Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In it, Ted and I touch on a number of topics as the regular season is about to come to an end in many conferences.
We start by touching on a big win for Xavier, including how Edmond Sumner appears to be a difference-maker for the Musketeers, as well as Villanova’s past NCAA Tournament struggles. We go on to talk about another big win, this time for Miami, and then stay in the ACC to talk about Duke’s Grayson Allen.
Next, we continue on officiating-related matters with new developments coming out of Oregon State’s last-second win over Washington, which Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar contacted the Pac-12 office about. The non-call before the game-winning shot seems to have obscured the main point Romar wanted to talk about, which is that the clock did not appear to start as soon as Stephen Thompson Jr. touched the ball – although in watching it live as I did, and seeing replays available on television, it did not appear that enough time came off to change the outcome. We stay in the Pac-12 to touch on court storming in light of Arizona head coach Sean Miller’s comments on the subject earlier this week.
Finally, we touch on the big bubble, including a surprise team there, and the bubble team that has been most talked about, LSU. As an aside, one wonders if Johnny Jones is getting some heat for how much this team has underachieved, even if you believe, as I do, that the expectations for this team were perhaps a bit inflated. Also, we touch on upcoming conference tournaments, including in the Atlantic Sun, where Al Skinner’s efforts bore fruit by the end of his first season at Kennesaw State. We’ll be in touch with Al for a story very soon to expand on this.
Also, you can access past conversations at the links below: