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Storylines we’re watching for on Selection Sunday

by - Published March 9, 2018 in Columns

With a process as deliberately open-ended and always changing as NCAA Tournament selection is, finding perfect themes in selection is a fruitless endeavor.

Selection committee membership changes at least slightly from year to year, and with it their points of emphasis do, too. It’s one of the things that makes bracketology and guessing who the committee will pick so maddening, but also so much fun, if we’re being honest.

It will be impossible to draw a straight line through committee reasoning through every selection, that much is certain from past experience. That doesn’t mean there aren’t certain things we’ll be watching among seeding and especially selection as the field is unveiled Sunday. Among them: … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 8, 2018

by - Published March 8, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Championship Week has heated up, and we focus on a lot of the action from Wednesday as well as a day earlier.

We start by looking at a couple of games Ted had the chance to cover in the Big East and ACC Tournaments. The Big East Tournament featured an old rivalry matchup of St. John’s and Georgetown, while the ACC was bubble central on the day.

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Loss in Summit final shouldn’t obscure terrific season for South Dakota

by - Published March 7, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

At a time of year when talk of quality wins and quadrants and power rankings can be almost overbearing, sometimes it’s worth taking a step back and acknowledging that teams can and do have outstanding years, even if they may not make the NCAA Tournament.

Before this season, if anyone had said the South Dakota Coyotes-a nickname that cool deserves to be attached to the school name at every chance-would win 26 games, any Coyotes fan would’ve taken that in a heartbeat. In fact, if any observer of the sport at large would’ve been told USD would win 26 games, give TCU and UCLA a run on their home courts and even play respectably at Duke, they would’ve figured it was one of the stories of the year outside the sport’s main spotlight, a still-young NCAA Division I program continuing a dramatic rise the past couple years. … Continue Reading

Boston College advances in the ACC

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The “second season” is fully in vogue. The ACC Tournament tipped off at noon on Tuesday. Both teams naturally wanted to extend their seasons. Boston College, entering at 17-14, appeared to have the best opportunity and a little more to play for as a win in the ACC would in all eventuality lock up an NIT bid. Georgia Tech entered Brooklyn a disappointing 13-18. Josh Pastner’s group did come in on the heels of wins over NC State and Wake Forest. In this ACC opener Georgia Tech fell behind by as much as 20, fought nearly all the way back and ultimately fell to Boston College 87-77.

The points of emphasis:

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Michigan 75, Purdue 66 : Tempo free numbers

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – We take one last look at the 2018 Big Ten championship game, namely A look at the tempo free numbers from Michigan’s 75-66 victory over Purdue. As the metrics imply, it was not a one-sided affair. It was a game John Beilein’s Wolverines clearly stood out in almost every phase.

The numbers:

Possessions: 64
Offensive efficiency: Michigan 117, Purdue 103

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Final Arch Madness Notes: MVC’s choice of Loyola has proven a terrific one

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

There’s little doubt that when the Missouri Valley Conference decided to replace Creighton with Loyola University Chicago in 2013 that some thought the conference’s move was a gamble, maybe even a hope and a prayer.

In place of a program that won eight MVC basketball tourney titles over its last 15 years in the conference and annually ranked among the NCAA Division I attendance leaders, the Valley picked another Jesuit institution, but one with far less recent success in the conference’s signature sport. … Continue Reading

Things fell right for Hurricanes; now what?

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

The last weekend of the regular season couldn’t have gone any better for Miami had Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga sat down and arranged it himself.

First, his team beat Virginia Tech 69-68 at home to sweep the season series and stretch Miami’s winning streak to four games. All were one-possession affairs at the end, starting with a 77-74 win at Notre Dame on Feb. 19.

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2018 USBWA Awards: One man’s vote

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

The last of three postseason award ballots to send off was my USBWA ballot. As a USBWA member for over a dozen years, one of the responsibilities is the vote for the postseason awards the organization gives out. As noted with the CAA and ACC awards, it is always an interesting but challenging exercise, and the responsibility inherent in it should not be taken for granted.

We vote for ten top players from our district, ten All-Americans, district Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, national Player of the Year (Oscar Robertson Trophy) and Coach of the Year (Henry Iba Award) as well as a national Freshman of the Year (Wayman Tisdale Award). For each of the national individual awards, we vote for up to three players or coaches (I voted for three in each case).

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South Dakota State shows again its far more than one player, rolls into Summit final

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

One game after an underwhelming performance in its 2018 Summit League Tournament opener, South Dakota State reminded all just why it won the league’s regular season title.

And for those who haven’t seen the Jackrabbits much this year, here’s a tip: the reasons for their success go far deeper than just Mike Daum.

A game after being pushed by stubborn eighth-seeded Western Illinois, top seed South Dakota State was sharp on Monday, and with it opponent North Dakota State didn’t stand much of a chance. The Jackrabbits routed the Bison 78-57 in the tourney semifinals in Sioux Falls, S.D., picking up their 27th win and advancing to the tourney finals for the sixth time in seven years. … Continue Reading

Redbirds come up just short again at Arch Madness

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

Illinois State and its fans are getting all too familiar with having the same feeling at about 3 p.m. on a Sunday in early March, after the final game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

It’s the feeling of dejection after coming so close to an NCAA Tournament bid but not being able to cash in. Of being the second-best team in a 10-team tourney, good enough to get to the final stage at Arch Madness, but not quite able to take the final step to end a still-growing NCAA Tournament drought that now stands at 20 years and counting. The Redbirds keep on getting to the doorstep, but so far just can’t find the right key to get in the door. … Continue Reading

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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.

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

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

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The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

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Recruiting Coverage

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

June 12, 2017 by

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.