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One last appreciation for college basketball’s senior class

by - Published April 25, 2016 in Columns
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The 2015-16 college basketball season is in the books. There were many memorable moments, including right at the end, and things that help this season stand out from others. Perhaps the biggest one of all is something that was driven home often this season: seniors mean a great deal to college teams.

For years now, so much energy has been spent on the freshmen in college basketball, especially if there was a ballyhooed recruiting class. Since the NBA’s age minimum rule came into effect, much has been said of how the college game gets great talents for a year, talent it wasn’t getting for about a decade before the rule came. “One and done” has become part of the lexicon of college basketball because of players who come to college for a year and then turn pro.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – April 20, 2016

by - Published April 20, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. As the off-season continues, the NBA Draft and coaching changes continue to take center stage, albeit with a twist in recent days.

We start with Ted talking about his trip to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a long-running event for college seniors as a precursor to the NBA Draft. In recent years, many have turned down invitations for one reason or another, often feeling that they would do better just working out for teams, but with seniors being a big part of the college basketball season this year, this edition of the PIT hauled in a very good group that could see a half dozen players get drafted.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – April 14, 2016

by - Published April 14, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. The off-season is well underway, but as usual, there is plenty to talk about in college basketball.

We start by looking back once more at the thriller of a championship game, and a few facets of it. We continue with how Villanova won despite not having the kind of talent most national champions have had and what it could mean going forward, as well as what it tells us about the job Jay Wright has done by prioritizing fit over talent level.

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A game-changing national championship

by - Published April 5, 2016 in Columns
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When Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the national championship game, it made Villanova the champions of college basketball. It gave the school their second national title, with the first one coming 31 years earlier. It was the end of an epic game, one that you don’t feel calling an “instant classic” does full justice to.

And it did much more than anyone might appreciate at the moment it happened. It is potentially a game-changer, and this isn’t about the perception of head coach Jay Wright, much as that will change.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – April 5, 2016

by - Published April 5, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. We had a thriller of a national championship game, and talked about it minutes after it ended.

We look back at the thriller of a championship game, and a few facets of it. Villanova wins their second national championship with a buzzer-beater seconds after North Carolina had tied it with a miracle shot of their own. Before that, the Wildcats built a 10-point lead at one point, sparked in part by a key finish to the first half. Villanova ended the first half with a big play on several occasions during the past month, but perhaps none bigger than this.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, April 4, 2016

by - Published April 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Back in the fall, 351 teams lined up with hopes of playing on Monday night. Well over 5,000 games and many more practices later, the end is near. Two teams remain, and their play over the past three weekends makes them deserving participants.

North Carolina and Villanova are not surprises getting this far. The Tar Heels were the preseason No. 1 of a lot of people, while most had Villanova as a top 10 team. The Wildcats’ appearance might be a mild surprise, but that they have reached this point should shock no one, not even those who could only talk about how the Wildcats had not gotten past the first weekend for several years.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, April 2, 2016

by - Published April 2, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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With four postseason tournaments besides the one most pay attention to, it can be easy to get lost in the mix. The NIT doesn’t really have that problem since it has a rich history that continues today, but amidst the NCAA Tournament, the early entrants to the NBA Draft and the coaching carousel, it can be easy to not notice the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and Vegas 16. But each retains something unique to it all the same.

The CBI was the first of those tournaments to come up, and where it especially stands out is what happens to determine the championship. It uses a best-of-three format, with the first game at one school’s home court and the second game at the other school’s home court. If the teams each win a game, a third game is held at the same site as the second game. The ninth iteration of the event completed on Friday, and only twice has the championship series not gone to a third game.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 30, 2016

by - Published April 1, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. The Final Four is in front of us, which means there are games left, but also other activity going on.

In this edition, we first talk the coaching carousel, including the interesting moves made in the West Coast Conference thus far and what it means for the current state of the conference. We move into transfers, with news that the transfer wire is already over 250 players long and sure to expand, headed by graduate transfers. There are a few graduate transfers who will be of special interest, and we touch on them briefly.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 28, 2016

by - Published March 28, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Sometimes, an unexpected team catches fire during the NCAA Tournament and makes an unlikely run. We’re not talking about a team that’s normally outside the limelight like a mid-major conference champion; rather, a team that barely made it and had a rather undistinguished season. And sometimes, that run includes an unexpected win along the way, including the fashion in which it happens.

Sometimes, there’s simply no explaining easily something that happens in sports. Syracuse reaching the Final Four this season, which they did after a 68-62 win over Virginia on Sunday, fits that description.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – March 28, 2016

by - Published March 28, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. The Final Four is all set, and with some real drama on Sunday night that is featured here.

In this edition, we first talk about Syracuse’s amazing comeback to be one of the most unlikely Final Four teams ever. We also talk about the only No. 1 seed to make it, and the team that looks like the favorite entering the Final Four in North Carolina, and give props to Mike Brey and his staff on the season they had and what they have done to make Notre Dame a consistently good program.

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The wait is over for Stony Brook

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Stony Brook is finally going to the NCAA Tournament, and the story of tragic endings – and all that goes with it – is a thing of the past.

Saturday Notes – February 27, 2016

February 28, 2016 by

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The last Saturday of exclusively regular season play seemed to follow the script of many others. We look at notes from many of the day’s games of consequence.

Saturday Notes – February 20, 2016

February 21, 2016 by

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On a day with a lot of games that had NCAA Tournament implications, it seemed like more bubble teams lost games they couldn’t afford to than won to advance their candidacy further.

Hoopville Archives

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.

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.

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

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Recruiting Coverage

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

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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.

2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

June 30, 2015 by

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We look back at more from the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, where some of the championship games were worth the price of admission.

A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

June 23, 2015 by

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The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of good championship games on Sunday to close it out, and we start our look back with a look at those games.

Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

June 4, 2015 by

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Two big programs, Mass Elite and the Boston Warriors, got together once again on a college showcase for many of their high school players. We look at some who stood out on the evening.

2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

June 3, 2015 by

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Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.