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One last look at the big bubble

by - Published March 14, 2016 in Columns
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This year, the NCAA Tournament bubble seemed as big as it’s ever been, and also with as little separation from one team to the next as ever. College basketball had a lot of even-ness this season, and it was especially manifest when looking at teams that were hardly locks for the NCAA Tournament. You could make compelling cases for numerous teams compared to others, and as is so often the case, the final bracket showed a gulf in the perception between those on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee and those not on it – the latter camp featuring the media and the general public.

It is precisely this even-ness that should ensure a great three weeks to come. In light of how close so many of these teams are, a lot of games will be called “upsets” that won’t really be upsets. It is in that spirit that I hope that term does not get used very liberally.

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Bracket impressions: Committee continues puzzling obsession with mediocrity

by - Published March 14, 2016 in Columns
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The Enlightenment Period of NCAA Tournament selection has come and gone. Once again, we are back in the Dark Ages. And the tournament is far more soulless for it.

Continuing to turn back on its trend for a brief period earlier in this decade, a preference for middling major conference teams and overall mediocrity from major football conferences was again the resounding main message this year’s NCAA selection committee sent Sunday with the unveiling of its bracket-starting on CBS, then soon leaked in full on the internet well before the end of CBS’s show.

Also, to schools like Monmouth and Valparaiso: all those things you’ve been told in the past about playing a tough non-conference schedule? Yeah, you can forget about that too-we’re still not letting you into the party.
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Where did all the ‘balance’ go in the ACC tourney?

by - Published March 13, 2016 in Columns
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For all the pre-tourney talk about how balanced the league was and how wide open the field, the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament stayed very much true to form.

The No. 1 seed, North Carolina, beat the No. 2 seed, Virginia, in Saturday’s championship game, after those two, respectively, had knocked off No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 3 Miami in the semifinals.

It goes much deep than that, though.

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Selection Sunday morning: One projection of the NCAA Tournament field

by - Published March 13, 2016 in Columns
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Virtually every season as the NCAA Tournament nears, the talk of bracket projections revolves around that season having a “soft bubble,” often as soft as many remember.

It’s often as much of an exaggeration as it is incorrect-you can’t have a soft bubble every year-but this year it’s also not true. This is a season where there are more NCAA-worthy teams than there are spots. Or at least, that’s likely the way it will end up. … Continue Reading

LSU might not even be worthy of an NIT bid

by - Published March 12, 2016 in Columns
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“So as a season, we’ve had some great ups, but I think anytime you end the way we did today, you’re very disappointed.”

Those were the closing words of LSU head coach Johnny Jones in the press conference after Texas A&M annihilated the Tigers 71-38 in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. As you might expect, there was a bit of understatement there.

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The wait is over for Stony Brook

by - Published March 12, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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Stony Brook is going to the NCAA Tournament.

At long last, the program that’s had the regular season titles, then so much heartache in the America East Tournament, is a winner.

And at long last, a few things can come to a stop, too.

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Saint Joseph’s comeback stops George Washington

by - Published March 12, 2016 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In the opening half they chose to shoot the three. And shoot it they did. George Washington shot 11 of 16 (68.8 percent) the first twenty minutes. The Colonials enjoyed a 14-point halftime lead, but could not sustain. Saint Joseph’s put together a strong second half to edge the colonials 86-80 in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal at the Barclays Center. The Hawks will face Dayton, an easy winner over Richmond, in the Atlantic Ten Conference semifinals on Saturday.

George Washington shot an impressive 15 of 31 for 48 percent from three on the game. In the second half, the Colonials misfired shooting 4 of 15 for 27%. It was a combination of things. Percentages caught up the the Colonials? Yes, but beyond that it was a tighter Saint Joseph’s defense making it a point to locate and close out on perimeter threats.

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Big East quarterfinal: Seton Hall 81, Creighton 73

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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NEW YORK – A few quick thoughts on Seton Hall’s 81-73 quarterfinal win over Creighton. It was game four of the day at the Garden. As the clock (nearly) struck midnight, the Pirates joined Villanova, Providence and Xavier in the Big East Tournament ‘final four’, with semifinals to be played on Friday night.

A few quick thoughts:

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – March 11, 2016

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. It is our special Championship Week edition, where we talk about a stretch that has not disappointed given the way the regular season went.

In this edition, we touch on action at the Big East Tournament, where Ted has been the past couple of days. He saw the impressive performance by Xavier, as well as Villanova in the second half of their win, while Providence won and gets a third try at the Wildcats after splitting with them during the regular season. We also touch on how a number of teams have managed to beat another team three times this season.

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Xavier gets defensive in Big East quarterfinals

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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NEW YORK – You ring up 90 points and the first thing coming to mind is an offensive clinic. In the estimation of Xavier coach Chris Mack, it was about the defense. Xavier defeated Marquette in the first quarterfinal of the evening session at the Big East Tournament. The Musketeers would be paired against the winner of Seton Hall-Creighton, the night cap combatants.

“We got back to playing defense the way we can and had been doing earlier,” Mack said. “We addressed our defense in practice the last few weeks, I was pleased with what we did.”

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