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Big Ten Tournament: Second round rundown

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The second round of action at Madison Square Garden provided four interesting story lines. Wisconsin set its pace, holding off a Maryland team in dire need of moving on in the tournament to keep NCAA hopes alive. Michigan was tested and successfully met the challenge of Iowa. Northwestern’s campaign came to a quiet close as Penn State advanced. The final game of the night saw the local fans thrill in another surprise from Rutgers. A 21-4 leate first half run sparked another upset as the Scarlet Knights defeated Indiana.

Second round scores:

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Loyola outlasts Northern Iowa at its own game to move on at Arch Madness

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns

Anyone who has seen Northern Iowa at its best in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament knows the type of game.

Low-scoring, low-possession, slow possession-when UNI has gotten on a roll at Arch Madness in recent years, the Panthers’ style of play is worthy of a registered trademark. Scores struggle to get out of-and sometimes even into-the 50s, opponents are virtually strangled by their halfcourt defense, and their deliberate offense often serves a similar purpose, with the added effect of demoralizing them with big shots at the end of the shot clock.

Top-seeded Loyola Chicago got itself locked into such a game in the quarterfinals of this year’s MVC Tournament. A potential nightmare matchup on paper against an opponent proven capable of beating top-level competition became exactly that, with the ninth-seed Panthers leading by four in the second half, the score still solidly in the 30s as the game neared its three-quarter mark. … Continue Reading

Valparaiso’s trying first year in MVC capped by early Arch Madness exit

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

When Valparaiso signed on for the Missouri Valley Conference late last spring, it was widely acknowledged the Crusaders’ well-known men’s basketball program was stepping up another class in competition.

Even conceding the upgrade from the Horizon League to the MVC on some level, though, few would’ve projected what the ledger will say was a disappointing first year for Valpo in the Valley. A finish in the cellar and the 10th seed for its first trip to Arch Madness, the MVC’s prize postseason event, was not what anyone envisioned for a program that had won five of the last six Horizon titles before moving on. … Continue Reading

Northern Iowa, Missouri State could break MVC quarterfinal dominance by top seeds

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

For more than a quarter century now, regular season performance has almost always guaranteed postseason advancement for top seeds in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

The MVC has been coming to St. Louis for Arch Madness for 27 years, including the last 22 as a 10-team event with two first round games on a Thursday or Friday night followed the next day by four quarterfinal games. Just once in all that time has a 1 or 2 seed in the MVC tourney lost in the quarterfinals (Creighton was the guilty party in 1998, falling to No. 7 seed Bradley). For a time of year when upsets are so obviously the norm, it’s a remarkable level of success for top seeds getting to at least the semifinals. … Continue Reading

Big Ten Tournament: Opening night recap

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – A week earlier than the normal scheduled time, the Big Ten Tournament opened on Wednesday. The venue, the ‘World’s Most Famous Arena’, Madison Square Garden, plays host to the event. Without getting into the positives and negatives (and there are more than a few per the critics), here is a rundown of what transpired on the court. For now, the board room is on the back burner.

First round scores:
Iowa 96, Illinois 87
Rutgers 65, Minnesota 54

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2018 CAA postseason awards: One man’s ballot

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

The CAA will hand out its postseason awards ahead of the conference tournament, which changes this year as it will now run Saturday to Tuesday after wrapping around the weekend before Selection Sunday for a long time.

I have been a voter for the conference postseason awards, as well as its preseason predictions, for over a decade. It is always an interesting exercise, and given the significance of it, a job much less fun and much more work that the casual observer might imagine. This time around, there were tough votes for the All-CAA teams and a couple of the awards. This was particularly acute in the case of the All-Rookie team, as this was not a banner year in terms of freshmen making big impacts in the CAA. This is not a judgment on the ultimate talent or impact of the freshmen across the conference; the reality is that most of the conference’s young talent had to wait their turn behind veterans this year.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 1, 2018

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Conference tournament play is upon us, which gives us plenty to talk about, but unfortunately an off-court matter is taking priority.

We start by talking about the reports that came out last Friday regarding the FBI investigation into corruption and bribery in college basketball. A Yahoo! Sports exclusive, along with a report by ESPN late in the evening, blew the doors off of this after there had been much speculation about the extent of this. In particular, Arizona head coach Sean Miller appears to have an uncertain future, which we discuss along with some of the ethical matters involved from a journalistic and FBI standpoint.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 1, 2018

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

The best month of the year is now upon us. And yet, it feels weird, because the Big Ten Tournament is going on and Selection Sunday is more than a week away.

Conference tournament play continued on Wednesday, and with more of what we can expect given how wild this college basketball season has been. The Northeast Conference Tournament got going on Wednesday, and it has been home to some great games in recent years. This time, it was home to a couple of surprises.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 28, 2018

by - Published February 28, 2018 in Columns

JaQuan Newton might have put Miami into the NCAA Tournament, all in the blink of an eye.

If he or anyone else who was in the Dean Dome says everything is a blur, you can’t blame them. Miami’s 91-88 win had that kind of ending. And if that seems improbable, well, it was, in more ways than one.

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Saturday Notes – February 24, 2018

by - Published February 25, 2018 in Columns

The last Saturday before conference tournaments get going was just like so many that came before it this season: full of important and unpredictable results. But there was also something different: history.

Kansas did what at times this season seemed unthinkable, as they clinched at least a share of their 14th straight Big 12 regular season title. That is the longest streak of conference titles in NCAA history. That game, more than any other, was going to define today, at least until news broke about Arizona and head coach Sean Miller late Friday night. An even better note: if Kansas beats Oklahoma State next Saturday in their regular season finale, the Jayhawks will complete another season under Bill Self where they have not been swept by a Big 12 opponent.

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