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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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  • 1/15/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": January 15
    Last Saturday was a good time to be a Southeastern Conference basketball coach named Kennedy. First, behind Elston Turner’s 40-point performance, Texas A&M handed Kentucky its first league loss at home in coach John Calipari’s four seasons. The win was a validation of second-year coach Billy Kennedy’s move to a faster-paced offense, installed after the Aggies moved from the Big 12.  Full Story
  • 1/10/2013
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: MU's Phil Pressey
    The most imaginative passer in college basketball used to be a ball hog. That revelation comes from Missouri point guard Phil Pressey himself, who laughs at the recollection of some of his earliest experiences in organized basketball, when he was in sixth grade.  Full Story
  • 1/8/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": January 8
    Southeastern Conference basketball took its lumps during the first two months of the season from a variety of sources both expected (Indiana, Michigan, Syracuse, Louisville) and some unexpected. This downturn can be traced to a number of reasons but is best just written off as a cyclical occurrence that affects all power conferences at one time or another, the result of recruiting trends, early NBA defections, and, sometimes, just plain bad luck.   Full Story
  • 12/6/2012
    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?  Full Story
  • 11/8/2012
    November Schedule 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.  Full Story
  • 4/3/2012
    Instant Reaction: Kentucky Claims National Title
    About a month ago, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari asked a question of his team.  Full Story
  • 3/31/2012
    Instant Reaction: Kentucky Beats Louisville
    Conventional wisdom before Kentucky and Louisville squared off in the Final Four on Saturday suggested that if the Cardinals were their usual dominant selves on the offensive glass and if the Wildcats shot poorly from 3-point range, Louisville might be able to pull off an upset. So much for conventional wisdom.   Full Story
  • 3/30/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" with Chris Dortch
    He’s already racked up enough national player- and freshman-of-the-year awards to fill a Winnebago, so there’s only one thing left for Kentucky’s Anthony Davis to get done before he heads off to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.  Full Story
  • 3/27/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" with Chris Dortch
    Get news and analysis from around the SEC in the latest SEC "Fast Break" with Chris Dortch.  Full Story
  • 3/23/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" with Chris Dortch
    On a night when its other big guns were a combined 8 of 32 from the field, Florida found a way to battle past Marquette and into the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight for the second straight year.  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.”