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2015-16 Northeast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published July 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Northeast Conference has long made its mark as a highly competitive conference whose best teams fit the little-engine-that-could mold. While all of that held up this season, there is something else to add right now: the conference has a lot of good talent that will be returning to make it better.

While Wagner won the conference by two games, a three-way tie followed, and in all seven teams were separated by three games after the Seahawks. While Bryant and Central Connecticut didn’t make the conference tournament and were further back, the Bulldogs won road games at conference champion Fairleigh Dickinson as well as Mount St. Mary’s and LIU Brooklyn, and the Blue Devils won at Robert Morris – always a tough place to win even in a down year for the Colonials – and beat Mount St. Mary’s in New Britain.

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2015-16 Atlantic Sun Post-Mortem

by - Published July 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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It would be hard to find a league that had a more suspenseful and more meaningful final day of its regular season than the Atlantic Sun Conference did this year.

Entering the final day of A-Sun play, no less than four teams had a shot at a share of the regular season title, with North Florida in first but Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville and newcomer NJIT all just one game back. The top six teams were separated by just three games, and all eight seeds were still up for grabs. Layering even more meaning to it all was the fact that all Atlantic Sun tournament games are held on the campus sites of the higher-seeded teams. … Continue Reading

2015-16 SEC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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If you had any doubt that Kentucky is once more in control of the SEC, you needed to look no further than 2015-16.

This was supposed to be a season where the Wildcats would get clearly upended by some other teams. Sure, they had a shaky season a couple of years ago, and they haven’t always been the kings of the conference during the John Calipari era, but for the most part they have been there. This time, though, it wasn’t supposed to happen the way it did. There was a Vanderbilt team that was supposed to be good. There was Ben Simmons coming in to make LSU relevant and maybe more. There was Texas A&M, a team on the upswing and sure to be motivated after being left out of the NCAA Tournament a year earlier.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – July 8, 2016

by - Published July 8, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In this edition, we largely look back on the NBA Draft, while also looking at some other off-season developments in college basketball.

First, the NBA Draft takes center stage. We start with an overview and class breakdown of the first round, then look at notable players who were not drafted. Included are the likes of NC State guard Cat Barber and Kansas guard Wayne Selden, though they are far from alone.

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2015-16 Big Ten Post-Mortem

by - Published July 8, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Big Ten had an enjoyable, entertaining, very nice 2015-16 basketball season, but enthusiasts of the conference can easily be forgiven if they were left with just a little bit of a dull taste at the end.

If one takes the larger view of the conference’s overall performance, the good should far outweigh the bad. The league had one of the very best players in all the country (Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine) and two more who were very close to that top layer (Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff). It had five teams who were legitimate top 10-level good at one time or another, from mainstay Michigan State to surprising Iowa. … Continue Reading

2015-16 Patriot League Post-Mortem

by - Published July 8, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Patriot League has been on quite a run of late, especially from a competitive standpoint. This season was no different, with a close battle for the top and a four-way tie in the middle of the pack. But the real highlight came in the form of the unexpected league champion, although a decade ago there would have been nothing unexpected about them.

Simply put, Holy Cross went on a tournament run for the ages.

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Even in a good year for them, the NBA Draft was light on seniors

by - Published July 7, 2016 in Columns
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So much for the great senior class in college basketball this past season.

It’s long been a given that the college game and the NBA are different. There is no shortage of ready examples to demonstrate that, from college teams loaded with future NBA players that underachieved to college stars not getting drafted or being drafted late. It has long been established that age matters.

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2015-16 MAC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 7, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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Perhaps the most interesting development in the Mid-American Conference in 2015-16 was its quietly becoming one of the best leagues in the country for…centers?

Surprisingly, yes. Three players on the all-MAC first team-Toledo’s Nathan Boothe, Ohio’s Antonio Campbell and Isaiah Johnson of Akron-were centers. Another-Kent State’s Khaliq Spicer-was voted the league’s best defensive player. Yet another-Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson-was its top freshman, as well as one of the most productive first-year players in the nation.

Those big men provided a variety of skills, whether they be scoring, rebounding, passing/facilitating (Boothe was one of the best-passing bigs in the country), defense or shot-blocking. Though maybe not of the seven-foot variety typically associated with men in the middle, the MAC was as good a spot as almost any in the country to look if one wanted to see post play. … Continue Reading

2015-16 Mountain West Post-Mortem

by - Published July 7, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Mountain West Conference had been so good for so long. Every year, it seemed to get better, deeper, and look like it might compete with the Pac-12 some years. Getting several teams into the NCAA Tournament looked like the norm; as it is, the conference went 15 straight years with at least two teams in the field.

Then came 2015-16. The conference was having such a good run, you almost wonder if it was due for a season like this, a correction of sorts. And that’s what happened.

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

by - Published June 28, 2016 in Columns, Recruiting
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ROXBURY, Mass. – There was a distinct local flavor to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which finished up on Sunday with champions in eight different age groups. The champions of the event reflected this, although there was one team from out of town that broke through when it was all said and done.

The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College was again the host of the event, as it has been every year. With so many city teams in the event, it was perfect for families to see the games. The championship games had a lot for the locals to see on Sunday.

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