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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

by - Published February 22, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Selection Sunday is less than three weeks away and the start of conference tournaments is just days away, but an off-court matter leads the way.

We start with an oddity in Providence, where the court at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center had condensation owing to higher than normal temperatures in the area that affected the ice underneath. The arena is set up for hockey as well, and unseasonably warm temperatures played a role. The game will finish up at Providence’s on-campus gym, Alumni Hall, starting at noon on Thursday. Seton Hall led 56-47 with 13:03 left when play was halted for good.

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Moving on is not likely to be easy for Louisville

by - Published February 21, 2018 in Columns

I haven’t seen anything like it in my time around the sport. I knew it was possible, but still didn’t think it would actually happen.

A national title, no more. Vacated. No banner or other recognition of it.

Louisville Cardinals, not the 2013 NCAA champions.

And this might not be all.

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Seton Hall 82 DePaul 77: Courtside observations

by - Published February 20, 2018 in Columns

NEWARK, N.J. – Coming into the game with a four-game losing streak, there was a sense of urgency for Seton Hall regarding this meeting. A victory was needed to stop the bleeding. On tap was a visit from DePaul, 3-10 in Big East play. Despite the perception given by DePaul’s record, the Pirates could take nothing for granted.

The courtside observations….

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Saturday Notes – February 17, 2018

by - Published February 18, 2018 in Columns

We’ve come to expect busy days like Saturday to be wild ones, and this one didn’t disappoint. That was also true for basically the entire span of the day, starting very early and going right to the bitter end.

As has been the case for much of the year, the Big 12 and SEC led the way in this regard. The former has a big race for the top, while the latter has so much happening throughout the standings. But they were hardly alone, as the Big East also produced a couple of big results.

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The defense never rests for Bennett and Virginia

by - Published February 16, 2018 in Columns

With a firm grip on the Atlantic Coast Conference lead and its first No. 1 ranking since the days when Ralph Sampson was patrolling the lane, Virginia now gets a break in the schedule following a hectic two-week period that saw the Cavaliers play five games over a 13-day span, winning four of them.

The Cavs (24-2, 13-1 ACC) get this weekend off, with their next outing at home Wednesday against Georgia Tech ending a span of eight days between games.

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Bracket preview reactions show need for philosophical discussions on tourney data

by - Published February 15, 2018 in Columns

As much as the NCAA is trying to advance the hype of its prize basketball event with the release of a bracket preview roughly a month before Selection Sunday, this year’s early look really didn’t tell us a whole lot that we didn’t know already.

The NCAA’s reveal of its top 16 teams at this point of the season should’ve provided little to be fired up about, nothing further than light debate about whether a team might be a line higher or lower.

Three of the four No. 1 seeds were a shoo-in, and the fourth (Xavier) was a worthy choice. Cincinnati was a deserving 2 seed, while Michigan State down at a 3 seed is a sign of the Big Ten’s slippage as much as anything, but also of a team that had been less than impressive in a diminished conference up until the last week. … Continue Reading

For Tim O’Shea, leading Bryant into Division I made plenty of sense

by - Published February 13, 2018 in Columns

When Bryant University decided to make the move to Division I, the transition was going to be important. It was going to be challenging, to be sure – the jump in talent (although more so in length and athleticism), not being eligible for postseason play for a few years, having to schedule extra non-conference games before getting a full conference schedule all posed challenges.

All of that was a given, and all of it was known at the time. Then the coach at the time left to go out west. It meant the school had a big hire to make, to get someone to guide them in these early days of Division I.

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Saturday Notes – February 10, 2018

by - Published February 11, 2018 in Columns

While this section has highlighted many a wild Saturday, with this one being no different, the reality is that Saturday has only been different from other days of the week in terms of sheer numbers. It has, quite frankly, been a wild season in the nation, and we were just reminded of that.

Not much in the Big 12 is surprising considering how even and deep the conference is, but they led the way. Baylor rolls over Kansas? Oklahoma State wins at West Virginia? Texas Tech wins convincingly at Kansas State? Who saw that coming?

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Marquette edges Seton Hall: Points of emphasis

by - Published February 9, 2018 in Columns

NEWARK, N.J. – Outside the Prudential Center banners hang from poles with the message “protect our house”. The slogan centers around the basic formula for Big East success – win at home and try to steal a few on the road. On Wednesday evening Marquette did the latter by pulling off an 88-85 upset of host Seton Hall. The loss was the second straight for Seton Hall, now 17-7 and 6-5 in the Big East. Marquette improved to 14-10 and 5-7 in conference.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook for Feb. 8 – On Michigan State, bubbles, Loyola Chicago, Summit League & more

by - Published February 8, 2018 in Columns

Notes, thoughts, numbers and more gibberish about the college basketball landscape post-Super Bowl and with Selection Sunday now just over a month away. The Big Ten, Summit League, regional TV and some hidden gems to watch in March are among our topics…

Michigan State may be winning games-almost silently, the Spartans are on a seven-game streak now-but the Spartans still concern us. There’s the turnovers, obviously, but just as much is the inconsistent halfcourt offense. MSU is still hustling the ball up the court after missed shots like it always has, but if it doesn’t convert (or turn it over), the Spartans too often suddenly look like Virginia or Northern Iowa on the offensive end, but without the Cavaliers’ results to show for it. … Continue Reading

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