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2017 NCAA Tournament first week review: unpredictability light so far

by - Published March 21, 2017 in Columns

The NCAA Tournament never fails to deliver. Some years, it just delivers a little bit less than others.

It provided us some memorable moments good and bad (defending national champion Villanova exiting early; Iowa State rallying from a 19-point second-half deficit before running out of steam; Vanderbilt losing in part because of a highly publicized mental error in the final seconds). Overall, though, the first week of the 2017 NCAA tourney was marked first and foremost by its lack of surprises, as well as the typical end-of-game thrills we’re so used to.

It wasn’t a bad six days. There were a good share of solid games coming down the stretch, especially in the second round. But competitive games are basically a minimum standard in the tourney. We crave unpredictability, yet this year’s tourney is lacking it. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 17, 2017

by - Published March 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With all respect to the four teams eliminated in play-in games, Thursday always marks the start of the NCAA Tournament as most know it. As far as opening days go, this year’s opening day was somewhere in the middle.

There were no buzzer beaters, and really only one true upset. Maryland was a better team than Xavier much of the season, but the Terrapins are young while the Musketeers are one of the most tournament-tested programs of all. It didn’t take much at all to imagine a result like X winning 76-65. … Continue Reading

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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Bracket impressions: Little changes with selection committee fixations

by - Published March 13, 2017 in Columns

As a whole, this year’s selections for the 2017 NCAA Tournament were not filled with a ton of surprises. It doesn’t mean that predictability was a good thing.

The revealing of the bracket for this year’s tourney wasn’t going to induce as much frustration as a year ago for a number of reasons. For one, the pool of at-large contenders on the cut line this season was truly poor. For another, it would’ve been hard for the committee to have done a worse job than it did last year.

Mostly, though, it’s because by now many have become conditioned to the committee’s shift in philosophy over the last four years. They’re getting used to the committee overemphasizing top level wins, ignoring losses when convenient, picking and choosing whichever metrics they find to support putting in the teams they want in, and regularly ignoring just about every other criteria (road wins, non-conference scheduling) that once used to be important parts of selection.

That’s not a good thing. … Continue Reading

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 – Friday, March 10, 2017

by - Published March 10, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The subject hasn’t seemed to come up much at all this season, so it’s time to ask: are we on track for a repeat national title game matchup?

Villanova and North Carolina played one of what will go down as the all-time championship games in college basketball history last year, and it’s very possible-perhaps even likely-that they are the two best teams again this year. If one needed any convincing of that, Thursday’s conference tournament results should’ve left little doubt. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 9, 2017

by - Published March 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament opened Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y., of all places, in order toe execute another money grab, er, “expand its ‘brand.’” And while the meat of the event is still to come starting today, the early rounds still featured teams presumably playing for their NCAA Tournament lives. And all of them have lost already.

On Wednesday, Wake Forest, Clemson and Syracuse all were eliminated in the ACC tourney second round. You might describe their respective chances to make the NCAAs as yes, no and maybe, though with the selection committee’s undying love for teams posting top 25-50 wins and major conference teams in general the past few years, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if all three got in the tourney (yes, even Clemson). All three have distinct cases for-and against-their inclusion. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 2, 2017

by - Published March 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

There was still doubt even coming into Wednesday night, but you can say it now: Northwestern is going to the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats ended all doubt, and in the most dramatic of fashion, with a 67-65 overtime win over Michigan on Wednesday. Nathan Taphorn threw a length-of-the-court inbounds pass that somehow found Dererk Pardon, who scored at the buzzer to give them maybe the biggest win yet of a breakthrough season.
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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 20, 2017

by - Published February 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Through plenty of changes, including on the bench and in the league, Bucknell has been the Patriot League’s signature program for well over a decade. The Bison being contenders in the league has become one of life’s certainties, and they are on their way once again after clinching the top seed for the league tournament on Sunday and being on the verge of another outright title.

The Bison went to Boston and blew out Boston University 86-66 on Sunday, sweeping the second-place Terriers and going two games up with two to play. For the sixth time in seven years, the Bison will be the top seed in the league tournament, and the first five titles have been outright titles while the sixth appears to be a mere formality with two home games left. More than that, though, they have won 11 regular season titles in the Patriot League’s 27 years of existence, and no other school has more than five. During this seven-year stretch, no other school in the league has finished in the top half every single year.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 3, 2017

by - Published February 3, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We have a lot to get to, starting with a couple of teams that look like national championship contenders.

We start with Kansas, who had two great wins in the past week at Kentucky and against Baylor. The latter reminds everyone that Kansas is the team to beat in the Big 12 until someone knocks them off, and it’s not happening just yet.  The Jayhawks are very tough to beat at Allen Fieldhouse, and they continue to ride the play of Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III as leaders of a short but very effective rotation, and also one not loaded with size.

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