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2016-17 Conference USA Post-Mortem

by - Published June 22, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Now that’s the way to build on a program-defining moment.

After stunning Michigan State as a 15 seed in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Middle Tennessee State could’ve faded into obscurity and been for all intents and purposes a one-hit wonder, a nice program making a brief national cameo. Instead, the Blue Raiders didn’t just fade, they were considerably better, and certainly the story of the 2016-17 season for Conference USA.

Middle Tennessee built on arguably the greatest moment in the school’s basketball history with what was likely the best season in school history. The Blue Raiders won 31 games, drubbing a couple SEC teams along the way, blew through C-USA for regular season and tournament titles, and won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The latter put them among an elite group of just 15 schools to win at least one NCAA tourney main draw game each of the last two years. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 26, 2017

by - Published January 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As Ted Sarandis and I talk about in our latest podcast, Tuesday night was a tough one to top when it comes to wild nights of college basketball. Wednesday might not have kept it going all the way, but certainly gave Tuesday a run for its money.

Home teams continued to win, with the big surprises being Georgia Tech blowing out Florida State 78-56 and Georgetown handling Creighton 71-51. Those results by themselves are shocking only in the margin of victory; what it gets to even more so is life on the road in college basketball, though the latter result also includes a team on the road playing their second game without an injured point guard.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook – Dec. 14, 2016

by - Published December 14, 2016 in Columns

George Mason guard Marquise Moore has been nothing short of spectacular this year and should be playing himself into not just serious contention for Atlantic 10 player of the year honors, but possible national recognition as well. Moore is averaging 17.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game-as a 6-foot-2 guard. Add in his 3.6 assists per game, his 51.7% field goal percentage and the Patriots’ current eight-game winning streak, and this is a player who deserves to be noticed on the national scene as one of the best players in the country and one of the most unique. Oh, and Moore also hasn’t made a single three-pointer all season yet (in five attempts). Mason has made a serious turnaround after an ugly 1-3 start to the season, and is a team to be watched in the scuffling A-10, where there certainly appears to be room for upward mobility. (Note: we see Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis indeed is onto Moore with a note on him in his mailbag today…good start.) … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 24, 2016

by - Published November 24, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all today…

A pair of top 10 ACC teams faced similar opponents on Wednesday, with dramatically different-but ultimately successful-results.

North Carolina matched up with Wisconsin in a highly anticipated Maui Invitational final, considered even a possible Final Four preview by some. About a half hour later, Louisville tipped off with Old Dominion in a Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinal in a game considerably less anticipated, but on that, as it went on, took the distinct feeling of a 4-vs.-13 game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, with the lower seed a significant thorn in the higher seed’s side. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 15, 2016

by - Published November 15, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The toughness that helped Villanova win a national championship a year ago was on display for the country to see, just two games into the Wildcats’ defense of their title.

In a terrific display of just what college basketball can be when high-level teams embrace playing games at home sites on campus-and not in antiseptic neutral site NBA arenas-the Wildcats held off Purdue 79-76 Monday night at the Boilermakers’ Mackey Arena. And we do mean “held off.”
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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 12, 2016

by - Published November 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish

And we’re off and running on the 2016-17 season. The first official game of the season, with a noon Eastern tip, was Middle Tennessee’s 102-64 win over Milligan. Everything followed from there, peaking with the early evening games on two fronts.

Opening night tends to be a good mix of lopsided matchups and really good ones. We saw plenty of both, and we’ll focus more on the dandies after noting some surprises and close calls.

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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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The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 3, 2016

by - Published November 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Welcome back to the Morning Dish for the 2016-17 season. Opening night is just eight days away, and as we get closer to the first counting games we continue Hoopville’s brief conference looks entering the season.

Few leagues were more balanced last year than the Atlantic Sun, where all eight teams were plenty capable of beating each other, evidenced by the conference’s cellar-sharing teams (Stetson and USC Upstate) winning a combined four times against the teams seeded first and second in the conference tourney. North Florida won the regular season crown a year ago but was blitzed in the league tourney semis by Florida Gulf Coast, and the Eagles are the prohibitive favorite entering this year. Marc-Eddy Norelia should be the most dominant player in the league and FGCU has enough size, experience and talent to make some noise out of conference, too.

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2015-16 Conference USA Post-Mortem

by - Published June 2, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

After being largely ignored and certainly disrespected throughout the regular season, Conference USA made the biggest noise on the first weekend of the postseason with Middle Tennessee State’s 90-81 victory over second-seeded Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Despite their 21 wins in the regular season and three in the conference tournament, the Blue Raiders were rated no better than a No. 15 seed as the league’s only NCAA representative. Regular-season champion UAB, a 26-game winner at the time at-large invitations were issued, had to settle for the NIT.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 31, 2016

by - Published March 31, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The college basketball season is a journey in every way, and few demonstrated that better this year than Old Dominion.

The Monarchs’ 2014-15 campaign was truly a long and eventful one, full of ups and downs, successes and disappointments. It may not have always lived up to expectations on the outside, but there were plenty of reasons for that. Still, it would be hard to argue that ODU didn’t make the best of it.

That was illustrated again Wednesday night, when in their 38th game the Monarchs edged Oakland 68-67 to win the first-ever Vegas 16 tournament title. ODU ended an up-and-down season on a high and also won a debuting postseason tourney for the second time, having also taken the initial CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2009. … 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.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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