We’ve mentioned this before – what Deane Martin did for the Idaho State University Bengals basketball program. Long story short, a 3-13 record became third place in the Big Sky and ultimately fourth in a season everyone picked them to be dead last. Now comes word that Martin won’t be retained as full-time head coach. They’ve made a hiring, and they’ll announce it Thursday. Rumors are that it’s the longtime SUU coach Bill Evans.There has been some backlash, but not much. Pretty sure the hiring Thursday will bring out more backlash/intrigue/commentary. I disagree that they’d think Martin was part of the O’Brien regime; this was his first season in Pocatello. Bill Evans, if he’s hired, has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the region. That’s fine, but why wouldn’t you keep things simple? This will be the third coach in a calendar year for the Bengal players. We’ll have more Thursday when it comes; we’re also waiting on NAU’s coaching search (for now.)
It was a full day of action, one that included two top teams going down in a rarity. Also, a number of other teams suffered a loss that could be a critical blow to their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes.
In the midst of conference season, a non-conference set of games took center stage. They were far from alone in the important games of the day, though, and we take a look at notes from many of those games.
The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.
Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.
College Basketball Tonight
We hope you enjoyed listening to COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT, a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, joined by former St. John's and George Washington head coach Mike Jarvis, former Fairfield head coach Terry O'Connor and many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.