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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

A game a day for the 2017-18 season: December

by - Published November 7, 2017 in Columns

Continuing a look at our favorite games for every day of the 2017-18 college basketball season. We started yesterday with November, and today we continue with December:

Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Duquesne. This city matchup will take on a little more urgency this year after the Dukes knocked off Pitt a year ago to end a 15-game losing streak in the series. Honorable mention: Purdue at Maryland in Big Ten games…on Dec. 1?

Dec. 2: Cincinnati at Xavier. On a day with several really appealing. if maybe less unsung matchups (Wichita State/Baylor; Colorado/Colorado State; Vermont/Bucknell; Princeton/Miami [Fla.]; USC/SMU), the headliner is still easily one of the very best rivalries in the sport going on three decades now. Honorable mention: Providence at Rhode Island … Continue Reading

Twenty teams to keep an eye on in 2017-18

by - Published November 2, 2017 in Columns

There are 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams. No more, and certainly no less.

That has always been the guiding principle for how we’ve followed college hoops, from a young age on. Regardless of school budget, or endowment, or how many pros it has generated, or how much TV money it receives from its conference.

Big or small, the fact of the matter is, as Lefty Driesell used to point out, every D-I school gets the same amount of scholarships. In a sport with such limited rosters and where only five players can be on the floor at the same time, good teams can come from anywhere. That’s been proven time and time again in the NCAA Tournament for decades. And in our quest for knowledge, that’s why we’ve always preferred to leave no stone unturned in trying to find good teams. … Continue Reading

2016-17 OVC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 5, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The beat continued to go on in 2016-17 for one of the model college basketball programs in the entire country.

A move to the Ohio Valley Conference has proven no problem for Belmont, which under Rick Byrd continues to win games and championships, graduate players, and largely avoid being plundered by the transferring epidemic that has stung many programs like it. The Bruins were outstanding again this past year, winning their fourth regular season title in five years of membership in the OVC, and doing so in dominant fashion with a 15-1 record in league play five games better than anyone else.

The Belmont resume is impressive, almost staggering. Between the OVC and their former home in the Atlantic Sun, the Bruins have won nine regular season titles over the last 12 years. That stretch has also included seven NCAA Tournament trips, as well as three more appearances in the NIT in that time which have resulted in three wins from seeds fifth or lower. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 4, 2017

by - Published March 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The last couple of nights have reminded us why March is the best month of the year. I have said it many times, and have been fortunate to cover many conference tournament thrillers, but it bears repeating because there are always reminders of it.

And we can be sure more are still to come. It’s early yet this Championship Week, after all.

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Scanning the Nation: Notes from 2015-16 opening weekend

by - Published November 14, 2016 in Columns

A lot happened on Friday night. Not so much on Saturday, and a little more on Sunday. The season is still very, very young, but here are some quick hit notes looking around the country on the first weekend of the college basketball:

  • We mused before the season about whether Saint Mary’s could get any better offensively after being so, so good there last year. It was only one game, but one player who certainly looks like he may have is Jock Landale, who scored 33 points in the Gaels’ convincing 81-63 win over Nevada. Landale is part of an underrated SMC frontcourt that has size and skill, if not heaping servings of athleticism, and if he, Evan Fitzner and Dane Pineau can find more consistency then the Gaels are just that much more dangerous. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 12, 2016

by - Published November 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish

And we’re off and running on the 2016-17 season. The first official game of the season, with a noon Eastern tip, was Middle Tennessee’s 102-64 win over Milligan. Everything followed from there, peaking with the early evening games on two fronts.

Opening night tends to be a good mix of lopsided matchups and really good ones. We saw plenty of both, and we’ll focus more on the dandies after noting some surprises and close calls.

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2015-16 OVC Post-Mortem

by - Published August 24, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

No longer just the stomping grounds for a few elite teams, the Ohio Valley Conference unveiled a deeper version of itself in the 2015-16 campaign.

Contrary to history, the OVC was more than just longtime flagbearer Murray State or recent challengers Belmont or Eastern Kentucky, as six teams finished within two games of the top record in the conference. Belmont led the pack, but just barely, with three teams just one game behind and two more two games back.

As if that wasn’t enough, it was the OVC’s No. 8 regular season team that won its conference tournament. Austin Peay won four games in the league tourney, knocking off Belmont and then West Division co-champion Tennessee-Martin on the way to snapping an eight-year NCAA Tournament drought. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 10, 2015

by - Published November 10, 2015 in The Morning Dish

With opening day now just three days away, we continue our quick glance look at all 32 NCAA Division I conferences with six more today.

The Big East will again be one of the best conferences top-to-bottom in the country and certainly the best secret among the biggies. That says more about viewers still adjusting to national sports network options than the league, which if one is watching they’ll see it still retains a good share of the charm from its golden days. Villanova is the favorite for another league title, but Georgetown and Butler are capable of wresting it away. Xavier will remain good, and watch out for Marquette with a talented freshman class, including McDonald’s All-American Henry Ellenson. Unfortunately for the league, it’s still quite conceivable that there once again are a lot of very good teams and no great ones, which would lead to questions after the NCAA Tournament once again.
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2014-15 OVC Post-Mortem

by - Published August 24, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes

Undeniably, the story of the Ohio Valley Conference in 2014-15 and for much of the past 30 years starts with the Murray State Racers. The story of OVC basketball at the moment, though, currently features equal parts of the Racers and the Belmont Bruins.

Murray State was one of the most-discussed teams in the country by the end of this season after a blazing run through the regular season. The Racers shook off a shaky start to win 25 straight games, gained a spot in the national rankings and were a hot topic for their at-large candidacy for the NCAA Tournament.

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