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The Morning Dish – Friday, March 23, 2018

by - Published March 23, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As little order as there has been in college basketball this year, an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight that so far includes a 3 seed, two 9 seeds and an 11 seems strangely appropriate.

A bizarre season and bizarre NCAA tourney became only moreso Thursday, as lower seeds won three of four regional final games. Such a down-is-up, left-is-right tourney has it been that an 11 seed winning Thursday night was barely an upset at all compared to the other happenings.

The 11 seed moving on is Loyola Chicago, which edged No. 7 Nevada 69-68 to continue an incredible postseason run. A team that would not have been in the tourney if not for winning the Missouri Valley Conference final, the Ramblers’ first NCAA Tournament trip in 33 years now has won three tourney games by a combined four points, and the school is suddenly just three wins away from duplicating its 1963 feat when it won the national championship. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 4, 2018

by - Published March 4, 2018 in The Morning Dish

After a few years away-what could even be called a long absence for a program so used to postseason success-Murray State is back in the NCAA Tournament. And it couldn’t be in much more satisfying fashion.

The Racers became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2018 NCAA tourney on Saturday, pulling away late from recent nemesis Belmont for a 68-51 win in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Evansville, Ind. Murray State improved to 26-5, won its 13th straight game and capped a stretch run that saw it come from behind late in the season to overtake Belmont for the OVC regular season title and then take down the Bruins with authority in the tourney final. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 2, 2018

by - Published March 2, 2018 in The Morning Dish

It appeared Thursday night was going to offer us yet another instance of a top-ranked team losing this season when Virginia looked on its way to a sure loss at Louisville Thursday night. The Cavaliers trailed by four points, and there was less than one second left on the clock.

No problem. All it took was two made free throws, a travel on the baseline by a Cardinals player inbounding the ball, and then a banked in three-pointer at the buzzer.

Voila. Virginia 67, Louisville 66. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 8, 2017

by - Published November 8, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning.

With just two days remaining before the 2017-18 season commences (at last), we roll on with Hoopville’s preseason briefs on all 32 NCAA Division I conferences:

The Mountain West’s slippage continued last year, as a once reliable multi-bid conference (many forget the league put five in the NCAA Tournament in 2013) sent just one for the second straight season, and with that team exiting quietly in the first round. On paper it looks like more of the same this year, especially since bellwethers New Mexico and UNLV are building. Defending champion Nevada is the favorite, mainly because it brings in four big-name transfers expected to make up for the loss of three starters who averaged darn near 50 points per game. A number of teams qualify for sleeper statu, though, and could overtake the Wolf Pack. It will be interesting to follow what tweaks Brian Dutcher may make in his first year in charge at San Diego State, which reportedly dominated USC in a scrimmage; Boise State is traditionally an excellent offensive team and has a star in Chandler Hutchison; Fresno State returns four starters from a team that-like Boise-made an NIT trip; Wyoming surprised with a fast-paced, three-point bombing offense and won the CBI, and Colorado State will always be a tough out as long as Larry Eustachy is on the sideline.

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2016-17 OVC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 5, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The beat continued to go on in 2016-17 for one of the model college basketball programs in the entire country.

A move to the Ohio Valley Conference has proven no problem for Belmont, which under Rick Byrd continues to win games and championships, graduate players, and largely avoid being plundered by the transferring epidemic that has stung many programs like it. The Bruins were outstanding again this past year, winning their fourth regular season title in five years of membership in the OVC, and doing so in dominant fashion with a 15-1 record in league play five games better than anyone else.

The Belmont resume is impressive, almost staggering. Between the OVC and their former home in the Atlantic Sun, the Bruins have won nine regular season titles over the last 12 years. That stretch has also included seven NCAA Tournament trips, as well as three more appearances in the NIT in that time which have resulted in three wins from seeds fifth or lower. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 2, 2017

by - Published March 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

There was still doubt even coming into Wednesday night, but you can say it now: Northwestern is going to the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats ended all doubt, and in the most dramatic of fashion, with a 67-65 overtime win over Michigan on Wednesday. Nathan Taphorn threw a length-of-the-court inbounds pass that somehow found Dererk Pardon, who scored at the buzzer to give them maybe the biggest win yet of a breakthrough season.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 1, 2017

by - Published March 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

One game is just one game, but sometimes in the course of the rather short college basketball season it makes all the difference.

As Selection Sunday 2017 nears, Vanderbilt down the stretch has become one of the most intriguing case studies of this season. The Commodores have heated up late, have a top-rated schedule and are highly recommended by pretty much every computer rating imaginable. They also have a record that screams mediocrity.

Vanderbilt had a golden opportunity on Tuesday, though, to pretty up that record in more ways than one. A win at Kentucky would’ve moved the Commodores to 17-13 overall and also been an undeniable name-brand quality win of the highest order, certain to make them an even hotter subject than they’ve been. Alas, Vandy couldn’t make an early 19-point lead hold up to the end, and the Wildcats emerged for a 73-67 win in the biggest rally in John Calipari’s time coaching there. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 8, 2016

by - Published November 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Good Tuesday morning.

As the regular season is now just three days away, we continue Hoopville’s preseason rundown of all 32  NCAA Division I conferences:

The Northeast Conference in recent years is annually one of the most balanced leagues in the country. This year there is a clear favorite, though, as Fairleigh Dickinson returns almost everyone from last year’s freshmen and sophomore-dominated team that reached the NCAA Tournament. Wagner should provide FDU a stiff challenge while Bryant and Robert Morris will be intriguing to watch after both had rare off years. The Colonials in particular had a stunning fall, sinking to 10-22 after four straight 20-win seasons, so a major bounce back by Andrew Toole’s team would not be a surprise. … Continue Reading

2015-16 OVC Post-Mortem

by - Published August 24, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

No longer just the stomping grounds for a few elite teams, the Ohio Valley Conference unveiled a deeper version of itself in the 2015-16 campaign.

Contrary to history, the OVC was more than just longtime flagbearer Murray State or recent challengers Belmont or Eastern Kentucky, as six teams finished within two games of the top record in the conference. Belmont led the pack, but just barely, with three teams just one game behind and two more two games back.

As if that wasn’t enough, it was the OVC’s No. 8 regular season team that won its conference tournament. Austin Peay won four games in the league tourney, knocking off Belmont and then West Division co-champion Tennessee-Martin on the way to snapping an eight-year NCAA Tournament drought. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 4, 2016

by - Published March 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish

With the way this season has played out from the first night of November, it’s no surprise whatsoever that it has taken just three days of conference tournaments to see complete destruction in some brackets.

Top seeds have played in four tournaments so far. Two of the four 1 seeds and two of the four 2 seeds already have been eliminated. So have two 3 seeds. If you want the best chance to still be playing in the America East, Atlantic Sun, Northeast Conference or Patriot League, you want to be a…4 seed?
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