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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

Michigan wins the Big Ten: Courtside observations

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – For the second straight season, Michigan is in the championship game. The Wolverines, fresh off the upset of Michigan State in the semis, faced another huge test. Purdue, a team Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell terms “a team with virtually no weakness”, lined up as the opposition. For Purdue, a possible number one NCAA seed is on the line. Not to mention a Big Ten championship trophy.

Is the first possession a hint of the game plan? Purdue goes inside to 7’2” Isaac Haas, who converts. Michigan answers with an attempt from three that misses. Michigan mentor John Beilein subs “Moe” Wagner out early. Replacement Jon Teske, a 7’1” sophomore, assumes the duty of defending Haas. Teske answers the challenge and the Wolverines click offensively to open a seven-point lead with 13 plus remaining.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 5, 2018

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns

As conference tournaments take over the entirety of the landscape until Selection Sunday, we’ve just gone through quite a weekend. Four NCAA Tournament bids went out on Sunday, and we had a little bit of everything among them. And other tournaments continue on, a few with championship matchups all set.

In the championship games on Sunday, we had a dramatic finish, a near-historic comeback, an aberration and an anticlimactic game.

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2018 ACC postseason awards: One man’s vote

by - Published March 4, 2018 in Columns

The ACC will announce their postseason honors on Sunday afternoon, less than a day after the regular season ends and a week before Selection Sunday. The awards are selected by a panel of voters that includes the conference’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media.

For the second year in a row, I am among those voters, and am disclosing how I voted as a way of looking at the conference over the course of the year. (I have voted for the conference’s weekly honors for a little longer.) There are some interesting things that emerged as I went through what was a challenging exercise:

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Big Ten Quarterfinal notebook

by - Published March 3, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – Michigan State and Purdue survived. Penn State pulled an upset and Michigan impressed the Garden crowd. A crowd battling the ravages of a Nor’easter to get to MSG for Friday’s festivities.

The quarterfinals of the Big Ten are in the book. The semis will see an instate battle between the Spartans and Wolverines. The other side of the bracket puts Penn State against Purdue. First, the quarterfinal points of emphasis.

Scores:
Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60
Michigan 77, Nebraska 58
Penn State 69, Ohio State 68
Purdue 82, Rutgers 75

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 3, 2018

by - Published March 3, 2018 in Columns

The day was relatively quiet, but the night was a whole other story. March Madness is truly upon us, and we saw it several times on the night. And as the conference tournaments are still young, it’s a sign of what we can look forward to.

We now have three championship matchups set, with two more of them coming on Friday night, and there was a double dose of surprises in another tournament.

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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.

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