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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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  • 3/20/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" With Chris Dortch
    Here’s the deal on Kentucky as it prepares for a rematch with Indiana in an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game in Atlanta: If Marquis Teague is capable of scoring 24 points, as he did in the Wildcats’ third-round victory over Iowa State, this team is going to be extremely difficult to derail on its way to the national championship.  Full Story
  • 3/16/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" with Chris Dortch
    Kentucky's win over Western Kentucky was so thorough that it's difficult to parse it for subtext, but here are two good signs that bode well for the Wildcats going forward.  Full Story
  • 3/13/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" With Chris Dortch
    While Vanderbilt players were celebrating their win over Kentucky in the SEC tournament finals in New Orleans on Sunday, coach Kevin Stallings made his way to the Commodores’ bench and draped a towel over his face. The improbable run to Vandy’s first SEC championship since 1951 had been enough to crack the veneer of his trademark Midwestern stoicism.   Full Story
  • 3/6/2012
    The Second Annual "Blue Ribbon" All-SEC Awards
    The regular season is behind us and the Southeastern Conference tournament awaits, so it’s time for the second annual Fast Break All-SEC awards.   Full Story
  • 3/2/2012
    One on One with Chris Dortch: ESPN’s Joe Lunardi
    This week Chris Dortch speaks with ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi to get his take on the Southeastern Conference’s prospects for the NCAA Tournament. Dortch caught up with Joe after one of his daily bracketology update sessions.  Full Story
  • 2/28/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" with Chris Dortch
    Questions abound as the Southeastern Conference basketball season winds down to its final week.  Full Story
  • 2/24/2012
    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?  Full Story
  • 2/21/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" with Chris Dortch
    After Vanderbilt's homecourt loss to Kentucky on Feb. 11, Commodore coach Kevin Stallings told his two star players, John Jenkins and Jeffrey Taylor, they needed to take ownership of crunch time.  Full Story
  • 2/16/2012
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Skylar McBee
    It’s a good 40 minutes after the final buzzer sounded to end Tennessee’s 77-58 win over Arkansas on Wednesday night, and Volunteer guard Skylar McBee, who could be the hottest shooter in the Southeastern Conference, is still signing autographs.  Full Story
  • 2/14/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" with Chris Dortch
    Alabama coach Anthony Grant was asked at his press conference on Monday whether it was difficult to suspend three key players - JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele - before a game at LSU on Saturday.  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.”