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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, April 6, 2016

by - Published April 6, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-yellow

Tuesday was the day after the night before, with reality setting in as all had to come to grips with the fact that the college basketball season is over. It also was a day to relive the night before, to make sure what we saw was as real and as great as we thought it was at the time.

Indeed, Villanova’s buzzer-beating win over North Carolina to win its second national title was very real, and it is indeed a bummer that the season is over. It would be a bummer for considerably more people if only they had actually watched the championship game. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, April 1, 2016

by - Published April 1, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

Years from now, perhaps the best compliment one will be able to give one of the most talented senior classes in the history of George Washington basketball is that not only did they go out as champions, but they also went out playing their very best.

After a two-point escape against Hofstra in their National Invitation Tournament opener, there was no stopping the Colonials the rest of the way on their postseason run. Not even a top-seeded Valparaiso could get in the way as GW won the 79th annual NIT 76-60 Thursday night for its first postseason tournament championship in school history. … Continue Reading

NCAA Tournament second weekend notes and numbers

by - Published March 29, 2016 in Columns
glatczak

This year’s NCAA Tournament Final Four is set. By almost all accounts, it’s not a foursome many expected to be here collectively, and for a season and a tournament that has carried a double major in inexplicable and bizarre, that might be the best sign we have that it’s as appropriate of a group as we could’ve asked for.

This year’s group of participants-North Carolina, Oklahoma, Syracuse and Villanova-doesn’t quite carry the history or star coaching power of last year’s group, but it is not a lightweight foursome by any means. With their appearances this year, the four will have combined for 35 Final Four trips, which isn’t that far off the 46 by last year’s quartet of Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin. In fact, all four members of this year’s class have been this far at least five times now.
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NCAA selection committee must learn from Vanderbilt mistake

by - Published March 16, 2016 in Columns
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The last we saw of Vanderbilt this season is bound to leave a sour taste in the mouths of not just its fans, but virtually everyone who follows college basketball and expected so much of the Commodores this year.

Just the same, it should also leave NCAA Tournament selection committee members with a serious case of bitter beer face, too.

Vanderbilt’s 70-50 loss to Wichita State in a play-in game in Dayton (the “First Four”, you’ll be reminded) was not quite as ugly as the final score indicated, but it was close. The Commodores never led in the second half, fell behind by 11 points but crawled back within two, only to finish the game on the wrong end of a 20-2 run over the final 7 1/2 minutes. The meltdown was punctuated with three minutes left when coach Kevin Stallings picked up a technical foul, and Vandy finished the season with a 19-14 record well below expectations when the season began.
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Saturday Notes – February 27, 2016

by - Published February 28, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

A number of conference regular seasons are now over, with Saturday providing the last hurrah. More will follow on Sunday, and conference tournaments begin this week. And to put it simply, this Saturday was like so many other days of the season to date in that for every result that might provide further clarity, there was another that provided less.

And all the same, there were many great games and finishes to the standings. Some ended in ties atop the conference, while others came down to the final game and had ties elsewhere near the top of the standings (the CAA had a two-way tie for first and a three-way tie for third place). College basketball fans have arguably never had it better. We have every reason to expect that Championship Week will be full of great games and some unexpected results along the way.

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Saturday Notes – February 20, 2016

by - Published February 21, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

Another Saturday full of consequential games is in the books. The bubble is very large this year, with so many teams seemingly in the discussion, and unlike other years where that has been the case, this time around it doesn’t represent a large drop-off from teams that are locks at this point for the NCAA Tournament – and to be honest, there aren’t many that you can solidly put in that category just yet, either, although that’s going to change by the time the conference tournaments roll around.

On Saturday, it seemed like for every bubble team that got a big win, there was at least one that lost a game they couldn’t afford to. In the one that doesn’t have a tournament, the top three teams in the Ivy League held serve, so they exit the weekend with one game separating the top three teams.

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Saturday Notes – February 13, 2016

by - Published February 14, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

Another Saturday in the books, and one that had a number of big games and great endings. It also followed the script of the season, as we saw teams that appeared to be on the good side lose while teams on the bad side won, making things more interesting.

The day featured a highly anticipated rematch between Kansas and Oklahoma, but there was much more on tap. The most drama came in a big ACC battle, while the SEC continues to be interesting and a couple of Big Ten teams scored big wins. The CAA and Ivy League races got a bit clearer on Saturday, though there’s a lot left to play out with both.

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Louisville shows downside when college sports is strictly business

by - Published February 9, 2016 in Columns
glatczak

For so many, Friday’s announcement by Louisville of a self-imposed postseason ban on this year’s team generated feelings of anger. Disappointment. Sadness. You name it.

At the same time, in the coldest of terms it also was business as usual, just another day in big-time college sports. College Sports Inc., as the author Murray Sperber famously called it. And if one is being consistent, in the short term there really isn’t a whole lot to be outraged about…unless that rage is directed at a college basketball program hiring strippers to entertain current players and recruit more to keep the program humming.
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Saturday Notes – February 6, 2016

by - Published February 7, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

This college basketball season has been quite the treat, and Saturday epitomized that. For the first time in ten years, the top two teams in the AP poll lost on the same day. This just further demonstrates that there are many teams who could hoist the national championship trophy in April.

It wasn’t a great day to be a favorite, as it wasn’t just Oklahoma and North Carolina that had setbacks. A few others lost, with some suffering a potentially critical blow as regards their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes. A few conference races also got more interesting.

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Saturday Notes – January 30, 2016

by - Published January 31, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

The Big 12/SEC Challenge may have take center stage on Saturday, and although it produced some dandies and important results, it was hardly alone. Several mid-majors had showdowns of teams at the top of the standings in addition to all the high-major games that initially grab attention.

The Big 12/SEC Challenge figured to be a good slate of games, as entering the day the Big 12 had a slim 5-4 edge in matchups between schools of the two conferences this season. That comes as the Big 12 has been atop the conferences while the SEC’s overall non-conference showing left a little to be desired. For the third straight year, the Big 12 won, going 7-3 this time around.

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