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2016-17 Conference USA Post-Mortem

by - Published June 22, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Now that’s the way to build on a program-defining moment.

After stunning Michigan State as a 15 seed in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Middle Tennessee State could’ve faded into obscurity and been for all intents and purposes a one-hit wonder, a nice program making a brief national cameo. Instead, the Blue Raiders didn’t just fade, they were considerably better, and certainly the story of the 2016-17 season for Conference USA.

Middle Tennessee built on arguably the greatest moment in the school’s basketball history with what was likely the best season in school history. The Blue Raiders won 31 games, drubbing a couple SEC teams along the way, blew through C-USA for regular season and tournament titles, and won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The latter put them among an elite group of just 15 schools to win at least one NCAA tourney main draw game each of the last two years. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

by - Published June 21, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. NBA Draft night is approaching, but the college game has a couple of big news items to talk about.

We get into the NBA Draft briefly at the end, and include a couple of housekeeping notes like our conference post-mortems and upcoming coverage, but we start with a surprising story and its aftermath.

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St. Anthony’s: A Final night of celebration

by - Published June 21, 2017 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – They came out in force. From newly minted grads to those eligible for Social Security. They came out one last time for a “final’ gathering.

St.Anthony’s is set to close the end of June. The last class has graduated and final grades are in the books. On this Wednesday evening in June, the school in lower Jersey City was a site for alumni, faculty and former faculty as well as friends to come together one last time. It was not a somber setting, but rather, a celebratory one.

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Two similar big men hope for a similar result once more

by - Published June 20, 2017 in Columns

The national championship game had a lot of storylines this year. Many revolved around the two teams, but there was an interesting similarity between the two teams. Both had a lumbering senior big man patrolling the paint, both of whom have been underrated in a fashion in which neither might have been back in a bygone era. Those big men are intriguing prospects as the NBA Draft comes closer and closer.

And yet, North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks and Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski were in very different places a year ago.

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2016-17 Southland Post-Mortem

by - Published June 20, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

After four straight years of unprecedented dominance by Stephen F. Austin, the Southland Conference had a different look in the 2016-17 season.

Cooling off after making national waves the previous three years, SFA came back to the Southland pack some this past year. With a new coach, just four returnees from the year before and then a rash of injuries to boot, the Lumberjacks no longer were so clearly superior to the rest of the Southland. Stephen F. Austin finished 18-15 overall, though its finishing just one game out of a tie for the regular season title still sent a message of a program reloading, not rebuilding.

The Southland lost its top-heaviness, though it also lost out on the national notoriety SFA generated for the conference when it won a pair of NCAA Tournament games and very nearly advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2016. In its place, though, the league still had one of the great comeback stories of the entire season. … Continue Reading

Effects of big boys’ autonomy on display in Louisville case

by - Published June 16, 2017 in Columns

On the surface to some, the NCAA’s four-year probation, head coach suspension and possible vacation of a national championship for Louisville’s men’s basketball program might’ve sounded like meaty penalties, or at least like an attempt at them, when they were announced Thursday morning.

It didn’t take much research, though, to figure out they were not. Louisville wasn’t “hit” by penalties Thursday so much as shot at with a paintball gun. The hit to the ego is far more than the actual pain.

If Louisville has to vacate its 2013 national title-and that wasn’t a sure thing Thursday, with vagaries about the NCAA not being sure which games would be vacated yet, and such decisions depending on just who played when, for how long, etc.-it will be seen as an emotional blow locally, more than those on the outside might understand. Of course, its actual effect is nothing; the games were already played, and Wichita State isn’t going to be playing Michigan in that year’s title game any time soon. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Horizon League Post-Mortem

by - Published June 12, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The 2016-17 season continued a run of a bumpy couple of years for the Horizon League, with more than its share of changes and challenges.

The Horizon was already due for something of a transition season after a recent rash of coaching changes. Four league schools changed coaches after the 2015-16 season, coming on the heels of three more doing so the year before. Add in two more (Cleveland State and Youngstown State) with new coaches after this most recent silly season, and the chaos has been so ridiculous that Illinois-Chicago’s Steve McClain is the second-longest tenured coach in the league. McClain just completed his second season with the Flames.

Still, the news in 2016-17 wasn’t all bad. Four Horizon teams won at least 20 games, three of them 24 or more. Two made it to the NIT, including an at-large bid for Valparaiso, and Oakland went to Clemson and knocked off the ACC Tigers. Northern Kentucky was a great story, rising from an afterthought to one of the league’s best teams. Wright State was better than expected in Scott Nagy’s first year, and the Horizon even made a modest improvement of one spot in the conference RPI (to 17th, per CBSSports.com). … Continue Reading

2016-17 ACC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 12, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The ACC began the season with grand expectations surrounding it, and ended the season with the national champion. In between, however, is where the stories really were about the conference and those expectations.

From the outset, many wondered if the ACC could at least match the 2010-11 Big East and put 11 of its teams into the NCAA Tournament. The thought was the conference had enough good teams to do it. As the season went on and ACC teams got some good non-conference wins, this continued. In fact, as of January, almost every ACC team had a legitimate chance to reach the NCAA Tournament by virtue of having a non-conference resume just good enough to get by and then having so many quality win opportunities in the ACC.

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2016-17 Big West Post-Mortem

by - Published June 9, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

It took a couple years and a much different cast, but UC Davis finished what it started a couple years ago.

Two years after a stunning turnaround resulted in 25 wins and the Big West regular season title, and just one year after going 11-19, the Aggies were back among the conference leaders again. This time, they closed the deal.

Coming from a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, UC Davis snuck by top seed UC Irvine in the Big West tourney final to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid at the Division I level. It was a satisfying career conclusion for several seniors who were part of that 2014-15 team that was superb in the regular season but fell in the Big West tourney and had to settle for the NIT, and also a great moment for coach Jim Les, who took his second school to the NCAAs. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Sun Belt Post-Mortem

by - Published June 8, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Sun Belt Conference often lurks quietly down in the South, in the shadows of not just the SEC but even fellow major college football-playing Conference USA, to say nothing of overlapping leagues like the Big 12, ACC, and nation-spanning AAC.

The league’s basketball results in recent years have done little to change that, but in the 2016-17 college hoops season, the Sun Belt just might’ve been the best-kept secret in the country. Home of a proud basketball history-it once was the home of programs like UAB, UNC Charlotte, Old Dominion and VCU, and was among the nation’s best leagues in the 1980s-the league saw something of a resurgence just one year after celebrating its 40th anniversary. … Continue Reading

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 11, 2018

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 8, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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