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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

by - Published September 18, 2015 in Recruiting
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DORCHESTER, Mass. – The 2015 Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams a chance for a couple of early games. Teams from three states as well as Quebec competed at UMass-Boston in an event that ultimately isn’t as much about wins and losses as it is getting better and figuring things out. Over a dozen college coaches also came by to see the talent on hand.

With football and other fall sports in full swing, most teams didn’t have their full squad, but found value in the matchups and in some players getting to start towards earning expanded roles. Coaches got to see some things with their team right now with or without certain players, helping them prepare for the season in a couple of months.

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After not quite making it last year, Tulsa will try again

by - Published August 31, 2015 in Columns
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Every year, there’s at least one team that runs up a good record, either in non-conference or a conference, that becomes the subject of much speculation with regards to getting an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. Tulsa was just such a team last season, winning their first ten games in American Athletic Conference play en route to a 14-4 mark. The Golden Hurricane ultimately fell short and settled for a bid in the NIT.

Can they avoid that fate this season? There’s reason to believe they can, and they’ve already done something to help their cause there.

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Romar, Washington may successfully reboot once again

by - Published August 27, 2015 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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Perhaps Lorenzo Romar has a second act in store at Washington.

Perhaps the Huskies have some hope of rebounding yet, and relatively soon.

You can be forgiven for having wondered if Romar had peaked during his tenure in Seattle. In a Pac-12 that has seen Arizona once again become the signature program, while Utah has risen and Oregon has become a steady contender, Washington has gone from being a contender to almost a forgotten team. The 2014-15 season was perhaps a microcosm of this stretch in that it started out with a lot of promise, but crashed and burned.

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2014-15 Patriot League Post-Mortem

by - Published July 24, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Patriot League lived up to its billing as one of the most competitive conferences in the country this season. That was expected given that many teams returned a lot from last season. It was also a deep league, evidenced by the numbers and the eye test, all a sign that the league is in a good place right now.

For a lot of the season, the league race saw the ten teams separated by about three or four games. The seven games separating first from tenth at the end of the season is a bit deceiving. As the season went on, you got the feeling that Bucknell was separating themselves a bit from the rest of the pack, although Colgate took them down to the wire for the top spot. The rest of the league was up for grabs all over.

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2014-15 Atlantic 10 Post-Mortem

by - Published July 17, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Atlantic 10 was bound to have a hard time duplicating the success of the 2013-14 season, and that is exactly what happened. That reality is much less an indictment of the conference in 2014-15 than it is a reminder of how historically good the preceding season was. In the end, the results show a mixed bag of promise and concern for the conference heading into next season.

Davidson joined the conference and showed they have much more going for them than being the school that produced NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The Wildcats came seemingly out of nowhere to win the regular season title outright. Besides the fact that they were coming from the Southern Conference, they played a very soft non-conference schedule, so they weren’t exactly projected to make a grand entrance into the conference. But they kept on winning, having gained confidence with their non-conference wins. They were one of three teams to reach the NCAA Tournament, but the conference’s streak of seven straight years with at least one team in the Sweet 16 was snapped.

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2014-15 Pac-12 Post-Mortem

by - Published July 16, 2015 in Columns
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Who in the Pac-12 can challenge Arizona for consistent supremacy? It’s a question we asked before the season and now must ponder again with the 2014-15 season in the books.

And ironically enough, the Wildcats could just as easily fall out of the top spot by default, at least for next season.

Sean Miller has brought Arizona back to being the signature program of the Pac-12. In the final years of Lute Olson’s tenure, there was a noticeable slide from the place of being a national power. That’s a thing of the past, though, as Miller is showing that he can coach, and he and his staff are getting big-time talent to Tucson for him to coach. That has its trade-offs, though, as the Wildcats have a mass exodus of talent this season, with three players entering the NBA Draft early and T.J. McConnell graduating. Even so, they bring in another terrific recruiting class and will remain the conference favorite for much of the foreseeable future.

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2014-15 Ivy League Post-Mortem

by - Published July 16, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The old phrase “What a difference a year makes” normally has positive connotations. For the Ivy League following the 2014-15 season, however, the opposite would be true. At a time when the league appeared to be in a big up cycle, the rise didn’t quite continue this season.

There was very good basketball in the Ivy League, to be sure. Harvard and Yale set the pace with good non-league showings, with the Bulldogs pulling out the league’s signature victory at UConn in December. The middle of the pack was pretty good – perhaps better than one might have expected given the adversity some teams faced. But there’s no two ways about it: the league went from five postseason teams in 2013-14 to just two this time around. And while postseason bids is a very imperfect way to measure a league, it’s certainly one way to do it.

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2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

by - Published June 30, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting
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ROXBURY, Mass. – The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale has come and gone. The sixth annual event gave us a busy Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center for two days, as well as a number of competitive games that were for all the marbles. Those who came out – the main gym had some pretty good crowds on Sunday – got their money’s worth.

The event is about the kids, and with that in mind, here are some notes on some players and teams who competed this weekend.

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Statement on 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale

by - Published June 27, 2015 in Columns
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In light of new information learned following the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, the Boston Spartans’ 13-Under entry in the tournament has been disqualified due to having an ineligible player, and they will no longer be recognized as the champion. The Icemen, their opponent in the championship game, will now be acknowledged as the champion.

The age of Boston Spartans player Jeffrey Barbosa, who competed on their 13-Under team, was disputed, but Spartans officials contended he was age eligible. By tournament rules, this means that he would be 13 years old or younger on September 1, 2014. Spartans officials provided Hoopville with what was claimed to be a copy of Barbosa’s birth certificate, which listed his date of birth as June 23, 2001.

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

by - Published June 23, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting
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ROXBURY, Mass. – You might call 2015 the year of the Spartan at the Hoopville Spring Finale. Sunday’s string of championship games at least started out that way, before other champions new and old were crowned to close the day.

The Boston Spartans have played in the event often, and have won a championship in the past. This time around, they jumped up their total in this event in a big way, taking home the first five of Sunday. It marked the first time a program won in more than four age groups (in 2011, Expressions Elite won in four). They pulled out some close games along the way with a lot of the city watching.

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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.

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