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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 21, 2018

by - Published February 21, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The Southeastern Conference is almost certainly on the precipice of a banner year for NCAA Tournament berths. Just which of those teams will receive them, though, and what might happen with them when they get there, will continue to be a confounding mystery.

Another busy Tuesday night SEC slate once again brought its share of results that defy logic. There was Mississippi State winning on the road at Texas A&M-handily, a 93-81 victor. There was an Arkansas team that has been infinitely better at home than away getting stomped 87-72 at home by Kentucky, a team that was on a four-game losing streak just last week. And then there was Mississippi, led by interim coach Tony Madlock after Andy Kennedy cut the cord two days ago, hitting the road and toppling Missouri 90-87 in overtime, a perplexing loss for a Tigers team that had made believers out of most with a recent five-game winning streak. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 10, 2017

by - Published December 10, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Boston College’s 89-84 win over Duke on Saturday was a stunner, rocking the college hoops world in early December as if it was NJIT against Michigan. And yet, in a number of ways, maybe it shouldn’t have been that hard to see coming after all.

For one thing, the Blue Devils hardly have the market cornered this week for highly ranked teams being shocked. We just saw it a few days earlier when Kansas-as impressive as any top team out there early on this year-suddenly looked like a different squad in a 74-65 loss to Washington of all teams.

For another, even as the Dukies were winning 11 straight to start the year and their freshmen dazzled while on TV regularly, in more than a few cases they weren’t dominant. There were major rallies needed in wins over Texas and Florida in the Phil Knight Invitational. There was Portland State leading the Blue Devils at the half there. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 6, 2017

by - Published December 6, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Tuesday night was a heavy-hitting night for college basketball, an unusual one at this point in the season. Sure, there was the Jimmy V Classic, but you had Shaka Smart returning to VCU with Texas, you had Texas A&M taking on Arizona in Phoenix, and there were more early Big Ten games. There were also good ones that would get less attention, such as Virginia at West Virginia, SMU at TCU and Nevada at Texas Tech.

There’s a lot to choose from, and it was a night full of surprises both mild and big, but let’s take the game in Phoenix, a game as close as one might expect, as the one to focus on. And the result was perhaps more significant than anyone might have imagined before the season.

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A game a day for the 2017-18 season: February

by - Published November 9, 2017 in Columns

We conclude our look at our favorite games for every day of the season from November through February, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: Montana State at North Dakota. One of the Big Sky’s favorites this year travels to face last year’s regular season and tourney champions. Also some serious individual talent in this game, with the Bobcats’ Tyler Hall and UND’s Geno Crandall. Honorable mention: Middle Tennessee State at Old Dominion

Feb. 2: Yale at Princeton. Another huge Ivy League game. The Tigers swept the Bulldogs in three meetings last year-including the Ivy tourney final-and are probably being undersold this year. Honorable mention: Illinois-Chicago at Oakland … Continue Reading

Twenty teams to keep an eye on in 2017-18

by - Published November 2, 2017 in Columns

There are 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams. No more, and certainly no less.

That has always been the guiding principle for how we’ve followed college hoops, from a young age on. Regardless of school budget, or endowment, or how many pros it has generated, or how much TV money it receives from its conference.

Big or small, the fact of the matter is, as Lefty Driesell used to point out, every D-I school gets the same amount of scholarships. In a sport with such limited rosters and where only five players can be on the floor at the same time, good teams can come from anywhere. That’s been proven time and time again in the NCAA Tournament for decades. And in our quest for knowledge, that’s why we’ve always preferred to leave no stone unturned in trying to find good teams. … Continue Reading

2016-17 MAC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 29, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Mid-American Conference in 2016-17 looked a lot like the Mid-American Conference in 2015-16.

Once again, big men dominated the MAC (despite the efforts of Central Michigan hotshot guards Marcus Keene and Braylon Rayson). Once again, Akron was the league’s dominant regular season team. Yet again, a whole lot of teams’ overall seasons fell just to the right or left of middling-or right on it. And, again, a relative surprise toppled Akron in the MAC tourney title game, again leaving the league’s NCAA Tournament representative with a low seed and tough draw. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 25, 2016

by - Published December 25, 2016 in The Morning Dish

A blessed, Merry Christmas to all today. Wish all blessings on this special day during a truly wonderful time of the year.

The University of San Francisco are one of just eight teams in action this Christmas Day. The Dons will be playing much later in the day than just about anyone expected, though, as they will face San Diego State in the title game of the Diamond Head Classic (8 p.m. Eastern, ESPN2).

USF’s play in Hawaii reminds us of one of the many things that makes tournament play so great in this sport: teams can get hot and make a run when least expected. In the Dons’ case, a finish of fifth in Hawaii would’ve been considered an accomplishment coming into this event, with their opener against one of the event’s favorites in Utah, but San Francisco has progressed far more in Kyle Smith’s first season than anyone could’ve expected. Its sweet shooting combined with just enough scrappiness inside have made for a memorable trip to the finals of an event where USF now gets a chance to play for its first in-season tournament title since winning its own USF Invitational in 2005. … Continue Reading

2015-16 MAC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 7, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

Perhaps the most interesting development in the Mid-American Conference in 2015-16 was its quietly becoming one of the best leagues in the country for…centers?

Surprisingly, yes. Three players on the all-MAC first team-Toledo’s Nathan Boothe, Ohio’s Antonio Campbell and Isaiah Johnson of Akron-were centers. Another-Kent State’s Khaliq Spicer-was voted the league’s best defensive player. Yet another-Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson-was its top freshman, as well as one of the most productive first-year players in the nation.

Those big men provided a variety of skills, whether they be scoring, rebounding, passing/facilitating (Boothe was one of the best-passing bigs in the country), defense or shot-blocking. Though maybe not of the seven-foot variety typically associated with men in the middle, the MAC was as good a spot as almost any in the country to look if one wanted to see post play. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 29, 2015

by - Published November 29, 2015 in The Morning Dish

Once upon a time, Thanksgiving weekend in college basketball meant Alaska. The Great Alaska Shootout.

Long before the Battle 4 Atlantis or before ESPN got in the tournament business for itself, the Shootout was the neutral court event of choice, where the big names went when looking for an early tournament challenge. Just a brief glance at the history of champions and tournament MVPs tells one all they need to know.

Kentucky. Louisville. North Carolina. Arizona. Duke. Brad Daugherty. Sean Elliott. Glenn Robinson. Ray Allen. Dwyane Wade. And for anyone who watched even a couple of those tourneys, they know that list only scratches the surface of the quality of fields Anchorage brought in every year. Every year the Shootout was top-notch.
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The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 23, 2014

by - Published November 23, 2014 in The Morning Dish

The weekend has featured several instances of something we don’t see often: BCS conference (or Group of Five, or whatever term you want to use) teams taking to the road against good non-BCS teams.

In the past two days, four teams that went to the NCAA Tournament last year went on the road to face non-BCS teams. For those who have paid attention to this sort of thing over the years, the results of these games were not surprising.

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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.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

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College Basketball Tonight – March 26, 2018

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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