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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 28, 2018

by - Published March 28, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The NIT championship matchup is set, and the two semifinal games on Tuesday could hardly have been more different. One was close, the other wasn’t nearly as close as the final score might imply. Both winners were on the NCAA Tournament bubble, or at least pretty close to it.

The first semifinal came right down to the end, though that did not appear likely in the early going. While Utah and Western Kentucky played a dandy, the Hilltoppers ran out to an 18-5 lead and were still up eight after the first quarter. After Utah tied it a little more than halfway through the second half, the rest of the game was played within an eight-point window. Utah scored the final six points of the game to get their biggest lead at the end, a 69-64 triumph that sends them into the championship game.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 25, 2018

by - Published March 25, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. We’re halfway to knowing the Final Four, and we start by looking at the first two to punch their ticket to San Antonio.

We begin with the story of the tournament, as in the first regional final of the evening, Loyola-Chicago advanced with a convincing win over Kansas State. The Ramblers won their first three games by a combined four points, but were better in basically every aspect against the Wildcats in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 17, 2018

by - Published March 17, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The NCAA Tournament is off and running, with the first round complete and the field down to 32.

We spend a great deal of time talking about the history that was made on Friday evening. For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed when UMBC beat the No. 1 overall seed Virginia in Charlotte. It’s a game we will be talking about for a long time, and as noted in the Morning Dish, a shocker on a lot of levels.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 17, 2018

by - Published March 17, 2018 in The Morning Dish

So many thought it might never happen, myself included. There were a few close calls, but for some good reasons, it was hard to imagine a No. 16 seed ever knocking off a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

And now that it has happened, it is as shocking as one might imagine. There are so many things about UMBC’s 74-54 win over Virginia that are historical and unbelievable.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 8, 2018

by - Published March 8, 2018 in The Morning Dish

How many bubble teams want to be in the NCAA Tournament? Sure, they all say they want to, so maybe that question should be amended: how many bubble teams want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament?

If Wednesday is any indication, the answer may appear to be “not many”. And we have one more really good argument for not further expanding the NCAA Tournament (which was really just fine at 64, even 65, teams to begin with).

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 17, 2018

by - Published January 17, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Even at bluebloods, following up a Final Four run is a tall order. At a school like South Carolina, which had not even reached the Elite Eight before their magical run last March, it has to be like trying to ascend Mount Everest, especially with a few starters gone.

The follow-up act for Frank Martin’s program has been solid, if unspectacular thus far. On Wednesday night, it got a big boost, however, as the Gamecocks rallied from 14 down to beat Kentucky 76-68 in Columbia.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 12, 2018

by - Published January 12, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Heaven knows there’s too much coach worship in college basketball, an art going back decades in the sport, well before the current best-known media sources. (As good of a meat-and-potatoes analyst as Billy Packer as was, he was almost as good hyping the guys on the sideline as diagramming a play). It’s hard not to get caught up in the work Chris Holtmann has done with Ohio State this year.

Ohio State has not one but two of the most improved players in the country. The Buckeyes’ contributions from newcomers have been significant, but hardly overwhelming, yet there they are, undefeated in the Big Ten, slaying top-ranked teams and soon to be solidly in the top 25. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 20, 2017

by - Published December 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Can one player really make this much difference?

A year ago, Oklahoma was losing 20 games, with the Sooners’ 11-20 record best known for a number of close losses (nine by six points or less) that might’ve indicated a very good team was lying underneath the surface, if not for how regularly OU was losing those close games.

As Bill Parcells famously said, “you are what your record says you are,” and Oklahoma’s record said it was a team that had a long leap to make to NIT contention, much less the NCAA Tournament or a chase for another Final Four trip after it reached that level in 2016.

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Texas A&M rolls to Legends Title

by - Published November 22, 2017 in Columns

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The annual Legends Classic saw Texas A&M ascend to the championship. They defeated Penn State in a championship game that was a good competitive test.

We have a few notes and quotes on this event staged at Barclays Center.

Semifinals
Texas A&M 72, Oklahoma State 55
Penn State 85, Pittsburgh 54

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 14, 2017

by - Published November 14, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The landscape of conference challenge events, once so ably started by the ACC and Big East nearly 30 years ago, has become saturated in recent years, greatly watered down by mega-sized conferences, little common geography, bad matchups, and sometimes all three together.

While all have their strong points, most challenges now are nothing more than scheduling collusion, or excuses for TV networks to hype up their preferred conferences, which is understood to a point, but not always good for the sport as a whole. Not when fans are sold a bill of goods that a game between Clemson and Penn State is something they should by psyched about, when most so obviously aren’t. … Continue Reading

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College Basketball Tonight

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.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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Everybody Needs a Head Coach

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"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
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"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

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The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

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Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.