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March Madness: Numbers and notes

by - Published March 21, 2018 in Columns

They captivated a nation. Even fans whose brackets were destined to become part of the next day’s trash. UMBC defeated Virginia 74-54 to become the first 16 seed to take out number one. A few numbers are in order.

In a 62-possession game, UMBC posted an outstanding 119 offensive efficiency while limiting Virginia to 87. That latter figure is also an excellent showing courtesy of the Retriever defense. Virginia had the edge in turnover rates with a nice 11 percent showing. UMBC came in at 19 percent in that category, but was not affected in the long run. Chalk it up to hot shooting and defense.

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2018 NCAA Tournament first week review: Chaos not so surprising in a season full of it

by - Published March 20, 2018 in Columns

In a 2017-18 college basketball season with so much volatility on a night-to-night basis, where ranked teams regularly showed their vulnerability even when facing squads that ended up firmly in the NIT, an NCAA Tournament with top seeds dropping left and right by the end of the first weekend probably should be of little surprise.

Chaos was the rule all of a regular season where teams in the Associated Press lost 46 times to unranked squads. Regardless, the permanence suggested by numbers attached in front of team names and the rapid-fire succession of one game played after another, many of them close, will always make the tourney seem wild, and we’ll always be thankful for it. … Continue Reading

College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2018

by - Published March 20, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the March 19, 2018 edition of College Basketball Tonight. With the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament in the books, we focus on what transpired and then at what we think is to come.

The opening weekend was a wild one, to be sure. It was just what we could expect given what we saw over the course of the season, where unranked teams beat top 10 teams on a number of occasions. We talk about some of what made it such a wild weekend, and add in some notes that help give a sense of the weekend that was.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 19, 2018

by - Published March 19, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The 2017-18 season is having an NCAA Tournament that fits what the regular season was like. It has been wild, wacky and unpredictable. History has been made along the way.

Sunday was no different, and the Sweet 16 has plenty of what we have seen all year long.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 17, 2018

by - Published March 17, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The NCAA Tournament is off and running, with the first round complete and the field down to 32.

We spend a great deal of time talking about the history that was made on Friday evening. For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed when UMBC beat the No. 1 overall seed Virginia in Charlotte. It’s a game we will be talking about for a long time, and as noted in the Morning Dish, a shocker on a lot of levels.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 17, 2018

by - Published March 17, 2018 in The Morning Dish

So many thought it might never happen, myself included. There were a few close calls, but for some good reasons, it was hard to imagine a No. 16 seed ever knocking off a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

And now that it has happened, it is as shocking as one might imagine. There are so many things about UMBC’s 74-54 win over Virginia that are historical and unbelievable.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, March 16, 2018

by - Published March 16, 2018 in The Morning Dish

After a distinctly dull first round a year ago, when a rather small total of nine of 32 games were decided by six points or less, there wasn’t a single buzzer-beater and not a single result that could be called much of a surprise, it can be argued-quite easily, in fact-that the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament already has delivered more. And college hoops fans can be most thankful for it.

An enthralling first full day of the tourney opened with an overtime game, and the hits kept coming. There were buzzer-beaters-plural. There were single-digit seeds getting threatened all over the place, whether they be 6 seeds, 5s, 4s, 3s, even a 1. And by the end there was a preseason Final Four favorite getting thrashed by a 13 seed with exactly zero NCAA Division I Tournament wins in its history. … Continue Reading

One last look at why a few teams did not make the NCAA Tournament

by - Published March 15, 2018 in Columns

As the NCAA Tournament is about to get started in earnest, it’s worth reflecting on teams that did not get into the NCAA Tournament. Since Sunday, there has been a lot of heated debate from a lot of corners on the field of 68, much of it focusing on who’s in vs. who’s out.

Before getting into this at all, it is worth noting that any team that did not make the NCAA Tournament certainly had their chances, some more than others. A team like Oklahoma State or USC had many more chances than Middle Tennessee or Saint Mary’s.

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St. Bonaventure 65, UCLA 58: Boxscore breakdown

by - Published March 14, 2018 in Columns

Tied with 71 seconds remaining, St. Bonaventure scored the game’s last seven points. The Bonnies posted a 65-58 victory over UCLA in a First Four meeting at Dayton. The win sends the Bonnies to Dallas to face Florida on Thursday evening. The numbers of note:

Possessions: St. Bona 69, UCLA 68 (a little over moderate, undoubtedly affected by Bruin turnovers becoming Bonaventure fast breaks)
Offensive efficiency: St. Bona 94, UCLA 85

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College of Charleston’s journey has been one of overcoming adversity

by - Published March 14, 2018 in Columns

In early September 2014, everything changed in the program at the College of Charleston. Out was conduct frankly unbecoming of a basketball coach, and in was a more understated, high-character leader. Out was going after players verbally, and in was a message of faith.

The end result, after a journey of a few years, is much better in every way possible.

“I say this to a lot of people: the best thing that’s happened to College of Charleston happened with Coach Grant,” senior guard Joe Chealey said after the Cougars won the CAA Tournament.

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College Basketball Tonight

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.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

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Hoopville Podcasts

College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2018

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We discuss the wild early rounds of the NCAA Tournament, joined by special guest Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal for one segment. In addition, we touch on coaching news and other issues surrounding the college game.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 17, 2018

March 17, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, there is one main story to focus on: history being made in Charlotte and its aftermath. But we also talk about tough times for the Pac-12 and a key member school, plus an added challenge ahead at Pittsburgh.

College Basketball Tonight – March 11, 2018

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College Basketball Tonight returns with a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament bracket, and in the second segment Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian joins us.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018 by

As Championship Week nears its climax on the big Saturday, we look at a pair of semifinals and a lot of bubble teams that may be sweating it out on Sunday.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018 by

As Championship Week heats up, we talk about bubble teams who may or may not want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament, as well as a couple of mid-majors whose conference championship game was played earlier in the week.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

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

June 12, 2017 by

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

April 11, 2017 by

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

September 12, 2016 by

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

June 28, 2016 by

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