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2016-17 Big 12 Post-Mortem

by - Published June 26, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Any other college basketball conference in the country would go gaga for what constituted as a down year for the Big 12 in 2016-17.

After two straight years as the top-ranked conference in the country in the RPI (some RPI data had it as three straight), the Big 12 slipped out of that spot-all the way down to second. Also, after three straight years with seven of its 10 teams in the NCAA Tournament, the league fell down-to six, sending merely 60% of its members to the Big Dance instead of 70%. And while the league’s incredible streak of 38 consecutive weeks of having at least five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 ended when just four were selected to the preseason poll, every single Big 12 team received votes in either the AP or coaches poll during the season, and six of them were ranked at some time.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 13, 2017

by - Published February 13, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Once upon a time, Virginia Tech had a certain place in college basketball. They were the team that was always right there on the bubble and never quite seemed to have enough on their resume to get over the hump and into the NCAA Tournament. You could count on them being right there every year as if it had joined death and taxes among life’s certainties.

When Seth Allen put up a short left-handed shot that dropped with 3.1 seconds left in double overtime on Sunday night, he just might have put the Hokies into the NCAA Tournament.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 31, 2017

by - Published January 31, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Few teams are riding more of a roller coaster this year than Oklahoma State, but after their Monday night game at rival Oklahoma, it’s looking more and more like this season might turn out all right for the Cowboys yet.

Like its season, Oklahoma State had times in its Bedlam matchup last night where it alternately looked on its way to greatness and teetered on the brink. Just when it looked like an opportunity had gone by the wayside, though, the Cowboys came up with two steals in the backcourt, Phil Forte hit a go-ahead three-pointer and OSU stunned the Sooners 68-66 at the Lloyd Noble Center.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 19, 2017

by - Published January 19, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Well, now we know what’s behind one of the real mysteries of this college basketball season: the absence of Arizona guard Allonzo Trier. It’s entirely possible that we won’t see him at all this season.

On a busy night of games, this story takes the lead. It brings in a lot of different subjects.

Trier, who just turned 21 on Tuesday, figured to be a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate, as well as an All-America candidate after he came on strong the latter part of last season. Dillon Brooks might have been the favorite for that, but Trier was there in most projections. But he was pulled out of Media Day, and while not playing, he still sat on the bench during games, which does not always happen when a player is suspended or ineligible. As time went on and the Wildcats didn’t have him, you wondered if they were going to level off just as you thought about how good they could be with him, considering they have been winning without him.

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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.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 22, 2016

by - Published December 22, 2016 in The Morning Dish

As heated as it has become, with two power broker coaches and both teams annually in the top 10, if you didn’t know the history it would be hard to imagine a team could have dominated the Kentucky/Louisville series recently, but entering their matchup this year the Wildcats were doing exactly that.

Kentucky entered Wednesday’s meeting having won eight of nine over the Cardinals, including four straight. A few more UK wins and it might be argued that there is no rivalry anymore, not until Louisville starts taking victory honors a little more frequently.

Suffice to say there are no such worries of this series diminishing any time soon. Not as long as John Calipari and Rick Pitino are on the sidelines and as long as the two play hotly contested games like they did last night, when Louisville earned a 73-70 victory at home. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, November 21, 2016

by - Published November 21, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The first week-plus has not exactly gone the way Mike Krzyzewski probably drew it up, but Duke has emerged from it in a pretty good place. If they were a stock, you might buy them.

The Blue Devils capped a challenging stretch to open the season with a 75-65 win over a good Rhode Island team on Sunday to capture the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut. It was a game that showed what this team can do as well as its ceiling.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 18, 2016

by - Published November 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Like too many events in the ever increasingly (and overly) cluttered landscape of college basketball exempted tournaments, the Tire Pros Invitational has something of an identity crisis.

Of course, some of that is because the event is actually the former Puerto Rico Tip-Off, which was moved to the U.S. mainland this year due to concerns about the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, and thus is being played at the same place that will host the Advocare Invitational in less than a week. Even if the event were back in its regular location, though, it would look very similar to so many events like it, another generic eight-team event regularly played before pitiful crowds that has made this a dime-a-dozen part of the season.
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2016-17 CBB Preview Questions: Can the sport shake its self-inflicted identity crisis?

by - Published November 8, 2016 in Columns

As the 2016-17 college basketball season nears, one would think the caretakers of the sport should feel pretty good about its state.

The most recent NCAA Tournament provided a likable champion and one of the sport’s all-time greatest title games and finishes. The recent script that has seen freshmen dominating the sport was flipped, with juniors and seniors the top players in the country, regardless of how much some TV networks tried to tell us otherwise.

The long-desired goal to have more scoring was accomplished, and the aim to clean up physical defense was largely met. And, thus far, they did not come by sacrificing the parity and inclusiveness that forms so much of what makes the sport attractive nationally. … Continue Reading

Twenty teams to keep an eye on in 2016-17

by - Published November 7, 2016 in Columns

Different people enjoy college basketball for different reasons. It’s part of what makes the sport so enjoyable for some of us.

At the risk of being self-indulgent, one of the attractions of college basketball for me, from the time first watching the NCAA Tournament in 1987 at nine years old, but even earlier in that hoop season, has always been that you just never know where the next story will come from in this sport. The unpredictability, the joy of a team coming out of nowhere or finding out something about a team you knew next to nothing about-or even a team you thought you knew-is a big part of what makes the sport unique from so many others.

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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.

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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.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

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In our first off-season edition, we look back on the season that just ended, including redemption for one team and a big development for a conference that has had more questions than success on the hardwood. We also look at players coming and going, as well as big coaching news on a day where there was a lot of it.

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Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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