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Moving on is not likely to be easy for Louisville

by - Published February 21, 2018 in Columns

I haven’t seen anything like it in my time around the sport. I knew it was possible, but still didn’t think it would actually happen.

A national title, no more. Vacated. No banner or other recognition of it.

Louisville Cardinals, not the 2013 NCAA champions.

And this might not be all.

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Saturday Notes – February 17, 2018

by - Published February 18, 2018 in Columns

We’ve come to expect busy days like Saturday to be wild ones, and this one didn’t disappoint. That was also true for basically the entire span of the day, starting very early and going right to the bitter end.

As has been the case for much of the year, the Big 12 and SEC led the way in this regard. The former has a big race for the top, while the latter has so much happening throughout the standings. But they were hardly alone, as the Big East also produced a couple of big results.

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The defense never rests for Bennett and Virginia

by - Published February 16, 2018 in Columns

With a firm grip on the Atlantic Coast Conference lead and its first No. 1 ranking since the days when Ralph Sampson was patrolling the lane, Virginia now gets a break in the schedule following a hectic two-week period that saw the Cavaliers play five games over a 13-day span, winning four of them.

The Cavs (24-2, 13-1 ACC) get this weekend off, with their next outing at home Wednesday against Georgia Tech ending a span of eight days between games.

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Bracket preview reactions show need for philosophical discussions on tourney data

by - Published February 15, 2018 in Columns

As much as the NCAA is trying to advance the hype of its prize basketball event with the release of a bracket preview roughly a month before Selection Sunday, this year’s early look really didn’t tell us a whole lot that we didn’t know already.

The NCAA’s reveal of its top 16 teams at this point of the season should’ve provided little to be fired up about, nothing further than light debate about whether a team might be a line higher or lower.

Three of the four No. 1 seeds were a shoo-in, and the fourth (Xavier) was a worthy choice. Cincinnati was a deserving 2 seed, while Michigan State down at a 3 seed is a sign of the Big Ten’s slippage as much as anything, but also of a team that had been less than impressive in a diminished conference up until the last week. … Continue Reading

For Tim O’Shea, leading Bryant into Division I made plenty of sense

by - Published February 13, 2018 in Columns

When Bryant University decided to make the move to Division I, the transition was going to be important. It was going to be challenging, to be sure – the jump in talent (although more so in length and athleticism), not being eligible for postseason play for a few years, having to schedule extra non-conference games before getting a full conference schedule all posed challenges.

All of that was a given, and all of it was known at the time. Then the coach at the time left to go out west. It meant the school had a big hire to make, to get someone to guide them in these early days of Division I.

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Saturday Notes – February 10, 2018

by - Published February 11, 2018 in Columns

While this section has highlighted many a wild Saturday, with this one being no different, the reality is that Saturday has only been different from other days of the week in terms of sheer numbers. It has, quite frankly, been a wild season in the nation, and we were just reminded of that.

Not much in the Big 12 is surprising considering how even and deep the conference is, but they led the way. Baylor rolls over Kansas? Oklahoma State wins at West Virginia? Texas Tech wins convincingly at Kansas State? Who saw that coming?

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Marquette edges Seton Hall: Points of emphasis

by - Published February 9, 2018 in Columns

NEWARK, N.J. – Outside the Prudential Center banners hang from poles with the message “protect our house”. The slogan centers around the basic formula for Big East success – win at home and try to steal a few on the road. On Wednesday evening Marquette did the latter by pulling off an 88-85 upset of host Seton Hall. The loss was the second straight for Seton Hall, now 17-7 and 6-5 in the Big East. Marquette improved to 14-10 and 5-7 in conference.

Points of emphasis:

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Scanning the Nation Notebook for Feb. 8 – On Michigan State, bubbles, Loyola Chicago, Summit League & more

by - Published February 8, 2018 in Columns

Notes, thoughts, numbers and more gibberish about the college basketball landscape post-Super Bowl and with Selection Sunday now just over a month away. The Big Ten, Summit League, regional TV and some hidden gems to watch in March are among our topics…

Michigan State may be winning games-almost silently, the Spartans are on a seven-game streak now-but the Spartans still concern us. There’s the turnovers, obviously, but just as much is the inconsistent halfcourt offense. MSU is still hustling the ball up the court after missed shots like it always has, but if it doesn’t convert (or turn it over), the Spartans too often suddenly look like Virginia or Northern Iowa on the offensive end, but without the Cavaliers’ results to show for it. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 7, 2018

by - Published February 7, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. As the great rivalry matchups hit, we have plenty to look back on both early in this week and over the weekend that was, and then we look ahead as well.

First, we talk about Tennessee and Kentucky after the Volunteers edged the Wildcats 61-59 for their first season sweep in 19 years. It’s a reminder that Rick Barnes is a pretty good coach, as the Volunteers don’t have the individual talent of Kentucky although they have more experience and don’t lack talent. Tennessee is all alone in second place in the SEC, while Kentucky is further back and has a tough schedule remaining before the SEC Tournament. This Kentucky team has some resemblance to the team of 2013-14 that was very inconsistent in the regular season before making a run to the national title game, but the comparison doesn’t seem likely to extend that far.

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Saturday Notes – February 3, 2018

by - Published February 4, 2018 in Columns

We had another wild Saturday. You knew another one was sure to come at some point, and this was definitely it.

It started early with a big non-conference game, but that wasn’t all. The Big 12 and SEC continued to have teams beat each other up, the Pac-12 had a shakeup in their standings, and even mid-major leagues like the CAA and Ivy League were not immune.

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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.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 11, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about several big pieces of news away from game play, one of which puts a lot in perspective. We also talk about the lack of dominant teams and how this has shown up in the results, especially this past weekend.

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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