Home » Columns » Currently Reading:

Morning Dish

January 1, 2003 Columns No Comments

The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 2nd, 2003

by Brian Seymour

That breath on the back of Dean Smith’s neck is The General and it may not be long before he’s caught.

Bobby Knight’s Texas Tech Red Raiders posted a 62-48 nonconference victory over Houston to highlight a very light slate of games on New Year’s Day. In fact, college football games outnumbered college basketball.

The victory was Knight’s 796 for his career and raised the No. 22 Red Raiders’ record to 9-1. Dean Smith holds the Division I record with 879 career wins, but Knight shows no sign of slowing down and is enticing some talented recruiting classes to Lubbock.

Houston didn’t help itself any, shooting just 28 percent from the field, including an anemic 7-of-32 in the first half.

Kasib Powell was the leading scorer for Texas Tech with 21 points and Pawel Storozynski added 14.

Texas Tech’s next three games seem pretty winnable — at San Diego State, at Kansas State and home against Baylor — meaning the landmark 800th win could come Jan. 20 on the road at Oklahoma before a national television audience. Think NCAA president Miles Brand will be in Norman to congratulate Knight?

Yeah, I’m not holding my breath on that either.

Side Dishes

Xavier guard out for four weeks: Senior guard Lionel Chalmers will miss at least four weeks after foot surgery to repair a fractured right foot he suffered in Tuesday’s win over Creighton. Chalmers is averaging 13.8 points and 5.1 assists for the 19th-ranked Musketeers. He had started 43 consecutive games for Xavier.

Xavier coach Thad Matta attempted to set a modern record for cliches in one statement in describing the loss of Chalmers. “This is a tough break for our team,” Matta said as reported by the Associated Press. “Lionel has been our floor general. Now other guys need to step up and fill the void until he comes back.”

WACky loss for Tulsa: The No. 24 Golden Hurricane dropped their conference opener 74-65 at Fresno State and will likely drop out of the Hoopville Top 25 when it is released on Tuesday. The Bulldogs (8-2) jumped out to a 42-23 halftime lead and hung on for the win. Tulsa fell to 7-3.

The rest of the story: Heck, there were only four other games in Division I yesterday, let’s run ’em down for you — Air Force bombed Georgia Southern 78-40; Minnesota’s prayers were answered with a 85-80 win over Oral Roberts; Murray State raced to a 76-64 win over Middle Tennessee State and Northern Arizona beat Marist 68-65. I don’t have a pun on that one.

Tonight’s Menu:

• Definitely the biggest game of 2003 so far finds No. 4 Arizona hitting the road against No. 7 Oregon, though most of the country will miss the game as it starts at midnight Eastern time. A win for the Ducks would be their 24th straight home victory and break a school record for consecutive home wins. It will be the first meeting between Top 10 teams at McArthur Court since 1975. The rest of the conference is also getting a head start on league play with three other games — UCLA at Washington, Arizona State at Oregon State and USC at Washington State.

• Duke puts its No. 1 ranking on the line and will get its final tuneup before the ACC grind against Fairfield. I doubt the Cameron Crazies will have to sweat this one out.

• The rest of the Hoopville Top 25 squeezes in varying degrees of competition before their respective conference seasons — No. 5 Connecticut hosts St. Bonaventure, No. 20 Kentucky meets Alcorn State, No. 10 Mississippi State travels to UAB; and No. 16 Kansas hosts UNC-Asheville.

• Finally, in the patriotic battle of the day (But two weeks too early! Get together on Presidents Day, guys!) George Washington travels to American University for a nonconference battle. Free cherry trees and axes to the first 1,000 kids under 16 in attendance.

Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

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

Coaching Changes

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

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!

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

April 27, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 by

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

April 3, 2018 by

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

April 2, 2018 by

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

April 1, 2018 by

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.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

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

April 11, 2017 by

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

September 12, 2016 by

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

June 28, 2016 by

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