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Saturday Notes – February 18, 2017

by - Published February 19, 2017 in Columns

The regular season is winding down, as a number of conferences have just one week left of games before their conference tournament begins. Saturday didn’t have a ton of surprises, but there were some big games and some key results, especially in smaller conferences whose tournaments begin sooner.

The Big South and Southern Conferences appear to be a little tighter, and set for a great finish. The Northeast Conference has all but determined their regular season champion. And the CAA goes into the last week as a two-horse race just like it has been pretty much the whole way.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 17, 2017

by - Published February 17, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Here, we go from several stories with the ACC to the Big East and Big 12, and it’s not just matters on the court that are in the news.

In fact, after noting that Bryant clinched a Northeast Conference Tournament berth and Belmont head coach Rick Byrd picking up his 750th career win (and on the night that Belmont also secured the Ohio Valley Conference outright regular season title and top seed in the conference tournament), we talk about a story that was developing, then broke earlier on Thursday. NC State announced that Mark Gottfried would finish this season, then not return as the head coach next season.

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ACC : Looking at team pace

by - Published February 15, 2017 in Columns

Your pace or mine? One of the keys in a game between teams of differing tempos is the battle of pace. Who can get the opposition into their tempo?

You are an uptempo team facing a slow to moderate paced team. Naturally, you want to get them into your tempo. Conversely, a slower-paced group will want to get the faster-paced opponent to put on the brakes a bit.

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Is 9 not enough? Hokies’ Williams says ACC deserves 11 in NCAA field

by - Published February 10, 2017 in Columns

After getting seven teams into the NCAA field a year ago, the Atlantic Coast Conference looks to get at least a couple more in the 68-team field for 2017.

Latest projections for the 15-team league are that the league will get nine teams in, according to ESPN, or 10, according to predictions by CBS Sports and Bleacher Report.

But Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams thinks that is underestimating the strength of the league. After his team’s 74-68 loss at Miami Wednesday night, Williams was asked if he thought the conference could get as many as 11 teams in.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 8, 2017

by - Published February 8, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The last few days have been something to behold in college basketball, not unlike the Super Bowl on Sunday.

We start by talking about the four-overtime thriller between Alabama and South Carolina in Columbia on Tuesday night. The Crimson got a great win in a game that saw Sindarius Thornwell score 44 points and grab 21 rebounds, continuing his terrific play since returning from a suspension. Adam Glatczak has more on that in Wednesday’s Morning Dish.

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Are Miami, Virginia Tech playing a NCAA elimination game?

by - Published February 7, 2017 in Columns

With just about a month to go before the field is filled for the 2017 NCAA basketball tournament (March 12), potential “bubble” teams will begin jockeying for position over the next few weeks.

Two of those teams will clash in Coral Gables Wednesday when Miami hosts Virginia Tech.

Both teams come into the 9 p.m. game with 5-5 records in Atlantic Coast Conference play so the winner will have a leg up in the ACC race. At least for a while. They have a rematch in Blacksburg on Feb. 27.

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Saturday Notes – February 4, 2017

by - Published February 6, 2017 in Columns

With the way this season has gone, you had to think we were due for a day like Saturday – not a good day to be a high-ranked team. Saturday tied a record for the most losses in a single day by teams ranked in the AP Top 25, with several going down in the top 10.

Interestingly, there were several matchups that were quite heralded, but few ended up living up to their billing in that respect. A couple of the biggest matchups ended up being blowouts, and in both cases with the team ranked lower winning, though in each case that team was also at home.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 3, 2017

by - Published February 3, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We have a lot to get to, starting with a couple of teams that look like national championship contenders.

We start with Kansas, who had two great wins in the past week at Kentucky and against Baylor. The latter reminds everyone that Kansas is the team to beat in the Big 12 until someone knocks them off, and it’s not happening just yet.  The Jayhawks are very tough to beat at Allen Fieldhouse, and they continue to ride the play of Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III as leaders of a short but very effective rotation, and also one not loaded with size.

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Villanova’s unlikely winning class is not done yet

by - Published February 2, 2017 in Columns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Earlier in this decade, the fine run that Jay Wright had Villanova on was starting to slip away. The Wildcats were trending downward beyond the reality of not getting back to the Final Four after they made it in 2009. In fact, from 2010-13, the Wildcats had the worst three-season stretch since Wright’s first three seasons on the Main Line, including a 13-19 season in the middle of that.

And then he brought in the group that changed it all. It’s pretty remarkable, really, and while they haven’t done it alone, the current crop of seniors has now won more games than any other class in Villanova history after Wednesday night’s 66-57 win at Providence. At 118-15, they still have at least ten games to go to add to that total as well.

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Scanning the Nation January 31, 2017: On Georgia Tech, Akron, New Mexico State and more

by - Published January 31, 2017 in Columns

Notes from around the country as we close out January and get ready to hit the stretch run of the season and the back half of conference play…

-Maybe Georgia Tech’s hot play in the ACC is nothing more than Clemson 2016 redux, a team from near the bottom of the league getting hot for a time in part due to a friendly home schedule. Regardless, the Yellow Jackets’ resurgence has been nothing short of one of the best stories of this season. Center Ben Lammers is playing like a conference player of the year candidate-he’s been that good. Whether it was posting up, passing or blocking shots, the junior big man controlled GT’s eventual 62-60 win over Notre Dame on Saturday, even as Tadric Jackson was breaking out of a slump to score 25 points off the bench in a myriad of ways. Just as good of a story is the clear growth Josh Pastner has shown as a coach, shedding the dribble-drive offense tendencies of his Memphis teams and switching to a high-post based offense with a lot of movement to get the most out of this team. He’s absolutely a deserving candidate for ACC coach of the year honors…

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