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College Basketball Tonight – March 11, 2018

by - Published March 12, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to College Basketball Tonight! We are pleased to once again bring you this fine program on Hoopville. College Basketball Tonight is a comprehensive look at the 2018 NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis.

In this edition, we break down the NCAA Tournament bracket after what had to be one of the most difficult years to put one together. The bubble was very soft and had many teams on it, and then a couple of bid thieves emerged in conference tournaments over the weekend to make it a little tougher.

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UConn’s decline has been swift, but may not be over yet

by - Published March 10, 2018 in Columns

The steep decline of UConn since 2014 has reached a symbolic low point with Kevin Ollie being fired. But there isn’t much reason to think it’s all uphill from here, and it’s not just because there’s an NCAA investigation going on, which the school has cited in attempting to fire Ollie for just cause.

One had a sense Ollie could be let go considering the Huskies just finished their second straight losing season, although this one was a lot worse. Last year, there was at least the partial excuse of injuries, though anyone who knows the talent they have brought in recently can tell you they weren’t as talented. This year, however, while Alterique Gilbert suffered another shoulder injury, the Huskies were otherwise a healthier bunch, and still went 14-18. That included going 7-11 in the American Athletic Conference, and they bowed out in the first round of the conference tournament.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

by - Published March 10, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We’re less than 48 hours from the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, and bubble teams still lead the discussion, especially in light of some recent results.

We start, though, with two games involving no bubble teams at all that Ted had a chance to cover. The first Big East semifinal was a big win for Providence, as they edged Xavier in overtime and didn’t let the Musketeers get off a possible game-tying shot. The Friars were probably a lock by virtue of being close, if not in, and then beating Creighton on Thursday, while Xavier should still be a No. 1 seed. The Friars have played two straight overtime games, and Villanova cruised past Butler in the second semifinal, so the Friars could be at a disadvantage there.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 10, 2018

by - Published March 10, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As one of the most fun days of the season – Championship Saturday – beckons, there is still much to consider about a number of bubble teams, and Friday’s action didn’t change that at all. Interestingly, there were a few rivalry matchups as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, bubble teams are not breathing easier, as there will be at least one bid thief on Saturday.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 8, 2018

by - Published March 8, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Championship Week has heated up, and we focus on a lot of the action from Wednesday as well as a day earlier.

We start by looking at a couple of games Ted had the chance to cover in the Big East and ACC Tournaments. The Big East Tournament featured an old rivalry matchup of St. John’s and Georgetown, while the ACC was bubble central on the day.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 8, 2018

by - Published March 8, 2018 in The Morning Dish

How many bubble teams want to be in the NCAA Tournament? Sure, they all say they want to, so maybe that question should be amended: how many bubble teams want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament?

If Wednesday is any indication, the answer may appear to be “not many”. And we have one more really good argument for not further expanding the NCAA Tournament (which was really just fine at 64, even 65, teams to begin with).

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 7, 2018

by - Published March 7, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Until Championship Saturday, Tuesday night will go down as the biggest night in terms of conference championships, with five automatic bids getting handed out. Whereas Sunday’s set of four championship games had a little bit of everything, Tuesday night’s consisted of four convincing wins and an overtime affair. All have their own little stories as well.

We’ll start with the lone overtime game, which was the CAA championship in North Charleston, SC. Northeastern had blitzed their first two opponents in the tournament, and looked like they might be on their way to another convincing win for all the marbles as the first half came to a close. The Huskies ended the half on a 14-2 run to go up by 13 at the break, and the lead would reach 17 a few minutes into the second half. The Cougars, who were the preseason favorites and playing in front of a home crowd just a few miles from campus, got the lead down to ten, then ran off nine unanswered points to get close, and would ultimately send it to overtime. In the extra session, the Cougars took control, going up by six points about three minutes in, and the Huskies could get no closer than three the rest of the way as the Cougars pulled out an 83-76 win. Two of the conference’s top players did all they could for their teams, with Joe Chealey scoring 32 points to lead the Cougars and Vasa Pusica leading Northeastern with 30. We will have more on this later.

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2018 USBWA Awards: One man’s vote

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

The last of three postseason award ballots to send off was my USBWA ballot. As a USBWA member for over a dozen years, one of the responsibilities is the vote for the postseason awards the organization gives out. As noted with the CAA and ACC awards, it is always an interesting but challenging exercise, and the responsibility inherent in it should not be taken for granted.

We vote for ten top players from our district, ten All-Americans, district Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, national Player of the Year (Oscar Robertson Trophy) and Coach of the Year (Henry Iba Award) as well as a national Freshman of the Year (Wayman Tisdale Award). For each of the national individual awards, we vote for up to three players or coaches (I voted for three in each case).

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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 5, 2018

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns

As conference tournaments take over the entirety of the landscape until Selection Sunday, we’ve just gone through quite a weekend. Four NCAA Tournament bids went out on Sunday, and we had a little bit of everything among them. And other tournaments continue on, a few with championship matchups all set.

In the championship games on Sunday, we had a dramatic finish, a near-historic comeback, an aberration and an anticlimactic game.

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2018 ACC postseason awards: One man’s vote

by - Published March 4, 2018 in Columns

The ACC will announce their postseason honors on Sunday afternoon, less than a day after the regular season ends and a week before Selection Sunday. The awards are selected by a panel of voters that includes the conference’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media.

For the second year in a row, I am among those voters, and am disclosing how I voted as a way of looking at the conference over the course of the year. (I have voted for the conference’s weekly honors for a little longer.) There are some interesting things that emerged as I went through what was a challenging exercise:

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College Basketball Tonight

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

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March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

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