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Loyola outlasts Northern Iowa at its own game to move on at Arch Madness

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns

Anyone who has seen Northern Iowa at its best in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament knows the type of game.

Low-scoring, low-possession, slow possession-when UNI has gotten on a roll at Arch Madness in recent years, the Panthers’ style of play is worthy of a registered trademark. Scores struggle to get out of-and sometimes even into-the 50s, opponents are virtually strangled by their halfcourt defense, and their deliberate offense often serves a similar purpose, with the added effect of demoralizing them with big shots at the end of the shot clock.

Top-seeded Loyola Chicago got itself locked into such a game in the quarterfinals of this year’s MVC Tournament. A potential nightmare matchup on paper against an opponent proven capable of beating top-level competition became exactly that, with the ninth-seed Panthers leading by four in the second half, the score still solidly in the 30s as the game neared its three-quarter mark. … Continue Reading

Northern Iowa, Missouri State could break MVC quarterfinal dominance by top seeds

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

For more than a quarter century now, regular season performance has almost always guaranteed postseason advancement for top seeds in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

The MVC has been coming to St. Louis for Arch Madness for 27 years, including the last 22 as a 10-team event with two first round games on a Thursday or Friday night followed the next day by four quarterfinal games. Just once in all that time has a 1 or 2 seed in the MVC tourney lost in the quarterfinals (Creighton was the guilty party in 1998, falling to No. 7 seed Bradley). For a time of year when upsets are so obviously the norm, it’s a remarkable level of success for top seeds getting to at least the semifinals. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation Notebook Jan. 4 – On the three-point shot, Tennessee, Western Kentucky and more

by - Published January 4, 2018 in Columns

A New Year edition of notes, numbers, thoughts and assorted gibberish from around college basketball, and maybe outside it, too. Our latest college hoops notebook, with thoughts on the three-pointer, USC, the Southern Conference, Western Michigan, bowl games and more: … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 1, 2018

by - Published January 1, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Happy New Year to all of our readers, and here’s to 2018 being better than last year.

If the end of 2017 has told us anything, it’s that conference play should have plenty of unexpected results as well as games worth watching right to the end. We don’t have to look far to see great finishes and some surprises thus far, as well as a reminder that homecourt advantage counts for a lot.

… Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, December 29, 2017

by - Published December 29, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It took just one round of Big East play for us to be reminded again just how beautiful double round-robin conference schedules are.

The first five Big East games of the season provided us three dandies, the latest coming with Seton Hall’s exciting 90-84 win over Creighton Thursday night. The Pirates fought back from a 13-point second-half deficit to hold serve at home in front of a raucous atmosphere that played well on TV, and the importance of doing so can’t be stated enough in this league. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, December 8, 2017

by - Published December 8, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Of the 68 teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament back in March, it’s possible none of them got off to a worse start this following season than Iowa State.

With four starters to replace from last year’s 24-win, Big 12 tourney championship team, the Cyclones opened with a 0-2 mark. More concerning, they weren’t particularly competitive in a season-opening loss at Missouri, and then got blown out by Wisconsin-Milwaukee at beloved Hilton Coliseum, an embarrassing result for a program so known for its home court advantage.

Fast forward nearly a month, and it could be said that from the beginning of the season to now, no team has shown more growth than Iowa State. Since those two losses, the Cyclones have won six straight games, the most recent coming Thursday night with a 84-78 victory over Iowa in the teams’ annual heated and always entertaining rivalry game. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 30, 2017

by - Published November 30, 2017 in The Morning Dish

There is no simpler way to put this: the ACC is dominating the Big Ten. The ACC has the most wins – 11 – in the history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and that’s with one night of games still to go. That comes against just two losses, both with the ACC team on the road. And while the ACC has a commanding 12-5-2 all-time record in the Challenge, this year stands out.

Last night’s 5-1 mark – with Nebraska’s 71-62 win over Boston College as the lone Big Ten win – keeps the ACC rolling at 11-2 overall.

… Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, November 25, 2017

by - Published November 24, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Hoping all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

While Thanksgiving has long been a day for football, the day also has slowly seen college basketball joining the pigskin more regularly in the last decade, and Turkey Day this year brought a good number of savory matchups. Even more than that, it was a day for resurgence for a number of schools who sent a message to not count them out, some showing that their seasons are not over after the loss of a key player, others displaying that they are not ready to fade from the national spotlight just yet, after many had assumed they have done just that.

Earlier this week, most seemed to want to declare Missouri’s year a lost cause, if not ready to out-and-out crash in flames. That was after the announcement that prized freshman Michael Porter will have back surgery and likely miss the rest of the season, which also came after a pair of underwhelming performances in its previous two games. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 23, 2017

by - Published November 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all on this holiday. Hoping your day is filled with family, turkey, football, and maybe some basketball too.

Armed with boatloads of money, the Battle 4 Atlantis has quickly become one of the more prominent early season college basketball tournaments with some flat-out loaded fields in its short history, to the point where some call it the sport’s premier tourney. We’d still go with the Maui Invitational, which at least is played in an arena, not a ballroom that is lit like it might be a spaceship, but it’s hard to argue with the teams that have gathered in the Bahamas for this tourney.

Still, this year’s field had a look of being quite top-loaded, with distinct favorites in all four quarterfinal games. Arizona (No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll), Villanova (No. 5) and Purdue (No. 18) were the only teams close to the national rankings coming in. It stands to reason, then, that it was nothing less than stunning to see two of those three lose Wednesday, as well as a third favorite go down to end the day. … Continue Reading

Twenty teams to keep an eye on in 2017-18

by - Published November 2, 2017 in Columns

There are 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams. No more, and certainly no less.

That has always been the guiding principle for how we’ve followed college hoops, from a young age on. Regardless of school budget, or endowment, or how many pros it has generated, or how much TV money it receives from its conference.

Big or small, the fact of the matter is, as Lefty Driesell used to point out, every D-I school gets the same amount of scholarships. In a sport with such limited rosters and where only five players can be on the floor at the same time, good teams can come from anywhere. That’s been proven time and time again in the NCAA Tournament for decades. And in our quest for knowledge, that’s why we’ve always preferred to leave no stone unturned in trying to find good teams. … Continue Reading

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