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Louisville shows downside when college sports is strictly business

by - Published February 9, 2016 in Columns
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For so many, Friday’s announcement by Louisville of a self-imposed postseason ban on this year’s team generated feelings of anger. Disappointment. Sadness. You name it.

At the same time, in the coldest of terms it also was business as usual, just another day in big-time college sports. College Sports Inc., as the author Murray Sperber famously called it. And if one is being consistent, in the short term there really isn’t a whole lot to be outraged about…unless that rage is directed at a college basketball program hiring strippers to entertain current players and recruit more to keep the program humming.
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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 9, 2016

by - Published February 9, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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With all of the basketball history at Villanova, it’s hard to believe the Wildcats had never been the No. 1-ranked team in the country in the 67-year history of the Associated Press poll until yesterday.

It’s not necessarily surprising the program hadn’t quite reached the top yet in the highly successful Jay Wright era, if only because it’s fresh in the memory how those years have been included repeated NCAA trips with moderate success, save for a Final Four in 2009 and an Elite Eight in 2006. The program’s history goes back far, though, even well before the famous Rollie Massimino in the 1980s. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, February 8, 2016

by - Published February 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Now in its third year of existence, the American Athletic Conference seems to be in an unenviable position. It’s too early to cast any long-term conclusion on the conference, but already the conference’s best year was its first one, and it almost appears to be on a downward trend. There’s one factor that’s not helping them this season, either.

In the conference’s first season, UConn won the national championship and Louisville had a very good team. Cincinnati and Memphis also made the NCAA Tournament. Then last season, SMU and Cincinnati made it, while Tulsa’s bubble burst and Uconn needed to win the conference tournament – held at the XL Center, where they play a few games each year – in order to make it, but lost in the final after a near-storybook run. Last year, the conference really struggled to get quality wins out of conference.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 7, 2016

by - Published February 7, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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The surprise isn’t that Oklahoma, fantastic as it has been all year, had an off day shooting on Saturday, or even that it came against one of the bottom teams in the Big 12 in Kansas State (a team that is still no slouch-witness a win over a solid Mississippi team in the Big 12/SEC Challenge just last weekend). The real surprise is that it has taken so long for the Sooners to have a loss due to cold shooting outside.

As is well known, Oklahoma is the best three-point shooting team in the country, leading far and away in three-point percentage (46.2%) and rating third in triples per game (11.3). The Sooners hit just 6 of 24 from deep on Saturday, and Buddy Hield in particular was quiet until late in the 80-69 loss. … Continue Reading

Saturday Notes – February 6, 2016

by - Published February 7, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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This college basketball season has been quite the treat, and Saturday epitomized that. For the first time in ten years, the top two teams in the AP poll lost on the same day. This just further demonstrates that there are many teams who could hoist the national championship trophy in April.

It wasn’t a great day to be a favorite, as it wasn’t just Oklahoma and North Carolina that had setbacks. A few others lost, with some suffering a potentially critical blow as regards their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes. A few conference races also got more interesting.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 6, 2016

by - Published February 6, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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As always at this time of the year, the Ivy League had a full slate on Friday night, and already another big matchup was on the books. And as also often happens, round one went to the home team, with a couple of frontcourt players leading the charge.

Yale brought an eight-game winning streak into a home date with Columbia, who had won six straight of their own. Both entered the night 4-0 in early Ivy League play, and this was expected before the season as most figured they would be two of the favorites. It was a matchup with strength against strength, with Lions guards Maodo Lo (21 points, six rebounds, seven steals) and Grant Mullins (13 points) having the best nights for them and the Bulldogs being led by Justin Sears (27 points, seven rebounds) and Brandon Sherrod (25 points, eight rebounds). More on the latter two in a moment.

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A Conversation with Ted Sarandis – February 6, 2016

by - Published February 6, 2016 in Columns
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College basketball fans, we’re happy to present to you another conversation with veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we start by looking at the news that came out on Friday with Louisville, including two players who chose to transfer there for a season and now won’t have an opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament as they had hoped. We then look back at some big games over the past week and how they go with the college basketball season, and later look ahead to some of the games on tap this weekend.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, February 5, 2016

by - Published February 5, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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For the best-kept secret among conferences in college basketball this season, look no further than the Colonial Athletic Association, which also just so happens to have the very best conference race this year.

Perhaps the game of the night Thursday was in the CAA, where UNC Wilmington visited Hofstra with sole possession of first place on the line. The game lived up to all one could’ve hoped for, coming down to the wire before Denzel Ingram hit the winning three-pointer with four seconds left to give the Seahawks a 70-67 win.

The CAA has long done a very nice job with its regional television packages, but this message goes to the national networks: this game belonged on national television. UNCW rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit and from 14 down with 11:28 to play. The Seahawks continued to chip away and took the lead late, but then had to weather a tying triple by Juan’ya Green with 20 seconds left before winning their eighth straight game.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 4, 2016

by - Published February 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Among all the oddities of this college basketball season, when all is said and done there will be few harder to explain than this: a game between Illinois and Rutgers likely will go down as one of the best and most entertaining games of the entire year.

The chances of a winning Powerball ticket a few weeks ago may have seemed more likely, but indeed, two teams not even in the top 10 of the Big Ten and separated by nearly half a country put on one of the best shows anyone will see this season. The Fighting Illini finally won 110-101 in three overtimes, eventually completing the comeback after trailing much of regulation.
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One night only: Surveying prospectives’ NCAA tourney hopes

by - Published February 3, 2016 in Columns
glatczak

We know many fans love bracketology. We do too.

We recognized it in college almost 20 years ago (gasp), when Joe Lunardi’s projections started showing up in January on a website then known as ESPNet.Sportszone.com (clearly, today’s obsession with things such as “branding” and “synergy” had yet to go to its current ridiculous lengths) and when this internet thing was still something of a novelty.

Bracketology wasn’t even a word yet, but we ate up the projections, even joining the thousands who have sent Mr. Lunardi emails with our thoughts on the field (and which he so kindly responded to then, as he has many others over the years).
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Saturday Notes – February 6, 2016

February 7, 2016 by

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It was a full day of action, one that included two top teams going down in a rarity. Also, a number of other teams suffered a loss that could be a critical blow to their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes.

Saturday Notes – January 30, 2016

January 31, 2016 by

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In the midst of conference season, a non-conference set of games took center stage. They were far from alone in the important games of the day, though, and we take a look at notes from many of those games.

Saturday Notes – January 23, 2016

January 24, 2016 by

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A number of games were pushed to another day by a storm on the east coast, but we had plenty of noteworthy games all the same on Saturday.

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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

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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.

2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

June 30, 2015 by

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We look back at more from the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, where some of the championship games were worth the price of admission.

A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

June 23, 2015 by

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The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of good championship games on Sunday to close it out, and we start our look back with a look at those games.

Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

June 4, 2015 by

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Two big programs, Mass Elite and the Boston Warriors, got together once again on a college showcase for many of their high school players. We look at some who stood out on the evening.

2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

June 3, 2015 by

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Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.

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 listening to COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT, a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, joined by former St. John's and George Washington head coach Mike Jarvis, former Fairfield head coach Terry O'Connor and many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

Here are links to the shows:

March 15, 2015 - First hour | Second hour

March 22, 2015 - First hour | Second hour

March 29, 2015 - First hour | Second hour

April 5, 2015 - First hour | Second hour | Third hour