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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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  • 3/27/2011
    SEC "Instant Reaction": Cuonzo Martin To UT
    What do John Calipari, Billy Donovan, Kevin Stallings, Mark Fox and Darin Horn have in common? All coach in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division. And before that, all of them coached at so-called mid-major schools.  Full Story
  • 3/24/2011
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Erving Walker
    At 5-foot-8, Florida point guard Erving Walker has been called a few things by opposing fans and been christened with a nickname or two in his day, but the one that seems to have stuck, the one he’s partial to, came from Gator backcourt mate Kenny Boynton.  Full Story
  • 3/24/2011
    SEC "Instant Reaction": The Mike Anderson Hiring
    The first step Arkansas made toward hiring Mike Anderson as its basketball coach took place on March 1, 2009, when the school honored former coach Nolan Richardson and his 1994 national championship team.  Full Story
  • 3/22/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    Lost amid the firing of Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl yesterday is the fact the Southeastern Conference has two teams left standing in the NCAA Tournament. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s as many as the Big East and Big Ten and one more than the Big 12, conferences rated ahead of the SEC.  Full Story
  • 3/17/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Vernon Macklin
    Florida coach Billy Donovan knows it as well as anyone: To make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, controlling the paint is imperative. “You’ve got to have someone you can throw the ball inside to, and you’ve got to have somebody that can beat guys off the dribble,” Donovan said. “You’ve got to attack the paint.”  Full Story
  • 3/15/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    The most important shot in Darius Miller’s season so far might have been the one he didn’t take.  Full Story
  • 3/10/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Festus Ezeli
    The legend of Festus Ezeli began in 2007, when Vanderbilt assistant coach Dan Muller came across a name on an Internet recruiting service.  Full Story
  • 3/8/2011
    The First Annual "Blue Ribbon" All-SEC Awards
    The regular season is behind us and the Southeastern Conference Tournament awaits, so it’s time for the first annual Fast Break All-SEC awards.   Full Story
  • 3/3/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Scotty Hopson
    Fans and pundits disappointed or puzzled by Tennessee’s inconsistency this season don’t have Scotty Hopson to kick around anymore. The junior has played the best basketball of his career since late December, and he’s done it by adopting an atypical mindset.   Full Story
  • 3/1/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    After Florida won consecutive national championships in 2006-07, other athletic directors around the Southeastern Conference wanted to tap into some of that magic. So it came as no surprise that two of the assistant coaches who were on Gator coach Billy Donovan’s staff from the beginning, John Pelphrey and Anthony Grant, were hired as head coaches at Arkansas and Alabama, respectively.  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.”