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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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2014-15 America East Post-Mortem

by - Published June 19, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The America East had a very familiar look at the top this season, in more ways than one. The conference championship game was a rematch, with a similar result in more ways than one, while the top three teams in the standings all looked very familiar.

After that, it gets interesting. It is perhaps where we can look for some change in the times to come.

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2014-15 CAA Post-Mortem

by - Published June 9, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes
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In a year full of competitive conference races, the Colonial Athletic Association fit right in while still being under the radar. It didn’t have a seven-way tie at the top at one point, like the Big South did or three games separating first from tenth like the Patriot League did for a lot of the season, but it did produce its own great result: a four-way tie for the regular season title.

The conference wasn’t top-heavy, either. Another team was two games back of the top four and two more teams another game back. The six losses by the top four teams were tied for the most by a regular season champion in CAA history and marked the first time in 18 years that the regular season champion had more than four losses. Drexel was 9-9 in CAA play and had to play on opening night of the conference tournament. The other 9-9 team, Delaware, knocked off three of the four teams that tied for first during the season.

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Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

by - Published June 4, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting
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WALTHAM, Mass. – With the spring winding down, the Boston Warriors and Mass Elite got together to host a college showcase for their programs. They got together on this last year and opted to do so again this time around, with results satisfying to both programs. A few other players joined in on the evening, with a good turnout of college coaches as well.

While last year’s showcase had more size up front, this year’s might have had a better lineup of wings. There were also some good underclassmen, so in all there was plenty to see at Waltham High School.

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2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

by - Published June 3, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting
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FOXBORO, Mass. – Sunday was a busy day in the Massachusetts AAU Tournament. It closed out a weekend of action in the oldest age group, while a few younger ones held their final rounds after the early rounds were held a few weeks prior. As such, it offered a look at a few key age groups.

The first one of note was the championship game in the 14-Under. The Mass. Commanders were fresh off a double overtime victory over the BABC Academy in the semifinals, but they showed no signs of wear against the Boston Spartans. The Commanders ran out to a 19-7 lead, then responded to a 6-0 Spartans run to get back into the game with a 26-3 run of their own to put the Spartans away early. After a 53-32 halftime lead, they coasted to a 94-64 win behind a well-balanced attack.

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Rule changes are no magic bullet for increasing scoring

by - Published May 1, 2015 in Columns
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As we’re now coming up on a month into the off-season, a hot topic has been scoring in college basketball. It was down this year, and at times during the season it was the subject of much debate because of some painfully low-scoring games we saw in 2014-15. Scoring has been down for a while now, and there are lots of theories about it as well as solution ideas.

One solution idea has been bandied about quite a bit, to the point where it seems inevitable it will come. If it does, we can’t get our hopes up. Simply put, we shouldn’t expect rule changes to solve all our problems.

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