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Nevada looks ready to build on their CBI title

by - Published October 19, 2016 in Columns

Is Nevada the next team to play in the CBI and go on to bigger and better things soon after? There is a lot of reason to believe that the answer will be “yes”.

The Wolfpack, of course, did more than just play in the CBI last season – they won it in a dramatic third and final game against Morehead State. That built on a solid 10-8 showing in the Mountain West, though the conference was down appreciably last season from recent years. Now, though, the Wolfpack figure to be part of the conference rising again, as they appear to be on the rise as Eric Musselman’s sophomore campaign at the helm approaches. A pair of sophomores have a lot to do with the program’s clear direction.

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2015-16 Mountain West Post-Mortem

by - Published July 7, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Mountain West Conference had been so good for so long. Every year, it seemed to get better, deeper, and look like it might compete with the Pac-12 some years. Getting several teams into the NCAA Tournament looked like the norm; as it is, the conference went 15 straight years with at least two teams in the field.

Then came 2015-16. The conference was having such a good run, you almost wonder if it was due for a season like this, a correction of sorts. And that’s what happened.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, April 2, 2016

by - Published April 2, 2016 in The Morning Dish

With four postseason tournaments besides the one most pay attention to, it can be easy to get lost in the mix. The NIT doesn’t really have that problem since it has a rich history that continues today, but amidst the NCAA Tournament, the early entrants to the NBA Draft and the coaching carousel, it can be easy to not notice the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and Vegas 16. But each retains something unique to it all the same.

The CBI was the first of those tournaments to come up, and where it especially stands out is what happens to determine the championship. It uses a best-of-three format, with the first game at one school’s home court and the second game at the other school’s home court. If the teams each win a game, a third game is held at the same site as the second game. The ninth iteration of the event completed on Friday, and only twice has the championship series not gone to a third game.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 31, 2016

by - Published March 31, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The college basketball season is a journey in every way, and few demonstrated that better this year than Old Dominion.

The Monarchs’ 2014-15 campaign was truly a long and eventful one, full of ups and downs, successes and disappointments. It may not have always lived up to expectations on the outside, but there were plenty of reasons for that. Still, it would be hard to argue that ODU didn’t make the best of it.

That was illustrated again Wednesday night, when in their 38th game the Monarchs edged Oakland 68-67 to win the first-ever Vegas 16 tournament title. ODU ended an up-and-down season on a high and also won a debuting postseason tourney for the second time, having also taken the initial CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2009. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 29, 2016

by - Published March 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The fifth entrant in NCAA Division I’s college basketball postseason debuted on Monday with the first-ever Vegas 16 tournament tipping off. If you’re a history buff, you really should check it out now because…if the event is relying heavily on ticket sales, the odds of there being a second one are not very good.

The tone for first year of the tragicomedy that is the Vegas 16 was set a few weeks ago, when an event that was advertised (and named) around the idea of having sixteen teams settled for just having just eight, making the choice for quality over quantity. Making this year’s field a Vegas 8, or perhaps a Vegas 16/2.

Indeed, the Vegas 16 has been the butt of no shortage of jokes, but it also has scored points for how it has handled them. Moreover, while the field is shorter than planned and the fans in the stands on the first day were few, it must be noted that there is some upside. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 24, 2016

by - Published March 24, 2016 in The Morning Dish

George Washington’s experienced core of seniors Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald has accomplished a lot in four years together, so adding another milestone to their careers and to the school’s history books is a fitting ending for the three.

From 13-17 as freshmen to the NCAA Tournament the next year to a small step backwards to the NIT second round a year ago, the trio now has led the Colonials to the NIT Final Four for the first time in school history. GW defeated stubborn Florida 82-77 on Wednesday, holding on to win in a game that featured 14 ties and 19 lead changes. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 22, 2016

by - Published March 22, 2016 in The Morning Dish

With the NCAA Tournament now on recess for a few days, the coaching merry-go-round is starting to spin again.

Monday saw several vacancies filled, more created and rumors of still more to possibly come. The biggest moves both came in the Big 12, where TCU hired former Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon and Oklahoma State landed Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood.

Dixon’s move to Fort Worth makes perfect sense. He was a starter on TCU’s greatest team going back almost a half a century now, the 1987 Horned Frogs who won the Southwest Conference regular season title, earned a 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round before dropping a gut-wrenching one-point game to Notre Dame. (Sound familiar, Stephen F. Austin fans?) … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 16, 2015

by - Published December 16, 2015 in The Morning Dish

UCLA. Notre Dame. USC. Georgetown.


If you’re looking for a Final Four of all-time college sports royalty, you could do a lot worse than those first four. All four are national brand names. UCLA and Georgetown are two of the signature programs in college basketball over the last 50 years. Notre Dame is by far the biggest name in college football, and USC is easily in the top 10 in that sport.

The term “power” gets thrown around way too freely in college sports in relation to conferences that, frankly, in most cases are carried by a couple athletic programs. Make no mistake, though: all four of these are true “power” programs-UCLA, Notre Dame and USC in all sports, and Georgetown in basketball as a leader in the Big East, the gold standard for NCAA Division I basketball-first leagues.
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Scanning the nation: the best from November in college basketball

by - Published December 1, 2015 in Columns

Reflecting on the first (half) month of the college basketball season, we look back at some of the bests, worsts, achievements and trends from November:

Best team, best player: Ignore the growling from Tom Izzo, because Michigan State looked sensational all month, even in games when their coach wasn’t happy with them (see: 24-point win over Eastern Michigan). The Spartans are deep, talented, and not bothered by the rule changes in the least. Oh, and Denzel Valentine has been the nation’s best player. It would normally be heresy to compare any player to Magic Johnson, but Valentine (19.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists per game) has been racking up numbers and triple-doubles at a pace worthy of mention with some of the sport’s all-time greats.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 18, 2015

by - Published November 18, 2015 in The Morning Dish

You can go a long time in this college basketball season and not have a better day than Tuesday provided.

It’s true that you certainly won’t find a longer day. But beyond the novelty of the Tip-Off Marathon, Tuesday was loaded with power matchups, revivals of rivalries, All-Americans at their very best, and just plain good games that were worthy of the national platforms they were provided, even if played at times that were the furthest thing from prime time.

The Champions Classic is an event Billy Packer would love, the ultimate in TV matchmaking. The first game saw the two biggest brand names in the sport right now, and we found out Kentucky’s freshmen mixed with returnees are better than Duke’s frosh and veterans in mid-November. The Wildcats were led by the old(er)-Tyler Ulis with 18 points-and the new-Jamal Murray with 16) and simply outplayed the Blue Devils in a 74-63 win.

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For the Big 12, coming out on top again will be a challenge in 2016-17

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Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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