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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 9, 2016

by - Published February 9, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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With all of the basketball history at Villanova, it’s hard to believe the Wildcats had never been the No. 1-ranked team in the country in the 67-year history of the Associated Press poll until yesterday.

It’s not necessarily surprising the program hadn’t quite reached the top yet in the highly successful Jay Wright era, if only because it’s fresh in the memory how those years have been included repeated NCAA trips with moderate success, save for a Final Four in 2009 and an Elite Eight in 2006. The program’s history goes back far, though, even well before the famous Rollie Massimino in the 1980s. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 3, 2016

by - Published February 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Tuesday afternoon on the tube, ESPN Classic featured a terrific game from 1987 between Indiana and Michigan. An All-American guard who eventually became a fairly prominent college coach named Steve Alford won the game with a coast-to-coast dash after a missed Wolverines free throw, giving the Hoosiers an 85-84 win in a season that ended with IU’s last national championship.

The game was an enjoyable trip back in time, before conference (over)expansion, diminished rivalries (the first often causing the second) and shoe companies issuing teams different (and usually uglier) uniforms for seemingly every game. It reminded us how these two used to be fierce rivals, and the games between Bob Knight and Bill Frieder’s teams at that time were always must-watch. (Though in fairness, almost everyone in the Big Ten targeted the Hoosiers in those days)
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A Conversation with Ted Sarandis – January 29, 2016

by - Published January 30, 2016 in Columns
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As we near the end of January, we’re pleased to present what we plan on being a new feature here on Hoopville: podcasts. We start with this one featuring long-time college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis.

In this first installment, we touch on how no one is unbeatable this season, how a few traditional powers have not been dominant this season, a strong Pac-12 and an important set of games on Saturday. Finally, we touch on a couple of items outside of the current games themselves, dealing with a facilities issue and a scheduling matter. Ted also gives his pick for the big mid-season awards.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 19, 2016

by - Published January 19, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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On Monday, Oklahoma ascended to the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in 26 years. The Sooners’ stay there will almost certainly be a short one.

The greatest season for the Sooners since Billy Tubbs was coach-or at least the greatest regular season since then (we won’t forget the 2002 Final Four appearance under Kelvin Sampson) hit a temporary speed bump Monday night with an 82-77 loss at Iowa State in another terrific Big 12 Big Monday game on ESPN.

The result was hardly a surprise. Road play in the Big 12 should explain it sufficiently, but add in the Hilton Coliseum factor, plus a Cyclones team that needed this one badly, and Oklahoma frankly has nothing to apologize for here.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 7, 2016

by - Published January 7, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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One of what may be the games of the year in the Missouri Valley took place last night. And now, with one its back pocket, Wichita State gets ready for what could well be another one.

The Shockers held on to defeat upstart Evansville 67-64 at Koch Arena on Wednesday, improving to 3-0 in Valley play and dealing the Purple Aces their first conference loss and just their third loss of the season. The Shockers got their customary terrific game from Fred VanVleet (16 points, nine assists) but needed more, especially on a night when Ron Baker scored just nine points on 3-for-10 shooting and no other starter scored more than eight points.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 29, 2015

by - Published December 29, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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We’re reaching the time of the college basketball season where we’re about to start seeing teams undergo a serious in-season transformation.

Teams never remain static-that’s the nature of sports, why teams practice, and also the result of injuries and differences in opposition. Adding to that this time of year is that, in many cases, teams are past stressful final exams and/or have had some time to recharge around the holidays. Non-conference play is wrapping up and a truly new season is just around the corner with conference play lurking.

For those who surprised out of conference, there is no guarantee success will carry over when playing more familiar opponents. At the same time, inevitably we’ll see the emergence of some teams that had a tough time in November and December but step it up several notches in league play.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 20, 2015

by - Published December 20, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Come mid-March, December 19th may hold a special meaning to more than a few college basketball teams selected to the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday furnished us one of the best slates of games we’ll see all season. If there was a theme through the day, it was of teams earning signature wins, ones that could either make the difference in teams qualifying for the Big Dance or not or, in conjunction with other big wins, could pump up their seed a line or two. Among those huge games:

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 15, 2015

by - Published December 15, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Gonzaga has been unstoppable at the top of the West Coast Conference for many years now, but it’s becoming increasingly evident that in its own way that adjective also can apply to Saint Mary’s and its place in the conference.

Names change, players come and go, obstacles arise in the form of NCAA probation, and yet the Gaels remain on their perch as the Bulldogs’ perennial challenger, as well as one of the best programs in the West. We’re seeing it again this year, as Randy Bennett’s team has reloaded after losing five starters and has been one of the more pleasant surprises in the nation early on.

Saint Mary’s continued its good start with a 93-63 win over Cal Poly Monday night. The Gaels shot 60.3% from the floor and drained a school-record 19 three-pointers. Calvin Hermanson nailed five and scored a career-best 23 points. Point guard Emmett Naar hit four triples and loaded the stat sheet with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Stefan Gonzalez made five off the bench for 15 points.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 3, 2015

by - Published December 3, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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This year’s Duke team is not a perfect team. Then again, neither was last year’s.

The Blue Devils taught us once again last year that you don’t have to be flawless or even the strongest team on paper to win a national title. This year’s team is carrying a similar vibe early on as a talented-but-still-growing young squad.

It sure must feel good to be in Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s shoes right now, though, and have a team so good even as it figures things out. Duke showed it is jelling quite nicely as it easily handled Indiana last night 94-74 led by a mix of the old and the new.
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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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Saturday Notes – February 6, 2016

February 7, 2016 by

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It was a full day of action, one that included two top teams going down in a rarity. Also, a number of other teams suffered a loss that could be a critical blow to their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes.

Saturday Notes – January 30, 2016

January 31, 2016 by

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In the midst of conference season, a non-conference set of games took center stage. They were far from alone in the important games of the day, though, and we take a look at notes from many of those games.

Saturday Notes – January 23, 2016

January 24, 2016 by

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A number of games were pushed to another day by a storm on the east coast, but we had plenty of noteworthy games all the same on Saturday.

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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

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The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.

2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

June 30, 2015 by

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We look back at more from the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, where some of the championship games were worth the price of admission.

A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

June 23, 2015 by

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The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of good championship games on Sunday to close it out, and we start our look back with a look at those games.

Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

June 4, 2015 by

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Two big programs, Mass Elite and the Boston Warriors, got together once again on a college showcase for many of their high school players. We look at some who stood out on the evening.

2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

June 3, 2015 by

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Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed listening to COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT, a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, joined by former St. John's and George Washington head coach Mike Jarvis, former Fairfield head coach Terry O'Connor and many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

Here are links to the shows:

March 15, 2015 - First hour | Second hour

March 22, 2015 - First hour | Second hour

March 29, 2015 - First hour | Second hour

April 5, 2015 - First hour | Second hour | Third hour