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Saturday Notes – February 4, 2017

by - Published February 6, 2017 in Columns

With the way this season has gone, you had to think we were due for a day like Saturday – not a good day to be a high-ranked team. Saturday tied a record for the most losses in a single day by teams ranked in the AP Top 25, with several going down in the top 10.

Interestingly, there were several matchups that were quite heralded, but few ended up living up to their billing in that respect. A couple of the biggest matchups ended up being blowouts, and in both cases with the team ranked lower winning, though in each case that team was also at home.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 4, 2017

by - Published February 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Ivy League play has begun in earnest, and it looks like the contenders are who they have been of late. Our first weekend of league showdowns is this one, with one last night and one tonight.

It started last night with Yale visiting Columbia. Columbia scored a nice win over Harvard at home last week, but the home court wasn’t quite so good this time around. The Lions led at the break and still led by five over seven minutes into the second half, and that’s when Miye Oni and Yale took over. Oni scored five of his 22 points during a decisive 11-0 run, and Yale was then en route to an 87-78 road win.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 3, 2017

by - Published February 3, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We have a lot to get to, starting with a couple of teams that look like national championship contenders.

We start with Kansas, who had two great wins in the past week at Kentucky and against Baylor. The latter reminds everyone that Kansas is the team to beat in the Big 12 until someone knocks them off, and it’s not happening just yet.  The Jayhawks are very tough to beat at Allen Fieldhouse, and they continue to ride the play of Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III as leaders of a short but very effective rotation, and also one not loaded with size.

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Villanova’s unlikely winning class is not done yet

by - Published February 2, 2017 in Columns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Earlier in this decade, the fine run that Jay Wright had Villanova on was starting to slip away. The Wildcats were trending downward beyond the reality of not getting back to the Final Four after they made it in 2009. In fact, from 2010-13, the Wildcats had the worst three-season stretch since Wright’s first three seasons on the Main Line, including a 13-19 season in the middle of that.

And then he brought in the group that changed it all. It’s pretty remarkable, really, and while they haven’t done it alone, the current crop of seniors has now won more games than any other class in Villanova history after Wednesday night’s 66-57 win at Providence. At 118-15, they still have at least ten games to go to add to that total as well.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, January 30, 2017

by - Published January 30, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We’re now in the fourth season since the Big East split, which turned into the American Athletic Conference. And while The American has a national championship in its back pocket (UConn in the first season of its existence, no less), it has since gone a little differently than perhaps initially expected. The conference as a whole has had a couple of tough years, but through it all, Cincinnati has emerged as the apparent signature program.

This year, Cincinnati appears to be standing alone in that regard.

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Saturday Notes – January 28, 2017

by - Published January 29, 2017 in Columns

Another busy Saturday came and went with plenty of games of consequence. As has been the case often and will probably continue to be, a number of those games were in the ACC.

The SEC/Big 12 Challenge was one big headline of the day, and the conferences split at five wins apiece. There wasn’t a big home/road split to pick up on, as home teams won six of the ten games. Only one really stood out in terms of hype behind the matchup, though at least one other could be pretty consequential down the road.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 28, 2017

by - Published January 28, 2017 in Columns

For the Atlantic 10, Friday night produced the best possible result. No one in the conference office would ever admit it, but the conference isn’t loaded with great NCAA Tournament resumes, and Friday night’s result helps that.

VCU came into the night with the second-best NCAA Tournament resume in the conference, and that remains the case now. But the Rams have a quality win on it that they lacked before the night after they knocked off visiting Dayton 73-68.

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This is not what was expected for Duke

by - Published January 27, 2017 in Columns

This isn’t how anyone drew up the season in Durham. It was supposed to go a little differently.

Duke wasn’t supposed to be below .500 in ACC play on multiple occasions. Duke wasn’t supposed to have their coach ban them from their locker rooms and wearing school gear. Duke wasn’t supposed to be in the 20s in RPI near the end of January.

No, this season was supposed to go a little differently than this. And now the challenge is to alter the course, to change the narrative. Accomplishing it is easier said than done.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 26, 2017

by - Published January 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As Ted Sarandis and I talk about in our latest podcast, Tuesday night was a tough one to top when it comes to wild nights of college basketball. Wednesday might not have kept it going all the way, but certainly gave Tuesday a run for its money.

Home teams continued to win, with the big surprises being Georgia Tech blowing out Florida State 78-56 and Georgetown handling Creighton 71-51. Those results by themselves are shocking only in the margin of victory; what it gets to even more so is life on the road in college basketball, though the latter result also includes a team on the road playing their second game without an injured point guard.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2017

by - Published January 26, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We join you in the middle of a wild week of college basketball.

No matter how wild a stretch may be, Tuesday night is a tough one to top. On that night, Kansas, Kentucky and Villanova all went down, marking the first time since 2013 that three of the top four teams in the Associated Press Top 25 all lost on the same day. Add in that we already saw the first time ever that all four North Carolina schools in the ACC lost their conference opener, and you start to realize that this is quite a season, with a lot of unpredictable basketball still left to play.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 8, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we look at a marathon game from Tuesday night, which came just days after a wild Saturday. Then we have more on the SEC and Big 12, before one of Saturday’s big games leads us into talk about smaller conferences and television coverage.

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In our latest podcast, we look at the week two national title contenders had, as well as a surprise at the top of the Big Ten and a legendary coach returning. Along the way, we also look at a couple of bigger picture items.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we look at a wild week in college basketball that was highlighted by Tuesday night. We also talk about who will likely be the top team in the polls and look ahead to the weekend, which features one last flurry of non-conference games.

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