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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 16, 2017

by - Published March 16, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The postseason is just a couple days old, and already it’s been one wild ride for the Pac-12.

For a time, that ride felt like about 24 straight hours on a rodeo bronc, with lots of bucking and bumps and spinning out of control after Tuesday and most of Wednesday. Life finally settled down for the league late Wednesday night, though, when USC pulled of the type of comeback that seems to be a mark of the NCAA Tournament First Four, storming back from 17 down in the second half to defeat Providence 75-71 and advance into the main draw.

In a bizarre game that recalled BYU’s coming back from 25 points down to defeat Iona in a First Four contest five years ago, the Trojans controlled the first few minutes, then saw the Friars dominate the rest of the first half and take a 46-29 lead early in the second half. Then, the teams changed roles again, with USC taking the lead with more than 6 1/2 minutes left and never slowing down, as Bennie Boatwright scored a career-best 24 and Southern California advanced to a rematch with an SMU team it already defeated earlier this season. … Continue Reading

NCAA selection committee must learn from Vanderbilt mistake

by - Published March 16, 2016 in Columns

The last we saw of Vanderbilt this season is bound to leave a sour taste in the mouths of not just its fans, but virtually everyone who follows college basketball and expected so much of the Commodores this year.

Just the same, it should also leave NCAA Tournament selection committee members with a serious case of bitter beer face, too.

Vanderbilt’s 70-50 loss to Wichita State in a play-in game in Dayton (the “First Four”, you’ll be reminded) was not quite as ugly as the final score indicated, but it was close. The Commodores never led in the second half, fell behind by 11 points but crawled back within two, only to finish the game on the wrong end of a 20-2 run over the final 7 1/2 minutes. The meltdown was punctuated with three minutes left when coach Kevin Stallings picked up a technical foul, and Vandy finished the season with a 19-14 record well below expectations when the season began.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 16, 2016

by - Published March 16, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The NCAA Tournament’s First Four started the tourney Tuesday with a whimper, and it ended the night with a whimper as well.

In nearly 30 years of following this event, it’s hard to remember many first games of the NCAA tourney that have been as one-sided as this year’s. In a battle of 16 seeds, Florida Gulf Coast jumped on Fairleigh Dickinson from the start and hammered the young Knights 96-65, seeming to pick up on the vibes from its last NCAAs appearance in 2013 when it advanced to the Sweet 16 as a 15 seed.

The Eagles dominated in about every way imaginable, but especially inside. FGCU shot 59.6%, scored 44 points in the paint and outrebounded senior-less FDU 52-33. It was a clinical domination by a team that is playing its best right now and will have the size and athleticism to at least make North Carolina sweat a little in its next game if the Tar Heels aren’t on their game. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 19, 2015

by - Published March 19, 2015 in The Morning Dish

Calm in the face of daunting situations. Both Robert Morris and Dayton had it Wednesday night, and as a result, both are moving on in the NCAA Tournament.

Meanwhile, Boise State was unable to come up with another spirited road win. One more gutsy road win than the Broncos ever should’ve had to earn.

Much like Hampton and Mississippi on the first day of the NCAA Tournament, the two teams advancing from Wednesday night’s First Four games did not panic in tough spots. Both Robert Morris and Dayton rallied from deficits late, with the Colonials getting by North Florida 81-77 and the Flyers nipping Boise State 56-55.
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Crisis? Tuesday’s First Four showed college hoops is far from it

by - Published March 18, 2015 in Columns

“Oh, wowsie wowsie woo woo. Miserable day, isn’t it?”

The words of the old Flintstones cartoon character Bad Luck Schleprock often seem to sum up the state of college basketball, according to the narrative we’ve heard so many times this year. Not that many today remember him (unfortunately, Flintstones reruns on TBS went away long ago), but Schleprock was literally followed by a rain cloud most places where he went. According to what we have regularly heard this year, you might suspect Schlep is courtside at nearly every single Division I game this season.

Earlier this week there was yet another story about the “epidemic” the sport is facing. It focused on attendance (which is down for college football now as well, it should be noted) but again continued the theme at the sport is in grave danger of falling off the map. Tuesday night, though, we were treated to a pair of NCAA Tournament games that were far more representative of the actual state of the sport than the gloomy picture we have been painted too many times now.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 18, 2015

by - Published March 18, 2015 in The Morning Dish

The NCAA Tournament opened last night with its First Four games. For entertainment value, the night could not have gone much better.

The opening game of the tournament saw quite a surprise, as Hampton defeated Manhattan 74-64. Already that was a solid start, but it was just a warm-up for the second game, where Mississippi rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat BYU 94-90 in a wild and fun contest all the way. As far as first nights go, this one was an enjoyable one.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 17, 2015

by - Published March 17, 2015 in The Morning Dish

Years later, starting the NCAA Tournament on a Tuesday still just doesn’t feel right.

Officially, the NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday night with a pair of games, part of the “First Four” as it is known. Manhattan and Hampton square off first in a tussle between two 16 seeds, followed by Mississippi and BYU in a tilt of 11 seeds. Unofficially, these are still the games that a lot of brackets are going to let you slide on picking, in order to have a little more time to get your picks ready for your office pool or friendly competition with friends.

Tuesday around dinner time will never come close to generating the excitement that there was (and still is for many of us) for Thursday at about 11 a.m. Central time, when we knew the first games were just minutes from tipping. Brewing upsets early in the day always set a perfect tone for the tournament that a pair of 16 seeds going at it never will match.
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