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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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  • 1/5/2012
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Justin Hamilton
    A 7-foot snowboarder from the mountains of Utah by way of the Iowa cornfields has come to the bayou to help return LSU basketball to prominence.  Full Story
  • 1/3/2012
    SEC "Fast Break" With Chris Dortch
    The Gators produced some excellent numbers across the board in their non-conference games as their guard corps, as expected, produced abundant firepower. The only nitpick is free-throw percentage (.663). That included a 13-of-21 effort in the loss at Ohio State. But Florida also shot 95 percent in the loss at Rutgers, so the ability is there.  Full Story
  • 12/22/2011
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Kenny Boynton
    Florida guard Kenny Boynton is one of those fortunate few whose vocation is their avocation.  Full Story
  • 12/20/2011
    SEC "Fast Break" With Chris Dortch
    It’s now safe to say LSU is back on track after consecutive 20-loss seasons. The Tigers have won seven of their last eight games, including a 67-59 home-court victory over No. 10 Marquette on Dec. 19.   Full Story
  • 12/13/2011
    SEC "Fast Break" With Chris Dortch
    How hard is junior forward Tony Mitchell going to be to contain if he continues shooting so well from 3? A career .296 shooter from behind the arc, Mitchell is connecting at a solid .375 clip this season. That’s causing a dilemma for opponents, who now have to respect him from the perimeter. And if they do that, well, Mitchell can still attack the rim as well as anyone in the SEC.  Full Story
  • 6/25/2011
    Dortch: Kentucky is Proving Ground for the Next Level
    Rather than add to the millions of words that will be written in the days ahead evaluating the NBA Draft from the perspective of the teams that did the picking, Chris Dortch decided to take a different approach and evaluate the teams that provided the talent.  Full Story
  • 4/3/2011
    Dortch at the Final Four: 56 Not Magical for Kentucky
    Fifty-six. That was Kentucky’s magic number before its Final Four matchup with Connecticut.   Full Story
  • 4/1/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch: Final Four Edition
    They may be old adversaries, but Kentucky coach John Calipari and Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun have done their best to downplay their history in the run-up to Saturday’s Final Four matchup between the Wildcats and Huskies.  Full Story
  • 3/31/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Cuonzo Martin
    Monday was a busy day for Cuonzo Martin, who was hired as Tennessee’s new basketball coach and introduced to fans, boosters and the media. Though his time was at a premium, Martin was kind enough to sit down with Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook editor Chris Dortch for his weekly One-On-One series on the SEC Digital Network.  Full Story
  • 3/29/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    To all the prophets of doom who annually opine that college basketball needs to be fixed or saved from something, the Fast Break offers the perfect counterpoint: The NCAA Tournament.  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.”