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2017 NCAA Tournament first week review: unpredictability light so far

by - Published March 21, 2017 in Columns

The NCAA Tournament never fails to deliver. Some years, it just delivers a little bit less than others.

It provided us some memorable moments good and bad (defending national champion Villanova exiting early; Iowa State rallying from a 19-point second-half deficit before running out of steam; Vanderbilt losing in part because of a highly publicized mental error in the final seconds). Overall, though, the first week of the 2017 NCAA tourney was marked first and foremost by its lack of surprises, as well as the typical end-of-game thrills we’re so used to.

It wasn’t a bad six days. There were a good share of solid games coming down the stretch, especially in the second round. But competitive games are basically a minimum standard in the tourney. We crave unpredictability, yet this year’s tourney is lacking it. … Continue Reading

College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2017

by - Published March 20, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to College Basketball Tonight! We are down to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, and if the first round didn’t have what you want, the second round surely did. The results of the two rounds could not be more different.

First, we look at Sunday’s action, where two No. 2 seeds went down a day after the first No. 1 seed went down. Along the way, we look at how Villanova’s loss followed from seeding issues the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee had. The Wildcats lost to a good Wisconsin team that underachieved a bit in the regular season in part from injuries, but there are plenty of arguments to be had that they were seeded lower than they should have been.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 18, 2017

by - Published March 18, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament are in the books, and we have a number of thoughts on what has transpired thus far.

We begin with the most recent games, the first round games played on Friday. Two of the most impressive performances by a team in the first round came on Friday night as South Carolina pulled away from Marquette and Michigan State took care of Miami in a game many felt would be a great first round matchup. We go in some depth on both.

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2017 NCAA Tournament Players to Watch – Part 2

by - Published March 15, 2017 in Columns

Every year, the NCAA Tournament is where players few had heard of emerge into the national consciousness, even if only for a fleeting moment. This year’s tournament is sure to be no different in that respect, even if the names and faces may change.

Yesterday, we began our look at players to watch with those whose teams play their first game on either Tuesday or Thursday. Now we look at players to watch whose teams play their first game on either Wednesday or Friday.

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2017 NCAA Tournament Players to Watch – Part 1

by - Published March 14, 2017 in Columns

Every year, the NCAA Tournament is where players few had ever heard of emerge into the national consciousness, even if only for a fleeting moment. Someone has a big game or makes a big shot, and they etch their place in the history of this great event. In other cases, a team wins a couple of games and a player comes into view helping his team out alongside bigger names. There is no reason to expect this year’s to be any different in that respect, even if the names and faces may change.

We begin our look at players to watch with those whose teams play their first game on either Tuesday or Thursday.

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College Basketball Tonight – March 12, 2017

by - Published March 13, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to College Basketball Tonight! We are pleased to bring you this fine program here on Hoopville. College Basketball Tonight is a comprehensive look at the 2017 NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran broadcaster Ted Sarandis.

In this edition, the field for the 2017 NCAA Tournament is set. We know who is in and who is out, as well as the initial matchups.

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Bracket impressions: Little changes with selection committee fixations

by - Published March 13, 2017 in Columns

As a whole, this year’s selections for the 2017 NCAA Tournament were not filled with a ton of surprises. It doesn’t mean that predictability was a good thing.

The revealing of the bracket for this year’s tourney wasn’t going to induce as much frustration as a year ago for a number of reasons. For one, the pool of at-large contenders on the cut line this season was truly poor. For another, it would’ve been hard for the committee to have done a worse job than it did last year.

Mostly, though, it’s because by now many have become conditioned to the committee’s shift in philosophy over the last four years. They’re getting used to the committee overemphasizing top level wins, ignoring losses when convenient, picking and choosing whichever metrics they find to support putting in the teams they want in, and regularly ignoring just about every other criteria (road wins, non-conference scheduling) that once used to be important parts of selection.

That’s not a good thing. … Continue Reading

Big East Semis: Oh what a night!

by - Published March 12, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – One would be hard-pressed to find a semifinal doubleheader with as much intensity, drama and just general excitement as the one staged Friday at Madison Square Garden. When the final buzzer of the night sounded, Creighton earned its second trip to the finals in their fourth year in conference. Their opponent: last year’s runner-up and top seed Villanova.

Scores:

Villanova 55, Seton Hall 53
Creighton 75, Xavier 72

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Selection Sunday morning 2017: One projection of the NCAA Tournament field

by - Published March 12, 2017 in Columns

It’s OK if you used the words earlier this year. And it’s still perfectly fine-and accurate-if you use them now.

Soft bubble.

One of the hot takes as this season went was that the teams on the fence for the NCAA Tournament this year really weren’t any worse than any other year. It was an understandable thought in that the ‘soft’ term gets trotted out every year, often without validity, but that doesn’t mean it can’t ever apply. And it absolutely is applicable this year.

Narrowing down the field for the final spots in this year’s NCAA Tournament is almost an exercise in futility. There’s no other way to say it: there are going to be some lightly qualified teams playing in this year’s event. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2017, Part 2

by - Published March 10, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Part 2 of this Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis during Championship Week. In Part 1, we touched mostly on game action and coaching news from Thursday, but there was much more to get to. That is what this is for.

First, we talk about the new reality for a number of conference tournaments in light of a comment that caused a real stir. The ACC Tournament is in New York this year and next, which is a little different from its many years in Greensboro and Charlotte, especially the former. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was asked about that, and his comment got quite a reaction out of many people:

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The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

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