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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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  • 2/24/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Chandler Parsons
    Chandler Parsons’ Florida teammates are killing him this season. First there was Vernon Macklin’s inadvertent towel shot to the nether regions in an ESPN-televised game at Georgia. Contact occurred just after Parsons had knocked down a huge three-pointer, and seconds later the big man fell to the court like he’d been tased.  Full Story
  • 2/22/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    Here’s a little factoid the Fast Break found hard to believe: When Kentucky junior Darius Miller scored 22 points in the Wildcats’ 90-59 dispatching of South Carolina last Saturday, it marked only the second time in his career he had reached that barrier (Miller got 20 against Wake Forest in the 2010 NCAA Tournament). Compare that output with Kentucky guard Brandon Knight, who’s already scored 20 or more 11 times, setting a school record for freshmen.  Full Story
  • 2/17/2011
    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 “Joey Brackets” as he was headed to Indianapolis to take part in the NCAA’s mock bracket exercise for the media.  Full Story
  • 2/15/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    If the season ended today, Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins would be the player of the year in the Southeastern Conference.  Full Story
  • 2/10/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Bruce Ellington
    As a freshman point guard, South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington has taken the Southeastern Conference by storm, drawn favorable comparisons to great players that came before him and become the primary focus of opposing teams’ defensive game plans. Yet still the question persists: When are you going to play football?  Full Story
  • 2/8/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    All the television networks that air Tennessee basketball games will have to find new graphics packages to fill airtime. The well-worn Bruce Pearl suspension timeline can officially be put to rest.  Full Story
  • 2/3/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Josh Wallace
    College basketball is great because of players like Auburn guard Josh Wallace. For every five-star, blue-chip recruit in the game today, there are 100 players like Wallace: talented but overlooked by power conference schools, maybe a step slow or a tad too short, destined to play at a mid-major school or lower … unless they have the guts or the confidence to defy conventional wisdom and put their talent to the test in unconventional fashion.  Full Story
  • 2/1/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    This one falls under the category of no good deed goes unpunished.  Full Story
  • 1/27/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Senario Hillman
    The Internet is littered with videos of Alabama guard Senario Hillman’s dunks. Google “Senario Hillman dunks like a man,” or “Hillman posterizes an Auburn defender,” or “Hillman makes ESPN POD,” and gaze in wonder at gravity-defying feats a man who stands just 6-foot-1 just shouldn’t be able to do.   Full Story
  • 1/25/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    Through two and a half seasons of his career at Vanderbilt, junior forward Lance Goulbourne had never come up with a double-double. After last week, he’s got two on his resume.  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.”