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With Grayson Allen, we have a bad pattern to nip in the bud

by - Published December 22, 2016 in Columns

Once was bad enough. Twice was a real problem. And for Grayson Allen, it should be three strikes and you’re out – a game or more, that is.

And to think, Allen had talked about being more grown up amd was doing things that could really change his image, too.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, December 19, 2016

by - Published December 19, 2016 in The Morning Dish

For years, Rutgers has felt even further away from their glory days in the 1970s than they were. Their Final Four appearance in 1976 has probably felt like it happened in 1796. The program has long had no shortage of struggles, seemingly one that could never win enough and was a coaching graveyard. It was the butt of jokes, said to be in the Big East in name only when it was there. Now that they are in the Big Ten, where they simply don’t fit geographically, you can be sure there is more of that.

We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but right now there is, for once, a sign of hope. We have to be careful in saying that, though, because the program has had plenty of false hope in recent years.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 17, 2016

by - Published December 17, 2016 in The Morning Dish

By now, most teams are done with final exams. The light period of college basketball is past us and a flurry of games will be on tap between now and next Friday. With little action on the hardwood even last night, it’s a good time to step back and think about what has happened in college basketball.

As we have seen often, the college game is in remarkably great shape, much maligned though it tends to be. The product remains great, with many compelling stories, though the game is not without its areas for concern. It is the latter that we should hope does not take a turn for the worse.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 16, 2016

by - Published December 16, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis, where we talk about college basketball all around the country.

It’s been a light week, but there is still plenty to talk about both on and off the court. In fact, there was some news off the court that came in right as it was time to do the podcast.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, December 12, 2016

by - Published December 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Oregon is 8-2 after beating Alabama on Sunday, which isn’t a bad start by any stretch. Yet the Ducks have had their thunder stolen by UCLA in the Pac-12. That we can even say that is remarkable, and it speaks more to the job Dana Altman has done in Eugene than anything else.

And we have to remember that we are still barely in mid-December.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 10, 2016

by - Published December 10, 2016 in The Morning Dish

It wasn’t the best of times at the end of last season and then during the early part of the off-season for several Big Ten programs. The reasons were a little different, but Minnesota and a couple of others not only finished near the bottom of the conference, but were not exactly trending in the right direction. Naturally, coaches like Richard Pitino tried to keep a positive outlook. With the season here and about ten games old for many teams, however, there’s a lot of reason for that in Pitino’s case.

Last season, the Golden Gophers were 8-23 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten. The athletic director who hired Pitino, Norwood Teague, was long gone, and that never helps a coach even though he has a name with some cachet in college basketball. Then it got worse, from the sex tape fiasco involving Kevin Dorsey (who has since transferred) to Reggie Lynch getting arrested, though he was subsequently reinstated. Also, an audit showed that Pitino spent more than double his allowance for private jet travel since he was hired. While the private jet usage was approved by Teague, the news of it wasn’t something the program needed.

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Saturday Notes – December 3, 2016

by - Published December 4, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

While football remained top of mind for many in college sports on a day of championship games, Saturday was a much-anticipated day on the hardwood, the first of its kind this season. And it didn’t take long to live up to that hype.

In one of the first games of the day, UCLA beat Kentucky for the second straight year. As was the case last year, what to take from that game says much more about UCLA than Kentucky, and this time around, if you’re a UCLA fan you can feel pretty good, as opposed to a year ago. We’ll have more on this later.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 3, 2016

by - Published December 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Over the past four years, Jim Ferry has shown how much of a challenge it is to win at Duquesne. Here’s a guy who had a great run at LIU, winning two straight Northeast Conference titles and leaving behind a team that won a third straight under his former assistant when he first arrived in Pittsburgh. He is one of a growing number of coaches who cut his teeth in Division III and worked his way up the ladder from there.

In other words, he knows how to coach. Through four years at the school, the Dukes have gradually improved all the way to a 17-17 mark last year – their first .500 season under him. While it is the school’s sixth season with at least a .500 record since 2007-08, this recent stretch has been an anomaly. Starting in 1982-83, the program had just two such seasons over the next 23 years, winning a single-digit number of games nine times and bottoming out with a 3-24 season in 2005-06. Jim Satalin, John Carroll, Scott Edgar, Darelle Porter and Danny Nee all tried their hand at leading the program in that time, and only Carroll, who had the best winning percentage at .427, got them into a postseason tournament.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 29, 2016

by - Published November 29, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

In our latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis, we spend a lot of time looking at early season tournaments.

It’s only natural to pay attention to early season tournaments like the Battle 4 Atlantis or Maui Invitational. They are the best vehicle for noteworthy matchups and for teams to emerge, and as such we learn a good deal about a lot of teams early. Here, we look at how North Carolina has looked as good as anyone thus far, even an impressive Kentucky team that saw a historic individual effort on Monday, and we learned a little about Connecticut, Oklahoma State and Georgetown in Maui as well. We also look at the start UCLA has had, including their championship in the Wooden Legacy.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, November 28, 2016

by - Published November 28, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Last year wasn’t one to remember at UCLA. It’s as simple as that. At a program with 11 national championships, a 15-17 record that includes an 11th-place finish in the Pac-12 is simply not what is expected. It started early, but got even worse later on.

A year later, things look very different. The Bruins’ championship in the Wooden Legacy comes with a lot of signs that this year will be better, as they had certainly hoped.

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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

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 20, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we touch on a number of issues affecting conferences like Conference USA, as well as a big loss for Creighton, less mystery in Arizona, and more on the ACC as we look forward to the weekend.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 12, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a short stint in the top spot of the polls, some developments in the Mountain West Conference, and more of the ACC before closing with the Big East and Atlantic 10.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 24, 2016

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In our latest podcast, we talk about the great games Kentucky has been a part of lately. We go on to other ACC matters involving arch rivals, as well as some quick hits and a conference race that should be as good as expected.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 16, 2016

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a coaching legend reaching a milestone, the defending champs looking very good and continuing their winning ways close to home, and some off-court news during a light week of game action.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 29, 2016

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Early season tournaments are the focus in this episode, with a look at how strong a few Big East teams are out of the gate and how strong the ACC could be. Plus one SEC team had a big week outside the scope of tournaments.

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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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.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

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Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

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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.