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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 11, 2017

by - Published November 11, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The 2017-18 season is here at last. It has been long-awaited, and opening night always has an interesting mix of games that should be (and end up being) blowouts as well as good, tough matchups. And as usual, we had some blowouts and some surprises, along with some dandies.

With all of that out of the way, the best thing to do is just roll right through the most notable games on the evening.

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Best Players No One Knows About – 2017-18 edition

by - Published November 10, 2017 in Columns

As Cincinnati continues to be one of the signature programs in the American Athletic Conference, the Bearcats have had their share of stars. All-Conference honors during their last Big East years as well as their early years in The American have been plentiful. All the while, they have had players contribute who don’t get a great deal of acclaim.

Gary Clark is one of those players, and he is our pick this time around as the best player no one knows about.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

by - Published November 10, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The 2017-18 season is almost here, and we take the time to get a feel for what to expect this time around.

We start with a few preseason polls as a jumping-off point, as they spur discussion about some teams that have more or fewer questions than others. Duke seemingly a consensus preseason No. 1, has its share of questions to go with its talent. Michigan State, meanwhile, could have the best team they have had in quite a while, especially at the offensive end.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 7, 2017

by - Published November 7, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Hoopville came into existence 16 years ago today. The site began as a place for many knowledgeable about a game we love to write about it. I was not here at first, but it wasn’t long before I joined in the fun. There was something novel about it, and we were basically a blog before the word “blog” became mainstream.

There was also hope of something more, a hope that has alternately seemed to come and go. It’s been that kind of ride, fun though it has often been.

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Further improvement for Boston College comes down to their mindset

by - Published November 6, 2017 in Columns

If Boston College is to take a big step forward this season, a big contributor to that may not be one individual, or even group of individuals. Instead, their mindset may be the difference between this year being more of the same or a big jump in the win column, especially in ACC play.

Talk to head coach Jim Christian, and things related to the players’ mindset will come up a lot. Whether it’s taking ownership of what to do on defense, or players finding ways to lead, so much of what the fourth-year head coach talks about with his team revolves around their mindset.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, November 6, 2017

by - Published November 6, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Just four days remain until the college basketball season tips off, and while the anticipation is building, it almost feels a bit muted. You wonder if the FBI investigation is taking a toll on this, which would not be a plus for the game. The sport is already very challenged to grab fan attention for the first month of the season thanks to college football, so this is not what the sport needs.

But we’ll hope the reality is better, and continue our look at some of the conferences this season.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 5, 2017

by - Published November 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As we move another day closer to the start of the 2017-18 season, we continue our look at several conferences to lead the way.

Until someone knocks off Kansas, the Jayhawks are the pick to win the Big 12, as they have done a phenomenal 13 years in a row. That doesn’t mean it will come easy, though, as they should be pushed by West Virginia, Baylor, and, believe it or not, TCU – yes, Jamie Dixon has made a big difference that quickly. The strength doesn’t end there, but those are the likely top contenders to unseat them.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 2, 2017

by - Published November 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With the beginning of November comes the return of the Morning Dish here on Hoopville, a signal of the season beckoning. And as we look forward to the start of the 2017-18 season, there is a decidedly different feeling in the background right now.

It’s now been over a month since the world of college basketball was basically turned upside down around noon time one morning. When news broke that four high-major assistant coaches were among ten arrested as part of an ongoing FBI investigation, it was like a shot across the bow. And it has had me pondering quite a bit in recent times.

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With two stars and their coach returning, UT Arlington should keep winning

by - Published October 30, 2017 in Columns

UT Arlington has been on a nice run of late, capped off a by last season’s regular season Sun Belt Conference title and subsequent run to the NIT quarterfinals. They finished the season with a school-record 27 wins, a great follow-up to a CIT appearance a year earlier. The natural question is if they can keep it up, and there were some key questions to that end this off-season.

The ultimate answer is that the Mavericks are very much in a position to do that, largely because of who they have coming back.

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Rhode Island finally broke through and should do so again

by - Published October 9, 2017 in Columns

When the subject of Atlantic 10 favorites comes up, discussion should start with Rhode Island. Dan Hurley has built them up that well, and they may ultimately see an unfortunate earlier event become a blessing in disguise.

When Hurley took over, the program wasn’t in a great state. Jim Baron had ably run the show for 11 years, with six postseason appearances, but none were in the tournament most wanted – the NCAA – and the bottom had fallen out with a 7-24 season in 2011-12, a year after they appeared in the CBI. Hurley had succeeded quite well at Wagner, and was ready to try the same in South Kingston. The first two years were tough ones, with the Rams battling gamely to a combined 22-39 mark, but it set the stage for what was to come.

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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.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we start with floor issues in the Big East and an important NCAA ruling that was upheld. Then we go on to the Big 12, where Wednesday night had a new twist, as well as the ACC and how it shapes up along with no team going undefeated in conference play this year.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 7, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a big sweep in the SEC, look back on the wild Saturday, then talk about a Big Ten showdown and some undefeated teams in conference play.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 31, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a lot of what has happened in the ACC and SEC, including the Big 12/SEC Challenge, whether or not Kentucky is turning a corner, as well as the story at Michigan State.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a wild night in the Big Ten, adversity and a quiet leader in the ACC, what to make of Kentucky and look ahead to the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 18, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about big road wins for a few teams, including a couple of bluebloods that looked destined for losses, as well as an unsettled Big Ten beyond one team, an SEC where you shouldn’t pay attention to bracketologists, and the problems with a proposed earlier start to the college basketball season.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

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.