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Penn State 75, Mississippi State 60: The numerology

by - Published March 29, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – It wasn’t even this close. Penn State defeated Mississippi State 75-60 in the second semifinal of the NIT at Madison Square Garden. Tuesday night’s victory puts the Nittany Lions in the championship against Utah on Thursday. The numbers of note:

Possessions: 62
Offensive efficiency: Penn State 121, Mississippi State 97

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NIT notebook, and some history….

by - Published March 26, 2018 in Columns

The demise of the Pac 12 in this year’s Big Dance has been well-chronicled. Well, the “conference of champions” can take solace in having a member reach a Final Four. Utah defeated Saint Mary’s in overtime in the NIT quarterfinals, sending the Utes to New York. Utah will be joined by Penn State, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky.

Given all the talk of the merits of home court advantage, it is interesting that each of the four teams headed to Madison Square Garden, punched their ticket away from home. Penn State knocked off top seed Notre Dame in South Bend before defeating Marquette in the quarterfinal. Mississippi State took out Louisville on the road. Western Kentucky stopped Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The aforementioned Utah captured their contest on the Gaels’ home floor in Moraga.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 21, 2018

by - Published March 21, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As unpredictable as the NCAA Tournament often has been and is even more so this year, the NIT has long been even more unpredictable. There are a variety of reasons for this, not the least of which is that there are some teams just happy to be there, some who really want to win, and some who are disappointed to be there.

We saw a little of each on Tuesday night as the first two teams won to advance to New York, and in two contrasting games to boot.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 10, 2018

by - Published March 10, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As one of the most fun days of the season – Championship Saturday – beckons, there is still much to consider about a number of bubble teams, and Friday’s action didn’t change that at all. Interestingly, there were a few rivalry matchups as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, bubble teams are not breathing easier, as there will be at least one bid thief on Saturday.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 15, 2018

by - Published February 15, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Providence really needed a win on Wednesday night, and they got it. A big win, over a highly-ranked team, and right after a bad loss. It might be what solidifies the Friars as an NCAA Tournament team.

Beating a one-time top-ranked team in the polls and the standard-bearer in your conference can do that for you. The Friars beat Villanova 76-71 on Wednesday night.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 7, 2018

by - Published February 7, 2018 in The Morning Dish

For a variety of reasons, Xavier has flown under a lot of radars this year – especially for a team ranked as high in the polls as they have been. They gave the latest reminder when they went on the road to Butler on Tuesday night, knocking off the Bulldogs 98-93 in overtime.

It is also a bit ironic that we should talk about them after beating Butler. While we know about The Butler Way, Xavier has had something of their own in recent years.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 24, 2018

by - Published January 24, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The SEC is a lot of fun to watch this year. Tuesday night gave us more reminders of why. Five games were on tap, and that showed us about all we needed to know.

The only result that was even remotely not a surprise was Tennessee beating Vanderbilt 67-62 in Knoxville. The Volunteers were the clearly better team (Vandy is in a rebuilding year) and at home, so they were expected to win and did, although the Commodores made it interesting after scoring just 15 points in the first half.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 3, 2018

by - Published January 3, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As conference play continues to wind into form, new impressions of teams come into play as well. And if we look at the SEC, we have a few that stand out, and the Big Ten has a couple as well.

The SEC has been much talked about for its improvement in scheduling. The conference was in a well-documented slump on the hardwood, and part of that comes down to scheduling. But you have to play the games, too, and when the SEC got their chances against the other conferences, the results weren’t always so good. This year, however, the results may be a bit different.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 13, 2017

by - Published December 13, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Road wins are gold in college basketball, or at least they should be. (How blatantly obvious is this? Home teams regularly winning two-thirds of the time says it should be such basic knowledge that the NCAA basketball committee never should’ve needed reformulated team sheets to tell it something so simple.)

Mississippi State and Michigan both had chances for major non-conference road wins Tuesday night, the type that a month of results now indicate will most likely hold weight as the season goes on. The Bulldogs were unable to capitalize, falling to Cincinnati 65-50, but the Wolverines took full advantage of their chance and walked out of Texas a 59-52 winner. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, December 1, 2017

by - Published December 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On paper, Notre Dame playing at Michigan State was a matchup of a pair of top-five teams Thursday night. The product on the court, though, suggested teams on two entirely different levels.

Whether that is truth in the long term remains to be seen and will be born out over the course of the season. On Thursday, though, the combination of a talented, loaded team playing at a high level early in the season plus a rabid home crowd meant an early-season top-five showdown wasn’t much of a contest at all, as the No. 3-ranked Spartans built a 20-point halftime lead and easily handled the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish 81-63, allowing the Big Ten to save some face in the final game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. … Continue Reading

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