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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 5, 2017

by - Published December 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As bizarre and at times frustrating of a start to the season as it has been for the Big Ten, there shouldn’t be a lot of surprise that it’s taken only two games of conference basketball play for that weirdness to already start showing through in league contests.

With 10 of 14 teams playing conference opponents twice already, six are tied at 1-1. Just two teams are 2-0, and one of them is Ohio State. Just two teams are 0-2, and one of them is Iowa. Maryland and Northwestern are tied with Indiana and Penn State. Michigan State and Minnesota have a chance to provide a little more order (with Rutgers and Nebraska next, respectively), but with the way the Big Ten has been going, who would be surprised if the Golden Gophers lose to the Huskers? … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 4, 2017

by - Published December 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It was just a couple of years ago that Kevin Willard was thought to be on borrowed time in South Orange. Seton Hall had gotten better, but it seemed as if he was fighting a constantly uphill battle. That remained the case even after the Pirates broke through and won a thrilling Big East championship game over Villanova two years ago.

Now, it’s almost hard to believe that was ever the case. Seton Hall is in about as good a place as any Big East program not named Villanova right now, and Sunday keeps that going with the 2017-18 edition of them.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook for Nov. 30 – On Maryland, St. Mary’s, Xavier, UC Santa Barbara & more

by - Published November 30, 2017 in Columns

Notes from around college basketball as we close out November and enter the season’s quiet stretch in December…

Maryland is clearly still a team trying to find itself without Melo Trimble. Most specifically, the Terrapins are turning the ball over at an all-too prodigious rate, averaging 17.3 per game (yikes). Zones in particular have left the Terps baffled; they committed 20 turnovers in a loss to a shorthanded St. Bonaventure in the Emerald Coast Classic that switched between multiple defenses all night, and 18 more against Syracuse’s matchup zone. Justin Jackson has also had shooting/scoring struggles that have become well-documented, but Maryland still should be better than most in the Big Ten if it just cleans up the miscues. Until they do, though, the Turtles probably can expect more and more zones this season.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 30, 2017

by - Published November 30, 2017 in The Morning Dish

There is no simpler way to put this: the ACC is dominating the Big Ten. The ACC has the most wins – 11 – in the history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and that’s with one night of games still to go. That comes against just two losses, both with the ACC team on the road. And while the ACC has a commanding 12-5-2 all-time record in the Challenge, this year stands out.

Last night’s 5-1 mark – with Nebraska’s 71-62 win over Boston College as the lone Big Ten win – keeps the ACC rolling at 11-2 overall.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 29, 2017

by - Published November 29, 2017 in The Morning Dish

For a while there, it looked like Xavier wasn’t quite the same program. The Musketeers had hardly fallen off a cliff, as they still had personnel and coaching that most programs in America would love to have, but the results have not, on the whole, been what we had come to expect. It felt like they were good, but something was missing that was there before. It felt like they might be starting to trend downward.

It doesn’t feel that way anymore, but if it did, beating a solid Baylor team that many probably had underrated should change that.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

by - Published November 10, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The 2017-18 season is almost here, and we take the time to get a feel for what to expect this time around.

We start with a few preseason polls as a jumping-off point, as they spur discussion about some teams that have more or fewer questions than others. Duke seemingly a consensus preseason No. 1, has its share of questions to go with its talent. Michigan State, meanwhile, could have the best team they have had in quite a while, especially at the offensive end.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 4, 2017

by - Published November 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning.

Continuing Hoopville’s preseason quick look at all 32 NCAA Division I conferences:

The Big East continues to be a top five conference overall (if not better) that is still definitively headlined by Villanova, and the Wildcats should remain a top-15 team even as they have to replace Josh Hart. More than in recent years, though, Nova is perceived as vulnerable to being knocked off the top of the mountain. Seton Hall is led by the four-player senior core of Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo that has been together for four years, Providence returns all five starters, and anyone discounting Butler or Xavier does so at their own peril. What could make it tougher for the conference to hog seven NCAA Tournament bids again would be if the bottom of the league comes up and makes it tougher for the middle of the pack to pad win totals, as St. John’s makes improvement and even DePaul returns four starters. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Big Ten Post-Mortem

by - Published August 8, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

There were major questions before the 2016-17 college basketball season about Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan, as well as just how much help he and his stellar frontcourt teammates would get from their backcourt.

Rest assured, there are questions no more.

Swanigan made as big of a leap as any player in the country on his way to consensus first team All-American honors and finishing just shy of national player of the year honors. Purdue’s backcourt also caught up to its frontcourt, playing far more than a supporting role, and the result was the Boilermakers’ first Big Ten regular season title since 2010, as well as its first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance since that year as well. … Continue Reading

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

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 8, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a bizarre finish to an early-season tournament game, the Pac-12’s early struggles, Florida teams going in different directions and two northeast teams trending less relevant even as they excite fans at a famous arena.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

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In our pre-Thanksgiving podcast, we look at a key injury that is likely to be devastating for his team and an under-the-radar 4-0 week, then move on to some early SEC impressions and a couple of teams that just continue to win.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

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The season is almost here, and we take a look at some of what to expect this coming season. We have preseason polls, conference changes, a look at some conferences and some matchups to start the season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

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The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.