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    • SEC "Fast Break": February 26

      Apparently, eight Southeastern Conference teams were having so much fun last Saturday they didn’t want it to end.
    • SEC Fast Break with Chris Dortch

      The first month of the season was largely forgettable for the Southeastern Conference by almost any barometer. Where to start?
    • November Offers Challenges for SEC Teams

      It seems like only yesterday Kentucky players were cutting down the nets in the New Orleans Superdome after winning the Southeastern Conference’s third national championship in a seven-year span. But that was more than seven months ago, and now it’s time for college basketball to crank up again.
    • One on One with Chris Dortch: Marquis Teague

      Was there ever a question Marquis Teague could take his place among the elite point guards coached the last four seasons by Kentucky’s John Calipari? We profile Teague, a likely first round pick in this week's NBA Draft.
    • Instant Reaction: Kentucky Claims Title

      About a month ago, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari asked a question of his team.
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  • 4/3/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": The Conclusion
    Florida’s basketball team is in a rut, but 98 percent of the 345 or so Division I teams would gladly trade places with Gators, whose ouster from the NCAA tournament at the hands of Michigan was their third straight loss in the Elite Eight. Being stopped so tantalizingly short of the Final Four, college basketball’s Mecca, has been frustrating for Florida coach Billy Donovan, but he’s got the perfect antidote. He just looks over at his two national championship rings.   Full Story
  • 3/27/2013
    The SEC Fast Break: March 27
    Less than a week after postseason play began, the Southeastern Conference finds itself with just one school standing. That may be a surprise, but the school that remains isn’t. Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, and many others, singled out Florida as a potential Final Four team before the season began, and the Gators are still in there with a chance. The road to Atlanta won’t be easy—NCAA Tournament surprise FGCU and either Kansas or Michigan still stand in the way—but the job coach Billy Donovan has done the last three years has come oh-so-close to duplicating his national title winning years of 2006-07.  Full Story
  • 3/20/2013
    The SEC Fast Break: Postseason Edition
    Are you ready for the postseason basketball? Chris Dortch previews the SEC squads hitting the hardwood in both the NCAA and NIT Tournament in this week's SEC "Fast Break".   Full Story
  • 3/19/2013
    Kennedy Leads Ole Miss To The Big Dance
    The lack of an NCAA Tournament appearance on Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy’s resume wasn’t just a monkey on his back, it was more like the 800-pound gorilla in the room that had taken up residence and didn’t appear to be going anywhere, at least not this season.  Full Story
  • 3/13/2013
    The Third Annual "Blue Ribbon" All-SEC Awards
    The regular season is behind us and the Southeastern Conference Tournament awaits, so it’s time for the third annual Fast Break All-SEC awards. As always, we remind you that opinions expressed in this space are the opinion of the Fast Break and not necessarily the SEC or its member institutions. The official All-SEC awards were announced on Tuesday.  Full Story
  • 3/8/2013
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Jordan McRae
    If Tennessee ends up earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament, Vol fans have Jessie Fleming to thank. Were it not for the urging of Fleming, an AAU basketball coach in Hinesville, Ga., Tennessee junior guard Jordan McRae might be playing center field in the minor leagues, not shooting guard for a power conference team that, some experts believe, is a win over Missouri on Saturday away from claiming a spot in the Big Dance.   Full Story
  • 3/5/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": March 5
    He has no chance to be voted the Southeastern Conference’s coach of the year, but Mississippi State’s Rick Ray deserves to have some sort of trophy sitting on his mantle after his first year coaching a program that basically imploded after last season.  Full Story
  • 3/1/2013
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    When, after last season, Georgia coach Mark Fox made the decision to move star freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from small forward to shooting guard, he hoped the change would benefit both the player and his team.  Full Story
  • 2/26/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": February 26
    Apparently, eight Southeastern Conference teams were having so much fun last Saturday they didn’t want it to end.  Full Story
  • 2/21/2013
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Marshawn Powell
    About 14 minutes remained in Arkansas’ home game against Mississippi State on Jan. 23 when Marshawn Powell decided to liven things up a bit. After grabbing a pass from teammate Rashad Madden at half court, Powell took one hard dribble, launched his 6-foot-7, 240-pound frame into orbit just inside the free-throw line and soared over the Bulldogs’ Tyson Cunningham en route to a monstrous dunk that can best be described like this: The man’s elbow was over the rim.   Full Story


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    Chris Dortch Bio

    Chris Dortch estimates he’s covered close to 1,500 college basketball games since he was sports editor of his college student newspaper back in the late ’70s. “And it never gets old,” he says. “I always get pumped up to watch college hoops.”

    Dortch came to love basketball growing up in the basketball crazy state of Illinois, watching Missouri Valley Conference and Big Ten games every Saturday and pouring over the sports section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I think I learned how to read a box score before I learned how to read,” he says.

    In college, first at George Mason and later at East Tennessee State, he came under the influence of two coaches that gave him a behind-the-scenes look at basketball from a coaching perspective. “After that I was hooked,” he says. “I knew I wanted to cover college basketball for a living.”

    And so he did, focusing on the Southeastern Conference at four newspapers and then for Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the famed “bible” of college basketball which Dortch began editing in 1996.

    In a 30-year career, Dortch has written for numerous publications and websites, served as a college basketball correspondent for Sports Illustrated, appeared on more than 1,000 radio shows and written five books, including String Music: Inside the Rise of SEC Basketball.

    Dortch has provided commentary for CSS, Fox Sports South, NBA TV and the Big Ten Network and also taught sports writing at East Tennessee State and Tennessee-Chattanooga, where his students call him “Professor D.”