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After being in many close games, Radford was ready to win the one that mattered most

by - Published March 12, 2018 in Columns

Mike Jones had a pretty good angle on the shot by Carlik Jones that would end the Big South Tournament. As he saw it go up, he had one thought in mind, knowing that his team had been down this road many times before.

“Get in there,” the Radford mentor said.

When the shot went down and time expired, his team had avoided overtime, as he had hoped. But more importantly, they won the Big South Tournament and had the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It will be the first trip there for the program since 2009 and marks the high point of a journey that began seven years ago after the program was not in a good place.

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Big East Semifinal notebook

by - Published March 11, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The opening semifinal game was a nailbiter, a classic rocking the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. Providence defeated regular season champion Xavier in an overtime thriller. The second contest saw Villanova jumping out to a significant early lead to prevent any hopes Butler had in scoring another upset victory.

The scores:
Providence 75, Xavier 72 (OT)
Villanova 87, Butler 68

Points of emphasis:

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

by - Published March 10, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We’re less than 48 hours from the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, and bubble teams still lead the discussion, especially in light of some recent results.

We start, though, with two games involving no bubble teams at all that Ted had a chance to cover. The first Big East semifinal was a big win for Providence, as they edged Xavier in overtime and didn’t let the Musketeers get off a possible game-tying shot. The Friars were probably a lock by virtue of being close, if not in, and then beating Creighton on Thursday, while Xavier should still be a No. 1 seed. The Friars have played two straight overtime games, and Villanova cruised past Butler in the second semifinal, so the Friars could be at a disadvantage there.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 10, 2018

by - Published March 10, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As one of the most fun days of the season – Championship Saturday – beckons, there is still much to consider about a number of bubble teams, and Friday’s action didn’t change that at all. Interestingly, there were a few rivalry matchups as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, bubble teams are not breathing easier, as there will be at least one bid thief on Saturday.

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The Garden and Barclays: A day of March Madness

by - Published March 9, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The Nor’Easter, number two for March if you are scoring at home, is in the books. The eight mile trip to MSG was actually smooth with this part of the tri-state region not inundated by snow.

Enough weather. The Big East noon quarterfinal matchup has St. John’s, a first round winner over Georgetown last night, facing Xavier. This could be tough for Chris Mack and Xavier as St. John’s played then tough twice this season before coming out on the short end.

Early in the game St. John’s gives up a transition basket as the entire defense did not hustle back. A reminder, if you want to defeat the regular season champions you cannot have lapses like that.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 8, 2018

by - Published March 8, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Championship Week has heated up, and we focus on a lot of the action from Wednesday as well as a day earlier.

We start by looking at a couple of games Ted had the chance to cover in the Big East and ACC Tournaments. The Big East Tournament featured an old rivalry matchup of St. John’s and Georgetown, while the ACC was bubble central on the day.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 8, 2018

by - Published March 8, 2018 in The Morning Dish

How many bubble teams want to be in the NCAA Tournament? Sure, they all say they want to, so maybe that question should be amended: how many bubble teams want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament?

If Wednesday is any indication, the answer may appear to be “not many”. And we have one more really good argument for not further expanding the NCAA Tournament (which was really just fine at 64, even 65, teams to begin with).

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 7, 2018

by - Published March 7, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Until Championship Saturday, Tuesday night will go down as the biggest night in terms of conference championships, with five automatic bids getting handed out. Whereas Sunday’s set of four championship games had a little bit of everything, Tuesday night’s consisted of four convincing wins and an overtime affair. All have their own little stories as well.

We’ll start with the lone overtime game, which was the CAA championship in North Charleston, SC. Northeastern had blitzed their first two opponents in the tournament, and looked like they might be on their way to another convincing win for all the marbles as the first half came to a close. The Huskies ended the half on a 14-2 run to go up by 13 at the break, and the lead would reach 17 a few minutes into the second half. The Cougars, who were the preseason favorites and playing in front of a home crowd just a few miles from campus, got the lead down to ten, then ran off nine unanswered points to get close, and would ultimately send it to overtime. In the extra session, the Cougars took control, going up by six points about three minutes in, and the Huskies could get no closer than three the rest of the way as the Cougars pulled out an 83-76 win. Two of the conference’s top players did all they could for their teams, with Joe Chealey scoring 32 points to lead the Cougars and Vasa Pusica leading Northeastern with 30. We will have more on this later.

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Boston College advances in the ACC

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The “second season” is fully in vogue. The ACC Tournament tipped off at noon on Tuesday. Both teams naturally wanted to extend their seasons. Boston College, entering at 17-14, appeared to have the best opportunity and a little more to play for as a win in the ACC would in all eventuality lock up an NIT bid. Georgia Tech entered Brooklyn a disappointing 13-18. Josh Pastner’s group did come in on the heels of wins over NC State and Wake Forest. In this ACC opener Georgia Tech fell behind by as much as 20, fought nearly all the way back and ultimately fell to Boston College 87-77.

The points of emphasis:

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Michigan 75, Purdue 66 : Tempo free numbers

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – We take one last look at the 2018 Big Ten championship game, namely A look at the tempo free numbers from Michigan’s 75-66 victory over Purdue. As the metrics imply, it was not a one-sided affair. It was a game John Beilein’s Wolverines clearly stood out in almost every phase.

The numbers:

Possessions: 64
Offensive efficiency: Michigan 117, Purdue 103

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College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2018

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We discuss the wild early rounds of the NCAA Tournament, joined by special guest Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal for one segment. In addition, we touch on coaching news and other issues surrounding the college game.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 17, 2018

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In our latest podcast, there is one main story to focus on: history being made in Charlotte and its aftermath. But we also talk about tough times for the Pac-12 and a key member school, plus an added challenge ahead at Pittsburgh.

College Basketball Tonight – March 11, 2018

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College Basketball Tonight returns with a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament bracket, and in the second segment Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian joins us.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

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As Championship Week nears its climax on the big Saturday, we look at a pair of semifinals and a lot of bubble teams that may be sweating it out on Sunday.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 8, 2018

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As Championship Week heats up, we talk about bubble teams who may or may not want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament, as well as a couple of mid-majors whose conference championship game was played earlier in the week.

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