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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 21, 2017

by - Published November 21, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With the ancient Great Alaska Shootout at its end with its 40th and final edition later this week, the Maui Invitational soon will move to a role in college basketball as not just the sport’s best in-season tournament, but also its oldest among eight-team tourneys.

Only Texas-El Paso’s four-team Sun Bowl Invitational-coming up on its 56th year in December-has been around longer than the grand events in Alaska and Maui, long two of the highlights of the early college basketball season. In the 35th year of its run, Maui has become one of the sport’s most venerable events, and thank heaven for it. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 19, 2017

by - Published November 19, 2017 in The Morning Dish

College basketball’s road warriors struck again Saturday night.

By now there should be no surprise to it anymore, but that doesn’t make it any less notable just what a job Texas-Arlington has done in becoming one of the sport’s most impressive road teams. If there’s been a demonstrably more mentally tough team playing on the road in the sport the last couple years than the Mavericks, we’d like to meet them.

With wins over the likes of Memphis, Ohio State, Saint Mary’s, Texas and UTEP and a list of 25 road/neutral wins in 2+ years and growing, Scott Cross’s UT Arlington program has become one unfazed by tough environments and just racking up victories to become one of the sport’s coolest success stories over the last couple years. The Mavericks did it again last night, flat-out taking it to BYU, an 89-75 victory at the notoriously tough Marriott Center not indicative of how dominant UTA was. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation: Notes from the opening weekend

by - Published November 13, 2017 in Columns

The first three days of the college basketball season have been largely uneventful, not surprising when schedules are littered with endless guarantee games and schools seemingly have little interest in even playing at all so early in November. Here are some quick-hit notes looking around the country after the first weekend of regular season hoops:

  • Kentucky has individual talent, as always, but it’s going to take time for the Wildcats to look more like a cohesive collegiate team and less like an AAU all-star team cobbled together, as was evidenced in escapes against Utah Valley and Vermont. Clearly there is a lot of definition of roles to take place, as well as understanding of how hard players need to play regularly at the college level on the defensive end. One thing that looked clear to us: Hamidou Diallo is the player most suited to take on a Malik Monk-type role of sniper.

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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

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

by - Published November 6, 2017 in Columns

It doesn’t matter how big or realistic television resolutions get, or how much fun it might be to follow social media feeds during a sporting event. There is no substitution for being there. And never will be.

When it comes to college basketball, one of the many beauties of the sport is it provides so many different experiences when you are there. There is Syracuse’s mammoth, 33,000-seat Carrier Dome and Cal State Northridge’s Matadome, which fits in 2,400-after recently adding a second level of bleachers to increase capacity by 50%. BYU has the Marriott Center (capacity: 19,000, even after some recent reductions); UNC Asheville plays in Kimmel Arena. And whether the Cougars are hosting Gonzaga in a battle of WCC heavyweights or UNCA is facing Winthrop for Big South supremacy in 3,200-seat Kimmel, the atmosphere will be almost equally electric for both. … 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 Patriot League Post-Mortem

by - Published July 17, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Bucknell continues to rule the Patriot League, with 2016-17 being the latest iteration. From the earliest days in the league, through several coaches, the Bison have been a consistent powerhouse. They have had plenty of challengers, and for a stretch in the prior decade, they got a real run for their money from Holy Cross. But they have emerged and outlasted everyone, and are now right on Holy Cross’ heels for the lead in league titles.

Holy Cross hasn’t been the same since Ralph Willard left his alma mater in 2009. They went through three coaches in about a year, and while the third of those, Milan Brown, had some success, it wasn’t enough for the administration. Bill Carmody led them on a miracle run through the league tournament in 2016, and they were better this year, but you get the point: the Crusaders haven’t been a serious challenger to be the league’s signature program since Willard’s tenure.
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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, February 23, 2017

by - Published February 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It seems like when Duke and Syracuse meet, an instant classic is likely on the way. Maybe conference realignment isn’t so bad after all. (Okay, I’m kidding on that one.)

The first time these two teams met in the regular season as ACC foes, Syracuse pulled out a memorable win in overtime that captured the attention of college basketball fans on a very busy Saturday. Later that season, Duke held off the Orange in Durham with Jim Boeheim flipping out.

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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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