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NCAA Tournament second weekend notes: Newcomers give us an attractive Final Four

by - Published March 27, 2017 in Columns

For an event that started with a relative thud by its lofty standards, the 79th NCAA Tournament sure has made up some ground as it hits the homestretch.

Sputtering out of the gate with a largely uneventful first round, this year’s tourney has picked up steam since in the categories of close games, upsets and storylines. It will culminate this coming weekend with one of the more fascinating Final Four quartets in some time, and certainly its most unlikely since the 2011 event included Butler, Connecticut, Kentucky and VCU. … Continue Reading

College Basketball Tonight – March 26, 2017

by - Published March 27, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to College Basketball Tonight after the regional finals. The Final Four teams remain, and we talk about how those teams punched their tickets to Phoenix.

Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian joins us as a guest in the first segment, and we discuss the program he has built at his alma mater and get his insights on the regional finals over the weekend. Christian led his team to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years and gives great insight into the players and teams who are heading to Phoenix.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 26, 2017

by - Published March 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Half of this year’s Final Four is set, and we can already say this much: good luck choosing just one sentimental favorite.

One team already in has never been to the Final Four, period, and 20 years ago was an undistinguished if respected regional program that no one in their wildest dreams could’ve imagined would very soon become one of the top national names of all in the sport. The other hasn’t been to the national semifinals since 1939, the first year of the NCAA Tournament and a year in which its team known as the Tall Firs won the national title.

(As if that wasn’t enough, it also has Donald Duck as its mascot) … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 24, 2017

by - Published March 24, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It can be argued rather easily that no two programs in college basketball have been so consistently good for the last 30 years while still being kept from making a Final Four appearance as Gonzaga and Xavier. One of those two will still have heartache after Saturday, but the far better news is that one will not.

It’s only fitting that the Bulldogs and Musketeers will square off on Saturday, with one guaranteed to make its first-ever national semifinals appearance. The two Catholic schools moving on in the West Regional was the highlight of an eventful first night of the 2017 NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.

The two basketball-first schools both move to the brink of their first trip to the Final Four as Gonzaga edged West Virginia 61-58 and Xavier tripped up Arizona 73-71. It was also a night where Kansas established itself as the national title frontrunner-at least for now-while the team in the highlighter yellow uniforms-Oregon-lurked quietly but still advanced to its second straight Elite Eight. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, March 20, 2017

by - Published March 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

16 teams now remain in the NCAA Tournament, and chances are, there is at least one or two among them that you did not expect. And likewise, there is probably a team or two that you expected to be alive that is not.

It was that kind of weekend. The first round might not have had much in the way of drama or upsets, but the second round made up for that, including on Sunday where two No. 2 seeds went down. One of them was a team many felt had a case for a No. 1 seed. Ted Sarandis and I talk about all of this and much more on College Basketball Tonight.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 13, 2017

by - Published March 13, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The stage is set. We know the 68 teams and the initial matchups. And considering how the picture looked a week or so ago, there were remarkably few real surprises in terms of who was in and who was out of the NCAA Tournament field.

We know that the last four teams in were Kansas State, Providence, USC and Wake Forest, and the first four out were Cal, Illinois State, Iowa and Syracuse. The latter four will be top seeds in the NIT, a small consolation prize.

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College Basketball Tonight – March 12, 2017

by - Published March 13, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to College Basketball Tonight! We are pleased to bring you this fine program here on Hoopville. College Basketball Tonight is a comprehensive look at the 2017 NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran broadcaster Ted Sarandis.

In this edition, the field for the 2017 NCAA Tournament is set. We know who is in and who is out, as well as the initial matchups.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 12, 2017

by - Published March 12, 2017 in The Morning Dish

This year’s NCAA Tournament is poised to have a number of great stories, including four schools making their first appearances ever (and a fifth in Northwestern almost certain to).

None will be better, though, than New Orleans. The Southland Conference regular season champion Privateers clinched their spot in the field with a 68-65 overtime victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and you can bet you’ll be hearing about UNO’s journey to get there for the next week, until it faces almost certainly a 1 or 2 seed (or maybe even a 16 seed) in its first game. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 23, 2017

by - Published February 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It seems like when Duke and Syracuse meet, an instant classic is likely on the way. Maybe conference realignment isn’t so bad after all. (Okay, I’m kidding on that one.)

The first time these two teams met in the regular season as ACC foes, Syracuse pulled out a memorable win in overtime that captured the attention of college basketball fans on a very busy Saturday. Later that season, Duke held off the Orange in Durham with Jim Boeheim flipping out.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, February 17, 2017

by - Published February 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

After unexpectedly making as much news as just about any team in the country a year ago, Monmouth has been conspicuously quiet on the national scene this year. But don’t be fooled.

Out of the spotlight, the Hawks have been loading up for another run at an NCAA Tournament appearance, quietly dominating the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Monmouth also now has the distinction of being the first team in Division I to guarantee itself a postseason berth, wrapping up no less than an NIT bid after clinching the MAAC regular season title with a 93-75 roll past Niagara Thursday night. … Continue Reading

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College Basketball Tonight – March 26, 2017

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In the latest edition of College Basketball Tonight, we break down the regional finals as the Final Four is all set. A pair of special guests join us to help break the games down.

College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2017

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The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in the books, and after two rounds that could not be more different. Ted Sarandis leads the way as we break down the first two rounds, as well as coaching news that emerged over the weekend.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 18, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we look back on the first round games in the NCAA Tournament, starting with a couple of terrific performances on Friday night.

College Basketball Tonight – March 12, 2017

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We bring you College Basketball Tonight, a comprehensive look at the 2017 NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran broadcaster Ted Sarandis. The NCAA Tournament field is set, and we break down each region as well as some big picture subjects.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2017, Part 2

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