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2014-15 Southland Post-Mortem

by - Published June 19, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes

Those buying into the overhyped storyline about college basketball being unwatchable this past season could’ve found their antidote if only they watched a little bit more of Stephen F. Austin and the Southland Conference.

SFA ran through the Southland as Coach Brad Underwood led his team to a second consecutive memorable year. The Lumberjacks lost just once in SLC play and ran off 28 wins in 29 games before a cold-shooting performance in the NCAA Tournament kept them from duplicating their feat from a year earlier of scoring a first round victory as a 12 seed in the Big Dance.

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2014-15 America East Post-Mortem

by - Published June 19, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes

The America East had a very familiar look at the top this season, in more ways than one. The conference championship game was a rematch, with a similar result in more ways than one, while the top three teams in the standings all looked very familiar.

After that, it gets interesting. It is perhaps where we can look for some change in the times to come.

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2014-15 Sun Belt Post-Mortem

by - Published June 10, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes

Seemingly in a perpetual search for an identity due to so many membership changes, the Sun Belt Conference found one in 2014-15 as a conference that provided a little of it all.

The Sun Belt was both as predicted and unpredictable. It played games in the 90s and 100s…or the 30s and 40s. It even had some star power amidst rosters that would mostly generate a shrug on the national level. It was a unique mix, but in the end it worked out well for a now-venerable league that has faced numerous changes over the years but is nearing its 40th anniversary.

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2014-15 Big West Post-Mortem

by - Published June 9, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Big West entered 2014-15 poised for a very good year, and it eventually got there, albeit in a very roundabout way.

A number of the storylines for the league coming into the season never quite materialized, for a myriad of reasons. Among them:

-Preseason favorite UC Irvine was hammered by injuries for much of the season. Mammoth (7-foot-6) game-changer Mamadou Ndiaye played in less than half the team’s games, and four other regulars missed substantial time. After a 3-2 start that included a scare of Arizona and a tough loss at St. Mary’s, the Anteaters really were never whole again the rest of the year.

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2014-15 CAA Post-Mortem

by - Published June 9, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes

In a year full of competitive conference races, the Colonial Athletic Association fit right in while still being under the radar. It didn’t have a seven-way tie at the top at one point, like the Big South did or three games separating first from tenth like the Patriot League did for a lot of the season, but it did produce its own great result: a four-way tie for the regular season title.

The conference wasn’t top-heavy, either. Another team was two games back of the top four and two more teams another game back. The six losses by the top four teams were tied for the most by a regular season champion in CAA history and marked the first time in 18 years that the regular season champion had more than four losses. Drexel was 9-9 in CAA play and had to play on opening night of the conference tournament. The other 9-9 team, Delaware, knocked off three of the four teams that tied for first during the season.

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Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

by - Published June 4, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

WALTHAM, Mass. – With the spring winding down, the Boston Warriors and Mass Elite got together to host a college showcase for their programs. They got together on this last year and opted to do so again this time around, with results satisfying to both programs. A few other players joined in on the evening, with a good turnout of college coaches as well.

While last year’s showcase had more size up front, this year’s might have had a better lineup of wings. There were also some good underclassmen, so in all there was plenty to see at Waltham High School.

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2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

by - Published June 3, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

FOXBORO, Mass. – Sunday was a busy day in the Massachusetts AAU Tournament. It closed out a weekend of action in the oldest age group, while a few younger ones held their final rounds after the early rounds were held a few weeks prior. As such, it offered a look at a few key age groups.

The first one of note was the championship game in the 14-Under. The Mass. Commanders were fresh off a double overtime victory over the BABC Academy in the semifinals, but they showed no signs of wear against the Boston Spartans. The Commanders ran out to a 19-7 lead, then responded to a 6-0 Spartans run to get back into the game with a 26-3 run of their own to put the Spartans away early. After a 53-32 halftime lead, they coasted to a 94-64 win behind a well-balanced attack.

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2014-15 WAC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 3, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes

There’s really no way around it; there is a perceived gap between New Mexico State and everyone else in the Western Athletic Conference, and that gap was quite real in the 2014-15 season.

The lone link between the WAC’s former days as a solid top 15 basketball conference and its current location near the bottom of NCAA Division I, the Aggies dominated the league, winning the regular season title by five games and eventually nabbing their fourth consecutive WAC tourney title and NCAA Tournament bid. NMSU lost just once in WAC play and outscored league opponents by an average of 14.2 points, winning 13 straight games entering the NCAA Tournament.

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College basketball’s NBA fixation on full display with proposed rule changes

by - Published May 15, 2015 in Columns

If it wasn’t a known truth already, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee on Friday affirmed to all a flaw in the sport that has become ever more obvious in recent years.

The sport of college basketball and its coaches have a serious man crush on the NBA.

It is no coincidence that, of 12 major points of emphasis handed down from the rules committee on Friday, nine of them-a full 75%-are moves toward NBA standards, if not downright duplications. At this point the rules are proposals, but it’s considered a formality that they will pass in June.
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Rule changes are no magic bullet for increasing scoring

by - Published May 1, 2015 in Columns

As we’re now coming up on a month into the off-season, a hot topic has been scoring in college basketball. It was down this year, and at times during the season it was the subject of much debate because of some painfully low-scoring games we saw in 2014-15. Scoring has been down for a while now, and there are lots of theories about it as well as solution ideas.

One solution idea has been bandied about quite a bit, to the point where it seems inevitable it will come. If it does, we can’t get our hopes up. Simply put, we shouldn’t expect rule changes to solve all our problems.

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Big East looks the same in some ways and quite different in other ways

November 13, 2015 by


As year three of the new-look Big East tips off, the conference looks the same in a few ways. In other ways, though, it’s not the same, and much is to be determined.

Though a contender, Purdue will need to earn more relevance

October 15, 2015 by


Purdue has the makings of a contender in Big Ten play, but you wouldn’t know it from the conversations about the conference teams. The Boilermakers will have to earn their way to relevance despite their potential to contend.

New challenge ahead for Harvard

October 6, 2015 by


If Harvard’s great run through the Ivy League is to continue in 2015-16, the Crimson will have to get through quite a challenge this time around with a team that looks a little different.

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College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed listening to COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT, a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, joined by former St. John's and George Washington head coach Mike Jarvis, former Fairfield head coach Terry O'Connor and many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

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Recruiting Coverage

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.

2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

June 30, 2015 by


We look back at more from the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, where some of the championship games were worth the price of admission.

A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

June 23, 2015 by


The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of good championship games on Sunday to close it out, and we start our look back with a look at those games.

Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

June 4, 2015 by


Two big programs, Mass Elite and the Boston Warriors, got together once again on a college showcase for many of their high school players. We look at some who stood out on the evening.

2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

June 3, 2015 by


Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.