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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 26, 2017

by - Published December 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Hoping everyone had a very blessed and Merry Christmas yesterday.

Bennie Boatwright just may have saved USC’s season over the Christmas holiday, delivering a clutch performance that could turn the Trojans’ campaign around, or at least will keep it from spiraling hopelessly downhill for now.

Southern California entered the Diamond Head Classic just 6-4 overall and coming off a home loss to Princeton, but the Trojans are now tourney champions after edging upstart New Mexico State 77-72 in the championship game on Christmas night. The much-needed win capped a tourney run that started out looking disastrous but by the end provides hope for a team that was expected to be a Final Four contender before the season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 25, 2017

by - Published December 25, 2017 in The Morning Dish

A very Merry Christmas to our readers.

With a challenge comes an opportunity, whether on the athletic playing field or in the office. For New Mexico State, that is what this Christmas will bring: the challenge of playing USC, with the opportunity to win a tournament championship and get some time in the spotlight.

For so long of late, the Aggies have been hidden away while they have done a lot of winning. This is their chance to move out from under the radar, if only for a spell.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 24, 2017

by - Published December 24, 2017 in The Morning Dish

New Mexico State has been a quality program for a long time. But this year is different.

It seemed like that when the Aggies swept their annual early-season home-and-homes with longtime rivals New Mexico and Texas-El Paso. It looked like a pretty good bet when they won what was essentially a road game against Illinois last weekend. And it can be said for certain now after NMSU has announced its arrival on the scene with a pair of exciting wins on national television in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, the latest a 63-54 victory over previously undefeated and sixth-ranked Miami (Fla.) Saturday night. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 23, 2017

by - Published December 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As Christmas approaches, what becomes abundantly clear is that there is not a dominant team in college basketball this season, and similarly, there are many teams in a gray area. With respect to the latter, there are a lot of teams that we simply don’t know just how good they are, and even most teams we rank near the top of the polls or our own rankings have important flaws.

Villanova might be the exception, even if last year’s second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament is a good reminder that they are far from unbeatable. Jay Wright has built what almost seems like a machine now, and they showed his former school that on Friday as they handled Hofstra 95-71.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook Dec. 19 – On the Big 12, Stephen F. Austin, New Mexico State, LSU and more

by - Published December 19, 2017 in Columns

Taking a look across the country late in December, as many have moved past final exams now and conference play nears…

It looks like we’re right back to where we’ve been with the Big 12. League teams have been awesome cleaning up in non-conference play (all but Kansas State has at least one top-50 RPI win, and even Oklahoma State beat Florida State in a near-road game), yet there’s no standout team or teams besides Kansas that one can point at as so much as a Sweet 16 favorite, much less the Final Four. (We’re still holding on Oklahoma…for now, even acknowledging how white-hot the Sooners have been offensively.) … Continue Reading

A game a day for the 2017-18 season: December

by - Published November 7, 2017 in Columns

Continuing a look at our favorite games for every day of the 2017-18 college basketball season. We started yesterday with November, and today we continue with December:

Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Duquesne. This city matchup will take on a little more urgency this year after the Dukes knocked off Pitt a year ago to end a 15-game losing streak in the series. Honorable mention: Purdue at Maryland in Big Ten games…on Dec. 1?

Dec. 2: Cincinnati at Xavier. On a day with several really appealing. if maybe less unsung matchups (Wichita State/Baylor; Colorado/Colorado State; Vermont/Bucknell; Princeton/Miami [Fla.]; USC/SMU), the headliner is still easily one of the very best rivalries in the sport going on three decades now. Honorable mention: Providence at Rhode Island … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 26, 2016

by - Published December 26, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Steve Fisher isn’t stopping at San Diego State. He’s past the normal retirement age, he’s built them into the signature program in the Mountain West, and he continues to do the job there. In this case, doing the job means winning, and on Sunday night, the Aztecs won to take home the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

When Fisher took over, the program had been through a number of losing seasons. In his first season at the helm, 1999-2000, the Aztecs went 5-23. Since then, they have had just two losing seasons and have been a consistent NCAA Tournament participant. It helps that they got a big facilities upgrade with Viejas Arena, where they have been consistently tough to beat.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 25, 2016

by - Published December 25, 2016 in The Morning Dish

A blessed, Merry Christmas to all today. Wish all blessings on this special day during a truly wonderful time of the year.

The University of San Francisco are one of just eight teams in action this Christmas Day. The Dons will be playing much later in the day than just about anyone expected, though, as they will face San Diego State in the title game of the Diamond Head Classic (8 p.m. Eastern, ESPN2).

USF’s play in Hawaii reminds us of one of the many things that makes tournament play so great in this sport: teams can get hot and make a run when least expected. In the Dons’ case, a finish of fifth in Hawaii would’ve been considered an accomplishment coming into this event, with their opener against one of the event’s favorites in Utah, but San Francisco has progressed far more in Kyle Smith’s first season than anyone could’ve expected. Its sweet shooting combined with just enough scrappiness inside have made for a memorable trip to the finals of an event where USF now gets a chance to play for its first in-season tournament title since winning its own USF Invitational in 2005. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 24, 2016

by - Published December 24, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The last time UConn had six losses before the new year rolled in, the Big East didn’t exist and Richard Nixon was still in his first term as President. It was 1971 – also still some years before the Huskies would become a national power. While this year stands out for a couple of reasons, the Huskies have been trending downward to begin with. Friday’s 70-67 overtime loss to Auburn leads to the latest hit for this team.

UConn has won four national championships, all over a about a decade and a half. They’ve been a national power for over two decades. But they haven’t been the same for a while now, and this year is where the bottom is falling out, in part because they have been hit by a string of injuries.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, December 23, 2016

by - Published December 23, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Thursday was a very good night for the West Coast Conference. It came very close to being an out-of-sight awesome night, but it was still a very productive evening for the conference.

WCC teams won five of the eight games they played Thursday, despite playing just three of those contests at home. The league’s haul included two signature wins-one on the road, one at a neutral site-and the WCC collectively was a few more points in regulation from being perfect through all eight games of the day. … Continue Reading

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 7, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a big sweep in the SEC, look back on the wild Saturday, then talk about a Big Ten showdown and some undefeated teams in conference play.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 31, 2018

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a wild night in the Big Ten, adversity and a quiet leader in the ACC, what to make of Kentucky and look ahead to the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 18, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about big road wins for a few teams, including a couple of bluebloods that looked destined for losses, as well as an unsettled Big Ten beyond one team, an SEC where you shouldn’t pay attention to bracketologists, and the problems with a proposed earlier start to the college basketball season.

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