Home » Columns »Your Phil of Hoops » Currently Reading:

Saturday Notes – December 3, 2016

December 4, 2016 Columns, Your Phil of Hoops No Comments

While football remained top of mind for many in college sports on a day of championship games, Saturday was a much-anticipated day on the hardwood, the first of its kind this season. And it didn’t take long to live up to that hype.

In one of the first games of the day, UCLA beat Kentucky for the second straight year. As was the case last year, what to take from that game says much more about UCLA than Kentucky, and this time around, if you’re a UCLA fan you can feel pretty good, as opposed to a year ago. We’ll have more on this later.

There were a number of other big matchups on the day, along with rivalry games and the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge. We’ll see them as we look at notes from around the nation.

UCLA 97, Kentucky 92: UCLA looked better before this game than they did last season, so this win means more. It tells you this team should be considered one of the favorites in the Pac-12 if they remain healthy, and also a candidate to make a deep run in March.

West Virginia 66, Virginia 57: This figured to be a good one, and it came down to West Virginia ending the game on an 11-2 run after the teams were tied at 55.

Baylor 76, Xavier 61: With this win in a clash of titans, the Bears have their fourth high-quality win thus far, having already topped Oregon, Michigan State and Louisville. They held Xavier to 31 percent shooting and now have outscored opponents 328-227 in the second half on the season.

Gonzaga 69, Arizona 61: After a couple of tough losses to the Wildcats the past couple of seasons, the Zags get a win over them in Los Angeles in the first game of Hoophall LA.

USC 91, Brigham Young 84: In the nightcap of the doubleheader at the Staples Center, USC improved to 8-0. The Trojans looked like a bit of a question mark when they lost a couple of key players to the NBA Draft unexpectedly, but they’re looking like they should be a big factor in the Pac-12.

Wisconsin 90, Oklahoma 70: The Sooners had their first big test of the season with their first true road game, and it didn’t end well. The Sooners actually led at halftime, but it was all Wisconsin in the second half.

Providence 63, Rhode Island 60: This was the best chance in a while for the Rams to break through against their arch-rival, but Providence pulled out a seventh straight win in the series by rallying in the second half. The Rams have yet to beat the Friars under Dan Hurley.

Villanova 88, Saint Joseph’s 57: This battle of two arch rivals wasn’t close at all, but it is noteworthy for the triple-double that Josh Hart posted of 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Creighton 82, Akron 70: As the Bluejays fend off the Zips to remain undefeated, Marcus Foster continues to be reborn in Omaha. He scored over 20 points for the third time in four outings, this time 27 points on 11-19 shooting, and even had three assists without a turnover. He’s shooting over 50 percent from the floor on the season, including 46.7 percent from long range.

Michigan State 80, Oral Roberts 76: How hard-hit have the Spartans been by injuries? They were life-and-death with a 1-7 Oral Roberts team at home, this time without Miles Bridges as well.

Maryland 71, Oklahoma State 70: It was a tale of two halves for two teams that look good thus far, but just how good remains to be seen. Maryland has, however, proven adept at pulling out close games, which certainly helps, as this is their third one-point win and sixth win by six points or less.

Illinois 64, VCU 46: Illinois needed a win like this, a convincing win over a good team. The Illini let the Rams get within one early in the second half with 11 unanswered points, but the Rams ran out of gas and it was all Illini from there.

Minnesota 56, Vanderbilt 52: Like Illinois, last season didn’t end well for Minnesota and the off-season wasn’t much better. But both got nice wins on Saturday, with Jordan Murphy’s 16 points and 14 rebounds helping the Golden Gophers improve to 7-1.

Wake Forest 75, Richmond 67: Quietly, the Demon Deacons are 6-2 and got a nice win on the road here.

Ole Miss 85, Memphis 77: A monster game by Sebastian Saiz (20 points, 16 rebounds) lifts Ole Miss in a matchup of two teams that the jury is out on.

UCF 65, UMass 62: Johnny Dawkins is off to a 6-1 start with the Golden Knights, who won this on the road.

TCU 77, Arkansas State 54: Jamie Dixon just wins games, even at TCU, now 8-0 after this win. The early returns are promising in Fort Worth.

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

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 – February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 by

We touch on Player of the Year candidates, the wild ACC featuring a still-slumping Virginia team and a really hard-luck Clemson team, an SEC program where the bottom is falling out, the final weekend in the CAA and much more.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we start with coaching news in the ACC, then go to a few recent games. A surging Big East team and an amazing rally in the Big 12 lead the discussion after that.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 8, 2017

February 8, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we look at a marathon game from Tuesday night, which came just days after a wild Saturday. Then we have more on the SEC and Big 12, before one of Saturday’s big games leads us into talk about smaller conferences and television coverage.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we look at the week two national title contenders had, as well as a surprise at the top of the Big Ten and a legendary coach returning. Along the way, we also look at a couple of bigger picture items.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we look at a wild week in college basketball that was highlighted by Tuesday night. We also talk about who will likely be the top team in the polls and look ahead to the weekend, which features one last flurry of non-conference games.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

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.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.