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2016-17 Big 12 Post-Mortem

by - Published June 26, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Any other college basketball conference in the country would go gaga for what constituted as a down year for the Big 12 in 2016-17.

After two straight years as the top-ranked conference in the country in the RPI (some RPI data had it as three straight), the Big 12 slipped out of that spot-all the way down to second. Also, after three straight years with seven of its 10 teams in the NCAA Tournament, the league fell down-to six, sending merely 60% of its members to the Big Dance instead of 70%. And while the league’s incredible streak of 38 consecutive weeks of having at least five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 ended when just four were selected to the preseason poll, every single Big 12 team received votes in either the AP or coaches poll during the season, and six of them were ranked at some time.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 15, 2017

by - Published March 15, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Much the same as the NFL season opening on Thursday or Major League Baseball beginning on Sunday night, the NCAA Tournament beginning with play-in games on a Tuesday night-starting with two 16 seeds against each other-will never feel right.

That said, as long as the NCAA continues grabbing for dollars with its still-unnecessary First Four, as it’s called, then Tuesday night was a pretty good start for a tourney. Both games were very competitive, and one even came down to the end. Not bad for a testing of the waters in the 2017 tournament.
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The Morning Dish – Tueday, March 14, 2017

by - Published March 14, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Monday was the quietest day of basketball since literally December 26th, with only a single game on the schedule with the CollegeInsider.com Tournament tipping off (more below). As such, it was a day to breathe.

With a light day, as well as a relative lack of questions about this year’s bracket (though we’ll continue to point out the absurdity of Illinois State’s snub, Middle Tennessee State’s seed, Monmouth’s lack of even getting a look, and the committee’s general laziness in evaluating these type of teams), it allowed some time to let this year’s NCAA Tournament bracket marinate a bit. And here’s a thought: this year’s tourney has a lot of really good first round matchups.

We listed 10 of our favorites after a first glance at the bracket Sunday night, but there are certainly more than 10 good first round matchups this year. Having had a little more time to think about it, here are some more: … Continue Reading

Bracket impressions: Little changes with selection committee fixations

by - Published March 13, 2017 in Columns

As a whole, this year’s selections for the 2017 NCAA Tournament were not filled with a ton of surprises. It doesn’t mean that predictability was a good thing.

The revealing of the bracket for this year’s tourney wasn’t going to induce as much frustration as a year ago for a number of reasons. For one, the pool of at-large contenders on the cut line this season was truly poor. For another, it would’ve been hard for the committee to have done a worse job than it did last year.

Mostly, though, it’s because by now many have become conditioned to the committee’s shift in philosophy over the last four years. They’re getting used to the committee overemphasizing top level wins, ignoring losses when convenient, picking and choosing whichever metrics they find to support putting in the teams they want in, and regularly ignoring just about every other criteria (road wins, non-conference scheduling) that once used to be important parts of selection.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 5, 2017

by - Published February 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Big 12 displayed once again on Saturday how its depth from top to bottom the past few years has been peerless. Unfortunately, Saturday also showed how the league might be destined for yet another year of predominantly early exits from the NCAA Tournament.

On a Saturday where top 10 teams and favorites in general were getting knocked down left and right, the Big 12 was the biggest winner when it came to slaying giants. Three of its teams that appeared to be sitting on the NCAA Tournament fence now possessing big-time road wins with Kansas State stinging second-ranked Baylor 56-54, Iowa State winning at No. 3 Kansas 92-89 in overtime and Oklahoma State winning 82-75 at No. 7 West Virginia.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 11, 2017

by - Published January 11, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On Monday, Baylor began its first week in school history as a No. 1-ranked team in NCAA men’s basketball. Unfortunately for the Bears, if there’s going to be a second week at the top spot, they’re probably going to have to wait a while.

It just so worked out that the schedule set up Baylor with a road trip to West Virginia in its first game at No. 1. Considering that the Bears-deserving of the top spot as they were for their body of work this season-had barely gotten by Iowa State and Oklahoma State at home in their previous two games, the result Tuesday was almost predictable. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 4, 2017

by - Published January 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

One Big 12 team earned a signature win Tuesday night, the kind that may well be a golden ticket right into the NCAA Tournament in March. Another Big 12 team had a chance to do the exact same thing-and missed in excuciating fashion.

Texas Tech and Kansas State are two of a large number of major conference teams that were unknown quantities entering conference play, in large part because of (intentional or not) pillow-soft non-conference schedules. Tech took advantage of a prime opportunity on Tuesday, though, edging West Virginia 77-76 in overtime for easily its best win of the season.
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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 18, 2016

by - Published December 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish

It may have been only December 17th, but believe it or not, yesterday was the final full Saturday of the season before conference play begins for many Division I leagues.

The last Saturday of games before Christmas (Christmas Eve is typically a blank slate for college basketball) was marked by a number of neutral and semi-neutral court ‘classics.’ There was the CBS Sports Classic, the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, the Crossroads Classic and the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic. Lest one think ‘classic’ is a requirement for the title of such events, there also was the Lone Star Shootout and the State Farm Chicago Legends as well. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 26, 2016

by - Published November 26, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The novelty of each program wore off long ago, but Baylor and Butler remain remarkable stories in their own way. They reminded the college basketball world of that on Friday in distinctively different ways.

Both teams took home championships on Friday. The games were very different, but the end result was the main thing in common.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 3, 2016

by - Published November 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Welcome back to the Morning Dish for the 2016-17 season. Opening night is just eight days away, and as we get closer to the first counting games we continue Hoopville’s brief conference looks entering the season.

Few leagues were more balanced last year than the Atlantic Sun, where all eight teams were plenty capable of beating each other, evidenced by the conference’s cellar-sharing teams (Stetson and USC Upstate) winning a combined four times against the teams seeded first and second in the conference tourney. North Florida won the regular season crown a year ago but was blitzed in the league tourney semis by Florida Gulf Coast, and the Eagles are the prohibitive favorite entering this year. Marc-Eddy Norelia should be the most dominant player in the league and FGCU has enough size, experience and talent to make some noise out of conference, too.

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College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

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In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

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In our first off-season edition, we look back on the season that just ended, including redemption for one team and a big development for a conference that has had more questions than success on the hardwood. We also look at players coming and going, as well as big coaching news on a day where there was a lot of it.

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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