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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 29, 2016

by - Published January 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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It was just another Thursday night in the college basketball season. And so much more.

North and south, east and west, there were high-level games and fantastic finishes last night. We’ve still got more than a month yet until we get to March-including a Leap Year day-but it felt like a snapshot from the greatest basketball month of the year.

Among the many cliffhangers and dandies:

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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 22, 2016

by - Published January 22, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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As much as almost any teams in the country, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s are programs both known for offense, but their latest meeting was one marked with defense.

It was defense-as well as clutch play from their oft-maligned backcourt-that put the Bulldogs in complete control of the game on the road at a hostile McKeon Pavilion for 32 minutes, building a lead as high as 15 points. And it was D that got the Gaels back into it late, forcing turnovers and getting stops that had eluded them most of the night and setting the stage for a comeback that will be remembered.

The result was one of the best games yet in one of the very best series on the west coast, as Saint Mary’s rallied all the way back for a stirring 70-67 win. The Gaels held serve at home, while the Bulldogs’ claim to continued dominance in the West Coast Conference was put on hold after a disappointing loss.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 14, 2016

by - Published January 14, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Clemson has a good coach in Brad Brownell, has had him for six years now, in fact. Brownell won big at previous jobs at UNC-Wilmington and Wright State and has won nearly 62% of games in his career. Still, the sad truth is many might consider Brownell lucky to still be the coach at Clemson.

Entering this season, Brownell has led the Tigers to “only” one NCAA Tournament berth, and that was in his first year when many of the players were recruited by predecessor Oliver Purnell. Even for a school that is so clearly football-first, there typically is little room for a coach to go four straight years without a trip to the Big Dance, especially with three of those years producing 16 wins or less.

In a thankful-if rare in today’s big college sports climate-show of restraint, Clemson has been patient with Brownell, and it is being richly rewarded. The Tigers are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the country, having won four straight in the ACC, including wins this week over Louisville and now Duke on Wednesday, 68-63.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 8, 2016

by - Published January 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Sometimes in college basketball, comebacks happen so fast and so suddenly that it’s literally as if a storm blew through. In what are a few minutes but may feel like just seconds, a game seemingly in hand has slipped away.

SMU was the victim in such a scenario in its NCAA Tournament loss to UCLA in March; last night, the Mustangs returned the favor. Trailing by seven in the final minutes, the Mustangs finished the game on an 11-2 run to defeat Cincinnati 59-57 and improve to 14-0.

With less than four minutes to go, it looked like we would soon be down to one undefeated team and that Cincy would continue the recent mastery of its American Athletic Conference foe. The Bearcats-who beat SMU twice last year-had controlled much of the second half and held a 55-48 lead at the under-four TV timeout.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 30, 2015

by - Published December 30, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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After another nice-if not quite name-brand glamorous-win, it’s time to ask: what to make of Texas Tech this year?

Before digging into the subject, it should be noted that just the presence of this question in the first place is a compliment to the Red Raiders. For the years since Bob Knight left Lubbock have been tough; it’s going on nine years now since Tech made the NCAA Tournament, and in fact there has been just one tourney appearance of any kind (2010 NIT) since a first-round loss in the 2007 NCAAs.

The Red Raiders are now a very nice 10-1 after an impressive 85-70 win over Richmond on Tuesday. Tubby Smith’s team dominated, leading by as many as 20 and by double digits for the game’s final 31 minutes. The Red Raiders dominated the glass (43-20), had four in double figures and defeated a team that already this year has beaten Wake Forest, California and Northern Iowa. Good stuff all around.

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Box Score breakdowns

by - Published December 16, 2015 in Columns
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A few tempo free box score analysis from games this past weekend.

Texas 84, North Carolina 82: The team ahead in offensive efficiency wins the game outright about 97 percent of the time. Chalk one up for the 3 percent. In a mid-60 possession game, the visiting Tar Heels posted a 126 OE to Texas’ 125. Texas won on a Javan Felix jumper at the buzzer. Both teams had outstanding turnover rates, 9 percent for North Carolina and 12 percent for the Longhorns. Shaka Smart earned his first big win in Austin largely on a huge 40-17 edge in offensive rebounding percentage.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 13, 2015

by - Published December 13, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Of all the stats one will see this year, this may be one of the hardest to believe: Saturday’s game between Xavier and Cincinnati marked just the second time ever that both teams were nationally ranked entering the Crosstown Shootout.

Since 1988, the Musketeers and Bearcats have combined for exactly three losing seasons between the two of them. In that time there have been 39 NCAA appearances, 12 trips to the Sweet 16 and five to the Elite Eight for what are by almost any measure two of the most successful programs of the last 30 years in college basketball.

Saturday marked the first time the two played as ranked teams since 1994, and Xavier once again gained the upper hand with a 65-55 victory that adds to an early season resume that is among the most impressive in the country. That makes 14 wins in the last 20 meetings for the Musketeers in a series that remains as intense as any in the sport, as we saw once again.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 3, 2015

by - Published December 3, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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This year’s Duke team is not a perfect team. Then again, neither was last year’s.

The Blue Devils taught us once again last year that you don’t have to be flawless or even the strongest team on paper to win a national title. This year’s team is carrying a similar vibe early on as a talented-but-still-growing young squad.

It sure must feel good to be in Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s shoes right now, though, and have a team so good even as it figures things out. Duke showed it is jelling quite nicely as it easily handled Indiana last night 94-74 led by a mix of the old and the new.
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Cincinnati captures the Barclays Classic

by - Published December 1, 2015 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In a battle of unbeaten teams, Cincinnati pulled out a thrilling 61-56 victory over George Washington. The win gave the Bearcats possession of the Barclays Center Holiday Classic title.

Some notes from the title game start us off.

1. In the first half, George Washington hit 8 of their 11 field goals from beyond the arc. The Colonials shot a torrid 73 percent from that range. They looked to get out in transition, but if the three was available, they were more than willing to oblige.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 29, 2015

by - Published November 29, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Once upon a time, Thanksgiving weekend in college basketball meant Alaska. The Great Alaska Shootout.

Long before the Battle 4 Atlantis or before ESPN got in the tournament business for itself, the Shootout was the neutral court event of choice, where the big names went when looking for an early tournament challenge. Just a brief glance at the history of champions and tournament MVPs tells one all they need to know.

Kentucky. Louisville. North Carolina. Arizona. Duke. Brad Daugherty. Sean Elliott. Glenn Robinson. Ray Allen. Dwyane Wade. And for anyone who watched even a couple of those tourneys, they know that list only scratches the surface of the quality of fields Anchorage brought in every year. Every year the Shootout was top-notch.
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Saturday Notes – January 30, 2016

January 31, 2016 by

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In the midst of conference season, a non-conference set of games took center stage. They were far from alone in the important games of the day, though, and we take a look at notes from many of those games.

Saturday Notes – January 23, 2016

January 24, 2016 by

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A number of games were pushed to another day by a storm on the east coast, but we had plenty of noteworthy games all the same on Saturday.

Saturday Notes – January 16, 2016

January 17, 2016 by

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A busy Saturday saw some key ACC games, a six-way tie atop one conference, and much more, which we have some notes from.

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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

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The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.

2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

June 30, 2015 by

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We look back at more from the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, where some of the championship games were worth the price of admission.

A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

June 23, 2015 by

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The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of good championship games on Sunday to close it out, and we start our look back with a look at those games.

Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

June 4, 2015 by

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Two big programs, Mass Elite and the Boston Warriors, got together once again on a college showcase for many of their high school players. We look at some who stood out on the evening.

2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

June 3, 2015 by

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Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

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