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2017 CAA Postseason Awards: One Man’s Vote

by - Published March 2, 2017 in Columns

The CAA Tournament is ahead this weekend, and before that happens, the conference will hand out its usual postseason awards. The tournament moves to North Charleston for the first of a three-year run after three years in Baltimore.

I have been a voter for these awards for over a decade now, having covered the conference closely over that time. This year, the votes were a little tougher than in many years. The race for Player of the Year was wide open, in particular, and from that, you may deduce that the all-conference teams were also a challenge – and you would be correct there. As is often the case, the all-CAA and Player of the Year considerations involved quite a balancing act between a player’s individual accomplishments and how his team did – a little more so than usual.

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Possible RIP to RPI misses point about tourney selection issues

by - Published March 1, 2017 in Columns

It’s a statement you might hear at a support group meeting, except there may be no one else there.

I’m a college basketball fan, and I don’t hate the RPI.

There, we said it. And now we’ll duck and let the virtual tomato throwing commence.

If that above sentence were given a sub-title, it just might be “How to commit Twitter suicide in one easy step.” For, of all the lock statements in the world, few are more of a sure thing than this: if one wants to talk college basketball and be popular on social media, they do not speak in any sort of positive terms about the Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI, that ratings formula used for grouping data by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, a.k.a. selection committee. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 1, 2017

by - Published March 1, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The best month of the year is upon us and the NCAA Tournament is not far away. In fact, conference tournaments have begun, and we get into that along the way.

First, we look back to a few days earlier, with two games that stood out. One was Kentucky’s convincing win over Florida, which showed just how good the Wildcats can be – not unlike how the Gators’ convincing win over the Wildcats earlier showed just how good they could be.

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For NJIT: A night to remember

by - Published February 28, 2017 in Columns

NEWARK, N.J. – The week that was had its share of drama. Gonzaga lost its unblemished record. Villanova kept on rolling. UCLA scored a big road win at Arizona…and so on.

Almost forgotten, but significant just the same, was a final home game. On Thursday at NJIT, this was not simply your traditional Senior Night – the time to thank those exiting the program and wish them well in future endeavors. On this evening the Highlanders were also playing a final game in their Fleisher Gym.

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Box score breakdown: Syracuse 78, Duke 75

by - Published February 26, 2017 in Columns

The old adage about the NBA is you can catch all the action the final two minutes. It’s not necessarily true.

If you caught the last possession of Duke-Syracuse, there was a wealth of drama and excitement rolled into one incredible shot. But that was not the whole story. John Gillon’s buzzer-beating running three pointer at the top of the key gave Syracuse a 78-75 victory at the Carrier Dome. That snapped Duke’s (22-6) seven game conference win streak and kept Syracuse’s (17-12) NCAA hopes alive another day.

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Saturday Notes – February 25, 2017

by - Published February 26, 2017 in Columns

While Saturday was, as usual, a very busy day, it was one of the last games of the day that will lead the way. Gonzaga tried to finish the regular season undefeated, but BYU came into Spokane and shocked the Bulldogs. It was mainly a shocker because it was on the road and Gonzaga ran out to a big early lead.

There was much more, though. The Pac-12 had a big showdown, and there were plenty of key bubble games. The regular season has come to an end for a number of conferences, with others set to finish up on Sunday or Monday.

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St. Peter’s: A serious challenger in the MAAC

by - Published February 24, 2017 in Columns

After his team was thoroughly dismantled about a week ago, Marist coach Mike Maker played tribute to his opponent.

“He is one of the best coaches around, his school is fortunate to have him and I think the MAAC conference is fortunate as well,” Maker said.

Maker was referring to John Dunne, whose St. Peter’s club had defeated the Red Foxes 71-46 at Yanitelli Center. Several days later, St. Peter’s celebrated Senior Day with a resounding 74-55 victory over Fairfield. It was St. Peter’s fourth straight conference win to push their MAAC record to 12-6. The western New York swing to Niagara and Canisius will finish the regular season this weekend. The final stop before the tournament in Albany, a tournament observers feel, St. Peter’s is good enough to win.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2017

by - Published February 22, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Next week, we’ll be talking about conference tournaments as the first of those get going, so we know the regular season is winding down.

We start by looking at the race for National Player of the Year, where a few players appear to have distinguished themselves but no one player has separated from the pack. Three players lead the way, and one comes to mind for a possible fourth.

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Monmouth: A closer look at the numbers

by - Published February 22, 2017 in Columns

They are on a 14-game win streak with a 16-2 record in league play. The conference regular season title is secured. For Monmouth, they push on in search of a few goals that eluded them a year ago.

King Rice’s Hawks were defeated by Iona in last year’s MAAC championship game and consequently, fair or not, were not on the board Selection Sunday. This season, they appear ready to force a different outcome in the conference tournament in Albany.

The Hawks, in MAAC play, show a gaudy 110 offensive efficiency. They push the ball at a fast 75-possession rate, and on defense, excel with a 96 efficiency on that side of the ball.

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In Charleston, Grant’s plan is coming to fruition as envisioned

by - Published February 21, 2017 in Columns

BOSTON – A plan doesn’t always come together exactly as the person behind the plan envisions it. Sometimes the outcome is very different, while other times it’s a detail or two that doesn’t quite go as planned. When a plan does come together, though, it is wonderful to see, and College of Charleston is right in the middle of that right now.

It was a plan that came about a little unexpectedly, too. The plan wasn’t supposed to be necessary, at least not at that time.

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