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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, April 3, 2018

by - Published April 3, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Villanova national championship teams in 1985 and 2016 were defined in part by significant Italian American characters. Should it have been any surprise when another came up huge to lead the Wildcats to a title 2018 too?

Villanova legends Rollie Massimino and Ryan Arcidiacono have now been joined by another whose name ending with an ‘o’ will go down in school history. Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo certainly wasn’t the best-known player on this year’s Wildcat team, but he was on a level of his own Monday night, and because of it Nova is national champions for the second time in three years after rolling past Michigan 79-62 to close out the 2018 NCAA Tournament. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

by - Published April 3, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the national championship edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The national champion has been decided, and another season is in the books. There is plenty to talk about coming out of Monday night’s game.

Villanova beat Michigan 79-62 in a game that didn’t even feel that close. It’s hard to believe Michigan actually led by seven about halfway through the first half, not the least because the game swung from that to a nine-point halftime lead for Villanova. Once Villanova got the lead to double digits a little into the second half, it was basically game over.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, April 2, 2018

by - Published April 2, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Just one game remains in this college basketball season. It’s been a wild ride to this point through so much of the season, and the NCAA Tournament has been very much a part of that. Is there one more left?

Everything to this point has said that this weekend should be one. It hasn’t been just yet, and it might not be, but we’ve had that all season long.

What would that look like? Well, it could certainly be a back-and-forth game, a bit like Michigan’s semifinal win over Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. It could look like an overtime game, possibly multiple extra sessions. It could be a buzzer-beater, not unlike what happened in the women’s championship game on Sunday night (and for that matter, in the semifinal win by the eventual champions there as well).

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College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

by - Published April 2, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. Only the national championship game remains, and our focus is on the matchup as well as the teams themselves.

We start by looking at the matchup from a high-level view, then diving into various aspects of the matchup. A lot revolves around the way Villanova has been playing at the offensive end, as well as how these are two underrated defensive teams.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 1, 2018

by - Published April 1, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed, Happy Easter to all.

Saturday brought us the Final Four for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and while the two national semifinal games revealed to us the contestants for the national championship game on Monday, it also made clear something else:

Bar none, Villanova is the best team in this 2017-18 college basketball season.

Of course, declaring such may well be the kiss of death for the Wildcats on Monday when they face Michigan in the NCAA tourney final. It’s certainly possible Villanova could lose the game, and it’s preposterous to suggest otherwise. But over the course of this season, and certainly through six of the seven rounds in the NCAA Tournament, there’s little doubt anymore that the Wildcats have been the cream of the crop of this season. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

by - Published April 1, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The national semifinals are in the books, leaving just one game to go for the season, and we take a look at the two games on Saturday night. They were two pretty different games, even though the margin of victory was not very different.

We start with the second game, mainly because Villanova put on a very impressive performance in taking out Kansas 95-79 in a battle of No. 1 seeds. The Wildcats were 13-26 on three-pointers in the first half alone, and finished 19-40 in a game that was never a contest.

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2018 NCAA Tournament second week review: Final Four has a distinct retro feel to it

by - Published March 27, 2018 in Columns

If one likes retro-especially as a college basketball fan-they should love the 2018 NCAA Tournament Final Four.

One of the first things that jumped to mind about this year’s quartet of Kansas, Loyola Chicago, Michigan and Villanova after it was settled Sunday night was that this year’s group has a distinct 1985 flavor to it. Now we’ll see if it ends up with 1985 results, in one way or another.

The 1985 NCAA Tournament was the first year of an expanded 64-team field (essentially the beginning of the wondrous event we have today), and all four of this year’s final teams were factors on the national college landscape then. Yes, even Loyola. … Continue Reading

College Basketball Tonight – March 26, 2018

by - Published March 27, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to College Basketball Tonight on March 26, 2018. The Final Four is set, and it fits a lot of what we have seen all season long, which we get into on the program.

We start by looking back at the four regional finals. They feature the story of the tournament in Loyola-Chicago, who reach the Final Four thanks to a dominating performance against Kansas State. There is also a Michigan team that was playing very well heading into the NCAA Tournament, a Villanova team that has really made this an elite program, and Kansas, who had lots of question marks and won a classic on Sunday.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 25, 2018

by - Published March 25, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We’re halfway to knowing the Final Four, and we start by looking at the first two to punch their ticket to San Antonio.

We begin with the story of the tournament, as in the first regional final of the evening, Loyola-Chicago advanced with a convincing win over Kansas State. The Ramblers won their first three games by a combined four points, but were better in basically every aspect against the Wildcats in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 25, 2018

by - Published March 25, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Two years ago, Loyola Chicago was an 8 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, playing in the tourney’s play-in round, and a 15-17 season ended in the quarterfinals after a hard-fought loss to top seed Wichita State.

One year ago, Loyola finished 18-14 and did not play in a postseason tournament of any kind after being knocked out the MVC Tournament by Southern Illinois in the quarterfinals again, this time as a 5 seed.

This year, Loyola is heading to the Final Four. … Continue Reading

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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.

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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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The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

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.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we break d own the national semifinals, where one game went back and forth while the other was never really a ballgame thanks to an impressive performance for the ages by the winning team.

College Basketball Tonight – March 26, 2018

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With the Final Four all set, we look back on the regional finals and ahead to the final games of the season. We are joined along the way by veteran writer Ken Davis and Towson head coach Pat Skerry for their insights as well.

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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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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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