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The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 20, 2016

by - Published March 20, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Defense wins championships and all that and yadda yadda, but Saturday at the NCAA Tournament was a showcase of offenses unquestionably ruling the day.

The start of the second round of this year’s tourney had some competitive games but very little in the way of down-to-the-wire finishes, which is to say it was rather ho-hum, almost a mild disappointment by the lofty standards set by an incredible Friday. What the winning teams had in common, though, was that their offensive execution ranged from very good to blindingly hot, and-no matter what they did on defense, even as a lot of it was good-it is the No. 1 reason all eight teams advanced. … Continue Reading

One last look at the big bubble

by - Published March 14, 2016 in Columns
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This year, the NCAA Tournament bubble seemed as big as it’s ever been, and also with as little separation from one team to the next as ever. College basketball had a lot of even-ness this season, and it was especially manifest when looking at teams that were hardly locks for the NCAA Tournament. You could make compelling cases for numerous teams compared to others, and as is so often the case, the final bracket showed a gulf in the perception between those on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee and those not on it – the latter camp featuring the media and the general public.

It is precisely this even-ness that should ensure a great three weeks to come. In light of how close so many of these teams are, a lot of games will be called “upsets” that won’t really be upsets. It is in that spirit that I hope that term does not get used very liberally.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 17, 2016

by - Published February 17, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Conversation about the “bubble” will dominate college basketball for the next 3 1/2 weeks. Though at times it will encroach on becoming overkill, it’s pretty hard to ignore at the moment, and unfortunately for a number of teams that’s not a good thing.

Last week we saw losses seemingly by clusters among a number of potential at-large candidates from otherwise expected one-bid leagues (see: Arkansas-Little Rock, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Valparaiso). Turning the page to this week has shown us, though, that the fence is an equal opportunity locale, an uncomfortable place for bigger brand names as well.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 11, 2016

by - Published February 11, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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When it came to trying to make the biggest splash, Wednesday night was a virtual game of ‘Can You Top This?’ across the college basketball landscape.

Multiple teams came up with big wins. Really big wins. As in, the type of wins that some may point to in mid-March as the decider that may have put them in the NCAA Tournament. And just when we thought one team had made the biggest statement of the night, another made its best attempt to one-up the others.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 3, 2016

by - Published February 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Tuesday afternoon on the tube, ESPN Classic featured a terrific game from 1987 between Indiana and Michigan. An All-American guard who eventually became a fairly prominent college coach named Steve Alford won the game with a coast-to-coast dash after a missed Wolverines free throw, giving the Hoosiers an 85-84 win in a season that ended with IU’s last national championship.

The game was an enjoyable trip back in time, before conference (over)expansion, diminished rivalries (the first often causing the second) and shoe companies issuing teams different (and usually uglier) uniforms for seemingly every game. It reminded us how these two used to be fierce rivals, and the games between Bob Knight and Bill Frieder’s teams at that time were always must-watch. (Though in fairness, almost everyone in the Big Ten targeted the Hoosiers in those days)
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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 20, 2016

by - Published January 20, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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You just can’t write them off yet.

If there was any temptation to dismiss the NCAA Tournament chances of Georgetown, North Carolina State and UNLV, all three provided reasons Tuesday why you shouldn’t do that yet. The night was emblematic of this never-count-a-team-out season, as these perennial NCAA Tournament contenders earned unlikely victories.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 16, 2016

by - Published January 16, 2016 in Columns
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Friday night was a light night in college basketball in terms of the number of games, as is typical in the months of January through March. But this one had a lot packed into the evening, and the story that stood out is an unfortunate one.

At first glance, Monmouth visiting Iona would seem like a mid-major dandy. Monmouth is one of the standard bearers thus far this season, scoring wins over UCLA, Notre Dame, USC and Georgetown. Iona is down a bit this season, with injuries playing a role, but the Gaels are dangerous with their ability to score, and especially dangerous at home, where they entered the evening having won 26 straight. They were also 6-0 in MAAC play to start the night, a sign that their non-conference struggles were firmly in the past and they had developed from them, which is what you hope for if you’re a coach.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 13, 2016

by - Published January 13, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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One doesn’t have to know another personally to be affected or moved by them. It’s one of the beautiful things about the gift of life, even when that beauty isn’t always easy to appreciate when another’s life has ended.

Sad news was received by the college basketball world Tuesday as former Butler center Andrew Smith passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 25 years old. On Twitter Wednesday afternoon, his wife Samantha Smith announced that “Andrew peacefully passed away in his sleep and in my arms as I told him I loved him this morning. Love you always, Smith.”

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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 1, 2016

by - Published January 1, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Good morning, and welcome to 2016!

On paper, New Year’s Eve featured what could’ve been two of the very best games of the year in the Big East. Call it 1-for-2 at the plate, as one ended up being nothing of the sort, but the other delivered in every way.

Villanova hammered Xavier 95-64 in both teams’ highly anticipated conference opener on New Year’s Eve, as the Wildcats put on one of those dominant showings they are so capable of, especially at their home Pavilion, and knocked the Musketeers from the ranks of the undefeated. In the second biggie, though, Providence rallied from a 13-point deficit late in the first half to win at Butler 81-73, laying an early claim to status as top challenger to defending champion Villanova in the conference.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 20, 2015

by - Published December 20, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Come mid-March, December 19th may hold a special meaning to more than a few college basketball teams selected to the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday furnished us one of the best slates of games we’ll see all season. If there was a theme through the day, it was of teams earning signature wins, ones that could either make the difference in teams qualifying for the Big Dance or not or, in conjunction with other big wins, could pump up their seed a line or two. Among those huge games:

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