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Go coast to coast with our roundup of the nation’s top stories.

  1. Connecticut will try to convince NCAA officials that self-imposed sanctions are punishment enough for recruiting violations, writes the Associated Press’ Pat Eaton-Robb. The Huskies will have one fewer scholarships this season and next season, and fewer assistants will place calls to recruits.
  2. Baylor’s top returning Bear, LaceDarius Dunn, can practice but not play during an investigation into allegations that he broke his girlfriend’s jaw, writes the Associated Press’ Schuyler Dixon.
  3. Mississippi is ditching its Confederate-conjuring Colonel Reb in favor of a true rebel…a black bear, the Associated press reports.
  4. The 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational will expand to 12 teams and feature an utterly confusing format that includes several games not actually in the tropics. But the teams that will play in Maui form a formidable group: Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee and UCLA — in addition to host Chaminade.
  5. UCLA celebrates what would have been John Wooden’s 100th birthday, writes Peter Yoon for ESPN Los Angeles. The iconic Bruins coach died June 4.
  6. With two gigantic video screens, new locker rooms, club seating, more bathrooms, more vendors and wider concourses, New Mexico’s Pit will be even more welcoming for Lobo fans, but probably not for opponents, writes the Associated Press’ Tim Korte.
We’ll use this section to recap the top results and most fascinating games during the season. So we’ve got nothing for you now



Phil Kasiecki covers the New England recruiting trail like no one else does, and he rounds up a busy start to the fall. In addition to recounting some of the top teams and players that are attracting the interest of Division I squads, Phil shares his craziest trip, which featured some unexpected quality time with the Housatonic River. Midnight Madness arrives tonight! And we’re not talking about a Michael J. Fox Disney movie either. No, we’re amped up for the first official practice of the 2010-11 season, an annual rite of fall that surpasses the vernal equinox and Halloween for college basketball fanatics.

The defending champs, Duke, headline ESPNU’s coverage.

Northwestern somehow convinced Snoop Dogg and Kid Cudi to show up for the Wildcats’ midnight madness.

Memphis will woo Adonis Thomas with some Yo Gotti-style madness.

The Hoyas attracted local Washington hip-hop artist Wale — and will thump their chests in the general direction of College Park.


Yes, this news format is different from how we’ve handled news in the past. But we recognize that you don’t come to Hoopville because we have breaking news. You come to us because we’re cool and awesome — and we’d like to think our analysis is on par with any major sports outlet’s experts.

In short, covering the latest news isn’t the primary mission of Hoopville. However, we want to give you a quick rundown of some of the top stories and point you in the right direction if you want more about that story. Same deal with game results.

Hoopville’s sweet spot is covering the recruiting trail and digesting the trends that emerge each season. We’d like to engage our readers as much as possible by offering insights that educate you, make you think and hopefully  inspire you to comment on our work — because you agree with our analysis or think we’re totally off base.

We welcome your feedback on this new format.

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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 – May 30, 2018

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The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

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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

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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.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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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

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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.