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Saturday Notes – January 24, 2015

by - Published January 25, 2015 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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While this Saturday didn’t have quite the same top-tier matchups of a week ago, it was still an important day of action, especially in a couple of conferences where teams are tightly bunched together in the standings and played each other. The end result, for the most part is that the conference races remain quite muddled. That’s a reminder that there’s still a lot of basketball to play, and before long some of these races will probably sort themselves out.

With that, here are some thoughts on some of the day’s most noteworthy games.

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2015 Boston Winter Invitational: What to expect

by - Published January 23, 2015 in Recruiting
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The Boston Winter Invitational presented by Hoopville is on Sunday at UMass-Boston. It will consist of four prep school games, and among the participating teams are two ranked in the top ten of Next Up Recruits national post-grad program rankings and two more from Canada. There will be a little bit of local flavor early on, as the first matchup involves two teams from Massachusetts, one from close by and the other from the western part of the state but with several players from the Boston area. There will be good talent in the gym all day, and each game should be a competitive one.

Here is a look at what you can expect with all four matchups.

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2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Monday notes

by - Published January 21, 2015 in Recruiting
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The last day of the Spalding Hoophall Classic may have had only five games, but it was the big one, full of TV matchups. There was plenty of star power, and the only game not nationally televised was a great game to start the day that came right down to the final buzzer.

The first three games of the day were all close, while the fourth was close until the fourth quarter. The last one wasn’t quite as close as the final score might suggest. The constant was the talent, and although each team had star performers, most also had good support players and/or younger talents that helped out and are also worth noting and watching in the future.

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2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Sunday notes

by - Published January 19, 2015 in Recruiting
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Prep schools took center stage on Sunday at the Spalding Hoophall Classic as eight games were on tap. It was also a day where the weather became an unexpected story, as a warm-up that was widely forecast never occurred, and as such many people had some horror stories. It also affected the event, as New Hampton arrived late due to road conditions and Brewster Academy had a five-hour drive home after their win.

It was a reminder that winter weather in New England is, as a coach once put it, basketball weather: why we play the game indoors. With that, we take a look at scores, then some notes.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, January 19, 2015

by - Published January 19, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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If you have followed college basketball in recent years, it’s hard to believe that it was barely a generation ago that DePaul was a national power. The Blue Demons were once a team that were consistently in the national rankings and winning NCAA Tournament games. They produced All-Americans and NBA players.

Nowadays, DePaul is facing a constant uphill battle, especially since they joined the Big East. While the conference took off for several years when they were among a group of schools to join the conference, DePaul was not part of that. They instead mostly struggled, with a couple of high notes but mostly downers in recent times.

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2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Saturday notes

by - Published January 18, 2015 in Recruiting
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Spalding Hoophall Classic officially began on Thursday and continued on Friday. But the event really kicked into high gear on Saturday, as is always the case, as teams from out of the area got into the action. Seven games were on tap, and all featured good talent. While there were only two blowouts and another convincing win, the last game of the day was the best one, and perhaps not coincidentally, the only one to go to overtime.

With many college games being played on Saturday (over 140 in Division I alone), the college coach area was not exactly packed for most of the day. There were more later in the day than early on, and Sunday figures to be a little different with the college slate being much lighter.

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Saturday notes – January 17, 2015

by - Published January 18, 2015 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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Saturday may have been a busy day of great high school basketball at the Spalding Hoophall Classic, but it was also a busy one for college teams with over 140 games on tap with Division I schools. Included were a few highly-anticipated games, though a couple of them ended up being double-digit affairs. There weren’t a lot of surprises in the results this time around, except perhaps for some games being either closer or not as close as one might expect.

Here are notes on some of the day’s college games.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 17, 2015

by - Published January 17, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Just as SMU has become relevant in college basketball on the court, there was Friday. It’s a day that could be a turning point in the program’s history, and not in a good way, because there was a lot of bad news on the day.

Let’s start with the basics. First, sophomore forward Keith Frazier has been declared academically ineligible for the rest of the season, which by itself is a big blow to this team’s NCAA Tournament hopes. Frazier is second on the team in scoring and a key perimeter scorer alongside Nic Moore. The team will make one last appeal, but ESPN.com reported that it is highly unlikely he wins the appeal.

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A big win for Northeastern for a not-so-obvious reason

by - Published January 16, 2015 in Columns
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BOSTON – It goes without saying that Northeastern’s 91-83 win over Hofstra was a big one just from the fact that with it the Huskies knocked off a fellow contender, as well as the last team in the CAA that had not lost a conference game. But this was bigger than just that, and from it you can see this as the Huskies re-asserting themselves as conference favorites.

The game was your classic contrast of styles, so one could certainly figure that controlling tempo is paramount. The Huskies didn’t exactly do that, but they won anyway. How they did it tells you something about how this team can play, because it’s already a given that they can win grind-it-out games.

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Hofstra’s outlook still very good after missed opportunity

by - Published January 15, 2015 in Columns
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BOSTON – You can’t blame Joe Mihalich for feeling a little less than fully satisfied. There are no moral victories, especially for his team with what they have done thus far, and it’s not like this one wasn’t there for the taking. This was a game they could have won. And it’s a game which, had they won, would really set them up in a great place.

That’s not all lost, but this will go down as a missed opportunity.

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