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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 3, 2016

by - Published March 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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One of the most anticipated possible conference tournament finals of all will not be taking place this year, as the first two days of March are two-for-two in producing the upsets we’ve come to expect this time of year.

The latest team to come from seemingly nowhere to make noise is Hartford, a seemingly benign seventh seed in the America East tournament. The Hawks entered the tourney with a 9-22 record and had lost both regular season matchups against their quarterfinal opponent by a combined 42 points, yet stunned three-time defending champion Albany 68-59 to move into the semifinals.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 24, 2016

by - Published February 24, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Tulsa narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament last year, and the Golden Hurricane looked destined for a similar fate after their first meeting with Temple this year. After a second matchup with the Owls, though, it’s safe to say a lot has changed.

Tulsa posted an impressive 74-55 win over Temple Tuesday night, continuing to put itself firmly in consideration for a spot in the Big Dance with its fifth win in six games. The Golden Hurricane also notched another quality win-technically not an RPI top 50 win, as the Owls were 55th entering the night and likely will slip some from there (down to 57th this morning)-but a win over the current American Athletic Conference leaders.

The manner in which this came about was rather jarring. Temple jumped out to an early 25-13 lead on the strength of five three-pointers as Tulsa came out in a 2-3 zone. The hosts then switched to a man-to-man defense and proceeded to outscore the Owls 61-30 the rest of the way, including a second half performance that was dominating in every way, and by the end left Temple attempting to come back with full-court pressure that the Golden Hurricane navigated with ease.
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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – February 20, 2016

by - Published February 20, 2016 in Columns
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In our latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis, we look at the incredible couple of days earlier this week where several of the top teams lost, including Duke’s seemingly improbable win at North Carolina after the injury to Matt Jones further depleted a Blue Devil team already down in numbers. We also look at some bubble teams like Alabama and Saint Joseph’s who have suddenly enhanced their candidacy greatly to enter the conversation.

Once all of that has been discussed, we also look at surging Kennesaw State, as Al Skinner’s efforts are starting to bear fruit in his first season, and look ahead to a great weekend of college basketball.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 18, 2016

by - Published February 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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February can be over any day now. After all that happened on a deliciously eventful Wednesday night, we’re sufficiently primed and ready for March, and the best month on the sports calendar can’t get here soon enough.

We still have 11 days (including a leap day) before the madness of March arrives, but Wednesday night gave us a taste of what’s in store. With variety galore, it reminded us of the buffet that is the first day of the NCAA Tournament (the Thursday one, not that Tuesday lead-in), all packed into a few evening hours. And it was so much more than one showcased game, though that one was plenty good, too.

Duke won. Or perhaps North Carolina lost. It will be debated for some time just what happened Wednesday night, but the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win will be remembered for some time-for Duke essentially going with an iron five lineup after Matt Jones went out early with an ankle injury, and for the Tar Heels inexplicably seeming to forget they had the most dominant player on the floor and not feeding the ball to Brice Johnson time and again late in a game where he still finished with a staggering 29 points and 19 rebounds.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 11, 2016

by - Published February 11, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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When it came to trying to make the biggest splash, Wednesday night was a virtual game of ‘Can You Top This?’ across the college basketball landscape.

Multiple teams came up with big wins. Really big wins. As in, the type of wins that some may point to in mid-March as the decider that may have put them in the NCAA Tournament. And just when we thought one team had made the biggest statement of the night, another made its best attempt to one-up the others.
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The Morning Dish – Friday, December 11, 2015

by - Published December 11, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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As rivalries go, Iowa-Iowa State doesn’t get a great deal of pub compared to many others. We all know Duke-North Carolina, Kentucky-Louisville, Georgetown-Syracuse, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State (Bedlam), and more. But Iowa-Iowa State has become quite a rivalry all its own; two years ago in the same building, they played a thriller that the Cyclones won. Thursday night provided the latest chapter in Hilton Coliseum.

It not only provided quite a story line with the game’s result, but also with what happened to someone who is not a part of either program.

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Scanning the nation: the best from November in college basketball

by - Published December 1, 2015 in Columns
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Reflecting on the first (half) month of the college basketball season, we look back at some of the bests, worsts, achievements and trends from November:

Best team, best player: Ignore the growling from Tom Izzo, because Michigan State looked sensational all month, even in games when their coach wasn’t happy with them (see: 24-point win over Eastern Michigan). The Spartans are deep, talented, and not bothered by the rule changes in the least. Oh, and Denzel Valentine has been the nation’s best player. It would normally be heresy to compare any player to Magic Johnson, but Valentine (19.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists per game) has been racking up numbers and triple-doubles at a pace worthy of mention with some of the sport’s all-time greats.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, April 6, 2015

by - Published April 6, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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The college basketball season is about to end. It’s been a long journey to this point, and one that appears to be coinciding with a number of great games. We have been fortunate during this NCAA Tournament, as well as the other three postseason tournaments.

The season has seen a coach top 1,000 career wins. It has seen three double-digit seeds win by one point on the same day in the NCAA Tournament. It has seen three teams that play in the Champions Classic reach the Final Four. It has seen a team flirt with an undefeated season.

There is so much more. It’s all down to one game now.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 5, 2015

by - Published April 5, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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We have been blessed this NCAA Tournament. For a lot of reasons, it has been one for the ages, though most of all for the great games, especially in later rounds. And as we reach Easter Sunday, we should see that as a gift – as well as what Kentucky gave us this season, even as their season came to an end last night.

In the national semifinals, the first game proved to be an undercard. Taking nothing away from it, Duke comfortably beat Michigan State 81-61 to advance to tomorrow night’s national championship game. The Blue Devils were never seriously threatened in the second half, taking over the game with a 30-11 run after the Spartans ran out to a 14-6 lead early on. The Spartans never gave up, but basically ran out of gas. It was the worst NCAA Tournament loss in Michigan State’s history.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 17, 2015

by - Published March 17, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Years later, starting the NCAA Tournament on a Tuesday still just doesn’t feel right.

Officially, the NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday night with a pair of games, part of the “First Four” as it is known. Manhattan and Hampton square off first in a tussle between two 16 seeds, followed by Mississippi and BYU in a tilt of 11 seeds. Unofficially, these are still the games that a lot of brackets are going to let you slide on picking, in order to have a little more time to get your picks ready for your office pool or friendly competition with friends.

Tuesday around dinner time will never come close to generating the excitement that there was (and still is for many of us) for Thursday at about 11 a.m. Central time, when we knew the first games were just minutes from tipping. Brewing upsets early in the day always set a perfect tone for the tournament that a pair of 16 seeds going at it never will match.
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The wait is over for Stony Brook

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Stony Brook is finally going to the NCAA Tournament, and the story of tragic endings – and all that goes with it – is a thing of the past.

Saturday Notes – February 27, 2016

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The last Saturday of exclusively regular season play seemed to follow the script of many others. We look at notes from many of the day’s games of consequence.

Saturday Notes – February 20, 2016

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On a day with a lot of games that had NCAA Tournament implications, it seemed like more bubble teams lost games they couldn’t afford to than won to advance their candidacy further.

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The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

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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.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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Recruiting Coverage

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

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The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.

2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

June 30, 2015 by

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We look back at more from the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, where some of the championship games were worth the price of admission.

A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

June 23, 2015 by

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The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of good championship games on Sunday to close it out, and we start our look back with a look at those games.

Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

June 4, 2015 by

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Two big programs, Mass Elite and the Boston Warriors, got together once again on a college showcase for many of their high school players. We look at some who stood out on the evening.

2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

June 3, 2015 by

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Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.