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Brown’s triple-double highlights impressive start at Miami

by - Published December 7, 2016 in Columns

Though certainly a significant catch in a sterling recruiting class, Bruce Brown did not come to Miami as the Hurricanes’s most-heralded recruit. That recognition went to forward Dewan Huell, only the fourth McDonald’s All-American in program history.

But the 6-5 guard with the effervescent and always present smile, who spent the last two seasons at Vermont Academy in Saxton’s River after starring in football and basketball for two years at Wakefield (Massachusetts) High, is wasting little time in making his presence felt.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook – Dec. 6, 2016

by - Published December 6, 2016 in Columns

Temple will still have ups and downs this season because of how young the Owls are. But the talent Fran Dunphy has is sure going to be fun to watch. Obi Enechionyia is playing with supreme confidence right now, a 6-foot-8 matchup nightmare who is on fire from three, and freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore are playing major minutes and are fun to watch. Josh Brown also has returned from an Achilles injury faster than many expected and provides veteran leadership. Temple’s players also are moving themselves and moving the ball more this year than in recent years. The Owls’ wins over Florida State and West Virginia were no flukes. … Continue Reading

Saturday Notes – December 3, 2016

by - Published December 4, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

While football remained top of mind for many in college sports on a day of championship games, Saturday was a much-anticipated day on the hardwood, the first of its kind this season. And it didn’t take long to live up to that hype.

In one of the first games of the day, UCLA beat Kentucky for the second straight year. As was the case last year, what to take from that game says much more about UCLA than Kentucky, and this time around, if you’re a UCLA fan you can feel pretty good, as opposed to a year ago. We’ll have more on this later.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 29, 2016

by - Published November 29, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

In our latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis, we spend a lot of time looking at early season tournaments.

It’s only natural to pay attention to early season tournaments like the Battle 4 Atlantis or Maui Invitational. They are the best vehicle for noteworthy matchups and for teams to emerge, and as such we learn a good deal about a lot of teams early. Here, we look at how North Carolina has looked as good as anyone thus far, even an impressive Kentucky team that saw a historic individual effort on Monday, and we learned a little about Connecticut, Oklahoma State and Georgetown in Maui as well. We also look at the start UCLA has had, including their championship in the Wooden Legacy.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – November 17, 2016

by - Published November 17, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

The 2016-17 season is underway, and with it comes the first edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis here on Hoopville. Here, we talk about first impressions and what to look forward to on the season.

We start with a look at Tuesday night’s Champions Classic, which ended with the best game on the young season as Kansas beat Duke on a late jumper in a terrific back-and-forth game. From there, we talk about four clear top teams at the moment, and how those teams rely on freshmen or veterans to varying degrees, then some early games of note like North Carolina looking impressive and UConn losing two straight. We also touch on how veterans will be key players for teams stacked with young talent, and that has already proven true.

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Scanning the Nation: Notes from opening weekend

by - Published November 14, 2016 in Columns

A lot happened on Friday night. Not so much on Saturday, and a little more on Sunday. The season is still very, very young, but here are some quick hit notes looking around the country on the first weekend of the college basketball:

  • We mused before the season about whether Saint Mary’s could get any better offensively after being so, so good there last year. It was only one game, but one player who certainly looks like he may have is Jock Landale, who scored 33 points in the Gaels’ convincing 81-63 win over Nevada. Landale is part of an underrated SMC frontcourt that has size and skill, if not heaping servings of athleticism, and if he, Evan Fitzner and Dane Pineau can find more consistency then the Gaels are just that much more dangerous. … Continue Reading

The Most Important Players in America in 2016-17

by - Published November 11, 2016 in Columns

There’s every reason to expect that freshmen will dominate the college basketball landscape in 2016-17. The incoming group of freshmen may be the best we have seen in several years, and after a relatively lackluster group a year ago, it will shine by comparison. Even as that is the case, veterans still matter in college basketball, and that will be the case this season even for teams that are stacked with talented freshmen.

In that vein, we give you Isaiah Briscoe, the most important player in America.

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Best Players No One Knows About – 2016-17 edition

by - Published November 11, 2016 in Columns

Rice hasn’t been a big factor in basketball for a long time. The school is known for its academics and baseball program, but the hardwood has been more of a challenge.    But there is finally some hope in Mike Rhoads’ third season at the helm, and that hope starts with Marcus Evans.

The sophomore guard was one of the best freshmen in the country last season. He led the Owls in scoring and was second in Conference USA in that category, and he produced the third-most points in a single season in Rice history. He also led the conference in steals, and got better as the season went along, posting higher scoring numbers in conference play then before it.

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A game a day for the 2016-17 season: February

by - Published November 10, 2016 in Columns

We conclude our look at our favorite games for every day of the season from November through February, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

To refresh: in some cases they’re the biggest matchup of the day, in others they may be what we think will be the best game to watch. Some days the picks are obvious, others are unquestionably up for debate, but we limited it to one pick and one special mention each day. We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: Richmond at VCU. Quickly rising as one of the better current rivalry series in the sport, as almost every game between them of late seems to be a classic. Honorable mention: Northern Iowa at Illinois State
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A game a day for the 2016-17 season: January

by - Published November 9, 2016 in Columns

We continue our look at our favorite games for every day of the season, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

To refresh: in some cases they’re the biggest matchup of the day, in others they may be what we think will be the best game for any reason, whether it be competitiveness, rivalry, atmosphere, etc. We started on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, and today we move into January:

Jan. 1: UAB at Middle Tennessee State. The new year starts with a matchup between perhaps the top two teams in Conference USA, winners in each of the last two NCAA tourneys (UAB in 2015, MTSU last year) and both capable of competing for an NCAA berth again this year. This is a game worthy of national television, and it’s an example of how poorly this sport handles TV coverage that Penn State against Rutgers will be on nationally this day but this one will not. Honorable mention: Michigan at Iowa

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Saturday Notes – December 3, 2016

December 4, 2016 by

The first big Saturday of the college basketball season gave us all we could hope for, and it started right away. We have notes from a number of the day’s games right here.

Thanks to a big backcourt boost, Gonzaga should be even better this season

November 7, 2016 by

Gonzaga might have needed the West Coast Conference title they won in Las Vegas last year in order to be in the NCAA Tournament. With better guards, there should be no doubt about that this time around.

For the Big 12, coming out on top again will be a challenge in 2016-17

October 21, 2016 by

The Big 12 has been on a great run to be the top conference in recent years, including last year. This year will be a challenge due to a big loss of experience throughout the conference.

Hoopville Archives

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

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

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.

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.

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

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Recruiting Coverage

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

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

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.