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Scanning the Nation Notebook for Nov. 20 – Notes from CBB’s 2nd weekend

by - Published November 20, 2017 in Columns

Another quiet weekend included college football again making for light schedules, plus some underwhelming fields in eight-team tournaments. Here are some quick-hit notes from the third weekend of November and second of the hoops season:

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off tourney illustrated just how wildly teams’ performances and fortunes can change from one day to the next in tournament play. In the quarterfinals, Illinois State played a terrific game in edging South Carolina, while UTEP had Boise State all but beaten before faltering in the final minutes. One might’ve thought the Redbirds would’ve had an edge the next day, but Boise suddenly turned into an offensive machine, Chandler Hutchison was dominant and ISU looked horrendous, needing a late rally to lose 82-64. Just before that, the Gamecocks drubbed the UTEP team that should’ve been playing Illinois State. At least some clarity was found Sunday, as Illinois State again played very well in handling Tulsa, and South Carolina took care of Western Michigan for the second time this season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, November 20, 2017

by - Published November 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The biggest of the early season tournaments are coming up, but there is something to take from the ones that took place this weekend. In each case, the winner is a team that we’re trying to gain a sense of for one reason or another, and this could be just the early boost they need. Sometimes, that’s what a tournament can do for a team – with a big early win or two, the team gets a boost that sends them on their way.

So it may be for Iowa State, Temple and Texas Tech, all of who won tournaments with Sunday victories.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 18, 2017

by - Published November 18, 2017 in The Morning Dish

At times, it can be easy to forget that among New England Division I schools, Providence has about as much tradition on the hardwood as any of them. UConn’s emergence as a national power and Boston College’s move to the ACC, along with an unprecedented string of success before Al Skinner was fired, certainly help, along with the Friars being a good, not great, program for a lot of the past couple of decades.

Ed Cooley is changing all of that. And it’s only fitting since he’s a hometown hero.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 17, 2017

by - Published November 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We may be barely a week into the college basketball season, but it’s not hard to make an argument that a number of teams and conferences just might be already entering the most important 7-10 days in their regular seasons.

It’s completely counter intuitive, and it probably shouldn’t be the case for a number of reasons. And no one will argue that conference play and conference tournaments are the heart of any team’s schedule if you were to ask any coach. For schools like Illinois State and Hofstra and leagues like the Missouri Valley and Colonial Athletic Association, though-to name just a couple of many-this has become a critical time of the year, as it is far and away the best time to earn wins over bigger-name (read: football-dominated) schools, the kind that help build power ratings and might get the attention of a certain tournament selection committee in March. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, November 23, 2015

by - Published November 23, 2015 in The Morning Dish

For the second straight year, one of the hottest teams to start the season is Miami (Fla.). The goal this year for the Hurricanes is to write a new ending to the same beginning script.

No team has been more impressive in the first week of this season than Jim Larranaga’s bunch, which won an eight-team in-season tournament for the second straight season. A year after rolling to the Charleston Classic title, Miami rolled to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship with an 85-75 victory over Butler Sunday afternoon.

The Hurricanes added on after a convincing win over Utah in the semifinals, jumping to a big early lead and holding on over the Bulldogs to finish with two top 20 wins in Puerto Rico. Add in early victories over Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State, and few teams have accomplished more through 10 days of the season.
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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 21, 2015

by - Published November 21, 2015 in The Morning Dish

One of the fun parts of the first few weeks of the season is the wave of tournaments that give us an early feel for some of the teams. Some do this better than others based on the field and how the games go, as sometimes a semifinal game doesn’t go quite the way some might expect and affects matchups the rest of the way.

By now, we know the championship matchups for several early ones. They came as a result of several Friday semifinals, and there will be some interesting ones among them.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 20, 2015

by - Published November 20, 2015 in The Morning Dish

Though still a week from Thanksgiving Day, the holiday tournament season really began yesterday, and the results from the first two events were a good sampling of the first week of the 2015-16 season as a whole.

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off and Charleston Classic both got underway on Thursday, and the games featured some high scores, some low ones, a lot of free throws and another sprinkling of surprising results. We saw Butler red-hot-again. Mississippi State showed again that a turnaround under Ben Howland with Malik Newman isn’t going to be instant. Long Beach State may be inexperienced-but also already a better team than last year. And Virginia is Virginia, and still in a class among the nation’s best.

Among the tourney results:
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The Morning Dish – Monday, November 24, 2014

by - Published November 24, 2014 in The Morning Dish

Sunday was the big day in several early season tournaments, so they lead the way once again. This time, though, three of them crowned champions.

We start with the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, which was an old Big East matchup. West Virginia made a strong start stand up, leading by 15 points at the half en route to a 78-68 win behind 21 points from tournament MVP Juwan Staten. Connecticut suspended four players before the game for a violation of team rules, two of whom are walk-ons and only one of whom has seen the court for the Huskies this season.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 22, 2014

by - Published November 22, 2014 in The Morning Dish

Early season tournaments continue to lead the way, and will for much of the next week. Friday featured plenty of such action leading into the weekend, setting the stage for what’s to come. In one of them, a champion was crowned.

At Madison Square Garden, Texas won the 2K Classic 71-55 over California, frustrating the Golden Bears with their defense all night long, especially the 10 shots they blocked. In the consolation game, Syracuse held off Iowa 66-63 behind a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds from freshman Chris McCullough, who also got the game-sealing steal in the final seconds. More coverage on this is coming soon, so stay tuned.

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After Shaky Start, ACC Needs Holiday Tourney Joy

by - Published November 18, 2010 in Conference Notes

It might be early in the season, but the ACC is already entering a critical week.

After a bumpy start to the season, conference teams enter the holiday tournament season needing to win some statement games. And the outlook isn’t great.

In the first week and a half, Wake Forest has dropped two home games, and Georgia Tech got obliterated by Kennesaw State. The Yellow Jackets gave up 80 points to the Owls, who mostly played only five guys. Georgia Tech’s eight-man rotation floundered, shooting only 35 percent while committing 19 turnovers.

In Winston-Salem, the Demon Deacons figure to have a long season ahead in coach Jeff Bzdelik’s first year at the helm. Stetson shot 46.4 percent against Wake Forest and, more revealing, out-rebounded Wake Forest 42-31. ACC teams shouldn’t get outworked in their own building to open the season, unless they’re facing a top 10 opponent. That’s just embarrassing.

But there’s plenty of time to change course. Although the conference ranks fifth in winning percentage of the six power conferences, there’s no shame in Virginia Tech losing at Kansas State or Miami losing at Memphis. Road victories for either team would have been a major upset for the conference.

The early season emergence of the ACC must start tonight, when Maryland plays Pittsburgh in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Terrapins are one of seven ACC teams playing in tournaments during the next 10 days. However, Maryland is one of the few teams with an opportunity to pick up crucial statement victories.

Against Pittsburgh, Maryland will be decided underdogs, and a strong showing, even in a loss, would give the Terrapins plenty to crow about. If the team can beat Pitt or their next opponent — either Illinois or Texas in the championship or consolation game — the trip to Madison Square Garden would be a success. The worst-case scenario for the ACC and Maryland is a two-game sweep in which the Terrapins don’t look competitive against some of the strongest teams from the Big East, Big Ten and Big 12.

In San Juan, North Carolina is the highest rank team in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. That means the young, unproven Tar Heels are supposed to win the tournament, and anything short of a three-game sweep against a field that includes West Virginia and Minnesota would be a disappointment. We’ll quickly find out how this year’s Tar Heels handle the pressure of lofty expectations after last season’s squad fell apart.

Back on the shores of South Carolina, North Carolina State is one of the favorites in the Charleston Classic. The only way for the Wolfpack to pick up a quality win is to reach the championship game and beat Georgetown. A loss to anyone besides the Hoyas would be detrimental to North Carolina State’s résumé and the ACC’s credibility.

Georgia Tech and Boston College have the best opportunity to grab unexpected quality wins in the Legends Classic in Atlantic City and the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, respectively. Georgia Tech will face either Syracuse or Michigan in the championship or consolation game of the Legends Classic. However, the Yellow Jackets must first get past a tough UTEP team, which is perfectly capable of knocking off a shaky ACC team. The Eagles face a bunch of tough, unranked teams, with the exception of a possible match up with Temple. Boston College needs to represent the ACC well in potential games against Cal, Georgia, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

On the West Coast, Virginia Tech finds itself in the same situation that North Carolina does in Puerto Rico: tournament favorite. The Hokies’ toughest opponents in the 76 Classic are Oklahoma State, UNLV, Stanford and Murray State. Unfortunately for Virginia Tech’s résumé, the Hokies won’t garner much more clout by doing anything less than stomping those teams, which won’t be easy, especially 3,000-plus miles away from Blacksburg, Va.

And then there’s Duke. The reigning national champs are No. 1, so they’re supposed to beat anyone, anytime. Despite those ridiculous expectations, the Blue Devils would have a great opportunity to assert themselves as the unquestioned favorites to win this season’s national title if they draw Kansas State and beat the Wildcats in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. It’s practically a home game for the Wildcats, so a Duke victory would be huge for the ACC’s elite.

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