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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 5, 2018

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns

As conference tournaments take over the entirety of the landscape until Selection Sunday, we’ve just gone through quite a weekend. Four NCAA Tournament bids went out on Sunday, and we had a little bit of everything among them. And other tournaments continue on, a few with championship matchups all set.

In the championship games on Sunday, we had a dramatic finish, a near-historic comeback, an aberration and an anticlimactic game.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 15, 2018

by - Published February 15, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Providence really needed a win on Wednesday night, and they got it. A big win, over a highly-ranked team, and right after a bad loss. It might be what solidifies the Friars as an NCAA Tournament team.

Beating a one-time top-ranked team in the polls and the standard-bearer in your conference can do that for you. The Friars beat Villanova 76-71 on Wednesday night.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 13, 2018

by - Published February 13, 2018 in The Morning Dish

With the increasing competitiveness of the Southeastern Conference in basketball, it was only a matter of time before coaches who we thought of as successes would instead be marked as failures and become casualties of the league’s improvement.

That, however, didn’t make it any less disappointing to see the news on Monday that Andy Kennedy and Mississippi had made what was termed as a mutual decision to part ways. While the decision was presented as Kennedy’s, may well might have been and was termed appeared to be a most amicable split in the press conference Monday, it’s no secret that pressure has been on with grumblings that Kennedy was not getting the job done in Oxford. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 6, 2018

by - Published February 6, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Syracuse may be young, may have a paper-thin rotation and may have been coming into Monday night’s game at Louisville off consecutive unflattering losses to Georgia Tech and by 15 at home to Virginia, but one should know by now not to write off Jim Boeheim’s team just yet.

Syracuse is still Syracuse, the Orange still has talented players many teams would gladly trade for, and Boeheim is still employing his 2-3 zone. Even with the coach barely employing more than six players, Syracuse is still capable of biting teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, something it proved yet again when it won at Louisville 78-73 for easily the team’s best road win this season and one that throws the ACC pecking order into even more chaos. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 29, 2018

by - Published January 29, 2018 in The Morning Dish

They have seen better days in Storrs, Connecticut. Far better days, really. And you have to look back a while for them as well.

Simply put, this is not the UConn program I grew up with. The Huskies were thumped at Temple 85-57 on Sunday night and looked out of their league, something that has happened all too often in recent times. They are becoming less relevant all the time.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 16, 2018

by - Published January 16, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Duke is nobody’s underdog in college basketball. And yet, when the Blue Devils have played Miami (Fla.) of late, they’ve come out on the losing end more than not, to the point where when they beat the Hurricanes it’s almost a-gasp-upset?

Of course, Duke’s seemingly endless string of five-star recruits means when it wins it’s never an upset, at least not the type associated with the term in this sport. But for a program that had lost five of its last eight at Miami entering Monday night, the Blue Devils’ 83-75 win over the Hurricanes last night was more satisfying than most. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 9, 2018

by - Published January 9, 2018 in The Morning Dish

College football’s Cartel Bowl was played Monday night, reminding us one more time that, for as frustrating as the NCAA Tournament selection committee can be, it still has a thousand times more legitimacy than a championship’s group of selectors with five representatives directly tied to five conferences and exactly zero committee members attached to the sport’s other five conferences. (Let’s stop pretending that Central Florida’s being kept from the playoff was because of its schedule and not because of out-and-out committee bias, now that we know the Knights had more regular season wins against the final Associated Press Top 25 before bowls than the team that ended up winning the season’s final game Monday.)

Almost as infuriating on Monday as a deserving contender being kept from a real shot at a national title solely because of collusion, though, is how so many networks covering college basketball continue to run away from a prime opportunity to do something different on that night. Networks have decided to treat a college football pseudo-championship game as if it’s the Super Bowl, impossible to compete against so it’s not even worth trying. … Continue Reading

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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