Mark Armstrong: The Brain Trust podcast

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Welcome to The Brain Trust! Each week, ABC11 Sports Director Mark Armstrong talks with guest hosts about basketball in the ACC and beyond.

Episode 7: (2/25/16) The Brain Trust panel is whittled to 3 as Nolan Smith has taken a coaching job at Duke. That's okay - we didn't need him anyway (sulks). Mark Armstrong breaks down the UNC win over State with Justin Watts and Chris Corchiani. What did Justin think of the Roy retirement kerfuffle over the weekend? Do Chris and Justin consider themselves lucky that they played before the mass invasion of social media... and more!

Episode 6: (2/18/16) Another rivalry game and another Duke win. The Brain Trust crew breaks down what went so right for Duke and what has gone so horribly wrong for UNC lately. No timeouts for 35 minutes.

Episode 5: (02/10/2016) What has gone suddenly wrong with the Tar Heels? What is now right with Duke, and who's got the inside track to replace Coach K? Plus - what should be the goal for the rest of State's season and Super Bowl/Cam Newton chatter.

Episode 4: (01/28/2016) A shorthanded Brain Trust this week as Chris Corchiani was unable to make it. Nolan Smith discusses Duke's continuing struggles and how much difference Amile Jefferson can possibly make. Justin Watts on the Heels continuing success and we learn that Nolan will soon make a trip to the Dean Dome to cheer on Carolina (sort of)... it's true!

Episode 3: (01/20/2016) Mark and the Brain Trust team break down Duke's recent struggles. Nolan Smith has insight from practice, how Coach K will handle the losing skid and why the bench remains benched. Plus - Chris Corchiani's Pack gets its first win in impressive fashion at Pitt. He says State has an edge over Duke in one key area ahead of Saturday. Justin Watts has it in cruise control as the Heels are playing at a high level. Hear why he thinks guys like Joel Berry, Nate Britt and Isaiah Hicks are helping to power the top team in the ACC.

Episode 2 (01/13/2016): On this week's Brain Trust: Chris Corchiani on what's ailing the Wolfpack. Corch also offers Justin Watts a bet ahead of Saturday's rivalry game in Chapel Hill. Justin shares which Tar Heel from the '09 title team was most obsessed with his media coverage. You may be surprised! Plus Nolan Smith is fresh out of surgery discussing the Devils toughie at Clemson and we all reminisce about the NC Pro Am.

Episode 1 (01/06/2016): It's a new season and a new crew on The Brain Trust! In episode 1 - ABC11 Sports Director Mark Armstrong is joined by Nolan Smith of Duke, Justin Watts of UNC and Chris Corchiani of NC State to discuss their team's performances so far and what can be expected looking ahead. Plus - who are the most entertaining players in the Triangle and nationally?

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