Jon Rothstein

NDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Vitto Brown #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates with teammates after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wisconsin defeated Kentucky 71-64. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: X-Factors To Watch In Duke-Wisconsin Championship Game

The Blue Devils have young talent that’s ready to bolt for the NBA in a year or so, while Wisconsin’s personnel has withstood the test of time.

04/06/2015

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29: The Duke Blue Devils bench looks on in the second half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the South Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Best Final Four We’ve Seen In A While

Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo are no strangers to each other and have already played once this season.

03/31/2015

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 21: Bryce Alford #20 of the UCLA Bruins runs down the court against the UAB Blazers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jon Rothstein: Sweet 16 Loaded With Elite Matchups

The lowest seeds this weekend are all programs with strong traditions — UCLA, Wichita State, Xavier, NC State, and Michigan State.

03/23/2015

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12: Matt Jones #13 high-fives Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils during a win against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the quarterfinals of the ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Jon Rothstein’s 2015 March Madness Preview

My big question for the committee – how did UCLA get into the bracket instead of Miami and Temple?

03/16/2015

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 07: The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Florida Gators 67-50 at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky finished the regular season 31-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jon Rothstein: Here Comes Selection Sunday

We’re just days from Selection Sunday and it’s looking more and more like the Wildcats and Badgers will be in the same region in the NCAA Tournament. We discuss that plus Murray State’s heartbreaking loss, Davidson’s rise, in addition to a visit from Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg.

03/10/2015

Luke Hancock of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates as he cuts down the net after helping his team win the NCAA title game. (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Luke Hancock’s Heroics Propel Louisville To NCAA Title

Luke Hancock’s knack for making big shots was on display well before he transferred to Louisville. But he craved something bigger. He finally got it last night.

04/09/2013

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Rothstein: Louisville, Michigan Set To Give Us A Thrill

The season that none of us could predict is set to give us a title game that none of us will forget.

04/08/2013

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Rothstein: Friday’s Sweet 16 Primer; Predictions, Key Matchups & More

Florida Gulf Coast is without question the story of the tournament — but they’re not going to beat Florida.

03/29/2013

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Rothstein: Thursday’s Sweet 16 Primer; X-Factors, Predictions & More

The Hurricanes have had a dream season, but Marquette is the toughest team in college basketball. That’s just one of four great matchups.

03/28/2013

Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Friday’s NCAA Tournament Primer; Picks, Best Bet For An Upset & More

Don’t be surprised if Iona pushes Ohio State. If the Gaels make some shots early on, this one could very interesting.

03/22/2013

Arsalan Kazemi of the Oregon Ducks (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Thursday’s NCAA Tournament Primer; Picks, Upset Alert & More

Oklahoma State had a terrific season, but got by far the toughest draw out of any five-seed in the bracket. Keep an eye on Oregon.

03/21/2013

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Rothstein: 68 Reasons To Be Excited For The NCAA Tournament

Louisville’s pressure. Jim Boeheim’s postgame press conferences. HAVOC. Coach K’s drive for five. Get pumped, people — it’s tourney time!

03/19/2013

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Jon Rothstein’s NCAA Tournament Primer: Picks, Upset Alerts And Players To Watch

It’s that time again! See which teams hoops expert Jon Rothstein has moving on from each region in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

03/18/2013

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Rothstein: 5 Teams That Can Break Open A Bracket; Colorado, Cal & More

The Buffaloes have NCAA Tournament experience and really defend. Colorado is good enough to win two games in the field of 68.

03/15/2013

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Rothstein Files: Previewing The 9 Major Conference Tourneys With Predictions

Jim Larranaga’s team has had a banner season, but they’ll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season — this time with Ryan Kelly — to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.

03/13/2013

Rutgers coach Mike Rice (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Mike Rice Deserves 4th Season At Rutgers

Building a college basketball program in a high-major conference requires time. It requires patience — especially if the school hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1991.

03/12/2013

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Rothstein: What To Watch This Weekend In College Hoops; Stony Brook’s Raw Deal & Other Notes

How do you slow down Ryan Kelly? Put Reggie Bullock on him.

03/08/2013