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2016-17 Sun Belt Post-Mortem

by - Published June 8, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Sun Belt Conference often lurks quietly down in the South, in the shadows of not just the SEC but even fellow major college football-playing Conference USA, to say nothing of overlapping leagues like the Big 12, ACC, and nation-spanning AAC.

The league’s basketball results in recent years have done little to change that, but in the 2016-17 college hoops season, the Sun Belt just might’ve been the best-kept secret in the country. Home of a proud basketball history-it once was the home of programs like UAB, UNC Charlotte, Old Dominion and VCU, and was among the nation’s best leagues in the 1980s-the league saw something of a resurgence just one year after celebrating its 40th anniversary. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, April 1, 2017

by - Published April 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Final Four is here, with the national semifinals ahead on Saturday. Before that, however, we had the business of two other tournaments having their championships decided on Friday night.

And then we had a result elsewhere that can only be described as shocking.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 30, 2017

by - Published March 30, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The break in the NCAA Tournament from the regionals to the Final Four allows plenty of room for other NCAA Division I college basketball tournaments to get some time in the sun this week. Thankfully.

While the relevance of events like the College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com Tournament can be debated, this much cannot: the tourneys are a welcome respite from the sport’s increasingly ridiculous offseason, what with its seemingly constant news of coach firings, coaches looking for their next payday before they get fired, and an endless list of transfers, most sorely mistaken in thinking an NBA career is just a transfer (or two, or three) away.

The CBI and CIT both have one final game left after last night, the former after Wyoming pushed the CBI’s unique best-of-three championship series to a third game Friday. The Cowboys ran away from Coastal Carolina in the second half to win 81-57 at home, and now they’ll have the privilege of trying to win the title at home with the deciding game also being played in Laramie. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 28, 2017

by - Published March 28, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With all teams done with their seasons but a select few, plus the annual hoops celebration/job fair that is the Final Four coming this weekend, the pace for coaching vacancies to get filled will pick up this week. It certainly did just that Monday.

Four more schools named and/or introduced new coaches on Monday, which in turn has left two more NCAA Division I jobs now open. Three of those hires were at schools that have been perennially tough jobs at the D-I level. And while, much like grading professional team drafts, it’s easy to give everybody an above average grade for their hires, all four schools’ fan bases have legitimate reasons to be happy with their choices. … Continue Reading

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, January 10, 2017

by - Published January 10, 2017 in The Morning Dish

While college football again staged its light beer version of a national title game on Monday-and used an interminably long amount of time and an equally way-too-long list of cable channels to do so-the vast majority of NCAA Division I college basketball conferences once again punted on an opportunity for some exposure.

Only one D-I game was televised nationally Monday night: St. John’s at Georgetown, with an early 6:30 p.m. Eastern start on FS1. We’ve ruminated about this before, and it still doesn’t make sense to us why so many conferences and networks choose to bow to the altar of major football and refuse to even consider offering alternative programming on a night when college basketball fans just might be really, really looking for some options.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 24, 2016

by - Published March 24, 2016 in The Morning Dish

George Washington’s experienced core of seniors Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald has accomplished a lot in four years together, so adding another milestone to their careers and to the school’s history books is a fitting ending for the three.

From 13-17 as freshmen to the NCAA Tournament the next year to a small step backwards to the NIT second round a year ago, the trio now has led the Colonials to the NIT Final Four for the first time in school history. GW defeated stubborn Florida 82-77 on Wednesday, holding on to win in a game that featured 14 ties and 19 lead changes. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation Notebook: Atlantic 10, Wisconsin, Siena, Notre Dame & more

by - Published February 11, 2016 in Columns

The Atlantic 10 is a more-than solid conference this year, comfortably in seventh in the conference RPI and with at least four NCAA Tournament-quality teams-and maybe five, depending on if St. Bonaventure can finish strong. That said, we fear the league is cannibalizing its own too much, and it’s conceivable that the A-10 could finish with as few as two or (gasp) one NCAA bid, should Dayton win the conference tournament.

George Washington, Saint Joseph’s, VCU and St. Bonaventure all are far from sure things for bids, and it’s certainly possible the selection committee will regard results such as GW winning at VCU and then losing at home (by 18 points) to Saint Joseph’s as signs of mediocrity more than strength. Should the numbers hold at or near their currents, we sure hope the committee seriously considers VCU’s improvement since late December (12 straight wins before the loss to the Colonials), St. Joe’s road record (9-0) and the Bonnies’ lack of bad losses (the worst are at RPI No. 106 Duquesne and 107 Siena, hardly a complete embarrassment), but we’re not optimistic. The committee likes to talk about road wins-and these four are a combined 26-8 away from home-yet regularly (and wrongly, from this view) ignores consistent road winners in favor of those who make one or two splashes away from home out of conference…
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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 15, 2015

by - Published December 15, 2015 in The Morning Dish

Gonzaga has been unstoppable at the top of the West Coast Conference for many years now, but it’s becoming increasingly evident that in its own way that adjective also can apply to Saint Mary’s and its place in the conference.

Names change, players come and go, obstacles arise in the form of NCAA probation, and yet the Gaels remain on their perch as the Bulldogs’ perennial challenger, as well as one of the best programs in the West. We’re seeing it again this year, as Randy Bennett’s team has reloaded after losing five starters and has been one of the more pleasant surprises in the nation early on.

Saint Mary’s continued its good start with a 93-63 win over Cal Poly Monday night. The Gaels shot 60.3% from the floor and drained a school-record 19 three-pointers. Calvin Hermanson nailed five and scored a career-best 23 points. Point guard Emmett Naar hit four triples and loaded the stat sheet with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Stefan Gonzalez made five off the bench for 15 points.
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A game a day for the 2015-16 season: December

by - Published November 10, 2015 in Columns

Continuing our look at our favorite games for every day of the season, our ultimate dream road trip, if you will.

We started on Monday with November, and today we continue with December:

Dec. 1: Maryland at North Carolina. We’re not one to get into the hypefest aspect of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but this is a pretty easy pick. No. 1 and No. 3 in the AP preseason poll, former ACC rivals, etc. One of the best games of the year. This should be fun, and will only reinforce how much we think the Terrapins really should still be an ACC school. Honorable mention: Villanova at St. Joseph’s

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We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

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In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

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Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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