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Saturday Notes – January 21, 2017

by - Published January 22, 2017 in Columns

Now several weeks into conference play, some teams are starting to emerge as teams to beat, while others look as difficult to determine now as they were before. Saturday shed a little light on that, but might have told us more about individual teams than conference races.

What did it tell us? For Arizona, Duke, Florida State and Kentucky, it said very good things. For Creighton, Minnesota and NC State, not so much. We also saw early showdowns in a couple of mid-majors that are interesting for now.

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Saturday Notes – January 14, 2017

by - Published January 15, 2017 in Columns

If there’s one thing to take away from Saturday, it’s that we have a lot of very competitive races out there. We also have one race, the ACC, look more than a little different than most probably expected, a reminder that it’s still very early yet.

Notre Dame leads the ACC, while North Carolina and Florida State are tied right behind them and Duke is now below .500. There are plenty of teams in the mix as well at this early stage.

Meanwhile, what might have looked like the best matchup of the day was good for a half. Another very underrated matchup in Normal, Illinois was good for a bit longer before the home team pulled away.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 14, 2017

by - Published January 14, 2017 in Columns

Two decades ago, Vermont was, for the most part, one of the also-rans in the America East Conference. The Catamounts had a little success here and there, but had never finished higher than third place. They had great players, like the late Kevin Roberson and scoring machine Eddie Benton, but never enough to vault into serious contention. Some thought that Tom Brennan’s seat was heating up in the late 90s given his lengthy tenure and the Catamounts rarely being in the mix for a title; it was never true.

Nowadays, Vermont is one of the signature programs of the conference, and has been a consistent winner. It’s gotten to the point that the names and faces may change, but the Catamounts being a contender doesn’t.

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Saturday Notes – January 7, 2017

by - Published January 8, 2017 in Columns

A full Saturday is in the books, and we had a lot of good games and interesting results. It was quite a day in the ACC, and it would have been a better day if not for Mother Nature. One of the best matchups of the day, NC State at North Carolina, was postponed to Sunday at 1 p.m. because of Winter Storm Helena. It was one of more than a half dozen games postponed due to inclement weather.

But the ACC isn’t the only place to talk about. The Mountain West deserves some attention for a similar reason.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 24, 2016

by - Published December 24, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

As Christmas approaches, we bring you another Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis podcast looking at the state of college basketball.

We start with a look at Kentucky’s last two games, both of which were instant classics. The Wildcats beat North Carolina in Las Vegas, then lost a thriller at arch-rival Louisville in what has arguably been the best game of the season to date. Quentin Snider led Louisville in the latter, and the Cardinals continue to be an elite team as Rick Pitino continues to reinvent himself around the players he has. Malik Monk had a game to remember against North Carolina, then struggled against Louisville but hit a deep three-pointer late to give Kentucky a chance late.

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Saturday Notes – December 3, 2016

by - Published December 4, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

While football remained top of mind for many in college sports on a day of championship games, Saturday was a much-anticipated day on the hardwood, the first of its kind this season. And it didn’t take long to live up to that hype.

In one of the first games of the day, UCLA beat Kentucky for the second straight year. As was the case last year, what to take from that game says much more about UCLA than Kentucky, and this time around, if you’re a UCLA fan you can feel pretty good, as opposed to a year ago. We’ll have more on this later.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 11, 2016

by - Published November 11, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Good morning, and welcome-officially-to the 2016-17 major college basketball season.

The NCAA Division I season starts today, at 11 a.m. Central time, on Friday, Nov. 11, still in the heart of football season. The team leading off the year with hosting duties is Middle Tennessee State, the team that captured hearts in the NCAA Tournament in March as a 15 seed, shocking the nation by knocking off one of the tourney favorites in Michigan State.

The Blue Raiders’ opponent? The Milligan College Buffaloes, an NAIA program from the Tri-Cities region in eastern Tennessee that went 16-11 a year ago in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, April 6, 2016

by - Published April 6, 2016 in The Morning Dish

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

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

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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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 20, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we touch on a number of issues affecting conferences like Conference USA, as well as a big loss for Creighton, less mystery in Arizona, and more on the ACC as we look forward to the weekend.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 12, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a short stint in the top spot of the polls, some developments in the Mountain West Conference, and more of the ACC before closing with the Big East and Atlantic 10.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 24, 2016

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In our latest podcast, we talk about the great games Kentucky has been a part of lately. We go on to other ACC matters involving arch rivals, as well as some quick hits and a conference race that should be as good as expected.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 16, 2016

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 29, 2016

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Early season tournaments are the focus in this episode, with a look at how strong a few Big East teams are out of the gate and how strong the ACC could be. Plus one SEC team had a big week outside the scope of tournaments.

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