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2016-17 Pac-12 Post-Mortem

by - Published June 22, 2017 in Conference Notes

The Pac-12 of 2016-17 was not the Pac-12 of the year prior, most notably in its lack of depth. Whereas a year earlier, it was a conference of tremendous balance and top-to-bottom strength, this year the story was one of a big divide between the best and the worst. This played out by just about any metric you could use.

Looking at the standings, the top three teams were separated by a game, then fourth-place Utah was five games behind third-place UCLA. Washington and Oregon State combined to win just three games, with the next two teams up in the standings finishing four games ahead of them. There was not a single team that finished .500 (9-9) in conference play as well.

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Scanning the Nation January 24, 2017: On Wake Forest, Tulsa, Bucknell and more

by - Published January 24, 2017 in Columns

Notes from around college basketball as we are in the late stages of January and endless bubble talk is just around the corner:

A reminder that a basketball season is a journey and doesn’t always follow a linear path annually comes right around this time of year, when conference races have started to take form. Non-conference records are often a good indicator of which teams will be finishing where in their leagues, but not always. There is always a handful of teams that-for any number of reasons-plays much better in conference than it did out of its league.
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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 6, 2017

by - Published January 6, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has furnished more than its share of scoring machines in the league’s 36-year history. It’s really quite a list.

From its birth, the MAAC has been blessed with players who could fill it up. Army’s Kevin Houston (1986-87 season), Alvin Young of Niagara (1998-99) and the great Keydren Clark of St. Peter’s (two consecutive years in 2003-04 and 2004-05) all were national scoring champions. La Salle’s Lionel Simmons is the No. 3 scorer in NCAA Division I history, while Clark isn’t far behind in seventh.

From Steve Burtt (Iona), Houston and Jim McCaffrey (Holy Cross), to Simmons and his teammates Doug Overton and Randy Woods, to Doremus Bennerman (Siena), to more recent stars like Clark, Luis Flores (Manhattan) and Jason Thompson (Rider) and take your pick of Iona guards in recent years. Pick a year, almost any year, and you can probably find a MAAC player who was among the top snipers in the country. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 20, 2016

by - Published December 20, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Tuesday marks the 39th day of the college basketball season. Incredibly, almost every NCAA Division I team has either played one-third of its regular season schedule, or is coming up on the mark in the next few days.

“It’s early” still applies, but not as much as it did a few weeks ago. With teams compiling 10-, 11-, 12-game samples, preliminary lists of NCAA Tournament at-large contenders can reasonably start to form. It’s a large pool-a very large one-and of varying depth now and of which will be determined as the season goes on. it’s late enough now, though, where we can at least start identifying teams that have realistic hopes of at-large qualification, depending on their performance in the next 2 1/2 months.

SMU and Stanford are two such teams, two of many that have at least some kind of at-large hopes. How strong? We’ll find out over the next few months, but while their game was just one of 30-plus that each team will play this year, it unquestionably left a positive impression for one team and the opposite for the other, the type of result that could be the difference if these two are competing for a spot in March. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 8, 2016

by - Published December 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The ranks of unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I college basketball dwindled a little further last night.

Butler became the first team to drop, when Indiana State’s Brenton Scott hit a free throw with less than a second left to give the Sycamores a 72-71 victory. The Bulldogs lost for the first time in nine games, while ISU continues to work on evening the score after three close losses in the AdvoCare Invitational-and did so in this one on Larry Bird’s 60th birthday, too!

TCU soon lost too, trimming the list of teams without a loss to nine, as SMU topped the Horned Frogs 74-59 in a game closer than the final score. Former president George W. Bush and wife Laura were on hand, as was former British prime minister David Cameron, and it’s time that this rivalry of Dallas vs. Fort Worth picks up steam and becomes a big deal every year, the way it ought to be. … Continue Reading

2015-16 Pac-12 Post-Mortem

by - Published May 31, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Pac-12 had quite a season in 2015-16, during which the conference celebrated 100 years of existence. It provided tremendous basketball, even if a fair amount of the country didn’t get to see much of it because of the time difference. And it happened with what appears to be a changing landscape all the way around.

For starters, the Pac-12 was a major presence in the RPI. Only the Big 12 was better in terms of conference RPI, but the Pac-12 placed six teams in the RPI top 50 and 10 in the top 100. Since the NCAA adjusted the formula to account for game location in 2004-05, only 12 conferences have produced a better RPI than the Pac-12 did this season.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 29, 2016

by - Published February 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The 2015-16 season will go down as one where you didn’t want to be a highly-ranked team. Sunday was no different, capping a week in which only two teams in the AP top 10 did not lose. On the season, teams ranked in the AP top 10 have now lost a record 73 games in those positions in the poll. There is still one week to go, so that record will probably only grow.

Besides that, ESPN Stats and Info put out another great note later on Sunday, which is that every major conference team has at least four losses on the season. That means we will see just the third time since seeding began that all four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament have four or more losses, with 1990 and 2009 being the others.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 25, 2016

by - Published February 25, 2016 in The Morning Dish

There is no way around saying it anymore: Greg Gard should be the next head coach at Wisconsin.

Even acknowledging that it took some time for the Badgers to find their way under him (remember, the team was 2-4 in his first six games), what Gard has done righting a previously middling team deserves serious notice, to the point where it’s hard to imagine many others could’ve done it better this year. Considering that, plus his understanding of the program and the natural transition he provides from the very highly successful Bo Ryan, from the outside view he is the best candidate to be the full-time coach of this program.

Wisconsin won again Wednesday night for the ninth time in 10 games, defeating Iowa 67-59 on the road for another big win, and one that pretty much put the team in the NCAA Tournament barring a collapse the rest of the way. The Badgers held the Hawkeyes to 14 points in the game’s final 15 minutes and limited them a highly ranked team to 32.7% shooting in its own gym, a sensational defensive performance that backs up everything UW has accomplished in the last month.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 18, 2016

by - Published February 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish

February can be over any day now. After all that happened on a deliciously eventful Wednesday night, we’re sufficiently primed and ready for March, and the best month on the sports calendar can’t get here soon enough.

We still have 11 days (including a leap day) before the madness of March arrives, but Wednesday night gave us a taste of what’s in store. With variety galore, it reminded us of the buffet that is the first day of the NCAA Tournament (the Thursday one, not that Tuesday lead-in), all packed into a few evening hours. And it was so much more than one showcased game, though that one was plenty good, too.

Duke won. Or perhaps North Carolina lost. It will be debated for some time just what happened Wednesday night, but the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win will be remembered for some time-for Duke essentially going with an iron five lineup after Matt Jones went out early with an ankle injury, and for the Tar Heels inexplicably seeming to forget they had the most dominant player on the floor and not feeding the ball to Brice Johnson time and again late in a game where he still finished with a staggering 29 points and 19 rebounds.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 28, 2016

by - Published January 28, 2016 in The Morning Dish

On an emotional night at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys very nearly were successful in reprising the spoiler role they are going to continue to take on in this year’s Big 12 race.

Baylor trailed a good share of the way in Stillwater on Wednesday before taking the lead on two Rico Gathers free throws with 1:49 to play and hanging on for a 69-65 win at Oklahoma State. The Bears moved back into a tie with Oklahoma and West Virginia atop the Big 12, while the Cowboys fell just shy of duplicating their resounding win over Kansas just over a week earlier.

Baylor did just enough to win, but that’s all one can ask of a team on the road in conference play. Okie State had a good amount of success against the Bears’ 1-1-3 zone, shooting 50%, but also committed 16 turnovers. Taurean Prince scored 17 points, Gathers added 16 points and nine rebounds, and typically low-scoring Ishmail Wainright had a big hoop in the final minute when the Cowboys were still within a point.

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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.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

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"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
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"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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