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MVC’s best options to replace Shockers just might be already in league

by - Published April 10, 2017 in Columns

With Wichita State’s exit to the American Athletic Conference now official-finally, at long last, after repeated stoking by national media desperate for a scoop in a story where the end result was known for months-the Missouri Valley Conference faces the next step in its 111-year evolution as a conference.

Valley officials and presidents are going to face an endless stream of suggestions over the coming weeks and months, and while we wouldn’t pretend to be qualified to tell people in those places what to do-especially a commissioner as experienced and accomplished as Doug Elgin-here is one thing we do hope they can do:

Tune. It. Out.
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The Morning Dish – Friday, April 7, 2017

by - Published April 7, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Thursday brought us a reminder that the best-laid conference moves don’t always work out as expected, sometimes even before a school has made a move.

NCAA Division II member UC San Diego is one of several schools looking to begin to move to Division I, joining Cal Baptist and North Alabama as three schools with formal plans to start the transition in the next few years. UCSD’s move, though, is contingent upon the school receiving an invitation from the Big West Conference, an almost all-California based league now that includes four members of the University of California school system (UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara) plus four schools in the Cal State system (Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge plus Cal Poly), as well as Hawaii. On Thursday, though, it was reported by the San Diego Union Tribune that UCSD was denied admission to the conference as the school did not receive the seven of nine votes from conference presidents required. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 6, 2017

by - Published April 6, 2017 in The Morning Dish

That it was not unexpected did not make the news much easier to digest.

Wednesday was a sad day, for basketball, for education, and-in the words of those in the area who would know best-for New Jersey. The news came out in the afternoon that St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City would be closing at the end of this school year. (Numerous excellent stories came out about the news yesterday, such as this one here). Reports cluing in the school’s possible fate had been dropped for weeks, but the news was still a punch in the stomach for many.

While on its surface this would appear to some to have little to do with college basketball, anyone versed in the sport knows all about the school’s influence on the sport at all levels, and specifically that of Bob Hurley Sr., its longtime coach. Hurley won 28 New Jersey state championships at the school and was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame for all his success, and he’s one of the greatest coaches in the sport over the last 50 years, at any level. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, April 5, 2017

by - Published April 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The worst part about the college basketball season being over is that, well, it’s over. No more games. No more debates about rankings, or teams, or players, or conferences. The day-to-day fun is gone.

That’s bad. What pops up in its place is worse. In recent years, the absence has been filled with endless offseason news of players transferring, and schools too, and neither is remotely satisfying. The former is often the result of poaching and tampering, whether it be by schools, coaches, handlers or family members. The latter only contributes to a culture of instability around college sports, where schools and conferences now feel like they always need to be on the lookout for their next opportunity, and constant discussion of it only fans the flames. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, April 4, 2017

by - Published April 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

North Carolina was dominant at times in the 2016-17 season, maybe more so than any other team in the country. That was not the case in the NCAA Tournament, but it was still good enough for the Tar Heels to complete what they couldn’t the year before.

In a championship game that was ragged almost the whole way-though for differing reasons, especially depending on the half-Carolina outlasted Gonzaga 71-65 Monday night for its sixth national title in school history and the third under Roy Williams since his arrival in 2003-04. The Tar Heels finished what they started in the title game a year ago, when Villanova ended their season in the most heartbreaking fashion with a buzzer beater, and became the fourth school to win a national championship one year after losing in the final. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 2, 2017

by - Published April 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

North Carolina will get a chance to finish what it started last year. Gonzaga gets a shot at finishing what it started nearly 20 years ago.

You can also go with East vs. West, blueblood vs. new(er) power, behemoth public research institution vs. small Catholic school, or any other number of themes. There will be no shortage of storylines, but a matchup with two No. 1 seeds in the national championship game should provide us a thrilling conclusion to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, especially if Saturday’s Final Four semifinals are any indication. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 31, 2017

by - Published March 31, 2017 in The Morning Dish

TCU just completed a renaissance season, one where it was one of the most surprising teams in the country. It even finished that season with a championship. And as much as the focus deserves to be on its feats this year, it’s mighty hard even now to not be already thinking about what the Horned Frogs’ might be able to do next year.

After a very impressive run through the National Invitation Tournament, TCU is going to be one hot team entering next season. It took him all of one year to do it, but it can be said already: Jamie Dixon has made his alma mater into a program that’s going to be a topic of conversation very soon.

An NIT championship game that on paper appeared to be an even matchup ended up a laugher. TCU blew out Georgia Tech, with the 32-point margin in its 88-56 victory tied for the largest ever in this 80-year old tournament’s history. Only Bradley in 1964 with an 86-54 rout of New Mexico has won an NIT title game by as many points. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 30, 2017

by - Published March 30, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The break in the NCAA Tournament from the regionals to the Final Four allows plenty of room for other NCAA Division I college basketball tournaments to get some time in the sun this week. Thankfully.

While the relevance of events like the College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com Tournament can be debated, this much cannot: the tourneys are a welcome respite from the sport’s increasingly ridiculous offseason, what with its seemingly constant news of coach firings, coaches looking for their next payday before they get fired, and an endless list of transfers, most sorely mistaken in thinking an NBA career is just a transfer (or two, or three) away.

The CBI and CIT both have one final game left after last night, the former after Wyoming pushed the CBI’s unique best-of-three championship series to a third game Friday. The Cowboys ran away from Coastal Carolina in the second half to win 81-57 at home, and now they’ll have the privilege of trying to win the title at home with the deciding game also being played in Laramie. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 29, 2017

by - Published March 29, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The championship game for the 80th annual National Invitation Tournament is set, and in a postseason marked by pleasant surprises advancing deep, it’s maybe only fitting that two of the biggest surprises of the entire season will square off to settle this venerable event.

Georgia Tech was a team famously predicted by one national scribe to finish 0-18 in the ACC this season, the first year under new coach Josh Pastner. TCU, meanwhile, won 12 games a year ago and also was breaking in a new coach in alumnus Jamie Dixon. Both will meet in the NIT final after Tech defeated Cinderella Cal State Bakersfield 76-61 and the Horned Frogs rallied past Central Florida for a 68-53 victory in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 28, 2017

by - Published March 28, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With all teams done with their seasons but a select few, plus the annual hoops celebration/job fair that is the Final Four coming this weekend, the pace for coaching vacancies to get filled will pick up this week. It certainly did just that Monday.

Four more schools named and/or introduced new coaches on Monday, which in turn has left two more NCAA Division I jobs now open. Three of those hires were at schools that have been perennially tough jobs at the D-I level. And while, much like grading professional team drafts, it’s easy to give everybody an above average grade for their hires, all four schools’ fan bases have legitimate reasons to be happy with their choices. … Continue Reading

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