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Shaheen Holloway: Above all, a competitor

by - Published April 23, 2018 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The memories returned, intact and incredibly vivid. One over twenty years ago. The other, relatively speaking, just a dozen years removed. The thoughts were shared and were a constant reminder, so fresh years or two decades before, the day, in early April, Shaheen Holloway was introduced as new Saint Peter’s coach at Yanitelli Center.

Spring of 1994. Still a young official, experience-wise, yours truly had an AAU assignment at Bayley Ellard (now closed) High School in Madison. Arriving at the gym, I run into Tom Konchalski, the highly-respected recruiting guru. “What game do you have (to officiate)?” Tom asked. “Two o’clock,” I replied. “Good,” he said, “you get Shaheen Holloway’s game.” I was immediately hit with fear. Shaheen Holloway of St. Pat’s. A great player and I must officiate his game, am I ready?

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The Villanova essay

by - Published April 9, 2018 in Columns

A few days have passed. The celebrations and the parade are completed. The season is in the books. Villanova ascended to their second national championship in three seasons, defeating Michigan on Monday evening.

The body of work begins during the sweltering heat of Summer as individual workouts are accomplished. Fall brings the group practices under the watchful eye of the coaching staff. Games begin as does the exercise of balancing, preparation, practice and competition.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, April 6, 2018

by - Published April 6, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As much as possible, transfers in college basketball is an issue that have personally avoided while writing the Morning Dish for Hoopville.

For one, to cover them all these days is literally impossible. For another, no matter how much some try to frame it otherwise, the nagging feeling persists here that the high rate of transfers is hardly the best of this sport for anyone-including student-athletes. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

by - Published April 6, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the first postseason edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Another season is in the books, and here we look back on the season while also talking about a couple of the big off-season topics.

The NCAA Tournament was one to remember. That is often the case, but this year may have set a new standard in that respect. Our Adam Glatczak talked about this at length recently, and here we talk about this more. It says something that two No. 13 seeds winning in the first round didn’t stay on many radars for long – there were bigger stories, with UMBC becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 and Loyola-Chicago’s epic run to the Final Four.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 5, 2018

by - Published April 5, 2018 in The Morning Dish

For Villanova and Jay Wright, things were not always this good. There were some challenging times in the early going and even a little past then, times that would make it seem shocking that the Wildcats are now very much one of the elite programs in the country. They didn’t always look like a blueblood, a team that could just reload every year.

But here they are. It’s been quite a journey, one with some highlights and lowlights along the way. It’s one that has also seen Jay Wright go from a coach known mostly for his suits to a future Hall of Famer, and the program become one we can all appreciate.

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2018 NCAA Tournament Final Review: Villanova, UMBC, Big 12 among big winners

by - Published April 4, 2018 in Columns

It’s unfortunate but also plenty fair to say that the 2018 NCAA Tournament finished up with a couple games that were relative lemons. That shouldn’t obscure the fact that as a whole, an event that delivers annually did exactly that again this year.

The tourney has a way of salving over college basketball’s wounds, and it did as much yet again, making us all forget for a couple weeks about FBI scandals and the endless debate about rules changes (not that some Ronnie Rainclouds didn’t try their darndest to keep pushing their agendas on the latter). It was an enjoyable tourney-if one that slumped to the finish a little-that will be remembered for, among other things: … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, April 4, 2018

by - Published April 4, 2018 in The Morning Dish

One day after Villanova’s national championship game win over Michigan, the NCAA received a harsh reminder of the price it paid and continues to pay for TV contract decisions for its prize NCAA Tournament.

The overnight television rating for Villanova’s 79-62 win in Monday night’s title game was the lowest ever for an NCAA tourney final, scoring a 10.3 rating across broadcasts on TBS, TNT and truTV. The number was a good bit below the rating for the previous time TBS hosted the final (a 12.0 for Villanova’s buzzer-beating win over North Carolina in 2016) and well off last year’s 14.5 rating for Carolina and Gonzaga on CBS. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, April 3, 2018

by - Published April 3, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Villanova national championship teams in 1985 and 2016 were defined in part by significant Italian American characters. Should it have been any surprise when another came up huge to lead the Wildcats to a title 2018 too?

Villanova legends Rollie Massimino and Ryan Arcidiacono have now been joined by another whose name ending with an ‘o’ will go down in school history. Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo certainly wasn’t the best-known player on this year’s Wildcat team, but he was on a level of his own Monday night, and because of it Nova is national champions for the second time in three years after rolling past Michigan 79-62 to close out the 2018 NCAA Tournament. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

by - Published April 3, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the national championship edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The national champion has been decided, and another season is in the books. There is plenty to talk about coming out of Monday night’s game.

Villanova beat Michigan 79-62 in a game that didn’t even feel that close. It’s hard to believe Michigan actually led by seven about halfway through the first half, not the least because the game swung from that to a nine-point halftime lead for Villanova. Once Villanova got the lead to double digits a little into the second half, it was basically game over.

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2018-19 Top 25: A First Pass

by - Published April 2, 2018 in Columns

Let’s get something out of the way to start: coming out with a top 25 for next season right as the national championship game ends is a hopeless exercise if you’re going for accuracy. There are many things that we can only take an educated guess at right now, and that is done here. But there are always surprises, and those can go either way. One player may or may not opt to enter/stay in the NBA Draft, one coach may or may not opt to stay at his current school, and so forth. There are also plenty of high school seniors who have not chosen a school, and that will also impact this.

Even so, this can be a fun exercise. It gives a sense of which teams appear well-positioned for next season provided there are no major surprises. So with that, here’s one crack at a top 25 for next season that is far too early but interesting all the same.

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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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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

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Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we break d own the national semifinals, where one game went back and forth while the other was never really a ballgame thanks to an impressive performance for the ages by the winning team.

College Basketball Tonight – March 26, 2018

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With the Final Four all set, we look back on the regional finals and ahead to the final games of the season. We are joined along the way by veteran writer Ken Davis and Towson head coach Pat Skerry for their insights as well.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.