 eighth episode of the season welcomes Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley, Seton Hall senior forward Jared Rhoden and Fox Sports and The Sporting News basketball analyst Mike DeCourcyTWITBE welcomes Seton Hall forward Jared Rhoden in the BIG EAST Spotlight, ahead of Saturday’s tilt against Xavier. The Pirates entered the season with plenty of talent and started off hot with a pair of top-10 wins over Michigan and Texas. However, mid-season injuries combined with the challenging conference slate caused setbacks for a Seton Hall team that opened conference play just 3-6. Lately returning to form, the Pirates (17-9, 8-8 BE) are back in the national spotlight after winning five of their last seven outings, with Rhoden leading the way with a team-best 15.5 points per game.The BIG EAST Focus shines on UConn head coach Dan Hurley fresh off the Huskies win over No. 8 Villanova, 71-69. Currently sitting in a tie for third in the league standings (20-7, 11-5 BE), the Huskies are riding a four-game winning streak, also including hard-fought wins over St. John’s, Seton Hall and Xavier. Hurley takes some time to talk about his 2022 squad and the goals the Huskies have set for themselves heading into March.Fox Sports basketball analyst Mike DeCourcy gives a view on the national perspective. With selection Sunday inching closer and closer, DeCourcy gives his thoughts on the national race toward March Madness, as well as where he ranks the BIG EAST and its programs.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 quarterfinals of the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament when No. 18 Syracuse went toe-to-toe with third-ranked UConn. Six overtimes and just under four hours of action later and the Orange, which never led during the first five overtimes, outlasted the Huskies 127-117 in the ultimate battle for survival.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.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.7 - Guests Tyler Kolek, Jay Wright and Jeff Goodman
18-02-2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.7 - Guests Tyler Kolek, Jay Wright and Jeff Goodman
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 seventh episode of the season welcomes Marquette sophomore guard Tyler Kolek, Villanova head coach Jay Wright and basketball analyst Jeff Goodman.TWITBE welcomes Marquette sophomore Tyler Kolek in the BIG EAST Spotlight, ahead of Sunday’s tilt against Creighton. A central theme regarding the 2021-22 season has been the experienced level of play on the floor as a result of more seasoned student-athletes. However, a pair of sophomores are leading the way at Marquette, including the 2021 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, Kolek, who transferred from George Mason to Marquette in the offseason. Earning the start in all 26 outings, Kolek leads the BIG EAST in assists per game (6.0) and has helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 17-9 (9-6 BIG EAST) mark.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Villanova head coach Jay Wright fresh of the Wildcats statement win on the road against Providence. Currently sitting in second in the league standings (20-6, 13-3 BE), the Wildcats are riding a four-game winning streak and sit just a game back in the loss column to the conference leading Friars (21-3, 11-2 BE). Battle tested all season long, Wright takes some time to talk about his 2022 squad as they continue work toward their great objectives for the season.Basketball analyst Jeff Goodman gives a view on the national perspective. As the February frenzy continues and still two weeks until the start of March Madness, Goodman gives his thoughts on how the BIG EAST will play out and how many teams he foresees dancing into the NCAA Tournament.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 2006 BIG EAST Tournament where senior guard Gerry McNamara led Syracuse on an unprecedented four game run at MSG to capture the BIG EAST Tournament and become the first team to win four games in four days.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, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 137, XM 201 and Online 964, leading into the UConn broadcast of Xavier @ UConn.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.6 - Guests Donny Marshall, Greg McDermott and Nate Watson
11-02-2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.6 - Guests Donny Marshall, Greg McDermott and Nate Watson
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 sixth episode of the season welcomes Creighton head coach Greg McDermott, Providence senior center Nate Watson and basketball analyst Donny Marshall.TWITBE welcomes Providence senior Nate Watson in the BIG EAST Spotlight, ahead of Saturday’s tilt against DePaul. Despite being picked seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Friars are off to their best overall start since the 1972-73 season with a 20-2 mark. In league play, Providence sits at the top the standings with a 10-1 record, while riding a seven-game win streak. A super senior for the Friars, Watson leads a balanced scoring attack with 13.5 ppg, to go with a team-high 20 blocks. Watson joins the show to talk about the team’s success and overall goals moving forward. The BIG EAST Focus shines on Creighton head coach Greg McDermott ahead of back-to-back games against Georgetown. Moving into sole possession of fifth in the league standings with a 6-5 conference mark, Creighton’s BIG EAST resume includes wins over No. 15 Villanova, No. 18 Marquette and No. 24 UConn. McDermott joins the show to discuss the competitive nature of the BIG EAST and the obstacles Creighton has overcome this season with several new faces in the locker room. FOX and CBS Sports Network basketball analyst Donny Marshall gives a view on the national perspective. The former UConn star, who played alongside the likes of Ray Allen, Kevin Ollie and Doron Sheffer, and against Kerry Kittles, Arturas Karnishovas, Lawrence Moten and Othella Harrington, to name a few, was later drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995. He then wrapped up his career with the New Jersey Nets. Marshall takes the experiences he gained and challenges faced when describing the game night in and night out to his viewers. The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past” reliving the greatest moments of 40 years at Madison Square Garden. This week, return to the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament where Providence and Creighton put on a show in the first tournament after the conference realignment. The Friars’ Bryce Cotton led his team with 23 points, while the Bluejays’ National Player of the Year Doug McDermott scored a game-high 27 points. However, it was Cotton and Providence who prevailed, 65-58, as the Friars won their first tournament title since 1994. 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 2/12 at noon Eastern on Sirius 138 XM 201 Online 964 leading into the Villanova broadcast of Seton Hall @ Villanova.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.5 - Guests Ed Cooley, Jon Rothstein and Tony Stubblefield
04-02-2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.5 - Guests Ed Cooley, Jon Rothstein and Tony Stubblefield
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 fifth episode of the season welcomes Providence head coach Ed Cooley, DePaul head coach Tony Stubblefield and basketball analyst Jon Rothstein.TWITBE welcomes Providence head coach Ed Cooley in the BIG EAST Spotlight, fresh off an 86-82 road victory over St. John’s on Tuesday. Despite being picked seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Friars are off to their best overall start since the 1972-73 season with a 19-2 mark. In league play, Providence sits at the top the standings with a 9-1 record. Cooley takes the time to talk about how his team has continued to mature over the course of the season and how they have learned to finish close games both at home and on the road.The BIG EAST Focus shines on DePaul head coach Tony Stubblefield. Working through his first BIG EAST season as a head coach, the former Cincinnati and Oregon assistant understands that there are no excuses to be given during league play and how the team is working through the ups and downs of the 2021-22 season.CBS Sports Network basketball analyst Jon Rothstein gives a view on the national perspective. As the college basketball season heats up heading into the month of February, he discusses how media outlets and coaches are preparing for postseason action, while keeping their focus on the regular season. Rothstein gives some insight on the college basketball season and what to expect moving forward.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past” reliving the greatest moments of 40 years at Madison Square Garden. This week, return to the 1984 BIG EAST Tournament where Georgetown and Patrick Ewing rallied back to beat Syracuse in overtime, 82-71.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, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 137, XM 201 and Online 964, leading into the UConn broadcast of UConn @ Villanova.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.4 - Guests Julian Champagnie, Stu Jackson and Andy Katz
28-01-2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.4 - Guests Julian Champagnie, Stu Jackson and Andy Katz
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 fourth episode of the season welcomes St. John’s junior forward Julian Champagnie, BIG EAST executive associate commissioner Stu Jackson and basketball analyst Andy Katz.TWITBE welcomes St. John’s Julian Champagnie in the BIG EAST Spotlight, discussing how he handles the pressure of leading the Red Storm. Despite being the focus of every defensive gameplan, the junior leads the conference in scoring in BIG EAST action with 18.3 ppg, while ranking second in the BIG EAST and 32nd nationally with 19.5 ppg over 18 contests.The BIG EAST Focus shines on the conference’s executive associate commissioner Stu Jackson who discusses the second half of the BIG EAST schedule slated for February. In addition, he gives some insider perspectives of the challenges of rescheduling games and the added effects it has across the conference and nation.FOX Sports basketball analyst Andy Katz gives a view on the national perspective. He takes time to discuss the extra year of eligibility granted to student-athletes and the effect the transfer portal has had on the 2021-22 basketball season. With familiar faces connected to new teams, players and philosophies, he talks about what it has meant this year, as well as future impacts.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past” reliving the greatest moments of 40 years at Madison Square Garden. This week, return to the 1996 BIG EAST Tournament where UConn’s Ray Allen fired an off-balance jump shot late in the game that gave the Huskies a 75-74 lead. Seconds later, Georgetown’s Allen Iverson had a good look, before his teammate Jerome Williams had a follow up attempt, but both came up just short as UConn claimed its second BIG EAST title.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, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 134, XM 201 and Online 964, leading into the Xavier broadcast of Xavier @ Creighton.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.3 - Guests Steve Lappas, Justin Moore and Kevin Willard
21-01-2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.3 - Guests Steve Lappas, Justin Moore and Kevin Willard
NEW YORK – This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, returns for 2022, its eighth season as the official podcast of BIG EAST basketball. The third episode of the season welcomes former Villanova head coach and current CBS basketball analyst Steve Lappas, Villanova junior guard Justin Moore and Seton Hall head coach Kevin WillardTWITBE welcomes Villanova guard Justin Moore in the BIG EAST Spotlight, as the preseason favorite Wildcats near the top of the BIG EAST with a 6-2 conference mark. He ranks seventh in the conference and second on the team with 15.8 points per game. Moore also has been a key contributor on the defensive end with the Wildcats limiting BIG EAST opponents to just 58.5 points per game. 9.3 points less than the conference’s second ranked defensive team, Providence (67.8).The BIG EAST Focus shines on Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard. In a sport where the difference between winning and losing can be decided by a matter of inches or tenths of a second, Seton Hall has certainly been involved in several scenarios. Willard joins TWITBE to discuss how the Pirates have overcome adversity this season.Former Villanova head coach and current CBS basketball analyst Steve Lappas gives a view on the national perspective. As the league approaches the halfway point of regular season action, Lappas gives his insight on how the younger players around the league will take to the increase in play and pressure that the second half and postseason brings.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past” reliving the greatest moments of 40 years at Madison Square Garden. This week, return to the 1986 BIG EAST Tournament where Syracuse star guard Pearl Washington’s shot was blocked from behind by St. John’s star Walter Berry just before the buzzer, as St. John’s earned the hard-fought victory 70-69.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.  The show will air on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 133, XM 201 and Online 964, leading into the Seton Hall broadcast of Seton Hall @ St. John’s.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.2 - Guests Ryan Hawkins, Ken Pomeroy and Shaka Smart
14-01-2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.2 - Guests Ryan Hawkins, Ken Pomeroy and Shaka Smart
NEW YORK – This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, returns for 2022, its eighth season as the official podcast of BIG EAST basketball. The second episode of the season welcomes Creighton senior forward Ryan Hawkins, Marquette head coach Shaka Smart and college basketball columnist and statistician Ken Polmeroy.For the second consecutive week, the BIG EAST Spotlight is on the transfer portal, as TWITBE welcomed Creighton forward Ryan Hawkins who has made the transition from Northwest Missouri State and Division II basketball over to the Bluejays. An All-American in Maryville, Mo., Hawkins has been a key contributor to Creighton’s 10-4 (2-1 BE) start, leading the team in both points (13.4) and rebounds (7.4) per game with 14 starts.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Marquette head coach Shaka Smart. After successful runs at Virginia Commonwealth and Texas, he found the chance to return to his home state of Wisconsin and has quickly made an impact on both ends of the court for the Golden Eagles. After three consecutive close losses to open BIG EAST play, Marquette has reeled off three straight victories over Providence (88-56), Georgetown (92-64) and DePaul (87-76).College basketball columnist and statistician Ken Pomeroy gives a view on the national perspective. If you fancy yourself as a college basketball hoop-ologist, chances are you have heard of “Kenpom.”  The website includes a ratings system, statistics on every Division I college basketball team and a blog, along with referee ratings. Kenpom ratings are mentioned in nearly every national conversation on the best teams in the country. Ken Pomeroy joins the show to discuss the formula for his ratings system.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past” reliving the greatest moments of 40 years at Madison Square Garden. This week, hear sights and sounds from the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament where Kemba Walker helped the UConn Huskies earn 11 straight victories all the way to a National Championship.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, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. ET on Sirius 138, XM 201 and Online 964, leading into the Xavier broadcast of Creighton @ Xavier.
#TWITBE Ep. 8.1 - Welcome to 2022! Guests: Justin Minaya, Dana O'Neil and Travis Steele
07-01-2022
#TWITBE Ep. 8.1 - Welcome to 2022! Guests: Justin Minaya, Dana O'Neil and Travis Steele
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One begins its eighth season with Providence graduate senior forward Justin Minaya, Xavier head coach Travis Steele,  The Athletic senior college basketball writer and author Dana O’Neil, as well as a celebration of 40 Years at Madison Square Garden with a “Blast from the Past.”With the start of a New Year, the first episode of TWITBE takes a look at the start of conference play as well as a recap of an impressive non-conference slate, with BIG EAST teams combining to go 91-27 (.771).The BIG EAST Spotlight is on Providence forward Justin Minaya, who discusses the role the transfer portal has played in the landscape of college basketball over the past couple seasons. Playing a large role in the Friars’ transformation, Minaya talks about the veteran leadership and experience surrounding Ed Cooley’s team, opening the season with a 13-2 (3-1 BE) mark.The BIG EAST Focus shines on Xavier head coach Travis Steele. The Musketeers have shown balance, explosiveness, athleticism and experience under Steele’s leadership, opening the year 11-2 (1-1 BE) and ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll.Athletic senior college basketball writer and author Dana O’Neil gives a view on the national perspective. A senior writer for The Athletic, she has worked for more than 25 years as a sportswriter covering the Final Four, the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, NHL playoffs and the BIG EAST. She has worked previously in Philadelphia and for ESPN, and she is the author of three books, including “The BIG EAST: Inside the Most Entertaining and Influential Conference in College Basketball History”, available now online and in bookstores.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features the return of “Blast from the Past”, with this week reliving the very first BIG EAST Tournament held in Madison Square Garden featuring Boston College and St. John’s. “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.
#TWITBE Ep. 7.10 - Guests: Mike Anderson, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Rich Chvotkin
12-03-2021
#TWITBE Ep. 7.10 - Guests: Mike Anderson, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Rich Chvotkin
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One wraps its seventh season with BIG EAST Coach of the Year Mike Anderson, two of the BIG EAST Players of the Year, Sandro Mamukelashvili and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and the voice of Georgetown radio Rich Chvotkin.  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 season. The BIG EAST Focus lens is on St. John’s head coach Anderson, who had another winning season at the helm of the Red Storm. Anderson was voted BIG EAST Coach of the Year by his colleagues after leading St. John’s to the No. 4 seed after being picked ninth in the preseason poll.  The BIG EAST Focus shines on both Seton Hall’s Mamukelashvili and Villanova’s Robinson-Earl. The pair make up two of the three players selection for BIG EAST Player of the Year. Mamukelashvili takes a self-reflection on his confidence, his career at Seton Hall and his journey to become a standout for the Pirates. Seton Hall is one of the BIG EAST Tournament’s semifinal teams. The Focus turns to Robinson-Earl, who talks about how winning BIG EAST Player of the Year is one of his dreams come true and how his decision to stay with the Wildcats instead of playing professionally helped him develop both on and off the court.  Longtime Georgetown play-by-play announcer Chvotkin gives view on the national perspective. As the Hoyas voice for 47 years, Chvotkin has been a part of every BIG EAST Tournament ever played. He brings a unique insight on the Hoyas and the tournament as a whole.  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 reporter, 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. The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features audio clips from some recent big performances around the league and a recap of the league’s weekly honors. “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.
#TWITBE Ep. 7.9 - Guests: Val Ackerman, Steve Wojciechowski and Dick “Hoops” Weiss
05-03-2021
#TWITBE Ep. 7.9 - Guests: Val Ackerman, Steve Wojciechowski and Dick “Hoops” Weiss
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One is in its seventh year. The ninth episode of the season welcomes BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman, Marquette Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski and national college basketball writer Dick “Hoops” Weiss. ** PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE And REVIEW! ** The TWITBE BIG EAST Spotlight shines Wojciechowski who discusses Marquette’s resiliency during the pandemic plagued season. The Golden Eagles recently defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill and look to round into form in time for the BIG EAST Tournament. BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman is on TWITBE bringing this week’s focus on the upcoming Conference Tournament. Ackerman talks about the changes in the sports world over the course of the calendar year. She discusses how the Conference, along with the member institutions, put together a season as fairly, as safely and as equitably as can be done. The national perspective comes from Blue Star Media College Basketball writer “Hoops” Weiss.  Weiss discusses Villanova’s conference dominance over the past decade. He also takes a look at the Wildcats’ roster without Collin Gillespie, the impact it may have on Villanova’s NCAA tournament seeding. The 2021 season of This Week in the BIG EAST (#TWITBE) is available for download on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Castro, Castbox and Podfriend in addition to its Westwood One distribution. The show airs on three Sirius XM stations on Saturdays preceding the first BIG EAST contest of the day. This week, TWITBE will be carried on Sirius 133, XM 201, Online 964 at 1:30 p.m. ET, leading into the Villanova at Providence game at 2:30 p.m. In the “Blast from the Past” segment, TWITBE takes a dive into the 2014 season, reliving March 8 when Creighton’s all-American Doug McDermott scored a career high 45 points on senior night. He became just the 8th player to go over the 3,000 point mark in his career for the Bluejays. “Dougie McBuckets” would go on to win BIG EAST and National Player of the Year later 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 reporter, 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.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features audio clips from some recent big performances around the league and a recap of the league’s weekly honors. “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.
#TWITBE Ep. 7.8 - Ed Cooley, Dan Gavitt, Mike DeCourcy
26-02-2021
#TWITBE Ep. 7.8 - Ed Cooley, Dan Gavitt, Mike DeCourcy
NEW YORK – This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One in in its seventh year. The eighth episode of the season welcomes Providence head coach Ed Cooley, NCAA Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt and Sporting News Columnist and FOX Sports College Basketball bracketologist Mike DeCourcy. ** PLEASE RATE AND REVIEW ** The TWITBE BIG EAST Spotlight shines on Cooley, who discusses the Friars recent performances. He gives his take on Providence’s memorable wins this season along with some tough losses.  The BIG EAST Focus narrows in on Gavitt, who has been through a year unlike any other for college basketball. Gavitt touches on the challenges of playing a full season amid the pandemic as well as the scheduling and health challenges surrounding the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The National Perspective comes from DeCourcy, FOX Sports’ bracketologist. As the calendar flips to March, DeCourcy gives his take on the landscape of college basketball, where the BIG EAST ranks and which has the best hope to make the NCAA Tournament. The 2021 season of This Week in the BIG EAST (#TWITBE) is available for download on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Castro, Castbox and Podfriend in addition to its Westwood One distribution. The show airs on three Sirius XM stations on Saturdays preceding the first BIG EAST contest of the day. This week, TWITBE will be carried on Sirius 133, XM 201, Online 964 at 1:30 p.m. ET, leading into the Marquette at Connecticut broadcast at 2:30 p.m. In the “Blast from the Past” segment, TWITBE takes a dive into the 1985 BIG EAST matchup between No. 1 St. John’s and No. 2 Georgetown at Madison Square Garden, fondly known as “The Sweater Game.” 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 reporter, 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.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features audio clips from some recent big performances around the league and a recap of the league’s weekly honors. “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.
#TWITBE Ep. 7.7 - Guests: Jay Wright, Julian Champagnie and Steve Lappas
19-02-2021
#TWITBE Ep. 7.7 - Guests: Jay Wright, Julian Champagnie and Steve Lappas
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One in in its seventh year. The seventh episode of the season welcomes Villanova head coach Jay Wright, St. John’s sophomore guard Julian Champagnie and college basketball analyst Steve Lappas.  *** PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW *** The TWITBE BIG EAST Spotlight shines on Champagnie (6:52) this week as the Red Storm sophomore gives insight into St. John’s resurgence and NCAA tournament hopes. Champagnie averages a league-leading 19.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season. The BIG EAST Focus turns to Wright (22:46), who again has his Wildcats at the top of the BIG EAST standings. This week, Villanova is 10th in the AP Poll. Wright discusses the challenges he has faced this season coaching amid the pandemic as well as how he thinks his team can evolve as VU heads toward March Madness. Lappas (32:23) gives the National Perspective from the overhead view of a CBS Sports Network analyst. Lappas, the former Villanova head coach, breaks down the NCAA Tournament contenders within the conference as well as other schools making moves as the calendar turns toward March. The 2021 season of This Week in the BIG EAST (#TWITBE) is available for download on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Castro, Castbox and Podfriend in addition to its Westwood One distribution. The show airs on three Sirius XM stations on Saturdays preceding the first BIG EAST contest of the day. This week, TWITBE will be carried on Sirius 136, XM 201, Online 964 at Noon ET, leading into the Connecticut at Villanova broadcast at 1 p.m.In the “Blast from the Past” segment, TWITBE takes a dive into the 1995 BIG EAST matchup between Villanova and then-No. 1 UConn. Wildcat Kerry Kittles outbattled Husky Ray Allen to take down top-ranked Huskies.  Guest Lappas was head coach of Villanova at the time. 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 reporter, 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.The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features audio clips from some recent big performances around the league and a recap of the league’s weekly honors. “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.
#TWITBE Ep. 7.6 - Guests: Marcus Zegarowski, Mike Anderson and Andy Katz
12-02-2021
#TWITBE Ep. 7.6 - Guests: Marcus Zegarowski, Mike Anderson and Andy Katz
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One in in its seventh year. The sixth episode of the season welcomes St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson, Creighton junior guard Marcus Zegarowski and national college basketball writer and analyst Andy Katz. ** RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE **  This week the TWITBE BIG EAST Spotlight shines on Zegarowski, the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year. Zegarowski (6:42) gives the inside take on Creighton’s unique style of basketball and describes his personal journey to Omaha, his relationship with Bluejay head coach Greg McDermott and what his college experience is like during the pandemic. The BIG EAST Focus zeroes in on Anderson (21:02), who reflects on the current buzz surrounding the St. John’s Red Storm. Second-year head coach Anderson talks on the team’s turnaround and the play of freshman standout Posh Alexander and sophomore guard/forward Julian Champagnie. The National Perspective comes from Katz (32:19), who also gives us a take on the excitement going on in New York City over the Johnnies. Katz discusses the BIG EAST standings top to bottom and where the teams stack in consideration for the NCAA Tournament. The 2021 season of This Week in the BIG EAST (#TWITBE) is available for download on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Castro, Castbox and Podfriend in addition to its Westwood One distribution. The show airs on three Sirius XM stations on Saturdays preceding the first BIG EAST contest of the day. This week, TWITBE will be carried on Sirius 136, XM 201, Online 964 at 11 a.m. ET, leading into the Connecticut at Xavier broadcast at noon.  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 reporter, 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. The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features audio clips from some recent big performances around the league and a recap of the league’s weekly honors. “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.
#TWITBE Ep. 7.5 - Guests: Dave Leitao, Tyrese Martin and Zach Braziller
05-02-2021
#TWITBE Ep. 7.5 - Guests: Dave Leitao, Tyrese Martin and Zach Braziller
This Week In The BIG EAST Radio Show, distributed by Westwood One, returns for 2021, its seventh year. The fifth episode of the season welcomes DePaul head coach Dave Leitao, UConn junior Tyrese Martin and New York Post college basketball beat reporter Zach Braziller. ** SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! ** Send Questions via Twitter to #TWITBE! **This week the TWITBE BIG EAST Spotlight shines on Husky guard Martin, who gives his take on Connecticut’s return to the BIG EAST, reacquainting with historical rivals and the surrounding buzz. Martin (7:15) talks about his transfer journey from Rhode Island to UConn as well as filling the void during James Bouknight’s injury. The BIG EAST Focus narrows in on Leitao (21:00) as he discusses the Blue Demons’ performance for the 2020-21 season after a delayed start. The National Perspective comes from Braziller (31:18), who has his finger on the college basketball pulse. His regular beat, the St. John’s Red Storm, have been on a five-game winning streak, steadily climbing the BIG EAST league standings. The 2021 season of This Week in the BIG EAST (#TWITBE) is available for download on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Castro, Castbox and Podfriend in addition to its Westwood One distribution. The show airs on three Sirius XM stations on Saturdays preceding the first BIG EAST contest of the day. This week, TWITBE will be carried on Sirius 121, XM 201, Online 964 at 11 a.m. ET, leading into the Seton Hall at Connecticut broadcast at Noon. 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 reporter, 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.A new segment this year, Rooke and McNamara relive “A blast from the past.” This week features memories and highlights from former Georgetown Hoya star Alonso Mourning. The episode’s “Who’s Hot” segment features audio clips from some recent big performances around the league and a recap of the league’s weekly honors. “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.