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The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 5, 2018

by - Published April 5, 2018 in The Morning Dish

For Villanova and Jay Wright, things were not always this good. There were some challenging times in the early going and even a little past then, times that would make it seem shocking that the Wildcats are now very much one of the elite programs in the country. They didn’t always look like a blueblood, a team that could just reload every year.

But here they are. It’s been quite a journey, one with some highlights and lowlights along the way. It’s one that has also seen Jay Wright go from a coach known mostly for his suits to a future Hall of Famer, and the program become one we can all appreciate.

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2018 USBWA Awards: One man’s vote

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

The last of three postseason award ballots to send off was my USBWA ballot. As a USBWA member for over a dozen years, one of the responsibilities is the vote for the postseason awards the organization gives out. As noted with the CAA and ACC awards, it is always an interesting but challenging exercise, and the responsibility inherent in it should not be taken for granted.

We vote for ten top players from our district, ten All-Americans, district Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, national Player of the Year (Oscar Robertson Trophy) and Coach of the Year (Henry Iba Award) as well as a national Freshman of the Year (Wayman Tisdale Award). For each of the national individual awards, we vote for up to three players or coaches (I voted for three in each case).

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2018 ACC postseason awards: One man’s vote

by - Published March 4, 2018 in Columns

The ACC will announce their postseason honors on Sunday afternoon, less than a day after the regular season ends and a week before Selection Sunday. The awards are selected by a panel of voters that includes the conference’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media.

For the second year in a row, I am among those voters, and am disclosing how I voted as a way of looking at the conference over the course of the year. (I have voted for the conference’s weekly honors for a little longer.) There are some interesting things that emerged as I went through what was a challenging exercise:

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Further improvement for Boston College comes down to their mindset

by - Published November 6, 2017 in Columns

If Boston College is to take a big step forward this season, a big contributor to that may not be one individual, or even group of individuals. Instead, their mindset may be the difference between this year being more of the same or a big jump in the win column, especially in ACC play.

Talk to head coach Jim Christian, and things related to the players’ mindset will come up a lot. Whether it’s taking ownership of what to do on defense, or players finding ways to lead, so much of what the fourth-year head coach talks about with his team revolves around their mindset.

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2017 USBWA Awards: One Man’s Vote

by - Published March 8, 2017 in Columns

Closing out a trifecta of postseason awards I have a vote in this year is the USBWA postseason honors. I have been a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for over a dozen years, and every member has a vote for these postseason awards. Members also vote for the women’s postseason honors if they choose, but as I do not follow the women’s game nearly enough to make an educated vote, I have consistently abstained from doing so as it would not make sense.

This year’s USBWA vote involved 10 All-District selections, a district Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, along with 10 All-Americans and three national postseason awards. The first is the Oscar Robertson Trophy for national Player of the Year, the second is the Wayman Tisdale for national Freshman of the Year and the last is the Henry Iba Award for national Coach of the Year. This year, for the national awards, writers were to rank up to three candidates.

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2017 ACC Postseason Awards: One Man’s Vote

by - Published March 5, 2017 in Columns

On Sunday afternoon, the ACC will announce its postseason award winners, a very quick turnaround from the end of the regular season. The ACC hands out several postseason awards and also names five teams of players – three All-ACC teams, an All-Freshman and an All-Defensive team.

The awards are voted on by the conference’s head coaches, SIDs, 30 members of the media and one member from each school’s radio network. The conference will make the names and affiliations of the media members public, but not their ballots. However, as I have done with my CAA award voting and USBWA awards (coming soon, as ballots are due at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 5), I share my votes as I find it a useful exercise.

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Eagles show progress amidst expected growing pains

by - Published December 30, 2016 in Columns

If Jim Christian and his staff could bottle up a good portion of the second half against Providence for the rest of the season, they would surely do it. It’s been a while since Boston College played like they did when they took over the game.

“Offensively, in the second half, minus the last four minutes of press-break, was about as well as we could play at both ends of the floor,” said Christian after the Eagles’ 79-67 win over Providence. “The ball moved, the right guys had the ball and made shots, we moved the ball, guarded, took advantage of transition situations.”

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The turnaround begins now for Boston College

by - Published October 12, 2016 in Columns

Jim Christian has an excitement about what’s in front of him that he hasn’t had his first two seasons at Boston College. It comes at about the time he thought it might happen.

Now that might surprise you if you know where his team was last season. He has his reasons, though, and they’re understandable.

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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.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

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