Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Gonzaga’s greatness, the Sweet 16 match-up between Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark, and other stories from the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments. Stefan and Josh then try to convince Joel to become a fan of the U.S. men’s national soccer team. Finally, Defector’s Dave McKenna joins for a conversation about basketball legend Elgin Baylor, who died last week at 86.
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• Alex Kirshner argued in Slate that Gonzaga could become the greatest men’s college basketball team ever.
• Kirshner on Iowa’s Caitln Clark and John Bronsteen on UConn’s Paige Bueckers.
• In a showcase of young stars, the U.S. men’s national soccer team beat Northern Ireland on Sunday. In a showcase of other young players, it also lost to Honduras on Sunday and failed to qualify for the Olympics.
• In the Athletic, Paul Tenorio argued that missing the Olympics isn’t a reflection on the state of the men’s program. In American Soccer Now, Brian Sciaretta wrote that it did reflect poor preparation by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
• Eric Betts wrote in Slate that the United States is better than ever at recruiting dual nationals like Yunus Musah and Sergino Dest.
• Steven Goff of the Washington Post profiled promising American striker Daryl Dike, now playing for Barnsley in England.
• Dave McKenna’s Defector obituary for Elgin Baylor.
• McKenna talked about Elgin Baylor on Hang Up and Listen in 2019.
• McKenna’s interview with Elgin Baylor in 2018: “Elgin Baylor Is Finally Ready to Tell People He Was Great”
• McKenna on Baylor’s journey to the College of Idaho.
• McKenna in 1999 on Baylor in Washington, D.C.
• McKenna on Baylor’s pickup games with Wilt Chamberlain. :
• McKenna makes the case for D.C. to rename Woodrow Wilson High School after Baylor.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly James A. Clays:
Joel’s James A. Clay: How Howard Schnellenberger transformed Miami from a college football backwater to a national power.
Stefan’s James A. Clay: Fans were really nice to North Dakota goalie Adam Scheel, who allowed a fifth-overtime, NCAA tournament game-winner against Minnesota-Duluth, and to Leah Hextall, who did the play-by-play for ESPN.
On this week’s bonus segment, Ben Mathis-Lilley joins Joel, Stefan, and Josh to debate whether Marquette made a smart move by hiring former VCU and Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart.
Podcast production and edit by Margaret Kelley.
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