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2018 CAA postseason awards: One man’s ballot

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

The CAA will hand out its postseason awards ahead of the conference tournament, which changes this year as it will now run Saturday to Tuesday after wrapping around the weekend before Selection Sunday for a long time.

I have been a voter for the conference postseason awards, as well as its preseason predictions, for over a decade. It is always an interesting exercise, and given the significance of it, a job much less fun and much more work that the casual observer might imagine. This time around, there were tough votes for the All-CAA teams and a couple of the awards. This was particularly acute in the case of the All-Rookie team, as this was not a banner year in terms of freshmen making big impacts in the CAA. This is not a judgment on the ultimate talent or impact of the freshmen across the conference; the reality is that most of the conference’s young talent had to wait their turn behind veterans this year.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 1, 2018

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Conference tournament play is upon us, which gives us plenty to talk about, but unfortunately an off-court matter is taking priority.

We start by talking about the reports that came out last Friday regarding the FBI investigation into corruption and bribery in college basketball. A Yahoo! Sports exclusive, along with a report by ESPN late in the evening, blew the doors off of this after there had been much speculation about the extent of this. In particular, Arizona head coach Sean Miller appears to have an uncertain future, which we discuss along with some of the ethical matters involved from a journalistic and FBI standpoint.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 1, 2018

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

The best month of the year is now upon us. And yet, it feels weird, because the Big Ten Tournament is going on and Selection Sunday is more than a week away.

Conference tournament play continued on Wednesday, and with more of what we can expect given how wild this college basketball season has been. The Northeast Conference Tournament got going on Wednesday, and it has been home to some great games in recent years. This time, it was home to a couple of surprises.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 28, 2018

by - Published February 28, 2018 in Columns

JaQuan Newton might have put Miami into the NCAA Tournament, all in the blink of an eye.

If he or anyone else who was in the Dean Dome says everything is a blur, you can’t blame them. Miami’s 91-88 win had that kind of ending. And if that seems improbable, well, it was, in more ways than one.

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Saturday Notes – February 24, 2018

by - Published February 25, 2018 in Columns

The last Saturday before conference tournaments get going was just like so many that came before it this season: full of important and unpredictable results. But there was also something different: history.

Kansas did what at times this season seemed unthinkable, as they clinched at least a share of their 14th straight Big 12 regular season title. That is the longest streak of conference titles in NCAA history. That game, more than any other, was going to define today, at least until news broke about Arizona and head coach Sean Miller late Friday night. An even better note: if Kansas beats Oklahoma State next Saturday in their regular season finale, the Jayhawks will complete another season under Bill Self where they have not been swept by a Big 12 opponent.

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Bloomfield 89, Felician 81: DII plays hard too

by - Published February 23, 2018 in Columns

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The trip was all but 1.8 miles from home, clearly the shortest excursion this season. On tap, a Division II meeting with Bloomfield College and Felician University on the latter’s Senior Night. Bloomfield enters at 21-5 facing an 11-14 Felician team. As noted, the Senior Night and all its related emotion, can bring a team needed inspiration.

The gym at Felician once served as home to Fairleigh Dickinson University. In the late Eighties, FDU moved off the campus, relocated its operations in Rutherford to Hackensack and opened the Rothman Center. The gym was used for biddy and travel games for several years. Felician decided to move from a smaller locale in nearby Lodi onto the empty campus. The gym was given a lighting and overall makeover and is quite different from those days between tenants.

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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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We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

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The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

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Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.