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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 28, 2017

by - Published November 28, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Frank Martin is a heck of an accomplished coach, as well as one of the true personalities in college basketball these days, and he’s deservingly recognized for both. He also is a coach who sees the big picture, though, far more than most like him, and for that many who enjoy this sport should be grateful.

Martin did something for the second time this month that you might see some major schools do once in a decade (if you’re lucky): playing a road game against a less-than prominent program. His South Carolina team opened its season on the road at Wofford of the Southern Conference, and last night the Gamecocks played at Florida International, coming away with a 78-61 victory after getting a fight for a half in Miami. Chris Silva continued his superb play early in the season and scored a career-best 26 points and that eastern USC eventually took care of business to move to 5-1 this year. … 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

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

2016-17 Horizon League Post-Mortem

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

The 2016-17 season continued a run of a bumpy couple of years for the Horizon League, with more than its share of changes and challenges.

The Horizon was already due for something of a transition season after a recent rash of coaching changes. Four league schools changed coaches after the 2015-16 season, coming on the heels of three more doing so the year before. Add in two more (Cleveland State and Youngstown State) with new coaches after this most recent silly season, and the chaos has been so ridiculous that Illinois-Chicago’s Steve McClain is the second-longest tenured coach in the league. McClain just completed his second season with the Flames.

Still, the news in 2016-17 wasn’t all bad. Four Horizon teams won at least 20 games, three of them 24 or more. Two made it to the NIT, including an at-large bid for Valparaiso, and Oakland went to Clemson and knocked off the ACC Tigers. Northern Kentucky was a great story, rising from an afterthought to one of the league’s best teams. Wright State was better than expected in Scott Nagy’s first year, and the Horizon even made a modest improvement of one spot in the conference RPI (to 17th, per CBSSports.com). … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, February 27, 2017

by - Published February 27, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Conference tournaments beckon, and with that being the case the lobbying for NCAA Tournament bids is about to ramp up from all directions. Naturally, coaches will do a lot of that, both for their team and teams they play against in their conference, but some in the media will as well. This year, the field is ripe for that perhaps more than ever. In fact, you have to wonder if some of the “traditional” ways teams are evaluated by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will not be followed so much this year.

For one unconventional case, I give you Conference USA regular season champion Middle Tennessee, who clinched that title with a 66-64 win at UAB on Sunday.

… Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 25, 2017

by - Published February 25, 2017 in The Morning Dish

For one last time this season, Friday was a light night with certain leagues being featured. Along the way, a couple of regular season titles are settled, while others are much closer to being settled.

Monmouth already clinched the regular season title in the MAAC, but they want to go into the conference tournament playing well. They continue to do that, beating a good Siena team 77-73 for their 15th straight win. After being left out of the NCAA Tournament last year in a questionable decision by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, Monmouth is leaving nothing to chance this time.

… Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 18, 2017

by - Published February 18, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Horizon League, though led largely by Valparaiso, Oakland and Wright State since Butler was in the league (and often contenders back then), has given us some good battles. Just when it looked like Valpo had things locked up, Oakland reminded us that they can’t be counted out.

Greg Kampe’s teams always seem to find a way to have a chance, at the very least. Friday night’s 82-71 win over Valparaiso gave the Golden Grizzlies a season sweep of the Crusaders and keeps them in the mix for the regular season title.

… Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation: Notes from the first weekend of Jan. league play

by - Published January 9, 2017 in Columns

It was a rather docile first full weekend of January, early in the conference portion of the college basketball season. Here are some quick hit notes from around the country, from A (Arizona) to…well, at least W (Western Illinois):

  • Sometimes the effect of a single player being out of the lineup is overdone, but early on it sure looks like Sindarius Thornwell’s return for South Carolina is a game-changer. Thornwell totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds and six steals in his first game back and then posted 16, seven and five in those categories Saturday in a 79-68 win against Texas A&M. We’re thinking the Gamecocks look good to emerge as the second- or third-best team in the SEC; in fact, mark down Jan. 18 and Feb. 21. That’s when Frank Martin’s team plays Florida.

… Continue Reading

2015-16 Horizon League Post-Mortem

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

For a year at least, the Horizon League harkened back to some glory years, and we’re not talking about 2010 and 2011.

Butler’s back-to-back NCAA title game appearances those years are remembered most recently, and because of their relatively current nature are what most will instantaneously cite as the high water mark of the Horizon. This past season didn’t have that-or even an NCAA Tournament win for that matter-but it was reminiscent of a time when the league was one of the more consistently entertaining ones in the country, as well as capable of more than occasional national noise. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 7, 2016

by - Published April 7, 2016 in The Morning Dish

With the 2015-16 season now complete, attention turns to news about college basketball players making decisions on entering the NBA Draft-some going, some thinking of going, some staying.

In the past two days, Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis, Connecticut’s Daniel Hamilton, Marquette’s Henry Ellenson, Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis, Vanderbilt’s Wade Baldwin and Boise State’s James Webb all declared that not only are they in the draft, but they are signing with agents and plan to stay. On the other hand, Duke’s Grayson Allen announced yesterday that he is staying for another year, while Oakland’s Kahlil Felder plans to test the draft process but hasn’t made an official decision on staying or going. … Continue Reading

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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.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

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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

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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.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 8, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a bizarre finish to an early-season tournament game, the Pac-12’s early struggles, Florida teams going in different directions and two northeast teams trending less relevant even as they excite fans at a famous arena.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

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In our pre-Thanksgiving podcast, we look at a key injury that is likely to be devastating for his team and an under-the-radar 4-0 week, then move on to some early SEC impressions and a couple of teams that just continue to win.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

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The season is almost here, and we take a look at some of what to expect this coming season. We have preseason polls, conference changes, a look at some conferences and some matchups to start the season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

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The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.