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2015-16 Big East Post-Mortem

by - Published June 2, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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For three seasons now, the Big East has had its share of critics. First, that it’s not as good as the American Athletic Conference, the new conference formed from the split of the old Big East – a cry that grew louder when UConn won the national championship in the first year after the split. Next was that they overachieved, and they had a bunch of good schools but no national power. Then there were troubles in the NCAA Tournament, the ultimate measuring stick.

And in 2015-16, they were all obliterated. The conference had great validation come its way, none more so than on the last night of the season.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 23, 2016

by - Published March 23, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

Small, private, religious-based, and running an athletics department on a rather modest budget with teams playing in a rather modest gym, Valparaiso is precisely the type of school that makes NCAA Division I basketball so much fun.

Valpo’s uniqueness was on display again Tuesday night after the Crusaders had wrapped up an authoritative 60-44 win over Saint Mary’s to clinch the school’s first-ever trip to the NIT semifinals. As the final buzzer sounded, students at the Lutheran-affiliated school quickly spilled onto the court at the Athletics-Recreation Center (a.k.a. The ARC), but almost in an orderly fashion. There was no running over security guards, no taunting of opposing players, but there soon was a good-sized group of fans jumping up and down around center court. … Continue Reading

Big East quarterfinal: Seton Hall 81, Creighton 73

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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NEW YORK – A few quick thoughts on Seton Hall’s 81-73 quarterfinal win over Creighton. It was game four of the day at the Garden. As the clock (nearly) struck midnight, the Pirates joined Villanova, Providence and Xavier in the Big East Tournament ‘final four’, with semifinals to be played on Friday night.

A few quick thoughts:

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 10, 2016

by - Published February 10, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

As the season hits its stretch run and the word “bubble” is used only slightly less than the word “the”, there will be numerous teams that see their NCAA Tournament chances slip away late in the year, sometimes in painful fashion.

While we sometimes wince while unable to turn away from watching those teams, what we really want to see are teams who play their way into the tourney, or at least make us take notice based on their accomplishments late in the season.

On that note, we introduce the Creighton Bluejays, a team almost certainly still out of the NCAA tourney if it were picked today, but one that is forcing us to pay more attention to it than we frankly thought we would have to by this time of year. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 10, 2015

by - Published December 10, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Maybe now we can all put Dayton’s one loss this season far in the rear-view mirror and start calling the Flyers for what they are: a legitimate top 20 team right now.

Undoubtedly, the Flyers themselves weren’t so short-sighted as to define themselves by a 29-point loss to rival Xavier in the finals of the AdvoCare Invitational over Thanksgiving weekend, but there certainly were some who were a bit skeptical after their 90-61 ‘L’ in such a showcase game. Dayton already had a nice collection of wins even before that, though, and now has done more than enough to offset that single loss after an impressive 72-67 win at Vanderbilt Wednesday night in Nashville.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 26, 2015

by - Published November 26, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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The news could not have been much better for Kansas on Wednesday-on the court and off.

Call it two wins in one day. On the court, the Jayhawks overcame Vanderbilt for a 70-63 victory in the Maui Invitational final. KU shot 62.5% in the second half and won the battle of two excellent frontlines. Wayne Selden scored 25 points to carry Kansas, which overcame an early deficit to win its second Maui title.

Off the court, and earlier in the day before the tourney final, KU finally found out Cheick Diallo’s fate. The freshman was ruled by the NCAA to be suspended for the first five games of this season, meaning he missed last night’s Maui final yet but can return for the Jayhawks’ next game Dec. 1 against Loyola (Md.). His return will obviously add another tool to a team that already was a national title contender even with him out, and Kansas now may be on the short list of favorites.

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Impressions from first week of college hoops season

by - Published November 24, 2015 in Columns
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A number of stories in the college basketball preseason talked about teams and their goal to “play faster” this year. They wanted to pick up the pace. Run run run.

San Diego State was one of those teams, and while we hear teams talk of this every year, at first it looked promising that in this case it was real. The Aztecs scored 86 in an exhibition. They got up and down the court against Illinois State, scoring 71 against a good defensive team. They scored 76 in a fast-paced game that wound up a loss at Utah.

Then, SDSU scored 71 in a closer-than-expected win over San Diego Christian, an NAIA school that lost to Pepperdine 91-46 two nights earlier.

Three days later, the Aztecs lost to Arkansas-Little Rock 49-43.
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Big East first round: Efficiency is the key

by - Published March 12, 2015 in Columns
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NEW YORK – Slower pace and efficient offense was the key in first round Big East Tournament action on Wednesday. In the opener at Madison Square Garden, Marquette defeated Seton Hall 78-56. Using a strong second half, Creighton defeated DePaul in the night cap, 78-63.

Marquette earned their second consecutive victory following a six-game losing streak. Coach Steve Wojciechowski feels injuries set his team back and a return to health has them playing better of late. “Tonight we might have played as well as we can,” he said.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 25, 2015

by - Published January 25, 2015 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

As one of college basketball’s blueblood programs, Kansas gets all the benefits of membership in an elite club, as well as a few relative drawbacks.

This shouldn’t be mistaken as sorrow or a story of sympathy, but Kansas is sometimes held to a higher standard than others and is a program that many love to put under a microscope and pick apart. There’s some good reason for that, of course-even with its history aside, KU almost always has some of the best talent in the country. And in the case of this season, sometimes that talent has fallen in spectacular fashion-see blowout losses to Kentucky and Temple.

There also are times, though, when the Jayhawks can almost be underrated because of the level of expectation from them. That was already the feel about this year’s team before yesterday, and it’s even more so now after it went on the road and took care of Texas 75-62, ensuring once and for all that the road to the Big 12 title goes through Lawrence. Again.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 17, 2014

by - Published December 17, 2014 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-orange

Tuesday night was ready to be pronounced as quite the dud, one of the more disappointing nights of the young season so far when it comes to anticipated games not being competitive.

Admittedly, the night’s schedule was already on the weaker side, but we still thought Belmont would give VCU a challenge, that Oral Roberts or Middle Tennessee State could at least make Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (respectively) sweat, or that one of the three of North Carolina, Texas or Arizona would have a case of the mid-December blahs and get a tussle from an overmatched opponent.
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