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Redbirds come up just short again at Arch Madness

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

Illinois State and its fans are getting all too familiar with having the same feeling at about 3 p.m. on a Sunday in early March, after the final game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

It’s the feeling of dejection after coming so close to an NCAA Tournament bid but not being able to cash in. Of being the second-best team in a 10-team tourney, good enough to get to the final stage at Arch Madness, but not quite able to take the final step to end a still-growing NCAA Tournament drought that now stands at 20 years and counting. The Redbirds keep on getting to the doorstep, but so far just can’t find the right key to get in the door. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 24, 2017

by - Published December 24, 2017 in The Morning Dish

New Mexico State has been a quality program for a long time. But this year is different.

It seemed like that when the Aggies swept their annual early-season home-and-homes with longtime rivals New Mexico and Texas-El Paso. It looked like a pretty good bet when they won what was essentially a road game against Illinois last weekend. And it can be said for certain now after NMSU has announced its arrival on the scene with a pair of exciting wins on national television in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, the latest a 63-54 victory over previously undefeated and sixth-ranked Miami (Fla.) Saturday night. … Continue Reading

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 – Wednesday, November 22, 2017

by - Published November 22, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We will not doubt Baylor again. We will not doubt Baylor again. We will not doubt Baylor again.

Write it on a blackboard 500 times, if that’s what it takes.

It’s become almost a yearly occurrence now that Scott Drew’s Baylor squads are underrated heading into a season. The Bears perennially are undersold. They don’t have blueblood status steeped in decades of tradition. They just may not ‘look’ like a top 20 team in a modern game that values guards upon guards and has little use for teams defined by a quirky defense. Maybe it’s just the bad highlighter uniforms.

Whatever the reason, it’s an error that needs to be corrected. Baylor has become a legitimate year-in, year-out top-20 program, something it showed again in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic the past two days. The Bears topped Wisconsin in a hotly contested semifinal on Monday, and last night they rallied from 12 points down to defeat Creighton 65-59 in the championship to improve to 5-0 this season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, November 17, 2017

by - Published November 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We may be barely a week into the college basketball season, but it’s not hard to make an argument that a number of teams and conferences just might be already entering the most important 7-10 days in their regular seasons.

It’s completely counter intuitive, and it probably shouldn’t be the case for a number of reasons. And no one will argue that conference play and conference tournaments are the heart of any team’s schedule if you were to ask any coach. For schools like Illinois State and Hofstra and leagues like the Missouri Valley and Colonial Athletic Association, though-to name just a couple of many-this has become a critical time of the year, as it is far and away the best time to earn wins over bigger-name (read: football-dominated) schools, the kind that help build power ratings and might get the attention of a certain tournament selection committee in March. … 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.

… Continue Reading

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

2016-17 MVC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 27, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The 2015-16 season was the end of a storied run in the Missouri Valley Conference. The same could be said of 2016-17, too.

One year after Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet concluded outstanding college careers at Wichita State, the Shockers also wrapped up their time in the MVC. Members of the conference since 1949, Wichita State announced in April what had been rumored for months, that it was on its way to the American Athletic Conference this summer, meaning this past season was the final one in the school’s 68-year tenure in the Valley. … Continue Reading

MVC’s best options to replace Shockers just might be already in league

by - Published April 10, 2017 in Columns

With Wichita State’s exit to the American Athletic Conference now official-finally, at long last, after repeated stoking by national media desperate for a scoop in a story where the end result was known for months-the Missouri Valley Conference faces the next step in its 111-year evolution as a conference.

Valley officials and presidents are going to face an endless stream of suggestions over the coming weeks and months, and while we wouldn’t pretend to be qualified to tell people in those places what to do-especially a commissioner as experienced and accomplished as Doug Elgin-here is one thing we do hope they can do:

Tune. It. Out.
… Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 21, 2017

by - Published March 21, 2017 in The Morning Dish

You can collect the votes right now, and probably don’t even need to count them, the choice is so obvious. In a stunning upset, the winner for the breakout performance by a conference (non-NCAA Tournament edition) goes to…the Western Athletic Conference?

You bet.

The good ol’ WAC, 55 years old and thought to be on its last breaths at various times in recent years, has been the story of the tourneys outside the NCAA’s biggie, pulling off one surprising win after another. It continued Monday night in the NIT, where Cal State Bakersfield continued its run as an 8 seed by blowing out Colorado State 81-63 on the road to move to the quarterfinals. … Continue Reading

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