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The Morning Dish – Friday, April 6, 2018

by - Published April 6, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As much as possible, transfers in college basketball is an issue that have personally avoided while writing the Morning Dish for Hoopville.

For one, to cover them all these days is literally impossible. For another, no matter how much some try to frame it otherwise, the nagging feeling persists here that the high rate of transfers is hardly the best of this sport for anyone-including student-athletes. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 5, 2018

by - Published April 5, 2018 in The Morning Dish

For Villanova and Jay Wright, things were not always this good. There were some challenging times in the early going and even a little past then, times that would make it seem shocking that the Wildcats are now very much one of the elite programs in the country. They didn’t always look like a blueblood, a team that could just reload every year.

But here they are. It’s been quite a journey, one with some highlights and lowlights along the way. It’s one that has also seen Jay Wright go from a coach known mostly for his suits to a future Hall of Famer, and the program become one we can all appreciate.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, April 4, 2018

by - Published April 4, 2018 in The Morning Dish

One day after Villanova’s national championship game win over Michigan, the NCAA received a harsh reminder of the price it paid and continues to pay for TV contract decisions for its prize NCAA Tournament.

The overnight television rating for Villanova’s 79-62 win in Monday night’s title game was the lowest ever for an NCAA tourney final, scoring a 10.3 rating across broadcasts on TBS, TNT and truTV. The number was a good bit below the rating for the previous time TBS hosted the final (a 12.0 for Villanova’s buzzer-beating win over North Carolina in 2016) and well off last year’s 14.5 rating for Carolina and Gonzaga on CBS. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, April 3, 2018

by - Published April 3, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Villanova national championship teams in 1985 and 2016 were defined in part by significant Italian American characters. Should it have been any surprise when another came up huge to lead the Wildcats to a title 2018 too?

Villanova legends Rollie Massimino and Ryan Arcidiacono have now been joined by another whose name ending with an ‘o’ will go down in school history. Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo certainly wasn’t the best-known player on this year’s Wildcat team, but he was on a level of his own Monday night, and because of it Nova is national champions for the second time in three years after rolling past Michigan 79-62 to close out the 2018 NCAA Tournament. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, April 2, 2018

by - Published April 2, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Just one game remains in this college basketball season. It’s been a wild ride to this point through so much of the season, and the NCAA Tournament has been very much a part of that. Is there one more left?

Everything to this point has said that this weekend should be one. It hasn’t been just yet, and it might not be, but we’ve had that all season long.

What would that look like? Well, it could certainly be a back-and-forth game, a bit like Michigan’s semifinal win over Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. It could look like an overtime game, possibly multiple extra sessions. It could be a buzzer-beater, not unlike what happened in the women’s championship game on Sunday night (and for that matter, in the semifinal win by the eventual champions there as well).

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 1, 2018

by - Published April 1, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed, Happy Easter to all.

Saturday brought us the Final Four for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and while the two national semifinal games revealed to us the contestants for the national championship game on Monday, it also made clear something else:

Bar none, Villanova is the best team in this 2017-18 college basketball season.

Of course, declaring such may well be the kiss of death for the Wildcats on Monday when they face Michigan in the NCAA tourney final. It’s certainly possible Villanova could lose the game, and it’s preposterous to suggest otherwise. But over the course of this season, and certainly through six of the seven rounds in the NCAA Tournament, there’s little doubt anymore that the Wildcats have been the cream of the crop of this season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 31, 2018

by - Published March 31, 2018 in The Morning Dish

On the eve of the national semifinals, the other two tournaments that were still ongoing decided their champions. One went to a third and deciding game, while the other was a single game. Both were won by the home team, in stark contrast to the end of the campus portion of the NIT where road teams swept the quarterfinals.

We start with the College Basketball Invitational, where for the ninth time in 11 years the championship went to a third and deciding game. The home team won each of the first two, and as the first half went on, North Texas looked eager to keep that going as they came alive the latter part of the first half to open up a 38-27 lead at the break.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, March 30, 2018

by - Published March 30, 2018 in The Morning Dish

After another impressive performance in the final game of the 2018 National Invitation Tournament, the springboard has officially been set for Penn State next season.

The Nittany Lions finished off a strong postseason run and a season on the rise overall with an 82-66 win over Utah in the NIT final in New York City. And after finishing with 26 wins-the second-highest total in school history and with the possibility of returning four of five starters next year-including a legitimate Big Ten player of the year candidate-there’s a good chance of a buzz about Penn State this summer and in the lead-up to next season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 29, 2018

by - Published March 29, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Few things are guaranteed in life. Among them are death, taxes, Kansas winning the Big 12 regular season title, and now, it seems, the championship in the College Basketball Invitational going the full three games. For the ninth time in 11 tournaments, the CBI championship will not end with a two-game sweep.

North Texas took care of that back on their home floor Wednesday night, and now they will hope homecourt advantage remains. The Mean Green pulled away in the second half for a 69-55 win after being up by just two at halftime.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 28, 2018

by - Published March 28, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The NIT championship matchup is set, and the two semifinal games on Tuesday could hardly have been more different. One was close, the other wasn’t nearly as close as the final score might imply. Both winners were on the NCAA Tournament bubble, or at least pretty close to it.

The first semifinal came right down to the end, though that did not appear likely in the early going. While Utah and Western Kentucky played a dandy, the Hilltoppers ran out to an 18-5 lead and were still up eight after the first quarter. After Utah tied it a little more than halfway through the second half, the rest of the game was played within an eight-point window. Utah scored the final six points of the game to get their biggest lead at the end, a 69-64 triumph that sends them into the championship game.

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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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