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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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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

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2017

by - Published February 22, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Next week, we’ll be talking about conference tournaments as the first of those get going, so we know the regular season is winding down.

We start by looking at the race for National Player of the Year, where a few players appear to have distinguished themselves but no one player has separated from the pack. Three players lead the way, and one comes to mind for a possible fourth.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 20, 2016

by - Published December 20, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Tuesday marks the 39th day of the college basketball season. Incredibly, almost every NCAA Division I team has either played one-third of its regular season schedule, or is coming up on the mark in the next few days.

“It’s early” still applies, but not as much as it did a few weeks ago. With teams compiling 10-, 11-, 12-game samples, preliminary lists of NCAA Tournament at-large contenders can reasonably start to form. It’s a large pool-a very large one-and of varying depth now and of which will be determined as the season goes on. it’s late enough now, though, where we can at least start identifying teams that have realistic hopes of at-large qualification, depending on their performance in the next 2 1/2 months.

SMU and Stanford are two such teams, two of many that have at least some kind of at-large hopes. How strong? We’ll find out over the next few months, but while their game was just one of 30-plus that each team will play this year, it unquestionably left a positive impression for one team and the opposite for the other, the type of result that could be the difference if these two are competing for a spot in March. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 14, 2016

by - Published December 14, 2016 in The Morning Dish

There’s really no other way to put it: Villanova is a machine right now.

The Wildcats just keep on setting them up and knocking them down, navigating a sticky non-conference schedule loaded with traps and doing so in clinical fashion. Villanova’s latest achievement came Tuesday night, when it shut down Obi Enechionyia on the way to defeating Temple 78-57 to clinch the Philadelphia Big 5 title for the fourth straight year.

Enechionyia has been one of the hottest shooters anywhere much of the early season for the Owls, entering this game averaging 18.6 points and hitting nearly 50% from three-point range. Against Villanova, he had nearly as many turnovers (six) as points (eight) and never got to the free-throw line, either, essentially rendered a non-factor.
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The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 13, 2016

by - Published November 13, 2016 in The Morning Dish

If anyone briefly was distracted by the shiny object on college basketball’s opening night that was two excellent, national-television games involving top 20 teams in Hawaii, Saturday returned them to reality and gave us a prime exhibit of just why Division I college basketball starts its season about two weeks two early.

When measuring games by the quality of both opponents, the two best games of Saturday were Southern at Ohio University and Texas Southern at Texas-Arlington. No, that is not a misprint, nor is it an exaggeration-go ahead, look at Saturday’s schedule and even try to suggest another game was a better matchup on paper. … Continue Reading

2015-16 SEC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

If you had any doubt that Kentucky is once more in control of the SEC, you needed to look no further than 2015-16.

This was supposed to be a season where the Wildcats would get clearly upended by some other teams. Sure, they had a shaky season a couple of years ago, and they haven’t always been the kings of the conference during the John Calipari era, but for the most part they have been there. This time, though, it wasn’t supposed to happen the way it did. There was a Vanderbilt team that was supposed to be good. There was Ben Simmons coming in to make LSU relevant and maybe more. There was Texas A&M, a team on the upswing and sure to be motivated after being left out of the NCAA Tournament a year earlier.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, April 2, 2016

by - Published April 2, 2016 in The Morning Dish

With four postseason tournaments besides the one most pay attention to, it can be easy to get lost in the mix. The NIT doesn’t really have that problem since it has a rich history that continues today, but amidst the NCAA Tournament, the early entrants to the NBA Draft and the coaching carousel, it can be easy to not notice the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and Vegas 16. But each retains something unique to it all the same.

The CBI was the first of those tournaments to come up, and where it especially stands out is what happens to determine the championship. It uses a best-of-three format, with the first game at one school’s home court and the second game at the other school’s home court. If the teams each win a game, a third game is held at the same site as the second game. The ninth iteration of the event completed on Friday, and only twice has the championship series not gone to a third game.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 21, 2016

by - Published March 21, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament was all we could ask for and more, and all we could expect with the way the regular season went. There were surprises, there were fantastic finishes, and there were reminders that the line between winning and losing in the NCAA Tournament is often very, very thin.

Most of all, there are unlikely teams that advance, and this year is no different. The improbable is continuing to happen.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 13, 2016

by - Published March 13, 2016 in The Morning Dish

There will be flashier teams in the NCAA Tournament this year than Middle Tennessee State. There will be teams with more stars, and there will be hotter picks for underdogs to pull upsets, too.

Few teams have taken as much of a complete team effort on the court to get an NCAA bid this year, though, than the Blue Raiders, who defeated Old Dominion 55-53 to win the Conference USA tournament and clinch their first trip to the Big Dance since 2012. Reggie Upshaw hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left for the winning points as the 2 seed defeated the fourth-seeded Monarchs for MTSU’s first conference tournament championship since winning the 1989 Ohio Valley Conference tourney.
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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

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"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."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

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Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

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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.

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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In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

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.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.