Home » The Morning Dish » Currently Reading:

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 The Morning Dish No Comments

The Big East just keeps on rolling. And while it’s a very different Big East than the one Chris Mullin knew as a player – not to mention a very different Big East than the one Syracuse was a part of just a few short years ago – one thing remains the case: the conference’s teams win a lot.

That’s not to say it’s come easily, because winning never does. It’s been far from a birthright. But like last year, Big East teams are winning at a clip few probably imagined, and Sunday continued that as they went 3-0 on the day, with another signature win among them.

It wasn’t too surprising that Villanova dominated La Salle 76-47 at home, or that Seton Hall knocked off St. Peter’s 72-46, also at home. But the highlight came as St. John’s, with Mullin now the head coach at his alma mater, beat old conference rival Syracuse 84-72. The Red Storm shot over 49 percent from the field, while Syracuse struggled to shoot, and the Red Storm out-rebounded the Orange 51-36.

The Red Storm are now 7-3 on the season, which was unthinkable before the season. Remember, this is a team with a depleted roster after they were a senior-laden team a year ago and then watched Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa, who figured to be key holdovers into the Mullin era, walk away. It gives you reason to believe that the Red Storm can be very good if they can win some recruiting battles and get more talent in the door, then gain experience.

If that happens, the Big East only gets better. The conference is already doing well this year, though.

Big East teams are now 77-20 on the season. To be sure, the conference took some dings recently – Oklahoma convincingly beat Villanova in Hawaii on Monday and DePaul lost by 22 at UALR on Saturday (though UALR is 8-0). But you balance that off with games like Marquette winning at Wisconsin (Big East teams are 9-6 against Big Ten teams now) and Xavier beating Cincinnati (3-0 against teams from The American) on Saturday. In all, the Big East is 23-13 against teams from the Power 5 conferences, a big reason why they entered last week at the top of the RPI heap.

The powerhouses and legendary coaches of the past aren’t walking through that door. Plenty of wins are, though, for the Big East, and that’s what matters.

Side Dishes

LSU may have the nation’s best freshman, but the Tigers haven’t exactly been a team on the rise with him and his talented classmates joining a few good veterans. Instead, they fell to 4-4 after a 105-98 overtime loss at Houston in which Simmons fouled out. Simmons had 13 points on 5-7 shooting along with 14 rebounds and five assists. Keith Hornsby (32 points on 10-17 shooting) and Tim Quarterman (27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists before also fouling out) led the way there, but Antonio Blakeney continued to struggle as he was 2-9 from the field. Houston improved to 6-1 behind 31 points on 10-19 shooting from Rob Gray Jr.

A team going in the other direction is Arizona. The Wildcats are younger this season, and early on the jury was out on just how good they would be. But after blowing out Missouri 88-52 to improve to 9-1, they are clearly on the upswing. Six players scored in double figures and they shot over 56 percent from the floor.

A pair of Atlantic 10 teams had tough road games on Sunday and came up short. Rhode Island had a halftime lead but lost 70-67 at Nebraska, while UMass dropped a tough 77-76 decision at FGCU. On the other hand, Saint Joseph’s headed across town to take on Big Five rival Temple and edged the Owls 66-65 in overtime to improve to 7-2.

South Dakota State continued their fine start on Sunday, improving to 9-1 by beating UC Santa Barbara 86-68.

Tonight’s Menu

Another week with a lot of teams off for final exams is upon us. A fairly light slate is on tap, but there are a few good ones among them.

  • Gonzaga host St. Martins in the only action involving a ranked team on the day.
  • St. Francis Brooklyn and Manhattan meet in a battle of local rivals who have had a tough time getting wins thus far.
  • Coastal Carolina travels to Wofford for a sneaky good matchup.
  • St. Mary’s looks to bounce back from their first loss of the season as they host Cal Poly.

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville

Advertisement


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

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.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

August 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 by

In our first off-season edition, we look back on the season that just ended, including redemption for one team and a big development for a conference that has had more questions than success on the hardwood. We also look at players coming and going, as well as big coaching news on a day where there was a lot of it.

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.