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Regular season titles should matter more than they will to committee

by - Published March 3, 2016 in Columns
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Think debates over bubble teams in the NCAA Tournament are a fairly recent, internet-fueled phenomenon? Nope.

The year was 1995, still several years before bubble watches or bracketology. Joe Lunardi was an editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, not yet on ESPN providing his affable insight seemingly every 10 minutes. It was only 10 years into the Tournament’s run as a 64-team event, though it had been 20 years since it was entirely a tournament of champions.

Though there was no widespread internet yet, plenty of discussion and grousing over the tourney’s final at-large bids was every bit as heated then as it is now. That year’s hot topic was at-large spots given to Manhattan, Miami (Ohio), Santa Clara and Xavier, at the expense of teams like George Washington, Georgia Tech and Iowa.
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2016 CAA Postseason Awards – One Man’s Vote

by - Published March 3, 2016 in Columns
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The final CAA Tournament under the only commissioner it has ever known, Tom Yeager, is ahead of us starting on Friday night. If the season to date is any indication, what is also the last tournament in Baltimore – it moves to Charleston for the next three years – should be a great four days.

Before that, we will learn who takes home the conference’s postseason awards. As is always the case at this time of the year, I feel it is worth sharing how I voted for the CAA postseason awards. I have been a voter for the last 11 years, and always feel like this also gives a sense of how I saw the season play out and how things look heading into the conference tournament.

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UW-Green Bay cranking up pressure on both ends under new coach

by - Published February 29, 2016 in Columns
wisconsingreenbay

There was an obvious irony to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay hosting a Throwback Night on Friday. For if one is familiar with the program’s history, this year’s Phoenix team is anything but a throwback-unless maybe one is throwing it back to 1971.

Dave Buss-the program’s very successful first coach-once led a team that averaged over 90 points per game in 1970-71, but his teams soon came to be known for a slower pace and zone defense. The iconic Dick Bennett’s defensive philosophies at Green Bay-as the school likes its athletic programs to go by now-are among the most influential in the sport today. Even recent coach Brian Wardle’s teams were hard to score on, with an underappreciated athleticism and length not many would expect at the Horizon League level. … Continue Reading

This Louisville team ‘special’ to him, says Pitino

by - Published February 29, 2016 in Columns
borden

Because of a self-imposed postseason tournament ban, Louisville’s season will come to an end after just two more games with a home outing against Georgia Tech Tuesday night and a prime-time game at Virginia Saturday night.

No high seed awaits the Cardinals in either the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament or the NCAA tourney that follows.

Nevertheless, this team has earned a special spot in Rick Pitino’s coaching legacy.

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Saturday Notes – February 27, 2016

by - Published February 28, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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A number of conference regular seasons are now over, with Saturday providing the last hurrah. More will follow on Sunday, and conference tournaments begin this week. And to put it simply, this Saturday was like so many other days of the season to date in that for every result that might provide further clarity, there was another that provided less.

And all the same, there were many great games and finishes to the standings. Some ended in ties atop the conference, while others came down to the final game and had ties elsewhere near the top of the standings (the CAA had a two-way tie for first and a three-way tie for third place). College basketball fans have arguably never had it better. We have every reason to expect that Championship Week will be full of great games and some unexpected results along the way.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – February 27, 2016

by - Published February 27, 2016 in Columns
hoopguy-divisionII

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In it, Ted and I touch on a number of topics as the regular season is about to come to an end in many conferences.

We start by touching on a big win for Xavier, including how Edmond Sumner appears to be a difference-maker for the Musketeers, as well as Villanova’s past NCAA Tournament struggles. We go on to talk about another big win, this time for Miami, and then stay in the ACC to talk about Duke’s Grayson Allen.

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More than numbers to Jekiri’s play for Miami

by - Published February 26, 2016 in Columns
borden

Miami coach Jim Larranaga is on an “unofficial” campaign to get center Tonye Jekiri recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference as well as raise the 7-foot senior’s stock for the NBA draft.

Larranaga’s case is that Jekiri’s value to the Hurricanes goes far beyond the 8.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocked shots he averages a game.

“It is really hard to put a number on how much he impacts the game,” he said at his usual press briefing this week. “They showed a number on TV that he’s a plus-52 (points) when he’s on the court and we’re a minus-12 when he’s off. That’s obviously a huge number, but it’s even greater than that.”

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Saturday Notes – February 20, 2016

by - Published February 21, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

Another Saturday full of consequential games is in the books. The bubble is very large this year, with so many teams seemingly in the discussion, and unlike other years where that has been the case, this time around it doesn’t represent a large drop-off from teams that are locks at this point for the NCAA Tournament – and to be honest, there aren’t many that you can solidly put in that category just yet, either, although that’s going to change by the time the conference tournaments roll around.

On Saturday, it seemed like for every bubble team that got a big win, there was at least one that lost a game they couldn’t afford to. In the one that doesn’t have a tournament, the top three teams in the Ivy League held serve, so they exit the weekend with one game separating the top three teams.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – February 20, 2016

by - Published February 20, 2016 in Columns
hoopguy-divisionII

In our latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis, we look at the incredible couple of days earlier this week where several of the top teams lost, including Duke’s seemingly improbable win at North Carolina after the injury to Matt Jones further depleted a Blue Devil team already down in numbers. We also look at some bubble teams like Alabama and Saint Joseph’s who have suddenly enhanced their candidacy greatly to enter the conversation.

Once all of that has been discussed, we also look at surging Kennesaw State, as Al Skinner’s efforts are starting to bear fruit in his first season, and look ahead to a great weekend of college basketball.

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Syracuse maybe NCAA worthy, but deserves no breaks for suspension

by - Published February 15, 2016 in Columns
syracuse

One supposes that, in a college basketball season tossed upside down on a regular basis, it’s only fitting that this year’s NCAA Tournament is likely to include the first school to get a reward for going on probation.

Such is the case at Syracuse, where the NCAA deemed violations under coach Jim Boeheim’s watch to be so serious that it suspended him for nine games this season as part of sanctions against the school. And now, the selection committee has decided Syracuse essentially deserves extra credit for losses that occurred during those sanctions.

What a country!
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Saturday Notes – February 27, 2016

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