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The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 23, 2017

by - Published November 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all on this holiday. Hoping your day is filled with family, turkey, football, and maybe some basketball too.

Armed with boatloads of money, the Battle 4 Atlantis has quickly become one of the more prominent early season college basketball tournaments with some flat-out loaded fields in its short history, to the point where some call it the sport’s premier tourney. We’d still go with the Maui Invitational, which at least is played in an arena, not a ballroom that is lit like it might be a spaceship, but it’s hard to argue with the teams that have gathered in the Bahamas for this tourney.

Still, this year’s field had a look of being quite top-loaded, with distinct favorites in all four quarterfinal games. Arizona (No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll), Villanova (No. 5) and Purdue (No. 18) were the only teams close to the national rankings coming in. It stands to reason, then, that it was nothing less than stunning to see two of those three lose Wednesday, as well as a third favorite go down to end the day. … 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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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

by - Published November 10, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The 2017-18 season is almost here, and we take the time to get a feel for what to expect this time around.

We start with a few preseason polls as a jumping-off point, as they spur discussion about some teams that have more or fewer questions than others. Duke seemingly a consensus preseason No. 1, has its share of questions to go with its talent. Michigan State, meanwhile, could have the best team they have had in quite a while, especially at the offensive end.

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A game a day for the 2017-18 season: February

by - Published November 9, 2017 in Columns

We conclude our look at our favorite games for every day of the season from November through February, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: Montana State at North Dakota. One of the Big Sky’s favorites this year travels to face last year’s regular season and tourney champions. Also some serious individual talent in this game, with the Bobcats’ Tyler Hall and UND’s Geno Crandall. Honorable mention: Middle Tennessee State at Old Dominion

Feb. 2: Yale at Princeton. Another huge Ivy League game. The Tigers swept the Bulldogs in three meetings last year-including the Ivy tourney final-and are probably being undersold this year. Honorable mention: Illinois-Chicago at Oakland … Continue Reading

A game a day for the 2017-18 season: December

by - Published November 7, 2017 in Columns

Continuing a look at our favorite games for every day of the 2017-18 college basketball season. We started yesterday with November, and today we continue with December:

Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Duquesne. This city matchup will take on a little more urgency this year after the Dukes knocked off Pitt a year ago to end a 15-game losing streak in the series. Honorable mention: Purdue at Maryland in Big Ten games…on Dec. 1?

Dec. 2: Cincinnati at Xavier. On a day with several really appealing. if maybe less unsung matchups (Wichita State/Baylor; Colorado/Colorado State; Vermont/Bucknell; Princeton/Miami [Fla.]; USC/SMU), the headliner is still easily one of the very best rivalries in the sport going on three decades now. Honorable mention: Providence at Rhode Island … Continue Reading

Twenty teams to keep an eye on in 2017-18

by - Published November 2, 2017 in Columns

There are 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams. No more, and certainly no less.

That has always been the guiding principle for how we’ve followed college hoops, from a young age on. Regardless of school budget, or endowment, or how many pros it has generated, or how much TV money it receives from its conference.

Big or small, the fact of the matter is, as Lefty Driesell used to point out, every D-I school gets the same amount of scholarships. In a sport with such limited rosters and where only five players can be on the floor at the same time, good teams can come from anywhere. That’s been proven time and time again in the NCAA Tournament for decades. And in our quest for knowledge, that’s why we’ve always preferred to leave no stone unturned in trying to find good teams. … Continue Reading

End of Great Alaska Shootout sad day for college hoops

by - Published August 25, 2017 in Columns

As much fun as bucket lists are, the cold reality is that sometimes we don’t get to fill them. Such will be the case with what we’d suggest is the ultimate college basketball bucket list, which will shrink by one after this upcoming season.

The University of Alaska-Anchorage announced Thursday that this year’s Great Alaska Shootout, the 40th edition of the granddaddy of all early season tournaments, will be the last one. School budget cuts and the loss of the big name schools that once dominated the event contributed to its downfall, meaning a Thanksgiving weekend tradition will soon disappear.

Its loss is nothing less than a sad day for the sport. Nostalgia for what was once a highlight of the sport’s regular season says as much, but so does the loss of the flavor the Shootout contributed to the sport, one that college basketball will miss badly, even as the event had notably slipped in recent years.

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2016-17 American Athletic Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published July 18, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

We are starting to get a sense of the American Athletic Conference now that we are four years in. Who carries the flag is starting to take shape, and who may be right there with them is as well. We’re also seeing that one program most surely thought would be in the former category hasn’t really done that, and another may be moving even further away from that.

And all of this happens as another program enters the conference and should be instantly competitive.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 18, 2017

by - Published March 18, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We are down to 32 teams, and thus far, the lack of real drama or noteworthy upsets has some fans a little down. There has been plenty to like thus far, but casual fans may have to look a little deeper.

In the first round, five double-digit seeds won games, including three of the four No. 11 seeds. The only No. 6 seed to win was Cincinnati over Kansas State. Meanwhile, Wichita State and Middle Tennessee also won first round games, but neither was a surprise (or, dare I say, a Shocker?) There were none that get people talking, like a 14 or 15 seed winning, while none of the 16 seeds got closer than 20 points.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 9, 2017

by - Published February 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Seton Hall started off Wednesday making news for reasons any school would rather not, and just over midway through the first half of its game against Providence on Wednesday, the news wasn’t looking very good, either.

The Pirates were down 15 points to the Friars after just 11 minutes of play, but the Hall’s day got better soon after. Seton Hall pulled within two points by halftime, withstood a nip-and-tuck second half to get to overtime, and then received a game-winning jumper by Myles Powell with eight seconds left in the extra period for a key 72-70 win. … Continue Reading

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

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