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Scanning the Nation: Notes from the opening weekend

by - Published November 13, 2017 in Columns

The first three days of the college basketball season have been largely uneventful, not surprising when schedules are littered with endless guarantee games and schools seemingly have little interest in even playing at all so early in November. Here are some quick-hit notes looking around the country after the first weekend of regular season hoops:

  • Kentucky has individual talent, as always, but it’s going to take time for the Wildcats to look more like a cohesive collegiate team and less like an AAU all-star team cobbled together, as was evidenced in escapes against Utah Valley and Vermont. Clearly there is a lot of definition of roles to take place, as well as understanding of how hard players need to play regularly at the college level on the defensive end. One thing that looked clear to us: Hamidou Diallo is the player most suited to take on a Malik Monk-type role of sniper.

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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

Rhode Island finally broke through and should do so again

by - Published October 9, 2017 in Columns

When the subject of Atlantic 10 favorites comes up, discussion should start with Rhode Island. Dan Hurley has built them up that well, and they may ultimately see an unfortunate earlier event become a blessing in disguise.

When Hurley took over, the program wasn’t in a great state. Jim Baron had ably run the show for 11 years, with six postseason appearances, but none were in the tournament most wanted – the NCAA – and the bottom had fallen out with a 7-24 season in 2011-12, a year after they appeared in the CBI. Hurley had succeeded quite well at Wagner, and was ready to try the same in South Kingston. The first two years were tough ones, with the Rams battling gamely to a combined 22-39 mark, but it set the stage for what was to come.

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2016-17 Atlantic 10 Post-Mortem

by - Published July 5, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Atlantic 10 has been solid and steady in recent years, with a good deal of stability once the conference realignment game seemed to slow down. As currently configured, the conference was clearly in a good place, and it still is.

Now, the conference is going to look a little different. There is reason to think it will be just fine, but what that looks like is in question. Since this season ended, there has already been a good deal of change.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 13, 2017

by - Published March 13, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The stage is set. We know the 68 teams and the initial matchups. And considering how the picture looked a week or so ago, there were remarkably few real surprises in terms of who was in and who was out of the NCAA Tournament field.

We know that the last four teams in were Kansas State, Providence, USC and Wake Forest, and the first four out were Cal, Illinois State, Iowa and Syracuse. The latter four will be top seeds in the NIT, a small consolation prize.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 12, 2017

by - Published March 12, 2017 in The Morning Dish

This year’s NCAA Tournament is poised to have a number of great stories, including four schools making their first appearances ever (and a fifth in Northwestern almost certain to).

None will be better, though, than New Orleans. The Southland Conference regular season champion Privateers clinched their spot in the field with a 68-65 overtime victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and you can bet you’ll be hearing about UNO’s journey to get there for the next week, until it faces almost certainly a 1 or 2 seed (or maybe even a 16 seed) in its first game. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 8, 2017

by - Published March 8, 2017 in Columns

Where would the Horizon League be at this moment without Northern Kentucky?

And who ever thought such a question would be asked two years ago?

It’s been a rough couple years for the Horizon, and in some ways Tuesday was more of the same. But on a day when two more of its coaches departed and it faced the good news/bad news prospect of its 10th-place team winning the conference tournament, it was the league’s newest member-an addition that barely made a ripple when it happened a few years ago-that made the biggest headlines. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 11, 2017

by - Published February 11, 2017 in The Morning Dish

If you’re a Rhode Island fan, you have undoubtedly had many better nights than Friday night. Like this season, the night began with a lot of hope, and while the season is far from over, the night certainly ended with the hopes dashed.

Dayton came to town and dealt the Rams a severe blow as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned. And they did it in heartbreaking fashion with a 75-74 decision.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 9, 2017

by - Published February 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Seton Hall started off Wednesday making news for reasons any school would rather not, and just over midway through the first half of its game against Providence on Wednesday, the news wasn’t looking very good, either.

The Pirates were down 15 points to the Friars after just 11 minutes of play, but the Hall’s day got better soon after. Seton Hall pulled within two points by halftime, withstood a nip-and-tuck second half to get to overtime, and then received a game-winning jumper by Myles Powell with eight seconds left in the extra period for a key 72-70 win. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, February 6, 2017

by - Published February 6, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As you can imagine, football dominated the sports world – scratch that, the world, period – on Sunday, and anyone who watched the entire game got their money’s worth in terms of the quality of the game. (Now, your allegiance, if any, will probably swing your experience just a bit; a Patriots fan like myself, obviously, was a little happier at the end than an Atlanta Falcons fan.) College basketball had a light slate, as tends to happen, with little fanfare on the day.

Sure, North Carolina handed Notre Dame their fourth straight loss and fifth in six games after a 5-0 start to ACC play, and the game was played in Greensboro instead of Chapel Hill due to a water shortage. And Florida State blew out Clemson 109-61, the Seminoles’ largest margin of victory ever in an ACC. And yes, Wisconsin beat Indiana to remain alone atop the Big Ten, while Cal quietly improved to 8-3 in Pac-12 play by knocking off Colorado.

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