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The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 5, 2018

by - Published April 5, 2018 in The Morning Dish

For Villanova and Jay Wright, things were not always this good. There were some challenging times in the early going and even a little past then, times that would make it seem shocking that the Wildcats are now very much one of the elite programs in the country. They didn’t always look like a blueblood, a team that could just reload every year.

But here they are. It’s been quite a journey, one with some highlights and lowlights along the way. It’s one that has also seen Jay Wright go from a coach known mostly for his suits to a future Hall of Famer, and the program become one we can all appreciate.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 29, 2018

by - Published March 29, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Few things are guaranteed in life. Among them are death, taxes, Kansas winning the Big 12 regular season title, and now, it seems, the championship in the College Basketball Invitational going the full three games. For the ninth time in 11 tournaments, the CBI championship will not end with a two-game sweep.

North Texas took care of that back on their home floor Wednesday night, and now they will hope homecourt advantage remains. The Mean Green pulled away in the second half for a 69-55 win after being up by just two at halftime.

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2018 NCAA Tournament second week review: Final Four has a distinct retro feel to it

by - Published March 27, 2018 in Columns

If one likes retro-especially as a college basketball fan-they should love the 2018 NCAA Tournament Final Four.

One of the first things that jumped to mind about this year’s quartet of Kansas, Loyola Chicago, Michigan and Villanova after it was settled Sunday night was that this year’s group has a distinct 1985 flavor to it. Now we’ll see if it ends up with 1985 results, in one way or another.

The 1985 NCAA Tournament was the first year of an expanded 64-team field (essentially the beginning of the wondrous event we have today), and all four of this year’s final teams were factors on the national college landscape then. Yes, even Loyola. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 24, 2018

by - Published March 24, 2018 in The Morning Dish

After a wild Thursday night that seemed very much in tune with how a lot of the college basketball season has gone, Friday night was comparatively ho-hum. In part, the matchups suggested that was a strong possibility, but the end results followed. If you were looking for a night that could match Thursday in terms of who won, it just wasn’t going to happen.

And the matchups on the two days to come couldn’t be more of a contrast as a result.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

by - Published March 10, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We’re less than 48 hours from the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, and bubble teams still lead the discussion, especially in light of some recent results.

We start, though, with two games involving no bubble teams at all that Ted had a chance to cover. The first Big East semifinal was a big win for Providence, as they edged Xavier in overtime and didn’t let the Musketeers get off a possible game-tying shot. The Friars were probably a lock by virtue of being close, if not in, and then beating Creighton on Thursday, while Xavier should still be a No. 1 seed. The Friars have played two straight overtime games, and Villanova cruised past Butler in the second semifinal, so the Friars could be at a disadvantage there.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 10, 2018

by - Published March 10, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As one of the most fun days of the season – Championship Saturday – beckons, there is still much to consider about a number of bubble teams, and Friday’s action didn’t change that at all. Interestingly, there were a few rivalry matchups as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, bubble teams are not breathing easier, as there will be at least one bid thief on Saturday.

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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 – Tuesday, February 27, 2018

by - Published February 27, 2018 in The Morning Dish

We may not be in March just yet, but there’s no better notice that it’s just around the corner than the first college hoops conference tournament tipping off.

The Atlantic Sun Conference sat in the pole position for this season, the first of 32 tournaments to get underway Monday night already, nearly two weeks before Selection Sunday. The league’s perfectly symmetrical eight-team tourney continues to be held entirely at campus sites, a tournament where the regular season truly matters because the higher your seed, the more times you can play in front of the friendly faithful. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 22, 2018

by - Published February 22, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The ACC picture is really clearing up now, with Wednesday night doing a lot to help in that regard. Most notably, as Ted Sarandis and I talk about in our podcast, there is some separation behind Virginia.

And right there are a couple of programs you might expect to be, even if both have had some challenges this season. Duke and North Carolina are now playing some of their best basketball of the season.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

by - Published February 22, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Selection Sunday is less than three weeks away and the start of conference tournaments is just days away, but an off-court matter leads the way.

We start with an oddity in Providence, where the court at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center had condensation owing to higher than normal temperatures in the area that affected the ice underneath. The arena is set up for hockey as well, and unseasonably warm temperatures played a role. The game will finish up at Providence’s on-campus gym, Alumni Hall, starting at noon on Thursday. Seton Hall led 56-47 with 13:03 left when play was halted for good.

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College Basketball Tonight

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.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

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The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.