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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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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 2, 2017

by - Published December 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Gonzaga was not going to go away quietly, no matter who they lost. They might not reach the national championship game again, but Mark Few has built too good a program for them to just drop off the face of the earth.

Friday night was just the latest example of that, as the Zags took care of a Creighton team that has also been a pleasant surprise, 91-74.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook for Nov. 20 – Notes from CBB’s 2nd weekend

by - Published November 20, 2017 in Columns

Another quiet weekend included college football again making for light schedules, plus some underwhelming fields in eight-team tournaments. Here are some quick-hit notes from the third weekend of November and second of the hoops season:

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off tourney illustrated just how wildly teams’ performances and fortunes can change from one day to the next in tournament play. In the quarterfinals, Illinois State played a terrific game in edging South Carolina, while UTEP had Boise State all but beaten before faltering in the final minutes. One might’ve thought the Redbirds would’ve had an edge the next day, but Boise suddenly turned into an offensive machine, Chandler Hutchison was dominant and ISU looked horrendous, needing a late rally to lose 82-64. Just before that, the Gamecocks drubbed the UTEP team that should’ve been playing Illinois State. At least some clarity was found Sunday, as Illinois State again played very well in handling Tulsa, and South Carolina took care of Western Michigan for the second time this season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 18, 2017

by - Published November 18, 2017 in The Morning Dish

At times, it can be easy to forget that among New England Division I schools, Providence has about as much tradition on the hardwood as any of them. UConn’s emergence as a national power and Boston College’s move to the ACC, along with an unprecedented string of success before Al Skinner was fired, certainly help, along with the Friars being a good, not great, program for a lot of the past couple of decades.

Ed Cooley is changing all of that. And it’s only fitting since he’s a hometown hero.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 17, 2017

by - Published November 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We may be barely a week into the college basketball season, but it’s not hard to make an argument that a number of teams and conferences just might be already entering the most important 7-10 days in their regular seasons.

It’s completely counter intuitive, and it probably shouldn’t be the case for a number of reasons. And no one will argue that conference play and conference tournaments are the heart of any team’s schedule if you were to ask any coach. For schools like Illinois State and Hofstra and leagues like the Missouri Valley and Colonial Athletic Association, though-to name just a couple of many-this has become a critical time of the year, as it is far and away the best time to earn wins over bigger-name (read: football-dominated) schools, the kind that help build power ratings and might get the attention of a certain tournament selection committee in March. … Continue Reading

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

Mountain West 2016-17 Post-Mortem

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

The Mountain West was a fun conference to watch in 2016-17, in large part because very little went as expected, at least in the race for the conference title. Take the preseason predictions and throw them out the window, because the only pick the coaches got right was picking Fresno State to finish fourth, and only two teams finished one spot away from where they were picked.

The surprises start right at the top. San Diego State was thought to be a fairly comfortable favorite, though that might have been underselling Nevada a bit. The Wolfpack were going to need a couple of newcomers to become key players, and that’s never a sure thing, but there was no shortage of talent on the defending CBI champions. With Marcus Marshall and Jordan Caroline making instant impacts alongside holdovers like Cameron Oliver, the Wolfpack were basically the best team in the conference all season long, and they finished the job by winning the conference tournament. San Diego State, meanwhile, was good in non-conference but got out of the gates slowly in conference play and finished sixth with a .500 mark.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 15, 2017

by - Published March 15, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Much the same as the NFL season opening on Thursday or Major League Baseball beginning on Sunday night, the NCAA Tournament beginning with play-in games on a Tuesday night-starting with two 16 seeds against each other-will never feel right.

That said, as long as the NCAA continues grabbing for dollars with its still-unnecessary First Four, as it’s called, then Tuesday night was a pretty good start for a tourney. Both games were very competitive, and one even came down to the end. Not bad for a testing of the waters in the 2017 tournament.
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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 13, 2017

by - Published February 13, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Once upon a time, Virginia Tech had a certain place in college basketball. They were the team that was always right there on the bubble and never quite seemed to have enough on their resume to get over the hump and into the NCAA Tournament. You could count on them being right there every year as if it had joined death and taxes among life’s certainties.

When Seth Allen put up a short left-handed shot that dropped with 3.1 seconds left in double overtime on Sunday night, he just might have put the Hokies into the NCAA Tournament.

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Scanning the Nation January 31, 2017: On Georgia Tech, Akron, New Mexico State and more

by - Published January 31, 2017 in Columns

Notes from around the country as we close out January and get ready to hit the stretch run of the season and the back half of conference play…

-Maybe Georgia Tech’s hot play in the ACC is nothing more than Clemson 2016 redux, a team from near the bottom of the league getting hot for a time in part due to a friendly home schedule. Regardless, the Yellow Jackets’ resurgence has been nothing short of one of the best stories of this season. Center Ben Lammers is playing like a conference player of the year candidate-he’s been that good. Whether it was posting up, passing or blocking shots, the junior big man controlled GT’s eventual 62-60 win over Notre Dame on Saturday, even as Tadric Jackson was breaking out of a slump to score 25 points off the bench in a myriad of ways. Just as good of a story is the clear growth Josh Pastner has shown as a coach, shedding the dribble-drive offense tendencies of his Memphis teams and switching to a high-post based offense with a lot of movement to get the most out of this team. He’s absolutely a deserving candidate for ACC coach of the year honors…

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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