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2017-18 Pac-12 Post-Mortem

by - Published June 19, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

2017-18 was not a memorable season for the Pac-12 in any positive way. While it certainly did not end well, the bad momentum started very early – as in, before the season – and continued all along.

College basketball was rocked by an FBI investigation into corruption that was low-lighted by several arrests in September. Two of the coaches arrested were in the Pac-12 – former USC assistant Tony Bland and former Arizona assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson. This threw a cloud around both programs, both of whom were thought of as teams capable of making a Final Four run. … Continue Reading

2017-18 OVC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 8, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

Murray State has been so consistently excellent in the Ohio Valley Conference for such a long time, it almost was hard to believe that the Racers were on a mini-drought from the NCAA Tournament coming into the 2017-18 season.

The Racers have been the surest of sure things seemingly forever. When one looked at the top of the OVC standings at almost any time over nearly 30 years, they were always there. For a stretch from 1988-2012, Murray never went more than four years without an NCAA bid, and finished worse than second in the conference just twice! (For the record, those two years outside the top two, MSU finished third and fourth) … Continue Reading

Loss in Summit final shouldn’t obscure terrific season for South Dakota

by - Published March 7, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

At a time of year when talk of quality wins and quadrants and power rankings can be almost overbearing, sometimes it’s worth taking a step back and acknowledging that teams can and do have outstanding years, even if they may not make the NCAA Tournament.

Before this season, if anyone had said the South Dakota Coyotes-a nickname that cool deserves to be attached to the school name at every chance-would win 26 games, any Coyotes fan would’ve taken that in a heartbeat. In fact, if any observer of the sport at large would’ve been told USD would win 26 games, give TCU and UCLA a run on their home courts and even play respectably at Duke, they would’ve figured it was one of the stories of the year outside the sport’s main spotlight, a still-young NCAA Division I program continuing a dramatic rise the past couple years. … Continue Reading

Final Arch Madness Notes: MVC’s choice of Loyola has proven a terrific one

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

There’s little doubt that when the Missouri Valley Conference decided to replace Creighton with Loyola University Chicago in 2013 that some thought the conference’s move was a gamble, maybe even a hope and a prayer.

In place of a program that won eight MVC basketball tourney titles over its last 15 years in the conference and annually ranked among the NCAA Division I attendance leaders, the Valley picked another Jesuit institution, but one with far less recent success in the conference’s signature sport. … Continue Reading

South Dakota State shows again its far more than one player, rolls into Summit final

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

One game after an underwhelming performance in its 2018 Summit League Tournament opener, South Dakota State reminded all just why it won the league’s regular season title.

And for those who haven’t seen the Jackrabbits much this year, here’s a tip: the reasons for their success go far deeper than just Mike Daum.

A game after being pushed by stubborn eighth-seeded Western Illinois, top seed South Dakota State was sharp on Monday, and with it opponent North Dakota State didn’t stand much of a chance. The Jackrabbits routed the Bison 78-57 in the tourney semifinals in Sioux Falls, S.D., picking up their 27th win and advancing to the tourney finals for the sixth time in seven years. … Continue Reading

Redbirds come up just short again at Arch Madness

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

Illinois State and its fans are getting all too familiar with having the same feeling at about 3 p.m. on a Sunday in early March, after the final game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

It’s the feeling of dejection after coming so close to an NCAA Tournament bid but not being able to cash in. Of being the second-best team in a 10-team tourney, good enough to get to the final stage at Arch Madness, but not quite able to take the final step to end a still-growing NCAA Tournament drought that now stands at 20 years and counting. The Redbirds keep on getting to the doorstep, but so far just can’t find the right key to get in the door. … Continue Reading

Valparaiso’s trying first year in MVC capped by early Arch Madness exit

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

When Valparaiso signed on for the Missouri Valley Conference late last spring, it was widely acknowledged the Crusaders’ well-known men’s basketball program was stepping up another class in competition.

Even conceding the upgrade from the Horizon League to the MVC on some level, though, few would’ve projected what the ledger will say was a disappointing first year for Valpo in the Valley. A finish in the cellar and the 10th seed for its first trip to Arch Madness, the MVC’s prize postseason event, was not what anyone envisioned for a program that had won five of the last six Horizon titles before moving on. … Continue Reading

Northern Iowa, Missouri State could break MVC quarterfinal dominance by top seeds

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

For more than a quarter century now, regular season performance has almost always guaranteed postseason advancement for top seeds in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

The MVC has been coming to St. Louis for Arch Madness for 27 years, including the last 22 as a 10-team event with two first round games on a Thursday or Friday night followed the next day by four quarterfinal games. Just once in all that time has a 1 or 2 seed in the MVC tourney lost in the quarterfinals (Creighton was the guilty party in 1998, falling to No. 7 seed Bradley). For a time of year when upsets are so obviously the norm, it’s a remarkable level of success for top seeds getting to at least the semifinals. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Northeast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published August 17, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Northeast Conference has a problem on its hands, and it’s a problem without any apparent solution. Or at least, without any apparent enviable solution.

The conference has players who are having too much success.

Okay, it’s not that simple, really. But in a time where more players are not only transferring, period, but transferring up – from a conference like the Northeast to schools in a bigger conference like the Power 5 or even one like the Atlantic 10 – the Northeast Conference stands out above others. No conference is being bit by this portion of the transfer bug as badly as the NEC is.

… Continue Reading

2016-17 Big Ten Post-Mortem

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

There were major questions before the 2016-17 college basketball season about Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan, as well as just how much help he and his stellar frontcourt teammates would get from their backcourt.

Rest assured, there are questions no more.

Swanigan made as big of a leap as any player in the country on his way to consensus first team All-American honors and finishing just shy of national player of the year honors. Purdue’s backcourt also caught up to its frontcourt, playing far more than a supporting role, and the result was the Boilermakers’ first Big Ten regular season title since 2010, as well as its first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance since that year as well. … Continue Reading

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