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The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 18, 2018

by - Published March 18, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As the 2018 NCAA Tournament field starts to whittle down (we’ve eliminated 44 teams already-where does the time go?), easily the two best stories of the tournament’s first week have been identified with a pair of underdogs who are precisely what makes this event what it is.

Along with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first 16 seed to defeat a 1 seed with a fearless performance Friday against Virginia (‘UMBC’ should appear right next to the word ‘onions’ in the dictionary), we also know after Saturday that we’re guaranteed to have at least one double-digit seed remaining after this weekend. Loyola Chicago nipped Tennessee 63-62 in a second round game in Dallas, the Ramblers advancing with a second straight game-winner in the final seconds, this time as Clayton Custer’s jumper hit all parts of the rim and rolled in with :03.6 left for the winning points. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 16, 2018

by - Published March 16, 2018 in The Morning Dish

After a distinctly dull first round a year ago, when a rather small total of nine of 32 games were decided by six points or less, there wasn’t a single buzzer-beater and not a single result that could be called much of a surprise, it can be argued-quite easily, in fact-that the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament already has delivered more. And college hoops fans can be most thankful for it.

An enthralling first full day of the tourney opened with an overtime game, and the hits kept coming. There were buzzer-beaters-plural. There were single-digit seeds getting threatened all over the place, whether they be 6 seeds, 5s, 4s, 3s, even a 1. And by the end there was a preseason Final Four favorite getting thrashed by a 13 seed with exactly zero NCAA Division I Tournament wins in its history. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 15, 2018

by - Published March 15, 2018 in The Morning Dish

However one feels about Syracuse being in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, one thing has to be acknowledged: Jim Boeheim has squeezed a whole lot out of his team this year, and he and his squad sure receive credit for it.

The Orange are young, can’t shoot, have trouble scoring in general, and severely lack in depth, yet still have found a way on a number of occasions this year just when one may have wanted to count them out. They did it again Wednesday night, rallying late to defeat Arizona State 60-56 in a play-in game to move into the 64-team bracket in the tourney. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 14, 2018

by - Published March 14, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Forget about its membership in one of the better leagues in NCAA Division I college basketball-St. Bonaventure is the type of school that is almost tailor-made to become a fan favorite in the NCAA Tournament.

Being a small, relatively unknown, Franciscan Catholic school in Western New York is plenty enough to appeal to the average, underdog-loving fan of the NCAA Tournament, but the Bonnies provided all the more reason to enjoy them with their play Tuesday night. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 13, 2018

by - Published March 13, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The day after Selection Sunday reminded us once again that sometimes the sting of notable NCAA Tournament snubs can have effects that go far beyond just that year.

Middle Tennessee State was one of the two most notable teams along with USC to be left out of this year’s tournament (and wrongly so, in our opinion as written Sunday night). Coming on the heels of also being grossly underseeded last year, the results of their continued lack of respect from the selection committee could go well past a couple days, weeks or months. It could cost the Blue Raiders their coach. … Continue Reading

Bracket Impressions: Selection process with misplaced priorities in need of fix

by - Published March 12, 2018 in Columns

From once being a tournament of champions, the NCAA Tournament has come a long way.

For most of those years since first expanding to take in more than one team per conference in 1975, it has been nothing but positive, growth and good for what became as great of a sporting event as there is in this country. That has not been the case the last few years.

If the NCAA Tournament selection committee continues on the path it has been treading down, an event that long ago was for only champions may soon became a tournament of mediocrity. It’s becoming ever more clear every year that the selection process for this event, if not actually broken, has some misfiring spark plugs and is leaking a bit of oil, and it needs a mechanic. … Continue Reading

Selection Sunday morning 2018: One projection of the NCAA tourney field

by - Published March 11, 2018 in Columns

My, how things change in a couple days.

As recently as probably Thursday, maybe even Friday morning, the prevailing banter from bracket projectors on social media and elsewhere was about how unpredictable and wide open the final selections for this year’s NCAA Tournament were.

Yet as we sit on the morning of Selection Sunday 2018, the number of open spots in the field is actually quite small. We estimate only 6-7 spots available at absolute most, depending on the result of the Atlantic 10 final today where Davidson could send Rhode Island into the at-large pool and therefore steal one of those bids away. … Continue Reading

Storylines we’re watching for on Selection Sunday

by - Published March 9, 2018 in Columns

With a process as deliberately open-ended and always changing as NCAA Tournament selection is, finding perfect themes in selection is a fruitless endeavor.

Selection committee membership changes at least slightly from year to year, and with it their points of emphasis do, too. It’s one of the things that makes bracketology and guessing who the committee will pick so maddening, but also so much fun, if we’re being honest.

It will be impossible to draw a straight line through committee reasoning through every selection, that much is certain from past experience. That doesn’t mean there aren’t certain things we’ll be watching among seeding and especially selection as the field is unveiled Sunday. Among them: … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 9, 2018

by - Published March 9, 2018 in The Morning Dish

If ever there was a tournament where seeds could’ve been eliminated and teams just draw opponents out of a hat, it might be this year’s Southeastern Conference tourney.

The event that is strangely taking place in St. Louis (we know why; it still makes no sense to us) hosts a league where teams have regularly surged up and then slid back all year. Spots 4-through-12 in the final standings were separated by three games, and Thursday’s second round play reflected the closeness throughout. … Continue Reading

Loss in Summit final shouldn’t obscure terrific season for South Dakota

by - Published March 7, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

At a time of year when talk of quality wins and quadrants and power rankings can be almost overbearing, sometimes it’s worth taking a step back and acknowledging that teams can and do have outstanding years, even if they may not make the NCAA Tournament.

Before this season, if anyone had said the South Dakota Coyotes-a nickname that cool deserves to be attached to the school name at every chance-would win 26 games, any Coyotes fan would’ve taken that in a heartbeat. In fact, if any observer of the sport at large would’ve been told USD would win 26 games, give TCU and UCLA a run on their home courts and even play respectably at Duke, they would’ve figured it was one of the stories of the year outside the sport’s main spotlight, a still-young NCAA Division I program continuing a dramatic rise the past couple years. … Continue Reading

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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.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 17, 2018

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College Basketball Tonight – March 11, 2018

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

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