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The Morning Dish – Friday, February 16, 2018

by - Published February 16, 2018 in The Morning Dish

What a night Thursday was for college basketball. Or maybe it was just more of the same for this season.

For those who couldn’t resist all the curling and skiing at the Winter Olympics and watched hoops, it was yet another evening of highly ranked teams going down and streaks getting busted, something that has become the norm this year. The TV window of games that started at 7 p.m. Eastern time alone was enough to wear out the remote control as they came to an end. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 11, 2018

by - Published February 11, 2018 in The Morning Dish

In a season of parity-which exists in college basketball, no matter how much some create microscopic definitions so they can refuse to acknowledge it-Saturday was just another day, loaded with happenings and surprises.

The No. 1-ranked team did not lose (Villanova finally got past its recent Butler bugaboo for an 86-75 win), but No. 2 and No. 3 did. Third-ranked Purdue’s 68-65 loss at No. 4 Michigan State was nothing to be embarrassed of, even as it was the Boilermakers’ second loss of the week. One would’ve expected No. 2 Virginia to handle its business, though, the Cavaliers at home against rival Virginia Tech with a No. 1 ranking awaiting them with a win. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, February 9, 2018

by - Published February 9, 2018 in The Morning Dish

One could debate who was the more desperate team going into the latest incarnation of the Duke/North Carolina rivalry, which resumed Thursday night, lest any college basketball fan not have been reminded one of about 10,000 times this week.

On one hand, the Blue Devils came in off a very disappointing loss at Big East cellar-dweller St. John’s in their last game, had lost two of their previous three and are increasingly in danger of slipping down the ACC standings. On the other hand, the defending national champion Tar Heels already had seven losses entering the game, and with a loss would’ve fallen to NINTH in the ACC, credentials that make UNC look less like a national title contender and more resembling an 8 or 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 7, 2018

by - Published February 7, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. As the great rivalry matchups hit, we have plenty to look back on both early in this week and over the weekend that was, and then we look ahead as well.

First, we talk about Tennessee and Kentucky after the Volunteers edged the Wildcats 61-59 for their first season sweep in 19 years. It’s a reminder that Rick Barnes is a pretty good coach, as the Volunteers don’t have the individual talent of Kentucky although they have more experience and don’t lack talent. Tennessee is all alone in second place in the SEC, while Kentucky is further back and has a tough schedule remaining before the SEC Tournament. This Kentucky team has some resemblance to the team of 2013-14 that was very inconsistent in the regular season before making a run to the national title game, but the comparison doesn’t seem likely to extend that far.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook Jan. 19 – On transfers, polls, analysts, Oklahoma, Temple and more

by - Published January 19, 2018 in Columns

Notes, numbers, and a bunch of grumblings about college basketball in the middle of January, as we touch on some of the hot topics of late, plus players like Trae Young and Nate Grimes and teams like West Virginia, Temple and Pacific…

The transfer debate has flared up yet again, with various reports (such as this) that immediate eligibility for college football and basketball transfers is imminent in some form. While it’s a topic with reasonable positions on both sides, as usual way too much of the discussion is pointless because it’s flooded with false assumptions or flat-out incorrect information.

By far the most frustrating fable oft floated is the idea that coaches “always” leave their teams for better jobs, and therefore athletes deserve the right to do the same. As much as the coaching profession is an easy target due to its salaries and hasn’t cloaked itself in glory of late either (see: FBI), it’s a ridiculous charge with simply no shred of truth (that we’ve discussed before) and for us is pretty much a non-starter for any discussion of this. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 20, 2017

by - Published December 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Can one player really make this much difference?

A year ago, Oklahoma was losing 20 games, with the Sooners’ 11-20 record best known for a number of close losses (nine by six points or less) that might’ve indicated a very good team was lying underneath the surface, if not for how regularly OU was losing those close games.

As Bill Parcells famously said, “you are what your record says you are,” and Oklahoma’s record said it was a team that had a long leap to make to NIT contention, much less the NCAA Tournament or a chase for another Final Four trip after it reached that level in 2016.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 17, 2017

by - Published December 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It was time for a wild college basketball Saturday, and we sure got one yesterday.

A busy and varied schedule was filled with surprises, upsets that maybe weren’t really that big of upsets, as well as near-upsets. There was something for just about everyone, and it had all the feeling of one of those Saturdays in the midst of conference schedules where also rans rise up to topple powers, but at least a month earlier than we usually get them.

Seventeen teams in the Associated Press Top 25 played on Saturday. Five were knocked off. Three more escaped by a hair, two of them after falling into huge holes at home. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 14, 2017

by - Published November 14, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The landscape of conference challenge events, once so ably started by the ACC and Big East nearly 30 years ago, has become saturated in recent years, greatly watered down by mega-sized conferences, little common geography, bad matchups, and sometimes all three together.

While all have their strong points, most challenges now are nothing more than scheduling collusion, or excuses for TV networks to hype up their preferred conferences, which is understood to a point, but not always good for the sport as a whole. Not when fans are sold a bill of goods that a game between Clemson and Penn State is something they should by psyched about, when most so obviously aren’t. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation: Notes from the opening weekend

by - Published November 13, 2017 in Columns

The first three days of the college basketball season have been largely uneventful, not surprising when schedules are littered with endless guarantee games and schools seemingly have little interest in even playing at all so early in November. Here are some quick-hit notes looking around the country after the first weekend of regular season hoops:

  • Kentucky has individual talent, as always, but it’s going to take time for the Wildcats to look more like a cohesive collegiate team and less like an AAU all-star team cobbled together, as was evidenced in escapes against Utah Valley and Vermont. Clearly there is a lot of definition of roles to take place, as well as understanding of how hard players need to play regularly at the college level on the defensive end. One thing that looked clear to us: Hamidou Diallo is the player most suited to take on a Malik Monk-type role of sniper.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 12, 2017

by - Published November 12, 2017 in The Morning Dish

If Friday’s open of the college basketball season was a celebration (even if a somewhat unsatisfying one, with its smorgasbord of lousy guarantee games and non-Division I opponents), then Saturday must’ve been the hangover.

At the least, the second day of the season was once again a reality check. A reminder of not only how poorly college hoops starts its year, but also how a current attempt to address it gets it all wrong.

As was mentioned this past spring and summer, there’s a movement in college basketball looking seriously at starting the season even earlier than it already does. As if opening barely 10 days after Halloween isn’t already early enough. … Continue Reading

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we start with floor issues in the Big East and an important NCAA ruling that was upheld. Then we go on to the Big 12, where Wednesday night had a new twist, as well as the ACC and how it shapes up along with no team going undefeated in conference play this year.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 7, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a big sweep in the SEC, look back on the wild Saturday, then talk about a Big Ten showdown and some undefeated teams in conference play.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 31, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a lot of what has happened in the ACC and SEC, including the Big 12/SEC Challenge, whether or not Kentucky is turning a corner, as well as the story at Michigan State.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a wild night in the Big Ten, adversity and a quiet leader in the ACC, what to make of Kentucky and look ahead to the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 18, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about big road wins for a few teams, including a couple of bluebloods that looked destined for losses, as well as an unsettled Big Ten beyond one team, an SEC where you shouldn’t pay attention to bracketologists, and the problems with a proposed earlier start to the college basketball season.

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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.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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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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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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