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2016 NCAA Tournament Final Review: Final finish what this year’s event needed

by - Published April 7, 2016 in Columns
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The 2016 NCAA Tournament needed its signature game, and it got one in no better place-in its final game.

Villanova’s 77-74 win over North Carolina is not just one of the great championship games of all-time, it’s one of the great NCAA tourney games ever in any round. It was played at a high level from start to finish, and while it didn’t have the back-and-forth down the stretch of Duke-Kentucky in 1992 or, say, Kansas State-Xavier in 2010, the star power of Georgetown-North Carolina in 1982 or Houston-N.C. State the next year, and may not carry the transformational significance of Michigan State-Indiana State in 1979, it had a finish that will lead to discussions from now until the end of time about its place as possibly the greatest ending to a title game ever. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 12, 2016

by - Published March 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-orange

Championship Week has given us so many great stories. There are plenty more still to be written today alone, as Championship Saturday is the biggest one of them all. Friday night paved the way for it beautifully.

There was the Big East Tournament, where Seton Hall advanced to continue a great story for them. A year ago, the Pirates’ season ended in discord; they were in a bad place, and there was plenty of talk about who might not return this season, from underclassmen who might leave to the coach. Kevin Willard had a fairly prohibitive contract for the school, but the talk was there all the same. A year later, the Pirates once again started out with promise, but this time they have persisted through the ups and downs that come with a season. They will take on Villanova, who beat Providence earlier in the evening. This is a more mature team, and one that we’ll see playing later in the month.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, March 11, 2016

by - Published March 11, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

Coaches such as Jim Valvano, Rollie Massimino and Tom Izzo are among those to make the month of March their personal playground over the years, regularly leading teams on extended runs, regardless of the strength of their teams in the regular season.

Few would include Ray Harper on that list, but it has become time that they should. As the excellent ESPN and American Sports Network analyst Mark Adams prophetically pointed out Wednesday, you can’t bet against Harper’s teams in March, and boy, was that shown again yesterday. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 10, 2016

by - Published March 10, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-yellow

In an ultra-competitive league where four teams finished tied for fourth place, third through eighth were separated by three games and no less than six teams had winning streaks of at least five games in conference play, it’s the team that went 0-9 on the road in conference play and finished ninth overall that is the tournament champion.

Sounds like college basketball 2015-16 in a nutshell.

At no point this season was Holy Cross considered an NCAA Tournament threat. The Crusaders finished 10-19 in the regular season, 5-13 in the Patriot League and were a decisive ninth-place finisher, three games out of eighth place. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 14, 2016

by - Published February 14, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-orange

Remember when all the talk was about how that Kansas streak of 11 consecutive Big 12 titles was in serious jeopardy? What was that…two weeks ago? (Not even-see here and here, among others).

Right now, it feels like two decades ago. It made a cute headline for a couple days, but it only took a few big Jayhawk wins, a couple fortuitous results and-poof!-KU is right back where it always is, in the driver’s seat for another conference crown.
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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 31, 2016

by - Published January 31, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-yellow

January and February belong to conference play in college basketball, and that’s how it should be. That doesn’t mean the sport couldn’t use a few more games like those furnished Saturday.

The move of the Big 12/SEC Challenge to late January has been a welcome shot in the arm for the college hoops season (as well as giving the event itself a far more distinct identity than it had before, when it was held right after, and therefore lost in the shadows of, the ACC and Big Ten’s own event). Of course, part of what makes it special is that the games played are rarities at this time of year, but it cannot be overlooked the mutual benefits games like this have for the participating teams and conferences as well as for fans.

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Saturday Notes – January 30, 2016

by - Published January 31, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

The Big 12/SEC Challenge may have take center stage on Saturday, and although it produced some dandies and important results, it was hardly alone. Several mid-majors had showdowns of teams at the top of the standings in addition to all the high-major games that initially grab attention.

The Big 12/SEC Challenge figured to be a good slate of games, as entering the day the Big 12 had a slim 5-4 edge in matchups between schools of the two conferences this season. That comes as the Big 12 has been atop the conferences while the SEC’s overall non-conference showing left a little to be desired. For the third straight year, the Big 12 won, going 7-3 this time around.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – January 29, 2016

by - Published January 30, 2016 in Columns
hoopguy-divisionII

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 – Tuesday, January 19, 2016

by - Published January 19, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-yellow

On Monday, Oklahoma ascended to the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in 26 years. The Sooners’ stay there will almost certainly be a short one.

The greatest season for the Sooners since Billy Tubbs was coach-or at least the greatest regular season since then (we won’t forget the 2002 Final Four appearance under Kelvin Sampson) hit a temporary speed bump Monday night with an 82-77 loss at Iowa State in another terrific Big 12 Big Monday game on ESPN.

The result was hardly a surprise. Road play in the Big 12 should explain it sufficiently, but add in the Hilton Coliseum factor, plus a Cyclones team that needed this one badly, and Oklahoma frankly has nothing to apologize for here.

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How the conferences shape up as 2016 approaches

by - Published December 29, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes
author_kasiecki

Not only are we in the midst of the holidays, but conference play beckons if it hasn’t already started. Non-conference play is almost complete, and teams form impressions during this time of how they will be in conference play. Even so, as is always the case this is imperfect. Conference play is a different animal, as teams are more familiar with each other from having played each other every year. That’s why we see some teams even in mid-majors get nice wins in non-conference play, but then lose games in conference play that strike the untrained eye as head-scratchers.

It is with that in mind that we take a look at how all 31 conferences shape up based on non-conference play thus far.

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The wait is over for Stony Brook

March 12, 2016 by

stonybrook

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

February 28, 2016 by

author_kasiecki

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

February 21, 2016 by

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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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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

hoopguy-cyan

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

hoopguy-divisionII

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

hoopguy-yellow

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

hoopguy-cyan

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

author_kasiecki

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.