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Twenty teams to keep an eye on in 2017-18

by - Published November 2, 2017 in Columns

There are 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams. No more, and certainly no less.

That has always been the guiding principle for how we’ve followed college hoops, from a young age on. Regardless of school budget, or endowment, or how many pros it has generated, or how much TV money it receives from its conference.

Big or small, the fact of the matter is, as Lefty Driesell used to point out, every D-I school gets the same amount of scholarships. In a sport with such limited rosters and where only five players can be on the floor at the same time, good teams can come from anywhere. That’s been proven time and time again in the NCAA Tournament for decades. And in our quest for knowledge, that’s why we’ve always preferred to leave no stone unturned in trying to find good teams. … Continue Reading

With two stars and their coach returning, UT Arlington should keep winning

by - Published October 30, 2017 in Columns

UT Arlington has been on a nice run of late, capped off a by last season’s regular season Sun Belt Conference title and subsequent run to the NIT quarterfinals. They finished the season with a school-record 27 wins, a great follow-up to a CIT appearance a year earlier. The natural question is if they can keep it up, and there were some key questions to that end this off-season.

The ultimate answer is that the Mavericks are very much in a position to do that, largely because of who they have coming back.

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Rhode Island finally broke through and should do so again

by - Published October 9, 2017 in Columns

When the subject of Atlantic 10 favorites comes up, discussion should start with Rhode Island. Dan Hurley has built them up that well, and they may ultimately see an unfortunate earlier event become a blessing in disguise.

When Hurley took over, the program wasn’t in a great state. Jim Baron had ably run the show for 11 years, with six postseason appearances, but none were in the tournament most wanted – the NCAA – and the bottom had fallen out with a 7-24 season in 2011-12, a year after they appeared in the CBI. Hurley had succeeded quite well at Wagner, and was ready to try the same in South Kingston. The first two years were tough ones, with the Rams battling gamely to a combined 22-39 mark, but it set the stage for what was to come.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

by - Published October 2, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The college basketball world has been turned upside down. There is no other way to put it. And while it may be just what is needed when it’s all said and done, it’s going to get worse – perhaps much worse – before it gets better. And it will take a long time to get better.

That’s really all one can take from what has happened already. This is going to range far and wide, and many dominoes are going to fall; the ones that already have are just the beginning.

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Dark day for college basketball also presents golden opportunity

by - Published September 29, 2017 in Columns

Sometimes news comes out that is so stunning, so unexpected, so…damning, that it takes a while to digest it. The FBI’s report on Tuesday about college basketball coaches being arrested in an unprecedented bribery case certainly was such news.

It took some time to wrap one’s head around just what was reported. Cheating in college sports, of course, isn’t new. Some think that everyone does it.

They don’t. It makes a fun story, but it’s not true. It certainly does happen, though, especially in college basketball, where stories of shady folk take on mythic, sometimes almost comical proportions. To this day, names like Myron Piggie or Richie “The Fixer” Perry seem to bring snickers and chuckles in the sport more than regret. … Continue Reading

A healthy Oregon State would make the forgettable 2016-17 season a distant memory

by - Published September 25, 2017 in Columns

When Oregon State signed a much-heralded class during Wayne Tinkle’s first season at the helm, there was reason for optimism once again. When they came in as freshmen and helped lead the Beavers to the NCAA Tournament earlier than most expected, that optimism had to hit a new level. Perhaps this class was going to outperform overall expectations.

Then came last season, which was one to forget and possibly make some of that optimism wane. It was like the Beavers of old as they won just one Pac-12 game, a buzzer-beater against Utah that certainly hurt the Utes’ NCAA Tournament hopes.

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Even with a new coach and a few new starters, Butler should be just fine

by - Published September 18, 2017 in Columns

In the NFL, the last decade and a half has been marked by The Patriot Way with the New England Patriots’ great success. In college basketball, we have an analog of sorts: The Butler Way.

It’s entirely because of it that you can enter pretty much any season and figure that the Bulldogs will be just fine. How else do you explain the way the program has overcome the seemingly constant adversity they have faced over about the past decade?

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End of Great Alaska Shootout sad day for college hoops

by - Published August 25, 2017 in Columns

As much fun as bucket lists are, the cold reality is that sometimes we don’t get to fill them. Such will be the case with what we’d suggest is the ultimate college basketball bucket list, which will shrink by one after this upcoming season.

The University of Alaska-Anchorage announced Thursday that this year’s Great Alaska Shootout, the 40th edition of the granddaddy of all early season tournaments, will be the last one. School budget cuts and the loss of the big name schools that once dominated the event contributed to its downfall, meaning a Thanksgiving weekend tradition will soon disappear.

Its loss is nothing less than a sad day for the sport. Nostalgia for what was once a highlight of the sport’s regular season says as much, but so does the loss of the flavor the Shootout contributed to the sport, one that college basketball will miss badly, even as the event had notably slipped in recent years.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

by - Published August 18, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The summer is nearing an end, but we’ve had a couple of big stories this week, so it was an opportune time to look at the goings on there.

We start with some news out of Spain, where a terrorist attack hit Barcelona recently. That alone is noteworthy, though not so much in college basketball until you realize that four Division I programs from here are currently on a trip there. It’s not every day that four programs are on one of these trips to about the same area, but Arizona, Clemson, Oregon state and Tulane were all there.

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Duke’s 11th-hour addition is a game-changer

by - Published August 17, 2017 in Columns

Before the 11th hour – literally – you could question the Duke basketball team for 2017-18. It made plenty of sense; a look at the team’s roster left about as many questions as answers.

But now? At this point, you could put the Blue Devils as one of the ACC favorites and in the national title discussion.

Marvin Bagley III is that good. And he’s heading to Durham.

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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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