19Nine Podcast | Hardwood History | College Basketball

19Nine Podcast | Hardwood History | College Basketball

Celebrating hardwood history focusing on the history of college basketball.


May 31, 2023 45 mins

We had the incredible opportunity to chat with Coach Freddie Banks, a Las Vegas native who's made a lasting impact as a player and now as a coach at Canyon Springs High School. From his humble beginnings on the blacktop in fifth grade, Coach Banks shares his inspiring journey through high school, college, and his pro career that led him to become the influential mentor he is today.

But Coach Banks' passion for th...

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There's only one team that gets their one shining moment. For everyone else, their season ends just like Indiana's. It's still fun to break down the season that was and think about the things that Indiana and every team faces heading into next year. With 20% of all CBB players in the transfer portal, hope springs eternal and the landscape of college basketball will be radically different in a couple of months. 

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On Monday night, one of these four teams will be celebrating a national title in Houston and doing what national champions have done for years: cutting down the nets. It’s a right reserved for the victors and The Chucker, 19nine’s resident historian, details the origins of this cherished college basketball tradition.

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Sixty years ago, Mississippi State and Loyola met in the second round of the 1963 NCAA Tournament. The journey to that matchup, however, was anything but easy in a nation and in a sport still battling with racial segregation. “The Game of Change” required two competitive, daring programs, a cunning escape from Mississippi, and a willingness to challenge convention. The Chucker, 19nine’s resident historian, dives into this historic ...

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This season marks the 35th anniversary of Kansas’ unexpected march to the 1988 NCAA title. Now, what could be so shocking about a blueblood program led by that summer’s #1 NBA draft pick and a Hall of Fame coach winning it all? Well, that’s the story of Danny & the Miracles and the most unlikeliest of titles from a college basketball blueblood. The Chucker, 19nine’s resident historian, explains.

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Twenty-five years ago, the Big Ten finally launched a post-season conference tournament. After years of rejecting the move for an assortment of reasons ranging from academics to regular season integrity, the conference switched course and installed the Big Ten Tournament to cap to the 1997-1998 season. The Chucker, 19nine’s resident historian, explains the Big Ten’s long road to creating a post-season tournament and the 450,000 rea...

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Travis Diener’s rise to basketball stardom wasn’t supposed to happen. He wasn’t gifted athletically, pushed by trainers growing up, or born into a hotbed of basketball talent. He was average. At every level, critics rightly questioned everything that he wasn’t but forgot about everything that he was. From Marquette University to the NBA to the Italian League, Travis Diener was going to make it; he was going to be successful.

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19Nine Globetrotters - https://19nine.com/collections/harlem-globetrotters-x-19nine

19Nine Stories Harlem Globetrotters - https://19nine.com/blogs/news/the-harlem-globetrotters

Thunder Law - https://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/world-tour/roster/thunder/

While Thor might have created thunder and lightning, Harlem Globetrotter Thunder Law brings the modern-day hammer every time he dunks. A high-flyer with a...

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This is the full interview covering the scope of Georgetown Basketball History. If you liked the short podcast on Wednesday you're going to love this deep dive.

Pioneer Press Georgetown 1984 - https://19nine.com/blogs/news/the-pioneer-press-georgetown-1984

19Nine Hoya's Gear - https://19nine.com/collections/georgetown-university

John's Website - https://www.hoyabasketball.com
Welcome t...

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John Reagan - Georgetown Basketball History Project

Pioneer Press Georgetown 1984 - https://19nine.com/blogs/news/the-pioneer-press-georgetown-1984

19Nine Hoya's Gear - https://19nine.com/collections/georgetown-university

In the early 1980s, an unlikely program commanded the nation’s college basketball
consciousness. An elite, exclusive Catholic institution in the nation’s capital better known fo...

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When did the Fab Five become Michigan’s starting five?

Almost as soon as the Fab 5 arrived on the University of Michigan campus as the most heralded recruiting class in the history of college basketball, Wolverines head coach Steve Fisher began fielding questions about starting all five freshmen. But Fisher resisted until he no longer could. The Chucker, 19nine’s resident historian, explains. 

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The perfect podcast. Playground stories, basketball history, legendary coaches, and AI. What else could you want.

Georgetown - https://19nine.com/products/georgetown-hoyas-1995-1996

John Thompson’s Autobiography - https://www.amazon.com/I-Came-As-Shadow-Autobiography/dp/1250619351

Jesse Washington - http://www.jessewashington.com/shadow.html

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The Pioneers collection is a celebration of black excellence in college basketball during Black History Month, featuring teams such as Texas Western who won the national championship in 1966 with five all-black starters, 1984 Georgetown led by coach John Thompson and star center Patrick Ewing, UNLV led by coach Jerry Tarkanian and players Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, and Greg Anthony who won the title in 1990, and the Fab Five, a ...

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Ahead of this weeks match up between UK and Kansas get yourself prepped to enter one of the most storied buildings in college basketball. You will also learn about the progenitors of Rupp arena in the process.

If you missed it learn about The Phog where the latest version of rivalry started the home and home (The Phog Episode

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This is our full conversation with Eric Gordon Sr. He takes us through what brought him to the game of basketball and the foundations that helped him guide his sons to basketball glory and successful lives as men. He still contributes to the game via E3 Basketball Training and the EG10 AAU Team. He is really excited about this years team. If you liked the shorter podcast focused on Eric Gordon Jr.  you'll love the wisdom and i...

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Get excited for this heated rivalry game between Illinois and Indiana. The current heat in the rivalry owes some of its origins to EG Jr.'s recruitment and the Illinois fanbases reaction to his decision to attend Indiana. Learn why he chose Indiana over Illinois and how a freshman was able to navigate such a tumultuous transition to college and lead his team and dominate the conference with his outstanding play.  


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January 11, 2023 23 mins

An absolute classic was played at Hinkle Fieldhouse  that saw the Villanova Wildcats knock off the Butler Bulldogs by a score of 68-65.

These are the two best teams in the Big East

No disrespect to Georgetown or Providence, who are both very good teams. But Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse, we saw the two best teams in the conference, by far. That was a game for the ages. I said something similar to this on Twitter, and it was met...

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We start 2023 by looking back and Josh/19Nine's trip to NYC. They took in a game at The Garden, met with Dennis Page founder of SLAM, and got coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts instead of Suited https://www.suitednyc.com/

Run It Back - 19nine teamed up Truth + Media to create a new podcast called "Run It Back".  Each episode of the "Run It Back" podcast takes a trip down college basketball memory l...

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Today we’ve got Mike Seilski Author. Sports Columnist. Radio host and host of my favorite sports podcast this year I Am Kobe. I know because I was reminded that I apparently listened to 31 days of podcasts last year.

Mike Sielski is a sports journalist and author. He has been a sports columnist at the
Philadelphia Inquirer since 2013 and was named the top sports columnist in America by the Sports Editors of the Associated ...

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There are rivalries, and then there is the Crosstown Classic. 

The annual showdown between the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University is one of the most heated and contentious matchups in all of sports.

Xavier Gear - https://19nine.com/collections/xavier-musketeers

Cincinnati Gear - https://19nine.com/collections/cincinnati-bearcats

From the Huggins handshake-less finish to a cowbell from the stands, I don’t...

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