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The Morning Dish – Friday, December 1, 2017

by - Published December 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On paper, Notre Dame playing at Michigan State was a matchup of a pair of top-five teams Thursday night. The product on the court, though, suggested teams on two entirely different levels.

Whether that is truth in the long term remains to be seen and will be born out over the course of the season. On Thursday, though, the combination of a talented, loaded team playing at a high level early in the season plus a rabid home crowd meant an early-season top-five showdown wasn’t much of a contest at all, as the No. 3-ranked Spartans built a 20-point halftime lead and easily handled the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish 81-63, allowing the Big Ten to save some face in the final game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. … 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

The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 12, 2017

by - Published November 12, 2017 in The Morning Dish

If Friday’s open of the college basketball season was a celebration (even if a somewhat unsatisfying one, with its smorgasbord of lousy guarantee games and non-Division I opponents), then Saturday must’ve been the hangover.

At the least, the second day of the season was once again a reality check. A reminder of not only how poorly college hoops starts its year, but also how a current attempt to address it gets it all wrong.

As was mentioned this past spring and summer, there’s a movement in college basketball looking seriously at starting the season even earlier than it already does. As if opening barely 10 days after Halloween isn’t already early enough. … Continue Reading

A game a day for the 2017-18 season: February

by - Published November 9, 2017 in Columns

We conclude our look at our favorite games for every day of the season from November through February, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: Montana State at North Dakota. One of the Big Sky’s favorites this year travels to face last year’s regular season and tourney champions. Also some serious individual talent in this game, with the Bobcats’ Tyler Hall and UND’s Geno Crandall. Honorable mention: Middle Tennessee State at Old Dominion

Feb. 2: Yale at Princeton. Another huge Ivy League game. The Tigers swept the Bulldogs in three meetings last year-including the Ivy tourney final-and are probably being undersold this year. Honorable mention: Illinois-Chicago at Oakland … Continue Reading

A game a day for the 2017-18 season: January

by - Published November 8, 2017 in Columns

We roll on with a look at our favorite games for every day of the season, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

To refresh: in some cases they’re the biggest matchup of the day, in others they may be what we think will be the best game for any reason, whether it be competitiveness, rivalry, atmosphere, etc. We started on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, and today we move into January:

Jan. 1: West Virginia at Kansas State. Most every conference surrenders Jan. 1 to college football this year save for the SWAC and a couple Big 12 games. Bob Huggins heads back to his previous stop, where the Wildcats have a prime opportunity for one of those name wins that got them into the NCAA Tournament last year. Honorable mention: Southern at Texas Southern

Jan. 2: Michigan at Iowa. If the Hawkeyes are an NCAA Tournament team, Fran McCaffery’s history says they’ll probably get off to a smoking hot start to the season through about 20 games. They also almost certainly have to win games like this at home. Honorable mention: Vermont at Harvard … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 8, 2017

by - Published November 8, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning.

With just two days remaining before the 2017-18 season commences (at last), we roll on with Hoopville’s preseason briefs on all 32 NCAA Division I conferences:

The Mountain West’s slippage continued last year, as a once reliable multi-bid conference (many forget the league put five in the NCAA Tournament in 2013) sent just one for the second straight season, and with that team exiting quietly in the first round. On paper it looks like more of the same this year, especially since bellwethers New Mexico and UNLV are building. Defending champion Nevada is the favorite, mainly because it brings in four big-name transfers expected to make up for the loss of three starters who averaged darn near 50 points per game. A number of teams qualify for sleeper statu, though, and could overtake the Wolf Pack. It will be interesting to follow what tweaks Brian Dutcher may make in his first year in charge at San Diego State, which reportedly dominated USC in a scrimmage; Boise State is traditionally an excellent offensive team and has a star in Chandler Hutchison; Fresno State returns four starters from a team that-like Boise-made an NIT trip; Wyoming surprised with a fast-paced, three-point bombing offense and won the CBI, and Colorado State will always be a tough out as long as Larry Eustachy is on the sideline.

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A game a day for the 2017-18 season: December

by - Published November 7, 2017 in Columns

Continuing a look at our favorite games for every day of the 2017-18 college basketball season. We started yesterday with November, and today we continue with December:

Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Duquesne. This city matchup will take on a little more urgency this year after the Dukes knocked off Pitt a year ago to end a 15-game losing streak in the series. Honorable mention: Purdue at Maryland in Big Ten games…on Dec. 1?

Dec. 2: Cincinnati at Xavier. On a day with several really appealing. if maybe less unsung matchups (Wichita State/Baylor; Colorado/Colorado State; Vermont/Bucknell; Princeton/Miami [Fla.]; USC/SMU), the headliner is still easily one of the very best rivalries in the sport going on three decades now. Honorable mention: Providence at Rhode Island … Continue Reading

A game a day for the 2017-18 season: November

by - Published November 6, 2017 in Columns

It doesn’t matter how big or realistic television resolutions get, or how much fun it might be to follow social media feeds during a sporting event. There is no substitution for being there. And never will be.

When it comes to college basketball, one of the many beauties of the sport is it provides so many different experiences when you are there. There is Syracuse’s mammoth, 33,000-seat Carrier Dome and Cal State Northridge’s Matadome, which fits in 2,400-after recently adding a second level of bleachers to increase capacity by 50%. BYU has the Marriott Center (capacity: 19,000, even after some recent reductions); UNC Asheville plays in Kimmel Arena. And whether the Cougars are hosting Gonzaga in a battle of WCC heavyweights or UNCA is facing Winthrop for Big South supremacy in 3,200-seat Kimmel, the atmosphere will be almost equally electric for both. … Continue Reading

2017-18 CBB Preview Questions: The one giant, unquantifiable variable

by - Published November 6, 2017 in Columns

Of the many questions one can conjure up entering a season (Who’s the national title favorite? Why is Team XYZ only a 7 seed and not a 6 in someone’s preseason bracketology? How much more hideous can court designs get?), all of them take on a trivial quality this year, even more than they ever might have in the past.

Lurking high over any and all unknowns this coming college basketball season, and probably future ones too, is this: just how many teams are going to be affected by the FBI’s investigation into the sport, and how badly will those teams feel pain-if they do at all? … Continue Reading

2016-17 ACC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 12, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The ACC began the season with grand expectations surrounding it, and ended the season with the national champion. In between, however, is where the stories really were about the conference and those expectations.

From the outset, many wondered if the ACC could at least match the 2010-11 Big East and put 11 of its teams into the NCAA Tournament. The thought was the conference had enough good teams to do it. As the season went on and ACC teams got some good non-conference wins, this continued. In fact, as of January, almost every ACC team had a legitimate chance to reach the NCAA Tournament by virtue of having a non-conference resume just good enough to get by and then having so many quality win opportunities in the ACC.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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