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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 12, 2016

by - Published November 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish

And we’re off and running on the 2016-17 season. The first official game of the season, with a noon Eastern tip, was Middle Tennessee’s 102-64 win over Milligan. Everything followed from there, peaking with the early evening games on two fronts.

Opening night tends to be a good mix of lopsided matchups and really good ones. We saw plenty of both, and we’ll focus more on the dandies after noting some surprises and close calls.

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The Most Important Players in America in 2016-17

by - Published November 11, 2016 in Columns

There’s every reason to expect that freshmen will dominate the college basketball landscape in 2016-17. The incoming group of freshmen may be the best we have seen in several years, and after a relatively lackluster group a year ago, it will shine by comparison. Even as that is the case, veterans still matter in college basketball, and that will be the case this season even for teams that are stacked with talented freshmen.

In that vein, we give you Isaiah Briscoe, the most important player in America.

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Best Players No One Knows About – 2016-17 edition

by - Published November 11, 2016 in Columns

Rice hasn’t been a big factor in basketball for a long time. The school is known for its academics and baseball program, but the hardwood has been more of a challenge.    But there is finally some hope in Mike Rhoads’ third season at the helm, and that hope starts with Marcus Evans.

The sophomore guard was one of the best freshmen in the country last season. He led the Owls in scoring and was second in Conference USA in that category, and he produced the third-most points in a single season in Rice history. He also led the conference in steals, and got better as the season went along, posting higher scoring numbers in conference play then before it.

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Thanks to a big backcourt boost, Gonzaga should be even better this season

by - Published November 7, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

Last season, Gonzaga’s run to the Sweet 16 overshadowed the reality that this team was far from a lock for the NCAA Tournament in the first place. Had they not won the West Coast Conference Tournament, they might have been in the NIT, as it was not typical of the seasons the program has had the last two decades.

The Bulldogs didn’t run through the WCC as they often have over the past couple of decades. Saint Mary’s actually had the top seed in the conference tournament via tie-breaker after sweeping them during the regular season. In non-conference play, it was debatable whether or not wins over Washington and UConn (both in the Battle 4 Atlantis) would be enough. They whiffed on their other chances, dropping close ones to Texas A&M (also at the Battle 4 Atlantis), at home against Arizona and at SMU, all by single digits.

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Freshmen, not seniors, will rule the roost in 2016-17

by - Published November 7, 2016 in Columns

Every season of college basketball has its own themes and patterns. Some seasons have similar ones to prior seasons, though it’s rare for two seasons in a row to be the same. 2015-16 was the Year of the Senior, a season in which seniors featured as prominently in the college game as they have in a long time. This year, we should have no expectation of a repeat. If you like seniors in college basketball, hopefully you enjoyed last season while it was here.

2016-17 should see freshmen return to the center of attention. And it probably won’t even be close.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, November 7, 2016

by - Published November 7, 2016 in The Morning Dish

15 years ago today is when it all began. Andrew Flynn and several others who love college basketball opened up Hoopville on November 7, 2001. I was not there at the beginning, but came aboard a few months later and have been around ever since. They created something great that I was ecstatic to be a part of as soon as I joined – Your Home for College Hoops.

And to be honest, it is really quite remarkable that Hoopville has reached 15 years for a variety of reasons.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 5, 2016

by - Published November 5, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Program! Get your program!

In college basketball, that becomes a more important phrase every year, at some schools more so than others. While there is always turnover even in pro sports, and college sports have seniors who graduate along with incoming freshmen, the amount of turnover seems to only be going up. The biggest part of this is, as has often been discussed, transfers.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 2, 2016

by - Published November 2, 2016 in The Morning Dish

It’s a wonderful time of the year – the time when the college basketball season beckons. There’s optimism everywhere, there’s anticipation, and we all wonder if players and teams will be as good as we think they will be. It’s the beginning of a fun journey for the next five months.

We’re ready to help you through these next five months. It is a journey meant to be enjoyed, not unlike the even longer journey that will end in Cleveland tonight.

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Kennedy tries to continue quietly winning at Ole Miss

by - Published October 31, 2016 in Columns

The SEC may be known much more for football these days, but on the hardwood, there are plenty of interesting story lines to follow. One that probably won’t get enough coverage is the job that the dean of coaches there – Andy Kennedy – continues to do winning consistently at Ole Miss, a school that has never been a powerhouse by any stretch.

When Rob Evans was the head coach in Oxford, he was the first coach in over 50 years to post a winning record over his tenure, and Rod Barnes kept things going after Evans left for another tough job in Arizona State, coming up just three wins shy of the program record at the time. Both won a National Coach of the Year honor while in Oxford.

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For the Big 12, coming out on top again will be a challenge in 2016-17

by - Published October 21, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

In recent years, when the subject of the best basketball conferences has come up, how good the ACC and Big Ten are has often been at the center. Previously, it centered on the Big East before it broke up, including in 2011 when 11 of its 16 teams made the NCAA Tournament, while last year, the ACC set a record for NCAA Tournament wins by its members with 19. (And that was a year after the ACC came up one short of the previous record of 18 by the 1985 Big East.) The Pac-12 grabbed a bit of the conversation as well since it was very deep and intensely competitive. All the while, the Big 12 has been on quite a run, and has arguably been the best conference of late.

Continuing that run, however, will be a different challenge this season.

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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.

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 – June 21, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Recruiting Coverage

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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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

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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

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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

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We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.