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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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  • 1/20/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: ESPN's Jimmy Dykes
    One day about 15 years ago, Jimmy Dykes sat in the office of an ESPN executive trying to explain why he could become the next Dick Vitale. The conversation was brief.  Full Story
  • 1/18/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    SEC coaches thought they had seen the last of former South Carolina blur Devan Downey when his eligibility expired after last season. Little did they know the impact his replacement, freshman Bruce Ellington, would have.  Full Story
  • 1/13/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: ARK's Delvon Johnson
    Throughout his basketball career, Arkansas forward Delvon Johnson had been a supporting character, a contributor of modest statistics, nearly invisible to all but his coaches and teammates.  Full Story
  • 1/11/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    For three seasons, South Carolina coach Darrin Horn has tried everything he can think of to stress to senior center Sam Muldrow the importance of consistency and never taking so much as one play off.  Full Story
  • 1/6/2011
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: UM's Chris Warren
    At the Southeastern Conference basketball media day last October, Ole Miss guard Chris Warren was asked to name the toughest on-ball defenders he had faced in the league.  Full Story
  • 1/4/2011
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    With Southeastern Conference games just a few days away, this week the Fast Break will take a look at all 12 teams, assessing how they’ve fared after two months of non-conference games and how they stack up for the next two months.  Full Story
  • 12/30/2010
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: UGA's Gerald Robinson
    Most college basketball coaches would sooner drink an antifreeze cocktail than overhype a recruit, so when Georgia's Mark Fox bragged about a then-little known transfer last season, people took notice.   Full Story
  • 12/29/2010
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    During the summer, Calipari told Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook he would perform “two back flips” if heralded freshman Doron Lamb, then known more as a slasher/mid-range offensive player, were to shoot 35 percent from the three-point line for the season.  Full Story
  • 12/23/2010
    One-On-One Josh Harrellson
    Kentucky forward Josh Harrellson wasn’t feeling the love from coach John Calipari after grabbing 26 rebounds in the Wildcats’ Blue-White scrimmage in late October, prompting him to voice his disappointment in a typically modern way.  Full Story
  • 12/21/2010
    SEC Fast Break With Chris Dortch
    The biggest news in Southeastern Conference basketball last week came off the court, with the announcement of an expanded Big East/SEC Challenge.  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.”