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Shaheen Holloway: Above all, a competitor

by - Published April 23, 2018 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The memories returned, intact and incredibly vivid. One over twenty years ago. The other, relatively speaking, just a dozen years removed. The thoughts were shared and were a constant reminder, so fresh years or two decades before, the day, in early April, Shaheen Holloway was introduced as new Saint Peter’s coach at Yanitelli Center.

Spring of 1994. Still a young official, experience-wise, yours truly had an AAU assignment at Bayley Ellard (now closed) High School in Madison. Arriving at the gym, I run into Tom Konchalski, the highly-respected recruiting guru. “What game do you have (to officiate)?” Tom asked. “Two o’clock,” I replied. “Good,” he said, “you get Shaheen Holloway’s game.” I was immediately hit with fear. Shaheen Holloway of St. Pat’s. A great player and I must officiate his game, am I ready?

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The Villanova essay

by - Published April 9, 2018 in Columns

A few days have passed. The celebrations and the parade are completed. The season is in the books. Villanova ascended to their second national championship in three seasons, defeating Michigan on Monday evening.

The body of work begins during the sweltering heat of Summer as individual workouts are accomplished. Fall brings the group practices under the watchful eye of the coaching staff. Games begin as does the exercise of balancing, preparation, practice and competition.

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2018 NIT: Wrapup and reflections

by - Published March 31, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – A few added notes and thoughts now that Penn State has captured the 2018 NIT title. First of all, the individual awards:

Most Outstanding Player: Lamar Stevens, Penn State
All Tournament:
Justin Johnson (Western Kentucky)
Sedrick Barefield, Utah
Justin Bibbins, Utah
Tony Carr, Penn State

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NIT final: Penn State 82, Utah 66 – courtside observations

by - Published March 30, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – Given the geographical and conference difference, it is not surprising this is only the second time Utah and Penn State have met on the hardwood. Ironically, the other get-together was on this same Garden floor. It was December of 1971 at the ECAC Holiday Festival, with the Nittany Lions winning 80-69. On this late March evening they tip it off with a NIT title at stake.

Both teams are tight early, missing some easy shots. David Collette of Utah slams the first two points home after nearly two minutes of play. Pace is deliberate as Utah wants no part of a “NASCAR” pace. Outside shots are not falling for the Nittany Lions. No time to panic, Penn State simply begins looking inside with favorable results.

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Penn State 75, Mississippi State 60: The numerology

by - Published March 29, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – It wasn’t even this close. Penn State defeated Mississippi State 75-60 in the second semifinal of the NIT at Madison Square Garden. Tuesday night’s victory puts the Nittany Lions in the championship against Utah on Thursday. The numbers of note:

Possessions: 62
Offensive efficiency: Penn State 121, Mississippi State 97

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NIT Semifinal: Utah 69, Western Kentucky 64 – Courtside observations

by - Published March 28, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – Talking with a few coaches and fans pre game, it is evident both teams are thrilled to be here. At the Garden with a chance for a championship on the line. The first semifinal featured Western Kentucky and Utah.

Utes open zone and Western Kentucky man-to-man. Early on the teams let us in on the game plan. Utah, a 65-possession team, is content to run their offense in half court and look for mismatches inside. Western Kentucky, a brisk 70-possession group, is looking to get out and run. After three and a half minutes the Hilltoppers lead 8-0 as Utah is struggling on the offensive end.

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NIT notebook, and some history….

by - Published March 26, 2018 in Columns

The demise of the Pac 12 in this year’s Big Dance has been well-chronicled. Well, the “conference of champions” can take solace in having a member reach a Final Four. Utah defeated Saint Mary’s in overtime in the NIT quarterfinals, sending the Utes to New York. Utah will be joined by Penn State, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky.

Given all the talk of the merits of home court advantage, it is interesting that each of the four teams headed to Madison Square Garden, punched their ticket away from home. Penn State knocked off top seed Notre Dame in South Bend before defeating Marquette in the quarterfinal. Mississippi State took out Louisville on the road. Western Kentucky stopped Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The aforementioned Utah captured their contest on the Gaels’ home floor in Moraga.

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March Madness: Numbers and notes

by - Published March 21, 2018 in Columns

They captivated a nation. Even fans whose brackets were destined to become part of the next day’s trash. UMBC defeated Virginia 74-54 to become the first 16 seed to take out number one. A few numbers are in order.

In a 62-possession game, UMBC posted an outstanding 119 offensive efficiency while limiting Virginia to 87. That latter figure is also an excellent showing courtesy of the Retriever defense. Virginia had the edge in turnover rates with a nice 11 percent showing. UMBC came in at 19 percent in that category, but was not affected in the long run. Chalk it up to hot shooting and defense.

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St. Bonaventure 65, UCLA 58: Boxscore breakdown

by - Published March 14, 2018 in Columns

Tied with 71 seconds remaining, St. Bonaventure scored the game’s last seven points. The Bonnies posted a 65-58 victory over UCLA in a First Four meeting at Dayton. The win sends the Bonnies to Dallas to face Florida on Thursday evening. The numbers of note:

Possessions: St. Bona 69, UCLA 68 (a little over moderate, undoubtedly affected by Bruin turnovers becoming Bonaventure fast breaks)
Offensive efficiency: St. Bona 94, UCLA 85

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Big East Semifinal notebook

by - Published March 11, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The opening semifinal game was a nailbiter, a classic rocking the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. Providence defeated regular season champion Xavier in an overtime thriller. The second contest saw Villanova jumping out to a significant early lead to prevent any hopes Butler had in scoring another upset victory.

The scores:
Providence 75, Xavier 72 (OT)
Villanova 87, Butler 68

Points of emphasis:

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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

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

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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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Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

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The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

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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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

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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.