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.
Bill Frieder's Posts
It was a big thrill doing the Kentucky-Kansas game last weekend and it was only fitting the game went into overtime because no one wanted it to end. All the history and tradition is beyond belief and…Read More »
LAWRENCE, KS – Wayne Selden Jr. had a career-high 33 points as Kansas rallied late in the second half to force overtime en route to a 90-84 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night. The victory is the Jayhawks’ 35th straight at historic Allen Fieldhouse. Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with 26…Read More »
This week I want to mention some teams that have a great chance to make the Final Four and maybe haven’t been talked about as much. Hurricane Forecast Let’s start in the ACC, and go way south. There is a lot of talent near South Beach. The Hurricanes beat a…Read More »
When you do something for the first time in more than 20 years, you can get excited. Iowa, behind Jarrod Uthoff, already beat Michigan State on the road for the first time since 1993 (ending an 18-game losing streak) and the Hawkeyes seem to be poised for an incredible run this year.…Read More »
Don’t look now, but Texas A&M just might be the favorite in the SEC. The Aggies have won seven in a row and are 14-2 after a solid Tuesday win over Florida. Billy Kennedy promised everyone a bid to the NCAAs after his team had a slump down the stretch last…Read More »
Happy New Year, folks! It’s early January, and here’s one reason college basketball is so great: Alabama State won at Virginia Tech on the opening weekend of the season; two nights ago, Virginia Tech beat fourth-ranked Virginia. You just never know as conference play begins. Speaking of… One word: Wow.…Read More »
SAN FRANCISCO – Westwood One is once again your home for Pac-12 basketball in 2015-16 and to get you primed for the season, we sent our Bill Frieder to Pac-12 Media Day to talk to each and every coach in the conference. The interviews are presented in the order of the…Read More »
Another season in the books, and with that comes coaching changes and predictions for the next year, although with transfers and spring recruiting and NBA Draft entries still coming, there is still so much to be decided. Looking into the Crystal (Basket)Ball Who do I like in 2015-16? Well, one…Read More »
Congratulations to Duke on a very hard-fought win over an emotionally spent Wisconsin team in the final. I am not going to lie…the fact that Duke cruised to a win over Michigan State while Wisconsin emptied its tank against a team trying to make history took its toll. You could…Read More »
I’ll start this week’s blog with the same words as last week’s: that was fun. The Midwest Regional in Cleveland gave us one good game, one epic blowout and one that bordered on an all-time classic – and I showed up on local TV in South Bend. What will we get in…Read More »