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Saturday Notes – December 30, 2017

by - Published December 31, 2017 in Columns

Non-conference play is not over entirely, but for most, conference play is here. That means early impressions are being formed of many teams for one reason or another, and Saturday was a day full of them. It was also a day that saw the top-ranked team go down, as well as the only other undefeated teams when the day began. It means that for the first time in about 70 years, every Division I team has lost a game before January.

In other words, we’ve had quite a start to conference play. With that, we have notes on many of the day’s games.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 30, 2017

by - Published December 30, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With conference play looming, David Padgett is about to be really tested as the interim head coach at Louisville. His team looks primed to be one of the biggest busts of the season, even if that will come with an asterisk of sorts.

Being on the wrong end of a 90-61 game against your arch-rival, even while on the road, will do that. Especially when your team has already fallen from the national rankings (for what they are worth).

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 28, 2017

by - Published December 28, 2017 in The Morning Dish

For a while there, it looked like Patrick Ewing might have been a genius. That non-conference schedule just might have worked. We might have had one home team win on the first night of Big East play.

Georgetown led Butler 42-24 at the half, leading by as many as 20. They still led by 12 when Jagan Mosely made a layup with 7:44 left in the game, before Butler scored the next eight points to get back in the game.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, December 25, 2017

by - Published December 25, 2017 in The Morning Dish

A very Merry Christmas to our readers.

With a challenge comes an opportunity, whether on the athletic playing field or in the office. For New Mexico State, that is what this Christmas will bring: the challenge of playing USC, with the opportunity to win a tournament championship and get some time in the spotlight.

For so long of late, the Aggies have been hidden away while they have done a lot of winning. This is their chance to move out from under the radar, if only for a spell.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 23, 2017

by - Published December 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As Christmas approaches, what becomes abundantly clear is that there is not a dominant team in college basketball this season, and similarly, there are many teams in a gray area. With respect to the latter, there are a lot of teams that we simply don’t know just how good they are, and even most teams we rank near the top of the polls or our own rankings have important flaws.

Villanova might be the exception, even if last year’s second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament is a good reminder that they are far from unbeatable. Jay Wright has built what almost seems like a machine now, and they showed his former school that on Friday as they handled Hofstra 95-71.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 21, 2017

by - Published December 21, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Mike Young has had some pretty good teams at Wofford. He’s also been there a long time – in fact, he’s just about a lifer there. Now in his 16th season at the helm after 13 years as an assistant there, he’s had four NCAA Tournament teams and also had one reach the CBI. All four NCAA Tournament teams won at least 20 games. He’s won over 250 games, more than any other coach in school history, and when he’s had NCAA Tournament teams, plenty have wondered if he would leave for a bigger job.

He hasn’t left – not yet, anyway. Through all of that, his teams have never knocked off a ranked opponent until Wednesday night. And this wasn’t just any ranked opponent: it was one of the bluebloods of college basketball and the defending national champions, North Carolina, who they beat 79-75 in Chapel Hill.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, December 18, 2017

by - Published December 18, 2017 in The Morning Dish

All jobs at schools in high-major conferences are not created equal. Some are unquestionably better ones than others, and that’s also the case within conferences at other levels as well. A few days ago, Charlotte’s surprising dismissal of Mark Price reminded us of that, and Adam Glatczak did a great job talking about that and the larger subject.

One of those jobs that is a lot tougher than others at the same level is Penn State. Plenty have tried, without great success, and Pat Chambers is the latest. It’s taken a while, but this shapes up as being as good a season as any to be the breakthrough that he needs.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 16, 2017

by - Published December 16, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On an otherwise slow night as final exams have pretty much ended, there was one game that looked like it had some potential, and fortunately, the game lived up to it. Before the season, it probably wasn’t a game you would point to and say it could be a great game and headline an evening, but that’s what happened – even if that was helped the
relatively light slate.

Colorado fans got to see Mike Daum. And they almost got to see too much of him.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 14, 2017

by - Published December 14, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The first month of the season hasn’t been memorable for Wisconsin – certainly not like the postseason a year ago. Wins have been a little harder to come by, and a team that has been a consistent winner of late has not exactly shined overall. It’s not just their 5-7 overall mark, but the reality that they will soon enter Big Ten play with an NCAA Tournament resume that is less than stellar.

The Badgers are certainly not a bad team, but they do have some real issues right now. Wednesday night’s 81-80 squeaker over Western Kentucky is just the latest evidence that they have a long way to go to extend their streak of 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, December 11, 2017

by - Published December 11, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Don’t look now, but Bobby Hurley is following in his brother’s and father’s footsteps. He’s winning as a high-major head coach and has a team poised to be in the NCAA Tournament. It’s one that was far from expected.

In truth, a Hurley winning big is almost expected now. But what Bobby is doing at Arizona State is still pretty impressive, not unlike his team going into Lawrence and knocking off Kansas 95-85 on Sunday.

But like seemingly anything in Tempe, this one didn’t come easily.

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