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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 26, 2015

by - Published December 26, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Amidst all the heft in the Big 12, including perennial champion Kansas, it can be easy to lose track of Oklahoma. The Sooners don’t have a big name or personality for a coach, they’re thought of as a football school, and there are lots of other programs chasing Kansas in the Big 12 that are pretty good. If you haven’t been watching the Sooners to this point, though, you would do well to start paying attention.

Oklahoma has made two trips to Hawaii this season, and both times made the most of it. First, they convincingly beat Villanova in the Pearl Harbor Invitational, then they swept to the Diamond Head Classic title, completing the latter by riding a big second half to an 83-71 win over Harvard on Friday.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, December 25, 2015

by - Published December 25, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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First off, wishing a blessed and Merry Christmas to all.

The holidays once belonged to college basketball, and in particular tournament play.

Here’s hoping what has gone around comes back around again.

Like most sports, college basketball has traditionally played only sparsely on Christmas Day-the Diamond Head Classic currently finishes up on Dec. 25, and most notably in the past the Chaminade Christmas Classic tourney did the same in the 1980s. That’s perfectly acceptable-the holiday is special and holds great meaning for so many, and it goes without saying that, with limited exceptions, sports fans’ entertainment should not supersede that.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 24, 2015

by - Published December 24, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Oklahoma is finding a nice home away from home in Hawai’i. And Hawai’i should be quickly becoming a favorite of TV networks for furnishing exciting games at home on the island.

The Sooners improved to 3-0 this year playing in the nation’s 50th state with an 84-81 win over Hawai’i Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic. Oklahoma stayed undefeated with a true road win, defeating the Rainbow Warriors in a fantastic game that included huge runs by both teams, repeated comebacks by the host school, and a duel between a pair of the nation’s best guards in Buddy Hield and Roderick Bobbitt.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 23, 2015

by - Published December 23, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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With teams looking to squeeze in games before Christmas and the holidays, the full schedule of games on Tuesday had the feeling of a Saturday. And boy, did the day deliver.

Tuesday’s slate of 109 games involving NCAA Division I teams included 11 games decided in overtime-more than 10% of all games played. A whopping 27 games were decided by five points or less or in overtime. The Associated Press No. 1, 5 and 6 teams nearly lost, while No. 20 was blown out by a team already with six losses.

If your pleasure is single OT games, there were eight of them, from top-ranked Michigan State’s 99-93 escape from Oakland to Drexel and Penn’s 53-52 game (tied at 44 after regulation) eventually won by the Dragons. If you like two overtimes, there were two of those (Houston 94-89 over Wyoming and Marist edging Brown 84-83).

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 9, 2015

by - Published December 9, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Coming into this season, it was natural and perfectly fair to wonder just how SMU would be affected by the postseason ban this year that was part of NCAA sanctions against the program this summer.

Would the Mustangs suffer for motivation? Would they wallow in pity for themselves over their fate, which is and always will be a controversial one and, at the very least, is a real bummer for seniors and a team that was really set up for this year? Would their play fall off with coach Larry Brown suspended for nine games to start the season?

So far, the Mustangs are doing exactly what teams like them should: playing their tails off and making the entire regular season their postseason. In fact, early on it looks like this year’s SMU team is markedly better than even last year’s, which won the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles before losing to UCLA in controversial fashion in the NCAA Tournament.

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A game a day for the 2015-16 season: February

by - Published November 12, 2015 in Columns
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We conclude our look at our favorite games for every day of the season from November through February, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

To refresh: in some cases they’re the biggest matchup of the day, in others they may be what we think will be the best game to watch. Some days the picks are obvious, others they are no doubt up for debate, but we limited it to one pick and one special mention each day. We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: North Carolina at Louisville. Besides the obvious skill of these teams, it’s always a sweet pairing of the Tar Heels’ running and the Cardinals’ pressure defense. Honorable mention: SMU at Houston

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A game a day for the whole 2015-16 season: first up, November

by - Published November 9, 2015 in Columns
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If one could go to any one college basketball game or event they wanted, for every day of the season, without restrictions, without worries about travel…

…it would take professional sports team-level travel accommodations, probably a pro athletes’ disposable income, and a whole lot of sleep on airplanes. As well as an understanding spouse.

Which doesn’t mean one can’t dream. Going into the 2015-16 season, we wanted to highlight what we see as the best game of the day, for every day of the regular season. The games we would go to every day of the season, if we could.

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New challenge ahead for Harvard

by - Published October 6, 2015 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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Under Tommy Amaker, Harvard has had an unprecedented run of success in recent years. A program that had never been to the NCAA Tournament before Amaker’s arrival in Cambridge, Harvard is now looked at as a perennial favorite in the Ivy League. The past two NCAA Tournaments, they were a trendy upset pick, making good in 2014 with a win over Cincinnati (one that probably should be thought of as an upset in name only) before a tough loss to North Carolina last season. Before that, they beat New Mexico in 2013.

This time around, however, the Crimson will have a much bigger challenge to keep that run going.

The Ivy League has been on a big upswing in recent years, and Harvard has been no small part of that. Not only have they had the aforementioned success, but others have done their best to stay with them, much like others did with Penn and Princeton for years. The league has a lot of good teams now, as well as coaching stability at every school. Should Harvard falter, there are plenty of suitable candidates to carry the flag for the league.

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2014-15 Ivy League Post-Mortem

by - Published July 16, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The old phrase “What a difference a year makes” normally has positive connotations. For the Ivy League following the 2014-15 season, however, the opposite would be true. At a time when the league appeared to be in a big up cycle, the rise didn’t quite continue this season.

There was very good basketball in the Ivy League, to be sure. Harvard and Yale set the pace with good non-league showings, with the Bulldogs pulling out the league’s signature victory at UConn in December. The middle of the pack was pretty good – perhaps better than one might have expected given the adversity some teams faced. But there’s no two ways about it: the league went from five postseason teams in 2013-14 to just two this time around. And while postseason bids is a very imperfect way to measure a league, it’s certainly one way to do it.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Final Review: A solid tourney by historical standards

by - Published April 13, 2015 in Columns
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Collectively, the 2015 NCAA Tournament was a roller coaster. There was the high of the first few days before the tourney slipped into mediocrity in its middle rounds, only to rise back up again for a big finish at the end, worthy of all the history of such a splendid event.

It is the truth that three of the very best games of this year’s tourney came from the regional finals onward. Kentucky against Notre Dame, Wisconsin against Kentucky and Duke against Wisconsin were all competitive and terrific theater down to the wire. And also very high in the TV ratings, it might be noted, much as those who would prefer you to believe the sport is a steaming disaster would rather you not know that.

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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