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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 – Wednesday, March 22, 2017

by - Published March 22, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It’s that time of year again, college basketball’s silly season with coaches seemingly coming and going left and right, stacking up at traffic lights while waiting for each other to proceed to their next job.

It’s not been a good couple days for the profession, not with coaches one year and two years into their current jobs moving on again, making it increasingly hard to muster arguments in their defense. It’s one thing to move up the ladder; it’s another to do so with next to no consideration for the schools and student-athletes that made an investment in them, and would just like something close to a reasonable chance to see that investment through.

Tuesday did see several coaching vacancies filled, while at least one more remains open. The most unsurprising move came at VCU, where Mike Rhoades was hired as coach less than 24 hours after Will Wade left for LSU after two seasons at the school. … 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 – Friday, March 17, 2017

by - Published March 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With all respect to the four teams eliminated in play-in games, Thursday always marks the start of the NCAA Tournament as most know it. As far as opening days go, this year’s opening day was somewhere in the middle.

There were no buzzer beaters, and really only one true upset. Maryland was a better team than Xavier much of the season, but the Terrapins are young while the Musketeers are one of the most tournament-tested programs of all. It didn’t take much at all to imagine a result like X winning 76-65. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 16, 2017

by - Published March 16, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The postseason is just a couple days old, and already it’s been one wild ride for the Pac-12.

For a time, that ride felt like about 24 straight hours on a rodeo bronc, with lots of bucking and bumps and spinning out of control after Tuesday and most of Wednesday. Life finally settled down for the league late Wednesday night, though, when USC pulled of the type of comeback that seems to be a mark of the NCAA Tournament First Four, storming back from 17 down in the second half to defeat Providence 75-71 and advance into the main draw.

In a bizarre game that recalled BYU’s coming back from 25 points down to defeat Iona in a First Four contest five years ago, the Trojans controlled the first few minutes, then saw the Friars dominate the rest of the first half and take a 46-29 lead early in the second half. Then, the teams changed roles again, with USC taking the lead with more than 6 1/2 minutes left and never slowing down, as Bennie Boatwright scored a career-best 24 and Southern California advanced to a rematch with an SMU team it already defeated earlier this season. … 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 – Monday, March 13, 2017

by - Published March 13, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The stage is set. We know the 68 teams and the initial matchups. And considering how the picture looked a week or so ago, there were remarkably few real surprises in terms of who was in and who was out of the NCAA Tournament field.

We know that the last four teams in were Kansas State, Providence, USC and Wake Forest, and the first four out were Cal, Illinois State, Iowa and Syracuse. The latter four will be top seeds in the NIT, a small consolation prize.

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2016 NCAA Tournament Final Review: Final finish what this year’s event needed

by - Published April 7, 2016 in Columns

The 2016 NCAA Tournament needed its signature game, and it got one in no better place-in its final game.

Villanova’s 77-74 win over North Carolina is not just one of the great championship games of all-time, it’s one of the great NCAA tourney games ever in any round. It was played at a high level from start to finish, and while it didn’t have the back-and-forth down the stretch of Duke-Kentucky in 1992 or, say, Kansas State-Xavier in 2010, the star power of Georgetown-North Carolina in 1982 or Houston-N.C. State the next year, and may not carry the transformational significance of Michigan State-Indiana State in 1979, it had a finish that will lead to discussions from now until the end of time about its place as possibly the greatest ending to a title game ever. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 30, 2016

by - Published March 30, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The championship game for the 79th annual National Invitation Tournament is set, and it’s a worthy one with two very good teams.

How good? Well, one way to look at it is this: if Oklahoma and Syracuse end up playing in the NCAA Tournament final on Monday, their combined win total this season will be less than that of the two playing in the NIT title game.

Valparaiso and George Washington are the final two left in the nation’s oldest Division I event after the Crusaders edged Brigham Young 72-70 and the Colonials dominated San Diego State 65-46 on Tuesday. The result is a final game on Thursday that will feature two teams with a combined 57 wins this year, with Valpo entering with a sparkling 30-6 mark and GW a fine 27-10.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 29, 2016

by - Published March 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The fifth entrant in NCAA Division I’s college basketball postseason debuted on Monday with the first-ever Vegas 16 tournament tipping off. If you’re a history buff, you really should check it out now because…if the event is relying heavily on ticket sales, the odds of there being a second one are not very good.

The tone for first year of the tragicomedy that is the Vegas 16 was set a few weeks ago, when an event that was advertised (and named) around the idea of having sixteen teams settled for just having just eight, making the choice for quality over quantity. Making this year’s field a Vegas 8, or perhaps a Vegas 16/2.

Indeed, the Vegas 16 has been the butt of no shortage of jokes, but it also has scored points for how it has handled them. Moreover, while the field is shorter than planned and the fans in the stands on the first day were few, it must be noted that there is some upside. … Continue Reading

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