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Louisville shows downside when college sports is strictly business

by - Published February 9, 2016 in Columns
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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
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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
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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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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 30, 2016

by - Published January 30, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-orange

What Shaka Smart did at VCU changed the idea of what the program should be. He wasn’t just one more coach who came in, won big as the program did for years as one of the CAA’s signature programs, then moved on to greener pastures. Yes, he won big, highlighted by their run to the Final Four in 2011, but they were consistent winners. He brought them into the Atlantic 10 and made them winners there, including a conference title last season, before leaving for Texas.

Now Will Wade inherits a stronger tradition, but higher expectations. And while the Rams had a relatively non-descript non-conference showing, they now look like a team that grew from it. About halfway through Atlantic 10 play, the Rams have yet to lose, the latest being Friday night’s 79-69 win at Davidson.

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Saturday Notes – January 23, 2016

by - Published January 24, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

As previously noted, a good number of games on Saturday were affected by a storm that hit much of the east coast. It’s not only college basketball that was affected; it hit Charlotte, site of the NFC Championship game on Sunday night, although it looked as though the game would go on as planned.

Still, Saturday was a busy day as usual, and it had a lot of noteworthy games. It started with one, as Oklahoma went into Waco and scored a convincing win over Baylor, and ended with a few dandies that came down to the wire out west.

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Saturday Notes – January 16, 2016

by - Published January 17, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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Saturdays are busy days at this time of the year, and this one was no different. In looking over the entire landscape, the ACC seems to stand out this time around as it had several important games. One team stayed hot, another got a big road win, and still another got a road win to boost their surprising start.

But that was only part of it. A number of road wins stood out on the day, and one mid-major has a six-way tie at the top one third of the way through their schedule.

With that, here are some thoughts coming out of many of the day’s games.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook: On CFP ratings, injuries, South Carolina and more

by - Published January 14, 2016 in Columns
glatczak

Some college basketball thoughts in mid-January, as we start to settle into the grind of conference play for the next 1 1/2 months:

It’s notable that there was little more than cursory note by the movers and shakers in college basketball of the fact that the rating for the Alabama/Clemson College Football Playoff title game was lower than that for last year’s Duke/Wisconsin college hoops NCAA national championship game. One would think this is something for the sport to celebrate, not at the expense of college football but as a sign that interest in the sport-or at the very least, its crown jewel event-is not nearly as far behind football as sometimes implied.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 14, 2016

by - Published January 14, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

Clemson has a good coach in Brad Brownell, has had him for six years now, in fact. Brownell won big at previous jobs at UNC-Wilmington and Wright State and has won nearly 62% of games in his career. Still, the sad truth is many might consider Brownell lucky to still be the coach at Clemson.

Entering this season, Brownell has led the Tigers to “only” one NCAA Tournament berth, and that was in his first year when many of the players were recruited by predecessor Oliver Purnell. Even for a school that is so clearly football-first, there typically is little room for a coach to go four straight years without a trip to the Big Dance, especially with three of those years producing 16 wins or less.

In a thankful-if rare in today’s big college sports climate-show of restraint, Clemson has been patient with Brownell, and it is being richly rewarded. The Tigers are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the country, having won four straight in the ACC, including wins this week over Louisville and now Duke on Wednesday, 68-63.

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Saturday Notes – January 9, 2016

by - Published January 10, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

Saturday gave us a number of games with results of note. We had close calls for a few top teams and a few teams get much-needed signature wins, while others are still seeking such a win. Conference races are taking shape early, and one major conference continues to show that fans should strap themselves in for a wild ride.

There is more than that, though. A mid-major that had a great non-conference run is already looking like at least as good a race as expected, though we’re only four games in.

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Saturday Notes – January 2, 2016

by - Published January 3, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
author_kasiecki

Conference play is in full swing now all across the country, and Saturday gave us a big taste. It was a slate with mostly conference games, and some dandies among them. It’s too early to make much of the first conference game for anyone, but it can go with or against the impression the non-conference showing of many teams left on us.

There’s a lot of basketball left to play, obviously, but we’ve gotten off to a good start. Here are some notes from many of the day’s games.

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Saturday Notes – February 6, 2016

February 7, 2016 by

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It was a full day of action, one that included two top teams going down in a rarity. Also, a number of other teams suffered a loss that could be a critical blow to their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes.

Saturday Notes – January 30, 2016

January 31, 2016 by

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In the midst of conference season, a non-conference set of games took center stage. They were far from alone in the important games of the day, though, and we take a look at notes from many of those games.

Saturday Notes – January 23, 2016

January 24, 2016 by

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A number of games were pushed to another day by a storm on the east coast, but we had plenty of noteworthy games all the same on Saturday.

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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

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The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.

2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

June 30, 2015 by

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A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

June 23, 2015 by

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The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of good championship games on Sunday to close it out, and we start our look back with a look at those games.

Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

June 4, 2015 by

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Two big programs, Mass Elite and the Boston Warriors, got together once again on a college showcase for many of their high school players. We look at some who stood out on the evening.

2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

June 3, 2015 by

author_kasiecki

Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.

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