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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 9, 2017

by - Published December 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On a light night of college basketball, the Hall of Fame Classic tripleheader at the Staples Center took center stage. And it was the middle game that we can take the most from, particularly one program that is on the path to overachieving.

We’ve talked about USC here in recent times, as the Trojans have thus far not lived up to expectations. They entered the season thought of as a Pac-12 contender and a top 10 team nationally. It was thought that this might be one of their best teams in a long time. Thus far, though, they have just looked okay, especially in their toughest tests.

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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 – Monday, November 27, 2017

by - Published November 27, 2017 in The Morning Dish

When the PK80 Invitational came to fruition, there was much to be excited about. The field was tremendous, carrying with it the promise of a number of great matchups and being in all the kind of event college basketball needs. With the event now in the books, it’s fair to say it delivered and then some, especially at the very end.

There were blowouts, to be sure, but Sunday had two great matchups for championships and the second one – the last game of the event – was at least as good as any of the first 23 games. It was well worth staying up for if you were on the east coast. And the result was a familiar one.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 25, 2017

by - Published November 25, 2017 in The Morning Dish

While one of the final games of Friday will go down as the best one of the day, it was in the middle of the game action that we had perhaps the most telling game. We found out something about both teams, although for a while it appeared that the result would be more than a little different.

Duke found a way to win, and Texas let one get away. Actually, Duke was willed to win largely by the best freshman in the country and a solid cohort, and Texas let one get away.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 9, 2017

by - Published November 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning.

We are now on the eve of the regular season, which is just one day away. Mercifully.

We move on with Hoopville’s preseason rundown of all 32 NCAA Division I conferences:

Bucknell is a prohibitive favorite in the Patriot League this year. Such is the case when a team returns its top nine scorers, all five starters, four all-conference picks (two on the first team) and a player in 6-foot-9 center Nana Foulland who was the conference’s player of the year and defensive player of the year. The Bison are not just experienced but also well-rounded and could make national noise early-they open with Monmouth, Arkansas, North Carolina and Maryland-and late in the NCAA Tournament, where a big season could get them a workable draw like the 9 seed they nabbed in 2006. Perennial nemesis Lehigh, Navy (four starters back), Colgate (likewise) and Boston University should provide enough competition to keep Bucknell sharp. … Continue Reading

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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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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