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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 7, 2018

by - Published March 7, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Until Championship Saturday, Tuesday night will go down as the biggest night in terms of conference championships, with five automatic bids getting handed out. Whereas Sunday’s set of four championship games had a little bit of everything, Tuesday night’s consisted of four convincing wins and an overtime affair. All have their own little stories as well.

We’ll start with the lone overtime game, which was the CAA championship in North Charleston, SC. Northeastern had blitzed their first two opponents in the tournament, and looked like they might be on their way to another convincing win for all the marbles as the first half came to a close. The Huskies ended the half on a 14-2 run to go up by 13 at the break, and the lead would reach 17 a few minutes into the second half. The Cougars, who were the preseason favorites and playing in front of a home crowd just a few miles from campus, got the lead down to ten, then ran off nine unanswered points to get close, and would ultimately send it to overtime. In the extra session, the Cougars took control, going up by six points about three minutes in, and the Huskies could get no closer than three the rest of the way as the Cougars pulled out an 83-76 win. Two of the conference’s top players did all they could for their teams, with Joe Chealey scoring 32 points to lead the Cougars and Vasa Pusica leading Northeastern with 30. We will have more on this later.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 19, 2018

by - Published February 19, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Did you forget about Wichita State? You can be forgiven for doing so; it’s been that kind of year in college basketball, where there has been no dominant team, and for that matter, it’s far from a given who the top seeds should be if the NCAA Tournament were to begin tomorrow.

The Shockers played a little role in all of this, losing two straight last month and then at Temple to start February, all while the lack of non-conference wins against anyone resembling an NCAA Tournament lock remained. But they still had to play Cincinnati twice as this weekend came, starting with Sunday’s matchup on the road, and they shot 53 percent against one of the nation’s best defenses to leave with a 76-72 win.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 12, 2018

by - Published February 12, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Just over the past week, five teams have fallen from the ranks of the undefeated in conference play. Only seven such teams remain as of Sunday, and one of them made sure they didn’t become the sixth such victim in a week’s time.

Cincinnati continued to win, and they did so in impressive fashion over a team that they have competed with to be the signature program in the early going of the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats led by 11 at the break and kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second half, leading by as many as 35 en route to a 76-51 thumping of slumping SMU.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 3, 2017

by - Published November 3, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Welcome back to the Morning Dish for the 2017-18 season. With college basketball opening day just a week away, we begin quick looks at each conference entering the season, in alphabetical order:

After placing four teams in the NCAA Tournament in 2016, the American Athletic Conference had a disappointing year with just two making the dance, including SMU going one-and-done. The league attempted to address that by luring Wichita State from the Missouri Valley, and the Shockers and Cincinnati should wage a terrific race for the title. Real improvement, though, will come from teams like Connecticut and Temple returning to prominence, as well as schools like Central Florida and Houston taking the next step. … Continue Reading

2016-17 America East Post-Mortem

by - Published June 27, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

In 2016-17, not much changed in America East at the top. The same three programs that have dominated the conference in recent years were right there once again, even though one looked especially vulnerable this year. The fourth-place team was the same as the past two seasons as well. Meanwhile, the bottom teams haven’t really moved, and there was a big gap between fifth and sixth place.

However, there was one thing that was very different about this year: the degree to which the champion, Vermont, dominated the conference.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 14, 2017

by - Published January 14, 2017 in Columns

Two decades ago, Vermont was, for the most part, one of the also-rans in the America East Conference. The Catamounts had a little success here and there, but had never finished higher than third place. They had great players, like the late Kevin Roberson and scoring machine Eddie Benton, but never enough to vault into serious contention. Some thought that Tom Brennan’s seat was heating up in the late 90s given his lengthy tenure and the Catamounts rarely being in the mix for a title; it was never true.

Nowadays, Vermont is one of the signature programs of the conference, and has been a consistent winner. It’s gotten to the point that the names and faces may change, but the Catamounts being a contender doesn’t.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 3, 2016

by - Published December 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Over the past four years, Jim Ferry has shown how much of a challenge it is to win at Duquesne. Here’s a guy who had a great run at LIU, winning two straight Northeast Conference titles and leaving behind a team that won a third straight under his former assistant when he first arrived in Pittsburgh. He is one of a growing number of coaches who cut his teeth in Division III and worked his way up the ladder from there.

In other words, he knows how to coach. Through four years at the school, the Dukes have gradually improved all the way to a 17-17 mark last year – their first .500 season under him. While it is the school’s sixth season with at least a .500 record since 2007-08, this recent stretch has been an anomaly. Starting in 1982-83, the program had just two such seasons over the next 23 years, winning a single-digit number of games nine times and bottoming out with a 3-24 season in 2005-06. Jim Satalin, John Carroll, Scott Edgar, Darelle Porter and Danny Nee all tried their hand at leading the program in that time, and only Carroll, who had the best winning percentage at .427, got them into a postseason tournament.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 2, 2016

by - Published November 2, 2016 in The Morning Dish

It’s a wonderful time of the year – the time when the college basketball season beckons. There’s optimism everywhere, there’s anticipation, and we all wonder if players and teams will be as good as we think they will be. It’s the beginning of a fun journey for the next five months.

We’re ready to help you through these next five months. It is a journey meant to be enjoyed, not unlike the even longer journey that will end in Cleveland tonight.

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2015-16 America East Post-Mortem

by - Published May 13, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

If you looked at how the America East standings have been the past few years, then looked at the final standings this time around, there was a familiar look. Consistency can be a good thing in many contexts, but as it applies to America East, it is not in one respect: right now, the conference appears to be stuck in neutral from a competitive standpoint.

Over the past six seasons, the conference has been dominated by Stony Brook, Albany and Vermont. Boston University was annually a contender, too, before departing for the Patriot League, but the overall pattern doesn’t change. In particular, the past two seasons have seen the same four teams finish in the top four, and then a big drop-off as four games separated fourth from fifth place each season. The bottom of the conference is having a tough time moving up, with most of the programs in some form of transition.

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