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Bracket Impressions: Selection process with misplaced priorities in need of fix

by - Published March 12, 2018 in Columns

From once being a tournament of champions, the NCAA Tournament has come a long way.

For most of those years since first expanding to take in more than one team per conference in 1975, it has been nothing but positive, growth and good for what became as great of a sporting event as there is in this country. That has not been the case the last few years.

If the NCAA Tournament selection committee continues on the path it has been treading down, an event that long ago was for only champions may soon became a tournament of mediocrity. It’s becoming ever more clear every year that the selection process for this event, if not actually broken, has some misfiring spark plugs and is leaking a bit of oil, and it needs a mechanic. … Continue Reading

Selection Sunday morning 2018: One projection of the NCAA tourney field

by - Published March 11, 2018 in Columns

My, how things change in a couple days.

As recently as probably Thursday, maybe even Friday morning, the prevailing banter from bracket projectors on social media and elsewhere was about how unpredictable and wide open the final selections for this year’s NCAA Tournament were.

Yet as we sit on the morning of Selection Sunday 2018, the number of open spots in the field is actually quite small. We estimate only 6-7 spots available at absolute most, depending on the result of the Atlantic 10 final today where Davidson could send Rhode Island into the at-large pool and therefore steal one of those bids away. … Continue Reading

The Garden and Barclays: A day of March Madness

by - Published March 9, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The Nor’Easter, number two for March if you are scoring at home, is in the books. The eight mile trip to MSG was actually smooth with this part of the tri-state region not inundated by snow.

Enough weather. The Big East noon quarterfinal matchup has St. John’s, a first round winner over Georgetown last night, facing Xavier. This could be tough for Chris Mack and Xavier as St. John’s played then tough twice this season before coming out on the short end.

Early in the game St. John’s gives up a transition basket as the entire defense did not hustle back. A reminder, if you want to defeat the regular season champions you cannot have lapses like that.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 21, 2018

by - Published February 21, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The Southeastern Conference is almost certainly on the precipice of a banner year for NCAA Tournament berths. Just which of those teams will receive them, though, and what might happen with them when they get there, will continue to be a confounding mystery.

Another busy Tuesday night SEC slate once again brought its share of results that defy logic. There was Mississippi State winning on the road at Texas A&M-handily, a 93-81 victor. There was an Arkansas team that has been infinitely better at home than away getting stomped 87-72 at home by Kentucky, a team that was on a four-game losing streak just last week. And then there was Mississippi, led by interim coach Tony Madlock after Andy Kennedy cut the cord two days ago, hitting the road and toppling Missouri 90-87 in overtime, a perplexing loss for a Tigers team that had made believers out of most with a recent five-game winning streak. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 11, 2018

by - Published February 11, 2018 in The Morning Dish

In a season of parity-which exists in college basketball, no matter how much some create microscopic definitions so they can refuse to acknowledge it-Saturday was just another day, loaded with happenings and surprises.

The No. 1-ranked team did not lose (Villanova finally got past its recent Butler bugaboo for an 86-75 win), but No. 2 and No. 3 did. Third-ranked Purdue’s 68-65 loss at No. 4 Michigan State was nothing to be embarrassed of, even as it was the Boilermakers’ second loss of the week. One would’ve expected No. 2 Virginia to handle its business, though, the Cavaliers at home against rival Virginia Tech with a No. 1 ranking awaiting them with a win. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 8, 2018

by - Published February 8, 2018 in The Morning Dish

St. John’s and St. Bonaventure. What a night it was Wednesday for a pair of Catholic schools in New York on the college basketball scene.

Also, if anyone has been lulled into thinking there are three teams this season far and away above everyone else? Wednesday night provided the reality check.

It became easy to forget throughout January as St. John’s racked up one loss or another in the rugged Big East that the Johnnies were a more-than competent team in November and December, one that looked like it would be in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 24, 2018

by - Published January 24, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The SEC is a lot of fun to watch this year. Tuesday night gave us more reminders of why. Five games were on tap, and that showed us about all we needed to know.

The only result that was even remotely not a surprise was Tennessee beating Vanderbilt 67-62 in Knoxville. The Volunteers were the clearly better team (Vandy is in a rebuilding year) and at home, so they were expected to win and did, although the Commodores made it interesting after scoring just 15 points in the first half.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 20, 2018

by - Published January 20, 2018 in The Morning Dish

We get constant reminders that winning is hard. Sure, some programs in college basketball – and even some pro franchises – make it look easy since they seemingly win game after game. You look at programs that rack up 25-30 wins a year and think it must come easily to them. Deep down, you know that’s not the case, but it’s easy to miss it.

With programs in the MAAC, that reality is easy to see. While Friday night was a very light night of college basketball action, the MAAC stood out for what it showed us about winning.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 19, 2018

by - Published January 19, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Even the best teams suffer losses from time to time. Often, what resonates from losses for those teams more than the results themselves is what those teams do with those defeats.

When Saint Mary’s suffered two disappointing losses in November at the Wooden Legacy tournament, the Gaels could’ve easily allowed it to affect their entire season. A team already perennially the target of ire for its non-conference schedules, SMC was roasted after losing to Washington State and Georgia with declarations that its NCAA Tournament hopes already were in trouble just a few days after Thanksgiving-not exactly uplifting banter for a group that came into the season with big expectations. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 19, 2017

by - Published December 19, 2017 in The Morning Dish

They want to be called Fort Wayne, even though the school’s actual name is Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (there is no University of Fort Wayne). They used to want to be called IPFW. The school soon will be Purdue Fort Wayne. Who knows what it will want to be called next year. (PFW, anyone?)

It’s not hard for the layperson to be easily confused anyway by a school that gives out degrees to either of two major state universities, and one can double that when said school will soon go through an actual name change next year, complete with new school colors (the beautiful blue will be out; Purdue’s black and gold are on the way as it assumes the more prominent role with the university). What’s easy to know now, though, is IPFW has now made some serious noise not just in its own state but nationally for a second consecutive year, with two straight wins over state heavyweight Indiana after the Mastodons routed the Hoosiers 92-72 on the road Monday night. … Continue Reading

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