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Coaches vs. Cancer: A final look

by - Published November 20, 2011 in Columns

NEW YORK – A brief note on the four teams in the recently completed Coaches vs. Cancer classic. The scores:


Mississippi State 69, Texas A&M 60

Arizona 81, St. John’s 72


Consolation:   Texas A&M 58, St. John’s 57

Championship:  Mississippi State 67, Arizona 57

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The Value of Tempo Free

by - Published November 14, 2011 in Columns

The games, thankfully, have begun in earnest. The time is appropriate to go over a few ideas regarding the study of tempo-free analysis. The tempo-free movement, if you will, is growing. Thanks to the work of Ken Pomeroy and the group at basketballprospectus.com, there is a much greater emphasis or at least exposure to the idea of using tempo free analysis to study trends. Baseball was enlightened by the work of Bill James. Many of his disciples have worked at applying his analysis to the basketball court. Basketball analysis is still relatively in its infancy but in the last five years alone significant strides have been made.

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Jersey City Loses a Legend

by - Published April 15, 2011 in Columns
LYNDHURST, N.J. – The age was difficult to determine. Not being in ideal health, Ed Ford looked older than his age. It turned out the man known as the ‘Faa’ was 65 when he passed away on Wednesday. In this case it wasn’t the number of years. His life was one where the quality far superseded the quantity.

The Faa called Jersey City home and he was a vibrant, colorful and devoted part of that city’s scene for decades. What was his occupation? Included over the years was coach, tavern owner, basketball official, journalist, Major League Baseball scout and recreation assistant. There might be another one here or there that was overlooked.

The 2011 National Championships: A Tempo-Free Evaluation

by - Published April 9, 2011 in Columns

They are in the books.  Both men’s and women’s championships are settled, with UConn and Texas A & M the respective champions. The quantity of complaints regarding the “ugliness” of the men’s game was probably matched by praise of the competitiveness and higher quality of the final game product by the women. Here, we take a look at the pace and efficiency of both contests:

On Monday UConn defeated Butler 53-41.

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Wichita State Rides Defense to NIT Title

by - Published April 1, 2011 in Columns

NEW YORK – In a battle of two programs, frequent participants but never an NIT champion, Wichita State emerged victorious. The Shockers defeated Alabama 66-57 in the title game on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. A tempo-free look follows.



Wichita State 65

Alabama 65


Offensive efficiency:

Wichita State 102

Alabama 88

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NIT Semifinal Games Are Another Study in Contrasts

by - Published March 30, 2011 in Columns

NEW YORK – “Déjà vu all over again,” to quote a wise sage. The NIT semifinal doubleheader was similar to the semis of the recently completed Newark Regional in the NCAA. Washington State versus Wichita state was a one-sided rout devoid of ties or lead changes. Following that, Alabama and Colorado saw five ties, nine lead changes and an SEC team emerge victorious in a game not settled until the final shot.


A tempo-free look follows.

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Newark Regional Notes: Kentucky Advances to Final Four

by - Published March 29, 2011 in Columns

NEWARK, N.J. – Kentucky is Final Four bound. The Newark Regional started off slow but gave us two outstanding contests to cap off a wild weekend. A tempo free look at the games, beginning with the final.

Kentucky 76, North Carolina 69


Kentucky 69

North Carolina 71

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GoHoops: Tabletop Basketball can be ‘Addictive’ as well

by - Published March 17, 2011 in Columns

LYNDHURST, NJ – For years the video games have provided a pleasant diversion. Yes, I religiously purchase Madden every August. The basketball simulations as NBA Live and NBA 2K as well as the college games (I always seem to do great with Xavier) are also favorites. Unfortunately no one released a college video game this season but that’s another story.
For a convenient, easy to play and enjoyable game, GoHoops is highly recommended. In addition, it’s ideal for travel. … Continue Reading

UConn Defeats Louisville for the Big East Title: A Tempo-Free Look

by - Published March 14, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, NJ – Have netbook will travel. Seriously, a time to assess the Big East Championship game. UCONN made it five wins in five days and one satisfying Big East championship at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies prevailed 69-66 in a game that literally came down to the final shot.

Possessions: UCONN 65 Louisville 65
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A Tempo-Free Look at the A-10 Championship

by - Published March 13, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, NJ – Richmond earned their first Atlantic Ten Tournament title with a 67-54 decision over Dayton. The final at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall featured an outstanding defensive effort. The numbers:

Possessions: Dayton 61 Richmond 58
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Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

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Saturday Notes – February 21, 2015

February 22, 2015 by


A busy Saturday saw a lot of results that shook up conference standings, including a three-way tie developing in one of them, and some at-large hopes took a hit as well.

William & Mary tries to manage through defensive struggles

February 19, 2015 by


William & Mary has had to overcome some things to be in contention in the CAA. The latest is some defensive struggles while adjusting to life without a key player for a stretch.

Saturday Notes – February 14, 2015

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NBA All-Star Weekend is grabbing headlines, but there were key games on Saturday as several conference races remained tight and a few teams re-asserted themselves as favorites in their conference.

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2015 Boston Winter Invitational: What to expect

January 23, 2015 by


The Boston Winter Invitational is coming up on Sunday at UMass-Boston. Here is a look at some of what to expect in the four prep school games that are on the schedule.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Monday notes

January 21, 2015 by


Monday was the big day despite having just five games, as all were big matchups and most were nationally televised. There was plenty of talent in these games, and some big names played well.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Sunday notes

January 19, 2015 by


It was a bad weather day outside, but fortunately we play the games indoors. Prep schools took center stage on a busy Sunday with some good talent and good games all the way to the end.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Saturday notes

January 18, 2015 by


The Spalding Hoophall Classic picked up on Saturday, with a few good games, a couple of blowouts, then the best game of the day at the end. There was also plenty of good talent in each game.

2015 Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic – Sunday notes

January 14, 2015 by


Sunday was the day for a trip a little down the road from Saturday’s destination to check out some prep school action. We take a look at some notes from the day’s games in the Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic.

2014 Prep School Tour

Missed a recap of an open gym workout? We have them all right here for you.

Sept. 9: Putnam Science Academy
Sept 10: Commonwealth Academy
Sept. 11: St. Andrew's
Sept. 12: Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 16: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 17: Brooks School
Sept. 21: Holderness School
Sept. 23: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 24: South Kent School and Kent School
Sept. 25: Williston Northampton
Sept. 28: Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Suffield Academy
Sept. 30: New Hampton
Oct. 5: Worcester Academy
Oct. 7: Brimmer and May
Oct. 8: Cushing Academy
Oct. 9: Tilton
Oct. 12: Tabor Academy and Rivers School
Oct. 14: The Master's School
Oct. 16: Vermont Academy

You can also find them all right here.