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The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 7, 2016

by - Published February 7, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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The surprise isn’t that Oklahoma, fantastic as it has been all year, had an off day shooting on Saturday, or even that it came against one of the bottom teams in the Big 12 in Kansas State (a team that is still no slouch-witness a win over a solid Mississippi team in the Big 12/SEC Challenge just last weekend). The real surprise is that it has taken so long for the Sooners to have a loss due to cold shooting outside.

As is well known, Oklahoma is the best three-point shooting team in the country, leading far and away in three-point percentage (46.2%) and rating third in triples per game (11.3). The Sooners hit just 6 of 24 from deep on Saturday, and Buddy Hield in particular was quiet until late in the 80-69 loss. … Continue Reading

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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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 2, 2016

by - Published February 2, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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This season, there are no surprises when a top-5 team goes down. Frankly, it’s also almost never a surprise when Louisville is the group defeating such a highly ranked squads.

Still, the Cardinals’ 71-65 win over No. 2-ranked North Carolina on Monday was bigger than some and maybe most this year, as it was Louisville’s first win over a sure NCAA Tournament team. There were previously losses to Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan State plus a loss to Clemson, while the best wins-Pittsburgh, Florida State plus several other mid-to-bottom pack ACC teams-were only moderately impressive.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 30, 2016

by - Published January 30, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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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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The Morning Dish – Monday, January 25, 2016

by - Published January 25, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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When he was at Penn, Fran Dunphy always played a tough non-conference schedule. He wasn’t alone among Ivy League coaches, and he did it for the reason you would expect, but it was always a staple of what he did. He’s continued that at Temple, aided by the fact that the Owls did the same thing under John Chaney and would play certain teams just about every year.

Coaches talk about a non-conference schedule preparing a team for conference play all the time. This year, it has really worked for Temple, even as the Owls had growing pains during non-conference play. The most recent highlight came on Sunday, when they handed SMU their first loss of the season 89-80 in Philadelphia.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 21, 2016

by - Published January 21, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Michigan State lost at home to Nebraska Wednesday night 72-71 for its third loss in a row. So it’s time to worry about the Spartans, right?

No way. Not a chance. We’ve seen this flick more than a few times before with Tom Izzo teams. In fact, we’d go as far as saying if there was ever a three-game losing streak that would cause less concern than this one, it’ll be hard to find.

Though Darnell Valentine is back, it’s crystal clear he is still working back to his previous level, and the Spartans have hit a speed bump. Most notably, Bryn Forbes is 3 of 15 from three-point range in the last three games, and Lourawls Nairn has battled a foot injury all year and missed his second straight game Wednesday night. The bench also has provided little at times, a concern especially if Forbes is having one of his occasional off nights shooting.

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

by - Published January 14, 2016 in Columns
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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 – Tuesday, January 5, 2016

by - Published January 5, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Polls do matter. A case could be made that the All-America first team is almost wrapped up right now. And it’s not at all hard to envision Oklahoma and Kansas playing two or three more times this year, including perhaps again in April.

Nights like Monday make it hard to fathom the idea that college basketball’s regular season is meaningless. Exactly how much more can fans ask for than an evening featuring incredible individual performances by two of the nation’s very best players, an upset of a top 10 team, plus a 1 vs. 1 matchup between two Final Four contenders who couldn’t decide their game after 40 minutes and provided some bonus hoops. And then some more. And then some more.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 29, 2015

by - Published December 29, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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We’re reaching the time of the college basketball season where we’re about to start seeing teams undergo a serious in-season transformation.

Teams never remain static-that’s the nature of sports, why teams practice, and also the result of injuries and differences in opposition. Adding to that this time of year is that, in many cases, teams are past stressful final exams and/or have had some time to recharge around the holidays. Non-conference play is wrapping up and a truly new season is just around the corner with conference play lurking.

For those who surprised out of conference, there is no guarantee success will carry over when playing more familiar opponents. At the same time, inevitably we’ll see the emergence of some teams that had a tough time in November and December but step it up several notches in league play.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 22, 2015

by - Published December 22, 2015 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-orange

With the release of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll on Monday, Providence is back in the top 10 for the first time in a long, long time.

With the exception of a No. 6 ranking in the postseason coaches’ poll after their 1987 Final Four appearance, it had been four decades since the Friars made an appearance in the top 10 in the national polls. After Ernie DiGregorio and Marvin Barnes but before the Big East, Billy Donovan and Rick Pitino, the legendary Dave Gavitt led Providence to a 17-1 start in 1977-78, and the apex was a No. 9 national ranking Jan. 24, 1978.
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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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We look back at more from the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, where some of the championship games were worth the price of admission.

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

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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.

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 listening to COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT, a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, joined by former St. John's and George Washington head coach Mike Jarvis, former Fairfield head coach Terry O'Connor and many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

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March 15, 2015 - First hour | Second hour

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