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2017 NCAA Tournament first week review: unpredictability light so far

by - Published March 21, 2017 in Columns

The NCAA Tournament never fails to deliver. Some years, it just delivers a little bit less than others.

It provided us some memorable moments good and bad (defending national champion Villanova exiting early; Iowa State rallying from a 19-point second-half deficit before running out of steam; Vanderbilt losing in part because of a highly publicized mental error in the final seconds). Overall, though, the first week of the 2017 NCAA tourney was marked first and foremost by its lack of surprises, as well as the typical end-of-game thrills we’re so used to.

It wasn’t a bad six days. There were a good share of solid games coming down the stretch, especially in the second round. But competitive games are basically a minimum standard in the tourney. We crave unpredictability, yet this year’s tourney is lacking it. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, March 20, 2017

by - Published March 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

16 teams now remain in the NCAA Tournament, and chances are, there is at least one or two among them that you did not expect. And likewise, there is probably a team or two that you expected to be alive that is not.

It was that kind of weekend. The first round might not have had much in the way of drama or upsets, but the second round made up for that, including on Sunday where two No. 2 seeds went down. One of them was a team many felt had a case for a No. 1 seed. Ted Sarandis and I talk about all of this and much more on College Basketball Tonight.

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College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2017

by - Published March 20, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to College Basketball Tonight! We are down to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, and if the first round didn’t have what you want, the second round surely did. The results of the two rounds could not be more different.

First, we look at Sunday’s action, where two No. 2 seeds went down a day after the first No. 1 seed went down. Along the way, we look at how Villanova’s loss followed from seeding issues the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee had. The Wildcats lost to a good Wisconsin team that underachieved a bit in the regular season in part from injuries, but there are plenty of arguments to be had that they were seeded lower than they should have been.

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College Basketball Tonight – March 12, 2017

by - Published March 13, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to College Basketball Tonight! We are pleased to bring you this fine program here on Hoopville. College Basketball Tonight is a comprehensive look at the 2017 NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran broadcaster Ted Sarandis.

In this edition, the field for the 2017 NCAA Tournament is set. We know who is in and who is out, as well as the initial matchups.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 11, 2017

by - Published March 11, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Like the NCAA Tournament, conference tournaments have a lot of drama and stories. Friday was no different, a seemingly decisive day in many respects all over the country.

The drama actually starts with one of the last games of the day, and one that was probably off of everyone’s radars. The WAC Tournament looked like it could be heading towards a rematch of last year’s thrilling championship game, but Utah Valley had ideas of getting in the way as they took on defending champion CSU Bakersfield. It was a pretty low-scoring game throughout, as neither team shot better than 32 percent in a defensive struggle. Utah Valley led by eight with 2:40 left in regulation, and it looked like the Roadrunners were on the ropes. In a low-scoring game like this, a lead like that might be insurmountable.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2017, Part 1

by - Published March 10, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. In this part one of two, we look at some of the action on the hardwood during Championship Week, as well as coaching news.

We start with the Big East Tournament, where Ted covered an evening doubleheader that saw Xavier pick up a crucial win and Creighton also move on. Earlier in the day, Ted saw North Carolina and Duke win in the ACC Tournament across town, which sets up a big rivalry game in the semifinals on Friday night.

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One day on the tournament trail- Barclays to MSG

by - Published March 9, 2017 in Columns

BROOKLYN and NEW YORK – Once again the day-long odyssey. In the past, it was splitting time between the Atlantic 10 and Big east. This season, Barclays Center to Madison Square Garden will merge the ACC and Big East Tournaments. It’s a full day of excitement with sights and sounds of New York as the backdrop.

It is 10:40 on Wednesday morning. On the two train to Barclays, a woman in front of me has a purse with the saying “A lot of shit I can’t live without”. Have to love New York. I expected a few traces of orange on this trip, as Syracuse plays Miami at noon. It is early, though, and Syracuse fans commuting to the game are probably taking a later train. The excitement literally builds as the stops en route to Brooklyn pass by.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 1, 2017

by - Published March 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

One game is just one game, but sometimes in the course of the rather short college basketball season it makes all the difference.

As Selection Sunday 2017 nears, Vanderbilt down the stretch has become one of the most intriguing case studies of this season. The Commodores have heated up late, have a top-rated schedule and are highly recommended by pretty much every computer rating imaginable. They also have a record that screams mediocrity.

Vanderbilt had a golden opportunity on Tuesday, though, to pretty up that record in more ways than one. A win at Kentucky would’ve moved the Commodores to 17-13 overall and also been an undeniable name-brand quality win of the highest order, certain to make them an even hotter subject than they’ve been. Alas, Vandy couldn’t make an early 19-point lead hold up to the end, and the Wildcats emerged for a 73-67 win in the biggest rally in John Calipari’s time coaching there. … Continue Reading

Box score breakdown: Syracuse 78, Duke 75

by - Published February 26, 2017 in Columns

The old adage about the NBA is you can catch all the action the final two minutes. It’s not necessarily true.

If you caught the last possession of Duke-Syracuse, there was a wealth of drama and excitement rolled into one incredible shot. But that was not the whole story. John Gillon’s buzzer-beating running three pointer at the top of the key gave Syracuse a 78-75 victory at the Carrier Dome. That snapped Duke’s (22-6) seven game conference win streak and kept Syracuse’s (17-12) NCAA hopes alive another day.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 23, 2017

by - Published February 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It seems like when Duke and Syracuse meet, an instant classic is likely on the way. Maybe conference realignment isn’t so bad after all. (Okay, I’m kidding on that one.)

The first time these two teams met in the regular season as ACC foes, Syracuse pulled out a memorable win in overtime that captured the attention of college basketball fans on a very busy Saturday. Later that season, Duke held off the Orange in Durham with Jim Boeheim flipping out.

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College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2017

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The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in the books, and after two rounds that could not be more different. Ted Sarandis leads the way as we break down the first two rounds, as well as coaching news that emerged over the weekend.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 18, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we look back on the first round games in the NCAA Tournament, starting with a couple of terrific performances on Friday night.

College Basketball Tonight – March 12, 2017

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We bring you College Basketball Tonight, a comprehensive look at the 2017 NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran broadcaster Ted Sarandis. The NCAA Tournament field is set, and we break down each region as well as some big picture subjects.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2017, Part 2

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2017, Part 1

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