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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 8, 2017

by - Published February 8, 2017 in The Morning Dish

A few days after Eastern Washington and Portland State played a three-overtime game that ended with two players scoring 45 points each and EWU finally winning 130-124, Alabama and South Carolina did their best to wrestle the mantle away for wildest game of the season.

On Tuesday, the Crimson Tide and Gamecocks played on, and on, and on. It took four overtimes, but Alabama finally earned a very nice road win, 90-86 over South Carolina. Again: in four overtimes.

In true SEC hoops fashion, the numbers for this one were a mix of amazing and bizarre. The Gamecocks’ Sindarius Thornwell scored 44 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, yet shot just 9-for-25 from the field. Thornwell didn’t need to convert a lot from the field to score 44 points, though, when he was hitting 25 of 33 from the free throw line, setting a new SEC record for foul shots made in a conference game-breaking a record formerly held by none other than Pistol Pete Maravich. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 17, 2017

by - Published January 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

In a sport where lack of quality exposure is regularly decried yet creativity and innovation are so frequently lacking, the Big East and Fox Sports 1 deserve a call as a welcome exception to the norm.

The same partners that brought forth the sweet idea of a New Year’s Eve quintupleheader a couple years ago revived the concept again this year, this time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Five Big East games in one day, all televised, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

It’s a ton of basketball, and on a day when many are at home anyway, it’s a brilliant idea. It certainly beats watching 24 hours of SportsCenter, and while not something we’d suggest for the bloated 14-16 team monoliths, it works with the Big East’s size as well as its combination of quality depth and some of the sport’s biggest name programs over the last 30-plus years. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 9, 2017

by - Published January 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Pac-12 provided a wonderful race to watch last season. This season looks like it won’t be any different, even if the conference doesn’t replicate its accomplishment of being all over the top of the RPI.

The conference is actually doing pretty well once again in terms of putting teams into the upper echelon of the RPI. Four teams are in the top 25 and three more make the lower part of the top 100. Utah is not far off. It’s a little ways from a year ago, when all but one team was in the top 100, but a lot of basketball remains. What we saw on Sunday, in particular the last game of the day, indicates that it should be a fun couple of months.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, December 30, 2016

by - Published December 30, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Like most of the year anyway but especially now at the end of December, this is a time when football traditionally takes center stage in the Southeastern Conference. Thursday also marked the open of the conference season for SEC basketball as well, though, and an entertaining night it was.

For one thing, SEC road teams went 2-6 on the night. Road wins are much more frequent in conference play than out of it, for (in addition to there being no more buy games to fluff up win totals) there are no secrets among league competition; every team knows every other inside and out. Still, some of the results were more than a little curious (and one of them can’t even be explained by conference rivalry). … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 25, 2016

by - Published December 25, 2016 in The Morning Dish

A blessed, Merry Christmas to all today. Wish all blessings on this special day during a truly wonderful time of the year.

The University of San Francisco are one of just eight teams in action this Christmas Day. The Dons will be playing much later in the day than just about anyone expected, though, as they will face San Diego State in the title game of the Diamond Head Classic (8 p.m. Eastern, ESPN2).

USF’s play in Hawaii reminds us of one of the many things that makes tournament play so great in this sport: teams can get hot and make a run when least expected. In the Dons’ case, a finish of fifth in Hawaii would’ve been considered an accomplishment coming into this event, with their opener against one of the event’s favorites in Utah, but San Francisco has progressed far more in Kyle Smith’s first season than anyone could’ve expected. Its sweet shooting combined with just enough scrappiness inside have made for a memorable trip to the finals of an event where USF now gets a chance to play for its first in-season tournament title since winning its own USF Invitational in 2005. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 22, 2016

by - Published December 22, 2016 in The Morning Dish

As heated as it has become, with two power broker coaches and both teams annually in the top 10, if you didn’t know the history it would be hard to imagine a team could have dominated the Kentucky/Louisville series recently, but entering their matchup this year the Wildcats were doing exactly that.

Kentucky entered Wednesday’s meeting having won eight of nine over the Cardinals, including four straight. A few more UK wins and it might be argued that there is no rivalry anymore, not until Louisville starts taking victory honors a little more frequently.

Suffice to say there are no such worries of this series diminishing any time soon. Not as long as John Calipari and Rick Pitino are on the sidelines and as long as the two play hotly contested games like they did last night, when Louisville earned a 73-70 victory at home. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 18, 2016

by - Published December 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish

It may have been only December 17th, but believe it or not, yesterday was the final full Saturday of the season before conference play begins for many Division I leagues.

The last Saturday of games before Christmas (Christmas Eve is typically a blank slate for college basketball) was marked by a number of neutral and semi-neutral court ‘classics.’ There was the CBS Sports Classic, the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, the Crossroads Classic and the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic. Lest one think ‘classic’ is a requirement for the title of such events, there also was the Lone Star Shootout and the State Farm Chicago Legends as well. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 8, 2016

by - Published December 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The ranks of unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I college basketball dwindled a little further last night.

Butler became the first team to drop, when Indiana State’s Brenton Scott hit a free throw with less than a second left to give the Sycamores a 72-71 victory. The Bulldogs lost for the first time in nine games, while ISU continues to work on evening the score after three close losses in the AdvoCare Invitational-and did so in this one on Larry Bird’s 60th birthday, too!

TCU soon lost too, trimming the list of teams without a loss to nine, as SMU topped the Horned Frogs 74-59 in a game closer than the final score. Former president George W. Bush and wife Laura were on hand, as was former British prime minister David Cameron, and it’s time that this rivalry of Dallas vs. Fort Worth picks up steam and becomes a big deal every year, the way it ought to be. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 4, 2016

by - Published December 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish

We’re barely into December, but already the number of unbeaten teams this college basketball season has whittled down to less than a dozen.

The day started with 14 teams without a loss, with four of them playing each other. Despite the inevitability that those games would leave us with two less undefeateds, the results in both games might be characterized as surprises: UCLA won at Kentucky 97-92, hanging the most points on a UK team in John Calipari’s coaching tenure, and Baylor ended up finishing off Xavier with unexpected ease, with a 21-2 run late the key in a 76-61 win in a game that was even for 30 minutes.
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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 29, 2016

by - Published November 29, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

In our latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis, we spend a lot of time looking at early season tournaments.

It’s only natural to pay attention to early season tournaments like the Battle 4 Atlantis or Maui Invitational. They are the best vehicle for noteworthy matchups and for teams to emerge, and as such we learn a good deal about a lot of teams early. Here, we look at how North Carolina has looked as good as anyone thus far, even an impressive Kentucky team that saw a historic individual effort on Monday, and we learned a little about Connecticut, Oklahoma State and Georgetown in Maui as well. We also look at the start UCLA has had, including their championship in the Wooden Legacy.

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We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 17, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we start with coaching news in the ACC, then go to a few recent games. A surging Big East team and an amazing rally in the Big 12 lead the discussion after that.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 8, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we look at a marathon game from Tuesday night, which came just days after a wild Saturday. Then we have more on the SEC and Big 12, before one of Saturday’s big games leads us into talk about smaller conferences and television coverage.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 3, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we look at the week two national title contenders had, as well as a surprise at the top of the Big Ten and a legendary coach returning. Along the way, we also look at a couple of bigger picture items.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we look at a wild week in college basketball that was highlighted by Tuesday night. We also talk about who will likely be the top team in the polls and look ahead to the weekend, which features one last flurry of non-conference games.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 20, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we touch on a number of issues affecting conferences like Conference USA, as well as a big loss for Creighton, less mystery in Arizona, and more on the ACC as we look forward to the weekend.

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