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The Morning Dish – Friday, March 19, 2016

by - Published March 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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The beauty of the NCAA Tournament is not just the upsets, the near-upsets and the close games.

Of course, they certainly are a big part of it, and we saw at least two of those categories tapped in games Thursday such as those between Yale and Baylor, Arkansas-Little Rock and Purdue and Duke and UNC Wilmington. What also makes the tourney annually such a wonderful event, though-and college basketball as a whole-is that there are so many different ways to compete and win, something that once again was on display in each of the above mentioned games as the first round of the 2016 tourney kicked into gear. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 12, 2016

by - Published March 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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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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Big East quarterfinal: Seton Hall 81, Creighton 73

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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NEW YORK – A few quick thoughts on Seton Hall’s 81-73 quarterfinal win over Creighton. It was game four of the day at the Garden. As the clock (nearly) struck midnight, the Pirates joined Villanova, Providence and Xavier in the Big East Tournament ‘final four’, with semifinals to be played on Friday night.

A few quick thoughts:

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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 29, 2016

by - Published February 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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The 2015-16 season will go down as one where you didn’t want to be a highly-ranked team. Sunday was no different, capping a week in which only two teams in the AP top 10 did not lose. On the season, teams ranked in the AP top 10 have now lost a record 73 games in those positions in the poll. There is still one week to go, so that record will probably only grow.

Besides that, ESPN Stats and Info put out another great note later on Sunday, which is that every major conference team has at least four losses on the season. That means we will see just the third time since seeding began that all four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament have four or more losses, with 1990 and 2009 being the others.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, February 26, 2016

by - Published February 26, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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In a college basketball year that has been defined by unpredictability, we dare say that the host of downright thrilling conference races is a story developing late that is also becoming a signature mark of this season.

Talk of bracketology and bubbles will continue to dominate, but one following the sport nationally is missing out if they haven’t been monitoring some of the intense fights for league honors. There are some fantastic chases going on for championships as well as positioning for league tournaments, and it was evidenced again Thursday night.

The night’s biggest winner was Hofstra, which in a week has vaulted from two games back in the CAA into a tie for the lead and maybe into the driver’s seat for the conference title. The Pride (we still want to call them the Flying Dutchmen every single time) fought back from an 18-point deficit on the road to stun UNC-Wilmington 70-69, ironically reversing exactly what the Seahawks had done to them just three weeks earlier.
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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 22, 2016

by - Published February 22, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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This weekend was just what California needed. Although Sunday was not the bigger game of the two for the Golden Bears, it was still important all the same, and their already strong NCAA Tournament candidacy got a big boost this weekend.

Washington State was within striking distance of the Golden Bears at the half, down just 40-31, but Cal blew open the game as the second half went on and routed the host Cougars 80-62. It capped off a sweep of the Washington schools on the road, and for a Cal team that had struggled on the road, this was just what they needed to take care of any remaining knocks on their resume.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 18, 2016

by - Published February 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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February can be over any day now. After all that happened on a deliciously eventful Wednesday night, we’re sufficiently primed and ready for March, and the best month on the sports calendar can’t get here soon enough.

We still have 11 days (including a leap day) before the madness of March arrives, but Wednesday night gave us a taste of what’s in store. With variety galore, it reminded us of the buffet that is the first day of the NCAA Tournament (the Thursday one, not that Tuesday lead-in), all packed into a few evening hours. And it was so much more than one showcased game, though that one was plenty good, too.

Duke won. Or perhaps North Carolina lost. It will be debated for some time just what happened Wednesday night, but the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win will be remembered for some time-for Duke essentially going with an iron five lineup after Matt Jones went out early with an ankle injury, and for the Tar Heels inexplicably seeming to forget they had the most dominant player on the floor and not feeding the ball to Brice Johnson time and again late in a game where he still finished with a staggering 29 points and 19 rebounds.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 4, 2016

by - Published February 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Among all the oddities of this college basketball season, when all is said and done there will be few harder to explain than this: a game between Illinois and Rutgers likely will go down as one of the best and most entertaining games of the entire year.

The chances of a winning Powerball ticket a few weeks ago may have seemed more likely, but indeed, two teams not even in the top 10 of the Big Ten and separated by nearly half a country put on one of the best shows anyone will see this season. The Fighting Illini finally won 110-101 in three overtimes, eventually completing the comeback after trailing much of regulation.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 31, 2015

by - Published December 31, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Whether a team is contending for a conference championship or an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, there is never a bad time or place to win games on the road in conference play.

Though many are just beginning their league slates as we wrap up 2015, a number of teams picked up important wins away from home on Wednesday. Flashy wins over top 25-level opponents they were not, but no matter. The manner of victory is irrelevant; any wins in hostile environments are nearly as important as those big chances at home against top 25-level squads.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 20, 2015

by - Published December 20, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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Come mid-March, December 19th may hold a special meaning to more than a few college basketball teams selected to the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday furnished us one of the best slates of games we’ll see all season. If there was a theme through the day, it was of teams earning signature wins, ones that could either make the difference in teams qualifying for the Big Dance or not or, in conjunction with other big wins, could pump up their seed a line or two. Among those huge games:

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