What The Experts Are Saying:


“If you’re a fan of mid-major, low-major or any basketball leagues/programs that don’t get national media coverage, Happening Hoops is the place for you! Ethan gives great content, insight and has a strong passion for the game. Any true college basketball fan will consider Happening Hoops a go-to source to add to their favorite basketball platforms.”

– Brett Putz Chicago State Assistant Coach

“Ethan has done a great job! Not a good job, a great job with Happening Hoops. I have seen how he has grown on Twitter, and just the way that he represents the Valley, Valpo, and the do-more-with-less teams across the country. I’m proud of him, and wish him nothing but the best moving forward!”

-Mark Adams ESPN College Basketball Analyst

I think he brings a different perspective to it. I enjoy reading his stuff. I think he is good for the game.

Greg Kampe Head Coach of the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies and third longest tenured division one head coach


Ethan Hennessy is originally from Columbia Maryland, and is currently a Senior at Valparaiso University majoring in Geography and minoring in Communications. He has been a lifelong college basketball fan. In the 2009-2010 season he started going to Loyola MD games with his mother and father. Since then he has been to at least one Loyola game at Reitz Arena almost every season for the past 9 seasons. Ethan has now been to over 100 games total over his lifetime and seen over 125 of the 353 division one teams. He enjoys traveling to games at different arenas. From Milwaukee to Nashville and Peoria Illinois to the Eastern Shore of Maryland Ethan traveled to 11 states plus Washington D.C. to taking in college basketball games. He has been to all of the Indiana Big four (Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Butler), Maryland, Michigan State, Illinois, Marquette, Virginia, DePaul, Western Kentucky, Penn, UMBC, Loyola Chicago, Bowling Green, Lipscomb, George Mason, and Navy among many others. Ethan has previously written articles for Stadium Journey and the Nosebleed Seats websites, and appeared on Union Street Hoops (Podcast), March to the Arch (Podcast), The Nosebleed Seats (Podcast), and Down to the Wire Radio (Radio Show) as a guest. Ethan’s favorite teams are Loyola MD, and Valparaiso. He has been in attendance for two out of Loyola’s three postseason victories in program history. He can be found in the front row of the student section at ARC on Valpo on game days cheering on the Crusaders.

The wildly popular CIT/CBI bracketology created and run by Hennessy receives thousands of views every late February and Early March as he has become the premier national source for predicting the fields of these postseason tournaments. He had a 93% success rate with correctly placing 39 out of 42 teams in the 2019 fields. He has been referred to as “Mr. CBI” in College Basketball Circles. On the Happening Hoops Radio Show, Ethan enjoys and covers all of college basketball, but he is most knowledgeable mid majors. When he is not covering and attending college basketball games he enjoys spending time with his family.


Ethan sitting on the visiting bench at Indiana’s historic Assembly Hall after the Hoosiers 2019 NIT Quarterfinal loss to the Wichita State Shockers.


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