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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 11, 2016

by - Published November 11, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Good morning, and welcome-officially-to the 2016-17 major college basketball season.

The NCAA Division I season starts today, at 11 a.m. Central time, on Friday, Nov. 11, still in the heart of football season. The team leading off the year with hosting duties is Middle Tennessee State, the team that captured hearts in the NCAA Tournament in March as a 15 seed, shocking the nation by knocking off one of the tourney favorites in Michigan State.

The Blue Raiders’ opponent? The Milligan College Buffaloes, an NAIA program from the Tri-Cities region in eastern Tennessee that went 16-11 a year ago in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 9, 2016

by - Published November 9, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Good Wednesday morning…

The regular season is near, just two days away. We continue Hoopville’s preseason rundown of all 32 NCAA Division I conferences, with a trip to the South:

Someday the SEC will shed the perception that it’s Kentucky and everyone else. There’s just way too much money in the league, and even besides UK there are too many programs with too much history (Alabama, LSU, Missouri to name a few) for the league to stay as down as it is. In the meantime, though, the Wildcats continue to be the team to beat, even as Texas A&M tied for the regular season title a year ago, and on paper this could be as low as a 2-3-bid league yet again. A&M and Florida are probably the top challengers, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if some teams from the group of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Vanderbilt surpass expectations and bring the league collectively up a notch or two. … Continue Reading

Kennedy tries to continue quietly winning at Ole Miss

by - Published October 31, 2016 in Columns

The SEC may be known much more for football these days, but on the hardwood, there are plenty of interesting story lines to follow. One that probably won’t get enough coverage is the job that the dean of coaches there – Andy Kennedy – continues to do winning consistently at Ole Miss, a school that has never been a powerhouse by any stretch.

When Rob Evans was the head coach in Oxford, he was the first coach in over 50 years to post a winning record over his tenure, and Rod Barnes kept things going after Evans left for another tough job in Arizona State, coming up just three wins shy of the program record at the time. Both won a National Coach of the Year honor while in Oxford.

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2015-16 SEC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

If you had any doubt that Kentucky is once more in control of the SEC, you needed to look no further than 2015-16.

This was supposed to be a season where the Wildcats would get clearly upended by some other teams. Sure, they had a shaky season a couple of years ago, and they haven’t always been the kings of the conference during the John Calipari era, but for the most part they have been there. This time, though, it wasn’t supposed to happen the way it did. There was a Vanderbilt team that was supposed to be good. There was Ben Simmons coming in to make LSU relevant and maybe more. There was Texas A&M, a team on the upswing and sure to be motivated after being left out of the NCAA Tournament a year earlier.

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2016 NCAA Tournament Final Review: Final finish what this year’s event needed

by - Published April 7, 2016 in Columns

The 2016 NCAA Tournament needed its signature game, and it got one in no better place-in its final game.

Villanova’s 77-74 win over North Carolina is not just one of the great championship games of all-time, it’s one of the great NCAA tourney games ever in any round. It was played at a high level from start to finish, and while it didn’t have the back-and-forth down the stretch of Duke-Kentucky in 1992 or, say, Kansas State-Xavier in 2010, the star power of Georgetown-North Carolina in 1982 or Houston-N.C. State the next year, and may not carry the transformational significance of Michigan State-Indiana State in 1979, it had a finish that will lead to discussions from now until the end of time about its place as possibly the greatest ending to a title game ever. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, March 14, 2016

by - Published March 14, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The postseason is upon us, and as always happens in the hours after the NCAA Tournament bracket is unveiled, there are lots of opinions going around. What is perhaps most interesting of all is that there were plenty of complaints about the Selection Show itself, and understandably so.

To begin with, the show moved up to 5:30 p.m. That left very little buffer between the final conference championships and the show, which could have been a problem in the event of overtime in either game (that did not happen this time around). It also became a two-hour show, which is not inherently problematic. But it sure proved it. CBS spent a lot of time musing about the selections, then going over the number one seeds, and when commercials came, Twitter lit up with the complaints. Basically, CBS was a tease, taking more time than anyone hoped.

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LSU might not even be worthy of an NIT bid

by - Published March 12, 2016 in Columns

“So as a season, we’ve had some great ups, but I think anytime you end the way we did today, you’re very disappointed.”

Those were the closing words of LSU head coach Johnny Jones in the press conference after Texas A&M annihilated the Tigers 71-38 in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. As you might expect, there was a bit of understatement there.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 12, 2016

by - Published March 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Championship Week has given us so many great stories. There are plenty more still to be written today alone, as Championship Saturday is the biggest one of them all. Friday night paved the way for it beautifully.

There was the Big East Tournament, where Seton Hall advanced to continue a great story for them. A year ago, the Pirates’ season ended in discord; they were in a bad place, and there was plenty of talk about who might not return this season, from underclassmen who might leave to the coach. Kevin Willard had a fairly prohibitive contract for the school, but the talk was there all the same. A year later, the Pirates once again started out with promise, but this time they have persisted through the ups and downs that come with a season. They will take on Villanova, who beat Providence earlier in the evening. This is a more mature team, and one that we’ll see playing later in the month.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 31, 2016

by - Published January 31, 2016 in The Morning Dish

January and February belong to conference play in college basketball, and that’s how it should be. That doesn’t mean the sport couldn’t use a few more games like those furnished Saturday.

The move of the Big 12/SEC Challenge to late January has been a welcome shot in the arm for the college hoops season (as well as giving the event itself a far more distinct identity than it had before, when it was held right after, and therefore lost in the shadows of, the ACC and Big Ten’s own event). Of course, part of what makes it special is that the games played are rarities at this time of year, but it cannot be overlooked the mutual benefits games like this have for the participating teams and conferences as well as for fans.

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Saturday Notes – January 30, 2016

by - Published January 31, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

The Big 12/SEC Challenge may have take center stage on Saturday, and although it produced some dandies and important results, it was hardly alone. Several mid-majors had showdowns of teams at the top of the standings in addition to all the high-major games that initially grab attention.

The Big 12/SEC Challenge figured to be a good slate of games, as entering the day the Big 12 had a slim 5-4 edge in matchups between schools of the two conferences this season. That comes as the Big 12 has been atop the conferences while the SEC’s overall non-conference showing left a little to be desired. For the third straight year, the Big 12 won, going 7-3 this time around.

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Saturday Notes – December 3, 2016

December 4, 2016 by

The first big Saturday of the college basketball season gave us all we could hope for, and it started right away. We have notes from a number of the day’s games right here.

Thanks to a big backcourt boost, Gonzaga should be even better this season

November 7, 2016 by

Gonzaga might have needed the West Coast Conference title they won in Las Vegas last year in order to be in the NCAA Tournament. With better guards, there should be no doubt about that this time around.

For the Big 12, coming out on top again will be a challenge in 2016-17

October 21, 2016 by

The Big 12 has been on a great run to be the top conference in recent years, including last year. This year will be a challenge due to a big loss of experience throughout the conference.

Hoopville Archives

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

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.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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Recruiting Coverage

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

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.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

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We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

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Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

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The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.