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2018 NCAA Tournament Final Review: Villanova, UMBC, Big 12 among big winners

by - Published April 4, 2018 in Columns

It’s unfortunate but also plenty fair to say that the 2018 NCAA Tournament finished up with a couple games that were relative lemons. That shouldn’t obscure the fact that as a whole, an event that delivers annually did exactly that again this year.

The tourney has a way of salving over college basketball’s wounds, and it did as much yet again, making us all forget for a couple weeks about FBI scandals and the endless debate about rules changes (not that some Ronnie Rainclouds didn’t try their darndest to keep pushing their agendas on the latter). It was an enjoyable tourney-if one that slumped to the finish a little-that will be remembered for, among other things: … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, April 3, 2018

by - Published April 3, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Villanova national championship teams in 1985 and 2016 were defined in part by significant Italian American characters. Should it have been any surprise when another came up huge to lead the Wildcats to a title 2018 too?

Villanova legends Rollie Massimino and Ryan Arcidiacono have now been joined by another whose name ending with an ‘o’ will go down in school history. Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo certainly wasn’t the best-known player on this year’s Wildcat team, but he was on a level of his own Monday night, and because of it Nova is national champions for the second time in three years after rolling past Michigan 79-62 to close out the 2018 NCAA Tournament. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 1, 2018

by - Published April 1, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed, Happy Easter to all.

Saturday brought us the Final Four for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and while the two national semifinal games revealed to us the contestants for the national championship game on Monday, it also made clear something else:

Bar none, Villanova is the best team in this 2017-18 college basketball season.

Of course, declaring such may well be the kiss of death for the Wildcats on Monday when they face Michigan in the NCAA tourney final. It’s certainly possible Villanova could lose the game, and it’s preposterous to suggest otherwise. But over the course of this season, and certainly through six of the seven rounds in the NCAA Tournament, there’s little doubt anymore that the Wildcats have been the cream of the crop of this season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, April 4, 2017

by - Published April 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

North Carolina was dominant at times in the 2016-17 season, maybe more so than any other team in the country. That was not the case in the NCAA Tournament, but it was still good enough for the Tar Heels to complete what they couldn’t the year before.

In a championship game that was ragged almost the whole way-though for differing reasons, especially depending on the half-Carolina outlasted Gonzaga 71-65 Monday night for its sixth national title in school history and the third under Roy Williams since his arrival in 2003-04. The Tar Heels finished what they started in the title game a year ago, when Villanova ended their season in the most heartbreaking fashion with a buzzer beater, and became the fourth school to win a national championship one year after losing in the final. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 2, 2017

by - Published April 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

North Carolina will get a chance to finish what it started last year. Gonzaga gets a shot at finishing what it started nearly 20 years ago.

You can also go with East vs. West, blueblood vs. new(er) power, behemoth public research institution vs. small Catholic school, or any other number of themes. There will be no shortage of storylines, but a matchup with two No. 1 seeds in the national championship game should provide us a thrilling conclusion to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, especially if Saturday’s Final Four semifinals are any indication. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, April 5, 2016

by - Published April 5, 2016 in The Morning Dish

A college basketball season like 2015-16 deserved better than the past few rounds of the NCAA Tournament had provided, and Monday night a thoroughly enjoyable year received a fitting sendoff with one of the great Final Four championship games in the sport’s history.

In the 78 wondrous years of the NCAA Tournament, Villanova’s 77-74 win over North Carolina-decided on a Kris Jenkins three-pointer at the buzzer-immediately goes down on the short list for the greatest finishes in a title game in tourney history. There is the Lorenzo Charles put-back dunk for North Carolina State in its shocker over Houston in 1983 and Keith Smart’s winner with four seconds left for Indiana in 1987 was every bit as clutch, for it came with the Hoosiers down a point to Syracuse. Loyola (Ill.)’s 1963 overtime win over Cincinnati on Vic Rouse’s tip-in at the buzzer also belongs right there. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 3, 2016

by - Published April 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish

In so many ways, the NCAA Tournament has consistently, without fail delivered one quality game after another for literally decades, and nowhere has that consistency been more able to be counted on than in the Final Four.

The record books don’t lie; you can go back for 40 years of this event, and it is rare to find even single national semifinal games that one would classify as uncompetitive, to say nothing of having two in the same years. All of which makes Saturday’s results more surprising, yet perhaps also indicative of the way this year’s tourney has gone.

Villanova and North Carolina are the last two teams standing in this season after winning by margins ranging from comfortable to mind-boggling. The Wildcats steamrolled Oklahoma 95-51 in the first semifinal before Carolina easily handled Syracuse 83-66 in the second. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation Notebook: On CFP ratings, injuries, South Carolina and more

by - Published January 14, 2016 in Columns

Some college basketball thoughts in mid-January, as we start to settle into the grind of conference play for the next 1 1/2 months:

It’s notable that there was little more than cursory note by the movers and shakers in college basketball of the fact that the rating for the Alabama/Clemson College Football Playoff title game was lower than that for last year’s Duke/Wisconsin college hoops NCAA national championship game. One would think this is something for the sport to celebrate, not at the expense of college football but as a sign that interest in the sport-or at the very least, its crown jewel event-is not nearly as far behind football as sometimes implied.

… Continue Reading

Here’s hoping Wisconsin’s legacy lives on in sport long past this year

by - Published April 7, 2015 in Columns

On Tuesday, the day after the 2015 NCAA Tournament’s final game, the skies in Wisconsin dawned gray and sad. It was the proverbially fitting backdrop to the mood of a state after so many of its natives watched their collegiate heroes fall just short the night before in a terrific end to this year’s NCAA tourney.

Few states have as defined of a flagship university as Wisconsin, and few get behind their state school better, as was evidenced by the mind-boggling amount of red in the crowd in Indianapolis Monday night. With a team that had unprecedented success the past two years but also was made up of so much homegrown talent, there was even more of a special attachment to this year’s Wisconsin team.

The Badgers lost to Duke 68-63, and Tuesday ought to be at least a touch sad of a day for college basketball though, too. The Wisconsin basketball team of the past couple years was one that should be treasured and remembered in the sport for a long time.
… Continue Reading

For Once, College Basketball is Wide Open

by - Published April 3, 2011 in Columns

Raise your hand if you figured either Connecticut or Butler would be playing for the national championship before the season began.

 

No hands? No one saw this coming?

 

It’s not that surprising, really. And it fits the way this season has gone and how many saw the season as it evolved, which is something college basketball fans should be happy about. That is especially true for those who are simply fans of the game.

… Continue Reading

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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 – 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.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we break d own the national semifinals, where one game went back and forth while the other was never really a ballgame thanks to an impressive performance for the ages by the winning team.

College Basketball Tonight – March 26, 2018

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With the Final Four all set, we look back on the regional finals and ahead to the final games of the season. We are joined along the way by veteran writer Ken Davis and Towson head coach Pat Skerry for their insights as well.

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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.

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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