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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 30, 2016

by - Published April 1, 2016 in Columns

Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. The Final Four is in front of us, which means there are games left, but also other activity going on.

In this edition, we first talk the coaching carousel, including the interesting moves made in the West Coast Conference thus far and what it means for the current state of the conference. We move into transfers, with news that the transfer wire is already over 250 players long and sure to expand, headed by graduate transfers. There are a few graduate transfers who will be of special interest, and we touch on them briefly.

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NCAA Tournament second weekend notes and numbers

by - Published March 29, 2016 in Columns

This year’s NCAA Tournament Final Four is set. By almost all accounts, it’s not a foursome many expected to be here collectively, and for a season and a tournament that has carried a double major in inexplicable and bizarre, that might be the best sign we have that it’s as appropriate of a group as we could’ve asked for.

This year’s group of participants-North Carolina, Oklahoma, Syracuse and Villanova-doesn’t quite carry the history or star coaching power of last year’s group, but it is not a lightweight foursome by any means. With their appearances this year, the four will have combined for 35 Final Four trips, which isn’t that far off the 46 by last year’s quartet of Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin. In fact, all four members of this year’s class have been this far at least five times now.
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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – March 28, 2016

by - Published March 28, 2016 in Columns

Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. The Final Four is all set, and with some real drama on Sunday night that is featured here.

In this edition, we first talk about Syracuse’s amazing comeback to be one of the most unlikely Final Four teams ever. We also talk about the only No. 1 seed to make it, and the team that looks like the favorite entering the Final Four in North Carolina, and give props to Mike Brey and his staff on the season they had and what they have done to make Notre Dame a consistently good program.

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NJIT advances in College Insider Tournament

by - Published March 27, 2016 in Columns

NEWARK, N.J. – The victory was significant on several fronts. NJIT defeated UT Arlington 63-60 on Thursday at the Highlanders’ Fleischer Center.

For one, it was a 20th win for NJIT. Hitting twenty is still an admirable milestone even in these days of expanded schedules. An added bonus was NJIT’s advancing to the College Insider Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year. Once again, another proud accomplishment. Three points of emphasis:

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – March 26, 2016

by - Published March 26, 2016 in Columns

Welcome to another edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. Ted and I are happy to talk about the regional semifinals and what lies ahead in the regional finals.

In this edition, we start by looking at Thursday night, where all four games were decided by double digits, then Friday night, a big night for the ACC, which will make big gains as a result of this. The ACC will have two Final Four teams and at least one will be in the national championship.

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Villanova’s win stirs up memories of Wildcats’ 1985 performance

by - Published March 25, 2016 in Columns

The circumstances, of course, were much different and not nearly as dramatic, but Villanova’s 92-69 demolition of Miami Thursday night in the first game of the NCAA tourney’s “Sweet 16” brought back memories of another earlier Wildcats’ performance.

We’re talking here, of course, of the win over Georgetown in the 1985 national championship game that ranks as one of the greatest (the greatest in my book) upsets in tournament history.

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Will Buddy Hield’s great year translate into a high pick and NBA stardom?

by - Published March 24, 2016 in Columns

A leading candidate for national Player of the Year is Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield. While not exactly a consensus pick, you can hardly go wrong selecting him. What will that translate into in June when the NBA Draft comes? Or more importantly, what kind of a professional player will he be?

The answers are not easy, no matter how facile some who try to answer the questions might make them seem. But they highlight two important things worth expanding on regarding the college game and the NBA: perception of seniors and the difference between the two levels.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – March 23, 2016

by - Published March 23, 2016 in Columns

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. Here, we look back at the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, which was memorable for a lot of reasons.

We start by looking back at the game that will probably be most remembered, when Texas A&M overcame a 12-point deficit with 44 seconds left to force overtime and ultimately win in double overtime. Other games that stood out are discussed as well.

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Barclays Box Score breakdown: Cats and Irish are Sweet Sixteen

by - Published March 23, 2016 in Columns

Second round action from Barclays Center in Brooklyn gave a pair of different contests. The first, a dominant performance. The grand finale, a nail biter with a finish for the ages.

The scores:

Villanova 87 Iowa 68
Notre Dame 76 Stephen F. Austin 75

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2016 NCAA Tournament first week review: ups and downs-in every way

by - Published March 22, 2016 in Columns

What to make of the first weekend of the 2016 NCAA Tournament?

If there is one thing we from those four days (six including the play-in games) that can come close to being a fair generalization, it is that this year’s tourney has no one-size-fits-all quality to it. Maybe the only conclusion one can come to is there is no conclusion.

Indeed, there were big game-winning shots. (Providence’s Rodney Bullock, Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson, Saint Joseph’s Deandre Bembry, Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig) There were terrific team performances. (Indiana on Thursday, almost every winning team on Saturday) Friday was a whole lot of fun. … Continue Reading

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"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
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College Basketball Tonight

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.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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