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Departures like Beard’s still far more exception than the norm

by - Published May 24, 2016 in Columns
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It would’ve been fun to see an itinerary for former UNLV coach Chris Beard’s tenure as the Runnin’ Rebels coach, all 19 days of it.

One wonders exactly how much moving and unpacking a college basketball coach can do in the immediate weeks after departing one school for a new job. Was there time to pick out a house? An apartment? Maybe this was a one-suitcase trip to start, with the rest on the moving vans arriving later in the summer. Maybe he had to make trips to Wal-Mart for toiletries and In-N-Out for food.

Beard’s hopscotch from Arkansas-Little Rock to Nevada-Las Vegas to Texas Tech didn’t quite set a record for shortest stay for a coach in one location-that would still be Gregg Marshall spending a day at College of Charleston before returning to Winthrop in 2006 and Dana Altman doing the same at Arkansas before returning to Creighton a day later. Suffice to say, though, Beard’s “tenure” will be mentioned in the same breath as those two and others like them for years to come.
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For Georges Niang, a path to the NBA may not include the draft

by - Published May 16, 2016 in Columns
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In a season full of senior stars, Georges Niang is one who might have seemed an unlikely one once upon a time. His is a story of how intangibles supplement talent and physical gifts and bring someone a long way.

As a high schooler, Niang won – a lot. He played for the powerful BABC program, long the premier travel program in New England, and they rarely lost games while winning a Nike EYBL title and an AAU national championship during his time. It didn’t stop there, as his teams at the Tilton School won four straight NEPSAC Class AA titles and nearly won a fifth, and also won a National Prep Championship. He was no small part of all of those teams, scoring over 2,300 points at Tilton and being a constant presence for BABC, though more of a glue guy on the latter for a good deal of his career.

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2015-16 ACC Post-Mortem

by - Published May 13, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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Atlantic Coast Conference coaches spent much of the season boasting about the league’s competitiveness and balance, but in the end, the 2015-16 race had a very familiar look at the top.

North Carolina finished with a 14-4 ACC record to win its first regular-season title since 2012 and Virginia, which finished alone at the top in the 2013 and ’14 seasons, checked in at 13-5 to share second place with Miami.

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2015-16 America East Post-Mortem

by - Published May 13, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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If you looked at how the America East standings have been the past few years, then looked at the final standings this time around, there was a familiar look. Consistency can be a good thing in many contexts, but as it applies to America East, it is not in one respect: right now, the conference appears to be stuck in neutral from a competitive standpoint.

Over the past six seasons, the conference has been dominated by Stony Brook, Albany and Vermont. Boston University was annually a contender, too, before departing for the Patriot League, but the overall pattern doesn’t change. In particular, the past two seasons have seen the same four teams finish in the top four, and then a big drop-off as four games separated fourth from fifth place each season. The bottom of the conference is having a tough time moving up, with most of the programs in some form of transition.

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2015-16 Big West Post-Mortem

by - Published May 13, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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Hawaii was a fortuitous-and wise-addition for the Big West Conference when the school joined in 2012, and it took just a couple years for the league to see a significant payoff.

After being a mid-pack team in its first three years in the Big West, the Rainbow Warriors exploded in 2015-16. Under first-year head coach Eran Ganot, Hawaii won a school-record 28 games, tied for the league regular season title and won the conference tournament to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – May 5, 2016

by - Published May 6, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In this edition, we start by looking back at a departed legend, then continue with some off-season developments.

First, we look back at the life of the late Pearl Washington, a college basketball legend. While he had a relatively uneven NBA career, there is no mistaking that he will be remembered for his college days at Syracuse both on its own merits and within the larger context of the Big East and its rise.

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One last appreciation for college basketball’s senior class

by - Published April 25, 2016 in Columns
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The 2015-16 college basketball season is in the books. There were many memorable moments, including right at the end, and things that help this season stand out from others. Perhaps the biggest one of all is something that was driven home often this season: seniors mean a great deal to college teams.

For years now, so much energy has been spent on the freshmen in college basketball, especially if there was a ballyhooed recruiting class. Since the NBA’s age minimum rule came into effect, much has been said of how the college game gets great talents for a year, talent it wasn’t getting for about a decade before the rule came. “One and done” has become part of the lexicon of college basketball because of players who come to college for a year and then turn pro.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – April 20, 2016

by - Published April 20, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. As the off-season continues, the NBA Draft and coaching changes continue to take center stage, albeit with a twist in recent days.

We start with Ted talking about his trip to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a long-running event for college seniors as a precursor to the NBA Draft. In recent years, many have turned down invitations for one reason or another, often feeling that they would do better just working out for teams, but with seniors being a big part of the college basketball season this year, this edition of the PIT hauled in a very good group that could see a half dozen players get drafted.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – April 14, 2016

by - Published April 14, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. The off-season is well underway, but as usual, there is plenty to talk about in college basketball.

We start by looking back once more at the thriller of a championship game, and a few facets of it. We continue with how Villanova won despite not having the kind of talent most national champions have had and what it could mean going forward, as well as what it tells us about the job Jay Wright has done by prioritizing fit over talent level.

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Larranaga looking for consistency for his Miami program

by - Published April 8, 2016 in Columns
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College basketball fans may be familiar with the term “one-and-done” as it applies to five-star prospects who spend a year on campus before leaving for the NBA draft. But the phrase has a different meaning for the University of Miami.

“One-and-done” has been the case for Miami when it comes to the NCAA tournament in recent years.

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