Home » The Morning Dish » Currently Reading:

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017 The Morning Dish No Comments

For a day that looked like an uneventful one when surveying the schedule of games for the night, Tuesday was anything but a dull one in college basketball.

A career ended early, a coaching veteran returning, a coaching tiff in the always-entertaining Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and an en fuego shooting explosion were all part of the fun on a day that included just 24 games total, and not a single one matching top 25 teams against each other. Among the happenings:

Creighton guard Maurice Watson got bad news about his knee injury from Monday’s game against Xavier, finding out he has a torn ACL in his left knee. Watson will miss the rest of the season, an unfortunate break for any senior, to say nothing of one who was one of the top players in the country. Watson leads NCAA Division I in assists, and his loss will almost certainly hurt the Bluejays. Here’s hoping the young man does not let this injury define him and goes on to big things after his college playing career, whether it be in basketball or not.

-On the other hand, Austin Peay received some great news as it was announced that head coach Dave Loos is returning to the bench this week after a four-game absence while he was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Loos, in his 27th year as coach of the Governors, had been coaching this year while fighting cancer, a herculean devotion to his work, and especially for someone at 69 years of age. He finally took some much-deserved time off for some rest a couple weeks ago but will return for APSU’s OVC game against Morehead State Thursday.

-The end of Kentucky’s competitive 88-81 win over Mississippi State had a brief altercation with some jawing but little else before celebrity TV referee Ted Valentine stepped in and restored order in typically theatrical fashion. That was nothing, though, compared to the end of the MAAC game between Rider and Siena, which included a scuffle late that ended up with Rider coach Kevin Baggett and Siena head man Jimmy Patsos jawing at each other and having to be restrained near the end of the Saints’ 78-68 win. When the game concluded, the Broncs left the floor without shaking hands, leading to the memorable video of Patsos using it as a chance to practice his handshake technique anyway. The MAAC continues to have the most colorful and interesting group of coaches in the country in any single D-I conference, and it’s not even a close competition. Also not to be lost from this game: Siena now has won four straight, and senior Lavon Long had a monster game with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

-The night also had one of the most electric offensive performances of the season in Central Florida’s 86-64 roll past South Florida, and it didn’t come from Tacko Fall. UCF senior guard Matt Williams-one of the nation’s leaders in three-pointers made-outdid himself, scoring 38 points and hitting 11 three-pointers (in 21 attempts) to set new Knights and American Athletic Conference records for threes. UCF rolled even with Fall playing a supporting role (10 points, eight rebounds in just 18 minutes), and the Knights continue to be a team that must be taken seriously. We’re still waiting for the NCAA selection committee to let us know they’re going to evaluate UCF differently in games it had B.J. Taylor (who had eight assists against USF) than in those he missed, which included losses to Penn and George Washington in December.

Side Dishes:

  • Mississippi senior guard Rasheed Brooks was taken to a hospital after collapsing in the second half of the Rebels’ eventual 80-69 win over Tennessee last night. Brooks was reported to have had a seizure but was in stable condition and undergoing more testing last night.
  • Wisconsin needed a late rally to upend Michigan 68-64 in an as expected slow paced game in Madison. Also in the Big Ten, Purdue romped over Illinois 91-68.
  • North Carolina State won a three-point shooting contest with Pittsburgh, claiming a 79-74 win at home in a game that featured a combined 23 three-pointers made and where seemingly every shot in the last 10 minutes was a triple attempt. Maverick Rowan was the most proficient bomber with 21 points including six threes, while Omer Yurtseven had 16 rebounds.
  • Arkansas is a very quiet 14-4 after a 62-60 win at Texas A&M, which lost despite wearing some awesome Shelby Metcalf era throwback uniforms.
  • Akron won a showdown in the MAC, handling shorthanded Ohio University 83-68. The Zips shot an impressive 55.4% and were led by Kwan Cheatham with 17 points and 13 boards, one of four starters to score in double figures.
  • New Mexico entered its game at Boise State in a position where a win would’ve tied the Lobos for the most wins in the Mountain West, while a loss would’ve tied them for the most losses in the league. That may sum up Craig Neal’s team and the MWC this year in a nutshell. UNM led by 18 at halftime, weathered a Broncos run and went on to an 81-70 win.
  • More games in the MAAC included Iona winning the latest installment of its rivalry with Manhattan, 82-67, while St. Peter’s won at Fairfield 69-55 to move into second in the conference, half a game behind Monmouth.

Tonight’s Menu:

  • After no top 25 matchups Tuesday we get two right away on Wednesday. The first isin the SEC, with Florida at South Carolina, and just half an hour later a top-15 clash starts when Notre Dame visits Florida State.
  • Struggling Indiana faces up-and-down Penn State (7 p.m. Eastern, Big Ten Network). Also in the Big Ten, Ohio State is at Nebraska in a game where both teams need to keep stacking victories (9 p.m., Big Ten Network).
  • It’s incredible to think about, but with TCU squeezing into some national rankings this week, the Horned Frogs’ game at Texas Tech is suddenly a big one with national ramifications.
  • Overachieving Georgia Tech looks to frustrate another ACC foe when it travels to Virginia Tech.
  • We’ve still got a lot to learn about Kansas State, but the Wildcats can make a case for their legitimacy as an NCAA Tournament contender if they can win games like a road trip at Oklahoma State (9 p.m., ESPNU).
  • After slaying Wichita State, Illinois State now has a very tricky road game, albeit one not very far away, as it takes on bitter rival Bradley in the I-74 rivalry game (9 p.m., CBSSN).
  • Speaking of teams in bad, bad need of a win, Colorado makes the Washington swing this week in the Pac-12, starting with the Huskies tonight (11 p.m., ESPNU). It could easily be argued the Buffaloes need both if they want to make postseason plans.

Have a terrific Wednesday.

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 – 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.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2017

April 4, 2017 by

We look back at Monday’s national championship game, which was not a thing of beauty but had plenty of drama. Along the way we share some post-game quotes from both coaches.

College Basketball Tonight – April 2, 2017

April 3, 2017 by

In our Final Four special edition, three head coaches join us to offer their insights on the Final Four, as well as their own programs.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

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.

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