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2017-18 OVC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 8, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

Murray State has been so consistently excellent in the Ohio Valley Conference for such a long time, it almost was hard to believe that the Racers were on a mini-drought from the NCAA Tournament coming into the 2017-18 season.

The Racers have been the surest of sure things seemingly forever. When one looked at the top of the OVC standings at almost any time over nearly 30 years, they were always there. For a stretch from 1988-2012, Murray never went more than four years without an NCAA bid, and finished worse than second in the conference just twice! (For the record, those two years outside the top two, MSU finished third and fourth) … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

by - Published May 30, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. After a relatively quiet few weeks – certainly, more quiet than the first month of the off-season – we return to talk about what’s leading the way across the country.

We begin by noting the death of former Maryland guard Cliff Tucker in a car accident. Tucker was 29 years old and played at Maryland from 2007-11, twice being on an NCAA Tournament team during the twilight of Gary Williams’ career as head coach.

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Commission’s emphasis on accountability welcomed; ball now in college sports leaders’ court

by - Published May 9, 2018 in Columns

When the Rice Commission on College Basketball released its report recently, a version of the word ‘accountable’ appeared 24 times throughout the report.

That was not a mistake or a fluke. When Dr. Condoleezza Rice released her prepared remarks about the report from the commission she led, they were led with her noting college basketball’s ills are “first and foremost a problem of failed accountability and lax responsibility.”

Rice’s remarks were maybe as revealing as the 52-page report itself was. Going further, Rice said: “The Commission found that talking to the stakeholders was, at times, like watching a circular firing squad-the problem, the issue, and ultimately the fault was always that of someone else.” … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

by - Published April 27, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We’re a few weeks into the off-season, and a lot is happening.

That would be the case most years, but this time around, something additional is in the works. On Wednesday, the Commission on College Basketball released a 60-page report from its work, a report full of recommendations for the NCAA to clean up the sport. We discuss the details, then give our take, which is that this is a starting point but also a mixed bag.

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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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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

by - Published April 6, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the first postseason edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Another season is in the books, and here we look back on the season while also talking about a couple of the big off-season topics.

The NCAA Tournament was one to remember. That is often the case, but this year may have set a new standard in that respect. Our Adam Glatczak talked about this at length recently, and here we talk about this more. It says something that two No. 13 seeds winning in the first round didn’t stay on many radars for long – there were bigger stories, with UMBC becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 and Loyola-Chicago’s epic run to the Final Four.

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2018 NCAA Tournament Final Review: Villanova, UMBC, Big 12 among big winners

by - Published April 4, 2018 in Columns

It’s unfortunate but also plenty fair to say that the 2018 NCAA Tournament finished up with a couple games that were relative lemons. That shouldn’t obscure the fact that as a whole, an event that delivers annually did exactly that again this year.

The tourney has a way of salving over college basketball’s wounds, and it did as much yet again, making us all forget for a couple weeks about FBI scandals and the endless debate about rules changes (not that some Ronnie Rainclouds didn’t try their darndest to keep pushing their agendas on the latter). It was an enjoyable tourney-if one that slumped to the finish a little-that will be remembered for, among other things: … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

by - Published April 3, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the national championship edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The national champion has been decided, and another season is in the books. There is plenty to talk about coming out of Monday night’s game.

Villanova beat Michigan 79-62 in a game that didn’t even feel that close. It’s hard to believe Michigan actually led by seven about halfway through the first half, not the least because the game swung from that to a nine-point halftime lead for Villanova. Once Villanova got the lead to double digits a little into the second half, it was basically game over.

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2018-19 Top 25: A First Pass

by - Published April 2, 2018 in Columns

Let’s get something out of the way to start: coming out with a top 25 for next season right as the national championship game ends is a hopeless exercise if you’re going for accuracy. There are many things that we can only take an educated guess at right now, and that is done here. But there are always surprises, and those can go either way. One player may or may not opt to enter/stay in the NBA Draft, one coach may or may not opt to stay at his current school, and so forth. There are also plenty of high school seniors who have not chosen a school, and that will also impact this.

Even so, this can be a fun exercise. It gives a sense of which teams appear well-positioned for next season provided there are no major surprises. So with that, here’s one crack at a top 25 for next season that is far too early but interesting all the same.

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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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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.