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The Morning Dish – Friday, March 4, 2016

by - Published March 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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With the way this season has played out from the first night of November, it’s no surprise whatsoever that it has taken just three days of conference tournaments to see complete destruction in some brackets.

Top seeds have played in four tournaments so far. Two of the four 1 seeds and two of the four 2 seeds already have been eliminated. So have two 3 seeds. If you want the best chance to still be playing in the America East, Atlantic Sun, Northeast Conference or Patriot League, you want to be a…4 seed?
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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 – Monday, February 15, 2016

by - Published February 15, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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After a day where a number of teams pulled off perceived upsets – oftentimes, that term is used far too loosely in sports, not just college basketball – Sunday was a very different story. Look across the scoreboard, and it’s hard to find cases where the underdog won, even in mid-major games. On this day, though, the real favorites would have to be the ones with the right names – Valentine and Balentine – and they delivered.

In both cases, though, it was far from a foregone conclusion at one point in the game, and they delivered in different ways.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 13, 2016

by - Published February 13, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Before Archie Miller got to Dayton, the Flyers had their share of success. It was arguably a program on the rise, although they had not become a perennial NCAA Tournament team during their rise. Instead, they had gotten closer and broken through more times after flirting with it for some time. Still, they were more like a perennial NIT than NCAA Tournament team at that point. They had not yet arrived or peaked.

Now, the Flyers are one of the best in the Atlantic 10, and on Friday night, they kept it that way by doing what top teams do: they pulled one out on the road that could have easily gone the other way. They emerged from Rhode Island with a 68-66 victory over the Rams, who have remained tough despite losing their best player for the season way back on opening night, and in so doing, remain firmly on top of the conference with an 11-1 mark.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – January 29, 2016

by - Published January 30, 2016 in Columns
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As we near the end of January, we’re pleased to present what we plan on being a new feature here on Hoopville: podcasts. We start with this one featuring long-time college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis.

In this first installment, we touch on how no one is unbeatable this season, how a few traditional powers have not been dominant this season, a strong Pac-12 and an important set of games on Saturday. Finally, we touch on a couple of items outside of the current games themselves, dealing with a facilities issue and a scheduling matter. Ted also gives his pick for the big mid-season awards.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 15, 2016

by - Published January 15, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Thursday night provided a flurry of activity, good games and most notable results, but few games this year have drawn us in more at the end like the Conference USA tilt between UAB and Old Dominion did.

One-time Sun Belt Conference rivals who now are two of the heavies in C-USA, the Blazers and Monarchs provided captivating theater in the late stages of their game and one of the best finishes of the season. The final act was an offensive rebound under the basket and putback by 5-foot-10 inch UAB guard Nick Norton with 2.3 seconds left in overtime, and a halfcourt shot by ODU’s terrific Trey Freeman went off the back rim, giving the Blazers a 72-71 win.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, January 11, 2016

by - Published January 11, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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At UNLV, expectations are very high. They might not be “Final Four or bust,” but this is a program that has a national championship in its history and a lot of things going for it. The expectation is that the Runnin’ Rebels are a consistent postseason, if not NCAA Tournament, team. When that’s not met, the end can come, even for someone who is a cherished part of the program’s history.

Dave Rice, line one.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 10, 2016

by - Published January 10, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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In truth, USC probably should’ve been being taken seriously even before its 103-101 four-overtime thriller over Arizona yesterday, but you can be sure the Trojans are now.

Even before earning what is a signature win over the Wildcats-at least for the time being; who knows how long that stands in this year’s ultra-competitive Pac-12, where even a flagbearer program like Arizona could win 15 games or eight-USC already had some quality notches on its belt during non-conference play. The Trojans’ resume already was good, and now it certainly looks even better.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 8, 2016

by - Published January 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Sometimes in college basketball, comebacks happen so fast and so suddenly that it’s literally as if a storm blew through. In what are a few minutes but may feel like just seconds, a game seemingly in hand has slipped away.

SMU was the victim in such a scenario in its NCAA Tournament loss to UCLA in March; last night, the Mustangs returned the favor. Trailing by seven in the final minutes, the Mustangs finished the game on an 11-2 run to defeat Cincinnati 59-57 and improve to 14-0.

With less than four minutes to go, it looked like we would soon be down to one undefeated team and that Cincy would continue the recent mastery of its American Athletic Conference foe. The Bearcats-who beat SMU twice last year-had controlled much of the second half and held a 55-48 lead at the under-four TV timeout.
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The Morning Dish – Monday, January 4, 2016

by - Published January 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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With Sunday’s slate featuring plenty of Pac-12 games, we almost have to revisit it after taking a look a couple of days ago. And what we come away with is a conference that will be a lot of fun to watch all the way through.

The conference has some good strength, noted by five teams in the RPI top 30, eight in the top 50 and ten in the top 60. What it doesn’t have is a clear favorite, or a team whose play thus far puts them head and shoulders above everyone else. So while at first glance it may not appear that the conference has a national title contender, it has a lot of other things going for it right now.

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Saturday Notes – February 20, 2016

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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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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

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2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

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

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Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

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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.