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Thornwell rides a big NCAA Tournament back to NBA interest

by - Published April 24, 2017 in Columns

The NCAA Tournament is always an event that sees players emerge from out of the shadows. Whether it’s a big game, a big play, or even multiple big games, the opportunity to shine on a big stage in front of many people who might not ordinarily see a player is ever-present. This year, Sindarius Thornwell did just that, and he did it with multiple big games, being at the nerve center of South Carolina’s Final Four run.

The end result of the storybook few weeks was not a national championship. But for Thornwell, it appears to be new life as far as his future is concerned.

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Remembering Jack Grinold, and an unplanned car ride to New Hampshire

by - Published April 22, 2017 in Columns

On December 8, 1995, I was nearing the end of the first quarter of my sophomore year at Northeastern. It was the first day of finals – the school on its old quarter systems had fall final exams run on a Friday, then Monday through Thursday of the following week – but that wasn’t all. The men’s basketball team, with whom I was a manager, had a game that night.

I had a final exam that day, so it was going to be a close call making the team bus. I had every intention of going. Sure enough, I missed it. But all was not lost. The game was only about an hour away, at New Hampshire, so I figured someone in the athletic department would be going. I asked around, and sure enough, athletic director (and also the head football coach at the time) Barry Gallup would be going, and he would be able to take me. We would be joined by someone else from the athletic department as well.

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For St. Anthony’s, an end of an era

by - Published April 20, 2017 in Columns

In the end, it all came down to money. It was the almighty dollar winning, as it often does, over tradition and greater purpose.

St. Anthony’s High School could not raise enough money to trim a deficit nor could they guarantee enrollment numbers asked of by the Archdiocese of Newark. The other side saw developers salivate over St. Anthony’s location – sandwiched between the Hamilton Park and Newport areas. It is close to transportation to Manhattan as well. Yes, money won out in this “contest”. St. Anthony’s will close in late June.

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Second look: For Dunne and St. Peter’s a title well earned and deserved

by - Published April 13, 2017 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – If you get to meet and talk a few minutes with him you know he’s a genuinely nice person. If you watch his teams play you know he is a very good coach. Those fortunate to know and/or watch him on the sidelines know John Dunne is a very good coach. A week ago a lot of other people found out the same.

Dunne’s St. Peter’s team was in the finals of the CollegeInsider.com post season tournament. Their assignment was an away game on the campus of Texas A & M Corpus Christi. Two nights earlier, St. Peter’s easily handled Furman at home to earn the right to play for the championship. Dunne never complained about taking to the road. The only remark he made was “it will probably be an early flight leaving for Texas.” That is style. Not one to complain, just compete.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

by - Published April 11, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The off-season has begun in a sport that is now a 12-month-a-year operation, and a lot of news came on the day this was recorded, especially in the coaching ranks.

We first look back on the just-concluded 2016-17 season, with North Carolina winning the national championship a year after losing in the title game and also after the ACC had a great regular season but saw just one team – those same North Carolina Tar Heels – get to the second weekend.

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MVC’s best options to replace Shockers just might be already in league

by - Published April 10, 2017 in Columns

With Wichita State’s exit to the American Athletic Conference now official-finally, at long last, after repeated stoking by national media desperate for a scoop in a story where the end result was known for months-the Missouri Valley Conference faces the next step in its 111-year evolution as a conference.

Valley officials and presidents are going to face an endless stream of suggestions over the coming weeks and months, and while we wouldn’t pretend to be qualified to tell people in those places what to do-especially a commissioner as experienced and accomplished as Doug Elgin-here is one thing we do hope they can do:

Tune. It. Out.
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This national championship is a little different for Roy Williams and North Carolina

by - Published April 6, 2017 in Columns

Roy Williams has now won three national championships, and all of them are undoubtedly wonderful for him. He’s now a long way from the time he was constantly asked if he could win “the big one.” But this one probably feels a little different than the first two, and not for the most obvious reason that has already been much-talked about – a sense of redemption from a year ago.

Simply put, this North Carolina team doesn’t hold a candle to his first two title teams from a talent standpoint.

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Would the American Athletic Conference offer better NCAA Tournament access for Wichita State?

by - Published April 4, 2017 in Columns

For some time now, there has been talk of Wichita State leaving the Missouri Valley Conference for the American Athletic Conference. When it was first discussed, it didn’t seem to make much sense, and that hasn’t changed now that a report suggests the school is in advanced talks with the conference to make the move.

The rationale is obvious, but needs some closer examination. When that is done, this possibility is a head-scratcher.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2017

by - Published April 4, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to our national championship edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The national championship game is in the books, and with it the 2016-17 season.

Monday night’s game was not a thing of beauty, but it was a close one with plenty of drama. It was a back-and-forth game at times, with North Carolina pulling it out by closing the game on a 9-2 run.

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NIT: Numbers and Honors

by - Published April 3, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – We have the final numbers from the 80th NIT. The tournament is in the books with TCU the newly crowned (first time) champion.

The first look is the Linton numbers or EF, devised by Arthur Linton, an engineer and basketball devotee of the highest order. EF adds points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and rebounds while subtracting turnovers. In particular, we look at the double figure scorers from the final game.

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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.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we start with floor issues in the Big East and an important NCAA ruling that was upheld. Then we go on to the Big 12, where Wednesday night had a new twist, as well as the ACC and how it shapes up along with no team going undefeated in conference play this year.

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.

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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.