Bill Frieder

Bill Frieder is one of the lead analysts on Westwood One’s coverage of NCAA Basketball. After winning two straight state championships at Flint Northern High School in Flint, Michigan, Bill returned to his alma mater in 1973. Frieder became the head coach at Michigan in 1980 and led the Wolverines to a 191-87 record during his tenure (1980-1989). After winning Michigan’s first ever NIT championship in 1984, the Wolverines won 33 consecutive regular season games on the way to two straight Big Ten championships in 1985 and 1986. For that he was named Coach of the Year by both the Associated Press and Basketball Weekly.

Frieder ended his coaching career at Arizona State (1989 -1997). In 1995, he led the Sun Devils to their only Sweet 16 appearance of the last 40 years.

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Bill Frieder looks ahead to 2017

14 April 2016 Comments are off for this post.
Coaches and players are on the move! Let’s face it basketball fans, transfers are as much a part of college basketball as are incoming freshmen. Several good ones are on the move, and several players still have…
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Bill Frieder looks back on an all-time classic

07 April 2016 Comments are off for this post.
I have been around basketball for a long time, yet I wasn’t smart enough to see the national champions right in front of me for the past few weeks. I had Miami as a sleeper and Villanova took them out. Everyone loved Kansas (including me), yet Jay Wright’s crew wasn’t…
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Bill Frieder previews the Final Four

30 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
Well we are off to Houston and just like we all thought it turned out to be…wait, no Kansas? Where is Michigan State? Oregon? Are any No. 1 seeds left? Well, there’s one… All hail the Heels Let’s start with everyone’s favorite to win it all now as North Carolina…
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Bill Frieder dishes on the Sweet 16

22 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
What a weekend! The bottom line is teams 20 through 70 are all the same, it just depends on who is playing where and who is hot and who is not. Had the NCAA put St. Mary’s, San Diego State or Monmouth in the field and left out Tulsa, Vanderbilt…
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Bill Frieder on the field of 68

15 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
Well Kansas is the No. 1 overall seed, and while I do think the Jayhawks should’ve been sent to St. Louis, I don’t think anyone should worry about if Kansas and its fans will get to Des Moines. The first round could be in Auckland or Iceland and Jayhawks are…
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Bill Frieder on Kansas, Michigan State, Kentucky and more

09 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
Well, here we are; midway through Championship Week, and some teams are really hot headed into their conference tournaments. I am looking forward to being at the Conference USA Championship and then heading to New York for Selection Sunday duties to talk about everyone from Austin Peay to the ‘Zags. As…
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SoCon Championship Highlights: Chattanooga beats ETSU to advance to NCAAs

08 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
ASHEVILLE, NC – For the first time since 2009, the Mocs are going to the NCAA Tournament. Chattanooga defeated East Tennessee State 73-67 on Monday night to win the Southern Conference tournament and the league’s automatic bid to the Big Dance. Greg Pryor and Tre’ McLean led the way with…
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