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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

by - Published November 22, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Thanksgiving is approaching, which means it’s tournament time, and from that, we gain an early sense of many teams.

But before we get to teams coming out of the tournaments that have been played thus far, we look at the clear top story of the moment: Michael Porter Jr. likely being done for the season due to spinal surgery. The star freshman played just two minutes before suffering a back injury that will require him to have a microdisectomy, and with that comes a 3-4 month recovery time frame. That means he could conceivably be back in time for the SEC and/or NCAA Tournament, but let’s stop right there.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 21, 2017

by - Published November 21, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With the ancient Great Alaska Shootout at its end with its 40th and final edition later this week, the Maui Invitational soon will move to a role in college basketball as not just the sport’s best in-season tournament, but also its oldest among eight-team tourneys.

Only Texas-El Paso’s four-team Sun Bowl Invitational-coming up on its 56th year in December-has been around longer than the grand events in Alaska and Maui, long two of the highlights of the early college basketball season. In the 35th year of its run, Maui has become one of the sport’s most venerable events, and thank heaven for it. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 15, 2017

by - Published November 15, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Champions Classic was a great idea when it first came out, an event in the first few days of the season that would lend a good deal of buzz to a sport that tends to lack it at this point. We would get two great matchups at a neutral site with elite programs, and for a while it was part of the 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon.

This year, it was probably a good thing that the doubleheader stood alone. We got two games worthy of the event in every respect.

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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 – Monday, November 13, 2017

by - Published November 13, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Sunday’s action didn’t have any major shockers, but there were several close calls. While Arizona pulled away from UMBC, Navy never really challenged Miami and Purdue ran away from Chicago State, a few others weren’t able to rest so easily early on.

And in a couple of cases, there’s reason to wonder if it is indicative of something larger that we may see play out in due time.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 11, 2017

by - Published November 11, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The 2017-18 season is here at last. It has been long-awaited, and opening night always has an interesting mix of games that should be (and end up being) blowouts as well as good, tough matchups. And as usual, we had some blowouts and some surprises, along with some dandies.

With all of that out of the way, the best thing to do is just roll right through the most notable games on the evening.

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

by - Published November 8, 2017 in Columns

We roll on with a look at our favorite games for every day of the season, 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 for any reason, whether it be competitiveness, rivalry, atmosphere, etc. We started on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, and today we move into January:

Jan. 1: West Virginia at Kansas State. Most every conference surrenders Jan. 1 to college football this year save for the SWAC and a couple Big 12 games. Bob Huggins heads back to his previous stop, where the Wildcats have a prime opportunity for one of those name wins that got them into the NCAA Tournament last year. Honorable mention: Southern at Texas Southern

Jan. 2: Michigan at Iowa. If the Hawkeyes are an NCAA Tournament team, Fran McCaffery’s history says they’ll probably get off to a smoking hot start to the season through about 20 games. They also almost certainly have to win games like this at home. Honorable mention: Vermont at Harvard … 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

2017-18 CBB Preview Questions: The one giant, unquantifiable variable

by - Published November 6, 2017 in Columns

Of the many questions one can conjure up entering a season (Who’s the national title favorite? Why is Team XYZ only a 7 seed and not a 6 in someone’s preseason bracketology? How much more hideous can court designs get?), all of them take on a trivial quality this year, even more than they ever might have in the past.

Lurking high over any and all unknowns this coming college basketball season, and probably future ones too, is this: just how many teams are going to be affected by the FBI’s investigation into the sport, and how badly will those teams feel pain-if they do at all? … Continue Reading

2016-17 SEC Post-Mortem

by - Published August 7, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The SEC has been labeled a “football conference” for obvious reasons in recent years, and that has not been entirely a compliment to their success on the gridiron. In part, that has been a knock on basketball. Aside from Kentucky and usually Florida, what the conference has on the hardwood has been in some question in recent years. The basketball product has not been very good, especially compared to other high-major conferences. But if the NCAA Tournament and the postseason are any indication, the conference could be starting to turn the corner.

First, the SEC had a great postseason run. They played three teams in the Elite Eight – the only conference to do that – though only one went further. That one team was not Kentucky or Florida, but rather, South Carolina, a program that had never been that far and had little NCAA Tournament success to speak of in its entire history. Frank Martin, however, had other ideas from the outset when he took this job, and the magical run his team went on is the culmination of what he has done to this point.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 8, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a bizarre finish to an early-season tournament game, the Pac-12’s early struggles, Florida teams going in different directions and two northeast teams trending less relevant even as they excite fans at a famous arena.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

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In our pre-Thanksgiving podcast, we look at a key injury that is likely to be devastating for his team and an under-the-radar 4-0 week, then move on to some early SEC impressions and a couple of teams that just continue to win.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

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The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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