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Saturday Notes – February 10, 2018

by - Published February 11, 2018 in Columns

While this section has highlighted many a wild Saturday, with this one being no different, the reality is that Saturday has only been different from other days of the week in terms of sheer numbers. It has, quite frankly, been a wild season in the nation, and we were just reminded of that.

Not much in the Big 12 is surprising considering how even and deep the conference is, but they led the way. Baylor rolls over Kansas? Oklahoma State wins at West Virginia? Texas Tech wins convincingly at Kansas State? Who saw that coming?

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 8, 2018

by - Published February 8, 2018 in The Morning Dish

St. John’s and St. Bonaventure. What a night it was Wednesday for a pair of Catholic schools in New York on the college basketball scene.

Also, if anyone has been lulled into thinking there are three teams this season far and away above everyone else? Wednesday night provided the reality check.

It became easy to forget throughout January as St. John’s racked up one loss or another in the rugged Big East that the Johnnies were a more-than competent team in November and December, one that looked like it would be in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2018

by - Published January 26, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. With the weekend approaching, we have a lot to look forward to, but there’s a lot that has just happened to talk about as well.

We start with the Big Ten, where Thursday was a wild night. Purdue stayed on a roll, holding off Michigan in an entertaining game with great three-point shooting by both teams. The Boilermakers ultimately sweep Michigan and remain undefeated in conference play. The same could not be said for Ohio State, though, as the Buckeyes lost on a buzzer-beater.

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Louisville’s David Padgett: Making the best of a tough situation

by - Published January 26, 2018 in Columns

No matter how it turns out, this is going to go into the books as a memorable season for Louisville, though likely not in a particularly good way.

The FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball that led to federal charges being filed against four assistant coaches because of their alleged involvement in fraud schemes involved seven schools, but the immediate impact seems to have hit the Cardinals the hardest.

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Saturday Notes – January 20, 2018

by - Published January 21, 2018 in Columns

This Saturday wasn’t quite the same as some recent ones in that there weren’t many upsets or other surprising results. They weren’t lacking, to be sure, but this time around we saw more of teams staying on a roll or perhaps stopping the bleeding by winning games they should.

There were some big or otherwise important results on the day, though, so without further ado, here are some comments on some of the day’s games.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook Jan. 19 – On transfers, polls, analysts, Oklahoma, Temple and more

by - Published January 19, 2018 in Columns

Notes, numbers, and a bunch of grumblings about college basketball in the middle of January, as we touch on some of the hot topics of late, plus players like Trae Young and Nate Grimes and teams like West Virginia, Temple and Pacific…

The transfer debate has flared up yet again, with various reports (such as this) that immediate eligibility for college football and basketball transfers is imminent in some form. While it’s a topic with reasonable positions on both sides, as usual way too much of the discussion is pointless because it’s flooded with false assumptions or flat-out incorrect information.

By far the most frustrating fable oft floated is the idea that coaches “always” leave their teams for better jobs, and therefore athletes deserve the right to do the same. As much as the coaching profession is an easy target due to its salaries and hasn’t cloaked itself in glory of late either (see: FBI), it’s a ridiculous charge with simply no shred of truth (that we’ve discussed before) and for us is pretty much a non-starter for any discussion of this. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 18, 2018

by - Published January 18, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. In this podcast, we cover a lot of ground.

The first subject is a big win by SMU, as they go to Wichita State and beat the Shockers. It’s another quality win for a Mustangs team that earlier in the day is probably not an NCAA Tournament team, but their profile gets a nice boost.

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Saturday Notes – January 13, 2018

by - Published January 14, 2018 in Columns

The last couple of Saturdays were full of interesting results and drama. While this Saturday had some of each, it’s safe to say it didn’t quite match the previous ones.

And that’s okay. It’s not going to be the same, or as good, all the time, no matter how good that would be.

Even so, Saturday had some noteworthy results. The Big 12 continues to be a great chase, the Big Ten appears to have more questions than answers, and the SEC remains a fun conference to pay attention to. Oh, and the Pac-12 has plenty of surprises as well.

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Non-conference scheduling a product of what selection committee values

by - Published December 28, 2017 in Columns

Georgetown playing softies in its non-conference schedule is about as American as the eagle, as reliable as that Citgo sign lurking over the Green Monster at Fenway Park, or Dick Vitale having 80 teams in his 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket.

The Hoyas are the program that once regularly played the likes of Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii Loa and Hawaii Pacific and that brought schools such as Quincy, Shenandoah and St. Leo to top 20 recaps back in the 80s. (That’s how far back it was-the polls only recognized a top 20 back then, not moving to our now-familiar top 25 until 1989.)

Georgetown scheduling for-sure W’s has been going on for the better part of 35 years, since John Thompson regularly started taking his team on a junket to Hawaii to open its season against sub-NCAA Division I competition. It was something that took on an almost grudgingly lovable quality when Big John coached, much like Duke or Syracuse now never playing a non-conference road game that TV didn’t force them to. (“Haha, that Boeheim…”) … Continue Reading

Dark day for college basketball also presents golden opportunity

by - Published September 29, 2017 in Columns

Sometimes news comes out that is so stunning, so unexpected, so…damning, that it takes a while to digest it. The FBI’s report on Tuesday about college basketball coaches being arrested in an unprecedented bribery case certainly was such news.

It took some time to wrap one’s head around just what was reported. Cheating in college sports, of course, isn’t new. Some think that everyone does it.

They don’t. It makes a fun story, but it’s not true. It certainly does happen, though, especially in college basketball, where stories of shady folk take on mythic, sometimes almost comical proportions. To this day, names like Myron Piggie or Richie “The Fixer” Perry seem to bring snickers and chuckles in the sport more than regret. … Continue Reading

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a big sweep in the SEC, look back on the wild Saturday, then talk about a Big Ten showdown and some undefeated teams in conference play.

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a wild night in the Big Ten, adversity and a quiet leader in the ACC, what to make of Kentucky and look ahead to the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

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In our latest podcast, we talk about big road wins for a few teams, including a couple of bluebloods that looked destined for losses, as well as an unsettled Big Ten beyond one team, an SEC where you shouldn’t pay attention to bracketologists, and the problems with a proposed earlier start to the college basketball season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 11, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about several big pieces of news away from game play, one of which puts a lot in perspective. We also talk about the lack of dominant teams and how this has shown up in the results, especially this past weekend.

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