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2016-17 WAC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 5, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

If ever there’s a league that deserves to gloat a little bit, it’s the Western Athletic Conference.

It’s not an overstatement to say the WAC was left for dead by many a few years back, as one football member after another fled, leaving the league struggling to stay in business. To New Mexico State-the one holdover still playing Division I-A (FBS) football, it added schools like Missouri-Kansas City, Utah Valley, plus an NCAA Division I wannabe in Grand Canyon, a former NAIA power that had fallen on hard times, went to a for-profit model to regain its bearings and was an NCAA Division II member at the time it was invited.

Those additions were out of what even WAC leaders probably would privately acknowledge as desperation. And yet, they’ve worked out better than about anyone could have expected. … Continue Reading

NIT Notebook: Georgia Tech and TCU to the finals

by - Published March 29, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – Georgia Tech and TCU will play for the 80th NIT title on Thursday evening. The Yellow Jackets ended CSU Bakersfield’s run, defeating the Roadrunners 76-61 in the opener. In the nightcap TCU came from behind to defeat UCF 68-53.

UCF’s Tacko Fall was the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The 7-6 Fall blocked six shots on the night and did show a soft touch, scoring seven points. Unfortunately for the Knights, he was saddled by foul trouble, playing only 23 minutes on the night before fouling out.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 29, 2017

by - Published March 29, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The championship game for the 80th annual National Invitation Tournament is set, and in a postseason marked by pleasant surprises advancing deep, it’s maybe only fitting that two of the biggest surprises of the entire season will square off to settle this venerable event.

Georgia Tech was a team famously predicted by one national scribe to finish 0-18 in the ACC this season, the first year under new coach Josh Pastner. TCU, meanwhile, won 12 games a year ago and also was breaking in a new coach in alumnus Jamie Dixon. Both will meet in the NIT final after Tech defeated Cinderella Cal State Bakersfield 76-61 and the Horned Frogs rallied past Central Florida for a 68-53 victory in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City. … Continue Reading

NIT preview: A new champion is guaranteed

by - Published March 28, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – On Sunday South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four at Madison Square Garden. This week the Garden will crown a first time champion in our nation’s oldest post season tournament, the NIT.

One coach has two NIT titles on his resume. Another coach has frequented the Garden sidelines with resounding success. Three schools have never made it this far. The NIT Final Four tips off with the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, as CSU Bakersfield will face Georgia Tech, while TCU opposes Central Florida. The final is on Thursday.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 23, 2017

by - Published March 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The underdogs are alive and well in the college basketball postseason. One just has to look a little bit beyond the NCAA Tournament to find them.

The National Invitation Tournament semifinals are set, and not a single one of the teams making up the quartet was ranked higher than fourth in the tournament coming in. The group includes two 4 seeds, a 6 seed and the surprise of all surprises, 8 seed Cal State Bakersfield, which continued its improbable roll Wednesday night. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 21, 2017

by - Published March 21, 2017 in The Morning Dish

You can collect the votes right now, and probably don’t even need to count them, the choice is so obvious. In a stunning upset, the winner for the breakout performance by a conference (non-NCAA Tournament edition) goes to…the Western Athletic Conference?

You bet.

The good ol’ WAC, 55 years old and thought to be on its last breaths at various times in recent years, has been the story of the tourneys outside the NCAA’s biggie, pulling off one surprising win after another. It continued Monday night in the NIT, where Cal State Bakersfield continued its run as an 8 seed by blowing out Colorado State 81-63 on the road to move to the quarterfinals. … Continue Reading

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 – Saturday, March 11, 2017

by - Published March 11, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Like the NCAA Tournament, conference tournaments have a lot of drama and stories. Friday was no different, a seemingly decisive day in many respects all over the country.

The drama actually starts with one of the last games of the day, and one that was probably off of everyone’s radars. The WAC Tournament looked like it could be heading towards a rematch of last year’s thrilling championship game, but Utah Valley had ideas of getting in the way as they took on defending champion CSU Bakersfield. It was a pretty low-scoring game throughout, as neither team shot better than 32 percent in a defensive struggle. Utah Valley led by eight with 2:40 left in regulation, and it looked like the Roadrunners were on the ropes. In a low-scoring game like this, a lead like that might be insurmountable.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 26, 2017

by - Published February 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On the final Saturday of February, a day that featured several big-time top 15 matchups got a jolt in one of its final games of the day.

Well after most of the day’s contests had already concluded, Gonzaga saw its undefeated season come to an end. The Bulldogs were foiled on their home court by a team that has been a regular pain in the side on that court as BYU came back for a 79-71 win to drop the Bulldogs to 29-1 this year. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, February 10, 2017

by - Published February 10, 2017 in The Morning Dish

There was a huge conference game played in North Carolina Thursday night, one hyped by big names beforehand. The game was part of a series that has regularly provided drama of late, and once again delivered with spades.

Of course we’re talking about the big one played Thursday between UNC Asheville and Winthrop, a series that has become the premier one in the Big South and, frankly, one of the best anywhere this season. And while ESPN provided all the saturation coverage one could ever ask of that other game last night between Tobacco Road rivals Duke and North Carolina, the game in the Blue Ridge Mountains pairing two unheralded NCAA Division I programs took a backseat to no one for suspense. … Continue Reading

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