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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 10, 2016

by - Published December 10, 2016 in The Morning Dish

It wasn’t the best of times at the end of last season and then during the early part of the off-season for several Big Ten programs. The reasons were a little different, but Minnesota and a couple of others not only finished near the bottom of the conference, but were not exactly trending in the right direction. Naturally, coaches like Richard Pitino tried to keep a positive outlook. With the season here and about ten games old for many teams, however, there’s a lot of reason for that in Pitino’s case.

Last season, the Golden Gophers were 8-23 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten. The athletic director who hired Pitino, Norwood Teague, was long gone, and that never helps a coach even though he has a name with some cachet in college basketball. Then it got worse, from the sex tape fiasco involving Kevin Dorsey (who has since transferred) to Reggie Lynch getting arrested, though he was subsequently reinstated. Also, an audit showed that Pitino spent more than double his allowance for private jet travel since he was hired. While the private jet usage was approved by Teague, the news of it wasn’t something the program needed.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, December 9, 2016

by - Published December 9, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Middle Tennessee State carved out a place in college basketball history in March when it posted one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history by knocking out Michigan State. This year’s Blue Raiders are not the same team as last year’s group, though.

They very well might be better.

For those wondering what MTSU has been up to since last season ended with a loss to Syracuse in the second round of the NCAAs, it’s time to take notice. Middle Tennessee is now 9-1 on this season after taking advantage of the chance to host an SEC school and posting a convincing 71-48 win over Vanderbilt. Giddy Potts scored 27 points and Reggie Upshaw and JaCorey Williams also were terrific, with the trio combining for 54 points to outscore the Commodores themselves. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 8, 2016

by - Published December 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The ranks of unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I college basketball dwindled a little further last night.

Butler became the first team to drop, when Indiana State’s Brenton Scott hit a free throw with less than a second left to give the Sycamores a 72-71 victory. The Bulldogs lost for the first time in nine games, while ISU continues to work on evening the score after three close losses in the AdvoCare Invitational-and did so in this one on Larry Bird’s 60th birthday, too!

TCU soon lost too, trimming the list of teams without a loss to nine, as SMU topped the Horned Frogs 74-59 in a game closer than the final score. Former president George W. Bush and wife Laura were on hand, as was former British prime minister David Cameron, and it’s time that this rivalry of Dallas vs. Fort Worth picks up steam and becomes a big deal every year, the way it ought to be. … Continue Reading

Brown’s triple-double highlights impressive start at Miami

by - Published December 7, 2016 in Columns

Though certainly a significant catch in a sterling recruiting class, Bruce Brown did not come to Miami as the Hurricanes’s most-heralded recruit. That recognition went to forward Dewan Huell, only the fourth McDonald’s All-American in program history.

But the 6-5 guard with the effervescent and always present smile, who spent the last two seasons at Vermont Academy in Saxton’s River after starring in football and basketball for two years at Wakefield (Massachusetts) High, is wasting little time in making his presence felt.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 7, 2016

by - Published December 7, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Three distinct events, all exceptional and special in their own way, led the college basketball schedule Tuesday. They were unique, poignant, just fun, or all of the above, and it’s impossible to feature one but not the others.

On Dec. 7, though, any discussion has to start with Pearl Harbor, especially in this year marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor Invitational is one of the sport’s best new events in just its second year. Fox Sports 1 has led the charge on this one, which is played in Bloch Arena at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in a tiny-but-character-filled bandbox that looks great on TV. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation Notebook – Dec. 6, 2016

by - Published December 6, 2016 in Columns

Temple will still have ups and downs this season because of how young the Owls are. But the talent Fran Dunphy has is sure going to be fun to watch. Obi Enechionyia is playing with supreme confidence right now, a 6-foot-8 matchup nightmare who is on fire from three, and freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore are playing major minutes and are fun to watch. Josh Brown also has returned from an Achilles injury faster than many expected and provides veteran leadership. Temple’s players also are moving themselves and moving the ball more this year than in recent years. The Owls’ wins over Florida State and West Virginia were no flukes. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 6, 2016

by - Published December 6, 2016 in The Morning Dish

There was nothing like a return to comfortable surroundings against a comfortably familiar rival to get Connecticut a win that maybe can get the Huskies’ season back on track.

Desperately needing a spark in a season that early on has been defined by injuries, stunning losses and near-losses, the Huskies rallied past Syracuse for a 52-50 win Monday night. The game was played at Madison Square Garden, home to so many clashes between these two in the Big East Tournament in the past, and was the first of several big college games at the venerable arena this week.

It wasn’t Big Monday, and it was far from a work of art, but the night still reminded us just what the sport is missing when these two are not in the same conference anymore. With their games there in the past, both can make a figurative claim to MSG being their home away from home, and the atmosphere for this game made for typically great television between these two. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 4, 2016

by - Published December 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish

We’re barely into December, but already the number of unbeaten teams this college basketball season has whittled down to less than a dozen.

The day started with 14 teams without a loss, with four of them playing each other. Despite the inevitability that those games would leave us with two less undefeateds, the results in both games might be characterized as surprises: UCLA won at Kentucky 97-92, hanging the most points on a UK team in John Calipari’s coaching tenure, and Baylor ended up finishing off Xavier with unexpected ease, with a 21-2 run late the key in a 76-61 win in a game that was even for 30 minutes.
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Saturday Notes – December 3, 2016

by - Published December 4, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

While football remained top of mind for many in college sports on a day of championship games, Saturday was a much-anticipated day on the hardwood, the first of its kind this season. And it didn’t take long to live up to that hype.

In one of the first games of the day, UCLA beat Kentucky for the second straight year. As was the case last year, what to take from that game says much more about UCLA than Kentucky, and this time around, if you’re a UCLA fan you can feel pretty good, as opposed to a year ago. We’ll have more on this later.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 3, 2016

by - Published December 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Over the past four years, Jim Ferry has shown how much of a challenge it is to win at Duquesne. Here’s a guy who had a great run at LIU, winning two straight Northeast Conference titles and leaving behind a team that won a third straight under his former assistant when he first arrived in Pittsburgh. He is one of a growing number of coaches who cut his teeth in Division III and worked his way up the ladder from there.

In other words, he knows how to coach. Through four years at the school, the Dukes have gradually improved all the way to a 17-17 mark last year – their first .500 season under him. While it is the school’s sixth season with at least a .500 record since 2007-08, this recent stretch has been an anomaly. Starting in 1982-83, the program had just two such seasons over the next 23 years, winning a single-digit number of games nine times and bottoming out with a 3-24 season in 2005-06. Jim Satalin, John Carroll, Scott Edgar, Darelle Porter and Danny Nee all tried their hand at leading the program in that time, and only Carroll, who had the best winning percentage at .427, got them into a postseason tournament.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 29, 2016

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Early season tournaments are the focus in this episode, with a look at how strong a few Big East teams are out of the gate and how strong the ACC could be. Plus one SEC team had a big week outside the scope of tournaments.

Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – November 17, 2016

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In our first edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis, we look at some of the early games and the impressions we can draw, as well as what we can expect over the course of the season.

Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – August 25, 2016

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In our latest podcast, we look back at the Olympics and how far Team USA has come, then look at some news on teams on foreign trips, a couple of notable injuries, late transfers and a program that was hit hard by tragedy once again. We also look ahead to one notable early season tournament.

Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – July 8, 2016

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We look back at the recent NBA Draft on a few levels, then touch on some recent news more directly affecting the college game as well as recruiting in this all-important month for that.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 22, 2016

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The NBA Draft is almost here, and Ted joins us to focus in on it. We also touch on transfers and a big upcoming event.

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Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

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The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.