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2013-14 Big Sky Post-Mortem

by - Published July 1, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The 2013-14 season saw one of the Big Sky’s signature programs, and the one that has given it arguably the biggest NCAA Tournament wins in recent memory, return to the Big Dance. It wasn’t that Weber State wasn’t good; they have been a consistent postseason team. They just couldn’t knock off one particular team in the conference tournament that had their number.

Since reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2007, Weber State lost three times – all to Montana – in the Big Sky championship game. This time around, the Wildcats didn’t have to go through the Grizzlies, who were bounced in the quarterfinals, and handily beat North Dakota in the championship game. It finished what was pretty much a dominating season for them, as they also won the regular season title and dominated the postseason awards.

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2013-14 Northeast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published June 30, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Northeast Conference has had a good run in recent years, from one of its best seasons in 2011-12 to seeing a new member become a contender as they become eligible for the conference tournament. The conference always has some good basketball with its top teams, and this year was no exception. Part of that was once again evident in the conference tournament, as the regular season champion once again didn’t take home the title.

Robert Morris has been a mainstay for several years now. You could argue that the Colonials are the signature program in the conference, as they have won at least 12 conference games each of the past seven seasons. The past two seasons, they have won the regular season title by two games. Yet a conference championship remains elusive, as they captured two straight in 2009 and 2010 but have yet to do it again.

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It’s wonderful that Isaiah Austin was the star of the NBA Draft

by - Published June 28, 2014 in Columns
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The show on NBA Draft night was stolen by a player who will never play a minute in the NBA. And that’s perfectly fine for a lot of reasons.

There are many things we can talk about from the NBA Draft. It was a deep draft, there are players with a world of potential taken at the top, and there was a subplot with a late first-round pick who led the national champions.

We could talk about all of that and more. But I’m surely not alone in thinking that Isaiah Austin’s place on this night is the highlight, and well worth talking about in looking back.

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2014 Hoopville Spring Finale notes

by - Published June 26, 2014 in Columns
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ROXBURY, Mass. – The 2014 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of things happen. There were some thrillers along the way, as well as some blowouts, as is often the case. A number of players capped off a good spring, while a few others showed that they could be primed to break out in July. Two programs in their first spring of competition won championships.

With those thoughts in mind, let’s take a look back at some highlights from the weekend.

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2014 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

by - Published June 24, 2014 in Columns
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ROXBURY, Mass. – The 2014 Hoopville Spring Finale was a story of old and new champions. That may seem obvious at first glance, but the event featured several programs who won their first championship in the event as well as a stalwart program continuing its winning ways in the event. The first-timers notably featured a couple of brand new teams.

Sunday featured the championship games, and while a few were blowouts there were a few dandies as well.

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2014 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

by - Published June 20, 2014 in Columns
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The fourth annual Hoopville Spring Final takes place this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center and the neighboring Madison Park Community Center. While this is the fifth straight year Hoopville has run an event on this weekend, the first one in 2010 was named the Hoopville Elite 8. This year, the tournament will feature over 50 teams, including over a dozen from Canada. Game play will begin Saturday morning and continue through Sunday afternoon.

The schedule for the event can be found here. Now, some thoughts on what to watch for in the high school ages, starting with the 14-Under as this group features players who will be freshmen in high school in the fall.

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2013-14 Atlantic Sun Post-Mortem

by - Published June 17, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Atlantic Sun doesn’t get a whole lot of publicity over the course of the season. But when the postseason comes around, beware. Atlantic Sun teams have won a game each of the past two NCAA Tournaments. And that’s just the beginning.

Atlantic Sun teams have won 14 postseason games over the past four years, and have won at least one game every year since 2009. The conference has continued to perform well in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, where they placed two teams this season.

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2013-14 SEC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 12, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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What does the SEC – the football juggernaut – have beyond Florida and Kentucky on the hardwood?

That’s the big question this off-season. It was already a discussion point during the season and postseason, and it’s not going to end now. The SEC had a 12-3 record in the NCAA Tournament, but Kentucky and Florida combined for 10 of those wins and thus carried them to that mark.

When it was all said and done, the SEC ended up with three teams in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee was the only team besides Florida and Kentucky to make it. The conference had four teams in the NIT, with LSU and Arkansas each winning a game before getting bounced without a chance to go to New York.

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2013-14 MAAC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 6, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The MAAC underwent a membership change in 2013-14, and one that appears to be a net positive. What hasn’t changed, and surely won’t anytime soon, is how fiercely competitive the conference is. That was demonstrated right up to the end this past season.

The conference had several teams right there in the race for the top until late in the season. Iona got hot and pulled away, but even so only three games separated first from fourth place and just two separated fifth from eighth. The real question going forward is if anyone can break into that top group, as Iona and Manhattan seem set to rule the conference for a while, with Quinnipiac having a lot of potential based on its first year in the conference. There are some who could join them, but questions abound in all.

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2013-14 Big South Post-Mortem

by - Published June 4, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The 2013-14 season was a historic one for the Big South, and that included when it counts most. Once the postseason came, a good deal of history was made in the conference. While that didn’t mean an NCAA Tournament victory, as champion Coastal Carolina fell to Virginia after leading by five at halftime, it still meant some good history for the conference.

Coastal was part of some history, though, with their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years. Head coach Cliff Ellis is now the 10th head coach in Division I history to take four different programs to the NCAA Tournament. In other tournament action, Radford picked up the first CBI win by a Big South program, then VMI reached the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. In doing so, the Keydets became the first Big South program to win multiple games in a postseason tournament.

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Conference Coverage

2013-14 Big Ten Post-Mortem

July 8, 2014 by

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The Big Ten had some teams slip as the season went on, but plenty of others picked up the slack in another good year for the conference.

2013-14 Sun Belt Post-Mortem

July 7, 2014 by

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Membership changes have been happening at quite a pace of late in the Sun Belt, and it was a new member that stole the show for much of this past season and seems poised to lead the way in the future.

2013-14 Big Sky Post-Mortem

July 1, 2014 by

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The teams that have led the way in the Big Sky of late were right there again this season. One of them won both the regular season and conference tournament, and also had a nice time with the post-season awards as well.

2013-14 MEAC Post-Mortem

July 1, 2014 by

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The 2013-14 season was N.C. Central’s year in the MEAC, as the Eagles completed their four-year ascent to the top of conference.

2013-14 Big 12 Post-Mortem

June 30, 2014 by

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When it comes to overall depth, the Big 12 this season may have been one of the strongest leagues in a long time. The conference sent seven of its 10 teams to the NCAA Tournament, the first time in 21 years and just the fifth time ever that a league sent 70% or more of its teams to the tourney.

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